Hyper-V: CSV not Required for Live Migration

I received a great question about something I said in my post on the great value of Hyper-V backup – that CSV is not required for Live Migration.  One reader (thanks Dan), called me on this, because all of the documentation he had seen spoke of them together – including this article: “Hyper-V: Using Live…

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Are SQL Servers good candidates for Virtualization…YES!

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, we went back to our SQL team and asked them if we could get some guidance on virtualizing SQL Server. They have posted a video on the benefits of SQL Server consolidation as well as a great whitepaper on SQL Server consolidation. I posted a blog about this, earlier this week regarding some…


John Weston Introduction

Hello, my name is John Weston and I am really excited to be part of Microsoft’s new initiative – Because It’s Everybody’s Business (BIEB). As my backgrounder, I have been in Technology for over 20 years For the last seven years I have been at Microsoft, driving IT Professionals Satisfaction as an ITE the teams…

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Virtualization on a Shoestring

Server virtualization promises huge costs savings through consolidating underutilized physical servers to fewer systems. Microsoft, VMware, and other virtualization vendors provide tools and guidance on how to virtualize existing systems. In fact, just today, ReadWriteWeb ran an article on the subject entitled “Getting Started With Virtualization: What You Can Do On a Shoestring” The post,…

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Application Compatibility Resources for R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 includes changes to the kernel and user-mode API’s to support virtualization, scalability, performance, power-management, and networking enhancements.  As a result, your existing application may require modifications or design changes, particularly if the application includes kernel drivers. Microsoft provides free test tools and other resources to help you.   Benefits include participation in…

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Extreme Web Services

Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces the Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI). WWSAPI is a new and extremely efficient Web Services endpoint implementation library.  It is available with both Windows 7 (client) and Windows Server 2008 R2 (server), and is an implementation of the WS-* family of protocols for SOAP based web services. With the Windows…

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What Is At The Center Of Your IT Universe?

What is at the center of your IT infrastructure, what does all your applications revolve around?  If you said Servers then You are correct! As my good friend and colleague Chris Henley posted, “To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!”  Windows Server really is the center of the Universe, whether from offer…

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Customer Perspective on the Expanded HP / Microsoft Partnership

There was an awful lot of press coverage last week of the announcement of Microsoft and HP increased investment in our partnership.  Much of the coverage picked up on the “buzzworthy” cloud aspect of the announcement, like this: Microsoft, HP join up for packaged cloud services http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/190964.asp I wanted to get the perspective of a…

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Server Core .NET Application Host

Server Core is a minimal installation option for Windows Server and is available with the following Windows Server editions: · Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition Server Core system deployments provide significant benefits including:…

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Windows 7 BranchCache™ User Experience

This is a follow-up posting of Windows 7 BranchCache™ Explained. BranchCache, an exciting feature introduced in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, enables content from file and Web servers on a wide area network (WAN) to be cached on computers at a local branch office. Once BranchCache is configured, a copy of data accessed…

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