- March 20, 2012
OpenNebula, an open-source data center virtualization project, delivered Microsoft Hyper-V drivers for its platform last week.
- March 16, 2012
Microsoft recently announced major price cuts to certain Office 365 pricing plans. Are the markdowns a reaction to slow adoption rates or something else?
- March 13, 2012
Patch Tuesday for March is the lightest for Microsoft this year, but one “critical” patch for Remote Desktop Protocol needs to be applied immediately.
- March 05, 2012
By the time Windows Server 8 is generally available, you'll likely be as tired of hearing about it as you are about the Republican primary candidates. But right now, just five days after the beta ...
- March 01, 2012
Microsoft finally made the leap on Leap Day, delivering the first Windows Server 8 beta containing dozens of enhanced features across the product.
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- February 15, 2012
It seems like just yesterday that Exchange 2010 SP2 was released. Update rollup 1 is here already, and it's unclear if that's a good or bad thing.
- February 14, 2012
Microsoft sent admins a Valentine's bouquet of fixes for 21 vulnerabilities this month, with a focus on Windows Server 2008 R2 and desktop Windows.
- February 14, 2012
When it comes to online discussions of Microsoft and Windows, negativity is pretty much the norm. If you've read any articles recently about a new Microsoft feature or product, this should come as ...
- January 30, 2012
Will IT shops soon be using System Center and Windows Server to control and update enterprise applications on employee smartphones and tablets? One analyst thinks that could be the case in the near ...
- January 30, 2012
If you still rely on Exchange Server 2007, you may want to carefully consider the latest rollup. It might be the last.
- January 19, 2012
Microsoft divulged details about its new file system, ReFS, built on the foundation of NTFS, this week.
- January 18, 2012
The latest version of Microsoft’s management tool has VMware’s offerings in its sights, but it will need Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3.0 to complete the private cloud picture.
- January 13, 2012
When it comes to Windows Server 8, small is the new big.
- January 10, 2012
Microsoft kicks off another year of bug squashing, delivering seven security bulletins to seal holes in Windows Server 2008 R2 and desktop versions of Windows.
- January 06, 2012
Microsoft's private cloud plans will soon go public. On January 17, the company will host a webcast, titled "Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud," featuring Server and Tools Division ...
- December 14, 2011
Microsoft closed out Patch Tuesday for 2011 by issuing 13 security bulletins to fix 19 vulnerabilities, three of which were deemed “critical” for Windows and Windows Server 2003.
- December 06, 2011
Exchange Server 2010 SP2 is an important release for companies contemplating a move to Office 365. This release brings the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, OWA improvements and more.
- December 05, 2011
Microsoft’s Office 365, has a ways to go before all components are enterprise ready, but the email portion of the cloud suite appears ready for its close up.
- November 04, 2011
Corporate and third-party developers believe Microsoft’s support of the SMB 2.2 protocol could bolster its competitive chances in the cloud and virtualization markets.
- November 02, 2011
Microsoft is improving storage capabilities in Windows Server 8 as well as adding support for the SMB 2.2 protocol. General Manager Thomas Pfenning explains the importance of these changes to IT shops.
- October 31, 2011
Update rollup 6 for Exchange 2010 SP1 fixes 29 user and internally spotted issues. Six of those fixes stop unexpected Exchange 2010 SP1 crashes.
- October 20, 2011
Windows Server 2008 R2 is gaining momentum but eight years after its introduction many IT shops still depend on Windows Server 2003 to run their mission-critical applications.
- October 14, 2011
In this week’s server news roundup, we explore the latest on SQL Server 2012, talk hypervisors and upcoming patches.
- October 10, 2011
Fixes in October’s Patch Tuesday release are fewer than recent releases, although six of the eight bulletins involve remote code execution flaws and should be implemented quickly.
- October 07, 2011
Microsoft's upcoming Cluster Aware Update Wizard aims to ease the pain of patch management. But IT shops have questions about how it might fit with their internal patching procedures.
- September 29, 2011
For decades HP has been a preeminent supplier of products and services to corporate IT. But the company’s recent drama has some IT shops concerned for the future.
- September 26, 2011
Few envy the task facing HP’s new CEO Meg Whitman in refocusing the company’s $130 billion business. But here is a handful of suggestions that could bolster IT’s confidence.
- September 23, 2011
Many IT shops still rely on Exchange Server 2007. If that includes you, check out the 13 fixes in Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 5.
- September 21, 2011
Windows Server 8 is the most ambitious version of the product Microsoft has developed to date. Mike Neil, GM of the project, talks about the importance of IT’s input.
