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Windows Server 2012 final release timing 

Today Microsoft is kicking off an exciting week at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.  Windows Server 2012 will be a focus of attention at the event, of course, and it is nearing final release.  In fact, at the conference we are announcing that Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing in the first...Read more

The Windows Server 2012 Information Experience 

I recently had a conversation where someone was talking about the difference between people vested in their community and those that aren’t.  He said that when you walk by and see some trash on the ground, someone vested in their community will stop and pick it up and throw it into the trash, whereas someone...Read more

Open Management Infrastructure 

Many years ago, Microsoft joined with other companies to define the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), a set of standards to abstract the devices on a PC (and later, a server) for the OS.  The HAL is the unsung hero of the computing industry, allowing an amazing level of choice and interoperability in the x86 ecosystem. ...Read more

Bing.com runs on Windows Server 2012! 

Updated 7/25/2012: The .NET team posted a deep dive into the runtime improvements in the .NET Framework 4.5, specifically in the CLR Garbage Collector. These are the same improvements that we posted on earlier, which the Bing team saw on Windows Server 2012. It is great to see the .NET team making optimizations that enable...Read more

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available now 

Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of the cloud optimized OS:  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation.   If you haven’t yet started exploring the wide range of new features and capabilities, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to...Read more

Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 2 

This concludes my two part series.  In my first post, I provided some background information about PowerShell and DevOps.  In this post, I’ll provide you a bunch of specifics.  PowerShell 3.0, like Windows Server 2012, has a ton of new features and enhancements so I’ll only scratch the surface.  –Jeffrey While PowerShell has always been...Read more

Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 1… 

In the first of a two part series, I provide some background information about PowerShell and DevOps.  In the second post, I’ll provide you a bunch of specifics.  PowerShell 3.0, like Windows Server 2012, has a ton of new features and enhancements so I’ll only scratch the surface.  –Jeffrey The first time I heard DevOps...Read more

Announcing the Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow 

We’ve put a lot of work into Windows Server 2012, and are happy to see the positive feedback from press and those who’ve downloaded the beta. We look forward to presenting Windows Server 2012 at our June TechEd events in Orlando and Amsterdam.  In this blog, Christa Anderson, a Program Manager in our Partner and...Read more

Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control 

We constantly strive to reduce the steps required for you to get your job done.  One of the reasons Windows Server 2012 is a such great release is that we spent so much time listening to our customers and understanding their scenarios and concerns.  When development teams start from a technology/feature mindset, it can be...Read more

Improved Server Manageability through Customer Feedback: How the Customer Experience Improvement Program makes Windows Server 2012 a better product for IT Professionals 

I once talked to a doctor who told me about a recent patient that had serious medical symptoms for over a year before visiting the doctor.  He said that if the patient had mentioned these symptoms when they first arose, the prognosis was very good but now the patient was in trouble.   That reminded me...Read more

Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 

The other day I was in a conversation where I drew the distinction between reliable and robust.  I hadn’t really thought about it precisely but when asked to articulate the distinction I said that robust was “reliable across a wide range of conditions”.  A lot of what Klaas describes in his blog about RDS reminds...Read more