TechEd Europe Days 2-4: Blogs, Tweets, and Videos

The first day’s keynote out of the way, online chatter about TechEd Europe 2010 turned to session reporting, the announced naming of Configuration Manager 2012 (formerly “v.Next”), and continued absorption of Microsoft’s initiatives in cloud computing, Hyper-V Cloud in particular. To give you a kind of wrap up of the goings-on of the past several… Read more

6 Steps to Get Ready for Private Cloud

Like I said in a recent post, you're probably already running the basic foundation for a private cloud. But that doesn't mean there isn't work to do. IT Pros looking to delve into private cloud computing this year, should prepare with these 6 steps:   Improve data quality in your identity infrastructure – audit existing… Read more

TechEd Europe 2010 Day 1: Voices from the Community

We’ve been seeing quite a bit of chatter on the “internets” about the goings-on at TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin, and it’s great to see the diverse impressions of attendees as the event happens. Net Noteworthies The announcements and news about a range of things—including Hyper-V Cloud, the VMM SSP 2.0 release, and RC availability… Read more

More Than Likely, You’re Already Running the Foundations for Private Cloud

Worried about having to implement lots of new software to build your private cloud? You may not have to. Enterprises that have standardized on Windows Server 2008 R2 are, like as not, already running all the building blocks they need to configure a private cloud. And that foundation will extend as your cloud computing ambitions grow…. Read more

GET PRE-VALIDATED PRIVATE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE WITH HYPER-V CLOUD FAST TRACK

If you're looking to get started implementing a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure, the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures. The Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions are currently being offered by 6 Microsoft hardware partners, who cover a broad swath of the Windows Server hardware market. Hit the… Read more

Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Now Available

Today, Microsoft has made available a Release Candidate (RC) for Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. SP1 includes both a roll-up of operating system updates and several new capabilities for Windows Server. Microsoft RemoteFX introduces a new set of remote user experience capabilities that enable a media-rich user environment for virtual… Read more

US EPA Publishes Paper on Energy Savings from Energy Star-Qualified Enterprise Servers Running Windows Server 2008 R2

I've posted about power management and Windows Server before so you may recall that one of our goals for Windows Server 2008 R2 was to enhance power management.  You might also remember that R2 can help improve power efficiency by up to 18% over Windows Server 2003 running on the same hardware.  Now there's another… Read more

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Ships!

We have finished version 3 of Windows HPC Server! The verbose, official, and approved name is Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite signaling that we are leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 as our core operating system but make no mistake, this is the big v3 release, our most ambitious release. It’s like the third stage… Read more

Cloud Computing a Catalyst for Server Growth?

In an interesting piece by Ryan Nichols at Computerworld yesterday: Cloud computing by the numbers: What do all the statistics mean, Nichols summarizes some recent research findings on the market potential of cloud computing, quoting impressive market forecasts from sources such as Gartner ($150 billion by 2013), Merrill Lynch ($160 billion by 2011),and AMI Partners… Read more

SP1: the Bite-Sized Versions

We've been getting some feedback that the current version of the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 download package was too large — 1.5GB for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions in one package. So we've split them down out into their individual packages for easier downloading. Head on over to the Windows Server SP1 Resource… Read more