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.
While Windows Server 2008 R2 has certainly gotten its fair share of attention over the past year, it’s hard to argue that it still hasn’t been somewhat overshadowed by the hype surrounding Windows 7. After all, even Microsoft has dubbed it “Windows 7 Server” on occasion.
The new server OS is getting it’s due this week, however, at Tech-Ed Europe 2009 in Berlin. During the opening keynote, for example, R2 was featured prominently. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet wrote a piece about this very subject, with details on some of the new R2 features Microsoft is touting.
Some of these enhancements underscore the fact that Windows is continuing to become greener and greener, which is evident by the operating system’s increased efficiency and power consumption improvements. Since this is one area that can have a direct (and potentially immediate) effect on the bottom line, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is shining a light on it this week.
And there you go. Exchange 2007 SP3 is now available with Windows 2008 R2 support.
The SP3 for Exchange Server 2007 will be available by the end of June with added R2 support, though Microsoft still recommends that those who have yet to install 2007 should opt for Exchange 2010 instead.
Microsoft has officially announced that support on R2 will not be ready until Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is released late next year.
ORIGINAL POST (11/06/2009)
Who says peer pressure is a bad thing?
Over the summer it was reported that Windows Server 2008 R2 would be out in October — without native support for Exchange Server 2007. Needless to say, this decision had many customers
calling for Microsoft’s heads mildly dismayed.
Well guess what? The people have prevailed.
The PASS Community Summit 2009 is being held in Seattle this week, and naturally a lot of attention is being given to Microsoft’s upcoming database releases, particularly SQL Server 2008 R2.
Just days after the official release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has now made its new Windows Management Framework (WMF) available as well. The major component here is PowerShell 2.0, which is supported out-of-the-box for the two new operating systems. The download also includes WinRM 2.0 and BITS 4.0.
As Microsoft’s Lee Holmes said in a recent blog post, the Windows Management Framework provides “a consistent management interface across the various flavors of Windows.” What he means is that in addition to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, PowerShell 2.0 remoting can now also be used to manage machines running Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008.
It seems the biggest reservation people have when it comes to the cloud involves the added security risks – the whole idea that “you can’t control what you can’t see.” But is that really the case, or is it more of a knee-jerk reaction from those unfamiliar with the cloud?
Last week I spoke with John Welch about how data warehousing fits into a cloud-based model. Welch is a chief architect with North Carolina-based business intelligence consulting firm Mariner, and he’s scheduled to speak at PASS 2009 on BI and cloud computing.
During our conversation, I asked him a general question about whether he thought the security risks associated with the cloud are myth or reality. Here’s what he had to say: