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Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

Next generation of Management, Virtualization, Storage and Networking Capabilities

Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate as the next milestone in the product release lifecycle.  With over 300,000 downloads of Windows Server 2012 Beta, unparalleled excitement has been seen for this next version of Windows Server, which has been described in the industry as Microsoft's most ambitious undertaking to-date. Management, Virtualization, Networking and Storage capabilities have all been significantly improved in Windows Server 2012, and all of the IT Pros I've met are anxious to begin leveraging these enhancements in their shops.

Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate here: http://aka.ms/DLWS2012RC

I encourage you to fully explore the articles below that have been posted since the March 1st beta download was made available so that you can begin to plan for leveraging these improvements within your environment.  I look forward to discussing Windows Server 2012 with you at Microsoft Tech Ed North America in Orlando on June 11th-14th!

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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!

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