Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.
More details http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/08/01/releasing-windows-8-august-1-2012.aspx
More details http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx
Also, Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. Get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4. That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world. On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS. You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers. You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it. Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.
More details http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx
"Microsoft account" is the new name for what used to be called a "Windows Live ID." Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, or Xbox LIVE. If you use an email address and password to sign in to these or other services, you already have a Microsoft account—but you can also sign up for a new one at any time.
Over time, all Microsoft services will be switching from the old name to the new one. You might continue to see mentions of "Windows Live ID" instead of "Microsoft account" for a while—for example, on xbox.com or windowsphone.com—but the names mean the same thing, and the services will be updated soon.
Introducing Outlook.com - Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes
Recently, we talked about how we've reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive, and how cloud services power the new Office Preview, We've also been hard at work on a mission to reimagine personal email - from the datacenter all the way to the user experience. Today, we're starting to deliver on that goal with a preview of the new Outlook.com - modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes.
Webmail was first introduced with HoTMaiL in 1996. Back then, it was novel to have a personal email address you could keep for life - one that was totally independent from your business or internet service provider. Eight years later, Google introduced Gmail, which included 1 GB of storage and inbox search. And while Gmail and other webmail services like Hotmail have added some features since then, not much has fundamentally changed in webmail over the last 8 years - though yesterday's frustrations about the small size of inboxes are now things of the past. At the same time, email is becoming less and less useful as inboxes become cluttered with newsletters and social updates, and people increasingly keep up their personal connections in social networks instead of their email address books. All of this has led many to hope for a better solution so you don't have to settle for today's webmail.
For details visit http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2012/07/31/introducing-outlook-com-modern-email-for-the-next-billion-mailboxes.aspx
Start here Outlook.com
In January we shared some thoughts on our approach to developer events, including a commitment to come back with more on our plans for an event this coming fall. Well, here it is: our next developer conference will be this fall, and it's (again) called BUILD. It will be held on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, from October 30th until November 2nd. Yes, that's right ... it's the week after Windows 8 becomes generally available worldwide. And in addition to Windows 8, we will have lots of other stuff to talk about, too: Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, and much more.
Complete announcement at http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Vector/Announcing-BUILD-2012
I have been using Windows Server 2012 for quite some time & 1 of the best features in Management & Automation using PowerShell Web Access.
So What is PowerShell Web Access??
Examples of client devices include laptops, non-work personal computers, borrowed computers, tablet computers, web kiosks, computers that are not running a Windows-based operating system, and cell phone browsers. IT Pros can perform critical management tasks on remote Windows-based servers from devices that have access to an Internet connection and a web browser.
After successful gateway setup and configuration, users can access a Windows PowerShell console by using a web browser. When users open the secured Windows PowerShell Web Access website, they can run a web-based Windows PowerShell console after successful authentication.
Windows PowerShell Web Access setup and configuration is a three-step process:
You can refer Microsoft TechNet Library to get detailed step by step article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831611.aspx
In today’s blog post I will show you how can you deploy PowerShell Web Access in test environment. I will be using both GUI method i.e. Server Manager & PowerShell based scripts. So let’s get started.
My Test Environment.
I am using 2 virtual machines. Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller & Windows 8 Client machine.
DPE-WS12-VM01 - Windows Server 2012 Datacenter – Domain Controller, PowerShell Web Access Gateway & Destination. DPE-WIN8-CLI01 - Windows 8 Enterprise – Domain joined client/workstation
Note: This is a test environment using Virtual Machines & leveraging sample self-signed test certificate.
Ideally, this is how the overall architecture would look like in production environment.
Step 1: Login to the Domain Controller machine DPE-WS12-VM01 to install PowerShell Web Access using Server Manager. WE WILL PERFORM THE STEPS USING SERVER MANAGER. Note: You can perform this Step 1 using PowerShell as well. Refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831611.aspx
In Step 1, we have installed the features Windows PowerShell Web Access & server role Web Server Role (IIS).
Step 2: Now that we have installed the feature Windows PowerShell Web Access, we will now need to configure PowerShell Web Access Gateway so that my Application Pool should be available in my IIS Manager under Default Website. WE WILL PERFORM THE FOLLOWING USING POWERSHELL.
