Windows Server 2012 Essentials released to manufacturing, available for evaluation today! 

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Windows Server has an awesome dynamic range.  It runs everything from the largest internet sites to the smallest businesses.  With all of the discussion about being a CloudOS, you might wonder whether this represents a change.  The answer is a definitive ‘no’.  We believe that the cloud offers dramatic advantages to everyone.  In today’s post,…Read more

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Windows Server 2012 is here — and so is the Cloud OS 

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Today’s launch of Windows Server 2012 puts a spotlight on the transformational shift underway across the entire IT ecosystem.  This transformation is being driven by an exponential growth of devices used for smarter, more personalized applications, which in turn create an explosion of data and the need for more computing power.  It is a world…Read more

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Software Defined Networking, Enabled in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, Virtual Machine Manager 

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Unlocking Network Flexibility, Efficiency, and Multi-tenancy for the Cloud When we talked with customers about their datacenters, we found that virtualization was not fully living up to its potential.  Customers readily acknowledged the benefits of machine virtualization, but they wanted even more IT agility.  In particular, customers wanted the ability to easily migrate VMs across…Read more

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Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing! 

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Howdy!  Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for.  I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.  That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week.  We will also make the software available to our volume licensing…Read more

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Windows Server 2012 final release timing 

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Today Microsoft is kicking off an exciting week at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.  Windows Server 2012 will be a focus of attention at the event, of course, and it is nearing final release.  In fact, at the conference we are announcing that Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing in the first…Read more

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The Windows Server 2012 Information Experience 

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I recently had a conversation where someone was talking about the difference between people vested in their community and those that aren’t.  He said that when you walk by and see some trash on the ground, someone vested in their community will stop and pick it up and throw it into the trash, whereas someone…Read more

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Open Management Infrastructure 

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Many years ago, Microsoft joined with other companies to define the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), a set of standards to abstract the devices on a PC (and later, a server) for the OS.  The HAL is the unsung hero of the computing industry, allowing an amazing level of choice and interoperability in the x86 ecosystem. …Read more

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Bing.com runs on Windows Server 2012! 

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Updated 7/25/2012: The .NET team posted a deep dive into the runtime improvements in the .NET Framework 4.5, specifically in the CLR Garbage Collector. These are the same improvements that we posted on earlier, which the Bing team saw on Windows Server 2012. It is great to see the .NET team making optimizations that enable…Read more

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Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available now 

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Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of the cloud optimized OS:  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation. If you haven’t yet started exploring the wide range of new features and capabilities, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to…Read more

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Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 2 

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This concludes my two part series.  In my first post, I provided some background information about PowerShell and DevOps.  In this post, I’ll provide you a bunch of specifics.  PowerShell 3.0, like Windows Server 2012, has a ton of new features and enhancements so I’ll only scratch the surface.  –Jeffrey While PowerShell has always been…Read more

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Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 1… 

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In the first of a two part series, I provide some background information about PowerShell and DevOps.  In the second post, I’ll provide you a bunch of specifics.  PowerShell 3.0, like Windows Server 2012, has a ton of new features and enhancements so I’ll only scratch the surface.  –Jeffrey The first time I heard DevOps…Read more

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