Windows Server 2012 is Here...And so is the Cloud OS

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 7:34 PM.

Today’s launch of Windows Server 2012 puts a spotlight on the transformational shift underway across the entire IT ecosystem. This transformation is being driven by an exponential growth of devices used for smarter, more personalized applications, which in turn create an explosion of data and the need for more computing power. It is a world of connected devices and continuous services, and it’s all powered by servers.

This is leading to dramatic changes in how computing, storage and networking come together in scalable, automated, shared and adaptive platforms that deliver modern applications to power the world’s computing experiences. This is cloud computing.

There is a lot of jockeying in the industry around what the drivers and enablers are for this new paradigm. We believe that software will play the key role in this new era. Specifically, software value manifested as a new operating system for the cloud.

In this context, we have set out to build the Cloud OS - a reimagined operating system that enables those smart, modern apps across a company’s datacenter, a service provider datacenter, or the Windows Azure public cloud. The Cloud OS does what operating systems have always done: manage hardware and provide a platform for applications. But it also expands to include services and technologies that have not previously been considered part of an operating system. The Cloud OS needs to bring together all the services required by end users, developers and IT to truly reap the benefits of the Cloud.

In building the Cloud OS, we are focused on four key things. First is the transformation of the datacenter. We want to bring together all of the resources provided by a traditional datacenter – storage, networking and computing – into one platform that scales elastically with an organization’s needs. Second is offering the APIs and runtimes to enable developers to create modern applications – for mobile, social and big data. A third important aspect of the Cloud OS is ensuring personalized services and experiences, so that any user on any device can access all of their data and applications. Lastly, data of any size or type, stored anywhere and processed in any style, must be a first-class citizen of the Cloud OS.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 6:36 PM.

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Solution Accelerator is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V®-based virtual machines and disks.

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Solution Accelerator is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V®-based virtual machines and disks.
MVMC provides the following features:

  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts including Hyper-V on Windows Server® 2012. As part of the machine conversion MVMC converts the virtual disks attached to the source virtual machine. It also migrates configuration such as memory, virtual processor and so on from the source virtual machine to the converted virtual machine deployed on Hyper-V. It adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Converts VMware virtual disks to Hyper-V based virtual hard disks (VHDs).
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 hosts to Hyper-V.
    • Note MVMC also supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 4.0 if the host is managed by vCenter 4.1 or vCenter 5.0. You have to connect to vCenter 4.1 or 5.0 through MVMC to convert virtual machines on vSphere 4.0.
  • Offers fully scriptable command-line interfaces for performing virtual machine and disk conversions that integrates well with data center automation workflows and Windows PowerShell scripts.
  • Has a wizard-driven GUI, making it simple to perform virtual machine conversion.
  • Uninstalls VMware tools prior to conversion to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
  • Supports Windows Server guest operating system conversion, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 SP2.
  • Enables conversion of Windows® client versions including Windows 7.
  • Installs integration services on the converted virtual machine if the guest operating system is Windows Server 2003 SP2.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Administration Guide.docx 520 KB Download

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator.msi 4.3 MB Download

MVMC_ReleaseNotes.docx 36 KB Download

Windows Server 2012 launched, download now

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 6:34 PM.

Well I have been trying to follow the Windows Server 2012 launch, but the site is having difficulties,  I assume by the massive  attention.




More on the launch later then.


Technet and MSDN subscribers can download the ISO’s


Windows Storage Server 2012 Evaluation Editions

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 5:38 PM.

Windows Storage Server 2012 is an advanced storage and file serving solution for any size organization that offers new levels of performance and reliability on a proven and reliable server platform.

Windows Storage Server 2012 is built on the Windows Server 2012 operating system to provide a platform for Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. Windows Storage Server 2012 NAS appliances can help reduce the storage costs associated with building modern datacenters and private clouds. Windows Storage Server 2012 delivers excellent economics for a shared storage solution by leveraging industry standard hardware matched with robust storage capabilities. It delivers continuous availability that is designed to protect from a range of failures and prevent downtime in a scalable and reliable manner.


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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

Posted by bink on August 29 2012, 8:51 AM.

Provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2012 and focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability.
Poster Companion Reference - Hyper-V and Failover Clustering.pdf 1.4 MB Download
Poster Companion Reference - Hyper-V Replica.pdf 1.8 MB Download
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster For Printing.pdf 3.5 MB Download

Microsoft Password Change Notification Service

Posted by bink on August 28 2012, 9:47 AM.

The Password Change Notification Service synchronizes user passwords across multiple identity stores in an enterprise environment.

The Microsoft Password Change Notification Service enables synchronization of password changes in Active Directory to Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 (MIIS), Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 (ILM), Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM), Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2, or the Microsoft Enterprise Single Sign-On (ENTSSO) service. These components simplify password management in organizations with multiple user identity repositories.


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MSIT Plans, Deploys, and Manages Windows 8

Posted by bink on August 23 2012, 10:43 PM.

