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Technology & Microsoft Jonathan Roberts on 20 Nov 2006 06:05 pm

Microsoft does it again

For those of you (us, I suppose) who care, it’s been a busy few days at Microsoft. They have put out a number of MAJOR releases in the past 7-10 days. Both Vista and Office 2007 were released to manufacturing.

For the admins of the world, they also released PowerShell. I don’t know much about PowerShell yet but a spokesperson from Microsoft indicated it would bring Unix-like scripting to the Windows command shell. Funny reference for an MS person but it speaks volumes nonetheless. If PowerShell really delivers on this promise, it will revolutionize Windows administration. I am also encouraged by the fact that Windows Server “Longhorn” will ship with a version/option to remove the GUI and be commandline driven. Without all of the useless bells and whistles, Microsoft might actually deliver on their security promises.

If all of that wasn’t enough, MS has created virtual hard drives for its Virtual Server product. This is similar to what is available to the community (and from the community) on VMWare’s product line. These are basically pre-made images ready to run of popular servers from MS. At this point, it includes: Windows 2003 R2, Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2005, and 2006 ISA Server. Read more about it on a neat MS blog I stumbled upon:

http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2006/11/06/Faster-Setup-of-Eval-Software.aspx

Bye for now!

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