Windows Server Technical Preview now on MSDN and Azure

Posted by bink about 21 hours ago.

You can now download Windows Server Technical Preview on MSDN as ISO and VHD and you can deploy a VM on Microsoft Azure.

 

Windows Server Datacenter Technical Preview (x64) - VHD

Windows Server Technical Preview (x64)

Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview (x64)

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What's New in the Windows Server Technical Preview

Posted by bink about 21 hours ago.

  • What’s New in Active Directory Federation Services. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server Technical Preview includes new features that enable you to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories. For more information, see Active Directory Federation Services Overview.
  • What's new for Hyper-V in the Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server Technical Preview, Client Hyper-V running on Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview.
  • Windows Defender Overview. Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default in Windows Server Technical Preview, but the user interface for Windows Defender is not installed. However, Windows Defender will update antimalware definitions and protect the computer without the user interface. If you need the user interface for Windows Defender, you can install it after the operating system installation by using the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  • What's New in Remote Desktop Services in the Windows Server Technical Preview. For the Windows Server Technical Preview, the Remote Desktop Services team focused on improvements based on customer requests. We added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services as a new role in Windows Server.
  • What's New in Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Storage Services. An update in storage quality of service now enables you to create storage QoS policies on a Scale-Out File Server and assign them to one or more virtual disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. Storage Replica is a new feature that enables synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability..
  • What's New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Failover Clustering. A Hyper-V or Scale-out File Server failover cluster can now easily be upgraded without any downtime or need to build a new cluster with nodes that are running Windows Server Technical Preview.
  • What's New in Web Application Proxy. Web Application Proxy now supports preauthentication for applications using the HTTP Basic protocol, wildcards in external URLS of applications, redirection from HTTP to HTTPS, use of pass-through authentication with HTTP applications, publishing of Remote Desktop Gateway apps, a new debug log, propagation of client IP addresses to backend applications, and improvements to the Administrator console.
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 5.0. Windows PowerShell 5.0 includes significant new features—including support for developing with classes, and new security features—that extend its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments more easily and comprehensively. Multiple new features in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) are also described in this topic.
  • What's New in Networking in Windows Server Technical Preview. With this topic you can discover information about new networking technologies, such as Network Controller and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Tunneling, and new features for existing technologies, including IP Address Management (IPAM), DNS, and DHCP. Detailed information about what’s new is available for these networking technologies:

Release Notes: Important Issues in the Windows Server Technical Preview

Windows 10 announced! (updated see the recording of the event)

Posted by bink about 1 day ago.

Windows10

Today in San Fransico Microsoft announced Windows 10.

 

The under the covers the version is still Windows 6.4 Glimlach, marketing wants to segregate from the current Windows experience.

Windows 10 will run all full range of devices from afrom the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide (Azure)

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And yes the start-menu is back and better!

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The familiar Start menu is back, with some improvements, including a space you can personalize with your favorite apps, programs, people, and websites. Disclaimer: Windows Technical Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. Some apps sold separately; vary by market.

 

 

Multi-desktop:

 

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You can create multiple desktops to keep things organized—whether for work or personal use, or both. Disclaimer: Windows Technical Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. Some apps sold separately; vary by market.

 

Snap improvements:

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Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive. When you snap an app or a program, Windows suggests ways to fill the remaining space. Disclaimer: Windows Technical Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. Some apps sold separately; vary by market.

 

Task-view button:

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The new task-view button on the task bar gives you one-click access to all of your running apps and programs. Disclaimer: Windows Technical Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. Some apps sold separately; vary by market.

 

 

Windows Store apps run in Windows:

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You can now open apps from the Windows Store in the same format your desktop programs do– in windows that you can resize and move around, and with title bars at the top so you can maximize, minimize, and close with a click. Disclaimer: Windows Technical Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. Some apps sold separately; vary by market.

 

Pin apps in Start Menu:

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Pin apps, programs, and folders to the Start menu for fast access to the things you use the most. Apps with Live Tiles will show updates for the people and things that matter. Disclaimer: Windows Technical Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. Some apps sold separately; vary by market.

 

Tomorow the preview program will start called the Windows Insider Program:

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Sign-up here: http://preview.windows.com

And download the preview October 1st!

 

See the official announcement video wich contains a short demo.

 

 

UPDATE! You can now view the recording of the Windows 10 event:

IE Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

Posted by bink on April 8 2014, 10:02 PM.

This tool helps create and manage the Enterprise Mode site list for Enterprise Mode IE.

