Storage Transformation

Organizations face many challenges when it comes to storage.  Data volumes are exploding, increasing the cost of storage and the headaches of storage management.  The rise of Big Data analytics means more data is being collected and mined than ever before – 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. … Read more

Download the beta release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials today!

What an exciting time to be part of the Windows Server team! Earlier this week we announced the RTM and general availability of Windows Server 2012 in conjunction with the Windows 8 team's announcement of their dates. Since then we’ve seen a steady stream of exciting news coming out of Toronto where the 2012 World… Read more

Windows Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Update

As we’re getting closer to release, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is returning to how it was previously available to Windows Server 2008 customers.  Specifically, we are going back to making it available as a separate download that is available to customers at no additional charge.  This is how Windows SharePoint Services was available to Windows… Read more

FAQ on Windows Server, version 1709 and Semi-Annual Channel

Last week we made available Windows Server, version 1709, the first release in the Semi-Annual Channel, and we’re already seeing many customers deploying it! We’ve received some questions on how this channel works and how customers should utilize it. The goal of this blog post is to answer questions surrounding the new channel and clarify… Read more

Where we're headed with virtualization

Hi, Mike Neil here. It’s been a while since I've posted. To update you, I now oversee the development teams, plans and strategy for our virtualization software – both the desktop and server. In this role, I’m really fortunate in that I get to meet with a broad range of customers and partners. I value… Read more

Storage Transformation for your Datacenter

A few weeks ago, we addressed storage transformation in this blog – and how onsite storage, cloud storage, and recovery options are evolving.  Below is a brief video overview of some of our key storage solutions.  In this post, we will explore how storage is changing inside your datacenter, and how we transform industry standard disks… Read more

Longhorn Server – the little things mean a lot – SMB2 Protocol

As we get closer to Beta 2 of Windows Server codenamed "Longhorn" – there will be a lot of talk on the bigger features that Longhorn will deliver….Network Access Protection, Read-Only Domain Controller, Server Core, Secure Startup, Role Management Tools, the list goes on. These are all no doubt nifty and cool features, but the… Read more

Viridian features update; beta planned for Longhorn RTM

Here we are on the eve of WinHEC 2007. This show is always a fun industry event for me to engage with a broad spectrum of partners. Perhaps none better than last year, when we demo’d Windows Server virtualization (codename Viridian) for the first time in BillG’s keynote, and presented technical content of the new… Read more

Access Based Enumeration (ABE) and High Availability Clustering

We had a good question come back through the blog the other day – "How do you support ABE on clustered file servers?" Although our plans for this integrating this feature are geared more toward the Longhorn timeframe, one of our Program Managers for ABE, Sundar Subbarayan, was able to provide this solution for the… Read more