While 2010 is still very young, Microsoft is wasting no time adding updates and new releases to its System Center suite of products. Naturally, there are a lot of different tools and variations involved, so here is a little rundown of what’s been going on:
Microsoft issued a reminder last week of the upcoming end-of-support deadline for Windows 2000 Server. The operating system is currently in its extended support lifecycle, but that all ends on July 13.
It’s actually a popular date for support changes. Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 will both end their mainstream support tour and enter the extended phase that same day, and support for Windows XP SP2 will be done.
I attended a live webcast today on System Center Data Protection Manager 2010. The beta has been out since September with the release candidate (RC) scheduled for the first full week of February.
Jason Buffington, senior technical product manager for Microsoft System Center, described DPM 2010 as “the best solution for file and application protection from Microsoft.” He noted that the company focused heavily on protection for Windows-based clients and virtual environments, as well as enhanced scalability and reliability features.
So what’s new with Data Protection Manager 2010? Here are some of the key points I gathered:
Happy holidays everyone! It’s the season of giving, and in that spirit we’ve collected a few cool holiday-themed articles for Windows admins.
Take a look below, and we’ll get back to talking about new server management features and other serious business in the New Year.
During our conversation, I asked him for his take on some of version 2’s improvements, expecting to hear mostly about the new remoting functionality. While he certainly thought remoting would have a huge impact, it was another feature called Powershell modules that he really wanted to talk about.
Happy holidays everyone! The last last edition of The Windows Report for 2009 takes a quick look back at the year that was, then looks into the future at what are sure to be the big Windows topics of 2010.
IT author and consultant Jonathan Hassell calls in to talk migrations, cloud computing and other key issues that will be on the minds of Windows admins and IT managers next year.
The news today is that Microsoft has finalized a new acquisition – Opalis Software, which experts are calling yet another example of the company’s commitment to the cloud and virtualization projects going forward.
The wait is over. Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is now available.
ORIGINAL POST (12/3/2009)
Well I guess we know what Microsoft was thinking when it originally decided not to include Exchange Server 2007 support with Windows Server 2008 R2.
The company had initially said that its focus was on Exchange 2010, and taking the time to allow Exchange 2007 to run on R2 would only delay its other upcoming releases. Obviously, Microsoft did an about-face a few months later after customer outcry reached a fever pitch on the Web.
While the timeline for Exchange 2007 on R2 was hazy, it was expected at some point in 2010, with the hope that it would be ready in the early part of the year. Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft was telling the truth when it said that adding Exchange 2007 support would be a timely process.
While the folks from Microsoft talked about a lot of different technologies at last month’s Professional Developers Conference, one of the most interesting ones is what the company is referring to as Next Generation Active Directory (NGAD).
The Professional Developers Conference is taking place in Los Angeles this week, and to no surprise, the Microsoft keynotes were all about the cloud. As we heard from Brent Ozar last month, developers are the company’s targets for its current and upcoming slate of cloud-based technologies, so what better place to show them off than PDC?
The crux of this of course is Microsoft’s Azure and SQL Azure programs, which will be available as a paid service starting Jan. 1, 2010. While much of the new improvements surrounding SQL Azure were already talked up during the PASS Community Summit earlier this month, there were also a few new Microsoft cloud developments that made news this week.