January, 2009

  • System Manageability Solution: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

     

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    From today I’ll be writing a series of posts regarding my experiences with deploying and managing Microsoft System Center Configuration manager in my test lab scenario.

    Before I start today, I would like to give a brief description about System Center Configuration Manager and what it does:

    Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform, enabling organizations to provide relevant software and updates to users quickly and cost-effectively.

    Configuration Manager 2007 provides the following features:

    ■ Collecting hardware and software inventory.

    ■ Distributing and installing software applications.

    ■ Distributing and installing updates to software, for example security fixes.

    ■ Restricting computers from accessing the network if they do not meet specified requirements, for example having certain security updates installed.

    ■ Deploying operating systems.

    ■ Specifying what a desired configuration would be for one or more computers and then monitoring adherence to that configuration.

    ■ Metering software usage.

    ■ Remotely controlling computers to provide troubleshooting support.

    Please see the following figure to understand where does the SCCM fits into the System Center Solution:

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    Configuration Manager provides a comprehensive solution for change and
    configuration management, enabling organizations to provide relevant software
    and updates to users efficiently. Configuration Manager features provide solutions
    for many key issues that IT administrators face while managing Windows-based PC
    environments today.

    So now we have a overview of what exactly Configuration manager does and how it helps managing Windows based IT infrastructure, we’ll go into deploying it into my lab.

    Stay tuned.. smile_wink

  • Change in licensing for Windows Server 2008 related to CALs and Virtualization.

    A lot has been said and written about Microsoft Licensing policy related to CALs required to access non Windows Server 2008 VMs on Microsoft Server 2008 Server Hyper – V.

    Problem Scenario

    If you move your physical Windows Server 2003 Operating System Environments (OSE) to run as virtual machines hosted by Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V,  Can i use my existing server 2003 CALs?

    No, as the virtual instance of Server 2003 running on Windows Server 2008 instance you need to have Server 2008 CALs and not server 2003 CALs.

    Those who have Microsoft Software Assurance license can upgrade their licenses to Server 2008

    Problem Solved

    Microsoft has changed its licensing policy relating to CALs accessing Virtual Machines on Server 2008 Hyper V.

    Windows Server 2008 CALs are no longer required if you are using Windows Server 2008 solely as a virtualization host. The only exception to this is if you are running Windows Server 2008 virtual machines, which would require Windows Server 2008 CALs.

    Check these scenarios:

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    I hope this will ease the adoption of Microsoft Virtualization Solutions for our customers, for more detailed information, please read the updated Volume Licensing Brief.

     

  • Welcome to my blog…!!!!

    Hi All.

    Welcome to my brand new blog, My Name is Iftekhar Hussain (You can call me Ifti).

    I am working with Microsoft Corporation as a Partner Technology Specialist and i work on Microsoft Virtualization technologies and System Center Manageability Solutions like System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

    So Ifti why this blog????

    Hmmm.. I am starting this blog to communicate my experiences, my opinion, my thoughts about certain technologies with Internet Community, my partners, my customers and of course my friends.

    Virtualization is the next big thing..ummm wait a min.. What is Virtualization???

    if you dont know what Virtualization is.. here is Microsoft’s definition.

    Server virtualization, also known as hardware virtualization, is a hot topic in the IT world because of the potential for serious economic benefits. Server virtualization enables multiple operating systems to run on a single physical machine as virtual machines (VMs). With server virtualization, you can consolidate workloads across multiple underutilized server machines onto a smaller number of machines. Fewer physical machines can lead to reduced costs through lower hardware, energy, and management overhead, plus the creation of a more dynamic IT infrastructure.

    Stay Tuned to my blog for more updates and more and more of tech talks and few non tech talks as well…. :)

    ENJOY !!!!

    Iftekhar

  • Don't want to Install IE 8 through Automatic Updates??? Use Windows Internet Explorer 8 Blocker Toolkit

    Update from IE Team

    Windows Internet Explorer 8 will be distributed to end-users via Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.  Enterprises wishing to manage the way in which Windows Internet Explorer 8 is deployed to their organization can use the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Blocker Toolkit to prevent users from installing IE8 through Automatic Update.

    Support Overview

    Windows Internet Explorer 8 will be available for users of the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 SP2. For Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the update will be listed as Important. For Windows XP and Windows 2003, the update will be listed as High Priority. Users will be offered the upgrade if they have Automatic Updates enabled or if they perform a manual scan for updates using the “Express” install option on the Windows Update or Microsoft Update sites.  Windows Internet Explorer 8 will also be offered as a recommended updated to any user who performs a manual update scan on the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites using the “Custom” install option.

    Distribution of Windows Internet Explorer 8 via Automatic Updates will begin slowly and will take several months to complete.  End-users can expect to be offered the upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 at any time in the months following the release of Windows Internet Explorer 8.

    Many enterprise customers will want to control how and when Windows Internet Explorer 8 is deployed to their organization through Automatic Updates.  Microsoft has released a Blocker Toolkit and has articulated a series of options IT administrators can implement to control how Windows Internet Explorer 8 is deployed.