When you install the feature Windows PowerShell Web Access, the Application Folder is located in C:\Windows\Web\PowerShellWebAccess\wwwroot
Configure PowerShell Web Access Gateway using the following PowerShell Cmdlet.
Do one of the following to open a Windows PowerShell session.
Type the following, and then press Enter.
The following settings are configured by running the cmdlet. You can change these manually in the IIS Manager console, if desired.
At this stage you can see the PowerShell Web Access Application Pool configured in IIS Manager & also verify the same using the Web Browser. IMP Note: You cannot sign in until users have been granted access to the website by adding authorization rules.
Step 2A: To verify the same in IIS Manager, open Server Manager –> IIS –> Right click on DPE-WS12-VM01 & click on Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
Step 2B: You can also verify the same from Web Browser. Go to CLIENT machine i.e. DPE-WIN8-CLI01. Open Internet Explorer & open https://DPE-WS12-VM01/pswa As we are using Test Certificate you will see the warning. Click on Continue.
Note: In production environment you must configure security using valid SSL certificate signed from the certificate provider.
Step 2C: Once you click on Continue you will the following Windows PowerShell Web Access login page.
Note: For more information about supported browsers and devices, see Browser and client device support in this document.
Step 3: Configure Authorization Rule & Site Security. WE WILL PERFORM THE FOLLOWING USING POWERSHELL
Now, we need to allow certain users access to the Windows PowerShell Web Access.
Every Windows PowerShell session uses a session configuration; if one is not specified for a session, Windows PowerShell uses the default, built-in Windows PowerShell session configuration, called Microsoft.PowerShell. The default session configuration includes all cmdlets that are available on a computer. Administrators can restrict access to all computers by defining a session configuration with a restricted runspace (a limited range of cmdlets and tasks that their end users could perform). A user who is granted access to one computer with either full language access or only the Windows PowerShell remote management cmdlets can connect to other computers that are connected to the first computer. Defining a restricted runspace can prevent users from accessing other computers from their allowed Windows PowerShell runspace, and improves the security of your Windows PowerShell Web Access environment. The session configuration can be distributed (by using Group Policy) to all computers that administrators want to make accessible through Windows PowerShell Web Access. For more information about session configurations, see about_Session_Configurations. The following are some examples of this scenario.
In this example, An administrator has set up a private test environment, and wants to allow all authorized network users access to all computers on the network to which they typically have access, with access to all session configurations to which they typically have access. Because this is a private test environment, the administrator creates an authorization rule that is not secure. The administrator runs the cmdlet Add-PswaAuthorizationRule * * *, which uses the wildcard character * to represent all users, all computers, and all configurations.
Add-PswaAuthorizationRule * * *
This rule is the equivalent of the following: Add-PswaAuthorizationRule –UserName * -ComputerName * -ConfigurationName *
Add-PswaAuthorizationRule –UserName * -ComputerName * -ConfigurationName *
We will perform the above step in PowerShell on Domain Controller DPE-WS12-VM01
With the above PowerShell we have allowed all authorized network users access to all computers on the network with access to all session configuration to which they typically have access.
Let’s Try Now…
Step 3A: Go to CLIENT MACHINE DPE-WIN8-CLI01. Open Internet Explorer & open https://DPE-WS12-VM01/pswa & click on Continue (as specified we are using Test Certificate)
You can also check optional connection settings…
Step 3B: On the login screen enter your administrator credentials & specify destination computer. Click on Sign In.
Step 3C: You will see the following status Signing In…
Upon successful login you will PowerShell Window in the Web Browser.
You can start running cmdlets in the above box.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I am looking forward to hear from you. Enjoy.
Today in Toronto, Canada, at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller spoke to thousands of partners from around the world. She shared some exciting new details regarding Windows that I wanted to pass along.
For the first time, we provided details on Windows 8 availability. Tami confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Additionally, she noted that RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps – we'll have more to share on the Windows Store for developers blog soon. Of course, right now with the Windows 8 Release Preview, all apps are still free for people to try.
