Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Releases to Manufacturing

We’re excited to announce that Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is released and an Evaluation version is available for download here. Note that you can start your deployment with the Evaluation version and then convert it to perpetual product with a product key later, so feel free to get started today. See the entire blog post… Read more

The SQL Server Community Looks to Emerging Trends in BI and Database Technologies

At PASS Summit this year Ted Kummert outlined his views on accelerating insights in the new world of data.  He mentioned in his blog post, that this is an incredible time for the industry, and that data has emerged as the new currency of business. Given that it’s such an exciting time to be in… Read more

Analyzing and Fixing Active Directory Time Rollback Issues

A few days ago, one of our customers had a time issue with Active Directory. This post contains guidance by a small army of Microsoft PFEs, support professionals and developers. If you have any questions about the recommendations in this post, feel free to give CTS a call and they can guide you through the… Read more

Windows Azure Active Directory Processes 200 Billion Authentications

At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing.  Since the inception of the authentication… Read more

Windows 8 Rocks 40 Million Licenses !

As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is now available!

We are excited to announce Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, is now available.  You can install it either from the download page (see “Visual Studio 2012 Update 1″ under the “Additional software” section) or via the Extensions and Updates dialog in Visual Studio 2012. With this and future updates, we’re striving to ensure that developers… Read more

New Per-share SMB Client Performance Counters Provide Great Insight

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 include a new set of performance counters that can greatly help understand the performance of the SMB file protocol. These include new counters on both the server side and the client side. In this blog post, Jose Barreto calls your attention to the new client-side counters that show the… Read more

Server Posterpedia Version 2 is now is available in the Windows Store

Server Posterpedia is a Windows Store app designed for Windows 8 and Windows RT that brings graphical content together with content from TechNet and MSDN. It enables you to learn about Microsoft technologies by providing deep links to Microsoft content from within a Windows Store app. Today we’re pleased to announce that Server Posterpedia version… Read more

SQL Server In-Memory OLTP technology Project “Hekaton” Riles Oracle VP

It seems we hit a nerve by announcing our planned In-Memory OLTP technology, aka Project ‘Hekaton’, to be shipped as part of the next major release of SQL Server. We’ve noticed the market has also been calling out Oracle on its use of the phrase ‘In-Memory’, so it wasn’t unexpected to see a rant from… Read more

The Windows Azure Management Portal Continues to Make Great Improvements

The Azure development team continues to make improvements to various aspects of the management portal.  You find new capabilities that include localization support for 6 languages, operation log support, support for SQL database metrics, Virtual Machine enhancements (quick create Windows + Linux VMs), Web Site Enhancements (support for creating sites in all regions, private github… Read more