The VMM Engineering team is launching a new series of blog postings that will cover how to define, configure and manage Virtual Networks in VMM 2012 SP1. Over the next six months, we'll cover topics such as logical networks, port profiles and port classifications, logical switches, and more, using the initial blog “getting started with network virtualization” as a starting point. Later posts in this series will go into more details and drill into specific settings and scenarios that may be of interest to you as you start to make use of this technology in your environment. MORE
The Remote Desktop Services team just published some great videos explaining the new Remote Desktop Services available in Windows Server 2012. You’ll find new videos on the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, VDI wizard, RDS VDI Deployment, and more. MORE
We finished the RTM release of Visual Studio 2012 in August 2012 and launched it in September. At that time, we committed to releasing new value into Visual Studio via a regular cadence of Visual Studio Updates, and in November 2012 we released our first, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (VS2012.1), which contained not only bug fixes and performance improvements, but also new functionality spanning four primary areas of investment: Windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality. MORE
If you are developing for the Windows Phone you'll be interested in the sneak peek announcement and preview of Windows Phone 8. The new operating system, based on the same core as Windows, will enable a wave of new mobile scenarios for consumers, developers and IT Pros. Windows Phone 8 brings new hardware capabilities like multi-core chips, new screen resolutions, SD card support and NFC. Watch the announcement.
Since the first moments of Satya Nadella's keynote on Monday morning, TechEd has been popping with activity for 8,600 attendees. Speakers explained a vision of the cloud OS, an infrastructure that provides secure, manageable connectivity for all the PCs and devices business users will require to be successful in the mobile economy. From enterprise to SMB to individual users, Microsoft laid out a technical path in hundreds of conference sessions (you can still watch live) and in a series of keynotes and blog postings on Windows 8 for business, building Windows 8 apps on ARM, Visual Studio, private cloud,... More.
The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure last week showcased ten companies that are leveraging Windows Azure to solve a wide variety of problems. It's an exciting and competitive time to be a startup - the consumption-based cloud model lets you quickly spin up and experiment with your ideas and then pay as you scale if your business takes off. With cloud computing, so many people can achieve the level of access and capacity that they need to innovate, build, pivot, and launch. Cloud computing also makes it a challenging time to be a startup because that lower barrier to entry means more people can play at the party. After attending the Accelerator, Windows Azure GM Bill Hilf shares some guidance for tech startups. MORE...
The average gamer probably doesn’t think about the virtual machines, cloud services and other technologies that power their fun – at least not as long as everything runs smoothly. When “Halo 4” launches Nov. 6, millions of fans around the world will simultaneously push the game’s back-end scaffolding to the limit. Any glitch, any hang-up, and the engineering team gets thrust into the spotlight. MORE
This is a guest post by Sriram Rao, Principal Scientist Lead in the Cloud and Information Services Lab (CISL) at Microsoft. His current research interests are in building storage and compute infrastructure for processing big data. Some of the results of his research have been released as part of two open source projects that he started: (1) Sailfish, a compute infrastructure for big data, and (2) Kosmos file system (KFS), a distributed file system for storing massive amounts of data. KFS is currently deployed in a production setting, on the scale of 1000's of nodes, where it is used to manage multiple petabytes of data. MORE
We bet many of you have more than fifty passwords and and if you really count everything, you will likely surpass one hundred. Sound far fetched? Count them. All of those IDs and passwords are connected to a wide array of account types, devices, spending limits, confidential data, roles, responsibilities and more. Storage of this type of information has been a challenge for years. Your view of the challenge can depend on your responsibility for it, and none of us take this lightly. More
Maximizing SQL Server’s performance and scalability is a complex engineering challenge. Beyond good architecture and well-designed code, we also extensively measure SQL Server to ensure that it delivers the best performance compared to previous versions and other databases. But which benchmarks do we use? That’s an important question. Being super-fast on workloads that aren’t relevant for real-world applications may be good for bragging rights, but doesn’t help our customers. MORE
We are thrilled to announce that this morning we released Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012, and .NET Framework 4.5 to the web. It’s time to start your engines, and begin downloading today! MSDN Subscribers can download immediately at the MSDN Subscriber Download Page, and volume licensing customers will be able to download starting tomorrow from the Volume Licensing Service Center. You’ll also be able to find the product in stores in the next month or so, as well as some availability to purchase through the Visual Studio product website in the next few days. Finally, to evaluate the free trial versions or download our free Express products, please visit the Visual Studio product website today. MORE
The Data Platform team has published a great set of tutorials on using Windows Azure virtual machines (VMs) with SQL Server to help database administrators lower the cost of a high availability and disaster recovery (HADR) database system. Take a look at the conceptual article and tutorials to learn how to set up specific scenarios end-to-end. MORE...
