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

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

Mi-Greatness: Full release version of Windows Server Migration Tools update lets you migrate Hyper-V and RRAS

Remember back in December, when we released the Beta version of the Windows Server Migration Tools update…the one that allows you to migrate Hyper-V and Routing and Remote Access Services to servers running Windows Server 2008 R2…no? OK, you don't. That was three months and a lot of holiday partying ago. We understand. The full… Read more

Wingin' Migration — Now migrate even MORE server roles to Windows Server 2008 R2!

The Windows Server Migration team's been cooking…no, not cranberry sauce and stuffing, but a new Windows Server Migration Utilities download package that lets you use the Windows Server Migration Tools to migrate Hyper-V and Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS). Brand-spankin'-new beta migration guides are available for both Hyper-V and RRAS, with detailed, step-by-step guidance… 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

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