Best Practices Analyzer: Run it on your server roles, not your loved ones

We in Windows Server are sorry to report a disturbing trend among IT professionals. Ever since Windows Server 2008 R2 was first released as a public beta, and Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server roles was first available, we've been getting some alarming dispatches from the IT management front. An IT consultant from the Austin,… Read more

Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools's Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.)  The results verify what we've heard repeatedly from customers and partners:  IT departments want strategic solution providers that truly help drive business… Read more

R2: How Would You Manage Without It?

As many of you know, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is made available today to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with broader availability from Microsoft.com on May 5th. As our final broad test milestone before RTM, this really is the best chance for you to download Windows Server 2008 R2 and put it through… Read more

Best Practices Analyzer Resolution Guidance Now Available Online

Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool included with Windows Server® 2008 R2. BPA can help administrators reduce best practice violations by scanning one or more roles that are installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, and reporting best practice violations to the administrator.  Roles that support BPA scans in Windows Server 2008 R2… Read more

Live: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta TechCenter

Have you already downloaded and started kicking the tires on Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta? What, you’re waiting for an engraved invitation? Here’s your chance to read prerelease documentation about how to configure and use technologies available with Windows Server 2008 R2. Some highlights: Get more details about what’s new in Windows Server 2008 R2…. Read more