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Windows Server 2008: SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP1 – April 2010
2010-04-20 18:47:45 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP1 – April 2010

"The SQL Server Driver for PHP v2.0 CTP1 download is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge. The SQL Server Driver for PHP is a PHP 5 extension that allows for the reading and writing of SQL Server data from within PHP scripts. The extension provides a native procedural and PDO interfaces for accessing data in all editions of SQL Server 2005 and later including SQL Azure. "

>> SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP1 – April 2010

Windows Server 2008: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Evaluation
2010-04-20 15:37:26 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a trial version of System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

"Data Protection Manager 2010 is part of the System Center family of management products from Microsoft. It delivers unified data protection for Windows servers such as SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization and file servers -- as well as Windows desktops and laptops. DPM is designed as a best-of-breed backup & recovery solution for Windows environments from Microsoft. DPM provides the best protection and most supportable restore scenarios of your Windows environment from disk, tape and cloud. Windows customers of all sizes can rely on Microsoft to provide a scalable and manageable protection solution that is cost-effective, secure and reliable.

Feature Summary
- Protection for Windows clients, while they are online or offline, with easy-to-use wizards for establishing protection, retention and alert schedules. A single DPM server can protect over 1,000 Windows clients, while end users are able to restore their own data using Windows Explorer or Microsoft Office.
Protection of Microsoft Virtualization platforms, including Hyper-V R2 Live Migration / Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) configurations. DPM can also restore single-file items from host-based VM backups.
- Enhanced Protection for SQL Server, scaling to over 2,000 databases per DPM server, and offering auto-protection of new databases per SQL instance. DBA’s can now restore their own databases, through a self-service restore utility for SQL Server.
Enhanced Protection of Exchange Server, scaling to over 40TB of email and support for Exchange 2010 Database Availability Groups (DAG), as well as CCR/SCR in Exchange 2007.
- Enhanced Protection for SharePoint, without the requirement for a recovery farm with SharePoint 2010, and scaling up to 25TB farms with over 1M items. New content databases are now auto-protected without administrator interaction.
- DPM 2010 is truly enterprise-ready, scaling to over 100 servers with over 80TB per DPM server, and includes new Auto-grow, Auto-heal, Auto-protect features for a lights-out reliable protection and recovery solution."

>> System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Evaluation

Windows Server 2008: Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2
2010-04-13 16:21:45 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released the second beta of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

"Back in November, we released Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 1. Our focus for R2 (our third major HPC server release) is on world class performance, the ease of use you’d expect from Windows and tight integration with existing technology investments and skills. We’ve been listening to extremely valuable customer feedback on Beta 1 and making improvements over the past few months. Today I’m proud to announce Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2 is available for download. I’d like to highlight a few new features and some recent developments:

- Scalability and performance. We’ve continued to improve scalability, regularly testing on the 1,000 node cluster in Microsoft Research—we plan to pursue Top500 runs that prove much greater scalability. We also know customers want to make use of spare processing cycles as part of their overall HPC infrastructures. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2 now integrates with workstations running Windows 7, enabling organizations to use them as cluster compute nodes.

- Simplified parallelism. HPC starts with parallel code, so my team is particularly excited about next week’s Visual Studio 2010 launch. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 empowers parallel development, providing a platform for traditional (batch-based) and service-oriented (interactive) HPC applications. And, Visual Studio 2010 helps developers create, debug, and trace HPC applications using already-familiar tools.

- Excel integration and ease of use. Whenever we speak with scientists, engineers, and analysts about their HPC needs we hear how they rely on Microsoft Excel for computations and how they’d love to scale those computations to run in parallel on a cluster. We’ve responded with HPC Services for Excel 2010. Top systems integrators and consultants like Wipro, Infusion and Grid Dynamics are now ready to help customers deploy and take advantage of HPC Services for Excel 2010.

- Interoperability options. We’ve heard from customers that “rip and replace” isn’t often a viable option for building out their clusters. So, we have started collaborating with industry-leading HPC management companies like Adaptive Computing, Clustercorp and Platform Computing to enable hybrid options where Windows HPC Server and Linux work together. Whether it’s a dual boot or dynamic cluster, hybrid options help organizations get more out of HPC investments and provide broader access to HPC resources.

