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  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Juniper Announce NAP Interoperability

    From this press release : "Juniper Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the companies are working together to provide customers and partners with open standards-based interoperability between Juniper Networks Unified Access Control (UAC) and Microsoft Network...
  • Blog Post: Very Interesting Virtualization Video

    Eric Traut, a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and one of the key architects behind our kernel and virtualization teams gave a great presentation at the University of Illinois on our virtualization architecture. Eric gave a very detailed description of WSV and even glimpes of some components of a...
  • Blog Post: SCOM, OCS, PowerShell - Can you keep up?

    As someone who attempts (and whose job!) it is to maintain at least a passing knowledge of all of the Microsoft infrastructure servers and expertise in at least a few of them, weeks like this are both exciting and a great challenge. In case you missed them, there were a lot of announcements and releases...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2 is Released

    Beta 2 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager was posted to connect.microsoft.com last night. Here is the link . Some highlights from the connect site: What is Virtual Machine Manager? Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is a server application used to manage a virtualized data...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Hidden Costs of VDI

    Brian Madden has an excellent post up today called The hidden costs of VDI . I’ve been working nearly full time the last two months helping to put together a Microsoft Services offering around desktop virtualization in general and VDI in particular so have spent a lot of time looking into both the technical...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server Cookbooks

    The links below are to a series of cookbooks for Virtual Server by Microsoft and Partners that are detailed how-to guides for a series of topics such as management, high availability, disaster recovery, etc. Name Description Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Xen to Develop Interoperability

    Today we announced an agreement with XenSource to develop interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and Microsoft's upcoming Windows Server Virtualization, the hypervisor technology due in the Longhorn timeframe. Press Release This is great news for customers as they can now make longer term architecture...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research: Peering into the future of Cloud Computing

    Microsoft has created a new group within Microsoft Research called Cloud Computing Futures headed by Dan Reed , who has a long history in academia and is a former director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications . An interview with him about the new group was recently published here: ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, and Others Collaborate on Service Modeling Language

    Microsoft and a bunch of other major tech vendors announced publication of a draft specification for an XML language for system management. The spec is called the Service Modeling Language (SML) which is derived from a lot of the work Microsoft has been doing on the System Definition Model. The intent...
  • Blog Post: New SoftGrid Page on Microsoft.com

    There is some new SoftGrid content on Microsoft.com to check out. Softgrid is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and is highly complimentary to SMS and Terminal Services. For those not familliar with SoftGrid, here is the marketing definition: Microsoft SoftGrid ® Application Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud

    The first part of a four-part article series titled Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud, by myself and my colleague Adam Fazio (@adamfazio) has been published in TechNet Magazine here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh127072.aspx Microsoft Services has designed, built and implemented...
  • Blog Post: New Blog and a Post About Routing Between Virtual Networks

    Robert Larson, a fellow Microsoft Consulting Services colleague and co-author of the upcoming Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit has started a new blog . One of his posts deals with the various options available to provide network connectivity and routing between virtual machines. The topic came from...
  • Blog Post: Great Info on 64-bit Vista Security and Patchguard

    I was reading a post on Steve Riley's blog that linked to a couple of very interesting posts by Jeff Jones on his Think Security blog. He goes into quite a bit of detail on Patchguard and also interviews Forrest Foltz who is a Patchguard Architect at Microsoft. They discuss some of the truths and misconceptions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SDL: Get it to go

    Today Microsoft made available the Microsoft SDL Process Template . This was announced over on the SDL Blog . Roger has some comments on it as well. The SDL Process Template is a free downloadable template for Visual Studio Team System that integrates the SDL directly into a customer’s software development...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com is running on IIS7 at 99.83% Availability

    Interesting post and stats over on www.iss.net www.iis.net . Microsoft.com has now migrated all but one server over to IIS7. 99% of apps worked unchanged. Most folks don't realize this but Microsoft.com has the 4th widest audience in the US and the 5th widest worldwide. The site runs primarily out of...
  • Blog Post: Clustering SQL Server Virtual Machines

    When planning server consolidation initiatives, particularly if using a structured offering and tools like SVAM and MAP , underutilized database servers are a frequent consolidation candidate. Similarly, if you have already widely implemented virtualization, then virtualizing database servers for new...
  • Blog Post: Sun's Red Shift Theory

    This is a very interesting article on a theory by Sun's CTO Greg Papadopoulos that over the intermediate term, computing and data centers are going to consolidate so much that eventually a very large percentage of all computing will be done in massive data centers owned by a very few large companies...
  • Blog Post: Private Clouds: Believe it or not?

    Recently there has been some healthy debate around the validity of “private clouds” and whether such a construct is new or just a different name for virtualization and automated provisioning, i.e. a marketecture. In this corner for the anti-Private Cloud sentiment, we have the 2009 Prediction – Rise...
  • Blog Post: What are Composite Applications? See Microsoft Architect Journal 10

    Volume 10 of the Microsoft Architect Journal has been released to the web . This issue deals with the concept of Composite Applications which are basically the payoff that a service oriented architecture provides. Composition deals with creating an end capability or application by consuming various services...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Certificate Server Enhancements in Longhorn

    Fairly detailed article just published this week on TechNet. Dowload the article here .
  • Blog Post: TechReady Day 3 and 4: Windows Server 2008

    My schedule on day 3 and 4 was very heavy on sessions dealing with virtualization and various Windows Server 2008 topics. I mentioned it in my previous post but there is a tremendous amount of integration and collaboration between the virtualization teams and the management teams. I asked a several questions...
  • Blog Post: TechReady Day 2: BillG and Virtualization

    Day 2 at TechReady brought a keynote by Bill Gates and another Q&A session afterwards. The keynote was pretty interesting, it was a fairly typical BillG presentation with some good demos. He highlighted six major areas Microsoft is focusing on over the next 5 years. No real news there, it was the...
  • Blog Post: White Paper: Comparing the Power Utilization of Native and Virtual Exchange Environments

    The Exchange team has published a whitepaper on TechNet comparing the power utilization of a typical 8 server physical Exchange environment compared to a a virtualized environment using the same number of logical processors but on only two Hyper-V host servers. The result: a 50% reduction in power usage...
  • Blog Post: Great List of SQL 2008 Resources

    If you want to learn more about SQL 2008, here is a great list of resources.
  • Blog Post: Updated: Introducing the Azure Services Platform

    The main introductory whitepaper to the Azure platform written by David Chappell has been updated. The main updates are around SQL Data Services and the move toward a more relational model and the introduction of something code-named the “Huron” data hub which uses the Microsoft Sync Framework to synchronize...