Jeffrey Snover articles

Jeffrey Snover
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Windows Management Framework V5 Preview 

Title: Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview One goal of management is to simplify creating and operating computing environments.  In Windows Server 2012 R2 we introduced two new standards-based technologies to achieve that: Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration and Certified for Windows Network Switches.  Both of these generated a lot of excitement with our customers and
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Server Performance Advisor (SPA) 3.0 

Starting wit Windows Server 2008, we have published a server tuning guide each release designed to help system administrators and IT professionals get the best performance out of their server deployments.  For Windows Server 2012 we published the Windows Server 2012 Tuning Guide, but this time there is a twist.  This time we harnessed our
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Hyper-V Replica Saves the Day 

Today our SMB organization published a great blog entry: “With Windows Server 2012, my customers where prepared for Hurricane Sandy”. It tells the story of a partner, WorkITsafe, and their customers who had recently deployed Windows Server 2012.  When they saw Sandy coming, they enabled Hyper-V replica “just in case” and boy where glad they did. Go
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Windows Server 2012 Essentials reaches general availability! 

Microsoft has just announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials is generally available for purchase through volume licensing, retail and reseller channels. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft partners to deliver a solution designed to meet the needs of their small business customers by offering the following benefits: Protect and secure your business Access your
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Windows Server 2012 Training has begun!!! Register Now! 

In case you aren’t up on current events: Windows Server 2012 ROCKS!  Do yourself a favor and get educated on all that it can do for you.  Kevin Beares will tell you how. Cheers!  Jeffrey Hey, this is Kevin Beares, Senior Community Lead for the Windows Server and System Center Group.  Over the next few
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Software Defined Networking, Enabled in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, Virtual Machine Manager 

Unlocking Network Flexibility, Efficiency, and Multi-tenancy for the Cloud  We are very excited about the promise of Software Defined Networking (SDN) for enabling automation, flexibility, and reliability in the multi-tenant cloud.  Traditionally the control plane of networking has been proprietary, resulting in datacenter environments that are unable to respond effectively to the dynamically changing needs
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Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing! 

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for.  I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.  That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week.  We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers
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Windows Server 2012 final release timing 

Today Microsoft is kicking off an exciting week at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.  Windows Server 2012 will be a focus of attention at the event, of course, and it is nearing final release.  In fact, at the conference we are announcing that Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing in the first
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The Windows Server 2012 Information Experience 

I recently had a conversation where someone was talking about the difference between people vested in their community and those that aren’t.  He said that when you walk by and see some trash on the ground, someone vested in their community will stop and pick it up and throw it into the trash, whereas someone
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Open Management Infrastructure 

Many years ago, Microsoft joined with other companies to define the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), a set of standards to abstract the devices on a PC (and later, a server) for the OS.  The HAL is the unsung hero of the computing industry, allowing an amazing level of choice and interoperability in the x86 ecosystem.