Windows 2008 R2 is almost here

It is just 2 days until the release of Windows 2008 R2. While a lot of people are hanging out for the Windows 7 (released on the same day), it is the new server operating system that is going to make waves in server rooms everywhere. Significant improvements have been made to Hyper-V in the form of Live Migration (think VMotion but without the price) … Continue reading Windows 2008 R2 is almost here

Microsoft Revolution Calling?

Will 22nd of October 2009 be remembered in history as the most significant technology product launch since Apples famous 1984 launch of the MacIntosh? Microsoft will certainly be hoping so, as the Redmond based software giant prepares to release not only the long anticipated replacement for Windows XP (lets face it, many businesses didn’t take the plunge with Vista), but also Windows 2008R2 and Exchange … Continue reading Microsoft Revolution Calling?

Why Virtualize?

I read recently that 50% of CIO’s couldn’t see any benefit in virtualizing. My initial reaction was less than flattering and then I realised it probably isn’t that they don’t like virtualization. They just don’t understand the long term benefits of virtualization. The key thing virtualization does is remove dependence on physical hardware. Basically it allows you to change the underlying hardware without having to … Continue reading Why Virtualize?

Hyper-V Overview

Virtualisation was once found almost exclusively in large data centres. These days it can be found in many small to medium size businesses, thanks in part to powerful lower end servers and the advent of “free” virtualisation software. Server Virtualisation comes in two main forms: Host based virtual machines that run on top of an existing operating system e.g. VMware workstation, Microsoft Virtual PC, Sun … Continue reading Hyper-V Overview

Windows 7 DirectAccess overview

Windows 7 clients can gain remote access to network resources using a feature called DirectAccess. Microsoft see this as a game breaking technology that will change the way we work remotely. A Windows 2008R2 server  acts as a gateway for DirectAccess clients providing access to servers on the internal LAN. DirectAccess does away with the need for third party VPN clients or access gateways on … Continue reading Windows 7 DirectAccess overview