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Iain McDonald - Talking about release candidate of Windows Server 2003 R2 (and other stuff)

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Iain is one of Microsoft's more colorful and controversial personalities. Here we sit down to talk about a variety of things from why to use Server 2003 R2 instead of Linux to what makes a good leader.

Iain McDonald, is a director on the team that made Windows Server 2003 R2 release candidate 0 which was just released. He also ran the Windows war room back on Windows 2000 and XP and has been on Channel 9 before.

He was a bit distracted during the interview because we sat between building 43 and one of the Starbucks outlets on campus so there was a constant stream of employees walking by off camera. You get to meet a couple of them, but now you know that Microsoft is fueled by Starbucks!

What do you think of Windows Server 2003 RC0?

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  • 2003 R2 is a pretty cool product. I'm glad it's a bit more public now as it's been difficult biting my tongue to avoid mentioning it whenever W3bbo brings up POSIX compliance...

    The *nix interoperability stuff in it is supremely cool.
  • LarsenalLarsenal ready to give an answer
    Iain is a pretty cool guy.

    Identity.  Identity.  Identity.  I sure we haven't heard the last of this, esp. as it relates to Vista.  We'll probably need an "Identity" tag here before long.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy

    I'm playing around with different encoding techniques.

    That video is 566MB. Whew.

  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    I used Movie Maker for that one.
  • I like the higher quality!!! Keep playing around with these qualities!
  • ZeoZeo Channel 9 :)

    Great conversation! I like getting to know the more personal side of Microsoft. Sure the "going deep" series are cool, but I like how with videos like this I can begin to better understand the people that stand behind specific projects.

    By the way Scoble. I like how you played off knowning about how hard it is to setup a SAN(a what?)s....it's ok not to know everything.

    A SAN is a storage area network. Think about it as really cool, really complicated, really reliable, really powerful network storage..

    Anyways, keep up the good work....And post more videos...PDC is coming and we all have to pre-game on C9 videos.

  • rjdohnertrjdohnert You will never know success until you know failure
    scobleizer wrote:

    I'm playing around with different encoding techniques.

    That video is 566MB. Whew.



    Good video but way too large.  I was happy with the videos the way they were.  Almost as big as Ubuntu Linux ISO.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >Not allowed to use Quicktime?

    It's not that I'm not allowed, it's that we have video streaming servers setup that use WMV. It all comes down to work. I don't have enough time as it is.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    Regarding the video size, I still like 500kbps the best overall. These are too big, I agree. I might do them for specific things, though.
  • Robert, have you tried keeping 500kbps overall, but directing say 460-470kbps towards video and upping the resolution to 640 x 480? Also, if the native camera resolution is 720x480, you might try 360x240 instead of 320x240. BTW, I've used internet printing once or twice Smiley Haven't needed for a while though.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    Haven't tried that yet. Thanks for the suggestions!
  • rjdohnertrjdohnert You will never know success until you know failure
    I think I tested Internet Printing once and then I shut it down, it wasnt necessary for a business our size.  He really does speak with a lot of candor and seems like he would be a cool guy to have a beer with.   Ballmer and Gates should let him do more keynotes but I can see it now, he would be demoing a feature and turn around and say, "That is the stupidest feature I have ever seen, we should be ashamed"
  • Sven GrootSven Groot Don't worry... I'm a doctor.
    I like this video quality! But then again, I do have a 100Mbps Internet connection, so I can just click the download link and it'll open in WMP, start playing in two seconds and never have to buffer anyway. Smiley
  • AcidHelmNunAcidHelmNun Would you like fries with that?
    one of the Starbucks outlets on campus

    How many SB's are there? Man, those must be a gold mine! Wink
  • ZippyVZippyV Fired Up
    R2 question: is it finally possible to do an unattended Windows install with Certificate Services included?
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    AcidHelmNun wrote:
    one of the Starbucks outlets on campus

    How many SB's are there? Man, those must be a gold mine!


    I'd guess there's about half a dozen. I haven't been to all of them, though.
  • Robert, great video!

    And another great and very interesting interview with Iain.

    Guess if you were to find one word that doesn't describe him it'd be "shy".

    Interesting his comments with regards to deploying a "clean slate" so to say, and make the user enable things as they need it as opposed to having what some developers think are the "really cool" stuff turned on by default.

    Sounds like the aim is to keep the "attackable" surface as small as possible to eliminate potential attacks on services that many users probably would never make use of.

    I like listening to Iain in his videos, maybe that's because he's an Aussie? Tongue Out  (You should interview more Aussies Robert!)
  • The coolest thing in R2 is the new DFS Replication!!!

    Truly amazing!

  • BTW, I like the download file to be in higher quality like this too!

    People with slow connections can always use the streaming version.  The download version can be 1Mbps or so.

    Most Internet users have more than 3Mbps downstream anyway...

  • dotnetjunkie wrote:

    BTW, I like the download file to be in higher quality like this too!

    People with slow connections can always use the streaming version.  The download version can be 1Mbps or so.

    Most Internet users have more than 3Mbps downstream anyway...



    Well, remember that in some countries there's also the matter of download caps. Whereby either you go over the limit and pay at a higher rate how ever much you go over (by the MB i seem to recall) or some of the other providers slow you down to about 64k after you go over your 12GB.

    If all the videos of this size i'd need to be more selective with what I stream and what I download. With download I feel it's much smoother and I can watch it when i'm free but without a net connection. I have a Tablet PC because of it's size and form factor. I can be anywhere and just turn it on and do stuff with it, including watching videos from Channel 9 etc... Or if i'm at home surfing the net with wifi. It's already quite slow on wifi, streaming would be even slower. So I pre-download it and watch it later.

    I would love to have all of the videos at this size if I didn't have that limit.
  • asharismasharism erm...
    dotnetjunkie wrote:

    BTW, I like the download file to be in higher quality like this too!

    People with slow connections can always use the streaming version.  The download version can be 1Mbps or so.

    Most Internet users have more than 3Mbps downstream anyway...



    I wouldn't be too happy with that. And I am sure a lot of people would not be given the fact that large pipes are still rare the world over.

    I think it would be wise for Channel 9 to have two version of the video available. One at the high resolusion like this one (I haven't seen it myself - too large to download - but if the comments are something to go by niners are loving it.) The second one being at lower resolution.

    Of course the new 'screencasts' (after the redesign) can be used to host high resolution screen recordings seperately.

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