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      Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.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.

    Windows 8.1 Update MSDN download links

    Posted by bink on April 2 2014, 9:19 PM.

    Startmenu returns to Windows 8.1 in a next update

    Posted by bink on April 2 2014, 9:44 PM.

    What Microsoft should have done after the criticism it received when Windows 8 beta and preview were released, is finally announced today. In a future free update for Windows 8.1 a redesigned start menu will return and Modern apps will be able to run in a window. Rumors of this have been doing rounds, but today we actually could see it in the Build 2014 keynote:

    Windows-8-1-update-1-Startmenu

    Click on image for larger view.

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    To be clear this is not part of the Windows 8.1 Update that will be released to Windows Update next week on patch Tuesday (and now on MSDN)

    Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 and Update Rollup 13 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

    Posted by bink on February 25 2014, 9:10 PM.

    From the Exchange team blog as the KB articles are not online yet.

     

    The Exchange team is announcing the availability of the following updates:

    Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 5 resolves customer reported issues and includes previously released security bulletins for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. A complete list of the issues resolved in this rollup is available in KB2917508.

    Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 13 provides recent DST changes and adds the ability to publish a 2007 Edge Server from Exchange Server 2013. Update Rollup 13 also contains all previously released security bulletins and fixes and updates for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3. More information on this rollup is available in KB2917522.

    Neither release is classified as a security release but customers are encouraged to deploy these updates to their environment once proper validation has been completed.

     

    Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/02/25/released-update-rollup-5-for-exchange-2010-service-pack-3-and-update-rollup-13-for-exchange-2007-service-pack-3.aspx

    Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 released, download and details

    Posted by bink on February 25 2014, 9:06 PM.


    Apps for Office in Compose – Mail apps are now available for use during the creation of new mail messages. This allows developers to build and users to leverage apps that can help them while they are composing mails. The compose apps leverage the Apps for Office platform and can be added via the existing Office store or corporate catalogs. Learn more about Apps for Office.Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) resolves issues that were found in previous versions of Exchange Server 2013. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2013 customers.

     

    KB2926248 (still unavailable at time of this writing)

     

    Download: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41994

     

     

    • SP1 provides enhancements improving security and compliance capabilities in Exchange Server 2013. This includes improvements in the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature and the return of S/MIME encryption for Outlook Web App users.
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 support – Exchange 2013 SP1 adds Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported operating system and Active Directory environment for both domain and forest functional levels. For the complete configuration support information refer to the Exchange Server Supportability Matrix. This matrix includes details regarding Windows Server 2012 R2 support information about earlier versions of Exchange.
    • Exchange Admin Center Cmdlet Logging – The Exchange 2010 Management Console includes PowerShell cmdlet logging functionality. Listening to your feedback, we’re happy to announce that this functionality is now included in the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). The logging feature enables you to capture and review the recent (up to 500) commands executed in the EAC user interface while the logging window is open. Logging is invoked from the EAC help menu and continues logging while the logging window remains open.
    • ADFS for OWA – Also new for Outlook Web App in SP1 is claims-based authentication for organizations using Active Directory Federation Services. Learn more about the scenario.
    • Edge Transport server role – SP1 also reintroduces the Edge Transport server role. If you have deployed Exchange 2013 with a supported legacy Exchange Edge Transport role, you don’t need to upgrade. That configuration is still supported. But we do recommend that future deployments use the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport role. Learn more about Edge Transport in Exchange 2013.
    • MAPI over HTTP(MAPI/HTTP) New communication method for Exchange and Outlook – SP1 introduces a new communication method for Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook called MAPI over HTTP(MAPI/HTTP). This communication method simplifies connectivity troubleshooting and improves the user connection experience with resuming from hibernate or switching networks. MAPI/HTTP is disabled by default, allowing you to decide when to enable it for your organization. MAPI/HTTP can be used in place of RPC/HTTP (Outlook Anywhere) for your Outlook 2013 SP1 clients while Outlook 2013 RTM and older clients continue to use RPC/HTTP. Learn more about deploying MAPI/HTTP.
    • DAGs without Cluster Administrative Access Points - Windows Server 2012 R2 introduces failover clusters that can operate without an administrative access point: no IP addresses or IP address resource, no network name resource, and no cluster name object. SP1 enables you to create a DAG without an administrative access point on Windows Server 2012 R2 from EAC or PowerShell. This is an optional DAG configuration for SP1 and requires Windows Server 2012 R2. DAGs with administrative access points continue to be supported. Learn more about creating a DAG without an administrative access point here.
    • SSL offloading – SP1 now supports SSL offloading, allowing you to terminate incoming SSL connections in front of your CAS servers and move the SSL workload (encryption & decryption tasks) to a load balancer device. Learn how to configure SSL offloading in Exchange 2013.
    • Enhanced text editor for OWA - OWA now uses the same rich text editor as SharePoint, thereby improving the user experience, and enabling several new formatting and composition capabilities that you expect from modern Web application - more pasting options, rich previews to linked content, and the ability to create and modify tables.
    • Apps for Office in Compose – Mail apps are now available for use during the creation of new mail messages. This allows developers to build and users to leverage apps that can help them while they are composing mails. The compose apps leverage the Apps for Office platform and can be added via the existing Office store or corporate catalogs. Learn more about Apps for Office.

