Windows Azure Training Kit - August 2012

Posted by bink on August 21 2012, 10:38 AM.

The Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs and presentations that are designed to help you learn how to use the latest Windows Azure features and services.
August 2012 Update
The August 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 41 hands-on labs and 35 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include:

  • Added 7 presentations specifically designed for the Windows Azure DevCamps
  • Added 4 presentations for Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Federation, Reporting, and Data Sync
  • Added presentation on Security & Identity
  • Added presentation on Building Scalable, Global, and Highly Available Web Apps
  • Several hands-on lab bug fixes
  • Added the Windows Azure DevCamp 1-day event agenda
  • Updated Windows Azure Foundation Training Workshop 3-day event agenda


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Microsoft Security Advisory (2743314) Unencapsulated MS-CHAP v2 Authentication Could Allow Information Disclosure

Posted by bink on August 21 2012, 10:36 AM.

Microsoft is aware that detailed exploit code has been published for known weaknesses in the Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol version 2 (MS-CHAP v2). The MS-CHAP v2 protocol is widely used as an authentication method in Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)-based VPNs. Microsoft is not currently aware of active attacks that use this exploit code or of customer impact at this time. Microsoft is actively monitoring this situation to keep customers informed and to provide customer guidance as necessary.

  • Only VPN solutions that rely on PPTP in combination with MS-CHAP v2 as the sole authentication method are vulnerable to this issue.
Suggested Actions

Secure your MS-CHAP v2/PPTP based tunnel with PEAP

For information on how to secure your MS-CHAP v2/PPTP based tunnel with PEAP, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2744850.

Or, as an alternative to implementing PEAP-MS-CHAP v2 Authentication for Microsoft VPNs, use a more secure VPN tunnel

If the tunnel technology used is flexible, and a password-based authentication method is still required, then Microsoft recommends using L2TP, IKEv2, or SSTP VPN tunnels in conjunction with MS-CHAP v2 or EAP-MS-CHAP v2 for authentication.

For more information, see the following links:

Note Microsoft recommends that customers assess the impact of making configuration changes to their environment. Implementing PEAP-MS-CHAP v2 Authentication for Microsoft VPNs may require less change to configuration and have a lesser impact to systems than implementing a more secure VPN tunnel, such as using L2TP, IKEv2, or SSTP VPN tunnels in conjunction with MS-CHAP v2 or EAP-MS-CHAP v2 for authentication.



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Windows Upgrade Offer Registration Now Available

Posted by sumeethevans on August 20 2012, 10:39 PM.

Today, registration is officially open for the Windows Upgrade Offer we announced in May. If you purchase or have purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 (U.S.) which will be redeemable when Windows 8 is generally available on October 26th. If you’re still looking for a PC, check out some of our great Windows 7 PCs. Once you’ve purchased your PC you can come back and register for the offer.

Registration for the Windows Upgrade Offer is only for those who buy an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31st, 2013.

Here is what you need to do to register for your $14.99 (U.S.) upgrade to Windows 8 Pro:

After buying your PC, go to the Windows Upgrade Offer website to register. It will ask you to select your country (details for the offer vary depending on country). You will then be asked to register with your personal details as well as information about your Windows 7 PC purchase – including date of purchase, retailer, and PC brand and model. You should also have your 25-digit Windows 7 product key that came with the PC handy as you may be required to enter this as part of the registration.

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Windows 8 Is Ready For Your Enterprise

Posted by sumeethevans on August 16 2012, 5:10 PM.

Today Windows 8 Enterprise is available to Software Assurance customers via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.

For those customers who are interested in trying out the key features in Windows 8 Enterprise, you can also now obtain Windows 8 Enterprise through your TechNet Professional Subscription or MSDN Subscription. For those IT professionals that don’t have access through these other sources, a 90-day evaluation version is now available for download through the TechNet Evaluation Center. For more information about this evaluation version, please see the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation FAQ.

For customers who will be deploying Windows 8 Enterprise, be assured that the KMS and MAK volume activation methods that were available with Windows 7 Enterprise are still there and work as they did before. But there is also a new Active Directory-based Activation method, offering a way to leverage your existing Active Directory infrastructure to simplify the activation process.

In order to use KMS or MAK activation, you will need to obtain new keys from the VLSC. If you are using a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 computer as your KMS host, you will also need to install a hotfix to enable Windows 8 Enterprise activation. For more information about volume activation, please see the Volume Activation Overview on TechNet.

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Found my first GUI bug in Windows 8 RTM

Posted by bink on August 16 2012, 12:39 PM.

As you may know, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 contains Windows PowerShell 3.0. But when you go to “Turn Windows features on or off” in the “Programs and Features” Control Panel app, it show PowerShell version 2 and not 3.image

I was confused, didn’t PowerShell 3.0 RTM yet? But checking in the PowerShell console it clearly states version 3.0:


Fixed in Service Pack 1? Smile with tongue out

Combined Active Directory Schema Classes and Attributes for Windows Server

Posted by bink on August 15 2012, 5:50 AM.

