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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: 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: 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: Blain Barton Interviews Max Trinidad around Windows Server 2008 R2 and Window 7 dealing with TCO

    As my first blog post for BIEB, I decided to highlight a video Interview I had with Max Trinidad, a local IT Professional in South Florida and more recently - A Microsoft PowerShell MVP! I talked to Max about his work in rolling out Windows 7 during the beta and RC builds and using virtualization...
  • 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: What Is At The Center Of Your IT Universe?

    What is at the center of your IT infrastructure, what does all your applications revolve around? If you said Servers then You are correct! As my good friend and colleague Chris Henley posted, "To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!" Windows Server really is the center of...
  • 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: The Giant in Your Data Center

    First and Foremost,  I need to say on behalf of myself and Microsoft: THANK YOU!   Thank you for betting your business’ on Windows Server!  You all have slowly built your data centers on Windows Servers, allowing us to become the preferred giant in your data center and you are not alone...
  • Blog Post: Ghost Town Tech

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Top 5 Benefits for Today's Workforce

    I've pubbed often on the feature benefits of Windows Server 2008 R2. But geek talk aside, what are the other benefits that the Windows Server platform provides to businesses? Some think time brings out my Top 5 reasons listed below. 1. A pervasive and open server platform . Currently, of...