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Microsoft Products Portfolio, All in one View

Microsoft provides solutions that covers almost everything in IT world and a lot of products is  not known well, here we go with Microsoft Products Portfolio, All in one View

Microsoft Products Portfolio

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Microsoft Fix it Center Pro automated diagnostic portal

Fix it Center Pro is an automated troubleshooting service from Microsoft. This service can help make it easier to identify solutions to problems with Microsoft applications.
Fix it Center Pro can use targeted analysis to scan your system to identify and resolve specific problem areas. In addition, Fix it Center Pro can help find the most suitable content, tools, and forums and help address the symptom that you see. Fix it Center Pro can also help with a troubleshooting task that you are performing through its Guided Search feature.
Fix it Center Pro has several features that can be used to help diagnose issues. Those features are as follows:
Guided Search helps you find the most suitable content, tools, and forums and helps address the symptom that you see or the troubleshooting task that you are performing.
Work Items enables you to track your research as you are resolving an issue. If you cannot solve a technical issue on your own, click the Escalate button to turn your work into a Support Request (in which case, charges may apply).
Support Requests enables you to track or create new Support Requests with Microsoft (in which case, charges may apply).
Analysis sessions scan your system to identify solutions for specific problem areas. The results are uploaded to Microsoft servers to be processed and to identify any known issues. If a known issue is found, a message is displayed that explains the steps that you can take to resolve the problem. You may escalate the diagnostic results into a Support Request for more help from Microsoft if you want (in which case, charges may apply).
Work Items, Analysis, and Support Requests can all link to one another so that the relationships between them are clear and easy to track.
Diagnostic results

  • If the diagnostic does not resolve your issue, you can easily create a Support Request. To do this, click the New button in the Support Request Toolbar. Or, click the Escalate button in a Work Item (in which case, charges may apply).
  • If you chose to open a Support Request, and the Fix it Center Pro diagnostic resolves your issue before you start to work with a Microsoft Support Professional, you will not be charged for the Support Request.
How to return to Fix it Center Pro

Diagnostic results are usually displayed immediately after the troubleshooter completes its scan. However, there are some instances where it can take up to an hour for deep analytics to be completed. Your computer will not be affected by these deep analytics because the analysis is processed in Fix it Center Pro. You can leave Fix it Center Pro and return to the site later to review the diagnostic results.
To return to Fix it Center Pro, follow these steps:

  1. To return to Fix it Center Pro, click the following link:

    Return to Fix it Center Pro

  2. If you are prompted, sign in by using your Windows Live ID.
  3. To view your Analysis Package, in the left-side navigation area, click Analysis, and then locate the name that you entered earlier.
  4. To view your Support Requests with Microsoft, in the left-side navigation area, click Support Requests.

 

The following is a list of the automated diagnostics that are available in Microsoft Fix it Center Pro:

Categories: Microsoft

A Solution for Private Cloud Security “Blueprint,Design Guide & Operations Guide”

"A Solution for Private Cloud Security" series of three papers on private cloud security. With increasing numbers of organizations looking to create cloud-based environments or to implement cloud technologies within their existing data centers, business and technology decision-makers are looking closely at the possibilities and practicalities that these changes involve.

There are three documents in the downloadable .zip file:

  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Blueprint
  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Design
  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Operations

This document set represents the v.95 beta of this document set.

Please write to Tom Shinder at tomsh@microsoft.com if you have recommendations or would like to review these documents for the official v1 release.

Download Page

Note: Tom is doing great job in building Reference and Security Architecture for Private Cloud

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Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment
Source
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx
 
System Center 2012 Release Candidate plus optional Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 download

Download Microsoft Private Cloud

A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This allows your datacenter to offer true infrastructure service capability as well as optimally managed application services.

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built on System Center and Windows Server.

System Center 2012 Release Candidate empowers you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download) will give you improved powerful virtualization capabilities that can transform how you deliver IT services to your end users and enable you to lay the foundation of a private cloud infrastructure.

Please Note: Many Microsoft private cloud scenarios require Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. If you are using an older version, we highly recommend upgrading to experience the full Microsoft private cloud evaluation.
Need more information? See the product details page. Register to access technical product resources at the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.

The Microsoft private cloud evaluation includes:

System Center 2012 Release Candidate
Available in these languages: English

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs, please refer instead to the System Center 2012 component installation guides located on the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.
    User’s Guide >>
  • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
    System Requirements >>

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download)
Available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is designed to help you increase control, availability, and flexibility of your datacenter and desktop infrastructure while helping reduce costs.
    System Requirements >>

Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 

The definition, business value, and technology benefits of the “the cloud” have been hotly debated in recent months.  Most agree that cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility in the market.  In 2012, cloud computing will transition from hype and discussion, to part of every enterprise’s reality, and IT is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation and help business reap the benefits of cloud computing. 

Join us for a virtual event designed to help you explore your cloud options. It’s your chance to interact with Microsoft experts and with IT leaders like yourself, who have been putting cloud technology to work in their own organizations. You’ll be among the first to hear the latest private cloud news from Microsoft.

Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud
Approx. Start Time

Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news

  • Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft

Register Now for the virtual event
Tuesday, January 17th
8:30 AM PST | 16:30 UTC
Hear from other senior IT professionals about how cloud computing can help you gain maximum competitive advantage with minimal risk.
Learn about Microsoft cloud offerings, including private, public, and hybrid cloud models.
Experience Microsoft private cloud solutions through the Microsoft Technology Center.

Check The Event Link

http://www.microsoft.com/business/events/en-us/PrivateCloudExec/#fbid=ZALPym445Ne

Categories: Cloud, IaaS, Microsoft

Happy New Year – 2012

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I found out yesterday that I have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Microsoft Virtualization (Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager) for another year. This is the 2nd year in  row for me. I am very honored to get this award again and would like to thank everyone that reads my blog – this would not be possible without you!

Happy New Year 2012 for Everyone

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Congratulations 2012 Microsoft MVP!

January 2, 2012 4 comments

Dear Mohamed Emam,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in System Center Virtual Machine Manager technical communities during the past year.
Also in this email:

  • About your MVP Award Gift
  • How to claim your award benefits
  • Your MVP Identification Number
  • MVP Award Program Code of Conduct

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."

Nestor Portillo
Director
Community & Online Support

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is here

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

So it is here…Get Ready for the new Wave

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/virtual-machine-manager-2012.aspx

System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management tool set for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is key to delivering the promise of the System Center 2012 release wave. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 enables you to:

Deliver flexible and cost effective Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You can pool and dynamically allocate virtualized datacenter resources (compute, network, and storage) enabling self-service infrastructure experience for your business, with flexible role based delegation and access control.

Apply cloud principles to provisioning and servicing your datacenter applications with techniques like service modeling, service configuration and image based management. You can also state-separate your applications and services from the underlying infrastructure using server application virtualization. This results in a “service centric” approach to management where you manage the application or service lifecycle and not just datacenter infrastructure or virtual machines.

Optimize your existing investments by managing multi-hypervisor environments, including Hyper-V, Xen and VMware.

Dynamic optimization of your datacenter resources based on workload demands, while ensuring reliable service delivery with features like high availability.

Best-of-breed virtualization-management for Microsoft workloads like Exchange and Sharepoint.

Benefits

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is a core component of the System Center 2012 release wave and offers you the following benefits:

Build your Private Cloud today; provision flexible, agile and cost effective IaaS while maintaining your quality of service (QoS) commitments to the business.

Manage heterogeneous virtual environments using a single tool, thus optimizing your existing datacenter investments.

Optimize your existing applications for private cloud deployment without requiring you to rewrite them from scratch.

Dramatically simplify application provisioning and servicing thus saving operational effort and expense.

Unlock application mobility between your cloud environments as appropriate to your business needs.

So you can start testing and I would recommend to take a look at VMM 2012 Survival Guide

Microsoft TechNet Library content:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012  (on the Web)

Download the official VMM 2012 Beta content  (may not be as current as the “live” Web version in TechNet)

Videos

System Center VMM 2012 Overview 

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals  This is a link to the whole series. For sections specifically related to VMM 2012, see:

Virtualization Jump Start (07): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 

Virtualization Jump Start (08): Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 

90 Seconds to the Cloud: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta with Kenon Owens 

MMS 2011 Day 1 Keynote 

Creating a Stand-Alone Virtual Machine with a Blank VHD in VMM 2012 

Best of MMS Belgium 2011 video series  (Includes “Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Technical Overview”, “Managing Your Fabric With System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012”)

Blogs

System Center Virtual Machine Manager blog  (from the Microsoft product team)

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization Blog (from the Microsoft product team) 

SCVMM 2012 content on Hyper-V.nu blog 

SCVMM 2012 content on Virtualization and some coffee blog 

Other

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: VMM Gets Major Upgrade   (TechNet Magazine)

Troubleshooting

Post your question to the VMM forums

Troubleshooting OS Deployment of Hyper-V Through VMM 2012    (Blog post)

 

 

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1– Now Available for Download!

Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1, you can respond more effectively—and at a lower cost—to the rapidly changing needs of your organization. Built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, Hyper-V™ technology, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, VMMSSP enables you to offer infrastructure as a service in your organization.

Download VMMSSP

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 is a partner-extensible toolkit that enables customers to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage their datacenter resources, to offer infrastructure as a service for their organization. The self-service portal is a free Solution Accelerator, and is fully supported by Microsoft. In addition to providing users the ability to import virtual machines created outside the self-service portal, this new version is now localized in Japanese, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese.

Please send any questions or comments to the VMMSSP team at sspfeedback@microsoft.com. We will respond within two business days.

Please download VMMSSP here, and visit www.microsoft.com\SSP for more information, including a free Datasheet and FAQ. You can also follow System Center and Solution Accelerators on Twitter to keep up-to-date on new releases and features.

Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Hyper-V

May 21, 2011 2 comments

okay..I know that most people already knows that running DAG servers on Hyper-V cluster and UM on Hyper-V now is supported… Really Good news.

Microsoft already has a techNet resources covering that but also now we have a white paper for that.

The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™ technology. This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8647c69d-6c2c-40ca-977e-18c2379b07ad

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