Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
While many of you have undoubtedly studying Windows 8 Server Beta, our SQL Product Group RTM’d SQL Server 2012. Tomorrow we have a virtual launch event with a ton of information coming. Head on over and register now!
ASUS took the wraps off the Zenbook Infinity. I may have to get one, along with a matching G37. Until ASUS posts the details on their website, we’ll just have to drool over the new slick blue notebook. Looks like it has mini DisplayPort in the pic. There’s a move in the right direction if true.
Kerberos authentication provides a highly secure method to authenticate client and server entities (security principals) on a network. To use Kerberos authentication with SQL Server, a Service Principal Name (SPN) must be registered with Active Directory, which plays the role of the Key Distribution Center in a Windows domain. In addition, many customers also enable delegation for multi tier applications using SQL Server. In such a setup, it may be difficult to troubleshoot the connectivity problems with SQL Server when Kerberos authentication fails.
The Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server is a diagnostic tool that helps troubleshoot Kerberos related connectivity issues with SQL Server. It can perform the following functions:
Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39046.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure.
Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28970
Talk TechNet is all about discussing topics and trends in the world of IT Professionals. In this show we’ll have guest Jeremy Chapman. Jeremy is a Microsoft Senior Product Manager and popular speaker at the various IT Professional conferences like Tech Ed and MMS. Jeremy has been focused on deploying Windows and is now doing the same thing for the Office Product Group. Call in and join us for what promises to be a lively 60 minute session. Get some burning questions answered.
Register @ https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032476772&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US.
Next Wednesday we launch the “Talk TechNet” show. Keith Combs and I are the hosts and each week we’ll have a guest on the show that is a subject matter expert on some facet of Microsoft products and technologies. We are starting off the show with twice weekly episodes on Wednesday and Friday and we’ll quickly move to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday format.
For our inaugural show on 1/26/2011 we invited Jeremy Moskowitz. Jeremy is a wonderful speaker on many of the Microsoft products and has strong skills with Group Policy. Be sure to checkout his site at http://gpanswers.com.
This is a live show and you are invited to call in with a question on the subject for the day. In this case we’ll be talking about Group Policy. Think of this like a sports talk show for IT Pros.
We’ll be creating a landing page for the show at technet.microsoft.com soon. As soon as it’s available I’ll update you here on the location. Each show will be live. Replays will be available in a variety of formats within forty eight hours. We’ll also have an RSS feed if you want to subscribe with your player or smartphone.
Be sure to tell all of you friends and colleagues on Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can follow Matt on Twitter via @matthewhester or Keith via @Keith_Combs. Talk to you next week.
REDMOND, Wash. — May 31, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview, the next milestone of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Available for download today in 14 languages at http://preview.windows.com, the Windows 8 Release Preview delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse. Since the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours, Windows 8 has become the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time, and with today’s release, it enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.
“We’re thrilled to be at this milestone with the Windows 8 Release Preview,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.
See the entire press release at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/May12/05-31Windows8RPPR.aspx.
SMB is getting a lot of attention with Windows Server 2012, and we’ve had questions from a few customers regarding the inter-play between SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. In this post we’ll share our experience around setting up and using various configurations involving SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. The issue we were expecting to run into is the apparent lack of authorization to use the SMB share, when using remote management.
See the full post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2013/06/14/using-smb-shares-with-hyper-v-replica.aspx.
See the full article and video at http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/11/iosafe-gives-shocking-demo-of-thunderbolt-rugged-portable-protot/. If they really want to test that drive, mount it on top of a relatively tall pole during the Texas spring thunderstorms. Grin.
Flash Mobbing in India with NOKIA.
There have been so many good sessions throughout the TechEd Europe 2010 conference I didn’t think it could get much better. Wrong. The sessions I attended on the fourth day were very good. Really really technical sessions. The kind of sessions that make your brain hurt.
First up this morning was the session with Mark Russinovich and the “Mysteries of Windows Management” session. As with all of Mark’s sessions, it was fast paced and deep. Probably too deep although very informative. He covered some of the history of Windows architecture then proceeded to show some of the tools you can use to see how and application is using memory, and the type(s) of memory the app is reserving or has committed.
