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  • November 09, 2010 09 Nov'10

    Next-generation SQL Server hits with codenames galore

    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 ...

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    IT conference attendees can’t escape the cloud in 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 15 Oct'10

    Minor Active Directory tweaks in Configuration Manager R3

    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 12 Oct'10

    New baseline aims to centralize Windows Server 2008 R2 security

    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 07, 2010 07 Oct'10

    AVIcode the latest cloud-inspired acquisition for Microsoft

    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 ...

  • September 30, 2010 30 Sep'10

    Microsoft updates servicing tool for offline VMs

    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 ...

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Microsoft weighs in, reacts at VMworld 2010

    Microsoft vs. VMware -- tale as old as time. As everyone knows, VMworld 2010 took place this week in San Francisco. Like last year, Microsoft’s booth did not provide any demos for Hyper-V, as the ...

  • August 25, 2010 25 Aug'10

    Exchange Server 2010 SP1 hits the streets

    UPDATE! (8/27/2010) My colleague Bridget Botelho has written a more detailed rundown of the SP1, with insight from Directions on Microsoft's Rob Sanfilippo. ORIGINAL POST (8/25/2010) Let the ...

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    Configuration Manager R3 comes as no surprise

    The next version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 should officially ship soon, with the release candidate approved earlier this month. The update is relatively minor, however, ...

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Domain controller virtualization continues to spark debate

    Less than two months ago, we posted an article by Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen on the topic of domain controller virtualization. The article was actually a follow-up to something he wrote way back in ...

  • August 05, 2010 05 Aug'10

    Mark Russinovich moves to Azure – what does it all mean?

    While Microsoft has yet to make an “official” announcement, it seems most have heard by now that Windows legend Mark Russinovich has joined the company’s Windows Azure team. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley ...

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    New Azure appliance too big for IT

    The latest addition to Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform promises to give customers greater control over cloud-based data, though the release isn’t likely to mean much to most IT professionals ...

  • June 24, 2010 24 Jun'10

    Hyper-V R2 to support more clustered VMs – right now

    Amidst all the talk about dynamic memory and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, one recent virtualization update has managed to fly under the radar – and it actually has nothing to do with the upcoming ...

  • June 22, 2010 22 Jun'10

    Finally – Exchange 2007 gets Windows Server 2008 R2 support

    The third service pack for Exchange Server 2007 was made available for download this week – and not a moment too soon. The SP3 has been updated to allow Exchange 2007 to be installed on Windows ...

  • June 18, 2010 18 Jun'10

    New Microsoft hotfix solves Hyper-V host startup issues – or does it?

    Just a quick post today. Microsoft released a new hotfix this month in response to some startup hang issues involving servers hosting virtual machines. Basically, some users running Windows Server ...

  • June 14, 2010 14 Jun'10

    Microsoft works to extend identity management to the cloud

    You might not believe this, but one thing I took away from TechEd 2010 last week is that Microsoft reps seem to have a real issue with the term “cloud.” This point was brought up in nearly every ...

  • June 07, 2010 07 Jun'10

    Cloud talk dominates TechEd 2010 keynote

    It's very warm and muggy here in New Orleans for Microsoft TechEd 2010, but it was cool, comfortable (and initially, loud) for the opening keynote with Microsoft president of server and tools ...

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    Beta drops for next System Center Configuration Manager release

    Microsoft has released the first beta for its upcoming systems and client management product, tentatively dubbed System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) v.Next. The new release is designed to ...

  • April 27, 2010 27 Apr'10

    Active Directory on your iPhone? There’s an app for that

    A new app could help simplify the management of Active Directory-related help desk calls straight from your mobile phone. It’s called AD HelpDesk, a brand new iPhone app designed to aid with the ...

  • April 26, 2010 26 Apr'10

    Recapping Microsoft Management Summit 2010

    I thought I’d take a quick moment to run through some of the key points I took away from Microsoft Management Summit 2010 this year for those who weren’t able to attend. I was only there Tuesday ...

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    First look at Windows 2008 R2 SP1 puts emphasis on virtualization

    UPDATE! (6/21/2010) A lot more info has come out recently regarding the first service packs for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. This Q&A with Microsoft's Justin Graham provides more ...

  • March 05, 2010 05 Mar'10

    x86 systems, Windows Server on the rise

    While overall server revenue has been down for the past year, one area that continues to grow is the x86 system market. This is according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker ...

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    Microsoft AppFabric takes next step toward official release

    The second beta for Microsoft’s new Windows Server AppFabric technology is now available for download, and the company is encouraging those who give it a test drive to send along their feedback. ...

  • February 22, 2010 22 Feb'10

    SQL Azure and what it means to performance

    With Microsoft's Azure platform now in full-effect, one of the questions affecting DBAs and developers is “How does it change what I do?” I spoke with SQL Server MVPs Brent Ozar and Kevin Kline of ...

  • January 14, 2010 14 Jan'10

    What's what with Data Protection Manager 2010

    I attended a live webcast today on System Center Data Protection Manager 2010. The beta has been out since September with the release candidate (RC) scheduled for the first full week of February. ...

  • December 24, 2009 24 Dec'09

    ‘Tis the season to be techy

    Happy holidays everyone! It’s the season of giving, and in that spirit we’ve collected a few cool holiday-themed articles for Windows admins. Take a look below, and we’ll get back to talking about ...