Read here full post http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/09/upcoming-windows-milestones-shared-with-partners-at-wpc.aspx
If you are looking forward for the latest & the greatest content on Microsoft technologies like Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure then you should start visit Channel 9 site for TechEd 2012 content like session recordings & slides.
You will lot of fresh content on Virtualization, Management, Private Cloud, Deployment and more if you are an IT Professionals. If you are a Developer then enjoy the great content on Windows 8 Development, Azure & Windows Phone development.
For details visit http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd
Yesterday I blogged about the availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2. http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2012/07/06/microsoft-download-center-system-center-2012-service-pack-1-ctp2.aspx
Today, I am sharing the technical documentation around the same.
The downloadable files listed on this page contain the product documentation for the CTP2 release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. The available downloads include:
DOWNLOAD HERE TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION for CTP2 OF SYSTEM CENTER 2012 SP1
Updates to System Center 2012 for compatibility with Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate including support for Azure VM and capabilities for Hosted Service Providers
This Community Technology Preview (“CTP2”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. CTP2 includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components:
DOWNLOAD HERE CTP2 of System Center 2012, SP1
Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits.
For more details visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2012-editions.aspx
Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 RC can be used by computers running Windows 7 when connecting to internal corporate networks with DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 RC. It improves the DirectAccess connection experience, supports one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess users and helps organizations reduce the cost of supporting DirectAccess users.
DCA 2.0 RC provides the following functionality: • Provides DirectAccess users with connectivity information. Users can view their DirectAccess connectivity status at all times. • Provides diagnostics and troubleshooting features. DCA 2.0 RC provides tools to help users reconnect if problems arise, and create diagnostics to provide IT administrators with troubleshooting information. • Supports one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess users required to authenticate using OTP. Note: DCA 2.0 RC can be installed on Windows 7 computers that connect to the corporate network using DirectAccess running on a Windows Server 2012 RC computer. It can be installed on Windows 7 computers that do not have DCA installed, or on computers running DCA 1.0 or DCA 1.5. DCA 2.0 RC should not be installed on computers running Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It should also not be installed on Windows 7 computers that connect to the corporate network using DirectAccess running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer or on a Forefront UAG server. The download includes the following components: • A zip file (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC.zip) containing a collection of all the files in this download. • GPO templates (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_GP.adml; DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_GP.admx) for configuring DCA settings on client computers. • Installation files (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_x64.msi; DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_x86.msi) required to install the application on 64-bit or 32-bit client computers. • An administrators guide (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_AdminGuide.docx) that describes how to configure the GPO templates, and install the application. • A zip file (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_UserGuide.zip) containing an end-user help file that can be distributed to client computers running DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0. The zip file contains the document in all languages supported by DCA 2.0 RC. Note that when you install DCA 2.0, the .msi file runs in English. After Setup, the DCA user interface appears on the end-user computer in the language specified by the operating system.
Just got to read this fantastic article..
For details visit http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx
Have a great day ahead.
First I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU very much to all the IT Professionals across the globe I worked with directly or indirectly for your continuous support. For Microsoft July marks a new year starting today.
I will be connecting with you all in a same way in this year too with lot of new content. This is the year of WINDOWS with the products like Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure & Windows Phone 8 coming up soon. I am looking forward to have another exciting & rocking year.
If you have any queries/feedback, as always you can write back to me on email@example.com
Regards, Aviraj Ajgekar Technical Evangelist
Join us for a live Webcast Session for IT Professionals and Developers on June 25, 2012 and June 30, 2012 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm to understand the features of Windows Azure Spring Release.
Before we begin…
SPECIAL THANKS TO Scott Rachui for his blog posts. I have reused the same content from his blog and here are the actual blog post links. Scott has written many more blog posts focusing on various Microsoft Technologies & covering Self-Study guides for them.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/musings_of_a_technical_tam/archive/2012/06/06/system-center-2012-self-study-guide.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/musings_of_a_technical_tam/archive/2012/06/07/system-center-2012-self-study-guide-part-2.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/musings_of_a_technical_tam/archive/2012/06/08/system-center-2012-self-study-guide-part-3-system-center-configuration-manager.aspx
System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide Part I
Top-level link for System Center 2012 is: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter
System Center 2012
In this section are study material related to System Center 2012 in general. The data here represents the study material that does not fit neatly into one of the specific component categories. Further sections will deal with the specialty components that make up System Center 2012
Microsoft Virtual Academy (free online courses and knowledge measures)
Training Videos and Webcasts
These are online simulations that allow users to experience System Center technology first-hand.