This is certainly one of those sessions you’ll want to watch and listen to via the TechNet On Demand site. See for the sessions that are currently available and check back in a few days if you don’t see what you are looking for.
The next session I tried to get into was the “Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMWare” but the theatre area where they were holding the session was rather small and there were a LOT of people trying to get into the room. I figured I’d do the right thing and not take a customer seat on that one. Edwin Yuen was supposed to deliver the session but he did not make the trip. I see about getting the slides or locating the on demand version.
Kenon Owens and Michael Michael delivered a “Managing Your Virtual Environments” session next. Michael Michael is one of the leading authorities on System Center Virtual Machine Manager so customers got a unique and rare opportunity to talk with him and Kenon about the current version of SCVMM 2008 R2, it’s design and the thinking behind how it works.
A brief discussion about VMM Self Service Portal 2.0 was also part of the audience question and answer session.
Kenon is on the left and Michael is on the right in the picture at left. Both gentlemen discussed a wide variety of topics on the current shipping version of SCVMM as well as some information on what's coming next.
Next up was the godfather of PowerShell and Distinguished Systems Engineer, Jeffrey Snover. He and Refaat Issa deliver the session with the longest title called “Windows Server 2008 R2: Tips on Automating and Managing the Breath of Your IT Environment”. Whew, what a mouthful.
As you might suspect, this session started with some core concepts around PowerShell because the room had a considerable number of beginners in the room. Jeffrey polled the audience to check this and did a short level set on what PowerShell is and isn’t. He basically instructed everyone to stop thinking of PowerShell as a command line environment, and to keep in mind it’s really an engine that happens to also have a command line interface.
He started off discussing WMI and the sessin got progressively deeper into the various objects and commandlets available in the Power shell and the IDE environment that can be used for debugging scripts.
After that, the talk of course discussed a variety of other administrative chores you can accomplish with automation. Like the memory management session Mark delivered in the morning, the Powershell topic is probably best learned from a book. There’s simply too much to go over in sixty minutes to do the subject justice. Jeffrey is a good presenter so the session should be easy listening when the on demand version is ready.
After these sessions I headed to the Hands on Lab area to check out some of the sessions. There were sessions on a wide variety of topics including setup and use of Lync, SCVMM, SQL Server, etc. As you can see in the picture, the HOL area was busy and it stayed busy the entire conference. This is a great learning area. I wish I had a download of all of the HOL sessions and guides.
That’s it for TechEd Europe 2010 for me. Time to go do some shopping for my honey, get a bite to eat, and prepare for the long flights home. Chow!
In this video I interview Richard Boscovich, Senior Attorney and T.J. Campana, Senior Program Manager both from Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit. Richard and T.J. discuss Microsoft’s legal and technical involvement in the Waledac botnet takedown. This is a fascinating story. See the details at http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/story/default.aspx#section_4_4_1.
Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 provides both teachers and students the latest and familiar Windows experience. And it gives teachers new tools to orchestrate and manage students’ use of computers, so computers become an effective learning tool in classrooms, libraries and labs. Call in or ask questions live with a couple of experts.
Join Matt, Keith, Andy Goodman and Kevin Royalty on 5/4 at 9am PST for an episode on a great new server for education environments. Andy and Kevin are MVPs specializing on this product and other products like SBS and Windows Home Server. This is a great opportunity to get some questions answered on MultiPoint!
Presenters: Keith Combs, Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Matt Hester, Sr. IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation, Andy Goodman, Microsoft MVP, SBS-Rocks.com, and Kevin Royalty, Microsoft MVP, Total Care Computing Consulting
Register now @ https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032485865&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US
Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. This update provides the latest fixes to Office for Mac 2011. Additionally, this update contains stability and reliability improvements.
See the list of fixes @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2685940.
Go get the download @ http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29419.
Earlier today at Computex, Dell shared some details about a new convertible laptop, the XPS 11. Though it’s the smallest convertible Windows 8 machine they have designed, it brings a lot of power. It features a gorgeous Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display and the latest hardware from Intel.
See more details at http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/direct2dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2013/06/03/dell-s-xps-11-makes-appearance-at-computex-2013.aspx.
Company Location - Pennsylvania
Objectives of the Project - “We need to be preemptive on Evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2 and windows 7 to address remote access and security concerns.”
