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  • Blog Post: Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Support is now available for running Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and Operations Manager 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. See the Knowledge Base article for management pack availability, known issues, and updates. More to come, Mitch Subscribe to the TechNet Flash newsletter
  • Blog Post: Get Started with Windows Server 2008 R2 RC

    Coinciding with the Windows 7 RC, you can now Download the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate . Check out the new R2 additions to the Windows Server 2008 Product Technologies and the following key resources: · Windows Server 2008 R2 Support Forums · Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2 has launched

    For those who didn’t sign up in advance last week for notification on the availability of the MDT 2010 Beta 2, just click here to get the toolkit . If you are already a member, click here . MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise coolness: DirectAccess and other Windows 7 benefits

    With so many talked about new features in Windows 7, I have to point out a feature for enterprises that is near and dear to my heart: Direct Access . Anyone who has spent much time accessing their corporate network via a VPN will appreciate this. Direct Access maintains constant direct access between...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 Now

    Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 are ready with new virtualization tools, web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration. You can also evaluate the SP1 edition with the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 trial . Also find Service Pack 1 evaluation resources here . ...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Release Candidate

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7 RC. It includes support for...
  • Blog Post: Free MS Press e-book: “Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2”

    Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker, is a great resource for learning about the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 in the areas of virtualization, management, the Web application platform, scalability and reliability, and interoperability with Windows 7. Download...
  • Blog Post: New features announced for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1

    As noted in the Windows Blog , Microsoft today revealed two new desktop virtualization features that will be included in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and an updated Remote Desktop client for Windows 7 SP1. For Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Microsoft announced Dynamic Memory...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables IT administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates and fully manage the distribution of updates that are released through Microsoft Update to computers in their network. Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2) delivers...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Released

    You can now download Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 , which enable IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a remote...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization 4.6 Beta ready for download

    As 64-bit computing becomes more commonplace in the enterprise, the MDOP team has announced that App-V 4.6 be the first version of App-V to support both x64 and x86 Windows platforms and the primary focus of the release is to enable App-V to take advantage of 64-bit Windows platforms including Windows...
  • Blog Post: New site for IT professionals: “Because it’s everybody’s business”

    Microsoft has launched a new site for IT pros, Because it’s everbody’s business , focusing on how Microsoft customers can leverage the latest products and technologies to control IT costs while maintaining agility and flexibility. There you will find resources, discussions and information on the products...
  • Blog Post: Get the updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization and System Center

    The Solution Accelerators team has announced the availability of the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Virtualization updated for Windows Server 2008 R2, which can help customers start their planning and deployment process for virtualization using the Microsoft portfolio. Find detailed documentation...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2

    The newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2 will help you prepare for your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployments. MDT 2010 is the next version of the Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features such as flexible driver management...
  • Blog Post: Mark your calendar: the launch begins on September 29th

    That’s right. We’re kicking off the Virtual Launch Event for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Forefront, and Microsoft System Center on September 29, 2009. Join us on at 9 AM (PST) for the start of The New Efficiency . We’ll be hosting a live-streamed discussion...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation software is ready for download

    The operations team is happy to announce that Windows Server 2008 R2 eval bits are now available . The evaluation is good for 180 days and you’ll have a 10-day grace period once you install before you’ll be required to activate. That said, while this package requires activation, the key is built-in,...
  • Blog Post: Download the Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster

    This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It focuses on Active Directory Domain Services, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Remote Desktop Services (including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)), BranchCache, and DirectAccess technologies...
  • Blog Post: Get the updated preview release of Windows Home Server code name “Vail”

    Microsoft has unveiled an updated preview of the upcoming version 2 release of Windows Home Server, code named “Vail,” based on Windows Home Server 2008 R2. New features in the “Vail” release include: · Extending media streaming outside the home or office ·...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Guide now available

    The Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 Guide enables organizations to implement application virtualization and respond to the associated challenges. This IPD guide takes you step-by-step through the process of planning your application virtualization infrastructure; and now includes information...
  • Blog Post: The other big RTM: Windows Server 2008 R2

    Not to be forgotten in the well-deserved excitement around the RTM milestone for Windows 7, the simultaneous Windows Server 2008 R2 release to manufacturing goes hand-in-hand with Windows 7, especially for IT professionals. Get the skinny on how this is great news for IT pros over on the Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides updated for Windows Server 2008 R2

    The following guides in the Infrastructure Planning and Design series have been updated to reflect new features and capabilities available in Windows Server 2008 R2: Active Directory Domain Services Internet Information Services 7.5 File Services Print Services These guides outline...
  • Blog Post: New must-read docs for IT Pros

    With all the recent new downloads for preview versions of our upcoming software taking most of the news cycles, I felt it was time catch up on some of the great new documents that were made available within the last couple weeks. For quick reference of supported and unsupported upgrade paths...
  • Blog Post: Controlling communication with the Internet using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (download document)

    This document describes the steps to limit, control, or prevent Internet communication in an organization and assists administrators in deploying and maintaining Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in a way that helps provide an appropriate level of security and privacy for an organization’s networked...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTMs

    Microsoft has announced the release to manufacturing of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, and said the SP1 will be generally available on February 22. Customers in the Windows Volume Licensing program can get the SP1 release on February 16. According to the post in the...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: IPD Guide for DirectAccess (Beta)

    It’s still in beta but the new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for DirectAccess delivers guidance on some very cool new ways of connecting remotely. Download this guide to design a DirectAccess infrastructure. It’s an easy-to-follow, four-step process and provides a straightforward explanation...