Instant datacenter HP POD 240a

Posted by bink on November 29 2011, 6:08 PM.

Here at HP Discover on the show floor is a “slice” of their container based datacenter solutions.

It is not the sea container we saw back a few years ago. You can order these and get them complete pre-racked pre-installed with servers. Building a datacenter this way saves a lot of time, a lot…

The HP POD 240a delivers the ultimate in data center efficiency with 88 percent faster data center deployments, reduces capital expenditures by up to 75 percent, and reduces energy waste as much as 95 percent as compared to traditional brick and mortar data centers.

The HP POD can ship with fully integrated and tested IT from an HP factory slashing the time for data center build-out. It comes to you as part of a complete data center solution, with services available for strategy and site planning to innovative products and comprehensive global support.



IMG_0046 Scale model of HP POD

See a video from HP below:

HP Performance Optimized Datacenter (POD) 240a - Product Overview

HP Discover 2011

Posted by bink on November 29 2011, 5:48 PM.

Today and tomorrow I’m attending HP Discover 2011 conference in Vienna and will report on the interesting stuff that goes around here. I will mostly do it on Twitter, so be sure you follow me.




You can also watch for #HPDiscover tag on Twitter



Xbox 360 Dashboard update coming December 6th

Posted by sumeethevans on November 22 2011, 9:42 PM. Posted in Xbox.

While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th. In this update, free to all console owners, you will see:

  • New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
  • Beacons and Facebook Sharing
  • Enhanced Family Settings
  • Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
  • Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)

In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.

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Bill Gates testifies in Utah for WordPerfect maker’s $1B antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft

Posted by bink on November 22 2011, 4:12 PM.

SALT LAKE CITY — Microsoft’s Bill Gates returns to the witness stand Tuesday to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims the software giant tricked a competitor into huge losses and soared onto the market with Windows 95.

Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004. The company says Gates duped them into thinking he would include its WordPerfect writing program in the new Windows system, then backed out because he feared it was too good.

Novell said it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.


Gates testified Monday that Microsoft was racing to put out Windows 95 when he dropped technical features that would no longer support the rival’s word processor because engineers warned it would crash the system.

Windows 95 was a major innovation, and Gates said he had his mind on larger issues.

“We worked super hard. It was the most challenging, trying project we had ever done,” the Microsoft co-founder said. “It was a ground-breaking piece of work, and it was very well received when we got it done.”

Gates said Novell just couldn’t deliver a Windows 95 compatible WordPerfect program in time for rollout, and its own Word program was actually better. He said that by 1994, Microsoft Word was rated No. 1 in the market above WordPerfect.

WordPerfect once had nearly 50 percent of the market for computer writing programs, but its share quickly plummeted to less than 10 percent as Microsoft’s own office programs took hold.

Microsoft lawyers say Novell’s loss of market share was its own doing because the company didn’t develop a Windows compatible WordPerfect program until months after the operating system’s rollout.

Gates called it an “important win” in an email to executives.

Attorneys for Novell, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Attachmate Group as a result of a merger earlier this year, concede that Microsoft was under no legal obligation to provide advance access to Windows 95 so Novell could prepare a compatible version. The Redmond, Wash.-based company, however, enticed Novell to work on a version, only to withdraw support months before Windows 95 hit the market, Novell attorney Jeff Johnson said.

Microsoft lawyer David Tulchin argued that Novell’s missed opportunity was its own fault, and that Microsoft had no obligation to give a competitor a leg up.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz late Monday denied Microsoft’s request to dismiss the case. He said Novell’s claims appeared thin but that he would let the case continue another month and allow a jury to decide.

Gates was the first witness to testify Monday in his company’s defense after a month-long case by Novell. Cross-examination begins Tuesday.

Gates, a billionaire, began by testifying about Microsoft’s history. He was just 19 when he helped found the company. Today, Microsoft is one of the world’s largest software makers, with a market value of more than $210 billion.

“We thought everybody would have a personal computer on every desk and in every home,” Gates said. “We wanted to be there and be the first.”

