How to Sign up for the New Windows Azure Virtual Machines

My colleague Hanu Kommalapati provides the step by step instructions on how to go from your Windows Azure account and add the new Windows Azure Virtual Machines features. See Sign-up Process for Azure Virtual Machines Preview. About Windows Azure Virtual Machine Windows Azure Virtual Machine enables you to create a server in the cloud that…


Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone…


Second Service Pack Ties High Performance Computing to Azure

The second ‘service pack’ (SP2) for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 focuses on providing customers with a great experience when expanding their on-premises clusters to Windows Azure, and we’ve also included some features for on-premises clusters. You can download the service pack at HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 download. Key new features: HPC…


Roadmap – Updates Announced for Data Center at Tech•Ed

Announcements this week at Tech•Ed included new products for System Center, Forefront, and new support for Linux-based CentOS in Hyper-V. The announcements include: System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) provides an IT process automation platform that orchestrates workflows across systems and tasks. This enables customers to lower their costs while improving datacenter service reliability and predictability….


US Offer: Verify Your App Is Compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready, Get Microsoft Office Pro

Verify your application compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server Express, SQL Server 2008 R2 or Windows Azure between today and May 31, 2011 to receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010. In a few steps, you verify your application is compatible and…


New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

The new System Center 2012, announced at Microsoft Management Summit, will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies. ISVs are using Microsoft virtualization to deploy server applications like Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint…


Service Pack for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Delivered

Microsoft have released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to OEMs. On February 16, both will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program and subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet. On February 22, both will be available to all customers through Windows Update and…


Migrate Server Applications to Cloud Using VM Role on Windows Azure

The Windows Azure team has introduced VM Role and elevated privilege to make the process of migrating existing Windows Server applications to Windows Azure easier and faster. To join the beta, log on to the Management Portal, click Home, and then click Beta Programs. The pricing model for the Windows Azure VM role is the…


.NET 4 Coming to Server Core

.NET Framework 4 will be supported as a Server Core installation option on Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. Availability has bee publicly been stated to release in Q1. Like in .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.5, with .NET Framework 4, you will be able to build and run managed applications that use ASP.NET, WCF,…


Tips, Tricks to Pass the Windows Server 2008 R2 MPR Test

Teams around the world have begun testing applications to certify them on Windows Server 2008 R2. Earning the certification will get you the Works With Windows Server 2008 R2 logo that you place on your marketing materials and Website. Earning the logo also qualifies you for a significant step in earning the Silver ISV Competency…