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Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Readiness
Customers tell us that the verified compatibility of their applications is the #1 factor driving their upgrade decisions. Verifying compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2 before the application ships promotes operational efficiency, improves scalability and reliability and over the life of the application...
2 Jun 2010
2010 Scripting Games
The Scripting Guys are back! Every year, the Scripting Guys host something called the Scripting Games. It’s a fun competition in which participants attempt to solve beginner or advanced puzzles with scripts in either Windows PowerShell or VBScript. This year, the Games are taking place April 26 through...
7 Apr 2010
The “Many-Core” Application Platform – Take 2, "Tools”
In a recent post I wrote about the new platform scalability features available with Windows Server 2008 R2 . For Developers, the platform is only half of the equation. Developers require corresponding tools and libraries in order to make the most of the platform. These tools are now making their...
19 Mar 2010
VHD and Hyper-V APIs Enable Creative New Solutions
Although VHD files are closely associated with virtualization products like Hyper-V, the VHD file format is actually a stand-alone technology useful beyond just virtualization solution scenarios. With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, VHD files attain "volume" status thus enabling...
1 Mar 2010
The “Many-Core” Application Platform
Windows Server 2008 R2 represents the latest evolution of the Windows Server operating system and corresponding support for high-end hardware systems with large numbers of microprocessors. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first release of Windows to scale beyond 64 Logical Processors (LP) on a single...
18 Feb 2010
Windows PowerShell is Powerful Automation
PowerShell is a Windows management technology designed for ease-of-use by both system administrators and application developers. PowerShell Version 2 (V2) is available with both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 as well as previous Windows releases via an optional update. For Developers specifically...
9 Feb 2010
Application Compatibility Resources for R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 includes changes to the kernel and user-mode API’s to support virtualization, scalability, performance, power-management, and networking enhancements. As a result, your existing application may require modifications or design changes, particularly if the application includes...
26 Jan 2010
Extreme Web Services
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces the Windows Web Services API ( WWSAPI ). WWSAPI is a new and extremely efficient Web Services endpoint implementation library. It is available with both Windows 7 (client) and Windows Server 2008 R2 (server), and is an implementation of the WS-* family of protocols...
25 Jan 2010
Server Core .NET Application Host
Server Core is a minimal installation option for Windows Server and is available with the following Windows Server editions: · Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition Server Core...
19 Jan 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI)
Managing storage is no longer simply about volume and availability; organizations need to manage their data more effectively and more efficiently. Only by gaining insight into their data can companies reduce the cost of storing, maintaining, and managing data. Enforcing company policies and...
13 Jan 2010
The Extensible Web Platform
The Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Server ( Internet Information Services, IIS 7.5 ) is built with a completely modular architecture on top of rich extensibility APIs. This enables developers to easily add, remove, and even replace built-in IIS components with hand-crafted ones specifically suited...
8 Jan 2010
About Phil Pennington…
My current role involves writing, teaching, and publishing content that enables Developers to build Windows Server solutions. Regular contribution venues include: MSDN Channel 9 MSDN Code Gallery My Blog TechNet Edge My career as a "computer guy" began in the U.S. Navy when I was assigned...
7 Jan 2010
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