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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 MCPs : Get your transition on!

    Windows Server 2008 is now scheduled for release to manufacturing in the first quarter of 2008 instead of the end of 2007. Learn more . As a result, transition exams 70-648 and 70-649 are scheduled for release on October 29, 2007. If you registered before June 30, 2007 for a 40% savings voucher for these...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Compute Cluster used by Callaway

    I'm a keen golfer and have been following The Masters the last few days with a keen eye.  There's been some great golf out there and the course at Augusta looks stunning.  It was nice to see this blog post then, on the Windows Server team blog on how Callaway uses Windows Server Compute Cluster...
  • Blog Post: Top Reasons to upgrade to Windows Server 2008

      Reason Key Feature 1 Protecting your network from viruses and enforcing compliance Network Access Protection - NAP 2 Providing efficient, low – overhead core services with a reduced attack surface Server Core 3 Meeting next generation security threats to your network, data and business Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Podcast

    Powershell is an object orientated scripting language which is extensible and is the foundation admin tool for Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007. One of our MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) talks about Windows Server 2008 in particular powershell and virtualisation on this...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Videos

    The Technet team have recently released these great videos on all aspects of Windows Server 2008 - check them out: Ø Windows Server 2008 Deployment Overview - Michael Niehaus, Tim Mintner Ø The 10 Most Important Things About Failover Clustering - Jim Teague Ø Power Management: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server videos

    Some of our MVPs have been busy making some quite amusing videos that help explain the different between our standalone server product and Small Business Server (SBS) and Essential Business Server (EBS) our new product for mid sized companies.  Hat tip to Oliver for finding these.
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide

    The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide is now out - essential reading this.  Go download. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc264463.aspx
  • Blog Post: How to tell when a computing paradigm is on the mind of a lot of people

    When Dilbert covers it of course...  http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20080212.html
  • Blog Post: Server 2008 Hyper-V Training

    Date 27 th -28 th May 2008 Course Virtualisation – Implementation and Migrating to Hyper V Location Wokingham Start Time 10 am Current Agenda for the Course – Day 1 09:00     Introduction 09:15     Module 1 – Virtualisation Concepts 09:45    ...
  • Blog Post: BlogTalk Radio covers Windows Essential Business Server 2008

    Listen to a recording of the January 25, 2008 Small Business IT Radio show on BlogTalk Radio and learn about EBS 2008, its capabilities, and the numerous partner opportunities it presents.  Arlin Sorensen, President, Heartland Technologies and Stuart Crawford, Director of Business Development, IT...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Certifications

    Here are some useful links on Windows Server 2008 Certifications! Introducing WS2008 certifications WS2003 to WS008 transition path Frequently asked questions Get exam notification and 40% off Thanks and welcome to Jeremy Palmer - the new Information Worker PTS in my team!  Jeremy recently moved...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Eight month free trial

    Just wanted to say hi to the partners I visited up in Scotland over the last few days.  Great conversations and fever pitch interest in our new products - good to see! Back to the post.... Great (old) news for our customers - but worth a mention! Microsoft Gives 8-Month Evaluation for Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Video demo of NAP + Forefront

    Spotted this little gem on the Enterprise Networking Group at Microsoft which shows off the combined power of Windows Server 2008's NAP (Network Access Protection) and Forefront Client Security - very nice!  Get more details here: http://blogs.technet.com/nap/archive/2008/02/22/exclusive-nap-forefront...
  • Blog Post: Get to a Windows Server 2008 Launch Event

    Yesterday we launched Windows Server 2008 - congrats to the whole team!  Now you have the opportunity to find out all about it at a TechNet event at venues up and down the UK.  Here are the details: TechNet 2008 Launch Roadshow Following the 2008 Launch event in Birmingham on 19 th March, TechNet...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - Free software for students

    Bill Gates has just announced free developer, designer and server products for Students.  DreamSpark allows students to download Visual Studio, Expression, XNA Game Studio and Windows Server for free.  Here's the Channel 8 interview with Bill. Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students...
  • Blog Post: Tough times ahead for Windows Server 2003

    When a new operating system like Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 is launched to much fanfare and attention, the casualties of such activities are rarely noticed.  Casualties like Windows ME, Windows 2000 and now Windows Server 2003 - they just slip into the background, forgotten, never to be...
  • Blog Post: IT Management from the Desktop to the Datacenter

    One of things we are currently talking to our customers and partners about is the concept of having end-to-end management of IT products and solutions from desktop all the way to the datacenter servers and all the infrastructure in between. New products in System Center including Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista + Windows Server 2008 = Great IT

    I was perusing the Windows Server 2008 Launch site and came across this list of things that make your IT estate the envy of your peers by using Vista on the desktop and Server 2008 in the back office.  It kicked off by talking about how Vista and Server 2008 came from the same family and has shared...
  • Blog Post: Core Infrastructure Optimisation Training

    My Core IO partner in crime - Matt McPhirt - has been beavering away preparing these hot potatoes of events on Core Infrastructure Optimisation. This particular training has a flavour of Server 2008 about it including System Center and Virtual Server. Here's the lowdown from the horse's mouth: Well,...
  • Blog Post: Pixar to use Windows Server 2008 HPC

    Last year I dabbled a with the HPC (High Performance Computing) version of Windows Server and now it seems the platform goes from strength to strength with news of Pixar using the latest incarnation built on Windows Server 2008 to render it’s future box office hits. Some of the new features in 2008 HPC...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V feature comparison with other Virtualisation offerings

    I had a question today at a Virtualisation event about a feature by feature comparison of Hyper-V and other virtualisation offerings. I had a quick search around and came across this 3rd party appraisal of all the different products out there on the market. Now although this may or may not be completely...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 London Clinics

    QA-IQ, one of our training partners is running a Windows Server 2008 week of events starting in July. So, what's on the menu? Clinic 1: Windows Server 2008 Branch Office Management Clinic 2: Windows Server 2008 Server Management Clinic 3: Windows Server 2008 Security Control Clinic 4: Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 lineup and introducing Hyper-V, it's "cheap as chips"

    Level Set: What is Virtualization? I'm going to use a nice paragraph from a PC Advisor article I found: Virtualisation enables one physical server to host several operating systems, which can be assigned to run certain applications. It means one physical server can be worked harder, often reducing the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Training

    Take advantage of these limited time Launch offers from the Microsoft Readiness Team: Windows Server 2008 Accelerated Learning Course - 6 Days Technical Training Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Skills & Certification. Academic, strategic and hands-on experience you need to successfully manage a network...
  • Blog Post: Answering questions about Windows Server 2008

    Last week I presented at an event on Windows Server 2008 down in Exeter.  Despite my jetlag the event went very well and the dialogue with the audience was great with lots of good questions.  Here are some of them: Which applications are going to support Server Core, i.e. Microsoft Exchange...