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Server OS Spotlight

The server operating system is the engine behind the applications running on the server. Whether you choose Windows Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu server or a proprietary Unix server, it's important to know what's under the hood. Keep up with the latest news and trends, and find some tips to give your server a tune-up, here.

Tips and Considerations When Creating Virtual Machines in Azure

At first glance, it might seem easy to set up a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure, but there are several important considerations to keep in mind before creating a VM in Azure.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Hits General Availability

Latest server operating system release brings Red Hat Access Insights and improved capabilities to Linux servers.

SUSE Brings ARM Server Support to Linux Distribution

The company unveils a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 for ARM-based servers powered by ARM chips from Applied Micro, Cavium and others.

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Server 2003

After today, the long-lived server operating system will no longer receive updates. Microsoft urges dawdlers to migrate before their data is placed at risk.

Ubuntu Linux Lands on Intel Compute Stick

Full Linux operating system comes to portable Intel device platform.

The End of the Road for Windows Server 2003 and 2008

With mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 R2 coming to an end, it's a great time to make the leap to Windows Server 2012 R2 and reap the benefit of all its new Hyper-V enhancements.

What's Coming in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap revealed at Red Hat Summit 2015.

OpenStack vs. Linux: How Do the Communities Differ? [VIDEO]

Intel is a leading contributor to both OpenStack and Linux, and it has a particular viewpoint on the two prominent open-source projects.

Key Considerations for WSUS 6.2 on Windows Server 2012 R2

Get up to speed with our handy list of tips and tricks for painlessly installing and operating a Windows Server Update Services server.

Red Hat Reveals Shared File System Service for OpenStack

OpenStack Manila abstracts Manila file shares from underlying hardware and allows them to grow, shrink or migrate across physical resources.

Cavium, Canonical Demo OpenStack Running on ARM-Based Servers

At the OpenStack Summit, the companies show a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ThunderX SoCs running OpenStack, Ubuntu and various workloads.

Red Hat Expands OpenStack Options as Survey Shows Strong Potential

Continued strong demand brings optimism, but a lack of internal IT skills remains a key barrier to adoption for OpenStack.

Top 10 Linux Server Distributions of 2015

The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.

Intel Works with CoreOS for Tectonic Container Server

Intel throws its weight behind CoreOS effort for containers.

Managing Windows Server 2003 Migration Risks, Reaping Rewards

There are only a few short months before Microsoft stops supporting Windows Server 2003. IT experts share some insights on managing and surviving the transition.

What's Behind VMware's Better Together Support for Containerization?

While VMware's endorsement of containerization could be a case of keeping its friends close but its enemies closer, there's also potential for real symbiosis behind the surprising strategy.

VMware Launches Lightwave and Photon for Linux Containers

New container identity and access management technology debuts alongside new purpose-built container Linux operating system.

Key Deployment Considerations when Working with SCVMM 2012 R2

While System Center Virtual Machine Manager can help efficiently manage your virtualization infrastructure, make sure to brush up on these core details before installing it in a production environment.

Red Hat Fiscal 2015 Revenue $1.79 Billion: OpenStack and OpenShift Leading the Way

Cross-selling, OpenShift and OpenStack, as well as the acquisitions of Inktank and eNovance, spur Red Hat forward.

Windows Server 2003 End of Life Poses Hurdles for Businesses

The Spiceworks survey found a majority of IT professionals have started the migration process in advance of the July 14 deadline.

Configuring NIC Teaming for Virtual Machines with Hyper-V 3.0

In our latest server tutorial discover how NIC Teaming can be used for Hyper-V virtual machines on Hyper-V 3.0 on Windows Server 2012.

Red Hat OpenShift Commons Opens Up PaaS Conversations

There is a lot to talk about and learn when it comes to PaaS and best practices for DevOps, and Red Hat wants to help facilitate that conversation.

Red Hat Primes ARM Server Ecosystem with Early Access Program

Red Hat doesn't yet provide full support on ARM, but it is building a robust partner program to do so.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack 6 Previews TripleO

The new release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform includes OpenStack-on-OpenStack (TripleO), which will let clouds deploy and build other clouds.

