! Windows Server 2008 R2 – RTM – July 22

Hi all,

Together w/ Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 is RTM (Release to Manufacturing) ! Product team announced yesterday in your blog.

“With evaluation software available for download in the first half of August and the full product available to customers with Software Assurance in the second half of August, RTM is more than just an engineering milestone. Occurring in lock-step with the release of the Windows 7 RTM, these two platforms are now ready for our partners to start testing and installing on their hardware. And that lock-step isn’t a coincidence, it’s a design goal.”

Some highghts:

For Administrators:

  • Hyper-V and Live Migration – still the big stars. R2’s Hyper-V enables a complete server virtualization solution available out-of-the-box. Live Migration allows server administrators to migrate VMs between physical machines with no perceived downtime for current server connections and work streams. That means a more dynamic datacenter and more agility in meeting new business needs For more information on Hyper-V in R2, check out today’s in-depth post on the Virtualization Team blog.
  • File Classification Infrastructure – FCI lets you manage your data based on its characteristics, including things like file type, user credentials and even content. Based on this kind of criteria, FCI can assign data different access restrictions, store it in different locations or simply push it into an entirely customized lifecycle scheme – all done automatically via policy. For me, this is one of the most exciting new features in R2.
  • Active Directory and Pervasive PowerShell – 240 new PowerShell cmdlets and several management consoles (including a new Active Directory interface) have been built on top of PowerShell. Active Directory has also been enhanced with the Active Directory Recycle Bin as well as AD Group Policy objects that give desktop administrators deeper capabilities when it comes to managing Windows 7 clients.
  • IIS 7.5 – The latest edition of Internet Information Server also sports updated management tools as well as application serving capabilities that now including support for PHP and .NET on Server Core installations.
  • Server Scalability – Not only is R2 Microsoft’s first 64-bit-only operating system, it also supports up to 256 logical processors in a single server as well as all the latest CPU technologies. And, R2 has support for advanced storage technologies, including SAN management and solid state hardware.

For Users:

  • DirectAccess, for example, provides secure, always-on access to corporate networks no matter from what network a client might be connecting. Better yet, it provides a two-way relationship allowing desktop admins to manage clients the same way whether they’re local or remote.
  • BranchCache allows users in remote offices to cache corpnet data locally, providing a better work experience for remote workers while simultaneously lowering expensive WAN bandwidth costs.
  • Remote Desktop and Applications – Windows Server 2008’s Terminal Services has now evolved into R2’s Remote Desktop Services, and it integrates so tightly with Windows 7 that administrators will be able to roll out virtualized applications and even entire desktop environments without users being able to tell that these tools aren’t running locally. It’s fast and can even be managed via policy. Very cool stuff.

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2009/07/22/windows-server-2008-r2-rtm.aspx

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Site: http://petizme.com
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )

! Windows 7 is RTM | July 22

Hi people,

Good news, Windows 7 RTM is RTM ! The product team announced in your blog yesterday.

The final build is 7600 and the product team did an special thanks to beta testers “A special thank you goes out to all the people who helped test Windows 7

OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after we officially RTM.

ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th.

Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th.

Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd.

Business Customers with Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st.

IT Professionals and Developers will be able to download through TechNet and MSDN Subscriptions on August 6th.

Sources:

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/22/windows-7-has-been-released-to-manufacturing.aspx

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/21/when-will-you-get-windows-7-rtm.aspx

Bye,

Eduardo Petizme
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Site: http://petizme.com
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )

! How to keep offline VMs updated ? Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0.1

Hi,

This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

Amazing !

Bye,

—-

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0.1 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual machines up-to-date so that bringing a virtual machine online does not introduce vulnerabilities into the organization’s IT infrastructure.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8408ECF5-7AFE-47EC-A697-EB433027DF73&displaylang=en

Eduardo Petizme
Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional
MCSA Security 2000 & 2003 | MCITP Server 2008
Site: http://petizme.com
Blogs: http://blog.petizme.com ( USA | BRA )