- December 10, 2010
Think Hyper-V Dynamic Memory is Microsoft’s answer to VMware's memory overcommit? Not so fast. Mike Laverick writes that it actually has more in common with Xen than ESX.
- November 18, 2010
Reaction to news this week that Microsoft has put the kibosh on Internet Explorer virtualization was … well … let’s say colorful. The issue is centered on Spoon.net, a company/website that (by way ...
- November 17, 2010
Even with the easy bake Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud package for private cloud servers, Windows managers want more time to watch the cloud story unfold.
- November 09, 2010
It sounds like Microsoft has found another mountain to climb, and this one makes “Kilimanjaro” look … well, slightly closer to sea level. The company announced the next version of SQL Server at ...
- November 08, 2010
With Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, Microsoft aims to make client security one with systems management, and those running SCCM 2007 should see the biggest lift.
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- November 05, 2010
Windows pros want a single scripting language that works across all platforms. But despite some early open source efforts, Microsoft has refocused on PowerShell.
- November 01, 2010
Microsoft made the on-ramp to Azure easier for Windows users by adding loads of new features. But customers still need time to wrap their heads around the cloud idea.
- October 26, 2010
The first service packs for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 are a big deal for Microsoft, with new features that could help the company compete in the virtual desktop space.
- October 21, 2010
Recently, myITforum.com founder Rod Trent posted a tweet that pretty much summed up the past year in IT events: "Every conference this past year has turned into a ‘cloud’ conference. Sad.” Though ...
- October 15, 2010
As you may have heard, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R3 was officially released this week. While most of the attention has been geared toward the software’s new power management ...
- October 12, 2010
Microsoft released a new security baseline this week for Windows Server 2008 R2, adding to the slew of similar baselines released earlier this year. The R2 baseline accelerator gives admins access ...
- October 11, 2010
Microsoft made news at VMworld 2010 with an open letter to VMware customers. Mike Laverick writes that the move was an unwelcome (and misleading) return to tired marketing tactics.
- October 07, 2010
This week, Microsoft announced that it has acquired AVIcode, Inc., a Baltimore-based private company known for its .NET application monitoring software. The move is similar to the Opalis ...
- October 05, 2010
In a recent article, "Yes, you will lose your job to cloud computing – unless . . .", consultant and author Greg Shields cites the economies of scale as a key challenge facing IT admins in regards ...
- September 30, 2010
Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 is now available for download, an update to the previous 2.1 version of the utility. The tool is designed to let admins keep their offline ...