Reminder: IMMINENT END OF SUPPORT: Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 End of Support on July 13, 2010 (US Pacific Time)

Hi All, This is another reminder regarding the End of Support (EOS) on July 13, 2010 (US Pacific Time), for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2, and the change in support phase for Windows 2003. For more information on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy, or ask your local MS representative…

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Microsoft Support Lifecycle Service Pack Support Policy Revision

  Microsoft has announced a revision to the Support Lifecycle Service Pack Support Policy, to provide customers with additional support options while they migrate to a supported Service Pack.    Under the former policy, when a Service Pack reached the end of support, customers were unable to receive troubleshooting help from Microsoft Customer Service and…

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Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and R2 now officially support Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Hi All, Support is now available for running Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and Operations Manager 2007 R2 on the following operating systems: ·         Windows Server 2008 R2 ·         Windows 7 The official support statement is posted here under Knowledge Base article 974722. The supported configuration guides for R2 and SP1 will be updated shortly as…

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Server Virtualization Validation Program

Hi All, To improve customers’ support experiences when running Windows Server on virtualization technologies other than Hyper-V™ and Virtual Server, Microsoft has launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that hosts Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack…

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Microsoft Server Applications Supported on Windows Server 2008

Hi All, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system and provides significant improvements to the base operating system over Windows Server 2003. Notable improvements include those in networking, advanced security features, remote applications access, centralized server role management, performance and reliability monitoring tools, failover clustering, deployment, and the…

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IPD for Windows Server 2008 File and Print Services

Hi All, The Infrastructure Planning and Design series for Windows Server 2008 has been updated with File Services and Print Services guides. Download the entire IPD series of guides or download an individual guide here. Download now. These guides provide you with key information to bring your infrastructure up to date, saving you time and…

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Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment

Microsoft provides technical support for SQL Server 2005 and for SQL Server 2008 that are running in the following hardware virtualization environments: • Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 • Configurations that are certified through the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). For more information about certified vendors and about configurations for…

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Microsoft Best Practices Analyzers

Hi All, Administering large corporate environments is an important and sometimes challenging job. With the release of Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer tools, network administrators now have new utilities to help them proactively maintain the health and optimal performance of Microsoft Technology within their organization.  You can think of the best practices tools as a “Microsoft…

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Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

Hi All, The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer Tool is a diagnostic tool that gathers configuration information from a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 environment and determines whether the configuration is set according to Microsoft best practices. You can install the tool on a client computer that runs Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0,…

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Microsoft Virtualization and Licensing Announcements

Today Microsoft announced some significant changes to its licensing and support policies for applications in hardware virtualization environments. There are two key parts of the announcement worth highlighting for Exchange customers: Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running Hyper-V or hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Microsoft is waiving its…

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