System Center 2012 Orchestrator Integration Pack for HP Service Manager- Beta

Posted by bink on January 20 2012, 3:34 AM.

The Integration Pack for HP Service Manager is an add-on for System Center 2012 Orchestrator that enables you to retrieve, create, update and monitor tickets in HP Service Manager.

The Integration Pack for HP Service Manager is an add-on for System Center 2012 Orchestrator that enables you to retrieve, create, update and monitor tickets in HP Service Manager. This integration pack adds the HP Service Manager category to the Activity pane in the Runbook Designer. This category contains the following activities:

  • Close Entry
  • Create Entry
  • Get Entry
  • Monitor Entry
  • Update Entry

After you download the integration pack file, you must register it with the Orchestrator management server and then deploy it to runbook servers and Runbook Designers. For how to install integration packs, see


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New version Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook and 64 bit

Posted by bink on January 18 2012, 2:36 PM.

Connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and stay up to the minute with the people in your network by accessing everything from e-mail threads to status updates in one single, centralized view.

The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook allows you to connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and obtain information about your friends and colleagues. You can see status updates and recently posted items from your Facebook contacts. You can also use Outlook Social Connector to display a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments to help you easily track your communications

NOTE: The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider requires Microsoft Outlook Social Connector and the related update (KB983403) to be installed. If these components are not already installed on your machine, the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook will download and install the necessary updates from the Microsoft Download Center before completing the provider installation.

File Name
OSCFB-x64-en-us.exe 9.7 MB Download
OSCFB-x86-en-us.exe 12.0 MB Download

Download Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook - Microsoft Download Center

More System Center 2012 information, Video’s and downloads

Posted by bink on January 18 2012, 12:08 AM.


Download: System Center 2012 Licensing Datasheet

System Center 2012 Unified Installer User’s Guide

System Center 2012 TechNet Library

eBook Download: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

MVA: Configuring and deploying Microsoft’s private cloud


Video: Thought Leadership Series – Enabling Private Cloud Garth Fort talks about why you should consider converting your current datacenter infrastructure into a private cloud fabric.

Video: Thought Leadership Series – All about the App Garth Fort talks about Microsoft’s unique philosophy around managing apps and highlights some of the compelling app management capabilities in System Center 2012.

Video: System Center 2012 Application Management Overview Anant Sundaram, a Senior Product Manager, talks about the importance of application management in the private cloud and virtualized datacenter.

Video: System Center 2012 Infrastructure Management Overview David Mills, a Senior Product Manager, talks about the importance of infrastructure management in the private cloud and virtualized datacenter.

Video: Deploying the Fabric with Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Kenon Owens, a Product Manager, talks about some of the new deployment and configuration features in VMM 2012.

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform website

Official Press Release: Microsoft Brings the Cloud Down to Earth for Enterprises

System Center 2012 – Orchestrator 2012 Component Add-ons and Extensions

System Center 2012 – Service Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions

The move to private cloud is on, and Microsoft is taking customers there with System Center 2012:

The move to private cloud is on, and Microsoft is taking customers there with System Center 2012.

System Center 2012 Release Candidates

Posted by bink on January 17 2012, 11:42 PM.

A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This allows your datacenter to offer true infrastructure service capability as well as optimally managed application services.

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built on System Center and Windows Server.

System Center 2012 Release Candidate empowers you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download) will give you improved powerful virtualization capabilities that can transform how you deliver IT services to your end users and enable you to lay the foundation of a private cloud infrastructure.

Please Note: Many Microsoft private cloud scenarios require Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. If you are using an older version, we highly recommend upgrading to experience the full Microsoft private cloud evaluation. Need more information? See the product details page. Register to access technical product resources at the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.

The Microsoft private cloud evaluation includes:

System Center 2012 Release Candidate Available in these languages: English

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs, please refer instead to the System Center 2012 component installation guides located on the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page. User's Guide >>
  • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download) Available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is designed to help you increase control, availability, and flexibility of your datacenter and desktop infrastructure while helping reduce costs.

System Center 2012 Gets Generous Licensing Changes

Posted by bink on January 17 2012, 11:27 PM.

The soon to be released System Center 2012 product suite will get a huge licensing overhaul.

