January 31, 2013 News Thursday: Windows Server 2012 Economic Impact and More Server and Tools News…

by STB Blogger   Economic Impact of Windows Server 2012: 3-year ROI of 195% and payback in just 6 months Since the September launch of Windows Server 2012, there have been over 1 million evaluation downloads and the product was a key contributor to strong Q2 earnings. We’ve heard from many customers about how Windows… Read more

Windows Server “8” Beta is Here!

Today on the Windows Server blog, corporate vice president Bill Laing writes about the Windows Server “8” beta.  IT professionals and software developers worldwide can now download, evaluate and provide Microsoft with feedback on the new platform. The new server dramatically improves the economics of IT through automated infrastructure for highly available networking, storage, computing… Read more

Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTMs today!

Today, Microsoft released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to manufacturing and announced that it will be available to customers on February 22, 2011. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 enables sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities that build on the comprehensive virtualization functionality already included in the Windows Server operating system. Specifically… Read more

Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization

Two years ago Microsoft unveiled their virtualization vision and has since spoken frequently about server virtualization. Today they rounded out the other side of the equation and provided more details on their desktop virtualization offerings. There is a lot to digest and Microsoft has posted a good deal of content on each part of today’s… 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

Microsoft, Red Hat to Offer Joint Technical Support

Microsoft and Red Hat announced this morning that they have signed agreements to test and validate their server operating systems running on one another’s hypervisors.  In short, this means that customers with valid support agreements will be able to run validated configurations and receive joint technical support for running Windows Server on Red Hat Enterprise… Read more

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Virtualization Services, Certifications and Training Offerings Now Available

Today Microsoft announced the final release and availability of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new bare metal hypervisor-based server virtualization product.  Available as a no-cost Web download at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-VServer later today, Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution for customers to consolidate Windows or Linux workloads onto a single physical server… Read more