Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO, Bill Gates steps up to new role as Technology Advisor

Posted by bink on February 4 2014, 3:48 PM.

It is decided!

Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO

Bill Gates steps up to new role as Technology Advisor; John Thompson assumes role as Chairman of Board of Directors.
 

Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”

Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

“Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”

“Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Steve Ballmer, who announced on Aug. 23, 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry, and I know their passion and hunger for greatness will only grow stronger under Satya’s leadership.”

Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board.

“Satya is clearly the best person to lead Microsoft, and he has the unanimous support of our Board,” Thompson said. “The Board took the thoughtful approach that our shareholders, customers, partners and employees expected and deserved.”

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See videos: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html

Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster and Mini-Posters

Posted by bink on January 24 2014, 1:58 PM.

These posters provide a visual reference for understanding key private cloud storage and virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2. They focus on understanding storage architecture, virtual hard disks, cluster shared volumes, scale-out file servers, storage spaces, data deduplication, Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, and virtual hard disk sharing.

Hyper-V and Failover Clustering Mini Poster.pdf

Scale-Out and SMB Mini Poster.pdf

Storage Spaces and Deduplication Mini Poster.pdf

Understanding Storage Architecture Mini Poster.pdf

Virtual Hard Disk and Cluster Shared Volumes Mini Poster.pdf

 

 

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Microsoft extends antimalware support for Windows XP to july 2015

Posted by bink on January 16 2014, 9:25 AM.

Microsoft Malware Protection Center  :

Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.

This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures.

For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.

Our research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape.

Continue at source:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/01/15/microsoft-antimalware-support-for-windows-xp.aspx

Free Microsoft System Center ebooks

Posted by bink on January 14 2014, 9:42 AM.

Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2:

Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications, and empower IT to support users who work anywhere while being able to manage any device in a secure and consistent way. The other two pillars of the Cloud OS are, of course, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure, and Microsoft Press has recently released free Introducing books on these platforms as well.

Whether you are new to System Center or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter. Real-world and under-the-hood insights are also provided by insiders at Microsoft who live and breathe System Center, and those of you who are experienced with the platform will benefit from the wisdom and experience of these experts. We also included a list of additional resources at the end of each chapter where you can learn more about each System Center component.

DOWNLOAD LINKS

Download the  PDF - here

Download the Mobi file for Kindle – here

Download the ePub file – here

Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager:

Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager is the only product that can integrate across most of the System Center suite and Active Directory. Service Manager is a fast and reliable product that can create and maintain a dynamic service management database to enable interaction across the organization, both inside and outside the IT department, making it a very compelling product to many organizations.
Over the last several years, more and more customers have implemented Service Manager, either independently or via Microsoft or a partner. Sometimes the project and product implementation are not as successful as they should be. The objectives with this book are to provide you with a framework for planning and delivering a successful Service Manager project and to share some of our experiences and best practices when it comes to optimizing and maintaining your Service Manager environment.

This book is written with three different roles in mind: business and technical decision makers; IT architects; and Service Manager administrators. You can either read this book in its entirety from A to Z, or you can follow one of the learning paths below depending on your role:    

DOWNLOAD LINKS

Download the  PDF – here

Download the companion content - here

Download the Mobi file for Kindle –here

Download the ePub file – here

Microsoft Rights Management sharing application for Windows

Posted by bink on January 14 2014, 9:33 AM.

Microsoft Rights Management sharing application for Windows provides end users a simple interface to RMS-protect and share files of any type. By downloading the software, you agree to the license terms provided for the software. If you do not agree to the license terms, do not download the software.

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Microsoft announces next version of FIM to be released in 2015

Posted by bink on December 18 2013, 2:00 PM.

Microsoft plans to ship another major release of FIM in the first half of calendar year 2015. The next full release of FIM will be delivered as part of Microsoft’s identity and access management product roadmap, which includes both on-premises investments and those we are making in Windows Azure Active Directory and related cloud services. 

The investment areas for this next major release of FIM will include:

  • Hybrid scenarios with Windows Azure AD
  • User & Access Management
  • Audit & Compliance

Microsoft will share more details on specific features and functionality as we get closer to the release date.

Microsoft discontinues UAG

Posted by bink on December 18 2013, 2:02 PM.

Microsoft will not deliver any future full version releases of Forefront UAG and the product will be removed from price lists on July 1, 2014.

