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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: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory part 5

    Welcome to part 5 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 at how MAP performs...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Does Communication With A Remote Work Force Scare You?

    First calm your server down, then next calm your IT administrator down as well. Now lets talk about communication and collaboration and how your servers can empower a remote workforce, that will allow your business to thrive be more focused on efficiency, innovation and productivity. ...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...