CoreOS and the App Container Spec

CoreOS continues to push forward on its Docker replacement efforts.

Cheatsheet for Supported Guest OSes on Hyper-V 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V supports an extensive variety of Windows operating systems and popular Linux distributions, so many in fact it can be a bit confusing keeping track of them all. Eliminate the confusion with this handy guide.

Say Good-Bye to Windows Server 2003

Time is running out. This summer, Microsoft will close the book the Windows Server 2003. Start planning a replacement strategy today to keep your business data safe and secure.

CoreOS 'Rockets' Ahead With Docker Alternative

Linux operating system distribution vendor CoreOS aims to expand its own vision for container-based virtualization.

Report: Docker Not Yet Widely Used in the Cloud

2015 Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey reports reveals some surprising findings.

Ubuntu Advances Juju Linux Magic Charms

New Juju server app orchestration quickstart, GUI and charms debut.

Red Hat's OpenStack Tech Leadership Discusses Cloud Direction [VIDEO]

Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat's OpenStack technical lead, details cloud product efforts at the Linux leader.

Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

Red Hat reports third quarter fiscal 2015 earnings of $456 million, and the company sees emerging opportunities for further growth.

When Hyper-V External Virtual Network Switches Disrupt Network Connectivity

Creating an external virtual network switch changes the packet flow on the Hyper-V host, which can potentially create connectivity problems.

Inside CoreOS Linux, Why Fleet and etcd Matter [VIDEO]

Brandon Philips, CTO of CoreOS, explains how his company's Linux server operating system components fit together.

Nginx Raises $20M to Advance Web Server Technology

The lead vendor behind the open-source Nginx Web server is looking to fund its growth for the next 10 years.

Fedora 21 Retools Linux for Servers

The first release of Red Hat's community Linux project in 2014 provides server, cloud and workstation-focused products.

Linux Container Adoption Set to Grow Rapidly

Linux Foundation's 2014 end user report shows continued growth of Linux servers in the cloud, though concerns over skilled staffing remain.

Little Known GUI Firewall Options for Linux

While command-line interface-based firewalls may be the most popular options in Linux, there are some great easy to use yet powerful GUI-based firewalls as well.

Cavium Debuts 48-Core ARM Server Chip

New ARM chips could be a big boost for Linux distributions.

Red Hat Pushes Forward with CentOS [VIDEO]

Red Hat EVP and President Paul Cormier explains how CentOS fits in and why Red Hat doesn't draw a line for open source.

Checking Active Directory Replication Using PowerShell

Discover six useful PowerShell cmdlets offered through Windows Server 2012 for checking and troubleshooting Active Directory replication status.

SUSE Brings Live Patching and Ceph Storage to Its Enterprise Linux

General availability of technology from the kGraft project brings the promise of easier updates with less server downtime.

Red Hat Expands OpenShift PaaS and Container Efforts

OpenShift 2.2, xPaaS and Red Hat Atomic Host beta make their debuts this week.

LXD: The New Container Hypervisor for Virtualization Security

VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, details what the new LXD container effort is all about.

Using Netsh to Manage Remote Servers and Workstations

The Windows network shell can help you configure network-related settings via the Command Prompt, and even better, it can also be used to efficiently manage remote machines.

Zend Server 8 Delivers Z-Ray Application Insight

PHP server technology platform boosted with new Z-Ray feature, Power Linux support and cloud enhancements.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Debuts

The first major update to SUSE's flagship distribution since the company was split out from Novell is now available.

Choosing the Best Deployment Method for Implementing Hyper-V Network Virtualization

Learn when to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 and when to use PowerShell cmdlets for deploying Microsoft HNV.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Debuts with Support on RHEL 7

New features that first appeared in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 come to RHEL 6 as users now also get the ability to run RHEL 6 on RHEL 7.

IBM Expands POWER8 Server Portfolio with Ubuntu Linux

New server systems and Data Engine solution bundles debut from Big Blue.

Mirantis OpenStack 5.1 Re-Fuels Cloud Server

Incremental update includes new access control security and VMware NSX support for networking virtualization.

