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FREE Windows Server 8 Beta Download and System Center 2012

clock May 23, 2012 04:03 by author scottker

There is a lot of buzz around the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the new Metro style application environment.  The other aspect of the next release of Windows is the server component that also has new capabilities.  There are a host of new  IIS enhancements that make it easier to manage your web applications.  Also, Hyper-V now has an extensible switch that is ripe for developers who want to create add-ons.  If you haven’ t had a chance to explore the next release of Windows Server, please take a moment to download and install the FREE Windows Server 2012 Beta now.  If you would prefer to have a preinstalled VHD, you can also download that from the download site.  My team mate, Harold Wong recently wrote a blog post with steps needed to take that VHD and configure your system to boot from it without having to install or repartition your hard drive giving you a no touch way to check it out.

Check out PC Magazines article on 10 Killer new features of Windows Server 8

Most developers are probably aware of Windows Azure and the benefits offered by a Platform as a Service public cloud offering.  As environments mature, more and more organizations are exploring hybrid cloud solutions.  There are definite benefits that a private cloud offers that may not be available in a public cloud offering.  Would you like to use a self-service portal to request a fully configured development environment that can be deployed quickly without any intervention from you?  Would you like to have insight into how your application is running during QA with direct integration with Visual Studio?  This is absolutely possible with System Center 2012!  I would encourage you to work with your IT folks to explore the Microsoft Private Cloud offering and how it can also be used to seamlessly manage an Azure environment using App Controller in addition to the afore mentioned items.  Download the evaluation bits for System Center 2012 today.

-Scott



CloudCamp coming to Los Angeles 4/11/2012!

clock March 29, 2012 17:26 by author scottker

This is for my Los Angeles readers!

There is a small technology agnostic cloud event happening on 4/13/2012 called CloudCamp Los Angeles.  If you are interested in the cloud and have a little time you should register and join.  Bret Stateham from Microsoft will be presenting on Azure.

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Enjoy

-Scottker



FREE! Microsoft Developer Camps coming to Western USA!

clock March 29, 2012 17:17 by author scottker

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FREE EVENTS
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ATTEND A CAMP, BUILD AN APP
Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you've learned. Check out the four different DevCamps currently being offered and register today!

 

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PHONE CAMP

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Events run from
8:45AM – 5:30PM

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Take your apps to the next level at the Windows Phone Dev Camp. We'll be covering how to bring the cloud to your app by consuming external APIs, add UX polish with Expression Blend, reach new markets through globalization and localization, and keep your app running at peak performance through advanced debugging and testing. In the afternoon, we'll break into labs to reinforce what we covered, and offer a chance to present your application for a chance to win in our application competition.

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CLOUD CAMP

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clip_image005[16]Denver, CO

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clip_image005[18]Phoenix, AZ

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Events run from
9:00AM – 5:00PM

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Join us to learn about the exciting new Windows Azure developer platform! Windows Azure will open up a host of new application and multi-screen development opportunities, and this briefing will give you a jumpstart in understanding how to take advantage of them.

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HTML5 WEB CAMP

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clip_image005[26]Denver, CO

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Events run from
8:45AM – 5:30PM

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As developers, you keep hearing a lot about HTML5, but many don't know what it actually means or is truly capable of. If you want to learn about it, your choices are limited. The HTML5 Web Camp is an opportunity to connect with designers and developers and show you what's possible, and how you can start using it today. Space is limited.

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STUDENT PREP NIGHT

clip_image005[30]Los Angeles, CA

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clip_image005[34]Denver, CO

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Events run from
5:00PM – 9:00PM

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If you're a student, interested in attending DevCamp (Phone Camp, particularly), we'd love to have you join us for a night of preparation and pizza! We want to be sure you have all the tools you need to be successful with the professional developer community.

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Connect with us
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For more information
Click here or to register by phone, call 1-877-MSEVENT.

 
Enjoy!
-ScottKer


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