  • December 02, 2009 02 Dec'09

    What is Next Generation Active Directory?

    While the folks from Microsoft talked about a lot of different technologies at last month’s Professional Developers Conference, one of the most interesting ones is what the company is referring to ...

  • November 03, 2009 03 Nov'09

    SQL Server 2008 R2 stars at PASS Summit 2009

    The PASS Community Summit 2009 is being held in Seattle this week, and naturally a lot of attention is being given to Microsoft’s upcoming database releases, particularly SQL Server 2008 R2. We’ve ...

  • October 28, 2009 28 Oct'09

    Windows Management Framework brings PowerShell 2.0 to the masses

    Just days after the official release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has now made its new Windows Management Framework (WMF) available as well. The major component here is ...

  • October 14, 2009 14 Oct'09

    Troubleshooting tops Windows admins' most tedious tasks

    For Windows admins, there’s always something to fix. In a recent SearchWindowsServer.com survey, over 800 IT administrators and managers named troubleshooting as far and away their most ...

  • October 05, 2009 05 Oct'09

    Group Policy management gets a boost with MDOP 2009 R2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 aren’t the only new releases Microsoft has on tap this month. The new Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 R2 (usually pronounced emm-DOP) will be out by ...

  • September 30, 2009 30 Sep'09

    Partner products to get the Windows 7 stamp of approval

    One of the major problems surrounding Windows Vista involved software and hardware compatibility -- or rather, incompatibility. Microsoft is looking to avoid those issues this time around with ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    Ready to upgrade yet? Microsoft to end support for Windows 2000

    Microsoft announced this week that public support for Windows 2000 Server will end in July -- just another gentle nudge to organizations toward Windows Server 2008 R2. The company will also be ...

  • September 11, 2009 11 Sep'09

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 arrives a little early

    Microsoft released Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT) earlier today, somewhat sooner than expected. The set is designed to ease the burden on those getting ready to deploy Windows 7 and/or Windows ...

  • September 08, 2009 08 Sep'09

    Prepare for System Center Configuration Manager ... R3?

    It looks like Microsoft isn’t ready to let go of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 just yet. Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is on the way – and it’s going green. In a post on The ...

  • August 12, 2009 12 Aug'09

    No Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 R2 – but why?

    UPDATE! (06/22/2010) Good news -- Exchange Server 2007 SP3 was finally released this week with full support for Windows Server 2008 R2. See? That didn't take so long after all. UPDATE! (11/05/2009) ...

  • August 11, 2009 11 Aug'09

    Microsoft and VMware go toe-to-toe over server virtualization

    There has been a LOT of talk lately about the “war between VMware and Microsoft” for virtualization supremacy. Obviously, this has been a topic of conversation ever since details of Hyper-V began ...

  • August 07, 2009 07 Aug'09

    Windows 7 now available to subscribers, VL customers

    For those who didn’t know, this morning Microsoft made Windows 7 available to SA customers, and TechNet and MSDN subscribers were given access on Thursday. Those looking to make the upgrade from XP ...

  • August 04, 2009 04 Aug'09

    Is Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft’s best OS to date?

    ChannelWeb recently posted a review of Windows Server 2008 R2 in which it declared the server operating system “Microsoft’s best-ever.” The first thought for some might be, “Well DUH! It’s the ...

  • July 21, 2009 21 Jul'09

    New SQL Server tools drop in July

    A couple of new DBA tools were released last week for SQL Server – Idera’s SQL Comparison Toolset and SQL Backup Pro 6 from Red Gate Software. Both products are available for 14-day, ...

  • July 06, 2009 06 Jul'09

    Details emerge about SQL Server 2008 R2

    “Kilamanjaro” has now gone the way of the “Katmai”, but the newly dubbed SQL Server 2008 R2 is still creating some chatter among DBAs and other IT pros. Microsoft announced at TechEd 2009 that a ...

  • June 29, 2009 29 Jun'09

    R2's File Classification Infrastructure generates buzz

    Of the many new features set to debut in Windows Server 2008 R2, one that has received a steady amount of attention is the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI). The inclusion of FCI with R2 ...

  • June 11, 2009 11 Jun'09

    Will SharePoint Server 2010 be worth the upgrade?

    The release of SharePoint Server 2010 (formerly SharePoint 14) may seem like a long way off, but with a CTP expected later this year and an official release in the early part of 2010, it's actually ...

  • June 09, 2009 09 Jun'09

    Change management solution simplifies AD operations

    I spoke recently with a rep over at Netwrix to get some details on their Change Reporter solution for Active Directory (currently in version 5.0). For those who don’t know, Netwrix as a company is ...

  • May 11, 2009 11 May'09

    What’s new with Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 R2?

    As with every major OS release from Microsoft, there’s a lot of interest right now in Windows 2008 R2. I recently spoke with Justin Graham, senior product manager for Microsoft’s Windows Server ...

  • May 04, 2009 04 May'09

    The long-lost Hyper-V interview with Greg Shields

    Toward the end of the year, I recorded a short podcast with Microsoft MVP Greg Shields on Hyper-V, that mysteriously never saw the light of day. Unacceptable, right? As anyone who's spoken with ...

  • April 28, 2009 28 Apr'09

    Inside Identity Lifecycle Manager "2"

    Another product that will be given a fair amount of attention at Tech-Ed this year is Microsoft’s Identity Lifecycle Manager “2”, which the company has just recently renamed Forefront Identity ...

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