TechNet Flash - Volume 14, Issue 20: September 4, 2012

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Join the Windows Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event

Learn, connect, and have some fun during our online launch event. See the keynote and find customer experiences and direct engagement with engineering and program managers.

Evaluate Windows Server 2012

You can evaluate the Windows Server 2012 trial for 180 days, with no feature limits. Experience the next level of Microsoft's server platform, including new virtualization and cloud capabilities, enhanced manageability, an exciting new open application and web platform, and the ability to provide access to data and applications from virtually anywhere on any device. Learn more about Evaluation Versions and Upgrade Options for Windows Server 2012.

Register for the Cloud OS Signature Event Series

The Cloud OS Signature Event Series will give you the opportunity to engage with the Redmond product team experts and check out all the exciting products we're launching, including Windows Server 2012. Register for an event in a city near you. Not in the U.S.? Check out Microsoft IT Camps around the world.

Take Free, Online Windows Server Courses
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers new Windows Server 2012 courses covering topics such as virtualization, server management and automation, networking, storage, and more. Check back regularly as new modules like identity and access, web and application platform management, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) are added.

Simplify Deployment of Windows Server 2012 with MDT 2012 Update 1
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 is now available and expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview.

What's New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
This two-part webcast provides a complete summary of why Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is the best virtualization platform for server consolidation, key workload support, and VDI, and is the ideal platform for infrastructure as a service, including private cloud, hybrid cloud, and public cloud.

Configuring and Managing Server Core Installations
This collection of topics provides the information needed to install and deploy Server Core servers; install, manage, and uninstall server roles and features; and manage the server locally or remotely. It also includes a quick reference table of common tasks and the commands for accomplishing them locally on a Server Core server.

Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive.

Assess Windows Server 2012 Readiness with MAP 7.0
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 is now available for download with detailed and actionable recommendations, indicating the machines that meet Windows Server 2012 system requirements and which may require hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in planning efforts.

TechNet Radio: New Certifications for Windows Server 2012
In this episode, J. Seymour, Jim Clark, and Chris Avis discuss the new certification exams that are available for Windows Server 2012. Tune in to learn what each exam covers as well as how the server infrastructure and private cloud exams differ and how each can help advance your IT skills.

Release Notes: Important Issues in Windows Server 2012
These release notes address the most critical issues and information about the Windows Server 2012 operating system.