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  • Blog Post: Longhorn and Microsoft Certification

    Over on one of the more creatively named Microsoft blogs: "So, a booth babe and a geek walk in to a bar..." there is information and a link to a LiveMeeting about certification paths and plans for MCSAs and MCSEs when Longhorn server comes out.
  • 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: TechReady9 Day 2 Wrap-up

    Day 2 at TechReady was packed with technical sessions, no keynotes. In the morning I attended a session on model driven development. Not yet an infrastructure architecture related technology but as I mentioned yesterday regarding System Center, Microsoft is investing in a big way in modeling. The “Oslo...
  • 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: Virtualization Launch Videos Posted

    Highlights and Full Length videos from the keynotes have been posted: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/virtualization/default.mspx
  • 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: Vista RC1 is done!

    Vista RC1 is out! The news was announced late last night on the Windows Vista blog . Additional coverage here and here. Vista RC1 should be available now to beta testers and TAP participants on Connect and I'd expect to see it up on MSDN sometime next week. I jumped the gun and started downloading the...
  • 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: Released: Longhorn Beta 3

    Longhorn Beta 3 has been released and is available at the link below. This is a major milestone obviously and is essentially feature complete. I'm looking forward to testing some of the key feautures such as Server Core, Read-Only Domain Controller, and especially all the new Terminal Services feaures...
  • Blog Post: Good Review of Exchange 2007 on Infoworld

    InfoWorld has a very positive review of Exchange 2007 on their website. http://www.infoworld.com/reports/32SRexchange.html InfoWorld: "Multiple precooked configs, a vastly improved Web client, a power command line, and bundled anti-malware add up to a whale of an upgrade"
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Books from Microsoft Insiders

    Two new books on Hyper-V have been released or coming soon. These are written by some of the most active members of the virtualization team and extended community inside Microsoft. Some of the authors I know personally and some I know by reputation from the hundreds of questions they answer every month...
  • Blog Post: More Info on the Microsoft and Novell Announcement

    Jason Matusow has a detailed post on his blog about the announcement. Here's the announcement . I'm still reading through the details but it definitely looks like a win/win for both companies but more importantly customers. Most of the early commentary on tech blogs interprets this as a defensive move...
  • 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 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: VirtualPC is FREE!

    Hot off the presses from the Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/jul06/07-12wpclicensing.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx Or if you don't want to read about and just want the bits, go here: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechReady Day 2 - Unified Communication, Identity Management

    Day 2 at TechReady lived up to expectations. Today I attended several sessions on Unified Communication (UC), and Identity Management. While there has been a fair amount of press lately on our UC efforts, I don't think it has sunk in yet how much Microsoft is focusing on this space. The investments are...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Longhorn Remote Access Features

    Over on the Routing and Remote Access Blog , they list some of the RRAS features coming in Vista and Longhorn including routing compartments, NAP enforcement for VPN clients, IPv6, AES encryption algorithm, and some improved usability features.
  • 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: IIS Gaining Rapidly on Apache

    I hadn't taken note of the market share numbers in a while but check out the results from the most recent Netcraft survey . They state the following: "Microsoft continues to increase its web server market share, adding 2.6 million sites this month as Apache loses 991K hostnames. As a result, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Mix'07 is getting great press

    Lots of good press coming out of Mix. I was able to catch the keynote webcast. It was great to hear from Ray Ozzie in some depth about his vision for the future of software plus services. Even internally unless you're on some of those teams the news has been pretty sparse. I like the fact that virtually...
  • Blog Post: Changes to the Security Bulletin Advanced Notification Service

    The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) announced some changes to the Advanced Notification Service (ANS) which is basically a service anyone can subscribe to which provides notice on Thursday the week before each month's Tuesday security bulletin releases of the number, severity, and affected...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RTM!

    Windows Server 2008 officially was officially signed off for RTM today! The press release is here . Haven't posted in quite some time due to vacation, holidays, and extremely busy customer schedule but will soon get back to regular posts.
  • Blog Post: FAST Search and SharePoint News

    Microsoft Enterprise Search Goes Deep and Wide "Today at FAST forward’09 in Las Vegas, Microsoft provided a glimpse into the fruits of their efforts: FAST Search for SharePoint, a new search server that will add the high-end search capabilities of FAST ESP to SharePoint. FAST Search for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: TechReady9 Day 3 Wrap-up

    Day 3 kicked off with a keynote by Ray Ozzie and several very cool demos on UI futures, what’s coming across some of the Bing features, and some stuff MSR is working on. There was also a good discussion of how concepts move from MSR, to Labs, then into the product groups. Next up was a very entertaining...