Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Overview part 1

Welcome to part 1 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0! The MAP toolkit has been around for years.  MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small…

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Getting Intune With Your Inner Windows

When you think about the cloud do you get a little confused?  Is your business between 25 and 500 employees?  Do you feel the cloud has nothing of value expect for big business?  Does managing your Windows infrastructure really not your bag of tea?  Even after you read about all of the cloud services you…

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RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience

The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). This screencast highlights how these three amazing technologies work as…

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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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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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Optimize Deployment of Your Desktop Environment

Are you looking to deploy Windows more effectively and efficiently, but not sure how?  You most likely have several questions: How do I plan? What hardware do I need? What about compatibility? How do I handle migration? How do I create standards? Is there any guidance? Chances are if you ever deployed applications or operating…

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Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 SP1 User Experience

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, or MED-V, is a desktop virtualization solution providing a self-contained computing environment including the OS, intended applications, and customized settings, if any. Desktop virtualization allows an application to run in a specific OS environment different from the OS running the hosting computer. MED-V uses Virtual PC 2007 to provide a virtualized…

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Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 User Experience

The main delivery of App-V 4.6 is 64-bit supportability. The rest product features and functions are much the same, if not identical, with those of App-V 5.1 SP1.The following shows App-V 4.6 Windows Desktop Client and App-V 4.6 Client for Remote Desktop Services (or Terminal Services) installed in a 64-bit operating system. Notice this 21-minute…

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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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