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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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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 “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...
  • Blog Post: Optimize Deployment of Your Desktop Environment

    Are you looking to deploy Windows more effectively and efficiently, but not sure how?  You most likely have several questions: How do I plan? What hardware do I need? What about compatibility? How do I handle migration? How do I create standards? Is there any guidance? Chances are if you ever deployed...
  • 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: New Blogger: Oliver Rist

    Just a quick post to introduce myself, new voice on the blog. My name is Oliver Rist and aside from the obvious Dickensian rhyme, my only claim to fame is that I've been a product reviewer for magazines like InfoWorld , PC Magazine and many more over the last 15 years. Then, about a year and a half ago...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Database Discovery for SQL Server part 4

    Welcome to part 4 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look how MAP 5.0’s new database...