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  • 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: Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

    Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools's Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.) The results verify what we've heard repeatedly from customers...
  • Blog Post: 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 Agreement (EULA) acceptance and a Welcome screen...
  • Blog Post: SP2 to AU next Tues

    FYI next week on Tuesday, June 12 th we will begin releasing Windows Server 2003 SP2 through Automatic Updates (AU.) To ensure more control over when and how SP2 is deployed, users will need to click on the AU “Updates are ready to install” balloon notification, accept the end user license agreement...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partnership with RSA for Information Protection

    Hi all – I’m David Hastie, senior product manager in the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft. I wanted to flag an announcement Microsoft made today in the area of information protection and data loss prevention. It involves Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2008. In...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Server “8” Hyper-V Network Virtualization: Enabling Rapid Migration and Workload Isolation in the Cloud

    We’ve all heard about the agility that server virtualization delivers. However, our conversations with people in the trenches made it clear that the full potential of virtualization remains frustratingly beyond their grasp. In particular, the lack of agile networking limits the agility you can...
  • 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: Best Practices Analyzer: Run it on your server roles, not your loved ones

    We in Windows Server are sorry to report a disturbing trend among IT professionals. Ever since Windows Server 2008 R2 was first released as a public beta, and Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server roles was first available, we've been getting some alarming dispatches from the IT management front...
  • 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 : ...
  • Blog Post: Summer's Here and So Is the June 2007 CTP

    MSDN and TechNet subscribers - get your shorts on and your skateboards out!! Windows Server 2008 Technical Beta participants - slip into those bikinis and hit the pool!! That's right - the June 2007 Community Technology Preview of Windows Server 2008 is here! Okay, so maybe the sunshine has had an...
  • Blog Post: Forum for DHCP/ RRAS/ NPS/ DNS Discussion.

    Good news! We have now created a forum for discussions on Microsoft Networking Servers . This forum will help you get in touch with technology experts who are super excited to respond to all your queries at the earliest. Multiple new features e.g. DHCP Ipv6 Stateful Server and SSTP are coming your...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 May Webcast Series

    Please join us for this 8-part series webcast for Windows Server “Longhorn" Beta 3 in May. Webcasts will kick off with an overview of what is new in Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3. In addition, this Windows Server “Longhorn” series includes webcasts on Cluster Validation, Internet Information Services...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Essential Server Solutions

    As we head into the big Heroes launch next week, Microsoft today introduced the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products. Available later this year, Essential Server Solutions – Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 – will be the ideal way for small...
  • Blog Post: NuStar Energy: IT for growth

    Yesterday the marketing team published a case study about NuStar Energy , a crude-oil transportation and storage company that has grown rapidly through acquisitions and recently joined the Fortune 500. NuStar relies on Windows Server, System Center and Forefront solutions to integrate new people and...
  • Blog Post: TechEd EMEA: Terminal Services renamed Remote Desktop Services

    Hi, Manlio Vecchiet here. I'm director of product management on the Windows Server marketing team, focused on Windows Server networking, terminal services and VDI. I'm in Barcelona right now attending Microsoft TechEd EMEA conference . Whether you are one of the many IT Pros that have successfully...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 & Intel Slam Dunk iSCSI Performance Benchmark

    With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Windows Server platform has evolved into a robust and scalable platform aimed squarely at the heaviest data center loads – and we’re always looking at new ways to prove it. Recently, in conjunction with Intel hardware, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Building a host cluster with Hyper-V beta

    Hyper-V is a cluster-aware feature within Windows Server 2008, offering native support for VM high availability. And now that beta 1 is available, you can check it out yourself. So what are the 10 steps you have to go through to build a host cluster using iSCSI shared storage? Read Robert Larson's post...
  • Blog Post: 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 what the future of Windows computing will look like...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server at Convergence

    Lots happening in Orlando at Convergence 2008 - the Microsoft Dynamics users' conference. Steve Ballmer and vice president Kirill Tatarinov are speaking and the Dynamics team is making a number of announcements , including a partnership with EDS to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments, a preview...
  • Blog Post: Essential Server Solutions at SMB Summit

    Greetings from Dallas at the SMB Summit , where 400+ channel partners are gearing up for Windows Essential Server Solutions . Small Business Server 2008 is the topic du jour, tomorrow is all about Essential Business Server 2008 for midsized companies. The Microsoft team is here in force, providing technical...
  • Blog Post: Independent research firm recognizes Microsoft NAP as a leader in Network Access Control

    Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP) solution was cited as a leader (the top category) in a recent independent report, “The Forrester Wave: Network Access Control, Q3 2008.” Microsoft was one of the many network access control (NAC) vendors invited to participate in the report. Forrester placed...
  • Blog Post: 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 Packeteer's WAN optimization and application...
  • Blog Post: Windows Essential Server Solutions go public

    Good news. Today we opened up the Public Preview for Windows Essential Server Solutions - Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 . Visit here to find out how to download and evaluate the Release Candidate 0 versions of both. EBS is available now, SBS will be up within a few weeks...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

    Excerpt from the post on the SBS blog by group program manager Dean Paron: On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized! Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin...
  • Blog Post: Secure, cross-company collaboration

    Below is a new Microsoft video about a company called Exostar . Using Windows Server Active Directory Federation Services, Certificate Server, and Forefront Security, Exostar enables global aerospace companies, such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce, to securely collaborate...