A podcast series about Microsoft Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 podcast #2: key features in Windows Server 2008 for New Zealand market

, posted: 23-May-2008 15:05



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What key features in Windows Server 2008 have you found to be the most compelling for NZ Businesses?
Well, there are a number of technologies but the top three would have to be Virtualisation, Terminal Services and the entire Branch Office scenario (which involves, security, multiple sites and therefore replication) which is what Tonkin & Taylor were all about.

In saying that, there were over 20 new features that we introduced in Windows Server 2008 and whilst all of these would have a positive impact on customers throughout New Zealand, the top three would have to be those I listed earlier.

Can you just take one of those features and elaborate a little on what sort of impact that would have on a New Zealand customer?
OK. Let me talk about Terminal Server because that has the most impact – I believe – on the New Zealand market today – straight out of the box.

Terminal Services is an interesting workload for a couple of reasons and the first is simply that this isn’t anything new. And no we’re not the only vendor to provide this type of functionality.

However, the new features that we’ve made available in Terminal Services for Windows Server 2008 are well worth the mention because they will again impact our customers by helping them to work smarter and not so much harder. So that’s the first thing that makes Terminal Services so interesting.

The second thing is, Terminal Services is part of our wider Virtualisation story. Now, I know that this has become a bit of a buzzword in the IT industry, and if we have time I’ll try and give you a few thoughts on the whole virtualisation picture altogether but Terminal Services is about presentation virtualisation which simply means that if you had say your Word, or Excel running in Terminal Services, what we’re effectively saying is that the Application is being presented virtually on your PC or that it’s terminating point/end point is on your PC but the actual application lives on another computer/server elsewhere.

That’s what Terminal Services is and why it’s so effective and useful in today’s businesses.

Now before you fall asleep, let me quickly give you a couple of examples behind Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008. We don’t have time to go through this in detail but the twp I’ll cover off will give you a bit of a taste for what’s in the package.

First Remote App. The Terminal Services application feel has become more like the local application rather than a remote application. So resizeable windows, desktop icon... and all of these things are important because, the more user friendly they are, the more they work like everyday applications, the less training required, therefore less downtime to get people up to speed.

Second Application Gateway. This is when someone sends you the email, saying really important and you look at it and it’s got an internal link... get your smart card, or dial into the network... confirm username password then click on the link only to find that it was a photo from their fishing trip... we’ve changed that...

So, we’ve covered off customers but what about Partners?
Partners will have Terminal Services and a whole number of other reasons to get their customers up to Windows Server 2008 – not forgetting Security...

Is this technology, “Virtualisation” going to be a game changer for the industry?
Yes, but it’s not the silver bullet that people keep making it out to be.

If a customer was looking to take advantage of virtualisation what advice would you give them?
Don't virtualise unless you have a full management scenario. If you are going to virtualise make sure you have the operations framework.

Where can a customer go to find out more information?
They can go to a number of sites: www.zerovirus.org.nz and www.microsoft.com/virtualization.




Other related posts:
Windows Server 2008 podcast #1: Tonkin & Taylor Windows Server 2008 deployment








Comment by Queen Bea, on 20-Feb-2009 16:31

Here's another source for more information about Windows Server security, virtualization, and more: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/itmanagerconnections.aspx


Comment by Queen Bea, on 20-Feb-2009 16:32

Here's another source for more information about Windows Server security, virtualization, and more: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/itmanagerconnections.aspx


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