TechNet Flash - Volume 14, Issue 21: September 19, 2012

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Download System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta

Find updates to System Center 2012 for compatibility with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and other enhancements, including support for Azure VM and capabilities for Hosted Service Providers.

Manage Windows Server 2012 Trial in System Center 2012

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 introduces support for Windows Server 2012, enabling you to take advantage of Windows Server 2012's cutting-edge features in a managed environment. Try out the beta now.

Free Ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012
Download the RTM edition of the free ebook from Microsoft Press - Introducing Windows Server 2012. This edition replaces the earlier preview edition, with screenshots and feature descriptions now being based on RTM instead of beta. A key feature of this book is the inclusion of sidebars written by members of the Windows Server team, Microsoft Support engineers, Microsoft Consulting Services staff, and others who work at Microsoft.

Upgrade Your Windows Server 2012 Evaluation to the Full Retail Version
Did you install the evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 from the TechNet Evaluation Center and would now like to move it to production? Thanks to a new feature in Windows Server 2012 you can now easily upgrade from the trial version to the full retail version.

Sign Up for the HPC Pack 2012 Beta Program
The fourth major version of our HPC software line - following the Compute Cluster Pack, HPC Pack 2008, and HPC Pack 2008 R2 releases - the HPC Pack 2012 release brings a batch of new functionality and support for new software.

TechNet Radio: VMware vs. Windows Server 2012
Harold Wong and Edwin Yuen, Director of Cloud & Virtualization strategy at Microsoft, kick off their new series to discuss the latest announcements made by VMware. Tune in as they chat about vSphere 5.1's features, licensing, and pricing model and how this stacks up to Windows Server 2012.

Case Study: Migrating Legacy Applications to Windows Azure
Microsoft IT used the Windows Azure operating system to create a cloud computing-based replacement for a 10-year-old, business-critical licensing application. The new solution uses Remote Desktop Licensing Manager (RD Licensing Manager) to take advantage of the scalability and extensibility benefits of Windows Azure, and to provide increased speed, business continuity capabilities, and cost-effectiveness.

Windows ADK for Windows 8
Customize, assess, and deploy Windows 8 to new computers in your organization with the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit.

Download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, stand-alone solution for converting VMware-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard drives (VHDs) - including conversion from VMware to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.

Deployment Considerations for Windows To Go
Because Windows To Go was designed as an enterprise solution, extra consideration was given to the deployment workflows that enterprises already have in place. Explore the boot experience, deployment methods, and tools that you can use with Windows To Go.

TechNet Radio: Deploy Windows Server 2012 with MDT 2012
John Weston and Michael Niehaus discuss the latest version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and how this free tool can help enterprises deploy Windows Server 2012 as well as earlier versions of Windows Server and Windows operating systems to their environment.

The Secret to IT Career Success Revealed
He's a real-world database administrator (DBA), an author, a sought-after speaker, and was just a judge on the reality show "Be the Next Microsoft Employee." Now Buck Woody is ready to help you kick-start your IT career. Ask him how you can get certified and build a great career.