The Windows Server Notebook


August 7, 2009  4:36 PM

Windows 7 now available to subscribers, VL customers

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

For those who didn’t know, this morning Microsoft made Windows 7 available to SA customers, and TechNet and MSDN subscribers were given access on Thursday.

Those looking to make the upgrade from XP or Vista after the October 22 launch date will definitely want to check out the new OS now. As you may recall, Vista hit a few snags in the hardware/software compatibility departments when it was first launched, so as Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc puts it, “Now is the time to work on your applications to make sure they are Windows 7 compatible.”
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August 4, 2009  6:48 PM

Is Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft’s best OS to date?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

ChannelWeb recently posted a review of Windows Server 2008 R2 in which it declared the server operating system “Microsoft’s best-ever.”

The first thought for some might be, “Well DUH! It’s the newest one – it SHOULD be better than the others.” However, they should remember that when it comes to operating systems – or any IT technology, really – newer doesn’t necessarily mean better (cough, Vista, cough).
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July 27, 2009  8:36 PM

The Windows Report — Inside BranchCache for Windows 2008 R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We just launched the first edition of a new feature on the site – The Windows Report. This will be a monthly segment featuring news, expert analysis and admin tips.

July’s video features an in-depth look at Windows Server 2008 R2’s BranchCache feature from Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen, followed by a new tip from Brien Posey on cleaning up your server.

(Note: This was recorded on Wednesday. Since then, both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 have reached RTM.)


July 24, 2009  4:50 PM

News Roundup: Windows 7, R2 hit RTM

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

The folks at Microsoft had said both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 would be released to manufacturing before the end of the month, and they were true to their word, getting both in with just about a week to spare yesterday.
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July 21, 2009  9:46 PM

New SQL Server tools drop in July

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

A couple of new DBA tools were released last week for SQL Server – Idera’s SQL Comparison Toolset and SQL Backup Pro 6 from Red Gate Software. Both products are available for 14-day, fully-functional free trials.
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July 16, 2009  11:27 PM

MVP dishes on DirectAccess, VPN Reconnect in R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Gary OlsenI spoke with Gary Olsen earlier to get his thoughts on some of the new features to be included with Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition to being a prolific TechTarget contributor, Gary is also a Microsoft MVP in Directory Services and a systems software engineer with Hewlett-Packard.

Check out the short podcast below to hear what Gary had to say about Microsoft’s new DirectAccess feature. In this segment, he talks about the VPN challenges facing both users and IT folks, and how DirectAccess addresses those issues. He also provides details on VPN Reconnect and how it works.
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July 14, 2009  6:56 PM

Six patch updates released in July

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

This month’s Patch Tuesday saw the release of six new bulletins, two of which address zero-day flaws.
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July 9, 2009  1:40 PM

Will R2’s DirectAccess leave you vulnerable?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We’re continuing to drill into the big new Windows Server 2008 R2 features on the site, the latest of which is Microsoft’s new DirectAccess technology. For those who don’t know, the feature is new to R2 and Windows 7, and is designed (as Microsoft puts it) to give “users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their corporate network any time they have Internet access.”

It works, too (by all accounts).

Now from a user standpoint, this is beyond fantastic. From an IT professional’s perspective though, it’s bound to immediately trigger questions about security.
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July 6, 2009  9:03 PM

Details emerge about SQL Server 2008 R2

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

“Kilamanjaro” has now gone the way of the “Katmai”, but the newly dubbed SQL Server 2008 R2 is still creating some chatter among DBAs and other IT pros.

Microsoft announced at TechEd 2009 that a Community Technical Preview (CTP) for the next version of SQL Server will be available later this summer, and with that, details of the new release began to hit the Web.
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June 29, 2009  10:02 PM

R2’s File Classification Infrastructure generates buzz

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Windows Server 2008 R2Of the many new features set to debut in Windows Server 2008 R2, one that has received a steady amount of attention is the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).

The inclusion of FCI with R2 came as a surprise to a lot of folks in the IT community. The technology, at least in theory, has been talked about since back in the days of Windows XP, but had been put on the backburner until suddenly BOOM – it was here.

So what’s the word on the street?
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