Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Servers’

Introducing Microsoft System Center Advisor – Proactively monitor your Server Deployments

System Center Advisor is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (and later versions) and Windows Server 2008 (and later versions). Advisor is developed by the Microsoft System Center Advisor product group in partnership with Microsoft Support engineers to ensure that the issues customers report to Microsoft are detected before they affect your environment. Continue reading

Download: Infrastructure Planning and Design guides – Windows Server System Reference Architecture

Microsoft has released Infrastructure Planning and Design guide(s). The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. Continue reading

Windows 7 SP1 Beta (Official Direct Download Links)

Register and download the Windows 7 SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta at TechNet Evaluation Center.

To register, user needs to fill in a questionnaire which is more related to IT professionals. Users who want to skip the registration process to download the SP1 Beta directly can use the following direct download links to download the official SP1 Beta from Microsoft Server.

Windows 7 SP1 Beta 32-bit (x86) Edition (via Windows Update): WUSignUpTool_x86.exe
Windows 7 SP1 Beta 64-bit (x64) Edition (via Windows Update): WUSignUpTool_x64.exe

Windows 7 SP1 Beta ISO: 7601.16562.100603-1800_Update_Sp_Wave0-B1SP1.0_DVD.iso

The ISO contains windows6.1-KB976932-x86-INTL.exe (32-bit), windows6.1-KB976932-X64-INTL (64-bit), and windows6.1-KB976932-ia64-INTL.exe (IA-64), and works on both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Note that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is only available for English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish only. After installing the beta, the system will expire on June 30, 2011, where by then users have to upgrade to a newer or final build, or uninstall the SP1 beta.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 contains updates to bring the PCs and servers to the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates. For detailed changes and additional improvements on the SP1, check out Notable Changes in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 document, the SP1 Beta FAQ and documentations for SP1 Beta.