Windows in business: Lots of jewels in an otherwise dismal year

Budgets were tight, but technology kept moving forward -- and 2010 will prove to be even better

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That said, I'm in the middle of a major upgrade of servers going to Windows Server 2008 R2. Obviously, if you are moving from Windows Server 2000, 2003, or 2003 R2, I see no reason not to go to Windows Server 2008 R2. One minor note: if you are looking to migrate and plan on using the Active Directory Migration Tool 3.1, you should read up on the limitations to doing so. For example, you cannot do it without at least one server running Windows Server 2008 because 2008 R2 is not supported by ADMT 3.1. I'm still waiting for 3.2, which is due soon.

Navigating through the "hypervisor wars"
Another big area for server admins this year was the "hypervisor wars," which I covered in a four-part series:

By the end of the year, the "hypervisor wars" settled down, and I don't believe we will see such a fuss over the hypervisor in years to come -- unless it is over the client hypervisor, still be tweaked by all the major vendors.

Looking forward to SharePoint 2010
I also had a chance to review some of the great new features coming up in SharePoint 2010. As a treat, the Microsoft folks let me play with a VM they sent my way, and I love the new look of SharePoint 2010 and the new revamp of Groove as SharePoint Workspace (read "SharePoint Workspace: The renamed Groove has gotten even groovier"). These are exciting things to look forward to in 2010, no doubt.

A good year for Peter, too
On a personal note, 2009 proved to be a year of changes and accomplishments I'm personally pleased about:

  • The company I co-founded, ClipTraining, saw some great milestones, with the release of version 5.0 of our learning management system, hundreds of new training clips, and a host of new clients enjoying their new training portals.
  • I began working with Train Signal to develop what I modestly believe is a great Exchange 2010 training course, using more than 10 Exchange Servers so that students can visualize a multisite deployment with high availability that includes site resiliency and a fully functional unified messaging infrastructure.
  • This year I began to Twitter -- mostly tech items and typically Exchange tweets. Check them out at
  • I finally got a mobile device. An iPhone? Nope -- a Droid.

And that finishes up 2009 for me both personally and professionally. See you all next year with a whole new range of controversy, new releases, and -- hopefully -- new budgets!

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