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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)

Posted by bink on November 18 2011, 12:09 AM.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC0 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC0 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence.

SQL Server 2012 RC0 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence:

  • Deliver required uptime and data protection with AlwaysOn
  • Gain breakthrough & predictable performance with ColumnStore Index
  • Help enable security and compliance with new User-defined Roles and Default Schema for Groups
  • Enable rapid data discovery for deeper insights across the organization with ColumnStore Index
  • Ensure more credible, consistent data with SSIS improvements, a Master Data Services add-in for Excel, and new Data Quality Services
  • Optimize IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with Data-tier Application Component (DAC) parity with SQL Azure and SQL Server Data Tools for a unified dev experience across database, BI, and cloud functions
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Documentation:


Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate

Minimizing restarts after automatic updating in Windows 8

Posted by bink on November 16 2011, 6:46 PM.

Windows 8 team blog:

Windows Update and handling restarts on Windows 8

….we made the following improvements to the Windows 8 updating experience.

WU will consolidate all the restarts in a month, synchronizing with the monthly security release. This means that your PC will only restart when security updates are installed and require a restart. With this improvement, it does not matter when updates that require restarts are released in a month, since these restarts will wait till the security release. Since security updates are released in a single batch on the second Tuesday of every month, you are then getting essentially one restart a month. This simplification helps in three ways: it keeps the system secure in a timely manner, reduces restarts, and makes restarts more predictable.

There is one exception to the rule to wait for the monthly security release, and that is in the case of critical security update to fix a worm-like vulnerability (for example, a Blaster worm). In that case, WU will not wait, but will go ahead and download, install, and restart automatically. But this will happen only when the security threat is dire enough.

WU notifies you of any upcoming automatic restart. Let’s assume that WU has already detected, downloaded, and installed security updates, and now requires a restart. Windows Update will notify you of an upcoming automatic restart through a message on the login screen that will persist for 3 days. Because the majority of update activity occurs in the first three days of the release of each update [see Figure1], we wanted to give you 3 days to allow you to restart at your own convenience. You would restart by selecting “Update and shutdown” or “Update and restart” on the login screen, or by going to Windows Update in the Control Panel. You will no longer see any pop-up notifications or dialogs about pending restarts. Instead, the message appears in a more visible and appropriate place (the log-in screen). The use of the login screen has become ubiquitous even in home environments, as more and more machines become portable.

Here is a timeline view of that experience:

1. A message about the upcoming restart is shown in the login screen for three days or until the PC is restarted (whichever is sooner). This means you now have three days to restart the PC at your convenience. All you need to do is see the login screen once in 3 days to see the message about the upcoming restart and by default the lock screen will appear after 15-minute idle timeout.

Message near power button reads: Windows Update, Your PC will restart in 2 days to finish installing updates.

2. In addition to the restart notification on the login screen, the Power options on the lock screen will change to “Update and restart” immediately after the update occurs, and will include “Update and shutdown” on days two and three, to make the message even more apparent to you. This allows you to restart your PC at your own convenience.

Power options: Sleep, Shut down, Update and restart.


3. If after three days, the restart still has not occurred, then WU will automatically restart your PC for you. In this case, the automatic restart will happen either at the end of the three-day grace period, or, to prevent data loss if WU detects that there are critical applications open at the end of the three-day grace period, it will wait to automatically restart the next time you login. I’ll address this behavior in more depth in the next section.

Your PC will restart in 13 minutes, 28 seconds. Restart / Close

4. After the restart has occurred, the message on the login screen will go away and the power options will revert to the original choices. We know people would like Windows to automatically log in after the restart, but we strongly advise against doing so, given the potential security issues with this configuration.


Delay the automatic restart if there is potential of losing user data. If the PC has hit the three-day deadline and still needs an automatic restart, WU will only automatically restart the machine if there is no chance of losing the user’s data. That means, if you are not at your PC (i.e. it is locked), if you have applications running in the background, or if there is potentially unsaved work, WU delays the automatic restart until the next time you come back to your machine and log in. At log-in, you will be asked to save your work, and you’ll see a warning that the machine will be restarted within 15 minutes.