Are you piloting or deploying the products? “Our organization is behind in the Server space but cutting edge in the Virtualization space. We are hoping to bring our test Environment up to Windows 2008 R2 in a timely matter then work on a plan to upgrade production. We also want to take a hard look at Windows 7 and see if it fits moving forward.”
Products used in the project (all that apply) - “Windows 2008 R2 and windows 7 are being evaluated at this time”
Project description - “As the projects are Pilots for the test environment the no major milestone has been achieved at this time. What was noted was the ease of installation of both Server and Desktop OS, and the ability to quickly configure the Server with the Roles and functions we feel we need for a successful pilot.”
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? Not at this time.
Keith.Combs – for pilot projects, this might be a typical response. Keep in mind this is a snapshot in time and the objectives might not be achieved until much later.
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? “N/A”
Keith.Combs – I am actually following up with the contact on this. If this is a new system so it is actually a new investment, I can see why it’s not saving money over a previously deployed solution”
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? Any suggestions for improvements are appreciated. We tried to make this as easy as possible on everyone. - “The concept of the program is great The Forums are helpful and the tracking that cn be done view the site is helpful at the pilot stage. Yes, we would have used technet and the technet forums. The plus to IT Pro Momentum is its targeted to the early adopters and testers. Keep up the great blog posts they are helpful and informative ”
I can see it already. A remake of the classic “The Final Countdown” with drones instead of Tomcats.
“I have a 250GB hard drive. When I look at the properties of the drive, it tells me that I have 75GB free and that 175GB are in use. However, when I add all my files together, I only see 150GB in use. That is a difference of 25GB. Where did my space go?”
Ever have a similar question in your mind? Sure you do. Robert explains many of the mysteries in the blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2013/03/01/where-did-my-space-go.aspx. Nicely done Robert.
Volume 9 of the Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report provides an in-depth perspective on malicious and potentially unwanted software, software exploits, security breaches and software vulnerabilities (both in Microsoft software and in third-party software). Microsoft developed these perspectives based on detailed analysis over the past several years, with a focus on the first half of 2010.
I spent some time in Seattle recently talking to some of the authors and contributors. We filmed those discussions and will be releasing the videos over the next few weeks and months. Stay tuned for those!
Get the SIR v9 reports @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b5f9eddc-70dc-4b11-996b-1bc6987c44b9.
By now you’ve likely heard about the tornado disaster today. Oklahoma City isn’t that far north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Today an EF5 hit that area and destroyed the lives of thousands of people. Nature is a powerful force and it seems the radical nature of our weather it getting more and more extreme.
I’ve seen tornados up close and personal. I was literally at the genesis (Lake Worth) of the tornado that hit downtown Ft. Worth a few years ago. It wasn’t my first brush with one. They are a fact of life and nuisance in the south.
I have seen many pictures and videos of twisters. The one from today below is particularly scary because it shows the before and after. One of the schools destroyed is in the foreground at the beginning of the video. The storm chasers that shot the video had the good sense to not publish the school getting destroyed. It is gut wrenching but clearly demonstrates why we keep a careful eye on the sky and weather reports this time of year.
A lot of people lost their lives today, over twenty were children. I can’t even imagine. Say a prayer for the families.
[UPDATE] Thankfully, fewer people were killed than first reported. It breaks my heart to watch the stories. Clearly there were many heroes in the midst of the destruction. Many of them teachers.
Make Windows Azure Your Datacenter! This Jump Start will help you understand how you can use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, to migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud. The jumpstart will be led by Microsoft Lead Azure Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group Technical Product Manager David Aiken. Get ready for a live online interactive experience highlighting the latest and greatest via numerous scenarios and demos all while answering questions from the audience.
For more information and to register for this free training event, head on over to https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/Windows-Azure-for-IT-Professionals?CR_CC=200206717.
Since many other operating system vendors are also adopting this MIT-developed authentication protocol, Kerberos Version 5 will increasingly become a centerpiece of enterprise-level interoperability. Kerberos provides secure user authentication with an industry standard that permits interoperability. The Active Directory domain controller maintains user account and log-in information to support the Kerberos service.
