• Microsoft Download Center: VHDX Format Specification

    This specification describes the VHDX virtual hard disk format that provides a disk-in-a-file abstraction. This specification assumes that you are familiar with hard disk technologies, including how hard disks interface with the operating system or a virtual machine and understand how data is accessed and laid out on the physical medium. This specification is released under the Microsoft Open Source Promise (OSP) initiative to help guide development of VHDX virtual hard disk format implementations that are compatible with those provided by Microsoft.

     

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  • Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 RTM

    The latest version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit—version 2012— is now available for download.

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    Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012. MDT 2012 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating Windows 7 and Office 365 deployments.

     

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    The Solution Accelerators Team added new features to MDT 2012 that include the ability for users to initiate and customize their own deployments using System Center Configuration Manager 2012, key enhancements in Windows 7 driver support, and much more.

    MDT 2012 will provide new benefits such as:

    · Comprehensive tools and guidance to efficiently manage large-scale deployments of Microsoft Office 2010.

    · An enhanced User-Driven Installation (UDI) deployment method that utilizes System Center Configuration Manager 2012. UDI lets end users initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs—via an easy-to-use wizard.

    · Ease Lite Touch installation with new capabilities to check on the status of currently running deployments.

    · This release provides support for deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a lab environment.

    These features, combined with many bug fixes and other improvements, make MDT 2012 more reliable and flexible than ever.

    Support for Configuration Manager 2012: MDT 2012 provides support for Configuration Manager 2012 releases. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. Users now also have the ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012.

    Customize deployment questions: For System Center Configuration Manager customers, MDT 2012 provides an improved, extensible wizard and designer for customizing deployment questions.

    Ease Lite Touch installation: The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) is now integrated with Lite Touch Installation, providing remote control and diagnostics. New monitoring capabilities are available to check on the status of currently running deployments. LTI now has an improved deployment wizard user experience. Enhanced partitioning support ensures that deployments work regardless of the current structure.

    Secure Deployments: MDT 2012 offers integration with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to ensure a secure Windows deployment from the start.

    Reliability and flexibility: Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes and a smooth and simple upgrade process.

    Support for Windows 8: MDT 2012 provides support for deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server “8” Beta in a lab environment.

    Next steps:

    · Download MDT 2012.

    · Send your comments to the MDT Team.

    · Learn more about the MDT.

  • Download Microsoft User Experience Virtualization and Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Betas…

    We are pleased to announce that the beta versions of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 and a new MDOP product Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) are now available for download from
    Microsoft Connect.

    UE-V is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that delivers a user’s personal Windows experience across devices, is simple for IT to deploy, and easily integrates with existing management tools.

    Some of the main features of UE-V are:

    • Users retain their application experience without having to reconfigure applications when they log in from a different Windows instance - regardless of whether it is a rich desktop or virtual desktop session.
    • Automatically delivers a personal experience to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 8 based devices, giving users the flexibility to work from anywhere.
    • If a user accidently applies unwanted changes, IT can simply roll back to the initial state.
    • Seamlessly integrates with Microsoft desktop virtualization products to roam the user experience in heterogeneous environments.

    Some of the new features in the App-V 5.0 Beta are:

    • Flexible virtualization choices let virtual applications work more like traditionally installed applications, allowing local and virtual applications to communicate and enabling control of which virtual applications can share environments.
    • There’s no dedicated drive letter required, and no 4 gigabyte maximum package size. It’s easy for IT to work with and take action on App-V diagnostic information because App-V logs Windows events instead of separate log files.
    • Easy and efficient to use in VDI environments, allowing IT to make the best use of expensive disk resources without changing the way they get their jobs done.
    • Web-based management makes it easy for busy IT professionals to get their work done while away from their desk.
    • Rich PowerShell scripting allows IT to automate repetitive tasks and to integrate App-V with existing processes.

    For details visit http://blogs.technet.com/b/mdop/archive/2012/04/04/microsoft-user-experience-virtualization-and-microsoft-application-virtualization-5-0-betas-now-available.aspx 

    Also, Windows for your Business Blog

  • Move Your Career to the Cloud with the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert certification

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is a reinvented certification for today’s technology solutions

    Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a broader and deeper set of technology solutions skills validation, starting with cloud-enabled solution skills. As one of the most recognized and respected certification programs, Microsoft is charting the path for IT Professionals and Developers to keep their skills relevant as new technology solutions are released.

    Reinvented, Not Just Renamed

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) emphasizes solutions

    Microsoft has reinvented its certifications to validate the skill sets needed to develop, deploy, and maintain Microsoft technology solutions. These certifications recognize IT Pros and Developers who have skill sets that run both broad and deep. Certifications are available at three skill levels:

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

    The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification.  This certification validates the core skills you need to get your 1st job in IT. 

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) &
    Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

    The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that your skills are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions.  The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools.

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

    After you have achieved your Expert level certification, Master is the next destination.  This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.

    The Cloud Changes Everything

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) helps bridge the new cloud computing talent gap

    “With the demand for cloud skills growing quickly, the gap between hiring demand and talent supply across the United States is getting larger and causing more difficulties in sourcing candidates.”

    Wanted Analytics, Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing Skills Skyrocketing, March 2012

    The need for cloud computing skills has been pushing the market for months. Solution providers are seeking cloud-ready employees to bring their businesses to the next level. The cloud computing market is evolving at such a pace that while the number of job postings is skyrocketing, the talent isn't there to fill the positions.

    In the past 20 years, Microsoft Certifications have been THE tool to address the skills gap. To be relevant, certifications need to continue to be the tool needed and recognized in the market.

    That’s why Microsoft has reinvented its certification program—to certify a deeper set of skills that are mapped to the Cloud and to real-world business contexts. Rather than testing only on a component of a technology, IT Professionals and Developers are now tested on more advanced skills and a deeper understanding of the technology.

    New Certifications Are Available Now

    Private Cloud and SQL lead the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) reinvention

     We’ve posted a lot more information about the reinvented program and the first new certifications: Private Cloud MCSE, Database MCSE & Business Intelligence MCSE:

    Microsoft Certification overview page: http://aka.ms/MSCerts

    Microsoft Certification overview video: http://aka.ms/MSCertsVideo

    MCSE information page: http://aka.ms/MCSE

    MCSE video on YouTube: http://aka.ms/MCSEvideo

    MCSE Private Cloud: http://aka.ms/MCSEpvcloud

    MCSE Data Platform: http://aka.ms/MCSEDP

    MCSE Business Intelligence: http://aka.ms/MCSEBI

    You may also wish to encourage your readers to take advantage of a new 2-for-1 exam offer from Prometric:

    Prometric 2-for-1 offer: http://aka.ms/Prometric241

  • Lenovo Beta Drivers for Windows 8

    IF you have Lenovo machine & running Windows 8 onto it then probably you will be happy to see the post title. YES, that’s right Lenovo has released Windows 8 Drivers for Lenovo machines.

     

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    Visit here to download the drivers for your machine http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT072084

    Note: The Windows 8 Beta Support Program provides beta quality BIOS, utilities and drivers intended for testing purposes only