With the recent release of Windows 8, I have started getting lots of questions about “What’s New”. For IT Admins, one of the questions revolves around command and control of the Windows 8 devices that thy will be placing on their networks. Group Policy is the primary means by which we effect control over client machines and this is no different with Windows 8. I spent some time rounding up some resources for managing Windows 8 clients as well as using Windows 8 as an administrative workstation. Links and descriptions below -
What’s New in Group Policy for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
This article starts with a table of New and Changed Functionality. Of particular importance is the information on Local Group Policy for Windows RT machines as you will start seeing these come into your networks now. There are also new Group Policy Settings and Group Policy Preferences for Internet Explorer 10 that everyone should be aware of.
Group Policy Overview for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
Next up, I recommend everyone take a look at the Group Policy Overview for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. This is a great all up overview of Group Policy. You should bookmark this page as there are some pieces that have not been completed and posted yet. You should re-visit this page weekly to check for updates.
Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows
This set of spreadsheets is a huge time saver when looking for Group Policy items. There are literally thousands of Group Policy settings that can be applied to machines and users and these spreadsheets help make sense of it all. This link provides downloads for the reference sheets for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and of course, Windows 8.
Article on “Group Policy Update”
One particularly exciting (and long overdue!) piece of functionality is the new Group Policy Update feature. This feature gives IT Admins the ability to forcibly refresh Group Policy on a client machine. A usage scenario would be making a firewall change to clients that needs to be implemented immediately to mitigate a threat. Group Policy Update now gives admins the ability to effect these changes rapidly to ensure policy meets internal standards as soon as possible. This excellent article by Alan Burchill explains in great detail how to implement this new feature.
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8
Best practices dictate that we don’t sit logged into our server directly. Besides, most of our servers are virtualized these days so it is actually not always possible to sit directly at a server any longer. The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) install to a Windows client machine and provide the necessary consoles and functionality to do administrative tasks. Everything from Active Directory Users and Computers to Server Manager can be used with these tools. Now refreshed to support Windows 8 clients.
Windows Security Survival Guide
Computer security is a game of leap frog – the bad guys find flaw and exploit it, the good guys identify the flaw and patch it. This cycle is never ending and should always be at the forefront of any IT Admins daily activities. With the release of a new Windows Server and a new Windows Client, I felt it prudent to remind everyone that there are new tools for admins and there will inevitably be new exploits. This security guide is a reminder of best practices and may even bring to light some things you can add to your arsenal in the constant battle with the bad guys.
Hello Salt Lake City! Thank you all for you time and patience today during the Hand On Lab section of the day. I can’t express how sorry I am that we did not have the correct manuals on site. As promised, here is a link to my SkyDrive that includes all of the slides as well as soft copies of all of the labs.
Here is the important part – The labs build on each other. You should do this in this order -
Hyper-V Getting Started
Continuously Available File Shares
Hyper-V Over SMB
Slides for the day are at the same link!
Please join us for the Windows AzureConf community conference, which will be an event put on for the Windows Azure development community, by the Windows Azure developer community. This special event will be streamed live from Microsoft Redmond Campus Channel 9 Studios on November 14, 2012, and will feature 12 presentations put on by Windows Azure MVPs and Insiders, and will feature an opening keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie.
The event is 100% free and open to the public. We do request that attendees register for the event. A registration page will be made available at http://windowsazureconf.net by October 22 so that attendees can begin registering to attend the event.
Windows AzureConf will be executed completely from the Channel 9 Studios at Microsoft Redmond. The day of the event, Channel 9 will have an events page with the sessions being streamed live. The sessions will also be recorded and made available on the Windows AzureConf event page for viewers to consume after the event.
What Am I Going to Learn?
Topics will cover virtually all aspects of the Windows Azure platform. We’re sure to have a few sessions focused on developing web sites using Windows Azure Web Sites, how to develop Windows 8 and mobile applications using Windows Azure Mobile Services, and a variety of opportunities for sessions covering other aspects of the development areas of Windows Azure. We’ll also be looking to our community members to put together a few sessions on the IaaS and VM offerings of Windows Azure, too, so there will be many opportunities for developers and IT guys to reap the benefits of learning from their peers. A list of sessions will be available on the Windows AzureConf site (http://windowsazureconf.net) by October 31.
