Get the most out of Windows Server with these 5 best practices 

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We’ve invested in Windows Server for nearly 30 years, and we continue to find new ways to empower businesses who trust Windows Server as the operating system for their workloads. Over this time, we understand that business requirements have become more complex and demanding. Thus, we are energized when we hear how customers continue to Read more

Server Posterpedia v2 available in the Windows Store! 

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In today’s post, Martin McClean and Brian Lich talk about their Windows Store app, Server Posterpedia. If you’re interested in learning how Microsoft technologies work—for example, Windows Server, Exchange Server, Windows Azure, and SharePoint Server 2013—this is the Windows Store app for you. Enjoy! Kevin   Hi, we’re Martin McClean and Brian Lich from the Read more


Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V has passed Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL 4+) 

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I’m going to interrupt our flow of Windows Server “8” blog posts to share this hot off the press news regarding Windows Server 2008/R2 and Common Criteria. David Cross, Partner Program Manager in Windows Server, authored this post. –Cheers! Jeffrey I am happy to announce that Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V has passed the Common Read more


Hear what NetApp and Cisco are Saying After Joining the Hyper-V Fast Track Program 

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As we announced yesterday we are proud to have NetApp and Cisco participating in the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and delivering pre-validated private cloud solutions for customers. The new NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco builds upon the reference architecture and layers on the additional capabilities inherent in the NetApp and Cisco infrastructure.  Read more

New Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Partners Double Down on Private Cloud Vision 

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Tech Ed North America 2011 kicked into high gear today with news that Cisco and NetApp are participating in Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program. Together, NetApp and Cisco have developed a pre-validated private cloud solution for customers who want to deploy with less risk, more flexibility and choice, and more quickly. Their solution Read more

Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 SP2 Now Certified as Common Criteria Validated Products 

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At Microsoft we are constantly striving to make the computing environment as secure as possible. Part of our commitment to security involves providing products that meet widely-recognized certification requirements. We are happy to announce that Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 SP2 32 & 64 bit Enterprise Edition (English) Read more

6 Steps to Get Ready for Private Cloud 

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Like I said in a recent post, you’re probably already running the basic foundation for a private cloud. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do. IT Pros looking to delve into private cloud computing this year, should prepare with these 6 steps: Improve data quality in your identity infrastructure – audit existing users Read more

Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Now Available 

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Today, Microsoft has made available a Release Candidate (RC) for Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. SP1 includes both a roll-up of operating system updates and several new capabilities for Windows Server. Microsoft RemoteFX introduces a new set of remote user experience capabilities that enable a media-rich user environment for virtual Read more


US EPA Publishes Paper on Energy Savings from Energy Star-Qualified Enterprise Servers Running Windows Server 2008 R2 

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I’ve posted about power management and Windows Server before so you may recall that one of our goals for Windows Server 2008 R2 was to enhance power management.  You might also remember that R2 can help improve power efficiency by up to 18% over Windows Server 2003 running on the same hardware.  Now there’s another Read more

Cloud Computing a Catalyst for Server Growth? 

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In an interesting piece by Ryan Nichols at Computerworld yesterday: Cloud computing by the numbers: What do all the statistics mean, Nichols summarizes some recent research findings on the market potential of cloud computing, quoting impressive market forecasts from sources such as Gartner ($150 billion by 2013), Merrill Lynch ($160 billion by 2011),and AMI Partners Read more

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SP1: the Bite-Sized Versions 

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We’ve been getting some feedback that the current version of the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 download package was too large — 1.5GB for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions in one package. So we’ve split them down out into their individual packages for easier downloading. Head on over to the Windows Server SP1 Resource Read more