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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 SSL Improvements

    SP1 is really an interesting service pack..... not only does it do the job of a normal service pack (aggregating updates) it also incorporates added functionality like the Security Configuration Wizard and Post-Setup Security Updates. But this is something you dont hear to much when talking service...
  • Blog Post: Monad's new name - Windows PowerShell

    Today at the Microsoft Management Summit, Bob Muglia announced the new name for our new task-based command line shell and scripting language: Windows PowerShell (What do you think - like it?) Formerly known under the code-name "Monad", Windows PowerShell is now at the Release Candidate (RC1) milestone...
  • Blog Post: Sign-up for the Microsoft virtualization newsletter

    You'll be interested to register to receive the Microsoft virtualization newsletter, which features blogs and articles by Microsoft virtualization experts, customer success stories, news and links to key resources. Patrick
  • Blog Post: IDC publishes whitepaper on x64 Windows Server adoption

    [re-posted due to format issues] A colleague, Dan Reger, pointed me to a new IDC white paper on Windows Server x64 adoption. The white paper is titled, “Understanding the Business Benefits Associated with x86 64-Bit Windows Server.” You can download it here . The paper explains both the value...
  • Blog Post: SBS myths dispelled...by "Tom"

    In the course of talking to many Microsoft partners and customers, the Windows Small Business Server team has learned that there are sometimes misperceptions about the product, in many cases based on experiences with the earlier versions of SBS. In hopes of dispelling some of these "myths," the team...
  • Blog Post: New management tool for Virtual Server and Viridian

    You'll be interested to read Chris' post about the release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007. This first version is for managing VMs and apps within Virtual Server 2005. The next version of SCVMM will manage VMs and apps running within Viridian/Windows Server 2008. But not only that, Chris...
  • Blog Post: Xen in the Windows kernal or Hyper-V? Ha-ha

    Every now and again we'll use this blog to correct errors in the public domain, mainly by journalists or analyst trying to do a good job but who come up short on fact checking due to time constraints. Of course some of these errors are more obvious than others. The latest form of error pertains to Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Longhorn and Vista sightings in Austin

    I spent Monday and Tuesday in Austin, TX for meetings with counterparts at Dell and AMD. Doing these meeting back-to-back is much easier now than last year due to these two companies working together . The drive on IH 35 between the two headquarters is only 35 minutes - on a good day I'm told. One...
  • Blog Post: Tech support for all those different VMs

    Arrived back to Redmond late yesterday from Reno where I was attending Supercomputing 2007 conference . I suspect SC07 will be best remembered for the power outage that hit the convention center and most of downtown Reno, and Ashlee's stellar headline . While I was in Reno, there were lots of colleagues...
  • Blog Post: 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 hardware features of the NEC Express5800/1320Xf server...
  • Blog Post: MSD evolution and leadership

    Hi, my name is Brad Anderson and I’m the General Manager, leading product development and engineering for Microsoft’s Management and Solutions Division. Many of you have heard that I recently assumed leadership for MSD after Kirill Tatarinov moved over to lead MS Business Solutions Division. Looking...
  • Blog Post: VMworld 2007: bigger, broader and Viridian

    VMworld 2007 kicked off with Diane Greene, Pat Gelsinger (Intel) and Hector Ruiz (AMD) speaking to what must have been 10,000 people in the Moscone Center. The crowd was larger than the hey-day of JavaOne. Greene announced some new items; Gelsinger dove into the benchmarks to show the virtues of Intel...
  • Blog Post: Where we're headed with virtualization

    Hi, Mike Neil here. It’s been a while since I've posted . To update you, I now oversee the development teams, plans and strategy for our virtualization software - both the desktop and server. In this role, I’m really fortunate in that I get to meet with a broad range of customers and partners. I value...
  • Blog Post: Server V12n at Citrix iForum

    I admit being a bit lazy with short-hand. But I can only spell out virtualization so many times before I get tired of two-finger keystroking all those letters. It has more to do with a poorly-attended typing class during the summer between junior and senior year of high school than my interest in the...
  • Blog Post: NEC Demos Dynamic Partitioning of CPU and Memory using Longhorn Server

    NEC's news release today says the following: NEC Corporation today announced it has demonstrated the world's first dynamic partitioning of CPU and memory resources on the Beta 2 version of Microsoft Windows Server, code-named "Longhorn," using NEC's enterprise server Express5800/1320Xf. Express5800...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com Now Running Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta

    Do you remember the tale of the Windows Server 2008 “Lone Server” ? Maybe it was read to you as a bedtime story as a change from “Mommy, Why Is There a Server in the House?” There he was, this poor Windows Server 2003 server, all alone in a server farm of Windows Server 2008 machines. Out-of-date. Out...
  • Blog Post: Launch set for 2/27/08 - news from WW Partner Conference

    In case you didn't see the news out of Denver today: [Kevin] Turner announced that Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 will launch together at an event in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2008, kicking off hundreds of launch events around the world. This weekend I watched...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: It’s all coming together

    I’m really pleased to say that the release candidate of Hyper-V is available for download today. You can read the announcement and Jeff’s more detailed post . This milestone is important to the hundreds of customers and partners in the early adopter programs, and those of you trialing Hyper-V on your...
  • Blog Post: "Centro" = Windows Essential Business Server

    Today we announced Windows Essential Business Server as the official name for Windows Server codename "Centro," our upcoming IT solution designed for mid-sized organizations. We unveiled details about the product, available here , as well as an initial set of hardware and software partners supporting...
  • Blog Post: Viridian and Virtual Server Timing Updates

    As the person who oversees the development plans, teams and strategy for Microsoft’s virtualization software on desktops and servers, I want to update everyone on the timing of our server virtualization offerings. I know that many of our customers and partners will hear of these changes from their usual...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell and Windows Server “Longhorn”

    Last Tuesday in front of over 4000 attendees, Jeffrey Snover and Bob Muglia announced the release of Windows PowerShell 1.0 RTW at IT Forum. Windows PowerShell is the new command-line shell and scripting language for Windows system administration. You may have heard that Exchange Server 2007 leverages...
  • Blog Post: Fresno? No, no Fresno.

    The team has noticed a few press stories and blog postings speculating about an upcoming product based on Windows Server "Longhorn" called "Fresno." We're not sure where the idea originated, but to set the record straight there is in fact no such Windows Server product in development. For now, Fresno...
  • Blog Post: Certified value on Windows Server 2008

    Steve Bell here, I'm the product manager who owns the software logo program for Windows Server 2008. I've got great news for ISV partners and the IT community. I know the software certification process has been challenging in the past. We listened to your feedback and designed the certification process...
  • Blog Post: July Events for Windows Server 2008: Security & Policy

    Please join us for a chat and webcast on Security and Policy in July. See details below. To see all Windows Server 2008 activities please click here . Chat: Understanding Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection Join our experts and ask your pressing questions about key networking...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 hits the bookshelf

    Well, it won't be in book stores for another week, 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. Here's an excerpt from Mitch's post : ...