We ask that all attendees previously familiar with Windows Azure development to have their workstations ready to code along during the sessions should they see a session of interest and want to follow along with the coding. Ideally, all attendees will have at least a 90-day Windows Azure trial account or a fully paid account so they can deploy the session code to their own instances to continue learning by doing.
As attendees are watching sessions, they may have questions for the session presenters. We’ll be facilitating question-and-answer opportunities using Twitter, so we will be watching the hashtag #AzureConf for any questions that come in. Please advise your community members to use this hashtag as they’re discussing the conference so that the hashtag becomes a familiar one for the Twitter audience. We’ll be pulling in questions using the #AzureConf hashtag, but will also be monitoring the #WindowsAzure hashtag to see if questions come through on that tag as well.
Should you have any questions about Windows AzureConf, please contact Brady Gaster from the Windows Azure Evangelism Team via email at email@example.com.
November 14, 2012
Online Channel 9 Studios
Hiya Folks! For several years I have been sponsoring the Windows Networking User Group (WNUG) that meets on the first Wednesday of every month over at Lincoln Square in Bellevue. Recently, Zubair Alexander, the founder and leader of the UG, made a change to the name of the user group. here is the notification that he sent out -
Based on your feedback and to better represent our user group, we have changed our name from Seattle Windows Networking User Group (WNUG) to Seattle IT Pro User Group (SITPUG). We will continue to meet at our current meeting location in Lincoln Square Center on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm-8pm. We are re-launching the user group under our new name starting November’s monthly meeting. We plan to invite several well-known speakers in the IT Pro community in the coming months, including Microsoft MVPs, on various topics that interest you. SITPUG is now on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Please follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook and LinkedIn. We want to encourage new sponsors and you can help by joining SITPUG on these social networking sites. Your participation is key to the success of our user group. Please update your bookmarks/favorites in your browser to point to www.sitpug.com. The old URL will redirect you to the new Web site. I will be sending out the announcement for our November meeting shortly and I am looking forward to seeing you on November 7. Zubair Alexander SITPUG Coordinator Seattle IT Pro User Group www.sitpug.com
Based on your feedback and to better represent our user group, we have changed our name from Seattle Windows Networking User Group (WNUG) to Seattle IT Pro User Group (SITPUG). We will continue to meet at our current meeting location in Lincoln Square Center on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm-8pm.
We are re-launching the user group under our new name starting November’s monthly meeting. We plan to invite several well-known speakers in the IT Pro community in the coming months, including Microsoft MVPs, on various topics that interest you.
SITPUG is now on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Please follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook and LinkedIn. We want to encourage new sponsors and you can help by joining SITPUG on these social networking sites. Your participation is key to the success of our user group.
Please update your bookmarks/favorites in your browser to point to www.sitpug.com. The old URL will redirect you to the new Web site.
I will be sending out the announcement for our November meeting shortly and I am looking forward to seeing you on November 7.
Zubair Alexander SITPUG Coordinator Seattle IT Pro User Group
Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Lincoln Square Center in Bellevue at 6:00PM. You don’t want to miss this meeting. Five lucky attendees will go home with a copy of Windows 8 Professional. It’s perfect time to invite your colleagues to join the user group.
Session Details Our guest speaker is none other than Stephen Rose of Microsoft. Stephen is a Senior Product Manager for Windows Commercial team. The topic of his presentation is "Windows 8 for IT Pros." Are you wondering if Windows 8 has place in your corporate environment? What features should IT Pros consider before making decisions on what is right for them? Come join us at our next monthly meeting to find answers to these questions and more.
Stephen is a Sr. Product and Worldwide IT Pro Community Manager for Windows Commercial team. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years running his own IT consulting company. In his current role, he manages the Window technical content on the Springboard Series on TechNet, he oversees the Windows 7 and 8 Forums, is the editor for the Springboard Insider Newsletter, writes for Windows Team Blog, acts as the moderator for the Windows Virtual Roundtables and leads Springboard Series Tours in North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia.
Windows 8 Giveaway We will be giving away five copies of Windows 8 Professional at the meeting. The lucky winners will be announced after the drawing at the end of the meeting. For rules and details please visit this page on our Web site.
New Members If you are a new member, directions to the Lincoln Center are available on our Web site, or you can click here. Meeting agenda and other details are available in the Announcements link. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
RSVP Please make sure that you RSVP so we can plan for the meeting accordingly and your name is entered in the drawing.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Zubair Alexander SITPUG Coordinator Seattle IT Pro User Group