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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 – Feature Components Poster

    Please see this new interactive poster available online via Silverlight and SeaDragon technologies.   Use the embedded controls for a full-screen experience.  
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 Now Available

    Windows Server 2008 R2 represents the latest evolution of the Windows Server operating system and supports high-end hardware systems with large numbers of microprocessors.  R2 features enhanced support for Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) computer architectures and new User-Mode Scheduling (UMS...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Means “Powerful Automation”!

    Announcing a new webcast series for both Developers and IT-Pro’s. PowerShell V2 introduces many new features including remote sessions, an integrated script environment, debugging tools, and much more.  Start your video tour of PowerShell V2 via MSDN Channel9 and TechNet Edge .  Find reusable...
  • Blog Post: Top Developer Technologies of Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows® Server® 2008 R2 builds upon the exceptional legacy of Windows Server 2008.  R2 is an incremental release to Windows Server 2008 – and only the second time that Windows Client and Server releases are shipped simultaneously (Windows 2000 Server® was first).  While Windows 7 is available...
  • Blog Post: A Computing Platform That Scales

    Windows Server 2008 R2 represents the latest evolution of the Windows Server operating system and corresponding support for high-end hardware systems with large numbers of microprocessors.  The 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support more than 64 Logical Processors (LP) on...
  • Blog Post: Extend Your Existing Windows Service with the New Windows Web Services API

    The WS-* web services industry standard protocols are widely accompanied by managed-code end-point implementations.   With the Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI), you can connect your native client applications with web services as well as implement native web services.  WWSAPI, new with...
  • Blog Post: Server Core is Now for .NET Applications Too

    Server Core is a minimal installation option for Windows Server and is available with the following Windows Server editions: · Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition · Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition Server Core...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell V2 means Powerful Automation

    Windows PowerShell is a Windows command-line shell designed for ease-of-use not only by system administrators but also for application and system developers.  The shell includes an interactive prompt and a scripting environment that can be used independently or in combination.  PowerShell V2...
  • Blog Post: Availability Dates : Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM

    The Windows Server Division weblog indicates that RTM is now available via MSDN and TechNet subscriber downloads.   Other availability dates are also listed.
  • Blog Post: New and Extensible File Classification Infrastructure

    Managing storage is no longer simply about volume and availability; organizations need to manage their data more effectively and more efficiently.  Only by gaining insight into their data can companies reduce the cost of storing, maintaining, and managing data. Only by enforcing company policies...
  • Blog Post: Managed Service Accounts, Background Services, and Instrumentation

    The modern challenges of implementing efficient Windows Services or background processes include performance, power efficiency, and security.  Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces a number of new platform features for systems and application developers including trigger-started services, local and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SDK Available

    The RTM release of the Windows SDK supporting Windows 7 is available on the Microsoft download center via Web setup and ISO .   It’s also available to MSDN Subscribers . One caveat is that the 64 bit versions of the ISO download are not available yet but will be very soon. For now, the workaround...
  • Blog Post: The Uber-Extensible Web Platform

    The Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Server (Internet Information Services, IIS, version 7.x) is built with a completely modular architecture, on top of rich extensibility APIs.  This enables developers to easily add, remove and even replace built-in IIS components with hand-crafted ones, specifically...
  • Blog Post: VHD and Hyper-V APIs Enable Creative New Solutions

    Although VHD files are closely associated with virtualization products like Hyper-V, the VHD file format is actually a stand-alone technology useful beyond just virtualization solution scenarios.   With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, VHD files attain "volume" status thus enabling...
  • Blog Post: New Solution Accelerators for your IT-Pro Buddies

    We have recently released four Windows Server Solution Accelerators, which are available now on TechNet . Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 4.0 RTM Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guides for WS 2008 R2 RTM System Center Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: When to Expect R2 Availability

    Please see the following blog for the details… http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2009/07/22/when-to-expect-windows-server-2008-r2-rtm.aspx
  • Blog Post: Channel9 – New File Classification Infrastructure Episodes

    The File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) is a new Windows Server technology included within the File Server Role. FCI is exposed via File Server Resource Management (FSRM). FCI is used to:   1. Define file classification properties.   2. Define automatic classification rules and triggers...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 - New C++ Concurrency Runtime Episodes

    The C++ Concurrency Runtime is new with Visual Studio 2010 (in Beta release as of June, 2009).  Learn how the new runtime task scheduler leverages new Windows Server 2008 R2 User-Mode Scheduling (UMS) APIs and provides powerful pattern-based abstractions for Parallel Computing. New episodes include...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Server Developer Training Kit

    Download the new Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit . The kit includes a collection of presentations, demos, and hands-on-labs for Windows Server solution developers. Topics include: What’s new with Windows Server 2008 R2 Developing Applications that Scale How to Develop .NET and ASP.NET Applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 – Release to Manufacturing (RTM)

    Windows® Server® 2008 R2 is the latest release of the Windows operating system for Server workloads. Windows Server 2008 R2 builds upon the exceptional legacy of Windows Server 2008. R2 is an incremental release to Windows Server 2008 – and only the second time that Windows Client and Server releases...
  • Blog Post: Native Web Services with WWSAPI

    Explore the new Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) and how to use it to expose C/C++ libraries or services as WS-* compliant web services.   WWSAPI may also be used from either client (consumer) or service (producer) end-points. Recent WWSAPI Channel9 demonstrations include: Native Web Services...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 and IIS 7.5 Channel9 Episodes

    New MSDN Channel9 episodes illustrate FastCGI, PHP, and WebDAV IIS 7.5 extension capabilities. FastCGI is a language-independent, scalable, open extension to CGI that provides high performance. The FastCGI extension enables application frameworks such as PHP to achieve improved performance and stability...
  • Blog Post: Trigger-Started Services

    Trigger-Started Services are new with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.   Before, services were typically started at system boot time and ran until system shutdown.   Now, services can specify start and stop conditions (triggers). Common usage scenarios include: Device class arrival...
  • Blog Post: Trigger-Start Services with Windows Server 2008 R2

    As the name implies it, Trigger-Start Services are not constantly running on the system but rather start when a specific event in the system triggers the service to start and/or respond. The events that can be triggered can be any of the following: · Device interface arrival : By subscribing to this...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 NUMA and UMS APIs

    You may have missed the recent MSDN Webcast on the new Non-Uniform Memory Access and User-Mode Scheduling API’s.   No worries.   Catch the replay here .
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