The future of computing is here and on September 13th at //build/ in Anaheim, CA we will be taking a look at what the future holds as we discuss the details of Windows 8.
If you’re an IT Professional interested in knowing more on the future of Windows, the Keynotes on Tuesday and Wednesday will be available live each day and sessions from the conference Tuesday through Friday will be available to view online within 24 hours of the session.
Tuesday Keynote 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM GMT Wednesday Keynote 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM GMT
More Information on Windows 8
Windows 8 Team blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/
Full announcement at The Official Microsoft Blog.
Did you know that Microsoft is the only vendor who can do it all?
Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – as a Public Cloud, a Private Cloud and as a mixture of the two as a Hybrid Cloud.
There is no other vendor with the breadth and depth of our solutions. Some do only Private Cloud IaaS, some only Public Cloud SaaS. I’ll be delving into this in the future. Meantime have a look at http://technet.microsoft.com/cloud for more info.
On that page, there are links to the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), where you will find loads of free training on our Cloud technologies. The MVA allows you to take self-assessments on each of the topics you study. Self-assessments earn you points, and points make prizes! There is a page in the MVA that lists the Top Students in the World and in Ireland. If you are listed as one of the top ten in Ireland, let me know - once I can verify it is you I’ll give you a free TechNet subscription!
I received a lot of feedback requesting Security content in the Newsletter. I don’t intend re-inventing the wheel here, merely to direct you to the best sources on Security related information. I’ll probably be a bit “cheeky” and point out that Microsoft has the most secure products – let’s see what I can find!
We release our security updates monthly on “Patch Tuesday” (which is Wednesday in reality for us). Along with the updates we publish a regular Security Bulletin – Here is August’s. Whilst writing that last sentence, I’ve realised that I would be much better off publishing this newsletter on (or just after) Patch Tuesday – there’s not much point telling you about something that happened nearly a month ago! That will have to be something for next month.
You can sign up to receive the monthly security bulletin here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ie/security/dd252948.aspx
All our products have a lifecycle from release through to withdrawal. It’s very useful to know if the product you are working of is still in support. We publish the Microsoft Product Lifecycle here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9669804
Microsoft provides free software updates for security and nonsecurity issues for all supported service packs. See a List of Supported Service Packs here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9669805
And for something interesting to watch, have a look at this 11 minute video that explains the proactive work that Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group is conducting to help provide more secure, private, and reliable computing experiences for the individuals and companies who power today's computing ecosystem. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/edge/Video/hh269932.aspx
More next month..
As promised, I am publishing the best questions and their answers that I received over the previous month:
Q. We run our website on Windows Server 2008 R2. In testing we are seeing a delay of anywhere between 4-15 secs every time we load a particular page. Help!
A. There is a feature in IIS7.5 (the version in 2008 R2) called failed-request tracing. Basically you turn it on and configure it to trace any event (in your case pages that take more than a few seconds to load). The tracing can be as detailed as you want. More info here: http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/266/troubleshooting-failed-requests-using-tracing-in-iis-7/ It won’t fix the issue obviously – but will pinpoint where to look.
Q. My customer is deploying a number of Branch Servers with Hyper-V and wants to use a Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise License for the Physical Server and deploy four guest machines. What OS can they install in the guest VMs?
A. Windows Licensing is hypervisor agnostic (it doesn’t make a difference if you’re using Hyper-V or VMware or Xen or whatever). If you assign an Enterprise license to a physical box, the license entitles you to run four VMs of either Enterprise or Standard editions. As your customer is deploying this as a Branch Server, this is irrelevant to you, but worth mentioning anyway: The license is assigned to the physical box – so if this was a failover cluster and one node could end up running more than four VMs, it needs to be licensed for that (for the maximum number of VMs it could ever run). You can assign more than one Enterprise license to each physical node (to allow them to run 8 or 12 VMs for example) or you could simply license each physical box with Datacentre edition, which allows you run as many VMs as your servers will allow (and they can run Datacentre, Enterprise or Standard).
Q. Does VMware’s new licensing model make looking at Hyper-V common sense?
A. The basic principle for VMware licensing model is: The more memory your Virtual Machines consume, the more licenses you require. This is called vRAM entitlement. With the above in mind:
Hyper-V is part of Windows. The Datacentre Edition Virtualisation rights give customers FLAT costs for infrastructure. There are fewer variables with an MS solution. So, yes looking at Hyper-V makes perfect sense!