Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 SP2 Released

You can now download the latest Service Pack (SP2) for Vista and Windows Server. The Service Pack, which is a consolidation of a number of small fixes into one larger downloadable, was uploaded to the Download Center on Tuesday. As before, there is only one service pack which supports both OS’s to make it easier…

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Getting Personal with Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification

During the Keynote at TechEd 2009, we announced a few new Windows Server 2008 R2 Features that come in the RC.  One of these features, File Classification Infrastructure, is getting alot of buzz at the event, so Joey thought he should sit down with Nir Ben Zvi, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and go over…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 – 5 Minute “HOW TO” Videos

Phil in the team have been recording a pretty extensive set of 5 min Video about developing for certain segments of Windows Server 2008 R2. Areas include Powershell V2, lots of Windows Server 2008 R2 Core development areas such as NUMA support and finally how to develop applications for Server Core. The best place to…

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Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Today we announced the final availability of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. SP2 RC is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that, along with improvements delivered to users via Windows Update and via our hardware and software partners, addresses key feedback from our customers….

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Group Policy Preferences

Chris Henley put together a really detailed screen cast on Group Policy Preferences which is a key feature which came out in Windows Server 2008. This makes it possible to setup computer or user settings without necessarily knowing how to script them.  The following screen cast goes into the admin UI ( You will need…

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Windows HPC Server 2008 ( V2) goes to RTM

This morning we just announced the release of Windows HPC Server 2008 to manufacturing. This is a major milestone and ensures that the HPC offering supports the Windows Server 2008 release. Wenming in the team believes that this release will enable no scientist to be left behind in their pursuit by making it a lot…

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DNS is like a toilet? Software like beer (18:25)?

One of the last interviews at TechED was with Mark Minasi . He is one of the externals which has an amazing 8 session at TechED US this year. As you can see he is pretty animated. He talks a lot about DNS, IPV6, Command lines and his passion for Server Core… Pretty cool perspective…

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So What does it feel like being a celebrity at Microsoft?

So what does it feel like being a TechED presenter and a celebrity? Do people turn up because they want to listen to the presenters or the content. Here is an view into what it is like for most presenters at TechED. They have already spent 2 weeks getting their demos working ( I know…

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Bob Muglia Gets a Grilling From An analyst

At TechED, Bob Muglia got a answer some tuff questions from a leading analyst. There are some key questions around Dynamic IT ( what happened to the vision ), Virtualization and being late to market, VMWare’s advanced capabilities and what is the next big bets ( a soft ball ). See how he did? Bob…

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Application Support is still the biggest challenge to Virtualization

From a hardware and software perspective the virtualization industry has made leaps and bounds over the last year with the support of hardware chipset technologies from AMD and Intel to support hypervisors which are coming on strong from Microsoft and VMWare. However the biggest challenge still seems to be, will an Application Vendor take a…

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