Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Readiness

Customers tell us that the verified compatibility of their applications is the #1 factor driving their upgrade decisions. Verifying compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2 before the application ships promotes operational efficiency, improves scalability and reliability and over the life of the application reduces costs. Microsoft provides a rich set of tools and programs to…


2010 Scripting Games

The Scripting Guys are back!  Every year, the Scripting Guys host something called the Scripting Games. It’s a fun competition in which participants attempt to solve beginner or advanced puzzles with scripts in either Windows PowerShell or VBScript. This year, the Games are taking place April 26 through May 7. See the Hey, Scripting Guy!…

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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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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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The “Many-Core” Application Platform

Windows Server 2008 R2 represents the latest evolution of the Windows Server operating system and corresponding support for high-end hardware systems with large numbers of microprocessors.  Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first release of Windows to scale beyond 64 Logical Processors (LP) on a single computer and has been tested on systems with 256…

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Windows PowerShell is Powerful Automation

PowerShell is a Windows management technology designed for ease-of-use by both system administrators and application developers.  PowerShell Version 2 (V2) is available with both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 as well as previous Windows releases via an optional update. For Developers specifically, Windows PowerShell in combination with the Windows Management Infrastructure (WinRM, WS-Management,…

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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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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 Server 2008 R2 introduces the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI)

Managing storage is no longer simply about volume and availability; organizations need to manage their data more effectively and more efficiently.  Only by gaining insight into their data can companies reduce the cost of storing, maintaining, and managing data.  Enforcing company policies and knowing how storage is utilized can help administrators efficiently use their storage…

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