Buried under the buzz around Windows 7 RC release, here’s an important
update from Microsoft - Windows Server 2008 R2 release candidate.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first Windows operating system to be offered
for only 64-bit processors. And Windows Server 2008 R2 can now support up to
256 logical processor cores for a single operating system instance, including
enhancements in Hyper-V virtual machines which are able to address up to 32
logical cores in a single VM. These improvements not only guarantee more bang
for your server hardware buck, but also offer better reliability with fewer
locks and greater parallelism.
Regarding virtualization, Windows Server 2008 R2 provides the following
virtualization types: Client and Server virtualization provided by Hyper-V
and Presentation virtualization with Remote Desktop Services. Hyper-V
virtualizes the system resources ... (more)
Microsoft announced the rebranding of SQL Services to SQL Azure. SQL Server
is the data platform of Windows Server so it made sense to align the name of
the relational database platform of Windows Azure, SQL Azure. SQL Azure is
built on the SQL Server technology foundation which delivers relational
database capabilities in the cloud. The next CTP of now SQL Azure will be in
August. You can, however, get started today with SQL Express. Over the next
days there will be more details about SQL Azure, including posting the first
round of SQL Azure Database documentation to MSDN. Also ... (more)
The Windows Azure Platform training kit was updated with new SQL Azure
content in the August release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.
Many of the existing labs and presentations were also updated, in line with
recent developments of the platform.
The kit now includes:
Hands On Labs Building Windows Azure Services Windows Azure Native Code
Windows Azure and PHP Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage Using
Windows Azure Tables Building ASP.NET MVC Applications with Windows Azure -
New Building ASP.NET Web Form Applications with Windows Azure - New Migrating
Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo
An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect
constituents, say Microsoft executives.
Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to
consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and
enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before.
To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology
vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the
challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and a... (more)
Awesome post on how to troubleshoot SQL Azure connectivity by SQL Services
Team, helping you to understand some of the common connectivity error
messages that you would see while connecting to SQL Azure as listed below:
A transport-level error has occurred when receiving results from the server.
(Provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - An existing connection was forcibly
closed by the remote host.) System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Timeout
expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or
the server is not responding. The statement has been terminated. An e... (more)