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May, 2007

  • Viridian features update; beta planned for Longhorn RTM

    We’ve made good progress with Windows Server virtualization: we’re taking customer nominations for the technology adoption program (TAP); we have interop agreements with both XenSource and Novell; partners have provided productive input on the platform APIs; VHD image format available via the Open Specification Promise; a beta version will be available with the RTM version of Windows Server “Longhorn.” I believe Windows Server virtualization will be appealing for the core virtualization scenarios, from the mid-market and large organizations to the enterprise. Especially for mid-market customers, they have the greatest need for a virtualization solution that is reliable, offers integrated management tools, has world class technical support, and allows employees and partners to leverage their existing skill sets. But with all this progress comes the occasional tradeoff. So we are making the following changes, and postponing these features to a future release of Windows Server virtualization: No Live migration; No hot-add resources; Support limit of 16 cores/logical processors. I wanted to share this information this week with partners and customers so that no one is surprised at WinHEC when we demo all the other innovations in Windows Server virtualization.
  • WinHEC 2007: 64bit server OS

    At some point along the way, you've probably been given this advice about public speaking: (1) tell them what you're going to say; (2) tell them; and (3) tell them what you've said. I've always found that to be good guidance, yet so easy to overlook or disgard because there's so much we want to communicate. Similarly, in November 2005, we told customers and partners about the Windows Server roadmap and the transition to 64-bit. In short, Windows Server 2008 will be the last 32-bit server OS from Microsoft. So this week's WinHEC served as a time to remind customers and partners what we're going to do. Bill Laing showed a roadmap of server products that are already 64-bit only, such as Exchange 2007, Windows CCS, Windows Server virtualization, others, and approximate timeframe for other server products. Unfortunately, Joe Wilcox and a few others got it wrong and heard that Windows Server 2008 would be the last 32-bit OS from Microsoft ... server and client. Cue Bob Harris pitching Suntory whiskey in "Lost in Translation." While the server team is bullish on 64-bit, the embedded and desktop world isn't near ready for x64 only. So the Vista team cleared up reporter's confusion today.
  • Windows Server 2008, the storage story

    With the “official” name of the next Windows server release announced last week at WinHEC (Windows Server 2008….shocker!) and with availability of Beta 3, I figured this was a good time to discuss some of the features as they relate to the storage workload...
  • Live from WinHEC....It's WINDOWS SERVER 2008!

    Greetings from Los Angeles and the 2007 edition of Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (known on the streets as WinHEC 2007 ). This yearly confab brings together the industry's key PC hardware eco-system players to help define and drive...
  • Be an IT Hero! How I brought back a document that was never saved.

    Saving the day for a user can make all the difference in the world, especially if you are the user and it saves four days of work! Here is a new recovery scenario that I didn't consider until it happened to me, thankfully, I was able to recover from my...
  • Boosting the Branch

    Good news for the many IT pros that support branch office systems. Today Microsoft and Packeteer jointly announced a new Windows-based branch office box: the Packeteer iShaper. iShaper builds on an ongoing partnership between MS and Packeteer, combining...
  • Server Manager - one of the coolest features in Longhorn Server Beta 3

    Hi folks! My name is Eduardo Melo and I'm the lead program manager for Server Manager. Server Manager is one of the new components in Longhorn Server that will make it easier for you to manage the servers in your enviroment. The following links...
  • Windows Server 2008 hits the bookshelf

    Well, it won't be in book stores until the end of May, but you can now pre-order "Introducing Windows Server 2008" from Amazon.com. MVP and technical author Mitch Tulloch wrote the book with the help of a whole bunch of experts from the Windows Server division. This book is the perfect complement to much of the activity starting to pop up from outside Microsoft. We have web hosters using the go-live license of IIS 7.0 on beta 3 to run their operations; ISV partners have customers testing their apps on Windows Server beta 3; there's news of interoperability with key features, like Network Access Protection; we're starting to see new apps from partners that leverage new features of Windows Server 2008; and we'll have the first public hands-on lab of Windows Server virtualization at TechEd-Orlando.
  • SP2 to You

    Based on customer feedback and requests, we have improved the Windows Update, Automatic Update and WSUS user install experience with Windows Server 2003 SP2. The experience is now more like that with Windows XP SP2 , meaning Windows Update End User License...
  • WinHEC: Mainframe-like hot swap comes to WinServer 08

    I was stuck back in Redmond this week, unable to attend WinHEC 2007. But one cool, new feature of Windows Server 2008 on display at WinHEC is dynamic hardware partitioning. This was shown during Bill Laing's keynote today. The demo also showcased new features of the NEC Express5800/1320Xf server (Itanium) ... further proof that Microsoft does in fact innovate on the Itanium platform. Here's a couple relevant passages from the NEC news release and the Computerworld article: The dynamic hardware partitioning functionality available in Windows Server 2008, currently available as a public beta, provides the ability to actively add memory, processor and I/O devices while the system is running for enhanced scalability. At the same time, the functionality also improves reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) by allowing "hot replace" on systems to avoid scheduled maintenance downtime. Microsoft is partnering with suppliers to vertical markets including financial services, or for applications including databases or e-mail, where server availability is critical. Microsoft is making available an application programming interface (API) to allow server vendors to implement the hot-swap feature with their respective systems management software and firmware, Jewett said.
  • Windows Server virtualization at TechEd 2007

    For those of you amongst the 14,000 attending TechEd 2007 next week in Orlando, expect to see and learn alot about virtualization. It all starts with Bob Muglia's keynote on Monday where Jeff Woolsey will reprise his role of virtualization demo dude. Jeff will demo Windows Server 2008 server core installation running an IDS build of Windows Server virtualization, managed by both MOM and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I'd expect to see VM creation, interop and network load balancing with limited disruption of service. I'm hoping to see V-to-V conversion, from ESX Server to Windows Server virtualization. I'll be watching on Monday, and I expect the webcast to be available from here. Looking for something a bit more technical? Well I'd recommend the following sessions: SVR239 - Virtualization 360: Microsoft's vision and strategy for virtualization SVR342 - High Availability for Physical and Virtual Environments with Windows Server 2008 SVR344 - Running Paravirtualized Linux Guests with Microsoft Windows Virtualization SVR241 - Debunking virtualization market myths and misperceptions If you're looking for 300-level fun, I'd recommend attending the first-ever, public hands-on lab for Windows Server virtualization. You won't walk away with code (it's not public yet) from this HOL, but you'll walk away with the ability to: configure Windows Server virtualization, create and manage VHDs, create and manage virtual network switches and VMs.
  • Got TB?

    It looks like acquiring storage capacity will remain on the “Top List” of IT Pros for the upcoming years. While this is a bit late as far “spring cleaning” season at home, it is never too late to do some “cleaning” on your data. Buying raw storage is...
  • More content on Server Manager

    Ah, the beauty of the internet and how it is much easier to make additional content available to customers... :) The Server User Assistance and TechNet team recently published a very detailed set of web pages on server manager at http://technet2.microsoft...