In this section are articles relating to System Center 2012, including the top-level TechNet site for all things relating to System Center 2012.
In this section are articles and guidance written by System Center 2012 technical experts.
In this section is al list of forums where System Center administrators can post comments, ask questions, and join in conversations related to System Center 2012.
Support for System Center 2012
The link below is a central page that provides a wide variety of resources and solutions to help System Center administrators resolve problems and issues.
System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 2)
System Center Advisor
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Videos and Webcasts
System Center App Controller
System Center Self-Study Guide (Part 3 - System Center Configuration Manager)
Hello IT Professionals,
Thank you very much for attending Microsoft IT Camps – Mumbai on 7-8 June 2012 at Hilton. I would like to thank each one of you for your time & dedication.
Here are the resources that were presented during 2 days IT Camp.
Microsoft Virtualization Team Blog http://blogs.TechNet.com/b/virtualization/
Microsoft Private Cloud Blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/
Microsoft Windows Server Blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/
Windows Server 2012 Evaluation http://aka.ms/WS2012RC
System Center 2012 Evaluation http://aka.ms/SC2012RTM
I have uploaded all the presentations on my Microsoft SkyDrive
If you have any questions/queries feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows, such as on a factory floor or across an organization. The Windows ADK supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) and include Windows Preinstallation Environment, Deployment Imaging, Servicing and Management, and Windows System Image Manager. IT Professionals can use features in the Windows ADK to facilitate deployment of a new version of Windows. The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) inventories applications used in your organization and identifies potential applications compatibility issues. With the User State Migration Tool (USMT), IT Professionals can migrate user data from existing Windows installations. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables IT professionals to Windows installations in their organization and manage the activation status of their PCs. Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, and IT professionals who measure the operational characteristics of a computer, including its performance, reliability, and functionality. Windows assessments are tools that help you make these measurements, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. Windows assessments can help reduce costs by identifying potential issues as you create your hardware and software experiences. By using these tools, you can help ensure that the hardware and software that you develop are responsive and high-quality. Features available in the Windows ADK include: • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT): The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) helps IT Professionals understand potential application compatibility issues by identifying which applications are or are not compatible with the new versions of the Windows operating system. ACT helps to lower costs for application compatibility evaluation by providing an accurate inventory of the applications in your organization. ACT helps you to deploy Windows more quickly by helping to prioritize, test, and detect compatibility issues with your apps. By using ACT, you can become involved in the ACT Community and share your risk assessment with other ACT users. You can also test your web applications and web sites for compatibility with new releases of Internet Explorer. For more information, see Application Compatibility Toolkit. • Deployment Tools: Deployment tools enable you to customize, manage, and deploy Windows images. Deployment tools can be used to automate Windows deployments, removing the need for user interaction during Windows setup. Tools included with this feature are Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) command line tool, DISM PowerShell cmdlets, DISM API, Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), and OSCDIMG. For more information, see Deployment Tools. • User State Migration Tool (USMT): USMT is a scriptable command line tool that IT Professionals can use to migrate user data from a previous Windows installation to a new Windows installation. By using USMT, you can create a customized migration framework that copies the user data you select and excludes any data that does not need to be migrated. Tools included with the feature are ScanState, Loadstate, and USMTUtils command line tools. For more information, see User State Migration Tool. • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT): The Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the activation of Windows, Windows Server, Windows ThinPC, Windows POSReady 7, select add-on product keys, and Office for computers in their organization. VAMT can manage volume activation using retail keys (or single activation keys), multiple activation keys (MAKs), or Windows Key Management Service (KMS) keys. For more information, see Volume Activation Management Tool. • Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT):Windows Performance Toolkit includes tools to record system events and analyze performance data in a graphical user interface. Tools available in this toolkit include Windows Performance Recorder, Windows Performance Analyzer, and Xperf. For more information, see Windows Performance Toolkit. • Windows Assessment Toolkit: Tools to discover and run assessments on a single computer. Assessments are tasks that simulate user activity and examine the state of the computer. Assessments produce metrics for various aspects of the system, and provide recommendations for making improvements. For more information, see Windows Assessment Toolkit. • Windows Assessment Services: Tools to remotely manage settings, computers, images, and assessments in a lab environment where Windows Assessment Services is installed. This application can run on any computer with access to the server that is running Windows Assessment Services. For more information, see Windows Assessment Services. • Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE): Minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows. For more information, see Windows PE Technical Reference.