Where the current System Center 2010 suite contains 110(!) licensing items, SC 2012 will only have 2, yep that’s right only 2 choices of SKU’s and that is for the whole suite of SC products!

That’s not all, these licenses also include SQL licenses if a SC 2012 component requires it.

That is still not all, besides Opalis and AVICode now being fully integrated in 2012 a new SC product is included in 2012: App Controller and…..

Forefront endpoint protection (anti-malware)!


So that is 8 System Center products included in 2 license forms:


An OSE is Operating System Environment.

Each license is for a dual processor machine, that is 2 physical processors, not cores. So maybe use the term socket to avoid the proc/core confusion Smile.

Standard SKU 1,300 USD per 2 proc

Datacenter SKU 3,600 USD per 2 proc (socket), includes SQL runtime



And there is still more, the licensing transition plan is also very generous!


Also available in combination of the ECI licensing, with minimum of 25 initial purchase.


Now compare the new licensing with Vmware:



Some examples which license is most economical


More system center 2012 news later this week.

Building the next generation file system for Windows 8: ReFS

Posted by bink on January 17 2012, 4:43 PM.

Another extensive blogpoost on the Building Windows 8 blog:

ReFS, has been designed from the ground up to meet a broad set of customer requirements, both today’s and tomorrow’s, for all the different ways that Windows is deployed.

The key goals of ReFS are:

  • Maintain a high degree of compatibility with a subset of NTFS features that are widely adopted while deprecating others that provide limited value at the cost of system complexity and footprint.
  • Verify and auto-correct data. Data can get corrupted due to a number of reasons and therefore must be verified and, when possible, corrected automatically. Metadata must not be written in place to avoid the possibility of “torn writes,” which we will talk about in more detail below.
  • Optimize for extreme scale. Use scalable structures for everything. Don’t assume that disk-checking algorithms, in particular, can scale to the size of the entire file system.
  • Never take the file system offline. Assume that in the event of corruptions, it is advantageous to isolate the fault while allowing access to the rest of the volume. This is done while salvaging the maximum amount of data possible, all done live.
  • Provide a full end-to-end resiliency architecture when used in conjunction with the Storage Spaces feature, which was co-designed and built in conjunction with ReFS.

The key features of ReFS are as follows (note that some of these features are provided in conjunction with Storage Spaces).

  • Metadata integrity with checksums
  • Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity
  • Allocate on write transactional model for robust disk updates (also known as copy on write)
  • Large volume, file and directory sizes
  • Storage pooling and virtualization makes file system creation and management easy
  • Data striping for performance (bandwidth can be managed) and redundancy for fault tolerance
  • Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors
  • Resiliency to corruptions with "salvage" for maximum volume availability in all cases
  • Shared storage pools across machines for additional failure tolerance and load balancing

In addition, ReFS inherits the features and semantics from NTFS including BitLocker encryption, access-control lists for security, USN journal, change notifications, symbolic links, junction points, mount points, reparse points, volume snapshots, file IDs, and oplocks.

And of course, data stored on ReFS is accessible through the same file access APIs on clients that are used on any operating system that can access today’s NTFS volumes.

NTFS.SYS = NTFS upper layer API/semantics engine / NTFS on-disk store engine; ReFS.SYS = Upper layer engine inherited from NTFS / New on-disk store engine


Continue at source!!

MSDN Blogs

Rollup 1 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2

Posted by bink on January 16 2012, 9:08 PM.

This Rollup fixes a “Bad Request” issue when accessing OWA through Forefront TMG. For a full list of changes, consult knowledgebase article kb2649961.

Note that along the lines of products like Exchange, cumulative updates for ForeFront TMG are now also called Rollup instead of Software Update or Update.

You can request ForeFront TMG SP2 RU1 directly from support here.

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Webcast: Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

Posted by bink on January 16 2012, 8:45 PM.

I recommend you to attend this webcast tomorrow. Also keep checking tomorrow for some nice announcements.

The definition, business value, and technology benefits of the “the cloud” have been hotly debated in recent months. Most agree that cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility in the market. In 2012, cloud computing will transition from hype and discussion, to part of every enterprise’s reality, and IT is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation and help business reap the benefits of cloud computing.

