Azure One Stop Reference Guide

I wanted to write a post on Azure but did not want to repeat information that is already available. So knowing how hard it can be to find information, as we like to spread it around our different web properties, I thought I would create a post where I try and provide a one stop…

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Virtualization and Cloud Part 2

In my last post I talked about how Virtualization is one of the key underlying technologies that will be used to build a Cloud. (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briancombs/archive/2010/09/10/virtualization-and-cloud-part-1.aspx)  I then covered Hyper-V and SCVMM as they are the main products that people think about when it comes t virtualization from Microsoft. In this post I would like to talk…

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Virtualization and Cloud Part 1

Much has been written about Cloud and how it will change everything. Almost everyone finds a way to say that they support Cloud in one way or another. I would like to take a step back and look at Virtualization. I believe that virtualization is one of the key underlying technologies that enable folks to…

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Free Deployment help for Windows Server 2008

Windows Sever 2008 is out the door, Hyper-V has shipped and SQL 2008 is not far behind. Customers are still upgrading to Vista and Office 2008 so all is good. While not if you are the folks in charge of deploying all of this. If so you may be working your tail off to understand…

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Read-Only Domain Controller

For this post I would like to talk about one of the new features to Active Directory (AD) that ships as part of Windows Server 2008. While AD may be used for many things the main job that most organizations use it for is authentication. Because AD holds user account information including passwords security is…

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Make your apps highly available with Hyper-V and Server 2008 failover Cluster

Many applications are now required to run 24X7 with little or no downtime. They are also expected to quickly recover in case of a natural disaster or internal outage.  So how can you use Server 2008 to easily have highly available, scalable and manageable system even if an application is not designed to be cluster…

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Hyper-V Beta is in Windows Server 2008

The launch of Windows Server 2008 has come and gone and you can now download RTM version of Server 2008 from the MSDN subscription area. Included in RTM of Server 2008 is beta of Hyper-V (formerly codenamed “Viridian”) which is a good reason to download and play with RTM version. Ok why should you care about…

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WS 2008 App Compat

Windows Server 2008 is almost out the door. So one big question is will your applications run on Server 2008. If you are an ISV this could be a very important question that your customers are asking. This should also not come as a surprise to you as by now you should have started testing…

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A Look at Server Core in Windows Server 2008

RC0 for Windows Server 2008 is out. If you don’t already have it you can download it from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0818D425-CD47-4279-BE8D-24ABA14530A3&displaylang=en You can get more information on RC0 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx One of the great new features of Server 2008 is Server Core. Ok you installed Server Core to take a look and all…

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Using ServerManagerCmd

Longhorn is now officially Windows Server 2008. Beta 3 is now out and you can download the beta from the following URL: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx  If you want to do the try before you buy take a look at the TechNet Virtual Labs for Windows Server 2008 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/longhorn.mspx It does not matter how you plan to use…

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