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Creating a System Center 2012 Lab via Azure (via Microsoft TechNet)

via Microsoft TechNet

In a recent blog post entitled, System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution, benefits were showcased in allowing company employees supply their own smartphones, tablets and notebooks for utilization in the office.  Proper planning and management of said deployments need to be top of mind for organizations in this respect to ensure BYOD stays as a benefit as opposed to becoming a threat.  

Microsoft’s Windows 8 also plays a fit in BYOD.  Specifically created to allow users to easily access information that matter to them most without compromising security or manageability was something Microsoft planned for aside from its great new interface. System Center 2102 Configuration Manager provides additional resources to ensure business deployments of Windows 8 meet all security and manageability requirements.

While Mitch Garvis and I were co-presenting at a recent #CANITPRO camp, attendees stated they were eager to test System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 but did not have the ability or lab to do so. Currently plans are underway for Microsoft to host upcoming System Center 2012 #CANITPRO camps allowing attendees to take part in free hands on training.  There is also a way for attendees to get a jumpstart on testing without impacting any of your existing systems and to run the full pilot in the cloud for free.

As detailed in my blog post entitled, Step-by-Step: Building a FREE System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Lab, further details are listed on how to leverage Microsoft's Windows Azure FREE 90-Day Trial Offer to build your System Center 2012 lab environment for FREE.  Once testing of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager has been completed you are even provided the opportunity to convert your lab into a real-time deployment.  The environment costs approximately $0.40 USD per hour of compute usage plus associated storage and networking costs of typically less than $10 USD per month. Cost estimates are based on published Pay-As-You-Go pricing for Windows Azure current as of this editorial’s published date.

As an added bonus, Microsoft Canada is running a promotion starting March 11th 2013 allow you the opportunity to win a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card when evaluating Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 or Hyper-V.  Further details will be provided after March 11th on Twitter, monitor the hashtag #CANITPRO, on LinkedIn via the Canadian IT Professionals group and via our Canadian IT Professionals blog.

Microsoft Canada is here to help with your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Lab setup and testing.  Reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns you may have.  Ensuring proper planning will avert threats of unsecured devices and will allow your organization to reap the benefits of properly implementing a BYOD offering. Providing users the freedom of utilizing the tools they are most familiar with will be of benefit to almost any organization and strengthen its relationship with its employees.  Allow Microsoft Canada to help your organization realize the benefits BYOD can bring.


Anthony Bartolo | Technical Evangelist (IT PRO)
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Resources, Tools and Training

·  Windows Server 2012 Essentials Training
Take this no-cost online training course at Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn more about how to deploy, manage and use the features in Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Get free training now>>>

·  Office 365 for Business Launch
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·  SQL Server 2012 Webcast Series
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