Join us for a virtual event designed to help you explore your cloud options. It’s your chance to interact with Microsoft experts and with IT leaders like yourself, who have been putting cloud technology to work in their own organizations. You’ll be among the first to hear the latest private cloud news from Microsoft.

Register Now for the virtual event Tuesday, January 17th 8:30 AM PST | 16:30 UTC

  • Hear from other senior IT professionals about how cloud computing can help you gain maximum competitive advantage with minimal risk.
  • Learn about Microsoft cloud offerings, including private, public, and hybrid cloud models.
  • Experience Microsoft private cloud solutions through the Microsoft Technology Center.
Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud Start Time
Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news
  • Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft
8:30AM PST | 16:30 UTC
Executive panel and Q&A: Guidance and best practices
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft
  • Jacky Wright, Vice President, IT Strategic Services, Microsoft IT
  • Rand Morimoto, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Computing
9:00AM PST | 17:00 UTC
Envisioning Your Private Cloud: A scenario based demonstration from the Microsoft Technology Center in Redmond, WA. 9:30AM PST | 17:30 UTC out of band Security Update released

Posted by bink on December 30 2011, 12:25 AM.

A security issue has been identified that could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it.
Not that other vendors’web frameworks are also affected!
Vendor Status Date Notified Date Updated
Adobe Unknown 2011-11-01 2011-11-01
Apache Tomcat Affected   2011-12-28
IBM Corporation Unknown 2011-11-01 2011-11-01
Microsoft Corporation Affected 2011-11-01 2011-12-29
Oracle Corporation Unknown 2011-11-01 2011-11-01
Ruby Affected 2011-11-01 2011-12-28
The PHP Group Affected   2011-12-28

Advanced Notification for out-of-band release to address Security Advisory 2659883

Posted by bink on December 29 2011, 3:42 PM.

MSRC Blog: Today we’re providing advance notification for an out-of-band security update to address the publicly disclosed issue described in Security Advisory 2659883. The release is scheduled for tomorrow, December 29, at approximately 10 a.m. PST.

The bulletin has a severity rating of Critical and addresses a publicly disclosed vulnerability in ASP.NET that affects all versions of the .NET Framework. While we’re currently unaware of any attacks targeting ASP.NET, we encourage all customers to test and deploy the update when it is available.

We will also hold a special edition webcast on Thursday, December 29 at 1 p.m. PST. Click here to register.

For all the latest information, you can also follow the MSRC team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse.

Microsoft releases Security Advisory 2659883, offers workaround for industry-wide issue

Posted by bink on December 29 2011, 6:06 AM.

MSRC blog:Today we published Security Advisory 2659883 to provide a workaround to help protect ASP.NET customers from a publicly disclosed vulnerability that affects various Web platforms industry-wide. We are not aware of any attacks using this vulnerability, which affects all supported versions of .NET Framework, however we recommend customers use the mitigation and workaround described in the Advisory to help protect sites against this new method to exploit hash tables.

Our teams are working around the clock worldwide to develop a security update of appropriate quality to address this issue. Meanwhile, our Security Research & Defense team has written a blog post to explain how to know if you are vulnerable and detect exploitation, as well as background on the workaround. We are also working closely with our Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to help our partners build protections when and where possible. We will continue to update customers with new information as it becomes available.

For all the latest information, you can also follow the MSRC team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse.

Microsoft PerfView 1.0

Posted by bink on December 24 2011, 5:46 AM.

PerfView is a performance-analysis tool that helps isolate CPU- and memory-related performance issues.

PerfView is a performance analysis tool focusing on ETW information (ETL files) as well as CLR memory information (heap dumps). It can collect and view ETL files as well as XPERF CSV files. Powerful grouping operators allow you to understand performance profiles in ways other tools can't. PerfView is used internally at Microsoft by a number of teams and is the primary performance investigation tool on the .NET Runtime team. Features include:

  • Non-invasive collection - suitable for use in live, production environments
  • Xcopy deployment - copy and run
  • Memory
    • Support for very large heaps (gigabytes)
    • Snapshot diffing
    • Dump files (.dmp)
  • CPU Performance
    • Support for managed, native, and mixed code
    • Can read XPerf logs
    • Profile diffing


Download PerfView - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details