Windows Server 2008 Hosting Launch




Windows Server 2008 Hosting Launch


By Derek Vaughan


For anyone associated with Microsoft hosting products, 2008 is shaping up to be a very interesting year. In the unlikely event that you ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, here s a brief recap of the Microsoft product launches and a bit about the big push into virtualization.


In February, Microsoft launched its complement of 2008 development and hosting products. Microsoft will be holding more than 200 worldwide events to mark the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008. The first of these was held in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2008 at the Nokia Theater and Los Angeles Convention Center. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Web hosting partner, Windows Server 2008 hosting company,, was in attendance at the event. was also a Bronze-level corporate sponsor.


The theme of this year s products revolves around the concept of heroes . These are outstanding individuals with extreme skills and talents related to specific Microsoft technologies. You can get a sense of the campaign by visiting the Microsoft-developed Heroes Happen Here Web site at Mr. Matt Ferrari from will be featured as a Microsoft Hero .


Bill Staples, Product Unit Manager for IIS at Microsoft, commented on the Bronze-level sponsorship and participation of in the launch event: We at Microsoft are pleased to include Microsoft Gold Certified Web hosting partner, in this year s wave launch event in Los Angeles. has always been a leader in Windows-based hosting products and services. It is a credit to the organization that Engineer Matt Ferrari has also been identified as a Microsoft Hero due to his expertise and leadership in Microsoft Web hosting technologies.


The keynote for the first launch event was delivered by the first business manager hired by Bill Gates in 1980, now serving as Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer. The launch event consisted of:

  • Breakout Sessions. These are essentially classroom sessions to familiarize participants with the new products: Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008.
  • Hands-on Labs. These provide attendees the opportunity to actually try out and test the software with Microsoft experts standing by to help and answer questions.
  • Microsoft and Partner Pavilions. Displays and information from Microsoft and partner companies that will enhance the software products.
  • Chalk Talks. A chance for developers and programmers to speak directly with the software engineers who wrote the code.
  • Ask the Experts. Members of the development team for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 answer any more questions thrown at them.


As for the product specs and changes coming, here are just a few of the cool things that Windows Server 2008 will let our customers do when fully implemented in the hosting environment:

  • Install SSL certificates remotely.
  • Change permissions on Web folders through the tool.
  • Make application pool state information changes, as each client will run in their own application pool. This provides application isolation; so, ideally if one client is running into a coding issue it is less likely to negatively impact another site or client on the same server.


Windows Server 2008 also will provide a leap for virtualization. Developers want control of their applications and Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7 provide a tool for administrative troubleshooting. Simply put, this gives the system administrator (or vps client) the ability to open up IIS and view what queries (or pages) are running long, most often, etc. to find bottlenecks in code. Look for the virtualization push at Microsoft to increase throughout 2008.


To view details about the launch event, please visit:


Windows launch wave events will be held in more than 200 locations worldwide throughout 2008. If you are near any major city, there will be an event coming soon to your area. To learn more or to attend an event in your local area, visit To take advantage of a special trial offer on a Windows 2008 server from Microsoft Gold Certified Web hosting company,, please visit: or


This content is provided courtesy of the .net hosting experts at


Derek Vaughan has extensive online marketing experience, including marketing e-commerce at and, and directing marketing for Affinity Internet and Aplus.Net in the highly competitive Web hosting arena. He is currently a partner at WebSite Hosting Directory ( and Cheap Web Hosting Directory (, part of the TechPad Agency network of Web hosting related sites. Cheap Hosting Directory ( is a Web hosting directory and Webmaster resource site providing articles on Web hosting, interviews with hosting professionals, and showcases featuring hosting companies and special discounted Web hosting offers.





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