Supported operating systems: Undefined, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Vista
To install the Windows ADK, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems: • Windows® 8 • Windows® 7 • Windows Server® 8 • Windows Server® 2008 R2 • Windows Vista® • Windows Server® 2008 with Service Pack 2 The Microsoft .NET Framework 4 is required and Windows ADK installs it automatically. Be aware of the supported platforms and requirements for the following features in the Windows ADK. • Application Compatibility Toolkit: You can install the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) on any of the supported Windows ADK operating systems and also on Windows® XP SP3, and Windows Server 2003. • Deployment Tools: To use the PowerShell cmdlets for Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) or Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), PowerShell 3.0 must be installed. Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 include PowerShell 3.0 by default. For earlier versions of Windows, install PowerShell 3.0 from this Microsoft website. • Windows Assessment Toolkit: The Windows Assessment Console can be installed on the following operating systems: Windows® 8, or Windows® 7 with SP 1. • Windows Assessment Services: To install Windows Assessment Services, your server must be running one of these operating systems: Windows Server® 8 or Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise, Standard, or Datacenter edition. Windows Assessment Services is not supported on Server Core or on Domain Controller Servers. By default, the Windows Assessment Services-Client is installed on the server where you installed Windows Assessment Services. You can also install it on a client computer. To install Windows Assessment Services -Client, your computer must be running one of these operating systems: Windows Server® 8, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows® 8, or Windows® 7 with SP1. • Windows Performance Toolkit: The Windows Performance Toolkit can only be installed on the following operating systems: Windows® 8, Windows Server® 8, Windows® 7 with SP1, or Windows Server® 2008 R2. • User State Migration Tool: The User State Migration Tool (USMT) tools can be manually copied to other versions of Windows, including Windows XP. For more information, see USMT Requirements.
For complete installation options, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=234980. To install the Windows ADK: 1. Run ADKSetup.exe. 2. Click Install, specify the location where you want to install the Windows ADK features, and then click Next. 3. Select the Windows ADK features that you want to install, and then click Install.
The next release of Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, will offer businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC):
Need more information? See the product details page.
Windows 8 Release Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Release Preview and select the right download. Setup also features a compatibility report and upgrade assistance. Make sure your devices are connected to your PC and turned on before you run Setup. Built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive are available for some previous versions of Windows (excluding Windows XP and earlier). You can find system requirements and additional information in the FAQ and in the links on this page.
Note before you download: Windows 8 Release Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.
For more details visit http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/31/delivering-the-windows-8-release-preview.aspx
Microsoft Press Pass http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/May12/05-31Windows8RPPR.aspx
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit team is pleased to announce that MAP 7.0 Beta is now available for download.
Get ready for the private cloud with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Beta. This update adds several new private cloud planning scenarios that help you build for the future with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Download the MAP Toolkit 7.0 Beta and begin your cloud transformation today!
New capabilities allow you to:
· Understand your readiness to deploy Windows in your environment with hardware and device readiness assessment
· Determine Windows Server 2012 Beta readiness
· Investigate how Windows Server and System Center can manage your heterogeneous environment through VMware migration and Linux server virtualization assessments
· Size your desktop virtualization needs for both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and session-based virtualization using Remote Desktop Services
· Ready your information platform for the cloud with the SQL Server 2012 discovery and migration assessment
· Evaluate your licensing needs with usage tracking for Lync 2010, active users and devices, SQL Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012
Determine Windows readiness
MAP 7.0 Beta assesses the readiness of your IT environment for your Windows deployment. This feature evaluates your existing hardware against the recommended system requirements for Windows. It provides recommendations detailing which machines meet the requirements and which machines may require hardware upgrades.
