SMB2 Protocol – what is a Symbolic Link? 

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I had a comment from my last post about the new SMB2 protocol that I wanted to follow up on…There was mention of support for ‘Symbolic Links’ in the post and Mr. Kevin Owen asked for some clarification.  So, Kevin – straight from the developer who wrote the code: In Vista/Longhorn server, the file system…Read more


Longhorn Server hitting the stage 

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It’s cool to see more and more partners running demos on Windows Server “Longhorn” – even though they’re only using beta 1 code. Last week alone we had NEC and Citrix. NEC demo’d the dynamic reconfiguration of CPU and memory resources while running beta 1 of Longhorn server. The demo used NEC’s Express5800/1320Xe large-scale server supporting up to…Read more

My My MySQL 

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It’s been a tough week for MySQL. The Open Source community is beating them up for a licensing deal with SCO, and then Oracle acquired Innobase, who just so happens to provide a key piece of MySQL’s software.  This isn’t the first time Forbes – a purveyor of capitalism – has pointed out the schism in the…Read more


Windows Server HPC at IDF 

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With product due before too long and BillG speaking at Supercomputing ’05 in November, I’m expecting to start seeing more Windows Server high performance computing offerings from partners. Last week at Intel Developer Forum, an IHV partner called Mellanox ran a demo using the SDK for Windows Server Compute Cluster Edition, running on two server…Read more

Longhorn Server 64bit plans revealed 

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We posted a Web bulletin today to let customers know that Longhorn Server running on Itanium-based servers “is designed specifically for database workloads and custom and line-of-business applications.” The bulletin goes on to state: Windows Server roles that don’t apply to these workloads for example, fax server, Windows Media Services, Windows SharePoint Services, file and…Read more

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What is the Significance of the RC milestone? 

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A really good question came my way this week:  What is the Significance of the RC Milestone? Many of our product milestones (Beta, RC, etc.) are publicized as a march forward toward the final release of a product –  But what is the significance of each of these milestones?  What do our customers need to know…Read more

Virtualization on stage at Intel Dev Forum 

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Intel’s Pat Gelsinger just demo’d a future version of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 running Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT). IDF attendees saw an early preview of a future release (post-Virtual Server 2005 R2) of Virtual Server. This future release will provide support for both Intel VT and AMD Pacifica. This release is scheduled for beta in 1H 2006…Read more


Free Course on Windows Server 2003 Service Pack One 

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MS Learning works closely with our team to provide training on our various technologies. One of the recent free, online courses (thats right – free!) they have completed is the 2855 Clinic: Managing Security Enhancements in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack One. This 3 hour course will show IT Pros how to: Install and configure Windows…Read more

W’sup with Office Patches in WSUS 

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Following up on Joseph’s post last week, some first-time customers of Windows Server Update Services have asked something to the effect of “why can’t I see patches for Office and SQL Server?” Be assured, they’re there as this screen capture shows. After you install WSUS and you check the categories of updates available, you will only see…Read more


WSUS Goes Live at TechEd 2005 

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Hello – I’m Joseph Dadzie, group program manager for Software Distribution technologies in the Windows Server team.  My team is currently responsible for the infrastructure behind Windows Update and Microsoft Update, the Windows Server Update Services product, the Automatics feature in Windows, Group Policy and the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).  I’m going to spend…Read more


SBS 2003 SP1 released! 

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SP1 for Small Business Server 2003 has just been released today: or   This service pack is a lot more than just Windows Server 2003 SP1, it is a rollup of multiple service packs and updates for SBS 2003. Here is what you get: Windows Server 2003 SP1 Exchange 2003 SP1 SharePoint Services…Read more