Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. With the addition of new features such as live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems, it allows organizations to consolidate workloads onto a single physical …

Businesses Save Thousands Moving to Microsoft Virtualization

Great article on the power of virtualization. Microsoft Corp. today announced that some business customers are saving on average $170,000 (U.S.) when they switch to Microsoft virtualization software from VMware Inc. software. Customers are turning to Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center management tools to help reduce energy consumption, hardware costs and recurring …

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2

WSUS 3.0 SP2 delivers important customer-requested management, stability, and performance improvements. Some of the features and improvements include the following: Integration with Windows Server 2008 R2. Support for the BranchCache feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients. Compliance Report Windows Update Agent (WUA) offers a collection …

Remote ISA Server Management and Communication

At work I use the Remote Desktop console in the Remote Server Administration Tools. This is a nice tool because it shows me all of my frequent RDP sessions. Lets face it, nobody wants to leave their desk and go hook up a monitor and keyboard to a server if we don’t have to. However, …

Cisco ASA 5520 Active/Standby Failover Configuration

I recently got a pair of Cisco 5520 ASA’s to replace my old PIX 515e device. These new devices are much nicer. They have the new ASDM interface, and can also be used for VPN. I got a pair of them so I can have redundant security. I’m going to describe how to configure Active/Standby …

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

The final version of the RSAT for Windows 7 was released yesterday. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a …