Cloud storage is an integral part of building and using cloud applications and services. Windows Azure Storage can store many object types. It could be something as simple as a picture stored in a blob, to more complex data types like a virtual hard drive.
Windows Azure Storage has had an amazing year of growth and we wanted to bring new information to your attention around the scale that has been achieved. MORE
Microsoft Research recently published a feature chronicling the development of “Hekaton,” a new in-memory technology introduced at PASS Summit 2012 that will be included in the next major release of SQL Server. Within the feature, research engineers from the “Hekaton” development team discuss the genesis of the technology, how they integrated with the SQL Server team to bring “Hekaton” to the next major release of SQL Server, and how this integration has delivered a product that will bring dramatic performance improvements to customers. MORE
The Microsoft Cloud OS solution provides a modern datacenter with enterprise class virtualization, greater resource utilization, end-to-end service management and deep insight into applications so organizations can focus on delivering business value. Together with Windows Azure or a Microsoft Service Provider, you can also create advanced hybrid cloud deployment scenarios where seasonal spikes in demand can be easily managed through the public cloud.
Our web-based tool provides a quick comparison of the TCO and benefits of deploying a Microsoft hybrid cloud vs. a VMware private cloud solution for your new workloads; or migrating your existing VMware workloads. MORE
NEW YORK — Oct. 25, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store. As a result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, will be available for the launch of Windows 8 — making it the best lineup of PCs ever across the Windows 8 and Windows RT ecosystem. MORE
The mobile market is growing continuously, and in the near future, more mobile devices than desktop computers will be used to surf the web. To ensure a user-friendly experience, we must optimize Internet websites for presenting content across the different devices. SharePoint 2013 offers a number of options for optimizing public-facing websites for mobile devices. Depending on your requirements, you can choose one or a combination of several options. MORE
Microsoft’s hardware partners are about to unleash a wave of new Windows 8 devices in all shapes and sizes. For consumers and businesses, that breadth offers the chance to find just the right PC no matter their needs.
“REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 12, 2012 — With the launch of Windows 8 rapidly approaching, a new wave of tablets, convertibles, hybrids, notebooks, Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs are set to hit the shelves later this month.” MORE
At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing. Since the inception of the authentication service on the Windows Azure platform in 2010, we have now processed 200 BILLION authentications for 50 MILLION active user accounts. In an average week we receive 4.7 BILLION authentication requests for users in over 420 THOUSAND different domains. This is a massive workload when you consider others in the industry are attempting to process 7B logins per year, Azure processes close to that amount in a week. MORE
Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012. This is a new set of tools that enable developers to build powerful apps for all current versions of Microsoft Office and SharePoint, including Microsoft Office 365. This new offering includes an online experience (known as “Napa”) and a complete set of extensions to the Visual Studio client. MORE
Recently we came across the updated VMware cost per application calculator and discovered what our customers and partners have been telling us all along – VMware vSphere 5.1 costs more than Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 combined. And we’re not just talking about license acquisition cost, but also the capital expenditure costs (CAPEX), including power, space, storage, and server hardware costs. MORE
Complementing the existing efforts to provide guidance around building a Cloud Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012, two additional pieces of collateral have been uploaded to the TechNet Gallery that help automate and streamline the overall scenario, showcasing not only great new features, but also the flexibility and utility of PowerShell. MORE
Last week we unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at http://office.com/preview. Be sure to read the press release when you get a moment. There is an on-demand recording of the event webcast that is a little over an hour in length that is very informative. We also wanted to point developers and information technology professionals to some great resources on MORE
We’re launching a new blogging effort across our Dev and IT blogs today, turning the blog network spotlight first to TechEd and Microsoft Server & Tools Business President Satya Nadella’s keynote in Orlando on Monday morning. Tune in to see the speech live. The Server & Tools Blogs Network is a new effort to More
Until now, cloning, snapshotting, copying, or pretty much doing anything but rebuilding from scratch to a virtual domain controller wasn't just unsupported; it had the potential to be really bad for your directory. Cloning or restoring snapshots of DCs could result in USN rollbacksor lingering objects, just to name a couple of problems.
Starting in Windows Server 2012, we now support DC cloning as well as snapshot restoration of domain controllers. MORE