Microsoft Virtual Academy: Competitive Advantages – Microsoft vs. VMware

More than a dozen videos were released at Technet site related to Hyper-V and System Center 2012. These videos are 4 courses part of Microsoft Virtual Academy. All these videos compare Microsoft Technologies against VMware’s. Even though these videos are created by Microsoft they show very accurate the difference between the technologies that are compared. We can see that how Microsoft is turning from follower to a leader in a lot of areas in the Virtualization and the Private Cloud. No further explanation is needed you can just watch the videos and make up your mind for the capabilities that both companies offer:

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Competitive Advantages of Hyper-V Server 2012 over VMware ESXi 5.0

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Competitive Advantages of System Center 2012 over VMware’s Management Technologies

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.0

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud

Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 documentation available for download

Microsoft released for download  the documentation about MOF. MOF 4.0 is practical guidance for IT organizations based on ITIL. In this link you will find all available downloads and description about them.

Microsoft IT and their Private Cloud

Microsoft published for download 3 documents on how Microsoft IT (Microsoft internal support) implemented the Private Cloud. The documents are general documentation and can be downloaded from these links:

Several Sessions for Windows Server 2012

Below are some interesting sessions about Windows Server 2012. Keep in mind they are mostly overview of the capabilities of the new server version:

Lifecycle Virtual Machines with Service Manager and Orchestrator – A Real World Private Cloud Scenario

Anders Bengtsson one of Microsoft MVPs and author of System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed wrote an amazing article titled “VM lifecycle in Service Manager with Orchestrator magic”. Not only he provides the knowledge on how to built lifecycle scenario for virtual machines but also he provides for download the runbooks and the management packs used by him. Such service is often desired by customers and without a lot of effort you can build it by reading the article and taking advantage of provided for download content.