EMC Support for the SMB 3.0 Protocol – the Future of Storage Protocols

One of the key issues this blog has covered recently is the transformation of storage.  Microsoft is focused on helping customers control the costs of storage, whether by using industry-standard hardware or simplifying existing hardware infrastructure.  To that end we have made significant investments in the SMB 3.0 protocol for file-based storage.  This helps customers… Read more

Server Posterpedia v2 available in the Windows Store!

In today’s post, Martin McClean and Brian Lich talk about their Windows Store app, Server Posterpedia. If you’re interested in learning how Microsoft technologies work—for example, Windows Server, Exchange Server, Windows Azure, and SharePoint Server 2013—this is the Windows Store app for you. Enjoy! Kevin   Hi, we’re Martin McClean and Brian Lich from the… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Now Available!

  As originally communicated in Michael Kleef’s blog post, today Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 is available for download.  You can experience the  new virtualization capabilities – Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V and RemoteFX – by downloading the service pack from the Microsoft Download Center if you are currently a Windows Server 2008 R2 customer. … Read more

Available now: Active Directory Federation Services 2.0

Hi everyone.  Good news:  Active Directory Federation Services 2.0(AD FS 2.0) has been finalized and is now available for download!  AD FS 2.0 is a role in Windows Server that simplifies access and single sign-on to both on-premises and cloud-based applications.  Using “claims-based” identity technology, it helps enable secure business collaboration and productivity within the… Read more

Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows

IDC recently released a analysis of the x86 server market “Business-Critical Workloads: Supporting Business-Critical: Computing with an Integrated Server Platform.”  If you don’t have time to read the whitepaper, check out the ComputerWorld webcast covering this material here. What does the white paper show?  Clearly, IT managers have realized that large, proprietary UNIX systems cost… Read more

Now Customers Can Actually Locate Your Resources with URL Rewriter 2.0 RTW

Today, Microsoft announced the final release of IIS URL Rewriter 2.0 RTW.   Now the first reason might be obvious why you would want to rewrite a URL – when you are at a cocktail party with loud music and tasty appetizers and a potential customer asks you where they can get more info on… Read more

Windows Server and Windows Azure come together in a new STB organization: the Server & Cloud Division

Microsoft is announcing today the formation of a new organization within the Server & Tools Business that combines the Windows Server & Solutions group and the Windows Azure group, into a single organization called the Server & Cloud Division (SCD).   This change reflects the alignment of our resources with our strategy, and represents a… Read more

Improve Web User Experience with IIS SEO Toolkit RTW and IIS URL Rewriter 2.0 RC

Remember the scene in Diehard when he shoots the glass? That was cool. What’s even cooler is now you can fine tune your Web site for the search engine, thus improving the experience for your Web users.   Today, Microsoft announced the releases of IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit RTW and IIS URL Rewriter… Read more

Increase Web Application Scalability and Reliability with ARR 2.0 RTW

Today, Microsoft announced the final release of IIS Application Request Routing (ARR) 2.0 RTW.   Customers – such as hosting providers, Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers, and IT Professionals are changing the way they do business as a result of ARR 2.0. ARR 2.0 delivers cost savings, elastic scalability, and flexible deployment options. With IIS… Read more

Provide a Better Web Site Experience with Faster Response Times

Have you ever hummed the Jeopardy theme song while waiting for a Web site to download – even on a high-speed Internet connection? Sometimes the problem is OUT of your control – whether it is an Internet traffic jam, scheduled maintenance, or some other unknown cause for a delay in receiving your request to view… Read more