I'm delighted to announce that that Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 is available to download HERE.
You can get a lot more technical detail about Longhorn on the TechCenter.
Also if you really want to roll up your sleeves you can check out some of the webcasts below:
TechNet Webcast: What Is New in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Overview of Server Manager and PowerShell in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Cluster Validation in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Advancing Network Security (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Server Virtualization Solution Scenario (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Branch Office Solution Scenario (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Centralizing Application Access with Terminal Services (Level 300)
If you have spent anytime in a Microsoft presentation in the last 2 plus years, you are sure to have been hit over the head with the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) message. The reason we keep hitting on this message is it one of the best products we make and helps businesses of all types.
Because this product is so popular, we have been releasing tools and resources that will help with the planning, deployment and management of solutions built on SharePoint. Here a couple I have come across in the last week that may be of help or interest.
The Sharepoint Product Team released the set of Sharepoint Architecture Diagram stencils that they used with Visio 2007 to create the diagrams from the posters they created around sample designs.
To create your own diagrams for models of server deployments, just download the stencil pack below. For examples of how the IT pro content publishing team for Microsoft Office used these shapes, see these pages:
John Jansen, Test Lead for Sharepoint Designer just had his book published by Microsoft Press, “Building Web Applications with Microsoft Office Sharepoint Designer 2008”.
Just as importantly, the team directs people to these two links where you can view John's free training videos on SharePoint Designer 2007 on Office Online:
· A six-part series on getting the most out of SharePoint Designer 2007
· SharePoint Designer 2007 Business Administrator Training
Mary-Jo is on holidays and recruits Aidan Finn to replace her?
"I’ve asked a few illustrious members of the worldwide Microsoft community to share their insights via guest posts on a variety of topics — from Windows Phone, to Hyper-V. Today’s entry is all about Hyper-V Replica and is authored by Aidan Finn”
Aidan Finn is a Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) with an expertise in Virtual Machine. He works for MicroWarehouse Ltd, an Irish Value Added Distributor, as a Technical Sales Lead, working closely with Microsoft and VARs in Ireland. He blogs on aidanfinn.com, tweets as @joe_elway, and has written or contributed to books such as Mastering Hyper-V Deployment (Sybex, 2010) and Microsoft Private Cloud Computing (Sybex, 2012).
This guest post by Aidan explains Hyper-V Replica, a new feature in Windows Server 2012. The up and coming new version of Windows Server includes loads of new features that will see Microsoft leapfrogging VMware for all your virtualisation requirements. Hyper-V replica is just one of them.
Well done Aidan for being considered one of a few illustrious members of the worldwide Microsoft community
Here’s his post: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/one-of-windows-server-2012s-secret-weapons-hyper-v-replica/12707?tag=mantle_skin;content
Windows administration has changed greatly from the the days of NT 3.5 when I started out. The most dramatic change happened with the release of Windows Server 2008 and the advent of PowerShell. Windows has always been, well windows. All tasks were completed through the use of a GUI and needed to be repeated on all servers that they applied to.
Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell allows IT professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation. Windows PowerShell is easy to adopt, learn, and use, because it works with your existing IT infrastructure and existing script investments, and because it runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003. Windows PowerShell is now included as part of Windows Server 2008 and PowerShell 2.0 in Windows Server 2008 R2. Exchange Server 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007, System Center Data Protection Manager V2, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager also leverage Windows PowerShell to improve administrator control, efficiency, and productivity.
Dr. Tobias Weltner, a German PowerShell MVP and noted author on the topic has released a free eBook “Mastering PowerShell”. If you are new to PowerShell or an old pro, this book is sure to provide some insights and useful information…..and the price is right!
Rory Monaghan is a Galwegian who has been working in application virtualization and the desktop space for over 5 years.
He has put together this series of short video tutorials guiding you through what it is and how to set it up through to troubleshooting it when it’s not working (which is hopefully infrequently).
Microsoft Application Virtualisation (App-V) enables enterprises to meet the needs of users and IT by empowering anywhere productivity and accelerated application deployment. It provides anywhere user access to applications that available on any authorized device without application installs.
The first video in this series in just a presentation to introduce you all to APP-V. I discuss the requirements for APP-V, the different components, the capabilities of APP-V and the different types of setups.
This video is a walk through demonstration of the setting up the APP-V Full Streaming environment.
This video is an end to end of APP-V sequencing and a how to for streaming the application from the APP-V server.
This video is a demonstration of the APP-V Management console with an explanation of the different options available.
Troubleshooting in APP-V explained
Windows Vista Pre-SP1 Performance and Reliability Updates have just been Released!
