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Aug 28 2009   2:34PM GMT

Microsoft giveth, Microsoft taketh away

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

If you missed yesterday’s live chat with Microsoft’s virtualization gurus, we’ll have a copy of the the transcript up next week. Overall, the ITKnowledgExchange community gave them a good grilling, asking Edwin Yuen, senior product manager for Microsoft, almost a 100 questions about Hyper-V, how Microsoft’s offerings stack up against VMWare and whether he could convince a VMWare lover to switch over (A: “Not in an online chat forum, but I can tell you that with R2, we have expanded our capabilities to really enhance the value for an organization”).

We’ve got more coverage of the virtualization scene over at sister site SearchVirtualization.com, where they’ve tackled Hyper-V Live Migration case studies and taken an in-depth look at Hyper-V R2’s features beyond Live Migration (Note: Free registration required for the latter two links).

But just as Microsoft’s decided to give (Hyper-V), so they’ve decided to take away, as the Washington Post’s Brian Krebs reports:

Windows users who have Automatic Updates turned on probably have by now noticed at least one new update available from Redmond. The patch represents the next phase of the Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) anti-piracy pilot program Microsoft launched last year. Microsoft says the update is being gradually rolled out to different countries, so the update will not be available to everyone at the same time.

The program checks against Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 installations.

Hopefully Windows has unsnarled some of the problems WGA has given systems administrators in the past, but best case scenario it’s one more thing for busy IT staffs to look out for. If you run into our problems, post them in the forums or let me know at michael@itknowledgeexchange.com or on Twitter, and we’ll do our best to find a workaround or solution.

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