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Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog Series Index #WhyWin2012R2


Windows Server 2012 R2 is HERE and now is the perfect time to get smart on the new capabilities it brings. To that end, Microsoft has their top technologists and educators collaborating on a blog post series to bring Windows Server 2012 R2 knowledge to you.

They will cover Why Windows Server 2012 R2 is important, how to deploy, manage, configure any number of components in Windows Server 2012 R2, how the new OS capabilities stack up against competitors, how R2 integrates with and leverages cloud services like Windows Azure and many, many more categories.

This series is deep technical content with lots of How To’s and Step-By-Step instructions. You will learn about storage, cloud integration, RDS, VDI, Hyper-V, virtualization, deduplication, replica, DNS, AD, DHCP, high availability, SMB, backup, PowerShell and much, much more! So, mark your calendar for Oct 18th and every day until Thanksgiving to visit You can also follow the excitement on twitter at #WhyWin2012R2. Download the calendar .ICS to populate your calendar here

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Part 1 of MANY: Index =>Links to the entire series will be put here as the posts go live… (Subject to change, check back for even more additions)

Date Title Author
10-Oct Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog Series #WhyWin2012R2 – Introduction Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
18-Oct Why Windows Server 2012 R2 Rocks! Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
20-Oct Where Are All The Resources For Windows Server 2012 R2? Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
21-Oct Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services Part 1 Yung Chou@yungchou
22-Oct Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services Part 2 Yung Chou@yungchou
23-Oct Step-by-Step: Automated Tiered Storage with Storage Spaces in R2 Keith Mayer@KeithMayer
24-Oct iSCSI Target Server – Super Fast Mass Server Deployment Chris Avis@chrisavis
25-Oct Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing the Storage Cost for your VDI Deployments with VHD De-duplication for VDI Matt Hester@matthewhester
26-Oct Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2 Robert Borges@robertborges_us
27-Oct What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1
28-Oct “Replica Replica” Kevin Remde@KevinRemde
29-Oct Fast Migrations (on compression and RDMA) Kevin Remde@KevinRemde
30-Oct What’s New in Active Directory Kevin Remde@KevinRemde
31-Oct Scale-out File Server in Windows Server 2012 R2 Keith Mayer@KeithMayer
1-Nov Workplace Join Matt Hester@matthewhester
2-Nov What’s New in R2 Kevin Remde@KevinRemde
3-Nov Get Mobile With Windows Server 2012 R2 Using Work Folders Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
4-Nov Storage Quality of Service Brian Lewis@BrianLewis_
5-Nov What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2–Lessons Learned Week 2 Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
6-Nov Backup Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Azure Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
7-Nov Why R2? Automated Server Self-Provisioning and Remediation with Desired State Configuration (DSC) in PowerShell 4.0 Keith Mayer@KeithMayer
8-Nov What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Matt Hester@matthewhester
10-Nov Why Move to Windows Server 2012 R2 – Lessons Learned Week 3 Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
11-Nov Holiday No Post
12-Nov Configuring Hyper-V for multiple subnets with only one NIC Step-By-Step
13-Nov Software Defined Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 Keith Mayer@KeithMayer
14-Nov Building certificates for Windows Server 2012 R2/Windows Azure Backups –  Private Certs Blain Barton@blainbar
15-Nov Building certificates for Windows Server 2012 R2/Windows Azure Backups –  Public Certs Blain Barton@blainbar
18-Nov Windows Server 2012 & Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager Dan Stolts@ITProGuru
19-Nov Windows Server 2012 R2 Brings Improvements to DNS and DHCP Management Jennelle Crothers@jkc137
20-Nov Why Server 2012 R2? – Remote Desktop Sessions and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Tommy Patterson@Tommy_Patterson
21-Nov Step-by-Step: Extending Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2 with custom PowerShell tools Keith Mayer@KeithMayer
22-Nov Hyper-V Integration Services Keith Mayer@KeithMayer
23-Nov * Weekend No Post  
24-Nov Gen 2 Virtual Machines Ryan Lance of Oakwood Systems / Kevin Remde@KevinRemde
25-Nov Shared Virtual Hard Disk Brian Lewis@BrianLewis_
26-Nov Automatic Virtual Machine Activation Brian Lewis@BrianLewis_
27-Nov Thanksgiving – No Post – Series Concluded! Happy Holidays!

Mark your calendar, set a recurring calendar item for every day beginning Launch day Oct 18, 2013 until Thanksgiving to take part in this FREE learning opportunity. Block off 45 minutes at lunch, before work, after work or even during work. Whatever it takes, you need to make it happen. Each day at 7am EST a new post will be added to the series where Windows Server 2012 R2 technologies will be covered in great detail.

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About Dan Stolts ITProGuru

Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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