IT departments hate end of life of products and the resulting headaches. End
of life for a product means the support lifeline disappears, security updates
stop and IT is left stranded with the compliance team breathing down their
neck. Upgrade projects are not a fun sell to the business. "Hey, Ms./Mr.
Business, let's invest a bunch of money and time to get the same place you
were before"... Gee, let's get out the drill bit and do a root canal while
we're at it.
For the Windows 2003 Server family you should know the following:
On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2003 family ended. On
July 14, 2015 Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 family will end.
**Microsoft's product support lifecycle information can be found here
If you dive into the details of Mainstream Support and Extended Support you
will see that you get nothing once Extended Support en... (more)
Editor's note: An abridged version of this post ran last week on
the Gigaom blog.
With an ear to the ground and an eye on the sky, Gigaom's Barb Darrow
chronicles the competitive factors shaping the bumpy journey that is cloud
computing among the superpowers (AWS in fight of its life as customers like
Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing). Wherever you stand on the
debate over which cloud giant will reign supreme, it's clear the economic
forces shaping the market are evolving quickly.
Now comes new cloud computing data based on Total Cost of Infrastructure
(TCOI) pr... (more)
RSAT stands for Remote Server Administration Tools. This is the toolset
that IT Pros have come to know and love, because it is the toolset that lets
them keep sitting at their desks.
“You mean, it contributes to the obesity epidemic in America?”
Well.. I wouldn’t go that far. But it certainly doesn’t help. And
that’s not what it was designed for. How about we agree that when
you’re done reading this, you promise to get up, stretch, and take a walk.*
What I mean is that it’s the toolset that IT Pros use to manage their
servers right from their workstations. And with the huge (... (more)
To answer this question we need to take a closer look at the requirements for
a server system to be considered cloud ready and then investigate the
different features of Windows Server 2012 that does or does not meet these
requirements. Windows Server 2012 is the official name of Windows Server code
name “8” and is now on its Beta stage of development.
The first thing to consider here is the ability of the operating system to
virtualize its resources, meaning to make them available as part of a shared
pool and managed by an administrator. The main features Windows Server 2012
In an exercise in vendor neutrality - well, kinda - it's not exactly
altruistic - Amazon Web Services is now offering a bunch of pre-built virtual
instances of the Windows Server 2012 operating system, the server version of
Windows 8, so Windows users can hew to Microsoft's upgrade roadmap and still
adopt Amazon's cloud all at the same time.
The addition, which includes SQL Server, was announced this week by Amazon's
Windows team leader Tom Rizzo, a recent refugee from Redmond.
Amazon already supports Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 but Server
2012 can be used with Amazo... (more)
Roughly six months after Windows 8 came out at the end of October, Microsoft
Tuesday confirmed reports that it's been tinkering with the operating system
to make it more popular.
The radical redesign is supposed to have confused the buying public and
created enough of a learning curve that IDC blamed the widgetry for the
historic 14% drop in PC sales last quarter.
As a result, Microsoft has been making changes in an upgrade called Windows
Trying to deflect more negative perceptions, Tami Reller, co-captain of
Microsoft's Windows unit, told the press, "Frankly we...didn't g... (more)