Ensure minimal interruption to user activity. Having a restart notification or dialog pop up in the middle of an important presentation, a game or a movie is not a pleasant situation, to say the least. When attempting to automatically restart the PC, if you are in presentation mode, playing a game, or watching a movie full-screen, WU detects this state, and delays the automatic restart until the next available opportune moment or the next time you log back in to the PC.

The experience for business users. For PCs in an enterprise setting, if no policy has been set by the IT administrator, the updating experience is exactly the same as it is for home users. However, an IT administrator can set a policy to prevent auto-restart after automatic installs (just as in Windows 7). If they set this policy, there will be no three-day countdown and no automatic restart. Instead, users will see a message on the login screen indicating that the PC needs to be restarted, and the message persists until the restart occurs. This informs users that a restart is required while keeping them in control of when to restart.

Windows Update, Your PC needs to restart to finish installing security updates.

The experience for users in “notify mode.” I also want to address the experience for users who have chosen to be notified before downloading or installing updates (5.82% of the WU user base from Figure2). For a user in this “notify mode,” a message will be shown on the login screen. If you choose to be notified before downloading updates, you will see the login screen message saying “Important updates are ready to be installed” when updates are ready to be downloaded. If you choose to be notified before install, you will see the same login screen message after updates are downloaded, but before they are installed. In either case, you won’t see the message about a pending restart on the login screen since installation is not automatic.

Windows Update, Important updates are ready to be installed.

Cumulatively, these improvements help us achieve the balance we are striving for with Windows Update - keeping the PC (and PC ecosystem) up-to-date, without an intrusive experience.

Full Story:

Minimizing restarts after automatic updating in Windows Update - Building Windows 8 - Site H

HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 downloads

Posted by bink on November 14 2011, 5:41 PM.

This service pack updates the HPC Pack 2008 R2 products listed in the 'System Requirements' section. It provides improved reliability as well as an enhanced feature set.

KB Articles: KB2565784 <- not online yet Eye rolling smile

For more information on what's new in this release please refer to the documentation at <- still pointing to SP2 info Annoyed In the 'Downloads' section you will three files:

  • HPC2008R2SP3-Update-x64 : Download this .zip file to obtain the updater for use on your head nodes, compute nodes, broker nodes, and x64-based clients and workstation nodes. It also contains the Web Components (REST and Web Portal), Azure VM, and KSP ('soft card') installers necessary to use those features. Download
  • HPC2008R2SP3-Update-x86 : This .zip file contains the updated for use on 32-bit clients and workstation nodes. It also contains the KSP ('soft card') installer for 32-bit clients. Download
  • SP3 Media Integration Package : For customers who will be doing multiple new cluster installations (setting up brand new head nodes, not just updating existing clusters) you can use this package to update your original ('RTM') installation media to have SP3 integrated from the beginning. (Instead of installing from your RTM DVD, then applying SP1, then applying SP2, then applying SP3.) Please refer to the instructions on the HPC team blog for more information. <- also no new info there yet

Other HPC sp3 downloads:

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite with Service Pack 3 Evaluation

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite with SP3 provides enterprise-class tools, performance, & scalability for a highly productive HPC environment

HPC Pack 2008 R2 Express with Service Pack 3

HPC Pack 2008 R2 Express provides enterprise-class tools, performance, & scalability for a highly productive HPC environment

HPC Pack 2008 R2 MS-MPI Redistributable Package with Service Pack 3

A stand-alone, and redistributable, installer for the Microsoft MPI implementation

HPC Pack 2008 R2 Client Utilities Redistributable Package with Service Pack 3

A stand-alone, and redistributable, installer for the Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 Client Utilities

Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK

Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK

HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK with Service Pack 3

The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK was designed to provide the tools and content necessary to write parallel applications for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 platform. The zip files are subject to the license terms for the SDK

IBM Brings Windows to the Mainframe

Posted by bink on November 7 2011, 7:51 PM.

