Windows Server 2008 SKUs, Part Numbers, and Prices

Microsoft has been VERY slow to get part numbers, sku’s and pricing to market on Server 08. I have collected the following list from many retail and wholesale sources. WINDOWS SERVER 2008 STANDARD EDITION RETAIL w/10CAL = P73-03882 $1125 RETAIL w/5CAL = P73-03883 $950 OEM w/5CAL P73-04001 $750 Open License w/0 CAL’s P73-00499 $1400 Academic w/5 CAL’s P73-03881 = $500 WebServer -Unlimited CALS – LWA-00078 = $400 CLIENT ACCESS LICENCES (CALS) OEM – 5 User…

Vista SP1 – What are the Notable Changes

Hardware Ecosystem Support and Enhancements · Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware. · Adds support for x64 EFI network boot. · Adds support for the 64-bit version of MSDASQL, which acts as a “bridge” from OLEDB to a variety…

Amazing Microsoft Surface

This product has been released to a small number of commercial testers, including Harrah’s in Vegas From MARCH 2007 (i.e. PRE-Apple iPhone): From CES, January 2008 Interesting “Surface” Experiments in 2006

RC2 of Server 2008 Is Unlikely

By Kevin McLaughlin, CMP Channel 6:43 PM EST Fri. Jan. 11, 2008 Windows Server 2008 is now close enough to being released to manufacturing that it’s unlikely Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) will issue a third release candidate for the long awaited OS, according to a source close to the company. Windows Server 2008 is currently in RTM “escrow,” which means that the product team thinks the code is good to go but wants to tinker with it…

How To Slip Stream SP1 Updates into Office 2007 RTM

The process below works on all Microsoft Office 2007 versions which are: Microsoft® Office Standard 2007 Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 Microsoft® Office Enterprise 2007 Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Microsoft® Office Professional 2007 Microsoft® Office Professional Plus 2007 Microsoft® Office Small Business 2007 1: Download SP1 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en 2: Create a folder C:\Office2007 and copy the entire Office 2007 RTM contentfolder 3: type the following command C:\office2007sp1-kb936982-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:C:\Office2007SP1MSP 4: Click ACCEPT and CONTINUE when…

Windows Server 2008 to Ship WITHOUT Hypervisor But Will Have GP Preferences

From http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2228177,00.asp?sp=0&kc=HOTTOPICS120507STR1 …With regard to Hyper-V, Microsoft’s hypervisor product that is expected to ship within 180 days of the release of the server, Landes gave no update. Windows Server 2008 RC1 brings with it enhancements to Group Policy through Group Policy Preferences, formerly known as PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Policy Share Manager. This allows customers to deploy and manage operating system and application settings that they were previously not able to manage using Group Policy,…

The 8 Versions of Server 2008

From Eweek http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2215400,00.asp Microsoft will release eight versions of Windows Server 2008 when it ships in late February 2008, three of which will include its hypervisor technology, Hyper-V. The Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter versions of Windows Server 2008 will be offered with and without Hyper-V, both in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, Brad Anderson, general manager for the Windows and Enterprise management division, said at a press conference at the TechEd IT Forum event here Nov.…

HD DVD, BlueRay DVD… 300GB Holographic DVD is HERE!

Even though Toshiba sold over 90,000 $99 HD DVD players over the weekend, and that figure only represents a portion of the retailers that participated in the frenzy, I don’t think it is enough. The answer: you shouldn’t. My prediction is that neither format will win. If consumers actually adopt these high priced formats, all players will support BOTH formats. The last time competing disk formats emerged this very thing happened. Remember DVD+R and DVD-R?…

Rush & Nelly Furtado

Sorry this is not IT related but I thought it might be fun. Rush’s new album is called “Snakes & Arrows” and you can listen to the new single www.rush.com . World wide tour dates have been announced and they are coming to my town!!! I am sooooooo in! Nelly Furtado: Say it Right Video

Wii Outsells Xbox, PS3 in January

By Ed Oswald, www.BetaNews.com The Nintendo Wii continues to be a consumer favorite, according to sales data for January released by the NPD Group Wednesday. Meanwhile, the aging PlayStation 2 edged out the Xbox 360 for the number two spot. Nintendo’s next-generation console remains a big hit, selling some 436,000 units during the month in the United States, and had two titles in the top ten bestselling games. That number isn’t too far off from…

What Happened to the 2007 ORK – Office Resource Kit Download

Well, its gone… sort of: Under Office 2003 and older you could download an “Office Resource Kit” which allowed yout to customize your office install. Under office 2007 you can’t download it and you can’t buy it! The usefull part of the kit has been cleaverly renamed OCT “Office Customization Tool” and it ships with the Open Business and Open Value licenced versions ONLY. It is hiding in the ADMIN folder and you access it…

MS: It’s Okay to Buy Vista OEM Software

By Ed Oswald, www.BetaNews.com January 29, 2007, 3:02 PM Microsoft has given the go ahead for users to buy the low-cost OEM copies of Windows Vista now appearing on sites like Newegg.com; however, they would be expected to adhere to the licensing terms just like any other computer manufacturer. This could mean that support for those computers with this version of Windows installed would be the responsibility of the end-users themselves. Microsoft also noted that…

Office 2003 Student & Teacher Edition Converts to Office 2007 HOME Edition

Why should you care? Because Office Home is WAAAAY cheaper than other versions at about US$160 CDN$190. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA101655301033.aspx Do I need to have a student in my household in order to qualify to purchase and use Office Home and Student 2007? No. Are there license restrictions to Office Home and Student 2007? Yes. Office Home and Student 2007 is licensed only for noncommercial use by households. It cannot be used in commercial (business) situations. As…

Is Your Windows/Office Eligble for Free Upgrade to 2007/Vista?

Technology Guarantee Programs For Microsoft Office & WindowsPlease select the specific product and country of your purchase to continue: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/techguarantee/northamerica.mspx This program is valid for boxed product purchases only. If you acquired qualifying Windows XP or Microsoft Office 2003 software pre-loaded on a new computer, please go here for Windows and here for Office.