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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: You’re Here, Why Am I Here?

    Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening everyone, I want to first thank you for checking out the Because It's Everybody's Business Blog. It is important you are here because it truly is your business and we at Microsoft want to make sure our software helps your run your business successfully...
  • Blog Post: Windows MDOP 2010: Desktop Virtualization Software that Makes Deploying Win7 More Efficient

    You have probably heard the term MDOP before and wondered what it is and why it is important to you. MDOP 2010 stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and it will help take your Windows 7 deployments to the next level . On Monday, Microsoft announced the release of the software in an blog...
  • Blog Post: Nothing RISCy About SQL Server on Windows!

    Buck Woody has a post this week about sensational combinations like peanut butter with chocolate (taste sensation) and SQL Server with Windows (processing sensation). It reminded me of another recent post out on Intel’s “ The Server Room ” blog by Eoin McConnell urging people to get ready for the...
  • 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: "To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!"

      During my college days long ago I learned that all communication is built on a framework.  Whether the communication is interpersonal or intercontinental, between individuals or nations, written, spoken, or even unspoken.  All communication is based on a framework of rules and maxims...
  • 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: 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: TechEd 2010 Video Diary

    Got back from TechEd 2010 with a great experience. I met some old friends, made some new, attended some great sessions, and loosened up a little… I mean a lot during the nights. Working hard form 8 AM to 6 PM everyday attending sessions and taking notes, and taking care of business and working overtime...
  • 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: Windows Azure beats Google and Amazon in Cloud Response Time Tests

    Interesting story in last week's New York Times Bits column - a report on response times of the major cloud providers. Columnist Ashlee Vance asks the question: " How Fast Can Your Cloud Run? " For Windows Azure users, the answer is: faster than anyone else's . The story is based on a new interactive...
  • 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: Windows Server and System Center are the Best Blenders for Your Data Center!

    However it happened, all sorts of different hardware, operating systems, applications, and tools have made their homes in our data centers. Some platforms, tools, and procedures were mandated as part of the adoption of a critical business system. Often these systems are selected outside IT standards...
  • Blog Post: Welcome from Keith Combs: Who I Am and What I do Around Here

    Hello, I'm Keith Combs and I am one of the IT Pro Evangelists in the United States. I will be a contributor here on the BIEB blog and will be focused on Windows Server 2008 R2. Many of you will know me from the live events and webcasts I've delivered over the past years as a server specialist...
  • 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...