Zero to SDN in under five minutes, Part 2

This post was authored by Jason Messer, Principal PM Manager, Windows Server.   Deploy a cloud application quickly with the new Microsoft SDN stack. Introduction Part 1 of this blog post series introduced the Windows Server 2016 SDN Stack, a three-tier cloud application and PowerShell deployment scripts. Part 2 builds on the core SDN concepts,… Read more

Zero to SDN in under five minutes

Deploy a cloud application quickly with the new Microsoft SDN stack You might have seen this blog post recently published on common data center challenges. In that article, Ravi talked about the challenges surrounding deployment, flexibility, resiliency, and security, and how our Software Defined Networking (SDN) helps you solves those challenges. In this blog post series… Read more

Introducing Windows Server “8” Hyper-V Network Virtualization: Enabling Rapid Migration and Workload Isolation in the Cloud

We’ve all heard about the agility that server virtualization delivers.  However, our conversations with people in the trenches made it clear that the full potential of virtualization remains frustratingly beyond their grasp.  In particular, the lack of agile networking limits the agility you can achieve at a reasonable cost.  Windows Server “8” is the most… Read more

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

Mark your calendar: Watch the MMS keynotes on the web

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see our top executives discuss the latest IT Management news, strategies, and solutions from Microsoft, and how to apply them in your organization. ·        … Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 & Intel Slam Dunk iSCSI Performance Benchmark

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Windows Server platform has evolved into a robust and scalable platform aimed squarely at the heaviest data center loads – and we’re always looking at new ways to prove it. Recently, in conjunction with Intel hardware, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V achieved amazing throughput results… Read more

Symantec solution available for “Network Path Not Found” and other errors.

Many folks have been encountering network connectivity issues and other errors when running older versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Antivirus. So I’m writing to let you know that a solution has been available for the past year and is highly encouraged as an upgrade. Context When a Windows Server is running older versions… 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

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