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Simplify cloud migration planning with MAP Toolkit 6.5 The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 is now available for download. The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5. The MAP Toolkit's new capabilities help users to securely assess heterogeneous IT environments while enabling the evaluation of workloads for migration to Microsoft's private and public cloud platforms. Consolidate existing server workloads using the updated Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track capacity planning feature. The Database Consolidation Appliance Assessment allows you to simplify SQL Server migration planning for the private cloud. The revamped Azure Migration feature in MAP 6.5 provides more in-depth analysis of the suitability of migrating on-premises ... (more)

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System Center 2012 Beta all in one download Cloud - Care: System Center 2012 Suite Download page I get asked all of the time, hey where is that or that software. We are always coming out with new software you want to try, yes "most" (not all) everything we have you can try for up to 180 days for free. The problem is, finding the download site. Well I put together this blog post so you have what is currently available today, and what most IT professionals are interested in Downloading. Please share with your friends! Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications Step by Step o... (more)

What Is Windows Intune?

Many times over the last year I have been asked the question, "What is Windows Intune?"  I like to describe Windows Intune as the cloud service helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple, web-based console.  Released back in March 2011, Windows Intune has already had a major Update on October 17, 2011.  Why should any IT Pro consider Windows Intune?  Well, I came up with these top 10 reasons. (There are many more, but let's start with 10): Windows Intune is a web-based subscription service with an easy-to-use web-based console that gives you insight into you... (more)

Deploy Windows with MDT 2012

We are going to have a 2 part Webcast series on how to deploy Windows in your environment. Registration information below. TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 1) Registration URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9807963 or http://bit.ly/JLTQLM Date/ Time: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9-10am (Pacific) Abstract: In this demonstration-rich, question and answer webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru Johan Arwidmark... (more)

Microsoft Private Cloud Summit

Join us at the Microsoft Private Cloud Summit with the "Best of Microsoft Management Summit"! Learn about how the new System Center 2012 can help you manage nearly everything in your infrastructure - from the desktop, to devices, to datacenter and the cloud. At this one-day event, you will hear directly from our Redmond-based product team and Microsoft technology evangelists who will share what is new in System Center 2012, and give you a sneak peak of Windows Server "8". You will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of experts and get hands-on with the technology to see h... (more)