This download contains the classes and attributes in the Active Directory schema for Windows Server. It contains the classes and attributes for both Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). This information is in the form of files in LDIF format, which are bundled into archive files. Each file contains the classes or attributes, as appropriate, for the entire Active Directory schema, although system-generated (or instance-specific) properties have been removed to simplify machine parsing. The file names indicate the following: whether a file is for AD DS or AD LDS, whether it contains classes or attributes, and the version of Windows Server for which the file is intended. 152 KB Download 164 KB Download

Released: Update Rollup 8 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

Posted by sumeethevans on August 14 2012, 5:35 PM.

On August 13th 2012, the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 to the Download Center.

This update contains a number of customer reported and internally found issues. See KB 2734323 Description of Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3.

In particular we would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release:

Note: Some of the following KB articles may not be available at the time of publishing this post.

  • New updates for August DST - Exchange 2007 – SP3 RU8
  • 2701037 Store.exe crash by strcat_s() to Exchange 2007
  • 2699574 Microsoft Exchange Information Store service may stop responding when you perform a search on Exchange mailboxes in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 2743243 MS12-058: Vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange Server WebReady document viewing could allow remote code execution

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A new modern, updated apps, and at 10 million users

Posted by sumeethevans on August 14 2012, 5:22 PM.

Since we launched the preview two weeks ago, we have been truly humbled by the reception. We’ve received hundreds of great comments, participated in thousands of threads on @reddit, @gizmodo, @neowin and are excited to share that, as of today, more than 10 million people have signed up and started using

Today, we’re updating SkyDrive with a new, more modern web design, refined SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. While there’s always more to do to improve our products, these updates bring SkyDrive out of preview and ready for a billion users – in time for the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new, and the new Office.

Over the past months, we’ve shared our approach to building versatile personal cloud storage that can scale to a billion people. Today, we’re excited to announce the next step towards that vision, and how this brings the SkyDrive desktop apps out of preview: 

  • - New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting
  • SkyDrive for Windows desktop & OS X - Faster uploads for people around the world and tons of bug and performance improvements under the hood
  • SkyDrive for Android - A new app that lets you access, upload and share from Android phones
  • SkyDrive for developers – Apps built using our SkyDrive API can now store or access any type of file in a person’s SkyDrive, plus there's a new, easy-to-use file picker API for websites (similar to our file picker for Windows 8 apps)

With these updates and continued improvements to our back-end infrastructure, we’re excited to leave preview and unlock new possibilities for a billion customers with the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new Office, and tons of devices and apps that connect to SkyDrive.

Update to SkyDrive for Windows desktop & OS X 

With this update, which will gradually roll out over the course of the week, we’ve made SkyDrive faster and more efficient for a couple of key scenarios, based on your feedback. We focused on photo uploads and looking for changes in your local SkyDrive folder. As with any performance discussion, “your mileage may vary,” as actual performance depends on a variety of factors including hardware, connection upload/download speed, network congestion, content type, distance to the service data center, and other factors.

SkyDrive for more mobile devices

Back in December 2011 we released the original versions of our SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and iPhone. Since December, almost 4 million people have used our mobile apps to access their SkyDrive from their mobile phone—and we’ve released a number of feature updates as well as fixes and improvements over that time. 

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Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (Release Candidate)

Posted by bink on August 14 2012, 12:41 PM.

Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell® (Release Candidate) helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository.

Microsoft® Script Explorer enables:

  • Integrated community and Microsoft resources to help you unlock the power of Windows PowerShell.
  • Seamless searching across online repositories to locate script samples relevant to you.
  • Establishing and searching local, network, and corporate script repository is easy.


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Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012

Posted by bink on August 14 2012, 12:42 PM.

This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 2012 is designed to work with System Center 2012 –Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2.
VMST 2012 helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure.
This Solution Accelerator includes the following components:

  • Brief Overview. Available online only on Microsoft TechNet. Summary for business and technical managers that briefly explains how this Solution Accelerator can fit into an organization’s IT infrastructure management strategy.
  • VMServicing_x64 and VMServicing_x86. Setup files for the tool, for 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Windows with System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Getting Started Guide. Provides information about how the tool works, explains prerequisites for the tool, and describes how to install and configure the tool.
  • VM_Servicing_Tool_2012_Release_Notes Notes provide information about this release, describe known issues in the tool, and include feedback instructions.


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Using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to Actively Manage Consumerization of IT Devices

Posted by bink on August 14 2012, 12:38 PM.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 has functionality that enables users to access their corporate email, calendar, global address list, and tasks with their personal portable devices. Using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync within Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft IT (MSIT) delivers significant improvements in employee productivity and satisfaction by enabling employee access to this business-critical information in more than 170,000 user mailboxes.



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