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  • Blog Post: Traveling to PDC’09? Take along new technical videos!

    From the New R2 Learning Center on Channel9 Explore this significant Windows Server release via a self-paced training course of videos and hands-on-labs with a focus on performance, web, management, and other server solution scenarios.   Learn about developing applications for “many-core” scale...
  • Blog Post: New R2 Developer Learning Center

    Windows Server 2008 R2 , “Not your average R2!” Explore this significant Windows Server release via a self-paced training course of videos and hands-on-labs with a focus on performance, web, management, and other server solution scenarios.   Learn about developing applications for “many-core...
  • Blog Post: Got Cores? Get the Core Info Utility

    Check-out the new SysInternals utility, CoreInfo , for discovery of Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) nodes, processor-groups, sockets, cache and processor configuration information on Windows 7 (x64) and Windows Server 2008 R2. Learn more about this technology at MSDN Code Gallery .
  • 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: Windows 7 (+R2) Developer Boot Camp at PDC09

    Windows 7 (x64) and Windows Server 2008 R2 share the same OS kernel.   Learn more about the new operating system with a major focus on client development.   Learn from top Windows engineers, including Mark Russinovich, Landy Wang, and Arun Kishan.  This FREE Boot Camp is for...
  • 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: 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: 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: Windows 7 RTM is Now Available for MSDN Subscribers

    As of the date of this post, Windows 7 (but not Windows Server 2008 R2) is available for MSDN subscribers within the subscriber downloads section section of the website.   Note that subscribers may also download the debugging symbols (for both R2 and Win7).   R2 will soon be available...
  • 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: 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 .
  • Blog Post: How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

    A new blog posting explains when applications should take advantage of Server Core, parallel processing using NUMA, PowerShell 2, Windows Web Services, and more. Links are also provided on getting Windows Server 2008 R2, getting the updated Windows SDK, compatibility considerations, and application certification...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 7 SDK Available

    The Windows SDK release supporting Windows 7 RC is now available on the Microsoft Download Center: ISO: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6db1f17f-5f1e-4e54-a331-c32285cdde0c Web setup: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f75f2ca8-c1e4-4801-9281...
  • Blog Post: New and Recent “5-Minute Concept” Series Videos For R2

    Please note the following new “how-to” demos for Windows Server 2008 R2. Parallel Programming with .NET Parallel Extensions How to use the new PowerShell V2 IIS Provider PowerShell V2 Remote Sessions And many recent videos from the series at the following aggregate URL: Windows Server 2008 R2, 5-Minute...
  • Blog Post: Release Candidate 1 Available for MSDN and TechNET Subscribers!

    MSDN and TechNET subscribers may now download an ISO image of Windows Server 2008 R2 RC1. Watch for new feature demo videos on Channel9 and general evaluation availability soon.
  • Blog Post: PowerShell V2 "5 Minute Concepts"

    See new PowerShell V2 feature demonstrates at MSDN Channel9 . And sample scripts at MSDN Code Gallery . Find more PowerShell V2 Community Resources at TechNET ScriptCenter .
  • Blog Post: New Native-Code Web Services Demo

    The Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) is a new "minimalist" web services endpoint library available on Windows. It's currently in beta along with Windows Server 2008 R2 but includes support for down-level platforms including Windows Server 2003/2008, and XP/Vista/Windows 7 (from the client perspective...
  • Blog Post: Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) Now Available on R2, Windows 7, and Down-Level Platforms

    WWSAPI is a native-code implementation of SOAP Web Services for both Windows client and server endpoints. WWSAPI provides core network communication and distributed computing functionality by supporting a sub-set of the WS-* protocols. A designer might choose to implement solutions using WWSAPI given...
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Infrastructure and BITS Compact Server

    Much of the online information (blogs, script archives, etc.) related to Windows Management fails to address the interests of developers but rather focuses largely on the IT-pro community. Now, the Windows Management Infrastructure team (they own WMI, WinRM, BITS, etc.) have published a developer-focused...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell V2 is for Solution Automation

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes PowerShell version 2 natively. PowerShell V2 is alos now available in CTP3 release and is back ported to legacy platforms including Windows XP. A significant new technology integration scenario is the ability of PowerShell to easily and flexibly surface automation...
  • Blog Post: New NUMA Support with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    I just posted the following screen-casts on this topic at MSDN Channel9. Please see the following pages: Program Manager Discussion Topical Introduction Demo1 - System Topology API Demo2 - NUMA Device/Thread Locality Demo3 - NUMA Processor/Memory Locality Read more about this topic...
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