Microsoft and Partners Optimize Midsize Business IT With Virtualization and Systems Management

 Today at VMworld Microsoft announced a new solution for mid-market organizations that are looking to efficiently deploy and manage technology with limited IT resources.   Microsoft and its OEM partners Fujitsu and Lenovo will offer customers a new software license, Microsoft System Center Essentials Management Suite, that includes Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 and Microsoft… Read more

Microsoft Certified Masters for Windows Server 2008 R2

Building off of the Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM): Directory training and certification, this new certification includes 11 days of training,  two written exams and one 8-hour certification lab exam.  Slight tweaks to the program format reflect a decision to focus on core directory services, based on MCM feedback.  Greater emphasis on targeted pre-reading and prerequisites… Read more

Businesses Save Thousands Moving to Microsoft Virtualization

Today Microsoft announced that business customers are saving on average $170,000 (U.S.) when they switch to Microsoft virtualization software from VMware software.   Customers are turning to Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center management tools to reduce energy consumption, hardware costs, recurring licensing costs, and improve their overall management of virtual and non-virtual… Read more

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 reaches RTM milestone

  Today, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM08 R2), with general availability through volume licensing starting on Oct. 1.   One key additional feature of SCVMM08 R2 is the ability to manage VMs running on VMware vSphere 4.0. Overall, early adopter customers like Lionbridge Technologies,… Read more

SQL Server August CTPs Roll Out Continues – Download SQL Azure Database, SQL Server StreamInsight

We are excited to announce today that Microsoft has released the next wave of August community technology previews (CTPs), including SQL Azure Database, SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1 and SQL Server StreamInsight August CTP for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. The CTPs will be available on August 19th for public trial.   SQL Server StreamInsight… Read more

Converging on Microsoft: Essential Steps for Securing Hyper-V Podcast

Security in a virtual world is not an oxymoron – You don’t have to compromise security to get the benefits of virtualization.  Check out Mike Schutz, Director of Product Management for the Microsoft Windows Server Division, speaking to Converging on Microsoft’s Mitchell Ashley in a podcast interview on the essential steps for securing Hyper-V.   Other Resources:… Read more

Frugal Fridays Podcast: Microsoft Technical PM, Kenon Owens

Checkout this week’s installment of the Frugal Friday’s Tech Show podcast with Jason Perlow and Ken Hess featuring Kenon Owens, Technical Product Manager on the Integrated Virtualization Team at Microsoft. Click here and learn about System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 now.   addthis_pub = ‘wedsg’;… Read more

Forefront in the News

The good news continues to roll in for Forefront this week.  Ars Technica and British tech publication V3.co.uk posted articles based on the July tests conducted by independent anti-virus testing organization Virus Bulletin.  The results revealed that 12 out of 35 top security vendors failed the stringent VB100 test which pits security systems against the… Read more

Frugal Fridays Podcast: Jeff Woolsey talks Hyper-V 2.0

Checkout this week’s installment of the Frugal Friday’s Tech Show podcast with Jason Perlow and Ken Hess, featuring  Jeff Woolsey, Principal Group Program Manager in Windows Server Division, focused on Microsoft Virtualization.  Click here to listen now and read the Geek Sheet: Virtualizing Free Linux Distributions in Windows Server 2008 R2…. Read more

Download SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Today

Today we are excited to announce the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with the CTP generally available on Wednesday, August 12th.   Building on the momentum of SQL Server 2008, “R2” improves IT efficiency by reducing the time and cost of… Read more