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

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

When to expect Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM

We have received many requests from our customers and partners on when they will be able to get their hands on RTM code of Windows Server 2008 R2. As the Windows Server Operations Manager, I wanted to provide a broad timeline on when different groups of customers and partners will get the final RTM code. For… 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

Secure, cross-company collaboration

Below is a new Microsoft video about a company called Exostar.  Using Windows Server Active Directory Federation Services, Certificate Server, and Forefront Security, Exostar enables global aerospace companies, such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce, to securely collaborate via hosted SharePoint Server 2007.  This is a good example of what we are calling "Business Ready Security."… Read more

Microsoft Partnership with RSA for Information Protection

Hi all – I’m David Hastie, senior product manager in the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft.  I wanted to flag an announcement Microsoft made today in the area of information protection and data loss prevention.  It involves Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2008.    In short, Microsoft and EMC’s security division,… Read more

Independent research firm recognizes Microsoft NAP as a leader in Network Access Control

Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP) solution was cited as a leader (the top category) in a recent independent report, “The Forrester Wave: Network Access Control, Q3 2008.”  Microsoft was one of the many network access control (NAC) vendors invited to participate in the report. Forrester placed a lot of emphasis on different access control scenarios… Read more

64-bit, Windows Server, Hyper-V, and the future

With the launch today of Hyper-V – available only in x64 versions – I thought that now would be a good time to revisit the topic of "64-bitness."   I'm a technical product manager on the Windows Server team focused on Windows Server 2008, R2, clustering, and power management, along with a few other areas.  In the past I… Read more

SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

Excerpt from the post on the SBS blog by group program manager Dean Paron: On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized!  Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions,… Read more

Windows Server '7' aka "Windows Server 2008 R2"

With Windows Server 2008 being released only 6 months ago, i'm sure it’s natural for people to wonder “what’s next?”  As I have been combing through various blogs this weekend, I found it exciting to see so much interest and speculation over the next version of Windows Server.  While I’m bound by company NDA to… Read more