EMC Support for the SMB 3.0 Protocol – the Future of Storage Protocols 

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One of the key issues this blog has covered recently is the transformation of storage.  Microsoft is focused on helping customers control the costs of storage, whether by using industry-standard hardware or simplifying existing hardware infrastructure.  To that end we have made significant investments in the SMB 3.0 protocol for file-based storage.  This helps customers…Read more

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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

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Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Now Available! 

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  As originally communicated in Michael Kleef’s blog post, today Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 is available for download.  You can experience the  new virtualization capabilities – Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V and RemoteFX – by downloading the service pack from the Microsoft Download Center if you are currently a Windows Server 2008 R2 customer. …Read more

Available now: Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 

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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…Read more

Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows 

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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…Read more

Windows Server and Windows Azure come together in a new STB organization: the Server & Cloud Division 

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Microsoft is announcing today the formation of a new organization within the Server & Tools Business that combines the Windows Server & Solutions group and the Windows Azure group, into a single organization called the Server & Cloud Division (SCD).   This change reflects the alignment of our resources with our strategy, and represents a…Read more

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Increase Web Application Scalability and Reliability with ARR 2.0 RTW 

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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…Read more

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

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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…Read more