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SP1: the Bite-Sized Versions 

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...

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Linux Integration Services version 2.1 goes RTM 

For those who may not have seen this on the Microsoft Virtualization blog, the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1 just went RTM! This is great news for customers using virtualization in a heterogeneous data center environment. Hyper-V has supported Linux as a guest OS for a long time, and this new release really enhances that support...

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) v5 toolkit now available 

The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team is happy to announce that the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now available!  This is one of the most useful and popular of Microsoft’s planning toolkits allowing customers and partners to automatically assess your current infrastructure and make recommendations for future capacity and compliance. The new version 5...

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Coming Soon: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta! 

Building on our commitment to provide customers with the right technologies to virtualize their IT environments, today we’re announcing that the public beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will be released by the end of July. We’ve posted on the contents of SP1 before, but the beta release...

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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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Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows 

IDC recently released a analysis of the x86 server market “Business-Critical Workloads: Supporting Business-Critical: Computing with an Integrated Server Platform.”  If you don’t have time to read the whitepaper, check out the ComputerWorld webcast covering this material here. What does the white paper show?  Clearly, IT managers have realized that large, proprietary UNIX systems cost...

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