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  • Blog Post: Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud

    This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud.  Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential...
  • Blog Post: Who is Chris Henley? and What does he have to do with Windows Server?

       I am an IT Pro Evangelist, which really means I have the coolest job in the world.  I spend my days learning about the coolest new technologies in the server world and then go out and share what I learn with the IT Professionals of the world.  I love learning, and I love teaching...
  • Blog Post: New Independent Virtualization Conferences Starting to Make their Mark

    With more companies moving towards a virtualized datacenter and thinking about how to gain efficiencies through integrated management, there’s strong interest for good information on how to achieve these results. There are a few “industry” events that cater to virtualization, but the most popular ones...
  • 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: 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: Welcome From Baldwin Ng: Who I Am and What I Do Around Here

    Hello! Let me first introduce myself. My name is Baldwin Ng. I am the Senior Product Manager responsible for Solution Accelerators including Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit , Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides , and Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios Solution Accelerator - which...
  • 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: 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: Modernization Doesn’t Mean Using Mainframes in Expensive and Wasteful Ways!

    You may know that I’m part of the Windows Server Platform Strategy team and am involved with Open Source engagement at Microsoft. I do my best to keep up to speed with the comings and goings of Open Source and Linux in enterprises, and how Windows can best be used by organizations in cost effective and...
  • 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: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 User Experience

    The main delivery of App-V 4.6 is 64-bit supportability. The rest product features and functions are much the same, if not identical, with those of App-V 5.1 SP1 .The following shows App-V 4.6 Windows Desktop Client and App-V 4.6 Client for Remote Desktop Services (or Terminal Services) installed in...
  • 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: 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 John Kelbley: Who I Am and What I do Around Here

    Hey everyone - I just wanted to let you know who I am. My name is John Kelbley and I'm a Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Server Platform Tech Strategy Team. Unfortunately, my title and team name don't say much about what I actually do! I'm part of a team at Microsoft very much focused...
  • Blog Post: RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience

    The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack ( MDOP ). This...
  • 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: Are SQL Servers good candidates for Virtualization...YES!

    With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, we went back to our SQL team and asked them if we could get some guidance on virtualizing SQL Server. They have posted a video on the benefits of SQL Server consolidation as well as a great whitepaper on SQL Server consolidation. I posted a blog about this...
  • 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 Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 SP1 User Experience

    Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, or MED-V, is a desktop virtualization solution providing a self-contained computing environment including the OS, intended applications, and customized settings, if any. Desktop virtualization allows an application to run in a specific OS environment different...
  • Blog Post: Visual Reference of Key Hyper-V Technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Like the Windows Server 2008 R2 component poster , the Hyper-V poster is a great visual reference to better understand the key features and components of Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualization solutions in general including: Architecture Virtual Networking Virtual Machine Snapshots (shown...
  • 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: 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...