    Resources related to this Alert:

    IE Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2009/01/06/ie8-blocker-toolkit-available-today.aspx

    IE8 Blocker Toolkit FAQ: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/updatemanagement/dd365124.aspx

    IE8 Blocker Toolkit Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=133921

    IE8 Compatibility View: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111416

     

     

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  • My first post from Windows 7 Operating System

    Windows 7.  One better than Windows 6.

     

     

    Due to overwhelming response of Windows enthusiasts around the globe for downloading Windows 7 Beta from Microsoft site, there were some glitches in downloading experience in last few hours but has been taken care by Windows Team here in Microsoft.

    One more good news that initial limit of 2.5 million downloads is removed, so you can still download Windows 7 Beta even if 2.5 million download limit is reached untill January 24.

    Hmm… thats nice Ifti. so howz Windows 7 ???

    As a Microsoft Employee, Its our duty to evaluate and provide feedback to Windows Development Team.. what we call here “Eating our own dogfood”.

    I completed the installation of Windows 7 on my Home Laptop and it looks great.

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    Guess what??? On my Compaq V2420 Laptop, Windows 7 has taken care of all the hardware drivers and it looks like this.

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    All Drivers?????

    Ah.. my mistake, except my laptops internal 56Kbps Modem, which i have never used and not intend to use it in future, am very much happy with my WiFi connection :-)

    Some first hand changes which i have observed.

    1. Great UI

    2. Installation time is really reduced as compared to Vista.

    3. Takes less time to boot,

    4. Yes i can say batter life has improved.

    5. Less cluttered taskbar

    6. All my Windows Vista application works absolutely fine with Windows 7.

    WOW Ifti !!! these sounds cool.. worth giving it a shot.

    Yes, absolutely.. Download the BETA here  provide feedbacks and submit bugs and help us making a great Operating System.

    I’ll leave you with this Microsoft Campaign.. I AM A PC

    and ofcourse I AM A PC AND I WORK FOR MICROSOFT.

    Stay tuned..

  • What is Cloud Computing or Software as a Service (SaaS)?

    There is lot of buzz word for terms like Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS), What is it actually??

    Software as a Service (SaaS)— meaning delivering software over the Internet is increasingly popular for its ability to simplify deployment and reduce acquisition and ownership cost.

    This Video explains all.…

    let me know what you think..smile_regular

  • Microsoft Free E-book: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    Want to know more about Microsoft Virtualization Solutions??

    Microsoft Learning is offering Free E book.

    This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions.

    The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2009, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

    Its a limited timer offer, download it NOW from following link.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/books/virtualization.mspx

    Happy Learning !! smile_regular

  • BREAKING NEWS !!!: Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is now available.

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    You know I work at Microsoft, and that I love technology.  Sometimes I love Microsoft technology so much that I can’t wait to tell people about it, and this is one of those times.  Microsoft has just released the Release Candidate 1 for Internet Explorer 8, and I think you should install it and use it today.

    You may want to know what a “release candidate” is:  that’s techno-speak for an almost-final version of software, like a sneak preview.

    Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is much faster than previous versions of Internet Explorer, so you’ll notice that difference right away.  But you’ll also notice some cool new features that will make your surfing experience faster and easier—not mention a whole lot safer.

    • Highlight a street address in your Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, or other web mail account, right-click on the blue button that appears, and hover over “Map with Live Search.”  Presto!  You’ll see the map with the location right there—no more copying and pasting street addresses from web mail to a mapping site.  Plus, you can choose what mapping service you want to use.
    • Go to the search box in the top right, and type a search item—see how the enhanced Instant Search Box is more helpful, providing real-time search suggestions, including images, from your chosen search provider.
    • Click on a new tab, and see the options that are presented there, including “InPrivate Browsing.”  Click InPrivate Browsing and watch what happens—you are now in a browser session that is leaving no trail behind, so research gift suggestions for your significant other to your heart’s content without worrying about who might pick up the crumbs after you. 

    Harder to see are the many security enhancements that will help keep you protected against the ever-evolving online threats—things like protection from cross-site scripting attacks that no other browser offers.

    Let me know what you think of IE8 RC1. DOWNLOAD NOW !!!!

  • Its time to remove wraps off: Windows 7 BETA Out now

     

     

    Most anticipated Microsoft’s brand new Operating System Windows 7 BETA is now released for IT Professionals and Developers on TechNet and MSDN

    So if you a TechNet or MSDN subscription, you can download the Microsoft Windows 7 NOW

    What if I am not TechNet and MSDN subscriber ???

    Well.. while i am writing this blog the Windows 7 is being uploaded to the Microsoft Website. Users from all over the world can download and evaluate Windows 7 shortly.

    So Ifti… whats new in Windows 7 ???

    hmm… See it yourself here

    Stay Tuned for more Windows 7 posts on this blog

     

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