cloudWe are always coming out with new software you want to try, yes “most” (not all) everything we have you can try for up to 180 days for free. The problem is, finding the download site. Well I put together this blog post so you have what is currently available today, and what most IT professionals are interested in Downloading. All you need is some old hardware and you can spin up a test network today!

Here are the resources and (click on the title for the links)

Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
This is an evaluation of the core of any Hyper-V solution you may want to try. Take a look at the enterprise or datacenter editions!

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1
This is our free server for you take hyper-v for a test drive and in some cases may even accomplish what you are looking to do with virtualization.

All System Center 2012 Products Link – CLICK HERE
Available System Center 2012 Products:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 RC provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
  • System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
  • System Center App Controller 2012 Beta provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
  • System Center Service Manager 2012 Beta provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.

Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications 
This is a great step by step to show how we work with the applications in Azure.

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
The MVA is a free training resources that will allow you to improve your IT skill set and help advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal. Learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies, gain points and get recognition. Here are some of the classes:

  • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – The Platform
  • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Management
  • Planning, Building and Managing a Private Cloud
  • Office 365 for the IT Pro – Platform
  • Introduction To Windows Azure