The Windows Server Notebook

Oct 7 2011   3:03PM GMT

Windows Server Spotlight: Azure, PowerShell and more in this week’s news

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

You want to know what’s happening with the world of Windows Server administration, but you don’t have the time to sift through your RSS and Twitter feeds to find the truly valuable content. Well, here we are to do it for you. Every week, we’ll curate the stories from the top sources and deliver them in a neat package – consider us your one-stop shop for Windows Server-related news.

Top stories this week:

Fueling the Microsoft cloud fire at Interop
During his keynote presentation at the annual Interop conference in New York this week, Microsoft Server and Tools VP Robert Wahbe continued the company’s cloud push, calling cloud platform Windows Azure “the next generation of operating systems.” While the focus was on Windows 8 integration, InformationWeek also reports that Windows Server 8 would offer a path to the private cloud if enterprises prefer to go that route.
Read more about the Windows Server and Windows Azure pairing

More power to PowerShell
If you’ve been following the news about Windows Server 8, you’ve probably heard that Microsoft is pushing command-line scripting as an increasingly effective – and perhaps the only – way to manage server networks. So the Community Technology Preview of PowerShell 3.0 is big news. Admins will be able to play with over 2,300 cmdlets and test the more complex workflow support and simplified language syntax, among other updates.
Need to learn PowerShell? Go back to Scripting School.

Microsoft opens its arms to another virtualization partner
Cloud management platform OpenNebula is the latest product to support Hyper-V, with a joint release set for October. ArsTechnica notes that the platform will support both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (and presumably Windows Server 8, when it is released), while ReadWriteWeb touts the addition of access control lists (ACLs) in the latest version.
Other recently announced Hyper-V partners: Cisco, NEC, Broadcom

Here comes System Center 2012
Perhaps inspired by the wildly successful Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft has launched the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Blog Series, which will cover the new features of SCCM 2012 and, hopefully, be a “two-way dialogue” regarding tools and implementation. Will there be similar blogs for the other upcoming System Center releases?
More on System Center: A look at the SCCM 2012 Beta, SCVMM 2012 at a glance

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