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Windows Server's footprint shrunk to reduce Azure bills

Microsoft's quietly revealed that it's shrunk Windows Server's footprint, at least when you run it in Azure. The newly-reduced versions of Windows Server are destined for use in Azure's Managed Disks, a storage option that allows the creation of disks without first creating a storage account and without the need to manually …
Mark Pesce, 19 May 2017

Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

Microsoft has started offering substantial Windows Server licence discounts as an incentive to embrace its cloud. Redmond has rolled out its Azure Hybrid Use Benefits scheme, which it says can cut up to 40 per cent off the price of Windows Server virtual instances on Azure. Azure Hybrid Use Benefit covers two-processor and 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2017

Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

Microsoft says it might bring back Windows Server 2012's option to run with or without a GUI. Windows Server 2008 and 2012 offered the chance to install a “Core” version of Windows Server shorn of the Windows desktop's graphical user interface. Server 2008 dropped users straight into a command line. Server 2012 offered a a …
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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

Sysadmin blog Microsoft now runs a bunch of Windows servers on ARM processors. Apparently, these ARM chips are quite good at their jobs and Microsoft might try converting entire categories of workloads over. All around the world the tech press has speculated on whether or not Windows on ARM will be showing up in on-premises datacenters. In …
Trevor Pott, 20 Mar 2017
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Microsoft wants you to plan a new generation of legacy systems

Microsoft last year promised a new “Premium Assurance” product to provide security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server for an additional six years. And now it's delivered: Premium Assurance went on sale as of last week with incentives to cough up sooner rather than later. Redmond's support arrangements typically see it …
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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

Microsoft Ignite Software giant Microsoft is set to officially launch its next-generation server platform next week, but the firm faces growing competition from Linux as corporate customers shift more toward the cloud for IT services. Microsoft’s answer? Tie the most useful parts of Windows Server 2016 to a Software Assurance licensing deal …
Dan Robinson, 22 Sep 2016
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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has fixed 38 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as high-profile flaws that have allowed researchers to circumvent Windows boot protections. None of the programming blunders were publicly disclosed or actively exploited in the wild prior to today's patch release. The …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Aug 2016
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Microsoft takes five months to replace broken patch

Microsoft has issued a replacement for a buggy release of Windows Server Operating System MP, code that underpins efforts to proactively monitor Windows Server. The last version - 6.0.7303.0 – should have been innocuous. But users quickly noticed lots of problems, especially regarding recognition of disk clusters, leading …
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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will fix critical holes in Internet Explorer, Edge, Office and Windows with this month's Patch Tuesday security bundle. Meanwhile, Adobe has patched dozens of exploitable vulnerabilities in its Flash player. Redmond's July release includes 11 sets of patches, six rated as "critical" and five classified as "important …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2016
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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

Microsoft's most recent security update is causing problems with Windows Group Policy settings. Users on Reddit and Microsoft support forums are reporting that after the MS16-072 update was installed, changes were made in Group Policy object (GPO) settings that left previously hidden drives and devices accessible. "I …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016
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Windows 7, Server 2008 'Convenience' update is anything but – it breaks VMware networking

VMware is warning administrators to steer clear of an official update for Windows 7 and Server 2008 – after the patch was found to be incompatible with some virtual machines. The virtualization house says that VMs using VMXNet3 virtual NICs are having networking problems after installing the Windows 7 rollup update. VMs …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2016
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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

Microsoft says it will simplify the update process for older versions of Windows by switching to once-a-month "rollup" bundles. Redmond says that all PCs running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, and servers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 will begin getting the monthly updates. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016
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Microsoft kicks out fix for buggy Win Server 2012 WSUS updates

Microsoft has a released a fix to address problems with its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) tool. For those not in the know, WSUS is a component of Windows Server that lets IT administrators push particular updates to users' PCs. Redmond said installing KB3159706 on Windows Server 2012 will give WSUS the ability to …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2016
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Microsoft hoses down Windows Server hardware support change fears

Microsoft's issued an interesting post in which it says it is making no changes to hardware support for Windows Server. Hang on there Reg! Why are you reporting a post that says nothing is changing? The answer, dear readers, is that back in January Microsoft announced it would not support Windows 7 and 8 on new CPUs. The …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2016
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ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week

In less than one week, Microsoft will end support for several versions of its Internet Explorer web browser. The Redmond giant is nearing the January 12 rollout date for a new policy on browser support. The new rules, unveiled last year, mean that many older versions of IE will no longer be supported on Windows machines. …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jan 2016

Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

Microsoft is advising Windows users to update their browsers ahead of a new policy that will see some versions of Internet Explorer no longer supported. The Redmond software giant said that beginning January 12, 2016, it will only support the newest version of its browser available in each operating system. "The newest …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2015
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Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

Microsoft looks to be moving to per-core licences, rather than per-CPU licences, for Windows Server 2016. "Directions on Microsoft" chap Wes Miller tweeted links to a "Pricing and licensing FAQ" for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Standard and Datacenter Editions. Dated December 2015, the meat of the document offers …

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