Azure Virtual Network Primer: Overview and Q&A for IT Pros

Discover how you can create your own virtual lab in the cloud by connecting several Microsoft Azure virtual machines using an Azure Virtual Network.

Red Hat Set to Grow Thanks to Cloud and Containers

The server OS vendor reports its second quarter fiscal 2015 revenue and paints an optimistic picture for the road ahead.

Canonical Partners with AMD for Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

AMD is positioning its SeaMicro SM15000 as a cloud-in-a-box solution.

Building Linux Distributions That Aren't Boring [VIDEO]

Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller discusses why Linux has become boring to some and his plan to change that perception.

Red Hat Extends Cisco Server Partnership

A partnership between Red Hat and Cisco USC that began in 2009 is still going strong, with continued collaboration on the cloud a point of emphasis.

Enabling Server Validation for Windows and Android 802.1X Clients

Discover how server validation for 802.1X clients can help ensure your users reach the correct RADIUS server and avoid being duped by fake servers set up by hackers.

OpenVMS Coming to x86 Servers

HP licenses future development of DEC's OpenVMS to a startup that will push the server operating system forward.

Red Hat Aims for Linux Standards for ARM Servers

The company launches a partner program with ARM, AMD and others to develop a common platform for servers powered by ARM-based chips.

Managing Windows Azure Resources Using PowerShell

Discover how the 280-plus PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Azure can help you perform advanced administration for Windows Azure-hosted resources, including VMs.

Gaining Free Access to Microsoft and Windows Server Platforms

Want to try Windows Server or its development tools on the cheap? Fortunately, numerous free or inexpensive options are available -- if you know where to look.

Microsoft to Pull Windows Server 2003 Support Next Year

Microsoft warns data center operators that hanging onto the long-lived server OS is potentially endangering their IT infrastructures.

Installing and Activating Hyper-V Linux Integration Services

Learn how to install and activate a key set of components that can help improve the performance of Hyper-V virtual machines running Linux distributions.

Red Hat Pulls the Strings on Server Management with Satellite 6

Beta release sets the stage for next level of innovation in system management.

CentOS 7 Open-Source Server OS Arrives in Style

Red Hat-based CentOS 7 debuts less than a month after the general release of RHEL 7.

Red Hat Revenues Power Forward in 2015

Red Hat CEO still sees share growth coming from Unix and Windows server migration as well as recent acquisitions.

15 Core Hyper-V Security Best Practices

Ensuring Hyper-V environments are running securely is a major concern for many enterprises. Minimize your attack surface with these Hyper-V Security Best Practices.

Which Linux Distribution Powers HP Helion Cloud? [VIDEO]

HP launches its own OpenStack-based cloud platform and also changes the platform's underlying Linux distribution.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Finally Hits the Big Time

After three years, RHEL 7 is now GA, but that doesn't mean RHEL users failed to benefit from features updates for RHEL 6.

The Cloud Takes Over TechEd

The latest and most significant virtualization news at TechEd North America was actually a cloud announcement. Bet you wouldn't have predicted that a few years ago.

Using Netsh Commands for Wi-Fi Management in Windows 8

Microsoft removed some useful GUI networking settings starting with Windows 8, but fortunately Netsh commands can handle a variety of wireless networking tasks in the newer Windows releases.

Ubuntu Orange Box Mobilizes OpenStack Clouds [VIDEO]

At the OpenStack Summit Ubuntu demonstrates a portable cloud solution as well as the first 64-bit ARM server running OpenStack.

Microsoft Looking to Lure Customers Away from VMware

The company's upgraded Virtual Machine Convertor tool adds features designed to help poach VMware-based VMs and turn them into Microsoft Hyper-V ones.

Oracle Embraces OpenStack in Solaris 11.2

Latest version of Oracle's Unix operating system provides cloud, SDN and traditional operating system enhancements.

IBM Gearing Up for New Power8 Servers

IBM's first quarter 2014 results show a continued decline in hardware revenue, but Big Blue has a plan and new technology in the works.

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