Evaluation Guide for System Center 2012 R2 and the Windows Azure Pack

Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:28 AM.

This documentation provides the information to help you set up and test an evaluation environment for tenant and administrator portals.

The Evaluation Guide for System Center 2012 R2 and the Windows Azure Pack is designed for hosting providers and large enterprises who want to create tenant and administrator portals to provide the same Infrastructure as a Service experience that is available through the Windows Azure Portal. Use this guide to set up and test these capabilities. The deployment guide describes how to set up the evaluation environment and the walkthroughs demonstrate the value and functionality of key scenarios enabled in this release.

 

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Database as a Service Reference Architecture Guide

Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:27 AM.

Provides hardware, software, system design, and component configurations to create secure, scalable, distributed, multitenant database services that use the latest virtualization technologies.

    This guidance is targeted at hosting providers who want to create secure, scalable, distributed, multitenant database service offerings that use the latest virtualization technologies. It scales through small- to large-sized organizations that want to provide consolidated, cost-effective database services.

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    Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:23 AM.

    Defines how to create secure, scalable, and reliable desktop hosting solutions for small- and medium-sized organizations based on Remote Desktop Services, Hyper-V, virtual networking, and other virtualization technologies.

     

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    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:23 AM.

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview from a remote computer that is running Windows 8.1 Preview.

     

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    Microsoft Integration Platform Poster

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:22 AM.

    The poster depicts the MS integration platform, including enterprise integration with the cloud.

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    Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:15 AM.

    Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is a collection of Windows Azure technologies, available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost for installation into your data center. It runs on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and, through the use of the Windows Azure technologies, enables you to offer a rich, self-service, multi-tenant cloud, consistent with the public Windows Azure experience.

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    Download Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1)

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:13 AM.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database, including in-memory OLTP, which complements our existing in-memory data warehousing and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market.  SQL Server 2014 also provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and help you unlock new hybrid scenarios.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) installation limitations:

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 is pre-release software and should be installed only on a clean machine. It does not support upgrade from or side-by-side installations with any previous version of SQL Server, including SQL Server 2012. In addition it does not work with or support side by side installations with any client redistributables of SQL Server such as feature pack components, Visual Studio 2012 or earlier versions, SQL Server Data Tools, Data Tier Application Framework, etc.
    • To administer Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 use only SQL Server Management Studio that ships as a part of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is NOT supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is only available in the X64 architecture.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is a NON-PRODUCTION release and should not be installed and used in production environments.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release does NOT have an associated Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Feature Pack.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release on Windows Azure VM is only intended for functional development and testing, and not for performance testing.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release contains branding and versioning from older Microsoft SQL Server releases.

    See more at the product details page.

    Review SQL Server 2014 CTP1 system requirements.

     

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    Download Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Preview

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:11 AM.

    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager helps IT empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control. When combined with Windows Intune, it provides a unified management infrastructure across physical, virtual, and mobile client environments.

    System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection protects client and server operating systems against the latest threats using industry-leading malware detection technologies. It is built on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, giving customers a unified infrastructure for client security and compliance management.

    Need more information about System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection Preview? See the product details page.

    Review System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection system requirements.

     

     

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    Download Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Preview

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:10 AM.

    Microsoft System Center is a comprehensive IT infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud management platform. With System Center 2012 R2, you can more easily and efficiently manage your applications and services across multiple hypervisors as well as across public, hosted, and private cloud infrastructures to deliver flexible and cost-effective IT services for your business.

    Review System Center 2012 R2 system requirements.

     

     

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    Download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:07 AM.

      Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

     

    Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview now supports two types of activation:

    1. Datacenter Product Key:
      JGXYY-7NMTC-MHKY3-QCC9B-VQRG7
    2. Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) Key for Datacenter Server:
      XVNRV-9HTX4-TH2JD-HVJQD-QRQWG

    Review Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview system requirements.

     

     

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    Microsoft Message Analyzer Beta 3 is released

    Posted by bink on June 24 2013, 10:54 AM.

    Microsoft released their third and final Beta of Microsoft Message Analyzer which will be followed up by the official release in the fall.  There will be a Beta 3 refresh in a few weeks.

    Microsoft Message Analyzer is the successor of Microsoft Network Monitor.

    At this point, the product is feature frozen and getting ready to fine tune the experience for release. You may notice that the preview features have been removed as Microsoft wants to focus on the quality of some core features first. You’ll need to uninstall Beta 2 first before installing the new version.

    Beta 3 is available on our Connect site

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    Microsoft has continued to add new features and refine the existing ones. In addition to the new functionality, they improved performance and reduced the memory footprint. Here is a list of the new features highlights.

    Centralized Sharing Infrastructure — users can now utilize the new Message Analyzer sharing infrastructure to create Library items as shareable assets that that you can import, export and share with others.  Manageable asset types include Trace Scenarios, Filters, Viewpoints, Color Rules, Column Layouts, and Sequence Expressions.

    User Libraries — Above assets are available under centralized User Libraries

    Home tab — includes new Ribbon reorganization and enhancements that include the following features:

    • Viewpoints — specify preset viewpoints so you can view data from the perspective of a protocol, in addition to hiding operations in the current view and resetting the default viewpoint.

    • Time Shifts — specify time shifts that adjust for machine skew or time zone changes across traces.

    • Chart tab — enables you to create, edit, save, and share your own Composite Chart viewers that can contain custom-configured pie, bar, timeline, and grid chart components, similar to the built-in Protocol Dashboard.

    • Session Status — includes a new progress bar indicator in Session Explorer for loading, capturing, filtering, sorting, finding, and grouping data, in addition to applying sequence matching.  Also displays the number of messages in a session and the number of messages in a session after Viewpoints or View Filters are applied.

    Tool Windows — the following new tools are now available:

    • Diagnostics window — summarizes diagnosis errors in a session and enables you to easily jump to a corresponding diagnosis message in the Analysis Grid. You can also filter Diagnostics window columns to isolate specific column data.

    • Call Stack tool window — displays the message stack for any selected message row in the Analysis Grid.

    • Bookmarks window — an annotation window that enables you to mark one or more messages of interest, which includes adding links, attachments, and different colored flags.

    • Comments window — an annotation window that enables you to quickly add basic comments to one or more messages.

    • Server Response Time — a new Global Annotation entity from Column Chooser that you can add as a data column in the Analysis Grid viewer, to measure the time interval between a request operation to a server and the first server response. Provides a context for assessing server performance.

    Hyper-V Switch trace capability — capture traffic from individual VMs on a host by tying into the local Hyper-V switch.

    Sequence Expression Editor — develop and save sequence expressions based on message traffic that you have captured. You can also manage sequence expressions as assets that you can share with your colleagues.

    Filtering Language enhancements — the Filtering Language has been extended to include support for IP sub-netting and DateTime literal expressions.

    OPN behavior scenario extensions — support has been added for using an Xpath-like notation when creating OPN sequence expressions, to enable you to specify constraints on message origins. In addition, support is now included for arbitrary expressions (including annotations) in reference patterns.

    Centralized Field Chooser — a new feature that extends the Column Chooser so that it is available to other tools that require you to choose fields, for example, when configuring a Sequence Expression.

     

    More info and screenshots: http://blogs.technet.com/b/messageanalyzer/archive/2013/06/21/microsoft-message-analyzer-beta-3-released.aspx