Karen Forster

Karen
Forster

Karen Forster was formerly editorial and strategy director for Windows IT Pro. She is currently director of technical communications at Microsoft.

Articles
RSAT: Windows Server 2008 Remote Server Admin Tools 2
A Microsoft Senior Product Manager for Windows Vista management discusses Server 2008’s RSAT for Windows Vista SP1, highlighting RSAT’s Group Policy integration.
Exclusive Video: Microsoft Execs Give Details of MMS 2008 System Center Announcements 1

At Microsoft Management Summit 2008 in late April, I talked with Microsoft execs Brad Anderson (general manager, Windows and Enterprise Management Division) and Larry Orecklin (general manager of System Center and virtualization) about significant recent Microsoft announcements for IT professionals who manage mixed environments.

System Center to Support Linux and VMware - 28 Apr 2008
In this exclusive interview, Microsoft's Brad Anderson and Larry Orecklin disclose groundbreaking developments from the Microsoft Management Summit regarding System Center support for versions of UNIX and non-native hypervisors.
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Togetherness
Microsoft’s product managers for Windows Server and Windows Client Deployment explain that customers who use Server 2008 and Vista together will benefit from improved performance, security, and manageability.
Open Source and Windows Server’s Direction - 09 Apr 2008

Executive Summary:

Linux competition had nearly paralyzed Microsoft when the company hired Bill Hilf, who previously led IBM’s Linux/open-source software (OSS) technical strategy. Hilf’s open-source background has helped Microsoft gain new direction, as a “platform” company with a compatible set of end-to-end technologies.


Microsoft Virtualization: A Special IT Pro Perspective Report
As April begins, Microsoft has big news about Xbox as a server and amazing virtualizationa nd management options.
The Next Wave of Microsoft Virtualization 1
As April begins, Microsoft has big news about Xbox as a server and amazing virtualization and management options.
The Soul of Windows Server 2008: Server Core and Hyper-V - 12 Mar 2008

In Windows Server history, each release has been notable for some key technology. Windows 2000 Server was the Active Directory (AD) release. Windows Server 2003 was the security release.

System Center and Anytime, Anywhere, Any-Device Management
Microsoft envisions a future in which users decide where and how they work. Brad Anderson and Larry Orecklin discuss Microsoft's pursuit of "user-centric, user-focused computing."
Is the World Ready for SQL Server 2008? - 28 Feb 2008 3
In this exclusive interview with Ted Kummert, Microsoft corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division, Karen Forster finds out about some of SQL Server 2008’s key features and what they might mean for you.
The Soul of Windows Server 2008: Server Core and Hyper-V - 27 Feb 2008
In an exclusive interview, Bill Laing, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Server division, comments candidly about Windows Server 2008 features that surprised him, technology that might be hard for users, and lessons learned from this release.
Open Source and Windows Server’s Direction - 27 Feb 2008
Bill Hilf’s open-source background has helped Microsoft gain new direction, as a “platform” company with a compatible set of end-to-end technologies.
System Center Server Management Suite Announced - 13 Feb 2008

This week, Microsoft is holding its TechEd IT Forum 2007 event in Barcelona, Spain, so you can expect to see lots of announcements. Today, I can tell you about news around the System Center line of products. Later this week, in the Windows Vista Update email newsletter, I’ll summarize some announcements about Windows Vista.

What’s Essential to Midsized Business?
Microsoft’s Windows Essential Business Server provides a simplified interface for setup, migration, and licensing in midsized companies.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 1
SCCM identifies and resolves common configuration and deployment problems, affording IT the freedom to focus on strategic goals. Have we mentioned that SCCM 2007 also simplifies the upgrade to Windows Server 2008?
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