Network Management


Window Azure Services Released, Including BizTalk and Traffic Manager

Microsoft ratcheted up its Windows Azure offerings this week, with some services reaching commercial-grade status, while others were released as "previews" for testing.

Exchange 2013 SP1 Will Run on Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft announced a few details this week about its coming Service Pack 1 for Exchange Server 2013.

UPDATE: Outages Reported for Windows Azure, Office 365 and Outlook.com

Windows Azure today apparently experienced a large outage.

The Disappearing Windows Server GUI, Revisited

Brien retreads the idea of System Center taking over the role of Windows Server's GUI and explains how it can be used as the single window to a cluster of VMs.

Office 365 Status-Check Mobile App Released

Microsoft today announced the release of an app that would let Office 365 admins monitor service status from mobile devices.

Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 Products Arriving Early Next Year

Microsoft today indicated that it plans to deliver Service Pack 1 "early next year" for its Office 2013-branded products.

Free My Server 2012 R2 Apps for Remote Management Released

Microsoft released its free My Server 2012 R2 applications this month for Windows clients and Windows Phone devices.

Microsoft Rights Management Service Now Available

Microsoft announced late last week that it is now offering its Rights Management Service commercially.

SUSE Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Released

SUSE announced a solution this week that lets IT pros manage Linux servers from Microsoft's System Center management suite.

MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta Assesses New Server and Cloud Enrollment Licensing Scenarios

A beta test version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 was released this week.

IT Pros Getting Options with Microsoft's Cloud Backup Service

With its Windows Azure Backup Service, Microsoft is giving enterprises yet another choice when it comes to data backup in the cloud.

Cisco's App Centric Approach Draws Microsoft, Other Partners

Cisco today kicked off its "applications centric infrastructure" alternative to software-defined networking.

What Enterprises Need To Know About Windows Azure

From its scaling capabilities to its close integration with PowerShell, here are a few things to consider before making the move to Microsoft's cloud.

Using Windows Server 2012's SSD Write-Back Cache

Brien runs down how you can get the most out of Windows Server 2012 R2's newest tiered storage functionality.

Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft achieved its "general availability" release milestone today for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

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