    This tool lets IT Professionals create and update the Enterprise Mode site list for their company, without directly editing the XML. The Enterprise Mode site list only works with Enterprise Mode IE.
    KB2942883

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    Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

    Posted by bink on April 8 2014, 9:56 PM.

    Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts and Windows Azure.

    MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell®, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell® command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.

    MVMC 2.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:

    • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
    • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
      Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
    • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
    • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
    • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
    • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
    • Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
    Standard MVMC Features
    In addition to the new features previously identified, MVMC provides the following functionality:
    • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
    • Windows Server® 2012 R2
    • Windows Server® 2012
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
    • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
    • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
    • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
    • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
      Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
      Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
    • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
    • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
      Note The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.
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    The last public updates for Windows XP!

    Posted by bink on April 8 2014, 9:46 PM.

    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2936068) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42436
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB2936068) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42496
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP (KB2936068) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42396
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB2936068) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42495
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB2936068) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42467
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows XP (KB2936068) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42431
    Security Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB2922229) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42352
    Security Update for Windows XP (KB2922229) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42329

    What's in Windows Server 2012 R2 Update

    Posted by bink on April 3 2014, 12:45 PM.

    Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is available for download for MSDN and Technet subscribers and it will be generally available through Windows Update starting on April 8, 2014. So what's in this update?

    Internet Explorer 11 now includes an “Enterprise Mode.” This mode is available if you disable Enhanced Security Configuration and provides better compatibility for sites designed for Internet Explorer 8, along with tools to manage which web apps use it. You can specify a list of web apps to render dynamically in Enterprise Mode, avoiding compatibility problems with web apps written for older versions of Internet Explorer. For more information, see the Internet Explorer 11 FAQ for IT Pros or TechNet documentation.

    • The user interface includes buttons for Search and Power on the Start page. If you install the Desktop Experience feature, other changes introduced with Windows 8.1 Update will also be visible. For details, see What's new in Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update. The specific Windows 8.1 features installed when you install Desktop Experience have not changed from those in Windows Server 2012 R2 (see Desktop Experience Overview).
    • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) has added the capability for an administrator to enable signing in with an alternate login ID that is an attribute of the user object in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). This enables customers to adopt Azure Active Directory without modifying on-premises User Principal Names (UPNs). It also allows users to log in to the computer using an Office 365 email address instead of a UPN. This change does not affect the Active Directory schema. For more information, see Configuring Alternate Login ID.
    • The update includes all other updates released since Windows Server 2012 R2 was released.

    To confirm the exact version of Windows Server 2012 R2 that is installed on a computer, run Msinfo32.exe. If Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is installed, the value reported for Hardware Abstraction Layer will be 6.3.9600.17031.

    Microsoft Volume Licensing customers who are planning new or upgrade Windows Server 2012 R2 deployments will be able to get the new OS image through the Volume Licensing Service Center starting on April 14, 2014.  We are also working with our server OEM partners to have their offerings updated to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update image as quickly as possible.  We expect various OEMs to roll out systems with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update quickly, but at different times.

     

    Additional note from the Windows Server team blog:

    No system APIs have been changed and there are no changes to hardware requirements.  Aside from a single reboot, there is no action for you to take if you have turned on automatic update.  Plus, you will not need to re-verify nor re-certify your server applications, including System Center.  They should “just work” without requiring any additional testing.

    Windows 8.1 Update Guides and Videos

    Posted by bink on April 2 2014, 9:21 PM.

    Windows 8.1 Update how-to videos for business users

    A series of short videos designed for business users to learn about basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption.

     

     

    Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide for Business (Raw files for printing)

    This package allows you to produce your own hard copies of the Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide for Business and give it away as training assets to your end-users. This zip file includes the content in PDF, and Adobe InDesign formats that you can use as-is or customize to match the requirements of your organization.

     

     

    Windows 8.1 Update Quick Guide for Business_Raw files for printing

    This package allows you to produce your own hard copies of the Windows 8.1 Update Quick Guide for Business and give it away as training assets to your users. This zip file includes the content in PDF and Adobe InDesign formats that you can use as-is or customize to match the requirements of your organization.

     

     

    Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide for Business_raw files for printing

    This 20 pages brochure-type guide is designed for end-users who want to learn more about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as Taskbar customization, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast, OneDrive for Business, and File Explorer. Power users will enjoy learning about how they can get the most out of their Windows 8.1 devices.

     

     

    Windows 8.1 Update Quick Guide for Business

    This 16 page brochure-type quick guide provides a basic introduction to key Windows 8.1 features and capabilities in business settings – how to get around, navigate, manage apps, work on desktop, and personalize Windows 8.1. It can be used as first introduction of Windows 8.1 to business users.