Key benefits include:
· Assessment report and summary proposal to help you to understand the scope and benefits of a Windows deployment.
· Inventory of desktop computers, deployed operating systems, and applications.
Assess Windows Server 2012 Beta readiness
MAP 7.0 Beta assesses the readiness of your IT infrastructure for a Windows Server 2012 Beta deployment. This feature includes detailed and actionable recommendations indicating the machines that meet Windows Server 2012 Beta system requirements and which may require hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in your planning efforts.
Virtualize your Linux servers on Hyper-V
MAP 7.0 Beta extends its server virtualization scenario to include Linux operating systems. Now, MAP enables you to gather performance data for Linux-based physical and virtual machines and use that information to perform virtualization and private cloud planning analysis for both Windows and Linux-based machines within the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track scenario.
Key features allow you to:
· Incorporate non-Windows machines into your virtualization planning.
· View consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures, including computing power, network, and storage architectures.
· Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of physical to virtual (P2V) migration to Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.
· Review recommended guidance and next steps using Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.
For a comprehensive list of features and benefits, click here.
· Join the beta.
· Download the current version of the MAP Toolkit.
· Send your comments to the MAP Team.
· Learn moreabout MAP.
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We are very excited to welcome you to the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Beta Program and appreciate your interest and participation in the program. Click here to download the solution accelerator. If you have additional questions or feedback about the solution accelerator, please send an email to MVMCDISC@microsoft.com. You can also visit the MVMC TechNet forum for participating in discussions and getting additional support.
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, standalone solution for converting VMware virtual machines (VMs) and VMware virtual disks (VMDKs) to Hyper-V virtual machines and Hyper-V virtual hard disks (VHDs). MVMC supports converting virtual machines using the following guest operating systems:
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter converts VMware virtual machines created with:
To virtual machines for:
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter:
Includes a scriptable Command Line Interfaces (CLI) for performing machine conversion and offline disk conversion which integrates with datacenter automation workflows, such as those authored and executed within System Center Orchestrator. The command line can also be invoked through PowerShell.
For program details visit Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Beta now available!
As you are all aware Hyper-V is Microsoft’s Virtualization platform and we use VHD as the file format for installing operating systems. VHD stands for Virtual Hard Disk. Windows Server 2012 features new file format known as VHDX.
You can read more about it over here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831446.aspx
As enterprise workloads for virtual environments grow in size and in performance demands, virtual hard disk (VHD) formats need to accommodate them. Hyper-V in Windows Server “8” Beta introduces a new version of the VHD format called VHDX, which is designed to handle current and future workloads.
VHDX has a much larger storage capacity than the older VHD format. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures and optimizes structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks to prevent performance degradation on new, large-sector physical disks.
The main new features of the VHDX format are:
The VHDX format also provides the following features:
Now you may say if we have so many benefits to VHDX then what about existing VHD files. Well, you can use exiting VHD files in Windows Server 2012 for Virtualization.
HOWEVER THE INTERESTING QUESTION WOULD BE “HOW CAN I CONVERT MY VHD FILE TO VHDX FORMAT TO GET ALL THE BENEFITS?”
Well, we use the Hyper-V Manager to Edit the Virtual Hard Disk. Here is how we do that.
First open Hyper-V Manager & Click on Edit Disk
Now, on the Wizard click on Next and then on the next screen locate the .VHD file.
In the Choose Action box select the necessary action. In this case you can perform following actions Compact, Convert & Expand. Select Convert & click Next.
Note: If you want to expand the VHD file select Expand & click Next, that will help you extend the VHD file up to 2 TB.
Select VHDX file format & click Next
In the next box Choose Disk Type, select Dynamically expanding & click Next.
In the Configure Disk, specify the file name & click Next.
After seeing the Summary, click on Finish.
After that it will show you the following box stating Editing the virtual disk.
After few minutes (or based upon the actual VHD file size) you will see the new VHDX file will be ready to use. Enjoy.
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.