Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well.  RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM.  This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop.  IT provides a great multimedia…

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Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud

This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud.  Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential costs of this operation.  …

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Does Communication With A Remote Work Force Scare You?

First calm your server down, then next calm your IT administrator down as well.  Now lets talk about communication and collaboration and how your servers can empower a remote workforce, that will allow your business to thrive be more focused on efficiency, innovation and productivity. According to a study conducted by Penn State University, contrary…

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The “Many-Core” Application Platform – Take 2, "Tools”

In a recent post I wrote about the new platform scalability features available with Windows Server 2008 R2.   For Developers, the platform is only half of the equation.   Developers require corresponding tools and libraries in order to make the most of the platform.   These tools are now making their way out of development and into…

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Big Iron Now Means Big Workloads on Windows

IBM has gazed into their crystal ball, and it seems they see the future as x86! IBM (the makers of big iron) last week announced their new eX5 server line based on Intel’s Nehalem processor line.  IBM’s eX5 blade systems promise to allow significantly higher memory density (via an external memory expansion chassis) than existing…

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The Giant in Your Data Center

First and Foremost,  I need to say on behalf of myself and Microsoft: THANK YOU!  Thank you for betting your business’ on Windows Server!  You all have slowly built your data centers on Windows Servers, allowing us to become the preferred giant in your data center and you are not alone. IDC just recently released…

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Low Cost Virtualization: The Undiscovered Benefits

Someone pointed out to me the InfoWorld article this week titled “5 things VMware must do to fend off Microsoft.”  Looking at the article reminded me of the scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when Starfleet came to the realization that the Klingon Empire (their longstanding rival) was dying. I think that the…

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Cloud Services : The Bet for Microsoft!

1969 was really an important year, I was born, Woodstock, a man on the moon, and of course the Internet.  If there are roots to our current technical opportunities they go all the way back to 1969. Earlier today, Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of students and faculty (as well as a World Wide…

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Hello and Who I Am and What I Do Around Here…

Hello!  I guess I should introduce myself and let you all know what I am lucky enough to do every day when I come to work.  My name is Joey Snow and I’m a Technical Evangelist focused on IT Professionals.  What does that mean?  Well it means that I get to have meaningful technical discussions…

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VHD and Hyper-V APIs Enable Creative New Solutions

Although VHD files are closely associated with virtualization products like Hyper-V, the VHD file format is actually a stand-alone technology useful beyond just virtualization solution scenarios.   With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, VHD files attain "volume" status thus enabling scenarios such as "mount a VHD drive", "boot to a VHD", or "create static,…

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