You can get them here:
Windows Vista Performance Update:
Windows Vista Reliability Update:
You can register for and download the Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate o now from the TechNet Trial Software Center.
We're hosting a TechNet Training event on SQL Server 2005 in both Dublin and Belfast on September 26th and 28th respectively. This event will be technical deep dive covering best practices on how to upgrade from older versions of SQL Server or how to migrate from Oracle to SQL Server 2005. It will also cover Advanced SQL Server 2005 Integration and Reporting Services (Level 300). The focus of the event will be on practical demos and working examples as well as practical tips and tricks from the field.
You are welcome to forward the details of this invite on to the relevant members of your team and/ your colleagues who may be interested in the events.
** Links to register for this event are at the bottom of this post. **
The agenda for this complimentary event is as follows:
Afternoon - TechNet Event (IT Professional): Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Audience: IT Professionals, Database Administrators, Architects
Technical Level: 300
13:15: In-depth Exploration of SQL 2005 Upgrade and Migration processes
This session will show you the best methods to upgrade from earlier version of SQL Server to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. You will find out how to identify any incompatibility issues that you must address before you begin the process and how to prepare your system for a successful upgrade. We also offer tips and techniques that can help you make the most effective use of the upgrade tools and minimize downtime during the upgrade process.
We will also show you a new tool to you called Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). Have you ever wondered how to take PL/SQL code and convert it to T-SQL? SSMA automates the conversion of Oracle Database schema and data to Microsoft SQL Server. We show you the steps of a typical migration project. Learn how you can use the different modules of SSMA to automate assessment, schema and data migration, and testing.
14:30 Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Level 300
See advanced techniques for building reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services and the Microsoft Visual Studio-based Report Designer. Topics in this sessions include: how to use the built-in expression language, report parameterization (data driven, multi-valued, and hierarchical), supporting multiple data sources (including relational, multi-dimensional, and XML), and making reports interactive. Learn about the new features in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for report designers, receive a walk-through of sample reports and discover tips and tricks for using the Report Definition Language (RDL).
What We Will Cover
· New Data Sources in SSRS 2005
· Reporting Services Data Extensions
· Working with SSAS and SSIS Data
· End-User Sort and Parameterization
· Schedules and Subscriptions
15:30: Coffee Break
15:45: Advanced SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Level 300
SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) has been completely re-architected to support enterprise requirements for scale and performance. This session presents key enhancements in SSIS that make it extremely scalable. This session will also cover use of scripting, performance optimisation and interoperability.
· SSIS enhancements
· SSIS v SQL Server
· Advanced Scripting (samples from the field)
· Optimisation for scalability (tips from the field)
· Performance Monitoring
· Interoperability (Excel/Oracle)
DUBLIN Event - 26th Sept: Click on the below links to register:
Target Audience: IT Professionals, Database Administrators, Architects, IT Managers
Dublin Venue: Burlington Hotel
Afternoon Session - TechNet Event (IT Professional): Microsoft SQL Server 2005
BELFAST Event - 28th Sept: Click on the below links to register:
Belfast Venue: Hilton Hotel
You only have to read the news – but just in case you missed all of this:
VMware’s Iron Grip On Business World Loosens. Maybe
VMware may be losing dominance in server virtualization
Microsoft Hyper-V gaining on VMware in the virtualization market
If you’re virtualising Windows workloads the VMware cost is ALL overhead – Windows Server already includes the hypervisor, failover clustering, live migration and dynamic memory!
I realise that “it depends” and “your numbers will vary”, but ignore the numbers and this chart just demonstrates all that overhead!
Now, performance is a tricky subject to tackle, seeing as the VMware license agreement restricts the publishing of benchmarks which are not approved by them (i.e. benchmarks that show their product NOT performing as well as the competition). There are lots of reports out there that would have you believe that either VMware or Hyper-V are the fastest, most performant hypervisors on the market and they’ll all be sponsored by one side or the other – so take them with a pinch of salt. I will draw your attention however to a VMware report (summary here and details here). In this report VMware shines as outperforming Hyper-V by 18.9% – BUT..
BUT they only get that win by using something that they do NOT recommend in production – memory overcommit.
Without memory overcommit, VMware wins by just 2%. Now, are you prepared to pay 2.5 times as much for your solution for a meagre 2%?
I like this report from VMware (if you read it with your eyes open), as VMware are validating that Hyper-V R2 SP1 works as well as vSphere 5.0 under adequate memory.
If you’re interested in doing the right thing for your company and saving them money, then start your Hyper-V evaluation today. Links to evaluation software, advice and guidance and training are here.