- September 15, 2011
Microsoft gave enterprises a glimpse of how future applications and enterprise platforms will be brought together with Windows Server 8 and Azure.
- September 14, 2011
Microsoft Office 365 customers experienced a second outage in less than a month last week, though several experts regard it as a bump in the road.
- September 14, 2011
Can Windows Server 8 bring Microsoft into the cloud era? With development of the new OS, the company aims to change the way IT shops deliver apps.
- August 24, 2011
Microsoft released update rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1, but many customers are justifiably hesitant to install it after recent Exchange update issues.
- August 01, 2011
The latest beta of System Center Operations Manager 2012 from Microsoft is out and testers are weighing in: think evolutionary not revolutionary.
- July 29, 2011
Update rollup 4 for Exchange 2010 SP1 has been re-released, drawing angst from the Exchange community. To calm future concerns, the Exchange team explained what went wrong.
- July 08, 2011
Though Exchange Server 2010 is mature, many IT shops still rely on Exchange Server 2007. If that includes you, check out the fixes in Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 4.
- June 24, 2011
If you run Exchange Server 2010 SP1 or plan to upgrade, check out some of the important fixes and feature enhancements in Update Rollup 4.
- June 20, 2011
Microsoft has an iron grip on the desktop and now the messaging-collaboration market, but its fortunes could fade if it can't generate new services based on those products.
- June 14, 2011
Windows administrators keep their jobs this month thanks to a hefty 34 security fixes to some mainstay products, including Windows Server 2008 and R2.
- June 03, 2011
With Exchange Server, Microsoft has won the messaging-collaboration wars against IBM’s Lotus Notes. But who will step up to challenge its monopoly in the age of the cloud?
- May 25, 2011
Microsoft's Azure platform has generally received good reviews from many IT shops and third party developers and appears to be gaining mindshare despite a band of fierce competitors including ...
- May 19, 2011
Due out later this year, Exchange Server 2010 SP2 includes Outlook Web App "Mini" and GAL segmentation.
- May 19, 2011
As Microsoft shops take their first steps toward the cloud, many feel more comfortable putting critical data in the hands of third party providers.
- May 18, 2011
Microsoft has expanded the options for Exchange administrators who wish to seek higher credentials, and that means long stays in Redmond are no longer necessary.
- May 17, 2011
Though many IT shops use products from both VMware and Shavlik Technologies, some worry that VMware may not care to keep SCUPdates, a third-party patch tool that extends SCCM.
- May 11, 2011
Windows managers want Microsoft to pull together its cloud story into a cohesive whole. The company is expected to flesh out its plans at this year’s TechEd conference.
- May 02, 2011
Microsoft believes its SMI-S specification can address the needs of Windows shops with multi-vendor storage needs, but it will need support from storage vendors to make it happen.
- April 29, 2011
Software companies have prepared products to help shift enterprises to Office 365. But can they also ease the pains associated with the transition?
- April 22, 2011
Microsoft has released its first public beta of Office 365, a key piece of its cloud computing strategy. But IT shops wonder how they transition their earth-bound applications.
- April 19, 2011
We have heard this talk before, of course: Microsoft's power and influence has peaked and the company is on a slow slide into irrelevancy. The latest chatter about this started late last week with ...
- April 06, 2011
Rather than dread the emergence of cloud computing, such as Microsoft’s still-in-beta Office 365, IT managers should learn new skills to complement these services.
- April 01, 2011
Only a week after delivering its Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 3, Microsoft re-released the product to correct a critical flaw.
- March 09, 2011
The latest Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange 2007 SP3 update rollup hits on OWA error messages and DAG headaches, among other things.
- March 07, 2011
Big enterprises are not pure Windows shops. Microsoft hopes its investment in Opalis Software will extend its reach in systems management and boost integration across platforms.
- March 01, 2011
It sounds like Windows Intune is just about ready for prime time. Microsoft’s new technology which it describes as “an end-to-end Microsoft solution that brings together Windows cloud services for ...
- February 03, 2011
As Microsoft readies Office 365, the company tweaked its Online Services lifecycle policy. Google also improved its service-level agreements to cut planned downtime.
- February 01, 2011
UPDATE! 2/09/2011 It sounds like Microsoft is finally close to announcing RTM for both service packs soon, with MSDN availability set for Feb. 16, with a Feb. 22 release date for the Web. ORIGINAL ...
- January 31, 2011
Despite new features for Hyper-V R2 SP1, the two vendors still take very different approaches to memory management for virtualization.
