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Secure, cross-company collaboration 

Below is a new Microsoft video about a company called Exostar.  Using Windows Server Active Directory Federation Services, Certificate Server, and Forefront Security, Exostar enables global aerospace companies, such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce, to securely collaborate via hosted SharePoint Server 2007.  This is a good example of what we are calling “Business Ready Security.”...Read more

System Center VMM 2008 R2 beta now available 

The beta is now available to manage WS08 R2 Hyper-V and MS Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Check out RakeshM’s blog post. Rakesh is the principal group program manager for SCVMM, and can answer any questions you might have that he doesn’t address. If you’re looking for brevity, see Larry’s post over at the System Center...Read more

Hyper-V certificate expiration and resolution 

For those of you who’ve enabled the Hyper-V role in WS08. It has been determined that a certificate error can occur resulting in the inability to start or connect to virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008.  The Hyper-V virtualization host and the existing virtual machines will continue to operate...Read more

Customers Save Big $$ with Windows Server Hyper-V 

Looks like many of you are saving big money with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. And today we announced that, on average, it’s $470,000 per customer per year. Not bad at all and very gratifying to see. Here’s just one example provided today: Saxo Bank had an average physical server utilization of just 20 percent and...Read more

Microsoft Partnership with RSA for Information Protection 

Hi all – I’m David Hastie, senior product manager in the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft.  I wanted to flag an announcement Microsoft made today in the area of information protection and data loss prevention.  It involves Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2008.    In short, Microsoft and EMC’s security division,...Read more

TechEd EMEA: Terminal Services renamed Remote Desktop Services 

Hi, Manlio Vecchiet here. I’m director of product management on the Windows Server marketing team, focused on Windows Server networking, terminal services and VDI. I’m in Barcelona right now attending Microsoft TechEd EMEA conference. Whether you are one of the many IT Pros that have successfully deployed Terminal Services over the past decade, or whether...Read more

Independent research firm recognizes Microsoft NAP as a leader in Network Access Control 

Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP) solution was cited as a leader (the top category) in a recent independent report, “The Forrester Wave: Network Access Control, Q3 2008.”  Microsoft was one of the many network access control (NAC) vendors invited to participate in the report. Forrester placed a lot of emphasis on different access control scenarios...Read more

SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing! 

Excerpt from the post on the SBS blog by group program manager Dean Paron: On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized!  Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions,...Read more

New branch office appliance from Citrix 

We’ve blogged about the use of Windows Server within branch offices several times here and here. Many of them kicked off with the introduction of Windows Server 2003 R2. Today Citrix announced Branch Repeater, which they say is a new line of branch office appliances. Here’s a description I received from Citrix: Citrix Branch Repeater debuts...Read more

Windows Essential Server Solutions go public 

Good news. Today we opened up the Public Preview for Windows Essential Server Solutions – Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008.  Visit here to find out how to download and evaluate the Release Candidate 0 versions of both.  EBS is available now, SBS will be up within a few weeks – but...Read more