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  • Blog Post: Bringing the Heat with Windows Server @ TechEd North America 2010

    Ah June has arrived and with it: Microsoft TechEd North America 2010 ! as you get ready to migrate to New Orleans to see some great sessions at TechEd, let me recommend, IMHO will be one the best sessions at TechEd for all you Windows Server administrators: WSV201: 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: CSV not Required for Live Migration

    I received a great question about something I said in my post on the great value of Hyper-V backup - that CSV is not required for Live Migration. One reader (thanks Dan), called me on this, because all of the documentation he had seen spoke of them together - including this article: “Hyper-V: Using Live...
  • Blog Post: Don't Compromise Your IT! Modernize It!

    Customers that I work with, like many of you, are actively seeking ways to reduce costs. Whether they are managing the IT department for a large organization or a small business, they are experiencing increasing pressure to do more with less. Are you feeling the "pinch" too? What does this mean...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?

    Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business. As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization. Virtualization will help to: Reduce...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

    Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well. RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM. This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop. IT provides a great...
  • Blog Post: Driving IT Efficiencies in Your Organization

    During the current global economic “reset”, organizations and companies around the world are looking for more ways to do more with less. We call it the concept of “New Efficiency.” So, let’s talk about how you can save the hard-earned IT dollars to more quickly deploy, manage and operate your desktops...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization on a Shoestring

    Server virtualization promises huge costs savings through consolidating underutilized physical servers to fewer systems. Microsoft, VMware, and other virtualization vendors provide tools and guidance on how to virtualize existing systems. In fact, just today, ReadWriteWeb ran an article on the subject...
  • Blog Post: Does Communication With A Remote Work Force Scare You?

    First calm your server down, then next calm your IT administrator down as well. Now lets talk about communication and collaboration and how your servers can empower a remote workforce, that will allow your business to thrive be more focused on efficiency, innovation and productivity. ...
  • Blog Post: HP and Microsoft Expand Partnership: Virtualization

    This is an exciting time to be in the IT industry. When you see two companies working together for the common good of their customers, it is very exciting. Today, Microsoft and HP announced an extension to their 25 year Frontline partnership. This is an agreement to invest $250 million over...
  • Blog Post: Welcome From Blain Barton: Who I Am and What I Do Around Here? BIEB!

    Hello! I'm Blain Barton, Senior IT Pro Evangelist for the Microsoft Corporation here on the East Coast. I cover and manage the Southeast states of FL, AL and MS and reside in Hernando Beach Florida. I started with Microsoft in 1988 when they had a manufacturing and distribution...
  • Blog Post: You’re Here, Why Am I Here?

    Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening everyone, I want to first thank you for checking out the Because It's Everybody's Business Blog. It is important you are here because it truly is your business and we at Microsoft want to make sure our software helps your run your business successfully...
  • Blog Post: Windows MDOP 2010: Desktop Virtualization Software that Makes Deploying Win7 More Efficient

    You have probably heard the term MDOP before and wondered what it is and why it is important to you. MDOP 2010 stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and it will help take your Windows 7 deployments to the next level . On Monday, Microsoft announced the release of the software in an blog...
  • Blog Post: Nothing RISCy About SQL Server on Windows!

    Buck Woody has a post this week about sensational combinations like peanut butter with chocolate (taste sensation) and SQL Server with Windows (processing sensation). It reminded me of another recent post out on Intel’s “ The Server Room ” blog by Eoin McConnell urging people to get ready for the...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Open Source: A Powerful (PowerShell) Combination

    In a post last week , I highlighted a number of ways to harness the power of virtualization with little or no costs. One tool I mentioned was the open source PowerShell Hyper-V Management library written by James O’Neill available on CodePlex . This library of PowerShell commandlets can enable you to...
  • Blog Post: Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!

    One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways.  I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Azure: The Cloud is Growing and Getting Brighter

    As we have been looking at Azure for the past 12 months, it is beginning to get more and more features and the title of Mary Jo Foley’s article says it all: Microsoft's Windows Azure: What a difference a year makes Microsoft Windows Azure has added several new features and with more coming the in the...
  • Blog Post: Getting Intune With Your Inner Windows

    When you think about the cloud do you get a little confused?  Is your business between 25 and 500 employees?  Do you feel the cloud has nothing of value expect for big business?  Does managing your Windows infrastructure really not your bag of tea?  Even after you read about all of...
  • Blog Post: Switching To Microsoft Virtualization Expected To Net More Than $3 Million In Savings

    I've been away on vacation this month so it's been a while since I posted, but I wanted to share the story of a Fortune 500 customer I just came across that really helps demonstrate the potential savings of Microsoft virtualization over competitive offerings. CH2M HILL is a Fortune 500 company...
  • Blog Post: What Kind of Cloud is Your Business Looking to Become?

    When you were a child, chances are you looked up into the sky and  wondered what kind of cloud you were looking at or what cloud you want to be.   Back then knowing what type of a cloud you were looking at boiled down to a three main choices: Cirrus Stratus Cumulus Now you may not have...
  • Blog Post: Telco Reduces Costs While Improving Datacenter Services - A Case Study

    With over 1.4 million wireless subscribers and 400 employees, a Jordanian telecommunications company, Umniah, recently deployed Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V server virtualization technology to their enterprise. Here's how they were able to reap the benefits of reduced IT costs (reduced hardware...
  • Blog Post: Best Part of Training Isn't the Class...

    The end of last month (March) I spent more than a week in Seattle at Microsoft’s internal TechReady conference.  TechReady happens twice a year, and is intended to provide technical training to the thousands of field-based Microsoft consulting, support, and technical sales professionals throughout...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Explained

    This is a follow-up posting and a continual discussion of desktop virtualization and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) relevant to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (WS2008R2) . I highly recommend those who are not familiar with RDS taking a moment to review the architecture and know what role RDWA, RDG...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd

    TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators.  We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You! As...
  • Blog Post: The IT Investigators Interview Microsoft Corporate VP and CIO, Tony Scott

    Keith Combs and I have a podcast show called the IT Investigators .  We like to have fun interviewing a variety of guests on wide ranging topics and this episode is no exception.  So Keith calls me one day and says he has setup and interview for us.  I asked who is it?  He calmly...
  • Blog Post: Got Azure, Bing Maps do!

    When I think about Bing Maps as a consumer of driving directions I love it, as IT, server guy I amazed when I think about how much must go into the data center to make that work.  Not only for my directions but also from a data center perspective. Bing Maps is an application that has a global user...