#2 Hyper-V V’s VMware ESXi – The Case Studies

This is part two in our look at Hyper-V. In this post we’ll look at some of the Case Studies that are available for Hyper-V, look at some of the key SI’s who have delivered the results and provide you with resources to do your own analysis. One of the things that has interested me…

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Save money - Decommission your RAS architecture!

Ok, so I’m exaggerating but I have been using a Microsoft implementation of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services a *lot* recently. It’s effectively meant that I don’t need to remote into the Microsoft Corporate network when working away from the office anymore. The functionality and implementation are documented here. There is full documentation on the…

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Out of Band Security Bulletin released

Folks, just in case you’ve not picked this up elsewhere you should know that we have released an out of band security update. As you know this isn’t usual and therefore you should carefully review the information here. It’s worth noting that for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 this is a Critical level patch,…

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 RTW – Download Now

As Keith writes – Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 is a stand-alone product that provides a simplified, reliable, cost-effective and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. It allows organizations to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server and is a good solution for organizations who want a basic and simplified…

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WebCast: Securing Branch Office User Accounts

I came across this webcast recently and thought that it might be useful to you. The Webcast is basically a 12 minute demonstration of technologies such as Read only domain controller, BitLocker and fine Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2008. Something that’s often of interest to those of you I meet.   View the…

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Independent research firm recognizes Microsoft NAP as a leader in Network Access Control

Picked this up from the Windows Server teams blog here. Seems like NAP has been highly recognised by Forrester. I think that NAP is something that interests almost every company that I talk to. And I think the real key to NAP is the management solutions that we already have through Windows Server 2008, Group…

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vmware costs way too much .com

This is amusing. Announced on the Virtualization teams blog and in the spirit of ‘friendly competition’ the Virtualisation product group have created this web site – www.VMwareCostsWayTooMuch.com.   Check this out – and ask yourself whether you would like the same results for a third of the price….

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Cray Supercomputer runs Windows....

Well I guess that a few years ago you would not have expected to read that title – a CRAY, running Windows! Well I noticed this post on the Windows Product Groups blog announcing… "For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of…

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How MSIT Uses Terminal Services as a Scalable Remote Access Solution

I’m doing a lot of answering questions from previous customer meetings today – hence the number of blog postings! Here’s a link that I wish I had found a few minutes ago to send to a customer (hopefully they will read my blog!). This is an article on how Microsoft IT used Windows Server 2008…

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Branch Office Optimisation using Windows Server 2008

Here is a link to another excellent TechCenter on Technet and this one is all about Branch Office Solutions. There are a whole pile of improvements within Windows Server 2008 to assist around branch office. So many that there is a downloadable guide available from here. Here’s the overview of the guide:- The Branch Infrastructure…

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