Want to learn more? Be sure to bookmark the Kerberos Survival Guide on the TechNet WIKI at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4209.kerberos-survival-guide.aspx.
Cool Video. Order your Lumia 900 now at http://att.com/lumia
Shelby America is making a limited run of the Shelby 1000 with 1200 horsepower. Seems like they should call it the Shelby 1200 if you ask me but what the heck. I don’t see any information in product area at http://shelbyamerican.com/shelby1000.asp or the press release at http://shelbyamerican.com/news.asp but I am sure their marketing folks will figure out this web thing soon.
In the meantime, head on over to http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/22/2013-shelby-1000-unleashes-its-1-200-horsepower-ahead-of-ny-show/ for the early press release and photos. Photo above courtesy of the fine folks at autoblog.com.
I wonder what jamming the pedal on 1200 horses feels like. Hold on to yer butts.
Cool video from the XBOX team.
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Here’s an excerpt from a blog post on the Microsoft on the Issues blog I thought would be prudent to bring to your attention.
Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other products. Their offense? These products enable people to view videos on the Web and to connect wirelessly to the Internet using industry standards.
Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft
Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other products. Their offense? These products enable people to view videos on the Web and to connect wirelessly to the Internet using industry standards.
See the entire blog post at the Microsoft on the Issues blog post.
Make sure you memorize the following if you decide to interview for a technical position here. Ok, I’m half joking. If you were going to interview for something that doesn’t involve Exchange Server, then you can save a few brain cells. If however you are interviewing for a Support, TS or MCS position that involves Exchanger server, you’d better be intimate with this poster.
Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39102.
NEW YORK — Nov. 7, 2011 — Consumers today can experience new Windows Phone 7.5, formerly code-named “Mango,” with a selection of sleek and stylish smartphones from HTC Corp. and Samsung, starting at just $49.99. Now available at AT&T, the, Samsung Focus™ S and Samsung Focus Flash are the newest additions to the Windows Phone portfolio, joining the HTC Radar 4G, available at T-Mobile USA Inc.
Microsoft designed Windows Phone around one simple concept: People belong at the center of the phone experience. To demonstrate this approach, Microsoft put real people inside a giant six-story phone in New York City’s Herald Square to bring to life the phone’s key features and experiences. A life-size “Plants vs. Zombies” battle highlighted the phone’s rich Xbox LIVE gaming experience, while Far East Movement brought the Music + Video Hub to life with a live lunchtime concert for hundreds of fans in. The theme of the day — connecting people — was underscored when a New York man proposed to his girlfriend from inside the Me Tile of the giant phone.
See todays full press release at http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/nov11/11-07MSMangoGAPR.mspx. Get more information, pictures and videos at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/. And don’t forget the product area at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone.
The goal of this document is to present an overview of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) virtual smart cards (VSCs) as an option for strong authentication. It is intended not only to provide the means for evaluating VSC use in an enterprise deployment, but also to provide the information necessary to deploy and manage.
Go get the guide @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29076.
NEW YORK — Jan. 29, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers. Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling — all for US$99.99 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.
See the rest of the press release and details at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/jan13/01-29O365PR.aspx.
Check out the flow chart at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/attachments-suck. This is a cute SkyDrive campaign. Very creative. Is this you? Let’s send a 1GB attachment and see what happens. Evil grin.
At the Nokia World keynote early this morning, Nokia announced it’s plans to connect a billion new people in emerging markets. In addition to the global vision, Nokia also announced availability of some new Windows Phone devices (pictured above). The keynote replay is currently on the homepage for Nokia World 2011 so go listen when you have a spare 90 minutes. The first 35 minutes is about the emerging market plan.
I like the look of the Lumia 800. I can’t wait to see it up close and personal. I’ll have to wait a few more months for the US launch, but it’ll give me time to read some of the reviews of the European devices. If you happen to be in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany or the Netherlands, you can pre-order the device right now. See the price checker.
Hopefully win number four will happen this afternoon against the Yankees.
Tatsuo Horiuchi said, “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most computers. And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint”.
See the amazing article at http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/excel-art-by-tatsuo-horiuchi/ for more information.
Artwork by Tatsuo Horiuchi.
Go get it @ http://nokia-windows-phone.t-mobile.com/