More Info on the Microsoft and Novell Announcement

Jason Matusow has a detailed post on his blog about the announcement. Here’s the announcement.  I’m still reading through the details but it definitely looks like a win/win for both companies but more importantly customers. Most of the early commentary on tech blogs interprets this as a defensive move by Microsoft or a response to the Oracle announcement…

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Microsoft and Novell Announce Partnership

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/nov06/11-02NewsConferenceMA.mspx More later after the webcast…

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Significant Desktop Deployment and Management Announcements

Over on the Windows Vista Team Blog they link to an article and a Web site detailing our announcement today of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. While the name leaves a lot to be desired as usual, the content is potentially extremely valuable. While I do a lot with virtualization on the server side this…

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RedmondMag.com Reviews Longhorn Server Core

RedmonMag.com has a good article on Windows Server Core which will be a version of Longhorn server stripped down to the bare essentials for certain infrastructure roles such as domain controller and file/print servers. Server Core has no GUI, a much reduced set of services and applications, etc. The purpose is to reduce the attack…

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Exchange 2007 Processor and Memory Guidance

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been extremely busy on a really great project. I’ll be posting at length on that in the near future. For this post, I just wanted to point you to an article over on the Exchange team’s blog about processor an memory considerations for Exchange 2007. I’m currently implementing Beta2…

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Longhorn August CTP available on MSDN

From the Windows Server Division Weblog, the August CTP of Longhorn is available on MSDN. They say the build doesn’t include new features over Beta 2 but does include a lot of the core OS fixes, performance, and stability improvements coming from Vista development.

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Vista RC1 is Available on MSDN

Just logged in to MSDN and saw that Vista has been posted for download. RC1 build 5600 is available for x86 in English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Arabic. There is an x64 English build as well. Enjoy and please provide feedback if you run into any issues.

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Microsoft and Cisco Announce NAP and NAC Interop

Microsoft and Cisco committed to this back in 2004 I believe. NAP and NAC are technologies for ensuring that systems comply with security policies before allowing them to connect to a network. This is one of those areas where integration of the network infrastructure and workstation operating system is critical for a complete solution. The interop…

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Vista RC1 is done!

Vista RC1 is out! The news was announced late last night on the Windows Vista blog. Additional coverage here and here. Vista RC1 should be available now to beta testers and TAP participants on Connect and I’d expect to see it up on MSDN sometime next week. I jumped the gun and started downloading the build yesterday before it…

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