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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: PDC’09 Session Recommendations

    Monday (all-day workshops) - Patterns of Parallel Programming: A Tutorial on Fundamental Patterns and Practices for Parallelism (10:00-5:45, 502A) - Architecting and Developing for Windows Azure (10:00-5:45, Petree Hall C) - Microsoft Technology Overview (10:00-5:45, 515A) - Software in the Energy Economy...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 .
  • Blog Post: R2 Power Management Features

    A new posting on MSDN Channel9 with an accompanied resource list on MSDN Code Gallery .
  • Blog Post: Updated Server Core "Step-by-Step" Guide

    The excellent Server Core "Step-by-Step" Guide has been updated with Windows Server 2008 R2 "how-to" information. Read more 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 Hyper-V Resources

    See the new Hyper-V Server Role page as well as the Technical Resources page.
  • 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: R2 MSDN Webcasts

    I'll be delivering two MSDN webcasts soon... please join me by registering via the following links. 4/30/2009 09:00 AM Windows Server 2008 R2, A Technical Overview for Developers http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032410681&Culture=en-US 5/28/2009 09:00 AM...
  • 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: Microsoft Platform Technology Adoption Labs Go Virtual!

    The “on-campus” platform adoption labs have been a perennial favorite event for Microsoft Partner software developers. Unfortunately, many developers are now under travel and expense budget constraints and unable to attend such events. Hence, the Microsoft Platform Evangelism team is offering a new approach...
  • Blog Post: W2K8 R2 Server is 64-bit Only...

    FYI, all editions of the next release of Windows Server are x64/ia64 processor architecture only; there are no more x86 Windows Server builds beyond Server 2008. You will, however, be able to run your x86 binaries on Windows Server. 32-bit binaries will be dependent upon the "WoW-64" emulation layer...
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