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,…

When to Expect R2 Availability

Please see the following blog for the details… http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2009/07/22/when-to-expect-windows-server-2008-r2-rtm.aspx

Windows Server 2008 R2 and IIS 7.5 Channel9 Episodes

New MSDN Channel9 episodes illustrate FastCGI, PHP, and WebDAV IIS 7.5 extension capabilities. FastCGI is a language-independent, scalable, open extension to CGI that provides high performance. The FastCGI extension enables application frameworks such as PHP to achieve improved performance and stability on Internet Information Services.   See a demo here. The IIS WebDAV extension module incorporates…

My R2 Cheat-Sheet

A short-list of online resources…

New Windows "Events" MSDN Forum

Yesterday the new “Windows Events” MSDN forum went live:   http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/etw/threads   The forum is for Event Log, Event Tracing for Windows, and WPP technologies: ·         APIs: ETW, Event Log, WPP, TDH, and the related managed code classes (system.diagnostics.eventing) ·         Tools: EcManGen, MC.exe, Logman, TraceRpt, TraceLog, PowerShell Get-WinEvent, etc.    

New and Recent “5-Minute Concept” Series Videos For R2

Please note the following new “how-to” demos for Windows Server 2008 R2. Parallel Programming with .NET Parallel Extensions How to use the new PowerShell V2 IIS Provider PowerShell V2 Remote Sessions And many recent videos from the series at the following aggregate URL: Windows Server 2008 R2, 5-Minute Concepts  

Take 5 Minutes to Learn About .NET/C++ Apps on Server Core

We’ve recently begun a demo series entitled “5 Minute Concepts” published to Channel9 along with a corresponding sample/project/wiki published via Code Gallery.   Our most recent segment is about Developing Applications for Server Core (including both native-code and managed-code scenarios).   See the current session list at MSDN Channel9.

Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) Now Available on R2, Windows 7, and Down-Level Platforms

WWSAPI is a native-code implementation of SOAP Web Services for both Windows client and server endpoints.   WWSAPI provides core network communication and distributed computing functionality by supporting a sub-set of the WS-* protocols.   A designer might choose to implement solutions using WWSAPI given the following requirements, for example: A native code only mandate Minimal library…

Windows Management Infrastructure and BITS Compact Server

Much of the online information (blogs, script archives, etc.) related to Windows Management fails to address the interests of developers but rather focuses largely on the IT-pro community.   Now, the Windows Management Infrastructure team (they own WMI, WinRM, BITS, etc.) have published a developer-focused blog.   Check-out the WMI blog here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/wmi/ With Windows Server 2008…

PowerShell V2 is for Solution Automation

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes PowerShell version 2 natively.  PowerShell V2 is alos now available in CTP3 release and is back ported to legacy platforms including Windows XP.   A significant new technology integration scenario is the ability of PowerShell to easily and flexibly surface automation interfaces for server-side service-based solutions.   Developers can leverage…