Earth day is a very big deal in my house. We have long been supporters of environmental causes at home and work, and regardless of political views this is an important issue if only from a pocketbook perspective. You have no doubt heard either myself or Dave discuss the benefits of virtualization with Hyper-V from a power and cooling perspective as well as the power use benefits of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 when compared to other OS’s past and present. These are some of the interesting aspects of the Microsoft product line that impact us in a Green way daily.
One of the other ways to work Greener is to work from home when possible and I did just that today. Using Office Communications Server 2007 R2 I was able to participate in conference calls from my house with colleagues, I collected my email through RPC over HTTPS and connect to all my required documents on SharePoint sites with no VPN through DirectAccess as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. All of these technologies might not be directly Green, but they help me easily work from home productively while not driving to the office, taking a bus or riding the LUAS.
TechNet Magazine published this special online-only Green IT issue for IT Pros earlier this evening.
The issue features a strong collection of new and archived articles, including:
· Framework for Building a “Hyper-Green” Virtual Server System
· Planning Your Power Management and Virtualization Strategies
· Essential Tools for Planning Your Virtual Infrastructure
· Enforce Power Management Settings in your Organization with Group Policy
· Sleep or Hibernate?
· Is It Time to Turn Off Your Servers?
· Conserving Energy with Group Policy
· Plan and Optimize Your Infrastructure to be Energy Efficient with System Center
· Build a Green Datacenter
It is worth noting that the release of the magazine not only coincides with Earth Day but, perhaps more importantly, the 1st anniversary of the Sustainable IT online column in the magazine. The issue also nicely compliments a separate Green IT publication released by Microsoft earlier this year for strategic architects: The Architecture Journal – Green IT Computing.
Happy Computing, Reading and Power Saving to all, and to all good night
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