Category Archives: Beta Experiences

System Center VMM 2008 R2 Beta available

One of the most exciting new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to live migrate virtual machines between nodes of a Failover Cluster. In contrast to Windows Server 2008’s Hyper-V this enables admins to failover virtual machines without noticeable downtime.


5 areas of Microsofts vision on Systems Management

Microsoft products cover a multitude of technologies, and thus are managed by a multitude of management attitudes, vision and scenarios. In the past Microsoft products lacked a common vision on management, but Microsoft is slowly changing this.


The Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Surprise

As you might recall Hyper-V Server 2008 is a further Hyper-V optimized version of a Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008, Standard Edition  (technically). Hyper-V Server is also Microsofts free stand-alone server virtualization product. When comparing Hyper-V Server 2008 to ESXi 3.5, it’s interesting to note the feature gap between the two products. Especially […]


Windows 7 Beta, fishing for clues

Since Saturday January 10th, Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) has found its way to a lot of people downloading its bytes from the Microsoft download servers, to find themselves confronted with a fantastic looking creature after initial installation:


How to install Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Beta

Now that Microsoft has released the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 to the public it’s time to get our hand dirty and install this test version. Let’s look at the system requirements Microsoft recommends and how to install it!


Windows 7 Update Package KB961367

As some of you may have picked up last week the Windows 7 beta build, that was announced yesterday, made available today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be made available in several hours to the first 2.5 million people clicking the download link, contains a bug that corrupts *.mp3 files, when opened. Note: […]


Windows 7 TechNet Forums opened

Got a Live ID? Join the conversation on Windows 7! The Microsoft TechNet Forums are an online location where you can ask questions on a variety of Microsoft products. It’s a place to find answers from many of the Microsoft Program Managers, Microsoft support guys, Microsoft developers, Microsoft evangelists, Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft enthusiasts. A […]


An early look at new Hyper-V features

The Windows Server 2008 R2 timeframe will also bring the next version of the Hyper-V technology. This new version can either be seen as Hyper-V R2 or Hyper-V v2.0 (depending on your opinion on Hyper-V) and comes with a load of new features and hardware support.


Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 Beta Available

Mike Nash and Justin Graham announced the Customer Preview Program for Service Pack 2 Beta for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 on the The Windows Blog and the Windows Server Division Weblog earlier this week. While MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers have access to the Beta builds of this Service Pack, mere mortals had […]


An early look at new Active Directory features

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 include new features in Active Directory, that were announced and explained at Microsoft’s Tech∙Ed Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) conference for IT Professionals in Barcelona (Spain) from November 3rd, 2008 to November 7th, 2008.