February 2008 - Take a Close Look at Windows Server 2008

Will Microsoft's new server OS be your next-gen platform? Also in this issue: laying the groundwork for SQL Server 2008, the enterprise search arena heats up, Diskeeper 2008 Pro Premier keeps your disk drives healthy, and much more.


Build an IT Structure for Compliance

Any of these solutions can help ensure that you're following organizational policies or regulatory requirements.

Windows Server 2008: Taking a Closer Look

Virtualization and configurability in Microsoft's new server OS present enterprise IT shops with both challenges and opportunities.

Laying the Groundwork for Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Redmond's new database server is a complex product often running mission-critical apps. You can't afford to not get it right.

Searching for an Answer in the Enterprise

As the clamor from IT shops for better internal search grows louder, competition among vendors both large and small gets hotter.

Windows Server 2008: So Far, So Good

Enhanced administration, security, IIS updates and virtualization promise to make moving to Microsoft's new server OS worthwhile.


European Commission Slaps Microsoft With $1.3 Billion Fine

European Union fined Microsoft 899 million Euros for failure to comply with the EU's 2004 finding that Redmond was engaged in monopolistic practices.

Microsoft Launches Key 2008 Products in Los Angeles

Redmond officially rolls out Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in Los Angeles event.

Microsoft Goes After Piracy Hacks with Vista SP1

It's no "reduced functionality mode"; still, Microsoft has other tricks to encourage those using pirated copies of Vista to upgrade to legitimate versions.

Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Released

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for System Center Operations Manager has been released to manufacturing and is now available for download online.

Microsoft Takes Bold Steps Toward Open APIs and Publishing Tech Specs

Microsoft is placing a significant emphasis on standardization and interoperability, saying it will share its APIs and release extensive documentation of its protocols.

Microsoft Releases List of Programs that Won't Work with Vista SP1

Microsoft Corp. today released a list of known programs that experience some sort of "loss of functionality" with Windows Vista SP1.

Microsoft May Try To Replace Yahoo Board

Microsoft appears to be taking the next steps in its move toward a hostile acquisition of Yahoo.

Microsoft Pulls Vista Update Causing Reboot Problems

Microsoft is stopping automatic distribution of an update required to install Vista SP1 following reports of faulty reboots on some machines.

Microsoft Releases 'Feature Complete' SQL Server 2008 CTP

A fully baked beta release of Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 is now available for testing.

Microsoft Giving Away Visual Studio, SQL 2005, Expression to College Students

Microsoft Corp. to give away Visual Studio 2005 and 2008, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server Standard and other software to college students worldwide.

Microsoft Reshuffles Web Execs

Microsoft announced the recent promotions of 14 executives, seven to senior vice president positions and seven others to corporate vice president.

Survey: Half 'Have No Plans' To Deploy Vista

Migration to the Windows Vista operating system apparently isn't generating much enthusiasm among IT personnel in the enterprise.

Microsoft Releases 6 Critical Patches

For the February security bulletin release, Microsoft rolled out six "Critical" fixes -- rather than the seven detailed in the advanced notice.

Gates Outlines Future of Office

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the wraps off a major new version of Office Live Small Business and launched a new developer program for Office Live.

Microsoft Will Release Vista SP1 Early to 'Technical Customers'

Microsoft reversed an earlier decision that would have forced IT pros to wait until mid-March to get their hands on Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

Microsoft To Release Critical Patches for Vista, XP, Office, IE, Visual Basic

Redmond's February patch release is slated to roll out 12 security fixes -- seven rated "Critical," and five deemed "Important."

Windows Kernel Flaw -- Critical But Not, Says Redmond

Security firm provides video of a proof-of-concept flaw in Microsoft's IGMP networking protocol.

Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft today announced that two of its most important products of the last half-decade are complete and ready to be shipped.

Gates Begins His Long Goodbye

Microsoft's chairman wraps up the first 'digital decade' with his last CES keynote.

Longhorn's File Services Role

Formalizing a formerly subjective functionality.

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