Based on product strategy, customer feedback, and prevailing market dynamics, Microsoft has made the decision not to deliver any further full version releases of Forefront UAG.

Microsoft customers continue to have access to select remote access and secure application publishing capabilities through Windows Server 2012 R2.  Windows Server is not a complete replacement for all UAG scenarios, but it does provide:

  • DirectAccess deployment and policy management.  This capability has been part of Windows Server 2012 since its initial release in September 2012.
  • Basic secure application publishing via the new Web Application Proxy service in the Remote Access role of Windows Server 2012 R2.  This new service allows customers to securely publish access to resources through a reverse proxy and includes integration with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for conditional access policy and multi-factor authentication capabilities.

Customers will be granted a Windows Server 2012 Standard server license for each UAG server license with active Software Assurance to allow them to make the transition.  For customers who wish to continue using Forefront UAG, Microsoft will provide maintenance and support through the standard Microsoft support lifecycle.  Mainstream support will continue through April 14, 2015, and extended support will continue through April 14, 2020.  Customers with active Software Assurance on UAG as of Dec. 1, 2013 may also add new UAG server instances, users, and devices without any requirement to order additional licenses.

Microsoft DNS issues (Updated)

Posted by bink on November 23 2013, 11:14 AM.

It seems Microsoft is experiencing DNS issues. I can’t logon Office365.com, skydrive.com, outlook.com, support.microsoft.com, windowsazure.com.

 

This is a major outage

 

UPDATE:

Root Cause

An Active Directory Group Policy change to the Microsoft infrastructure inadvertently blocked incoming DNS queries to Microsoft DNS servers. All zones owned by Microsoft authoritative DNS infrastructure may not have resolved depending on client-side TTL.

Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 Coming in Early 2014

Posted by bink on November 21 2013, 8:08 AM.

the Office blog we announced that service pack 1 for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange will be released early next year.

While news about Cumulative Update 3 is imminent, Service Pack 1 will contain at least these fixes, additions:

 

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Support First answering one the most common questions since the release of Windows Server 2012 R2. Exchange 2013 SP1 will add Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported operating system for Exchange Server 2013 with SP1. Let your planning begin.
  • S/MIME support for OWA Support for S/MIME in OWA will be brought back in SP1. With SP1 customers will have S/MIME support across Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync clients, and OWA.
  • Edge Transport Server Role The Edge Transport server role for Exchange Server 2013 will be available with SP1.
  • Fixes and Improvements Of course, SP1 will include fixes and improvements in areas you've helped us identity. SP1 is the first service pack issued in the new Exchange Server cumulative update release model - thus SP1 is essentially CU4. The installation of SP1 will follow the same process as the prior Exchange 2013 CU releases. SP1 will include all fixes included in previously released cumulative updates for Exchange 2013.

SP1 will require customers to update their Active Directory schema.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2013/11/20/exchange-server-2013-service-pack-1-coming-in-early-2014.aspx

 

I wish the bring back server side support for putting sent items in the shared mailbox sent folder and not in the senders sent folder. (Set-MailboxSentItemsConfiguration)

Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Deployment Guide

Posted by bink on November 11 2013, 7:47 PM.

The Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Deployment Guide. This document provides guidance for deploying a basic desktop hosting solution based on the Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide. This document is intended to provide a starting point for implementing a Desktop Hosting service on Windows Azure virtual machines. A production environment will need additional deployment steps to provide advanced features such as high availability, customized desktop experience, RemoteApp collections, etc.

For more information, please see Remote Desktop Services and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

Source: Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Deployment Guide - Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Released

Posted by bink on November 7 2013, 10:54 PM.

This page provides the Group Policy Administrative Template files for Internet Explorer 11.

Administrative Templates for Internet Explorer 11

 

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 (IEAK 11) simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customized Internet Explorer 11 packages. It can be used to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer 11 experience, and to manage user settings after deployment.

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11

 

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7

Download the fast and fluid browser recommended for Windows 7.

 

Download the fast and fluid browser recommended for Windows 7.

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Edition

 

 

Download the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 Language Packs.

Internet Explorer 11 Language Packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 8.1 available in the store

Posted by bink on October 17 2013, 1:23 PM.

Windows 8.1 is now available in the store, so what are you waiting for, get the free update now.

Please note that if you currently run Windows 8.1 Preview, you will need to re-install all applications.