Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit - Day 2 Keynote

      Brad Anderson delivered another great keynote session on day 2 of the Microsoft Management Summit this week. You can see the recording on TechNet EDGE The second day was all about the Consumerization of IT and showed some great demos for managing different non-Microsoft wireless devices using...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Migrating 20 Laptops from XP to Windows 7 live on stage @ MMS

    Joey happened to be walking through building 44 and met the team putting together the demos for day 2 of the Microsoft Management Summit. What they are planning is pretty exciting, where they are going to wake up 20 laptop through wireless and the using User State Migration Toolkit, show how you can...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Fabric Control Point and The DAC 'PACK'

    Joey met with Mike Jones right after the first public showing of some of the great new features coming in the next release of SQL Server code-named Kilimanjaro. PASS Community Summit 2008 He showed demos of two things. Firstly the "Fabric Control Point" provides a unified view from a management...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager released to RTM

    As described on EDGE , System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) released to manufacture(RTM) this week which is going to be another huge step for making Virtualization more common place in the enterprise. One of the key issues that ITPROs told us, was there was no really great solution for managing...
  • Blog Post: Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground

    Eugenio Pace and Gianpaolo Carraro from the architect team have just published and article in the latest Architect Journal ( #17) which is entitled " Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground " which talks about the possibilities of the moving IT assets from the on-premise data centers into the cloud, and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Consolidation and Virtualization at UBS

    Charley Hanania who is a Senior Database Specialist at UBS talks on EDGE about how SQLServer 2008 is going to help resolve some of the key enterprise database challenges with technologies such as Policy Based Management (formerly known as DMF), the resource governor and how consolidation and virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RTM

    So SQLServer 2008 made it to RTM today. This is a pretty big release of the product and combined with the Data Access technologies such as the Entity Framework which is part of the Visual Studio wave, there is a lot of innovation to get developers and ITPRO excited. For the ITPRO there are some great...
  • Blog Post: 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 on the industry...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft migrates MSCOM (MSDN and TechNet) to Hyper-V virtual machines

    MSCOM have been working for a while to get their infrastructure completely virtualized. If you were at MMS 2008 and heard Bob Muglia’s Keynote , you already know that MSDN.microsoft.com (MSDN) and TechNet.microsoft.com (TechNet) have been successfully running on Hyper-V. Late last week we provide more...
  • Blog Post: SMALL BUSINESS SERVER & ESSENTIAL BUSINESS SERVER preview and demo

    So this feels like Demo week for me. Essential Business Server (EBS) demo with Bjorn We just shipped the first public preview of Small Business Server and Essential Business Server(EBS). David on the EDGE team had an interview with one of the program managers for EBS.  Bjorn Levidow has been at...
  • Blog Post: DAY TWO at MMS

    So what are the announcements on Day to of MMS? Well today it is all about Microsoft System Center Config Manager (used to be SMS). Key announcement are:- Config Manager SP1 which will come later this Quarter which will contain great support for Intel and AMD chipset and the inclusion of a new asset...
  • Blog Post: DAY ONE at MMS

    Adam and Joey are at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas to cover things happening at the event. Here is the coverage from day one. First, Larry Orecklin gives a brief overview of the MMS announcements around Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. System Center overview with Larry...
  • Blog Post: MMS - System Center and Virtual Machine Manager Go Cross Platform

    One of the key announcements at MMS today was System Center and Virtual Machine Manager going cross platform. Adam spoke with Robert Reynolds about this announcement as asks him "Why do cross platform now?". Robert Reynolds talks System Center and Cross Platform Management
  • Blog Post: What Happens in Vegas stays in The EDGE

    Adam and Joey in Vegas for MMS ( Microsoft Management Summit) this week getting a back stage view of what is happening at the event and providing details about the keynote ( and hopefully videos of the cool demos ). For those of you who do not know Joey ( the one or two ). Here is a short video back...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces SQLServer Data Services ( SSDS). Structured Storage in the Cloud

    People seem to have got overly excited about what we are going to announce at Mix. Nicholas Carr posts Rumor: Microsoft about to unveil web-apps strategy and Robert on “Wait until you see what Ray Ozzie is doing” . The fact is that we have been running a number of services in the cloud for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Apps Go ON-LINE For Small Businesses

    Today Microsoft announced that it is going to allow access to hosted versions of its software to all companies starting later this year. The first products will be Exchange Server 2007 (mail), Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Office Live Meeting, for audio and video conferencing over the Web. We have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Launch With Iain McDonald

    This week David had a chat with Iain McDonald who is the person responsible for getting Windows Server 2008 to the party on time. Pretty interesting how his PM team works to make sure that all the parts of the product come together. Server 2008 launch interview with Iain McDonald As part of the "over...
  • Blog Post: Application Considerations When Upgrading to Windows Server 2008

    So how do servers upgrade themselves to Windows Server 2008, and how does data, that is not part of the operating system get handled? One of the interesting point to note is that in Windows Server 2008 the data that is part of the operating system, the registry and certain file locations are recreated...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Supported on Windows Server 2008

    I want to keep you continually informed as more Microsoft Server products are supported on Windows Server 2008. Yesterday we released WSUS 3.0 SP1 which now fully supports Windows Server 2008 and can be used to download software updates to your client machines in the enterprise. You can download the...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Setup in 5mins on Windows Server 2008 [SCREENCAST]

    This is the latest screencast I did with Adam in the team. This time it was on iSCSC and he provided a quick introduction to iSCSI, which is a technology which is part of Windows Storage Server which allows SCSI commands to be shared over the network to enable cheap and simple network storage options...
  • Blog Post: What is the truth behind the "Lone Server"

    MSCOM OPS with Microsoft.com, WS08, IIS7, and the Lone Server Last week I had a post about the "Lone Server" Video which was an off-take about the last Windows Server 2003 in the data center. Based on this blog, one of my guys wanted to find the truth about the story and see what was really...
  • Blog Post: Will Apple enter the enterprise?

    The big news yesterday was all about the Ultra Thin Apple MacBook Air. Intel joined in the party by talking about their low powered chips in the device ( although that was the only party they had yesterday ). This got me thinking..... is Apple now ready to penetrate the enterprise with Leopard? I...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Support in Windows Server 2008 to build check clusters

    Dave Northey has created a really great screencast on EDGE which shows you how to configure a cheap three node cluster using ISCSI ( basically intercepts SCSI commands and shares them over the network ) across three Windows Server Core machines managing file sharing. This experience is all carried out...
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