IBM announced that its much-anticipated capability to support Windows integration on the System zEnterprise mainframe will be available on Dec. 16.

IBM has made good on its promise to deliver Windows integration with the IBM mainframe via the zEnterprise System.

When IBM introduced the zEnterprise in July 2010, the company also announced plans to deliver additional general purpose blades for the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension including IBM System x-based blades running Linux in 2011. IBM also suggested it would support Windows and in April 2011 confirmed its plans to deliver Windows support on z/Enterprise.

IBM says this capability is a first of its kind and is a strategic, demand driven move by Big Blue. As of Dec. 16, this new technology enabling IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Windows applications into the mainframe environment will become available.

The new capability allows enterprises with multi-tier applications -- for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data -- to be integrated and consolidated on the same system. In an interview with eWEEK, Greg Lotko, vice president of marketing for System z, said this bringing together of the mainframe and distributed computing worlds is designed to ease the cost and complexity of large corporate data centers and improve management of workloads spanning mainframe and distributed environments.

“We GA’d [made the system generally available] in the third quarter of 2010,” Lotko said. “In Q4 of last year we put out the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension with support for IBM Power7 blades running AIX and the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer. In Q1 of 2011 we made the DataPower blades available. In Q2 clients asked for Windows so we listened to our clients and modified our plans and said we would deliver it by the end of the year. In Q3 we delivered Linux integration, and in Q4 we’re delivering Windows.”

By bringing Windows and the mainframe together, IBM is helping clients to innovate more freely in multiple environments across z/OS, Linux and Unix and now Windows.

IBM’s System z support for Windows means that mainframe users can gain more choice in choosing the best platform for a particular application -- from ERP to business analytics to transaction processing. Users also can have their front-end Windows applications integrate with applications or data on the mainframe. And they can consolidate more workloads onto the mainframe as part of their efforts to maximize technology investments. The financial impact of consolidation onto System z can be substantial, with savings of up to 70 percent in total cost of ownership compared to distributed platforms, IBM officials said.

IBM Brings Windows to the Mainframe - IT Infrastructure - News & Reviews -

ChevronWP7: unlock your Windows Phone

Posted by bink on November 5 2011, 1:46 AM.

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“We believe Windows Phone development should be accessible to anyone. We are providing a Windows Phone developer unlocking service to developers across all skill levels and regions for just $9 USD per phone. “

ChevronWP7 Labs

Microsoft Visio 2010 Demo Content Pack

Posted by bink on November 4 2011, 2:30 PM.

Microsoft Visio demo content pack can be downloaded by partners, customers and enthusiasts to get a good understanding of various compelling capabilities that Visio 2010 has to offer.

Whether you’re creating an org chart, network diagram, business process, or a more technical drawing, Visio 2010’s new tools and intuitive interface make it easy to visually bring your dynamic information to life and share with others. Microsoft Visio demo content pack is intended to help partners, customers and enthusiasts gain deeper insight into key Visio use cases.


Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Visio 2010 Demo Content Pack

Microsoft releases Security Advisory 2639658

Posted by bink on November 4 2011, 2:30 PM.

Today Microsoft released Security Advisory 2639568 to provide customer guidance for the Windows kernel issue related to the Duqu malware.

The security advisory provides a workaround that can be applied to any Windows system. To make it easy for customers to install, Microsoft has released a Fix it that will allow one-click installation of the workaround and an easy way for enterprises to deploy.

To further protect customers, Microsoft provided its partners in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) detailed information on how to build detection for their security products. This means that within hours, anti-malware firms will roll out new signatures that detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability. Therefore Microsoft encourages customers to ensure their antivirus software is up-to-date.

Additionally, the engineering teams determined the root cause of this vulnerability, and they are working to produce a high-quality security update to address it. At this time, Microsoft plans to release the security update through our security bulletin process, although it will not be ready for this month’s bulletin release.

Microsoft releases Security Advisory 2639658 - MSRC - Site Home - TechNet Blogs