Let us know what you think about Beta 2. We’ll ship the final product later this year based on customer and partner feedback. It’s an exciting time for High Performance Computing at Microsoft as we work to put supercomputing power in the hands of those who need it most."

> Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2

Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster
2009-12-11 11:22:24 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster for download

"This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It focuses on Active Directory Domain Services, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Remote Desktop Services (including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)), BranchCache, and DirectAccess technologies. In addition, updates to core file services and server management are illustrated. You can use this poster in conjunction with the previously published Windows Server 2008 Component Posters."

>> Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster

Windows Server 2008: Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 1.1 for IIS 7
2009-11-26 23:35:46 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 1.1 for IIS 7

"The Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 1.1 for IIS 7 provides flexible rules-based rewrite engine that can be used to perform broad spectrum of URL manipulation tasks, including, but not limited to:
Enabling user friendly and search engine friendly URL with dynamic web applications;
Rewriting URL’s based on HTTP headers and server variables;
Web site content handling;
Controlling access to web site content based on URL segments or request metadata.

The installation package includes several additional components and hotfixes required by URL rewriter. Refer to the KB articles for the hotfixes to get more details. In order to apply the hotfixes correctly without restarting the server, it is recommended that the WAS service is stopped before installing URL Rewrite Module. The following hotfixes will be installed with URL

Rewrite Module:
Update for IIS 7.0 FastCGI module (KB 954946);
Hotfix for IIS 7.0 SetUri function (KB 949172)
Hotfix for ASP.NET System.Web.dll (KB 957660)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package"

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Windows Server 2008: Window Server 2008 R2 Review
2009-10-22 18:17:56 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

IT Pro posted a review of Window Server 2008 R2

The release of Windows Server 2008 R2 marks a significant turning point in the history of the Microsoft server platform. It's as major a release as NT 4 back in 1996, and the Server 2000/2003 editions. With Windows Server 2008 R2, there is a clear set of business reasons to move forward to this version, and it lays the foundations for many years of productive work ahead.
>> [url=http://www.itpro.co.uk/616582/window-server-2008-r2-review]Window Server 2008 R2 Review

Windows Server 2008: Windows Cache Extension for PHP Beta
2009-09-04 17:58:48 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a beta of Windows Cache Extension for PHP

"Windows Cache Extension for PHP is a PHP accelerator that is used to increase the speed of PHP applications running on Windows and Windows Server. Once the Windows Cache Extension for PHP is enabled and loaded by the PHP engine, PHP applications can take advantage of the functionality without any code modifications.

Features
PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3 support
Configurable file cache
Configurable PHP opcode cache
Relative file path cache
PHP functions to obtain information about the cache status"

>> Windows Cache Extension for PHP Beta

Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Software
2009-08-15 15:54:58 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a trial version of Windows Server 2008 R2

"Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new features to enable organizations to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures. New virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and exciting Windows 7 integration help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed datacenter. Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to give customers greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.

Please review the Windows Server 2008 R2 system requirements before you proceed. Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration, and the applications and features you choose to install."

>> Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Software

Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Changes
2009-05-03 20:48:58 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

SuperSite for Windows published an update on Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate

"Most amid all the client-side excitement about the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC, see my review) is the fact that Windows 7's stable mate, Windows Server 2008 R2, is also on the same delivery schedule. So it should come as no surprise that Microsoft's Server team also completed its RC milestone for Server 2008 R2.

Looked at broadly, the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is a chance for Microsoft to signal to its customers that the product is being finalized and has hit the home stretch. "This is an indication to customers that we're done," Microsoft group product manager Ward Ralston told me during a recent briefing. It's time to kick tires and evaluate it." Microsoft is also ready to start talking performance for the first time, and while the number of performance comparisons I was shown is small, more are on the way, and Microsoft has a compelling story to tell there."

>> Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Changes

Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 Foundation Preview
2009-04-09 11:32:03 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Paul Thurrott posted a preview on Windows Server 2008 Foundation, anew low-cost version of Windows Server

"Microsoft last week officially announced a product that Windows IT Pro UPDATE readers have known about since the end of 2008: A new low-cost version of Windows Server called Windows Server 2008 Foundation. Foundation Server, as I'll call it, has already been made available to mainstream server makers like Dell, HP, and the like, and will become available with new low-cost hardware in the weeks ahead. (As with Small Business Server, Foundation Server will only be sold with hardware.)"

