Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: Reminder: IMMINENT END OF SUPPORT: Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 End of Support on July 13, 2010 (US Pacific Time)

    Hi All, This is another reminder regarding the End of Support (EOS) on July 13, 2010 (US Pacific Time), for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2, and the change in support phase for Windows 2003. For more information on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy , or ask your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support Lifecycle Service Pack Support Policy Revision

      Microsoft has announced a revision to the Support Lifecycle Service Pack Support Policy, to provide customers with additional support options while they migrate to a supported Service Pack.    Under the former policy, when a Service Pack reached the end of support, customers were unable...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and R2 now officially support Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    Hi All, Support is now available for running Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and Operations Manager 2007 R2 on the following operating systems: ·         Windows Server 2008 R2 ·         Windows 7 The official support statement...
  • 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: Microsoft Server Applications Supported on Windows Server 2008

    Hi All, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system and provides significant improvements to the base operating system over Windows Server 2003. Notable improvements include those in networking, advanced security features, remote applications access, centralized...
  • Blog Post: IPD for Windows Server 2008 File and Print Services

    Hi All, The Infrastructure Planning and Design series for Windows Server 2008 has been updated with File Services and Print Services guides. Download the entire IPD series of guides or download an individual guide here. Download now . These guides provide you with key information to bring your infrastructure...
  • 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 Best Practices Analyzers

    Hi All, Administering large corporate environments is an important and sometimes challenging job. With the release of Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer tools, network administrators now have new utilities to help them proactively maintain the health and optimal performance of Microsoft Technology within...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

    Hi All, The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer Tool is a diagnostic tool that gathers configuration information from a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 environment and determines whether the configuration is set according to Microsoft best practices. You can...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RTM Guest Operating System Support

    This provides a list of supported server and client guest operating systems supported within a Hyper-V virtual machine as of June 2008. Please note that this list is subject to change. For the latest public version, please see KB article 954958 here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954958/en-us . --...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Maximum Supported Configurations

    Hi All, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server worklaods as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine. With Hyper-V, you can also...
  • Blog Post: You receive a “Stop 0x0000007E” error message after you upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 on a non-Intel-processor-based computer

    Hi All, As people begin to evaluate XPSP3, some people are striking this issue - After you upgrade a computer that uses a processor other than an Intel processor to Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), you may receive the following error message after you restart...
  • Blog Post: Hardware Certified for Windows Server 2008 (x64)

    Hi All, For those of you looking for a list certified hardware for Windows Server 2008 (x64), here's the current and growing list: All Hardware Items: http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&bCatID=1283&cpID=0&avc=11&ava=23&avq=0&OR=1&PGS=25&ready=0 For details...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support Lifecycle Update - March 2008

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Update. This posting regarding Microsoft Support Lifecycle information is being sent to keep you better informed which will increase your planning efforts for many support/maintenance related projects. All the information contained...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Sp1 supported on Windows 2008

    Hi All, Exchange 2007 SP1 is now fully supported when running on Windows Server 2008. As you probably heard, Windows Server 2008 has RTMed, and as such, is available to our customers through various channels. Here is a FAQ that can help answering some questions that might arise around this area...
  • Blog Post: Hotpatching Information

    Hi All, Have you ever wanted to be able to install Microsoft security updates without having to reboot your servers? With Hotpatching, you can do just that for qualifying updates. Please read on for details. Using Hotpatching Technology to Reduce Servicing Reboots http://technet2.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Event 7076, 6398, 6482 regularly displayed in the Event Log on a SharePoint Server

    Hi, The SharePoint Product Group has experienced a lot of customers reporting an issue where they would get Event 7076, 6398, 6482 regularly displayed in the Event Log on a SharePoint Server. Information to help identify the event log messages is below. Apart from the Event Log messages the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support Lifecycle - December 2007 Update

    Hi All, Please find below this quarter’s update regarding Microsoft Support Lifecycle , including the next deadlines of support, the support extensions, the products and/or service packs being retired, along with the MSL Excel file attached listing the main products. Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization Support Policy

    Hi All, In response to industry and customer demands for more comprehensive technical support of virtual machines, Microsoft has announced the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Beginning in June 2008, 3rd party vendors will be able to self-test and validate certain technical requirements of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support Lifecycle Update - November 2007

    Hi All, Welcome to the latest edition of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Update. This Microsoft Support Lifecycle information is made available to keep you better informed which will increase your planning efforts for many support/maintenance related projects. All the information contained in...
  • Blog Post: Component Architecture Reference Posters

    Hi All, Exchange http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FDCDF6E5-DE47-4B58-8086-282101BCDDE9&displaylang=en Active Directory http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c236336d-ab43-44b1-ad6f-a2f668fb8c02&displaylang=en Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Support policy for Exchange Server 2003 & Virtualisation

    With the release of SP2 for Exchange 2003 we have published the support policy for Exchange Server 2003 running on hardware virtualization software KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=320220 Support policy for Exchange Server 2003 Microsoft supports Exchange Server 2003 running on hardware...
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