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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: 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: Windows Home Server Beta 2

    Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone! While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to participate in Beta 2. People interested in participating...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V certificate expiration and resolution

    For those of you who’ve enabled the Hyper-V role in WS08. It has been determined that a certificate error can occur resulting in the inability to start or connect to virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. The Hyper-V virtualization host and the existing virtual...
  • 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: Windows Server virtualization calculator

    Check out the new Windows Server virtualization calculator to get an estimate on the number of OS licenses needed, and the costs, to virtualize different datacenter configurations. The calculator is pre-populated with the US dollar Open agreement Estimated Retail Prices for Standard Edition, Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: P-states. Stay cool this summer

    Reuters/Tokyo reports that Intel is set to announce a new Xeon processor line, to date it has been codenamed Woodcrest. The article reads in part: Intel executives have previously said the new chip would deliver an 80 percent gain in performance with a 35 percent reduction in power use. The...
  • Blog Post: Customers Save Big $$ with Windows Server Hyper-V

    Looks like many of you are saving big money with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. And today we announced that, on average, it's $470,000 per customer per year. Not bad at all and very gratifying to see. Here's just one example provided today: Saxo Bank had an average physical server utilization of...
  • 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.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: 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: Windows Server '7' aka "Windows Server 2008 R2"

    With Windows Server 2008 being released only 6 months ago, i'm sure it’s natural for people to wonder “what’s next?” As I have been combing through various blogs this weekend, I found it exciting to see so much interest and speculation over the next version of Windows Server. While I’m bound by company...
  • Blog Post: System Center VMM 2008 R2 beta now available

    The beta is now available to manage WS08 R2 Hyper-V and MS Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Check out RakeshM's blog post . Rakesh is the principal group program manager for SCVMM, and can answer any questions you might have that he doesn't address. If you're looking for brevity, see Larry's post over at the...
  • 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: TechNet chat on File Server Resource Manager

    Tomorrow (Dec. 6) the members of the File Server Resource Manager team will answer questions on the new FSRM component in Windows Server 2003 R2 and how it can be used by IT administrators to understand and control the type and quantity of data stored on their servers. Here are the details: 10:00...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone!

    The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We're talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets. With evaluation software available...
  • 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 2003 R2 Public Beta now Available!!

    Come and get it!! http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/r2/default.mspx Cheers, Ward Ralston
  • Blog Post: New Unix migration study

    Back in March, IDC published a report that surprised many. The results of IDC's study - a survey of 400 Unix/RISC customers - showed that Windows Server was the leading platform (on a units basis) for Unix migrations. This result is counter to the popular thinking that the vast majority of IT shops migrate...
  • Blog Post: R2: How Would You Manage Without It?

    As many of you know, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is made available today to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with broader availability from Microsoft.com on May 5th. As our final broad test milestone before RTM, this really is the best chance for you to download Windows Server 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 R2

    Hi – My name is Julius Sinkevicius and I’m a Senior Product Manager in the Windows Server division at Microsoft. One of the projects that I’m working on is on the release of Windows Server 2003 R2. As you may have heard, we’ve recently reached the Beta 2 milestone for R2, which we’re all very excited...
  • Blog Post: Product Dev Team's View on Windows Server 2003 R2

    Hello everybody. My name is Eric Kidd. I’m a director in the Windows Server Division at Microsoft, responsible for leading the product development of Windows Server 2003 R2. That means I work with marketing in defining the release as a product and I offer leadership in product development and successful...
  • 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: Virtualization as a Platform Feature - Part I

    Server virtualization is really not a new concept. Virtualization for the mainframe platform was available in the early 1970’s as a way to securely and reliably share the server resources among different operating system instances and the applications they supported. In the last few years, virtualization...