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Best Practices Analyzer: Run it on your server roles, not your loved ones

We in Windows Server are sorry to report a disturbing trend among IT professionals. Ever since Windows Server 2008 R2 was first released as a public beta, and Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server roles was first available, we’ve been getting some alarming dispatches from the IT management front. An IT consultant from the Austin,...

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Available now: Active Directory Federation Services 2.0

Hi everyone.  Good news:  Active Directory Federation Services 2.0(AD FS 2.0) has been finalized and is now available for download!  AD FS 2.0 is a role in Windows Server that simplifies access and single sign-on to both on-premises and cloud-based applications.  Using “claims-based” identity technology, it helps enable secure business collaboration and productivity within the...

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Now Customers Can Actually Locate Your Resources with URL Rewriter 2.0 RTW

Today, Microsoft announced the final release of IIS URL Rewriter 2.0 RTW.   Now the first reason might be obvious why you would want to rewrite a URL – when you are at a cocktail party with loud music and tasty appetizers and a potential customer asks you where they can get more info on...

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Wingin’ Migration — Now migrate even MORE server roles to Windows Server 2008 R2!

The Windows Server Migration team’s been cooking…no, not cranberry sauce and stuffing, but a new Windows Server Migration Utilities download package that lets you use the Windows Server Migration Tools to migrate Hyper-V and Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS). Brand-spankin’-new beta migration guides are available for both Hyper-V and RRAS, with detailed, step-by-step guidance...

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Improve Web User Experience with IIS SEO Toolkit RTW and IIS URL Rewriter 2.0 RC

Remember the scene in Diehard when he shoots the glass? That was cool. What’s even cooler is now you can fine tune your Web site for the search engine, thus improving the experience for your Web users.   Today, Microsoft announced the releases of IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit RTW and IIS URL Rewriter...

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Increase Web Application Scalability and Reliability with ARR 2.0 RTW

Today, Microsoft announced the final release of IIS Application Request Routing (ARR) 2.0 RTW.   Customers – such as hosting providers, Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers, and IT Professionals are changing the way they do business as a result of ARR 2.0. ARR 2.0 delivers cost savings, elastic scalability, and flexible deployment options. With IIS...

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Provide a Better Web Site Experience with Faster Response Times

Have you ever hummed the Jeopardy theme song while waiting for a Web site to download – even on a high-speed Internet connection? Sometimes the problem is OUT of your control – whether it is an Internet traffic jam, scheduled maintenance, or some other unknown cause for a delay in receiving your request to view...

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Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools’s Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.)  The results verify what we’ve heard repeatedly from customers and partners:  IT departments want strategic solution providers that truly help drive business...

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone!

  The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We’re talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets. With evaluation software available for download in the first half of August...

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Guest Blog: Microsoft’s Core Infra’s Bob Kelly – Closing Thoughts on WPC

Last week, I attended the Worldwide Partner Conference and I came away with a few overall impressions.  First, I enjoyed spending significant face-to-face time with our friends in the industry who have continued to drive success during difficult economic times.  Second, it’s incredible to see how the market for Infrastructure solutions continues to rapidly evolve....

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