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 Virtualization for VMWare IT Pros

    Recently Symon Perriman and Corey Hynes presented two days of live sessions focused at helping VMWARE ITPRO’s to understand and implement Microsoft’s Virtualization technology. This content has now been placed on TechNet EDGE in HD format for everybody to view. You can view the content through the following...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : Windows XP Mode RELEASE CANDIDATE Available for Download

    Windows XP Mode is specially designed for small and medium-sized businesses to help ease the migration process to Windows 7 by providing additional compatibility for their older productivity applications. The newly updated Windows XP Mode now works with the RC and RTM versions of the Windows 7 Professional...
  • 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: Microsoft Hyper-V already has 23% share of new Virtulization Machines

    There was a report out from IDC late last week which provides a great summary of the Virtualization business. The key number that I was surprised by, was that Hyper-V has already taken 23% of the Virtualization market for new machines in its first quarter of release.   x86 Virtualization License...
  • Blog Post: GREEN IT is like "LIVING WITH YOUR MOM" ??

    Adam Carter did an interview with James Governor, who is an an analyst with RedMonk, when he was in town recently to present at the Virtualization event that took place in Bellevue.  He talks a lot of about how IT organizations should think about Green computing, and how it is very much like living...
  • 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: Bob Muglia Gets a Grilling From An analyst

    At TechED, Bob Muglia got a answer some tuff questions from a leading analyst. There are some key questions around Dynamic IT ( what happened to the vision ), Virtualization and being late to market, VMWare's advanced capabilities and what is the next big bets ( a soft ball ). See how he did? Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: Application Support is still the biggest challenge to Virtualization

    From a hardware and software perspective the virtualization industry has made leaps and bounds over the last year with the support of hardware chipset technologies from AMD and Intel to support hypervisors which are coming on strong from Microsoft and VMWare. However the biggest challenge still seems...
  • 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: 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: 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: Windows Server 2008 Clustering Services Screencast

    This week on EDGE I had a chat with Adam about the new failover clustering capabilities within Windows Server 2008 and he showed this in action. After a discussion on the whiteboard, Adam walked me through the installation of clustering support on Windows Server 2008, which involved setting up the clustered...
  • 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: Every now and then we come out with funny videos [FOR LAUNCH]

    What some people in the company find funny generally concerns me, especially when they create viral videos. This time is a little different with a funny video about the last Windows Server 2003 in the datacenter "Lone Server". Cool jabs and Windows ME and a cool drink (the blue screen). SO THE...
  • Blog Post: Top Things to Break Applications on Windows Server 2008

    We are getting pretty close to shipping Windows Server 2008. If you have not done already, please download the latest build of Windows Server 2008 (see recent post of download instructions ) and test the applications which you have developed. If your application does not work, there are lots of great...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC1

    The ship is nearing the dock!!! Today we shipped RC1 out to the community which is is a major milestone. We might need another RC before we get to RTM but the quality bar for this release has been pretty high. Another nice aspect is that you will be able to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, RC0...
  • Blog Post: EDGE is Launched

    Well I guess the story is out anyway, with Mary Jo Foley's post about the EDGE site over the weekend, but this afternoon in Barcelona we are officially announcing the site at the TechED ITFORUM keynote. I have to say that I am not that happy about us having to "announce" this site at an event, as this...
  • Blog Post: THE ART OF XEN for CITRIX

    If anyone has any doubts about how important virtualisation is, then please take another look. Sure, there are still some performance issues for IO bound operations, but these will quickly disappear and the business opportunities, flexibility and cost reductions it provides for the operations department...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Virtualization - First views and getting the bits

    Around a week ago we shipped RC0 of Windows Server 2008. With this came the first public build which contained the Windows Server Virtualization bits ( aka Viridian ). It has took the community a little while to digest and review the bits, but the feedback has been pretty positive for the initial bits...
  • Blog Post: Virtually Sad

    Its always sad when you have to reduce scope for a product release. Today we revieled that quite a few of the features in the "Viridian" Hypervisor product will not make the initial version. Features such as live migration, hot-add resources such as storage, networking, memory and processor are dropped...
  • Blog Post: "Managed Services" in Microsoft

    One of the IT Professional Evangelists (Adam Carter) in my group, made a recent channel9 interview with Mike Adams on how we are defining Managed Services in Microsoft, its implementation and what products we are using. What happens when you take Administrator permissions on the PC away from an end...
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