- January 25, 2011
UPDATE! 2/02/2011 ZDNet UK just posted some screenshots from the SCVMM 2012 demos last week, for anyone interested in a few visuals of the interface in action. ORIGINAL POST 1/25/2011 Those who ...
- January 25, 2011
First service packs are coming for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. With them comes pressure for enterprises to start their migrations.
- January 11, 2011
Microsoft seeks new blood to deliver on the long-term strategy of making Azure a force in the cloud market and an extension of Windows Server.
- January 05, 2011
While both vendors work to market the benefits of one platform over the other, many organizations find themselves choosing the best of both worlds.
- December 10, 2010
“Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V is Microsoft’s answer to VMware’s memory overcommit technology for ESX. “ “Dynamic Memory is in fact not the same as memory overcommit, and now that you mention it, ...
- 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 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.
- 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 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
The first rollup for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 fixes its inability to replicate a public folder from one Exchange 2010 server to another, among other things.
- 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.
- September 29, 2010
Enterprises don’t let Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policies dictate their upgrade cycles. But unless they buy hotfix support for Windows Server 2003, it could lead to trouble.
- August 27, 2010
Trends show that slowly but surely, the cloud is gaining acceptance. How can Windows shops benefit?
- August 27, 2010
With Exchange Server 2010 SP1, IT shops get increased support for database availability groups, better Outlook Web App support and more.
- August 25, 2010
Microsoft axed its own SharePoint planning calculator, but IT shops have plenty of choices from third-party vendors that help with SharePoint Server 2010 capacity planning and analysis.
- August 18, 2010
Microsoft has put an emphasis on green IT with its next release for System Center Configuration Manager 2007, but will organizations feel the need to upgrade?
- August 13, 2010
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 11, 2010
For a hefty price, Microsoft now offers a dedicated support plan for computers in Windows shops where even a second of downtime is too much.
- August 02, 2010
Survey results reflect that increased server virtualization deployments and improved automation capabilities have contributed to the growing demand in systems management tools.
- July 21, 2010
Windows administrators appreciate Dynamic Memory in Microsoft Hyper-V R2 SP1, but still have a list of features they would rather see first.
- July 14, 2010
The release of Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0 should help IT pros and end users manage virtual machine resources in private clouds.
- July 13, 2010
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
Though new to IT, the adoption of unified computing systems could accelerate as Microsoft partnerships lead to better UCS support for Windows servers and apps.
- June 22, 2010
Unbeknownst to some admins, the latest versions of Windows Server include new or updated tools that can minimize the need for third-party options.
- June 18, 2010
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 11, 2010
While dynamic memory features have received most of the press, the first service pack for Windows 2008 R2 will also include improvements to DirectAccess and Active Directory.
- June 11, 2010
If you're staying on Exchange 2007 but eyeing Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2007 SP3 is the answer. But could Exchange 2010 SP1 offer more value?
- June 07, 2010
At TechEd 2010, Microsoft executives breezed through service pack news in an effort to assuage IT managers' concerns about the company's shift to cloud computing.
- June 04, 2010
There are two versions of AppFabric – one for cloud applications and another for in-house apps. Here's what they can do for you.
- June 02, 2010
IT managers hope to get service pack info on Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V and Exchange Server next week.
- May 21, 2010
Studies have noted an uptick in x86 hardware purchases of late, the reasons for which align well with Microsoft's most recent OS and virtualization releases.
- May 20, 2010
While compensation for IT pros is slightly down, there are ways to separate yourself from the pack and increase your value.
- May 10, 2010
Storage headaches tend to get worse over time, but following the proper configuration and management steps can be the perfect remedy for your SAN-related woes.
- May 07, 2010
The updated version of Microsoft's claims-based identity software has single sign-on capabilities for apps both on-premise and in the cloud.
- April 27, 2010
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 22, 2010
Microsoft fleshed out its Systems Center roadmap and released some new tools this week, including the long awaited Service Manager.
- April 08, 2010
The first service pack for Exchange Server 2010 also adds improved OWA performance and some new management UI enhancements, among other things.
- March 25, 2010
Remember Microsoft's aggressive deals and migration tools aimed at moving enterprises off Domino and onto Exchange? Google is now eyeing those customers.
- March 23, 2010
Microsoft will phase out Select license agreements this summer in favor of its Select Plus program. But Select Plus may not give customers the best discounts.
- March 18, 2010
While an iSCSI deployment might sound like a good idea, it's not always the right move. Most often it's the minor details that can trip you up.