>> Windows Server 2008 Foundation Preview

Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 Service Pack Details Leaked
2009-04-06 19:01:47 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Tech ARP posted details on Windows Server 2008 Service Pack

"Microsoft aims to release Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 (SP2 for WS08) for use with Windows=AE Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 08), Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 08) and Windows Server for Windows Essential Server Solutions (WinWess 08)."

>> Windows Server 2008 Service Pack Details Leaked

Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta
2009-01-12 11:36:39 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a public beta of Windows Server 2008 R2

"Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the next version of the Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Building on the features and capabilities of the current Windows Server 2008 release version, Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to create solutions that are easier to plan, deploy, and manage than previous versions of Windows Server.

This software is for evaluation and testing purposes. Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta software does not require product activation or entering a product key. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta may be installed without activation and evaluated for an initial 30 days. If you need more time to evaluate Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta, the initial 30 day evaluation can be extended to August 1st (at which time the OS will become inoperable) by entering the product key below for your selected edition."

>> Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta

Windows Server 2008: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 to support up to 256 CPU cores
2008-11-07 11:59:07 Source: InfoWorld [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

InfoWorld reports that Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 will support up to 256 CPU cores

"Microsoft said Thursday the next upgrade of its Windows Server operating system will scale up to 256 logical processors.Microsoft defines a logical processor as the number of physical processors multiplied by the number of cores as well as the number of threads, said corporate vice president for Windows Server and solutions, Bill Laing, during a keynote speech at the company's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC)."

>> Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 to support up to 256 CPU cores

Windows Server 2008: Windows SBS2008 w/WM6 Deployment Guide
2008-11-06 13:06:03 Source: Microsoft Download Center [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft published Windows SBS2008 w/WM6 Deployment Guide

"Step-by-step instructions for deploying Windows Mobile 6 powered devices with Windows SBS 2008."

>> Windows SBS2008 w/WM6 Deployment Guide

Windows Server 2008: Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB956774)
2008-09-23 19:25:32 Source: Microsoft Download Center [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a new update for Windows Server 2008

"Install this update to resolve the scenario where a Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) client cannot handle files that have paths that contain the volume GUID in Windows Server 2008."

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>> Download for Itanium-based Systems (KB956774)

Windows Server 2008: Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB953582)
2008-09-23 11:42:48 Source: Microsoft Download Center [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released an update for Windows Server 2008 to register extensions under the IQueryForm registry entry.

"Install this update to register extensions under the IQueryForm registry entry."

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Windows Server 2008: IIS6 to IIS7 migration tips / tricks
2008-09-05 10:26:41 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Steve Schofield posted IIS6 to IIS7 migration tips and tricks

"Here are a few gotcha's that I personally came across both in the forums and migrations I've done from IIS6 to IIS7. A lot of the confusion I see in the forums is Classic ASP and 'native' applications using COM+ trying to move to IIS 7. A classic ASP.NET 1.1 and 2.0 applications should migrate with little or no issues, that is my experience. You'll need to install .NET 1.1 on Windows Server 2008. The biggest change is to try Integrated Application Pools first, then switch to classic mode. That is probably the biggest recommendation to think about in your migration.

I was involved in migrating a few sites recently with popular content engines. We used the migration tool MSDeploy provided by MS, the one thing that we needed to adjust was the Anonymous Authentication module. We had to adjust so the virtual directory inherited the application pool user account instead of IUSR. I highly recommend using the deployment tool. The one item that IIS 7 manager doesn't match up to IIS 6 is SSL certificate management. It seems more mature in IIS 6 manager IMO. "

>> IIS6 to IIS7 migration tips / tricks

Windows Server 2008: Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB951725)
2008-08-26 11:15:36 Source: Microsoft Download Center [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Management Console under Windows Vista

"Install this update for Microsoft Management Console snap-in context Help topics."

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Windows Server 2008: Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB955836)
2008-08-26 11:15:36 Source: Microsoft Download Center [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released an update to IME in Windows Server 2008

"Install this update to IME in Windows Server 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Server 2008 License Terms."

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>> Download for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server 2008: Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB951072)
2008-08-20 16:48:32 Source: Microsoft Download Center [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released an update for Windows Server 2008 to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws

"Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries."

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