Traveling to PDC’09? Take along new technical videos!

From the New R2 Learning Center on Channel9 Explore this significant Windows Server release via a self-paced training course of videos and hands-on-labs with a focus on performance, web, management, and other server solution scenarios.   Learn about developing applications for “many-core” scale, enable efficient “trigger-started” services, explore new Windows PowerShell features, create integrated solutions with…

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PDC’09 Session Recommendations

Monday (all-day workshops) – Patterns of Parallel Programming: A Tutorial on Fundamental Patterns and Practices for Parallelism (10:00-5:45, 502A) – Architecting and Developing for Windows Azure (10:00-5:45, Petree Hall C) – Microsoft Technology Overview (10:00-5:45, 515A) – Software in the Energy Economy (10:00-5:45, 408A) – Getting the Most out of Microsoft Silverlight 3 (10:00-5:45, 515B)…

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New R2 Developer Learning Center

Windows Server 2008 R2, “Not your average R2!” Explore this significant Windows Server release via a self-paced training course of videos and hands-on-labs with a focus on performance, web, management, and other server solution scenarios.   Learn about developing applications for “many-core” scale, enable efficient “trigger-started” services, explore new Windows PowerShell features, create integrated solutions with…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 Now Available

Windows Server 2008 R2 represents the latest evolution of the Windows Server operating system and supports high-end hardware systems with large numbers of microprocessors.  R2 features enhanced support for Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) computer architectures and new User-Mode Scheduling (UMS) API’s that effectively enable application developers to "minimize contention and maximize locality" within parallel computing…

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Windows 7 (+R2) Developer Boot Camp at PDC09

Windows 7 (x64) and Windows Server 2008 R2 share the same OS kernel.   Learn more about the new operating system with a major focus on client development.   Learn from top Windows engineers, including Mark Russinovich, Landy Wang, and Arun Kishan.  This FREE Boot Camp is for PDC’09 registrants. Topics include: Kernel  and architectural improvements. New…

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PowerShell Means “Powerful Automation”!

Announcing a new webcast series for both Developers and IT-Pro’s. PowerShell V2 introduces many new features including remote sessions, an integrated script environment, debugging tools, and much more.  Start your video tour of PowerShell V2 via MSDN Channel9 and TechNet Edge.  Find reusable scripts and techniques at the PowerShell Script-Center.  Subscribe to the RSS feeds…

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SDK Available

The RTM release of the Windows SDK supporting Windows 7 is available on the Microsoft download center via Web setup and ISO.   It’s also available to MSDN Subscribers. One caveat is that the 64 bit versions of the ISO download are not available yet but will be very soon. For now, the workaround is to…

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The Uber-Extensible Web Platform

The Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Server (Internet Information Services, IIS, version 7.x) is built with a completely modular architecture, on top of rich extensibility APIs.  This enables developers to easily add, remove and even replace built-in IIS components with hand-crafted ones, specifically suited for any given Web site.  It is now easy to plug…

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Windows 7 RTM is Now Available for MSDN Subscribers

As of the date of this post, Windows 7 (but not Windows Server 2008 R2) is available for MSDN subscribers within the subscriber downloads section section of the website.   Note that subscribers may also download the debugging symbols (for both R2 and Win7).   R2 will soon be available for subscribers as well.  

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VHD and Hyper-V APIs Enable Creative New Solutions

Although VHD files are closely associated with virtualization products like Hyper-V, the VHD file format is actually a stand-alone technology useful beyond just virtualization solution scenarios.   With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, VHD files attain "volume" status thus enabling scenarios such as "mount a VHD drive", "boot to a VHD", or "create static,…

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