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

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

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

R2: How Would You Manage Without It?

As many of you know, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is made available today to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with broader availability from Microsoft.com on May 5th. As our final broad test milestone before RTM, this really is the best chance for you to download Windows Server 2008 R2 and put it through… 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

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Beta released!

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Beta is now available on the Microsoft Download Center.  Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT pros to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows… 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

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer – One click to Install Them All

If you visited the new Microsoft Web Platform site yesterday, you would have noticed that we’ve performed a radical overhaul of the site, with a fresh new look and articles and media content aggregated from popular external and Microsoft sites. This new portal offers a central location for Web professionals to learn about the various… 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

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