Maximize free subscription days when upgrading to XBox Game Pass Ultimate

Hi everyone,

during a sleepless night I discovered and browsing the XBox Store, I discovered an interesting offer which hides a lot of free fun for gamers. 🙂

Microsoft XBox has currently a really great offer when changing from XBOX Gold and Game Pass to Game Pass Ultimate.

First, you get the first month for 1€.

That is already nice but there is an additional thing you should know. As you might have already discovered, the new Game Pass Ultimate combines XBox Gold and Game Pass into one subscription.

To help players who paid more for both subscriptions and have them currently running, adds all prepaid subscriptions days from Gold and Game Pass and combines them into Ultimate. That means following:

1 month XBox Gold + 1 month XBox Game Pass = 2 months Game Pass Ultimate 🙂

Thats really nice, I tried that with my account yesterday with following Resultat.

Where I started:

Where I ended:

yes, I don’t need any new Game Pass for 2 years now.

But … one moment! Every prepaid is eligable to be converted for 1€ right?

Yes it is and now here comes the magic and an awesome offer Microsoft makes to their gaming community.

Microsoft XBox trial licences you get with and nex XBox, some games, events etc. are also prepaid.

So I tried it with another account. I added some free trials which had at home. As you know, you can add trials more than one time per account.

At the end I did following:

  1. Added two passes for XBox Gold (1 Month)
  2. enabled the automatic payment to get another free month
  3. Added two passes for XBox Game Pass (1 Mpnth)
  4. enabled the automatic payment to get another free month
  5. Upgraded to Ultimate for 1€

Resultat: I ended up with 5 months XBox live for 1€. 🙂

Afterwards you can cancel automatic payment in your XBox account.

I hope the blogs helps and happy to here from you.

Cheers,

Flo

@AltaroSoftware Webcast with @workinghardinit & @thomasmaurer – Journey to The Cloud: Masterclass on Cloud Migration

Hi everyone,

in behalf of Altaro, I would like to a free Webinar with three top of the edge speaker around Microsoft Software Defined Datacenter.

The transition to adopting cloud services is unique for every organization. What does yours look like?

Join Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze (Technical Evangelist – Altaro), Didier Van Hoye (Infrastructure Architect – FGIA), and Thomas Maurer (Cloud Architect – itnetX) for a crash course on the possibilities of cloud technologies coming out of Microsoft including:

  • Windows Server 2019 and the Software-Defined Datacenter
  • New Management Experiences for Infrastructure with Windows Admin Center
  • Hosting an Enterprise Grade Cloud in your datacenter with Azure Stack
  • Taking your first steps into the public cloud with Azure IaaS

After watching the experts discuss the details, you’ll see that the cloud doesn’t have to be an all or nothing discussion. This webinar will prepare you for your journey by revealing the available options and how to make the most out of them!

Wednesday June 13th 2018 –

Presented live twice on the day – Registration

  • Session 1: 2pm CEST – 5am PDT – 8am EDT
  • Session 2: 6pm CEST – 9am PDT – 12pm EDT

new Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Hi everybody,

Microsoft recently publish a new free eBook. This time about the Windows Server 2016 Technical Prview.

You can download it here.

Introduction
Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large global enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed that you have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or, at the very least, you have seen it from afar! No matter what your area of expertise, this ebook introduces you to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and its latest developments, which is the next version of Windows Server.

Each chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product group, who provide you with the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is coming in Windows Server. This information will help you to get ready for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and give you an opportunity to develop and design a path to introduce this powerful technology into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book was written at a time when the product was still evolving, and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when it is released. All guidance in these chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test setting; you should not implement this in a production environment.

This book assumes that you are familiar with key Windows Server concepts (i.e., Hyper-V, networking, and storage) as well as cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure. In this ebook, we cover a variety of concepts related to the technology and present scenarios with a customer focus, but it is not intended as a how-to guide or design manual. You should use other sources including the online Microsoft resources to stay up to date with the latest developments on the roles and features of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. The online resources will also contain the latest how-to procedures and information about designing a Windows Server 2016 infrastructure for your business.

@AltaroSoftware New eBook: Supercharging Hyper-V Performance

Hi everybody,

Altaro published a great new eBook “Supercharging Hyper-V Performance”.

Here’s what you can expect from this eBook:

  1. A practical guide to finding and fixing issues in storage, CPU, memory, and network components
  2. Instructions on how to use Windows Performance Monitor and PAL to monitor your virtualized environment
  3. Advice on how to plan hosts, VMs, storage, networking and management for maximum performance.

You can download it here.

Eventtipp – WEBINAR: Troubleshooting Microsoft Hyper-V – 4 Tales from the Trenches

Hi everybody,

Altaro is again featuring a new Webcast together with my friend Didier better known as Working Hard in IT. They will show you how to troubleshoot Microsoft Hyper-V 🙂 I would highly recommend the event to you.

If you’ve been in IT for any length of time, you’ve likely gotten that phone call that you never want to get: Everything is broken! It’s the end of the world! The sky is falling! Your Hyper-V Host or Cluster is broken and you are the person to fix it!

Where do you start?

What are the most common things to look for?

These are exactly some of the questions we’ll be covering in our next webinar, on February 25th, 2016 at 4pm CET / 10am EST!

Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVPs Didier Van Hoye and Andy Syrewicze will be answering these questions, and will also be sharing some tales from the trenches.

In this webinar you’ll learn Hyper-V troubleshooting basics and solutions to common problems. You’ll also see some Hyper-V oddities that were encountered by Didier and Andy and how these issues were ultimately resolved and with what tools.

It’s one thing to setup and run a virtualization solution. It’s another thing to fix it when it’s broken.

Sign up now to join us on February 25th, 2016 at 4pm CET / 10am EST (30-45mins + live Q&A!) for some tales from the trenches!

If you are interested to watch the cast, you only need to register on the Altaro website. <click here>