Our ongoing World Of Servers series hit Las Vegas last week and dosed up on Windows Server knowledge at the Microsoft Management summit. Here are five key lessons to take away from that event.
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The Microsoft Management Summit 2013 (MMS 2013) conference commenced in Las Vegas today with a keynote showcasing live demonstrations of how to use Windows Server 2012 for data centre optimisation and BYOD management for the 5000 attendees. But there was one technology that was deliberately nowhere in sight: the promised Windows Blue updates that are expected mid-year.