Essential Business Server at Convergence 

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Lots happening in Orlando at Convergence 2008 – the Microsoft Dynamics users’ conference.  Steve Ballmer and vice president Kirill Tatarinov are speaking and the Dynamics team is making a number of announcements, including a partnership with EDS to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments, a preview of Dynamics AX 2009 (part of the ERP product portfolio), Read more

Windows Server 2008 – RTM!!! 

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As I write this,  I’m in the room where it all happens – in building 26, better known as the ship room.  Ten minutes ago Windows Server 2008 officially RTM’d.  Also in here with me are my colleagues who have been working on Windows Vista SP1, also RTM’ing today.  We’ve all been working towards this day Read more


Essential Business Server on the air 

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Mid-market IT professionals interested in learning more about the upcoming Essential Business Server solution should tune into this show on BlogTalkRadio.  Microsoft’s Steve VanRoekel and Arlin Sorensen of Heartland Technology Solutions talk about the product, how it will help IT pros, and what it will mean for VARs and system integrators. Joel Sider Read more

Lone Server: Now I Know Who Is To Blame 

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Hey everybody – it’s me again, Lone Server.  Thanks for watching my video and sending all of your words of encouragement this past week.  I even got an offer to retire at someone’s “beautiful server farm upstate.”  Not happening.  I’m not giving in and joining your server petting zoo just yet.  Upgrade is coming, I Read more


Building a host cluster with Hyper-V beta 

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Hyper-V is a cluster-aware feature within Windows Server 2008, offering native support for VM high availability. And now that beta 1 is available, you can check it out yourself. So what are the 10 steps you have to go through to build a host cluster using iSCSI shared storage? Read Robert Larson’s post. Screen captures included Read more

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Xen in the Windows kernal or Hyper-V? Ha-ha 

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Every now and again we’ll use this blog to correct errors in the public domain, mainly by journalists or analyst trying to do a good job but who come up short on fact checking due to time constraints. Of course some of these errors are more obvious than others. The latest form of error pertains to Read more


Yes, Virginia, there is a Hyper-V beta 

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With a tip of the cap to Francis Church’s famous 1897 editorial, I’m very proud that the team has come through just like St. Nick. Today we announced the public availability of a beta of Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization feature in Windows Server 2008.  You can download it today with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (x64) Read more


Server Manager webcast in December 

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In just a couple of weeks, we will have another webcast on Server Manager. One of the key points that will be presented during the webcast is Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). RSAT is the new version of the Win2k3 Admin Pack and will be available as a web download so you can install the Read more