Need Feedback on Microsoft Technologies for Branch and Mid-Market IT

We want to hear from you and get your feedback.  What are the challenges that you face – technology, business, and environmental – in managing your Branch Office and/or Mid-Sized business IT infrastructures?  Use the comments below and join the discussion!   From our research we have identified 5 areas where our customers have expressed… Read more

Forget a Wreath, Deck Your Halls with the Windows Server 2008 R2 Poster

If you want to add a little geek to your holiday decorating, check out this free download of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components poster. This is a free 2.5MB PDF download that diagrams all eight of Windows Server 2008 R2’s key new feature areas: BranchCache, DirectAccess, Remote Desktop Services as well as the… Read more

Remote Access: SMBs Will Continue to Get Enterprise-Caliber Capabilities With SBS and EBS

Windows Server 2008 R2 will soon be fully launched, providing a host of new capabilities that will help dial down costs and improve productivity. A key design tenent, which we've discussed in this blog, is how Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 together offer several net-new features, including DirectAccess and BranchCache, for more effective and cost… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2: Ready to Rock and Roll

Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM is here. Programming done. Code frozen. That means for organizations looking to take advantage of the significant performance, productivity and cost-saving features inherent in the new Windows Server and Windows 7, the time to start planning, testing and deploying is now. Fortunately, you don't have to feel like pioneer when… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone!

  The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We're talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets. With evaluation software available for download in the first half of August… Read more

NuStar Energy: IT for growth

Yesterday the marketing team published a case study about NuStar Energy, a crude-oil transportation and storage company that has grown rapidly through acquisitions and recently joined the Fortune 500.  NuStar relies on Windows Server, System Center and Forefront solutions to integrate new people and systems in days.  Their IT department can respond to new business… Read more

Video: Branch Infrastructure Optimization

In the video below Microsoft introduces three best practices that can help organizations cut branch and remote infrastructure costs.   1.       Use virtualization technology to more efficiently use hardware and save money on energy 2.       Centralize branch infrastructure monitoring and management 3.       Improve networking efficiency Controlling Costs in Your Branch Infrastructure Visit the new Branch… Read more

Check out the enhanced Migration Solution for Windows Server 2008 R2!

Have you heard the great buzz about Windows Server 2008 R2?  If you’re eager to find out how to migrate your existing servers to this new platform, check out the Windows Server TechCenter Migration Portal for Windows Server 2008 R2.  This one-stop-shop for existing and new migration resources can help you jump start your migration… Read more

Announcing Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta!

  For homo sapiens, getting older is painful. Take me for example. Nine hours on a plane never bothered me when I was in my 20s with a rubber backbone. But a couple of weeks out from birthday # 43 and one cross-country airplane ride translates into a sudden spinal meltdown that has me lying… Read more

BranchCache Streamlines Remote Office Experience

Hello everyone – my name is Vikram Ghosh, and I am Product Manager for Branch Office Solutions on the Windows Server Team. I am writing to you from, TechED EMEA here in Barcelona Spain, to describe one of my favorite new features in Windows Server 2008 R2, BranchCacheTM. (Yes, we've already got a trademark.) If… Read more