Windows 8 Platform Storage – Part 2

A prior blog entry began our whirlwind introductory tour of some of the more significant platform storage enhancements being introduced in Windows Server 8 – this follow-up entry concludes our introduction. In Windows 8 Platform Storage – Part 1, we listed your storage related requirements. We also described our resultant set of assumptions guiding Windows… Read more

Windows 8 Platform Storage – Part 1

Organizations of every size – small and medium businesses, enterprises, and commercial hosting providers – have an insatiable need for storage. In Windows Server 8, we have invested significantly to deliver the most cost-effective platform for scalable and continuously available data access. This blog provides an overview of the rationale for our platform storage investments…. Read more

Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 Release Candidate Now Available

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 release candidate. It is available for download from Microsoft Connect, as described below. This release candidate includes new and updated features for FIM 2010 R2: Historical reporting using integration to the System Center Service Manager data warehouse Web-based Self-Service Password Reset Scale… Read more

Don’t Miss The Microsoft Management Summit 2012 – April 16-20, Las Vegas

The Microsoft Management Summit 2012 is packed with engaging ways to learn about how Microsoft management technologies enable a new breed of datacenter, private cloud and public cloud solutions, and deliver a more flexible and productive desktop infrastructure. You’ll also gain free access to valuable trial software and be able to visit with over 50… Read more

Streamlined Client Management and VDI with Configuration Manager 2012

More and more enterprises are looking to VDI to solve the challenges of managing the interdependencies of physical devices, operating systems and applications, while still keeping users productive. Desktop Virtualization is the process of separating and isolating all of the physical components – hardware, software, and users – from one another, allowing them to be… Read more

Microsoft and Citrix Execs Discuss How Virtualization Intersects with Consumerization

Tomorrow – Nov. 15th – you can catch Mike Schutz, Senior Director of Windows Server and Virtualization Product Manager at Microsoft, and Samm DiStasio, Vice President of Microsoft Alliance and Solution Development at Citrix, talk about how virtualization can help customers take advantage of the consumerization trend happening in enterprises today. Mike and Samm will… Read more

Introducing PaperShare’s Upcoming Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Events

We’ve recently started working with the folks at a new virtualization & cloud social content network called PaperShare ( PaperShare provides a way of aggregating content on specific topics geared towards vertical industries and subjects, including Hyper-V, System Center and Private Cloud, while connecting people interested in those topics with related content.  Today PaperShare has… Read more

Infrastructure and Network Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate

I am so glad that the System Center Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate was recently released. This is an exciting release, and includes all of the new capabilities introduced in the Beta plus a few more. One of the important changes we made with Operations Manager 2012 is that we have simplified the architecture by… Read more

Application Performance Monitoring with Operations Manager 2012

As posted yesterday on the Server Cloud blog, we have released the Release Candidate of Operations Manager 2012. This is a significant milestone release, and in this article we will explore how Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate delivers application performance monitoring. For those of you who have downloaded and tested the Operations Manager Beta, there is… Read more

System Center Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate: From the Datacenter to the Cloud

We’re happy to announce that the Release Candidate of Operations Manager 2012 is now available! If you read our post on 10/27 about App Controller, Service Manager and Orchestrator, then you know cloud computing is making things much easier for both the consumer of datacenter services, such as line of business application managers, as well… Read more