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The New Blog Series: Migration and Deployment

Moving operating systems and applicationsJust when you thought the fantastic pace of content on our blogs would slow down a bit after completing our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, we’re starting our new series for February: “Migration and Deployment”.

“So.. is this a February series, with 28 parts and new stuff every day?”

Well.. okay, maybe not quite the same pace as we did in January.  We decided to give you (and selfishly, ourselves) the weekends off.  But, this actually lends itself to another interesting way to break up the month into specific topic areas; one topic-area-per-week.  And in each week, we’ll discuss issues of migration and deployment for and around the platform in question.

Our 4 weeks of topic areas breaks down like this:

For example, we’ll be covering topics such as installation requirements and issues, methods for upgrading-in-place or the migration of documents and settings, managing policy and permissions, etc.

“Who is ‘we’?  Who are the article authors?”

The authors are me and my amazing teammates – the other Microsoft DPE US IT Pro Technology Evangelists in the United States: Chris Avis, Harold Wong, Brian Lewis, Matt Hester, Keith Mayer, Dan Stolts, Bob Hunt, Yung Chou, Tommy Patterson, and Blain Barton
And, as in the past, we will also occasionally call upon an MVP or other subject-matter expert to contribute.

“Are there any resources that I should have at-the-ready for doing exercises or walking through your step-by-step articles?”

GREAT question.  Yes! 

  1. Get your Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation download here:
  2. Get Windows Server 2012 Evaluation (.ISO & pre-installed .VHD):
  3. Start a Windows Azure 90-day free trial:
  4. Download the evaluation of System Center 2012 w/SP1:
  5. Take advantage of FREE training at Microsoft Virtual Academy:, and
  6. Take a stab at winning a trip to Las Vegas and the Microsoft Management Summit through the Cloud OS Trivia Challenge:

So.. the series is “Migration and Deployment”.  The first article (Part 1) is coming on Monday, February 4.  And we sincerely hope you enjoy it and will take advantage of the knowledge that we’re sharing.

Until then - Have a great weekend!

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog ( He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (, and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. ( When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.

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