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  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 3.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services 3.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes: Smooth Streaming, adaptive streaming of media over HTTP Live Smooth Streaming, for live adaptive streaming...
  • Blog Post: Server Unleashed

  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 PHP Training Kit – now available

    The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008 . The March RC1 release includes the following: PHP & SQL Server Demos Integrating...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services 4.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 and higher.  IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes: Smooth Streaming . Enables adaptive streaming of on-demand media files for Smooth...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 Released to the Web !!!

    IIS Media Services 4.0 was released yesterday, just in time for Streaming Media West . Coming just one year after the previous major release, IIS Media Services 4.0 allows you to encode once and deliver adaptive streaming content to three screens across multiple file formats and protocols. Keep reading...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – Texas events this week

    Don’t forget we just started the Microsoft Interop Road Show and there are events in Dallas and Houston this week. The event in Dallas is actually at our office in Las Colinas, Texas (also known as Irving). Confused? Don’t be. See all of the information at http://www.technetevents.com/interop/index.htm...
  • Blog Post: Pure Microsoft

    I’ve been listening to our customers a lot lately.  I get a lot of good feedback here, but it’s no substitute for the direct frank conversations we’ve had at the live events, launch events and conferences like MMS or TechEd. One of the complaints I’ve been hearing more and more is centered around...
  • Blog Post: The Face of Windows Server 2008

    Join in the fun at https://www.microsoft.com/servers/faces/ .  This is an interesting new resource area for Windows Server 2008.
  • Blog Post: Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier by Windows Server 2008 R2

    Do more with less. This has been the server manager’s mantra for several years but never moreso than now. Fortunately, Windows Server® 2008 R2 has got your back with numerous and varied features designed specifically to address IT’s current challenges while making day-to-day life a little easier. Here...
  • Blog Post: IIS Smooth HD Streaming Tech Overview – now available for download

    Smooth Streaming dynamically detects local bandwidth and CPU conditions and seamlessly switches, in near real time, the video quality of a media file that a player receives. Consumers with high-bandwidth connections can experience high definition ( HD ) quality streaming while others with lower bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guide list is getting big

    Every time I go back and review the list of step-by-step guides for Windows Server 2008 I am surprised to see it get bigger and bigger.  This evening is no exception.  Get any of the following guides @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft.com Moved to a Virtualized Environment

    Microsoft.com Operations, a team within the Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) division that manages the Microsoft.com Web site, faced the same budgetary pressures that affect many businesses today: It needed to constrain capital spending, optimize the use of existing hardware, and reduce...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 2.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services is a set of media-related extensions for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 that provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform. IIS Media Services 2.0 contains three extensions: Smooth Streaming – on-demand adaptive streaming to Silverlight Bit Rate Throttling – meters...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Core screencast - Installing Open Source Software

    If you are going to run web workloads, you'd be remiss not to evaluate Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. In fact, Windows Server 2008 includes a Core installation option that is an excellent platform for a variety of computing workloads. One thing you might not have thought about is using open source software...
  • Blog Post: http://edge.technet.com launches !!!

    As you can see at http://edge.technet.com , we are launching a new online portal for IT Pros. Expect to see lots of content in the form of podcasts, screencasts and videos. I have some interesting stuff coming. My EDGE id is KingCobra. Head on over and register if you want a cool name, before all of...
  • Blog Post: Running LAMP on Windows Server 2008 - webcast and screencasts now available

    I don't know about you, but that title sounds odd to me. Why on earth would you run the LAMP stack on Windows? Well for one thing LAMP commonly refers to Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. So running LAMP on Windows Server 2008 really means running it in a virtual machine and the only supported method for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 IIS 7 Admin Pack – now available

    The modules of the Administration Pack are a toolset to help you be more productive when using IIS Manager. Functionality varies from increased configuration editing capabilities to configuring FastCGI settings on your server. Configuration Editor - The configuration editor module will help you manage...
  • Blog Post: Key IIS7 trainings in October

    Chat : Windows Server 2008: Meet the people who are changing the Web at Microsoft Add to Calendar | Enter Chat Room Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 10:00AM-11:00AM Pacific Time Here's your chance to chat with two of the most influential people on all things Web at Microsoft. Scott Guthrie, General Manager...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Release Candidate - download now

    Windows Server 2008, with built-in Web and virtualization technologies, enables you to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure. New virtualization tools, Web resources, and security enhancements help you save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and...
  • Blog Post: We are giving away a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p

    Right now I am installing Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p. I’ll add all of the drivers, service packs and fixes, verify it works properly on my network, etc. Then we are going to give it away on or about December 19th, 2008. Just call me Keith “Santa Claus” Combs. Matt's the Elf...
  • Blog Post: I know where you can get Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD's... shhhhh

    Remember that post I did a couple of days ago about the Microsoft Developer Conference (MDC)?  You might want to consider going more seriously now.  See http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2008/11/24/did-you-miss-the-pdc-this-year-here-s-another-chance.aspx for the details around the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP now available for download

    In its continued commitment to interoperability, Microsoft has released a new SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP. The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP download is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge. The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is a PHP 5 extension that allows for the reading and...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn PHP? PHP on Windows Training Kit Updated

    Matt Hester , Dan Stolts and I did an Interoperability Road Show not long ago.  A portion of that day was geared towards running open source software on Windows and some of the demos I used came from the PHP on Windows Training Kit.  There are some really cool demos in that kit that show you...
  • Blog Post: Vote for my SXSW Panel – Screencasting Lessons Learned !!!

    I submitted a panel proposal to this years South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference.  The title is, “ Screencasting Lessons Learned ” and I’ll try to do the subject justice with the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the past four or five years. I am getting ready to record a number of Windows...