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  • Blog Post: Optimizing Branch Office Servers by Using Windows Server® 2008 R2 with Hyper-V

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Optimizing Branch Office Servers by Using Windows Server® 2008 R2 with Hyper-V which discusses how Microsoft IT uses Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V to provide a secure, future-proof platform on which to provide key services to users...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Leverages its Compute Service to Virtualize SharePoint 2010

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Microsoft IT Leverages its Compute Service to Virtualize SharePoint 2010 , which discusses how MSIT uses server virtualization to address data-center power consumption, and space issues.  At Microsoft, server virtualization has become...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Datacenter Virtualization Past, Present and Futures

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Microsoft IT Datacenter Virtualization Past, Present and Futures , which discusses what Microsoft IT has implemented over the past six years, from Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 through Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V and future initiatives...
  • Blog Post: Improving the IntelliMirror service with Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Hyper-

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving the IntelliMirror service with Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Hyper-V , which discusses how Microsoft IT has leveraged the Hyper-V virtualization feature, plus other technology advances in Windows Server 2008 R2, to improve...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V & DPM 2010 Item level Recovery

    With the release of Data Protection Manager 2010, DPM adds significant scalability, reliability, and manageability enhancements such as: • Up to 100 servers, 1000 laptops, or 2000 databases protected by a single DPM server • Significant auto-protection, auto-healing, and reduced alerting for a more ...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Release Candidate Available!

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 (SSP), a key component of Microsoft’s cloud strategy and gives you the tools and tested guidance you need to build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure.  Using SSP, you can deliver IT as a service to you organization, enabling...
  • Blog Post: Results of the Green IT Datacenter Pilot: Consolidating Data Centers Using Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Results of the Green IT Datacenter Pilot: Consolidating Data Centers Using Virtualization , which discusses a green IT initiative for data centers. In 2009 MSIT proposed a Green IT initiative which included anticipated power consumption...
  • Blog Post: Reducing Costs and Improving Systems Management with Hyper-V and System Center Operations Manager

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Reducing Costs and Improving Systems Management with Hyper-V and System Center Operations Manager , which discusses how Microsoft IT used Hyper-V and System Center Operations Manager to reduce costs and improve systems management. ...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Virtualized Their Infrastructure for Microsoft.com

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of How Microsoft IT Virtualized Their Infrastructure for Microsoft.com, which discusses how Microsoft.com created an agile private cloud. Microsoft virtualization technologies and SAN-based clustered storage solved numerous ongoing challenges...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Service Pack 1 Announced

    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2010/06/07/virtualization-updates-at-teched.aspx Today, at TechEd in the US, we are pleased to announce that by the end of July we will be releasing the public beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. During our Desktop Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Reduces Operating Expenses Using Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of How Microsoft IT Reduces Operating Expenses Using Virtualization , which discusses how Microsoft adopted an aggressive approach for implementing virtualization on the Windows Server 2008 operating system with Hyper-V technology, changing...
  • Blog Post: Improving Branch-Office Services Through Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Branch-Office Services Through Virtualization , which discusses how Microsoft IT developed a strategy based on the Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V to meet changing business requirements.  To ensure that the services of...
  • Blog Post: Help IT Pros Deploy The New Efficiency - today!

    Increase technical readiness, accelerate deployment, fuel usage and boost platform adoption. Saving Money with Virtualization · Conflict: As you fill the last empty slot on the server rack, a question comes to mind, "Why so many server boxes? Is there a better way?” · Resolution: By using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 - Now Available!

    Every day, attackers attempt to invade customers’ networks and access their servers—to infect them with viruses or steal information about their customers or employees. Because offline machines are often not kept up to date with the latest security patches, the moment these machines are brought back...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Machine R2 has RTMed - evaluation version now available for download!

    We’re pleased to announce the RTM of System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 .  VMM 2008 R2 RTM is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008, Microsoft’s comprehensive management solution for the virtualised datacentre which enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning of new virtual...
  • Blog Post: Server Virtualization Validation Program

    Hi All, To improve customers' support experiences when running Windows Server on virtualization technologies other than Hyper-V™ and Virtual Server, Microsoft has launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V Virtualization Technology

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V Virtualization Technology , which discusses how Microsoft IT developed configuration best practices, based on the application workloads or services being provided by the virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta download

    Hi All, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) is a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center, enabling increased physical server utilization, centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Consolidation at Microsoft

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of SQL Server Consolidation at Microsoft, which discusses how Microsoft IT produced the SQL Utility to improve SQL Server manageability through host consolidation, virtualization, and standardization. With more than 4,700 Microsoft® SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Easing the Path to Virtualization

    Hi All, Microsoft recently updated its software licensing terms for 41 server applications, and updated its technical support policy for 31 server applications so that customers can receive technical support when deploying those applications on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, or...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has RTMed!

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – the next generation of Microsoft’s solution for managing the virtualized infrastructure. A key member of System Center – a centralized, enterprise-class suite of data center management...
  • Blog Post: Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment

    Microsoft provides technical support for SQL Server 2005 and for SQL Server 2008 that are running in the following hardware virtualization environments: • Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 • Configurations that are certified through the Server Virtualization Validation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released!

    Hi All, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a bare metal hypervisor-based server virtualization product, is now available as a no-cost Web download at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-VServer . Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution for customers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Partners Help Customers “Get Virtual Now”

    Today more than 20 partners announce plans for Microsoft virtualization solutions; Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 available within 30 days. New Server Virtualization and Management Products Product-related news at today...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization and Licensing Announcements

    Today Microsoft announced some significant changes to its licensing and support policies for applications in hardware virtualization environments. There are two key parts of the announcement worth highlighting for Exchange customers: Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running Hyper-V or...
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