Default product keys for Windows 8 deployments

Posted by bink on March 8 2013, 2:58 PM.

Use the following default product keys to quickly and easily preinstall computers with Windows 8 software.

Windows version Default product key
Windows 8 Professional V7C3N-3W6CM-PDKR2-KW8DQ-RJMRD
Windows 8 N 7QNT4-HJDDR-T672J-FBFP4-2J8X9
Windows 8 Professional N 4NX4X-C98R3-KBR22-MGBWC-D667X
Windows 8 Single Language (Emerging Markets) NH7GX-2BPDT-FDPBD-WD893-RJMQ4

Simply type the default product key into the answer file used to preinstall the version of Windows that your customer requested.



Note These product keys cannot be used for activation. You will need to type a software product key during the installation process. These keys will be removed when sysprep generalize is run. The end user will be required to type the unique product key from the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label when first booting Windows 8.

Demystifying AppContainers (Part II): Internet Explorer 10

Posted by RayC on February 18 2013, 5:07 PM.

Anyone who will ever create a Modern UI App for the Windows Store has to obey Microsoft rules for app development. Rule #1 is that the app will run in an AppContainer and must declare only the minimum list of capabilities that your app needs for its core functionality. Some capabilities appear to be more special than others. If your Modern UI App requires capabilities like enterpriseAuthentication, sharedUserCertificates, or documentsLibrary, you are subject to even more strict rules and additional review and testing.

Internet Explorer appears to be a special case when you look at its capabilities. Internet Explorer is Trusted and allowed to use all System capabilities. At least, that is what the UI says…


Continue reading: Demystifying AppContainers (Part II)

Registration for TechEd Europe is now available

Posted by RayC on February 13 2013, 11:13 AM.

Registration for TechEd North America and TechEd Europe 2013 is now available.  Encourage your customers to register by March 22 to take advantage of the $300/€300 Early Bird discount.  

            TechEd North America                             TechEd Europe

            June 3-6                                                  25-28 June

            New Orleans, LA                                      Madrid, Spain

Demystifying AppContainers in Windows 8

Posted by RayC on January 31 2013, 7:04 AM.

The introduction of Modern UI apps in Windows 8 has added a whole new layer of security in the operating system. Modern UI apps can be installed by standard users. In order to keep the system secure with all this added functionality, Microsoft created a sandbox architecture that is primarily used for Modern UI apps. Modern UI Apps live in an AppContainer. The AppContainer defines the sandbox and the identity of the App.

Microsoft published very little information about AppContainers. One of the most detailed articles on the Microsoft site is a blog on Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer by Eric Law [ex-MSFT]. The article was written in the Windows 8 Release Preview time frame and partly contains outdated information about IE10.

Continue reading: Demystifying AppContainers in Windows 8 (Part I)

Windows Phone 7.5 is officially updating to 7.8

Posted by RayC on January 31 2013, 6:32 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

According to various sources, Microsoft started the official rollout of Windows Phone 7.8 through Zune. The  update will be available in 4 waves over the next 3 weeks. Windows Phone 7.8 is available for all phones running on Mango (Windows Phone 7.5).

Windows Server 2012: Does ReFS replace NTFS? When should I use it?

Posted by bink on January 19 2013, 12:24 PM.

From “Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE) Platforms” Blog: When I first heard of ReFS my immediate first question was whether ReFS as a file system was a direct replacement for NTFS. It didn’t take long before my customers began to ask me the same question. In learning about this new file system in Windows Server 2012, it became apparent fairly quickly that ReFS, while a new file system, is built differently. ReFS stands for Resilient File System. NTFS has its place, and so does ReFS. While ReFS may appear to have some similarity to NTFS, it does not contain all the underlying NTFS features and scales efficiently to handle data sets far larger than NTFS.

Continue: Windows Server 2012 Does ReFS replace NTFS When should I use it - Ask Premier Field Engineer

Microsoft Office 2013 DocRecrypt Tool

Posted by bink on January 19 2013, 11:39 AM.

This tool allows admins to unprotect or change the password on password protected OOXML Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

The tool gives admins who have configured the Escrow key feature options to get access to password protected files. The admin uses the tool and the private key of the escrow certificate to decrypt the file. Once decrypted the admin can choose between creating an unprotected copy of the file and changing the password of the file.


Download Microsoft Office 2013 DocRecrypt Tool from Official Microsoft Download Center

Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013

Posted by bink on January 19 2013, 11:38 AM.

This stencil contains Exchange 2013 specific icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Exchange 2013 deployments, including on-premises, hybrid, and Office 365.

Creating visual representations of your on-premises, hybrid and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange icons is helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides icons -- many depicting servers, server roles, services, and applications -- that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around on-premise deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of Exchange 2013.


Download Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013 from Official Microsoft Download Center

System Center Global Service Monitor Released, try it out

Posted by bink on January 15 2013, 7:50 PM.

These management packs enable the System Center Global Service Monitor functionality within System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1

This management pack enables the System Center Global Service Monitor functionality within System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1.
To use System Center Global Service Monitor you need a valid account, sign up using this link : Global Service Monitor Trial

Management packs are dependent on the Alert Attachment MP (Microsoft.SystemCenter.AlertAttachment.mpb) which exists on the installation media for System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1