Little known but oh so enabling…

Windows Server 2008 added two new features that enable some very cool remote-use scenarios, that really enable some new ways for using and publishing applications:  RemoteApp(tm) and Terminal Server Gateway. RemoteApp allows you to publish out an application, as if it was installed locally on the users workstation but actually runs in the memory space…

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Using VLAN tagging with Hyper-V – reduces management!

I’ve been spending majority of my free time rebuilding our core infrastructure services in our data center at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago.  We’re moving offices in December 2008, so perfect time to do this.  I’ve been wanting to look into VLAN identification feature of Hyper-V, and see how this can really benefit us…

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Application Distribution via Streaming

Wall Street Journal had an article today about application virtualization at the desktop.  I never thought I’d see the day when this topic would end up in the ‘Journal.  Wow.  The thing that makes me cringe is thinking about the conversations we’ve had with customers on thsi topic at the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago.  We’re having…

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The Enterprise Enabled Desktop

At the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago, one infrastructure topic that never seems to be absent from our customer agendas, no matter their level of IT maturity, is the concept of a “locked down” desktop. The locked down desktop, like its brothers server consolidation and single sign-on, is an umbrella term that often means different things…

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Healthcare Applications and Identity

Healthcare applications are notorious for using proprietary identity systems for user authentication and authorization.  It’s a problem in many industries but seems to be most rampant the healthcare industry and continually challenges most every healthcare customer that comes into the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Chicago. It is surprising, but not expected.  As healthcare application…

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