     

     

    More details at EHLO blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/02/25/exchange-server-2013-service-pack-1-available.aspx

    Office 2013 Service Pack 1 released, download it, fix list

    Posted by bink on February 25 2014, 8:52 PM.

    Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides the latest updates for Office 2013. This service pack includes two kinds of fixes:

    • Previously unreleased fixes that are included in this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, performance, and security.
    • All the monthly security updates that were released through January 2014, and all the Cumulative Updates that were released through December 2013.
     
    Overview of Office 2013 SP1 improvements
    The following are the key areas of improvement that are offered by this SP1:
    • Improves compatibility with Windows 8.1.
    • Improves compatibility with Internet Explorer 11.
    • Improves compatibility with modern hardware, such as high-DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
    • Provides new apps for Office capabilities and APIs for third-party developers.
    Outlook 2013 SP1
    • Provides support for task pane apps in Outlook 2013 to enable third-party developers to extend the compose experience for email messages and calendar items.
    PowerPoint 2013 SP1
    • Provides ability to insert and use content apps in PowerPoint 2013 slides.
    The following workbook is available for download. This workbook lists the issues that are fixed by this service pack
     
    Issues that this service package fixes
    This service package fixes the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
    • 2919506

      Can't hear the first few words that a callee speaks when they answer a call in Lync 2013

    • 2919507

      The "Program Events" sound setting is reset to the default value after you restart Lync 2013

    • 2919508

      Can't rotate the screen orientation of a video window in a Lync 2013 video conference on a Windows 8.1-based device

    • 2919510

      A pie chart clock icon appears in the "Conversations" tab as a meeting icon in Lync 2013

    To download the service pack from Microsoft Update or through MS Download center:

    Package name How to obtain the package Knowledge Base article
    Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1   2817430
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
         
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
         
         
    Microsoft Office 2013 Language Pack Service Pack 1   2817427
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Office 2013 Language Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1)
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
         
         
    Microsoft Project 2013 Service Pack 1   2817433
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Project 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
         
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
         
         
    Microsoft Visio 2013 Service Pack 1   2817443
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Visio 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
    Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer Service Pack 1   2817444
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
    Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 Service Pack 1   2817441
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2013 Service Pack 1   2817435
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
    Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2013 Service Pack 1 See the KB article at the right side. 2817428
         
        Description of Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    Microsoft Office ScreenTip Language 2013 Service Pack 1   2817436
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Office ScreenTip Language 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
         
     
    Download the 64-bit update now
     
    Microsoft Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013 Service Pack 1   2863865
         
     
    Download the 32-bit update now
    Description of Microsoft Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

    Microsoft OneDrive launches worldwide

    Posted by bink on February 19 2014, 10:10 AM.

    Microsoft announced Wednesday the global availability of OneDrive, its free, personal cloud storage service. Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive gives people one place to store important photos, videos and documents that is accessible on the devices they use every day. The new OneDrive offers a host of new features, including improved video sharing and newly updated apps for Windows Phone, iOS, Android and Xbox. To celebrate the launch of OneDrive, Microsoft is giving the first 100,000 customers who access their OneDrive account after the launch an additional 100 GB of complimentary storage for one year (customers will receive a notice if they are among the lucky 100,000). Customers can monitor https://twitter.com/OneDrive for the announcement of the start time for this promotion.

    Not Realy Launched Yet?

    The url posted i  the press release points to preview.onedrive.com. When I logon I still see skydrive in the URL and Logo's. Also when I download the windows client I still get SkyDriveSetup.exe... On my iPhone however the Skydrive client was autoupdated during the night to OneDrive.

     

    Full press release at source