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This session describes the path that Windows Server has taken from its creation to the current day and where it is going from here.  It describes what the major issues were and how they were addressed.  It highlights the roles of three ex-Consulting Engineers from Digital who drove key transformations in Windows Server.  A roadmap is provided for the future of Windows Server and includes specific advice for things to do today to get the most out of the current version of Server and to prepare for future versions.






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    Great session! Loved the historical perspective and also the impact of the cloud on evolution of Server. Cheers!

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    Redmond Magazine did a very good write up of this at:

    Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]

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    Paul Thomsen

    I love the Digital history stories. I was a VAX/VMS system manager once upon a time. MicroVMS, OpenVMS, Pathworks, VAX clusters. All that great stuff.

    The world is very different today, but it's always been fun!!

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    Paul Thomsen

    How does OWMI compare with WBEM?

    I'm sure there are plenty of technical differences, but WBEM was based on a similar imperative. So why will OWMI succeed when WBEM didn't?


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    Paul Thomsen

    Now I'm being Mr. Obvious: "Deep Refactoring" - does that mean I should be really hesitant about the move to this new Windows Server? Lots of testing, let the industry sort out the issues first, etc. Isn't the risk high when there's that much change?

    I don't imagine you want us to hesitate that much.

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    Stephen Owen

    I expect deep refactoring means stream lining the OS even further, allow for greater componentization. The emphasis on cloud alone furthers my belief. Imagine if it were easy to remove components of Windows it reduce attack surface. Think about how dotnet requires the iso to install now. That saves a lot of space. Now if you apply that to iis, rds, and other big time Windows roles, you're talking serious savings across something as big as Azure.

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    Interesting and informative...many Thanks.

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