Windows Server 8 Heterogeneous Storage Support

Whether you’re talking about closet space in your house or the capacity of your datacenter, storage is something you can never have enough of. But storage space alone isn’t the whole story. Storage for data needs to be both flexible and reliable. Microsoft recognizes the crucial importance of storage today more than ever, which is… Read more

App Controller – Enabling Application Self Service

As announced on the Server and Cloud Platform Blog, System Center App Controller 2012 Beta is now available! App Controller is a new member of the System Center family and provides a number of capabilities that enable Application Self Service across both private and public clouds. In this post, we will explore these key capabilities…. Read more

Announcing Private Cloud Community Evaluation Program

Post by Garth Fort, General Manager of the Management and Security Product Management Team: Cloud Computing is emerging as a major opportunity in shaping the nature of business and IT conversations. Cloud Computing enables what we call “IT as a Service”.  IT needs to be delivered to businesses in a manner that is agile &… Read more

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Release Candidate is Here!

Hi All, We are extremely excited to announce the availability of the release candidates for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (formerly known as Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012) today. Both releases are available through a single download package on the Microsoft Download Center. Special thanks to our Community Evaluation Program… Read more

Announcing New System Center 2012 Pre-Releases: Delivering Self-Service Application Management with the Microsoft Private Cloud

Before I was a software product manager, I led line-of-business application engineering teams, both here and at other companies. Back then, I was always amazed at how much conversation and negotiation with datacenter IT managers were required before we could land even small changes to production. Think lengthy change forms, capacity reservation requests, hardware lead… Read more

Configuration Manager 2012 Will Help You Modernize Application Delivery in Your Organization

I am a Seattleite. Born and raised in the beautiful, but sometimes very rainy Pacific Northwest. Every year in September, I take my kids to the Western Washington County Fair, also known as the Puyallup Fair. It is an amazingly well run fair and so much fun for the kids. This year was no exception…. Read more

User Centric App Deployment Part 2: User/Device Affinity

In its simplest form, the User/Device Affinity feature in ConfigMgr 2012 is just about saying, “this user uses this device as a primary place of work”. Knowing this is a place you frequently do work, we can optimize delivery. Knowing another device is NOT a place you normally do work, we can control resource delivery. … Read more

Windows Server 8: Driven by the Voice of the Customer and Partner

Most people have heard of the campaign where customers say, “Windows 7 was my idea.” Well, Windows Server 8 continues to carry that torch and has become a solution that customers can truly say was their idea.   As Bill Laing mentioned in his Windows Server 8 Introduction post, input from our customers and partners (our… Read more

User Centric App Deployment Part 1: Thinking User First

Author’s Note – Special thanks to Craig Morris at Microsoft who really was the “Usurper of User/Device Affinity” and a key part of our User Centric work the past years. He’s now off lending his expertise to our Windows Intune team to achieve the same results for our customers! One of the key goals we… Read more