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  • Blog Post: 2009: A Big Year for Windows Server

    You might say it's been a big year for the Windows Server platform. Certainly the launch of Windows Server 2008 R2 is a major step, but that step has a little more spring in it than most people realize. Windows 2000 Server's march towards end of life actually brings this into sharp relief: Overall...
  • 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: Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows

    I just got some help posting to the Windows Server blog about the recently released IDC paper on the x86 server market “ Business-Critical Workloads: Supporting Business-Critical: Computing with an Integrated Server Platform .” If you don’t have time to read the whitepaper, check out the ComputerWorld...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2: the Cloud is in Your Datacenter

    When you think of the cloud you most likely are not thinking of stratus, cumulus, or cirrus. You are probably thinking about the many different online service offerings like: Microsoft Exchange Online Microsoft SharePoint Online Azure (Windows and SQL) Microsoft Office Web...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Services : The Bet for Microsoft!

    1969 was really an important year, I was born, Woodstock, a man on the moon, and of course the Internet. If there are roots to our current technical opportunities they go all the way back to 1969. Earlier today, Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of students and faculty (as well as a World Wide Webcast audience...
  • Blog Post: Getting your Servers to Windows Server 2008 R2

    Modernizing your servers to newer platforms have several benefits, in addition to the newer technologies.  With newer technologies and servers you can lower your TCO, from power consumption to server reduction to improvements to save your end users time.  You can improve the overall health...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Planning Tools for Your Server Virtualization Projects

    Planning is a crucial part of every successful IT project. Unfortunately, who can ever find enough time to plan? Well, Microsoft has developed a set of planning tools (called Solution Accelerators) to help you. Whether you are considering Windows Server 2008 R2 OS migration, consolidation your servers...
  • Blog Post: 2009 in Review: Microsoft Releases Device Driver Code to Linux Community!

    The Summer of 2009 showed what many saw as a break from the ordinary. Microsoft released 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community to enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Hyper-V. The code included three Linux device drivers (the Linux Integration...
  • Blog Post: The Secret to Great Hosting isn’t Finger Food at TechEd, It’s Workloads on Windows!

    TechEd North America in New Orleans is only a month away, and I’ve start thinking about those cool TechEd parties hosted by Microsoft and partners.  Attending special events outside of the sessions gives everyone time to socialize and connect up.  It’s a lot of work to host a successful party...
  • Blog Post: Transparent Corporate Network Access via DirectAccess

    Executive Summary Desktop software integration is part art, part science. Desktop administration is hard and rarely leads to inspired users. DirectAccess is going to change all of that. With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 you can now create an environment that is secure, always connected to the...
  • 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: Ten Days until Tech ED 2010 (and I can’t wait)

    If you are an IT Pro this is the biggest event of the year! The who’s who of the IT world will descend on New Orleans in 10 short days to share ideas and learn from the best in the business. There will of course also be the insane parties which have become a nice side benefit of Tech Ed. Ahhhhh…...
  • Blog Post: Numbers!

    A few weeks ago now Frank Shaw made a post on the Microsoft blog.  In his post he outlined some numbers around the performance of some of Microsoft’s key businesses.  The numbers Frank put up are impressive by any standard.  Various blogs have picked up Franks post and spent a fair amount...
  • Blog Post: Is Windows Azure the Answer? Yes!

    The world of IT is changing, again. This time we are looking at a change in the way we think about hosting operating systems, applications, and services.  In the traditional model all three of those things were hosted on a companies local server.  Over the past few years we have really seen...
  • 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: 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: 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: TechEd Big Easy Recap

    TechEd North America 2010 in New Orleans is now just a memory (well, and a pile of new t-shirts and other swag in a corner at home!).  There was a great deal to see and learn last week, with much of the focus being on cloud (with and without Azure ). I’m amazed at how quickly session recordings...
  • Blog Post: Customer Perspective on the Expanded HP / Microsoft Partnership

    There was an awful lot of press coverage last week of the announcement of Microsoft and HP increased investment in our partnership.  Much of the coverage picked up on the “buzzworthy” cloud aspect of the announcement, like this: Microsoft, HP join up for packaged cloud services http://blog.seattlepi...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010 Video Diary

    Got back from TechEd 2010 with a great experience. I met some old friends, made some new, attended some great sessions, and loosened up a little… I mean a lot during the nights. Working hard form 8 AM to 6 PM everyday attending sessions and taking notes, and taking care of business and working overtime...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Costs of Virtualization and Management Operations

    Taking a look at virtualization technologies and the benefits it brings to customers can help build an understanding of some of the potential areas cloud computing can also help businesses. Cloud computing takes the concept of virtualization to a whole new level, far beyond the simple server consolidation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure beats Google and Amazon in Cloud Response Time Tests

    Interesting story in last week's New York Times Bits column - a report on response times of the major cloud providers. Columnist Ashlee Vance asks the question: " How Fast Can Your Cloud Run? " For Windows Azure users, the answer is: faster than anyone else's . The story is based on a new interactive...