Windows 8 is reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability with an all-new touch interface. MSIT has created a seamless user experience with improved image creation, deployment processes and a community based support model called //Pointers.
File name Size
2641-Win8-IE10-RP-Deployment-QRG.docx 158 KB Download
2649_Pointers_BCS.docx 577 KB Download
2931_WSG_BackingUpYourData_External.docx 1.1 MB Download
2932_WSG_ProtectingYourDatawithWindows8BitLocker_External.docx 424 KB Download
2933_WSG_Connect_Microsoft_Account_to_Domain_Account_External.docx 427 KB Download
2934_WSG_Win8_ShortcutKeys_QuickReferenceGuide_External.docx 236 KB Download
2935_WSGUIFeatures_Windows8_External.docx 3.1 MB Download
2936_WSG_InternetExplorer10_External.docx 647 KB Download

Microsoft Unveils a New Look

Posted by bink on August 23 2012, 10:35 PM.

In advance of one of the most significant waves of product launches in Microsoft’s history, Microsoft is unveiling a new logo for the company.

New Logo Debut

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela opens the Microsoft Store in Boston, which dons the company's new logo, on Aug. 23, 2012.


Microsoft Logo

Click logo for larger view or here for Print quality


The logo has two components: the logotype and the symbol. For the logotype, we are using the Segoe font which is the same font we use in our products as well as our marketing communications. The symbol is important in a world of digital motion (as demonstrated in the video above.) The symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.

Starting today, you’ll see the new Microsoft logo being used prominently. It will be used on – the 10th most visited website in the world. It is in three of our Microsoft retail stores today (Boston, Seattle’s University Village and Bellevue, Wash.) and will shine brightly in all our stores over the next few months. It will sign off all of our television ads globally. And it will support our products across various forms of marketing. Fully implementing a change like this takes time, so there may be other instances where you will see the old logo being used for some time.


Nice logo overview from Seattle Times



Neowin crested a nice graphic with all the new logos


Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate available now

Posted by sumeethevans on August 21 2012, 9:32 PM.

If you haven’t started exploring the product yet, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to begin. Customer and partner feedback on the Beta release has helped us prioritize the changes we have made—so thanks to everyone who provided feedback to us.

Here are some of the major changes in the RC:

  • Increased support for importing your own SSL certificates. Previously, customers had to do a lot of work to configure domains obtained in our domain wizard by using SSL certificates that were acquired outside of our domain wizard. We have now updated our wizard, which should make this process much simpler.
  • Installation of only critical setup updates during setup. One of the things that all Microsoft teams care about is getting customers up and running as quickly as possible. With the RC release we have changed our logic to only install critical setup-related updates during setup time. This might not seem to be a big issue if you only occasionally install Windows Server 2012 Essentials, but to partners that install Windows Server 2012 Essentials often, this change will make setup faster and more predictable. Note that customers will continue to select the update strategy that they want to use after the server has been set up.
  • Windows SBS Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) changes. We have updated the BPA rules to include the latest set of rules and have also made it possible to ignore specific BPA rules by using our UI.
  • Office 365 changes. We have now made it easier to import existing Office 365 users into Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
  • Verified DHCP supported. Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports turning on the DHCP role and setting a static IP address for the server.

We are now turning our sights towards the Windows Server 2012 Essentials release to manufacturing (RTM). The other Windows Server 2012 editions released to manufacturing at the beginning of August. Our goal has been to release Windows Server 2012 Essentials to manufacturing and make it generally available by the end of 2012, and we remain committed to this target.

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More Testers Welcome for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta!

Posted by sumeethevans on August 21 2012, 7:19 PM.

 I can tell you that we’re accepting far more beta-testers this time around, but space is still limited and once the spots are filled the beta will be closed, so sign up today!

If you’re selected, an update will be pushed to your Xbox 360 in the next few days. The update will contain new Xbox LIVE features, including:

  • Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Recommendations and ratings
  • Pinning and favorites
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features
  • Voice search (in specified markets)

Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program.

If you would like to participate, please register for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Beta here. You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons.

Update: Several users have reported an issue with accessing the registration link for this program — keep trying – there is a high demand on the site right now due to the popularity of the program.

Exchange Online Protection Reporting Workbook for Office 365 Preview

Posted by bink on August 21 2012, 10:43 AM.

The Exchange Online Protection Reporting Workbook provides a way to view messaging traffic data and message detail information using the reporting web service.
The application is built as a customized Microsoft Excel workbook and uses Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel. In the workbook, users fetch the data from the reporting web service, use it to populate a PowerPivot model, use the PowerPivot model data to render charts in Excel, and to provide PivotTable and slicer capabilities.
The PivotTable also supports drill through. This allows you to double-click on a cell in the PivotTable and drill through to the underlying message-level metadata. This message-level data is loaded into a simple table for list, sort, and filter capabilities.
The application is packaged as a compressed file that contains the Excel workbook along with the required manifest files and binaries that define and implement the customization.


Download Exchange Online Protection Reporting Workbook for Office 365 Preview - Microsoft Do