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     Goliath at the speed of David - Microsoft Launch 2008: Servers + Visual Studio 2
    This is part 2 of 2 of Windows 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 - "Goliath at the speed of David". This part includes the breakout session and some of the other Microsoft topics including ForeFront, Expression, Silverlight 2, and the different packages for Windows Server 2008.

    Microsoft Expression Blend is Microsoft's GUI tool for creating rich graphical interfaces for web and desktop applications that blend the features of these two types of applications. It is a design tool for designers, designed by designers. Expression Blend is itself written using the .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Expression Blend 2.0 is an interactive, WYSIWYG front-end for designing XAML-based interfaces for WPF and Silverlight. Silverlight 2 is available for development with Visual Studio 2008. I have given this a try, but the examples do not match the current API exactly, so they took some tweaking. This is going to speed up Web 2.0 Ajax style development much the way Visual Studio .NET sped up Web development hugely in 2002.

    Live Search API for developers: The Live Search API provides an interface XML Web service through a SOAP API. The Live Search Web Service enables you to submit queries to and return results from, the Live Search Engine. The whole Live API is part of Microsoft’s Dynamic IT initiative.
    (Live Search SDK documentation) is an example of the API as a customized search
    Tafiti, which means "do research" in Swahili, is an experimental search front-end from Microsoft, designed to help people use the Web for research projects that span multiple search queries and sessions by helping visualize, store, and share research results. Tafiti uses both Microsoft Silverlight and Live Search to explore the intersection of richer experiences on the Web and the increasing specialization of search.

    Microsoft Forefront packages a number of security software pieces:
    • Microsoft Forefront Client Security (formerly called Microsoft Client Protection)
    • Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server (formerly called Sybari Antigen for Exchange)
    • Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint (formerly called Sybari Antigen for SharePoint)
    • Microsoft Forefront Security for Microsoft Office Communications Server (formerly called Antigen for Instant Messaging)
    • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server
    • Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG)
    Microsoft Forefront wraps centralized access, policy enforcement with network access protection to identify and allow access. This was new in Windows server 2003 SP1. For Windows 2008, this is expected to start beating the Cisco VPN

    Windows HPC (High Performance Computing) Server: Windows HPC Server 2008 is composed of a cluster of servers that includes a single Windows 2008 head node and one or more Windows 2008 compute nodes. The head node provides failover via Windows Server 2008 high availability services and SQL Server clustering. The head node controls and mediates all access to the cluster resources and is the single point of management, deployment, and job scheduling for the compute cluster.

    Small Business Server 2008 Standard is a single machine solution. It has: Server 2008, Exchange 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, ForeFront, Live OneCare, Integration with Microsoft Office Live Small Business Services. The Premium edition includes SQL Server 2008 for loading on a second machine.

    Essential Business Server 2008 is for multiple machines for medium sized businesses. The Premium edition includes SQL server 2008 for another machine.

    The Breakout session was called: Dynamic IT Where are we headed?
    Businesses will outsource data to an external data warehouse. They also will outsource web applications to Application Service providers. This is already true for my organization, but the service providers are owned by the corporation. Our data and web applications effectively rent space on their real and virtual servers. The big corporation current problem is data that enters and leaves the internal network and how to secure that.

    They gave a plug for the book "IT doesn’t matter", which was written in 2001. They postulate that no matter what you invest in IT, it does not affect your bottom line.

    I had some trouble with the essay because the examples did not expressly fit his theory. But I agree with the theory that when IT and data transport infrastructure is built out, and company can carry your applications, much like any railroad can transport your goods.

    • 72 % of corporations running on a very basic IT model with no failover - manual infrastructure: Cost Center
    • 22 % are standardized, managed infrastructure and limited automation
    • Some are rationalized with consolidated Infrastructure, extensive automation, knowledge captured and reused
    • The newest are Dynamic - fully automated management, dynamic resource usage, business linked service level agreements, knowledge capture automated: Drive marketing

    Asset Protection is a big driver of technology deployment.

    An infrastructure optimization self assessment tool is available at Microsoft TechNet
    Microsoft Parner Infrastructure optimization

    Core infrastructure
    Windows server core can install in 1 GB disk space and 1GB of RAM
    It is not supposed to be an application server, but to perform basic server functions like file and print. It is not meant to run powershell, net, or perl applications.

    Windows Server 2008 Read only domain controller
    A read-only domain controller (RODC) is a new type of domain controller in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system. With an RODC, organizations can easily deploy a domain controller in locations where physical security cannot be guaranteed. An RODC hosts read-only partitions of the Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS) database. An RODC only stores passwords for the non-administrator users who logon locally. RODC can be run on the server core in a headless (no console) installation.

    Virtualization and Hyper-V
    Server snapshots can be taken at any point in time. Hyper –V is expected to cost one third of comparable vmware.  System Center Protection manager takes snapshots of virtual servers

    Desktop and server management: Softgrid application virtualization
    Virtualization runs as a GUI interface. PCs act as virtualization clients to the Softgrid server. The Softgrid application server delivers the applications to run on the client PCs. The application is never actually installed on the client, it executes by delivering the relevant code from the server. A process called SystemGuard actually runs the programs in a sandboxed mode on the host machine.

    Data Protection manager
    Focused on the primary Microsoft server workloads, DPM 2007 was specifically built to protect and recover SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint® Portal Server, Microsoft Virtual Server, as well as Windows file services. In addition, DPM 2007 blends the best aspects of continuous data protection (CDP) with traditional tape backup. DPM 2007 continuously protects the core Microsoft server workloads to a DPM server or appliance, which then provides disk-based recovery and tape-based, long-term archival storage for a complete data protection and recovery solution.

    Windows PowerShell
    Windows PowerShell is an extensible command line interface shell and associated scripting language from Microsoft. It was released in 2006 and is currently available for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and is built into Windows Server 2008 as an optional feature.

    Windows PowerShell integrates with .NET Framework and provides an environment to perform administrative tasks by execution of cmdlets (pronounced commandlets) which are specialized .NET classes implementing a particular operation, scripts which are composition of cmdlets along with imperative logic, executables which are standalone applications, or by instantiating regular .NET classes. These work by accessing data in different data stores, like filesystem or registry, which are made available to the PowerShell runtime via Windows PowerShell providers.
    Windows PowerShell on the network as a tool
    PowerShell vs Perl

    Bighammer/Edgenet reported that porting applications from Windows 2003 to 2008 was essentially a few day lift and drop process. SQL server applications did not need recompiling.

    Lastly, we were left with the Microsoft Surface demo

    The PowerPoint slide deck for this is available at

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