The methods Windows and NFS use to represent user and group identities are different and are not necessarily directly interchangeable. Identity Mapping is the process of converting from an NFS identity representation to a Windows representation and vice-versa.
This blog post describes the selection, configuration and usage of the user and group identity mapping options. The NFS client is available selected versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This post will assist systems administrators when installing and configuring the NFS components within Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. It describes the available mapping mechanisms and provides guidance on which of those mechanisms to use in common scenarios. MORE
Modern software systems rarely operate in an unconnected closed environment. Today’s systems might be connected to partners and customers through a variety devices and networks. To support these systems, we need the ability to identify users of the software, data and systems.
A week or so ago we introduced some of the concepts through the work of Kim Cameron and John Shewchuk. They describe the social enterprise and the facilities needed to support distributed identity management. A healthy debate ensued but it doesn’t stop there. MORE
A datasheet recently published by VMware makes an argument for why organizations should choose VMware View over Remote Desktop Services (RDS). The datasheet ignores that RDS is a proven technology in use by millions of users every day. Microsoft's approach to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (or VDI) is fundamentally different from VMware’s approach. This difference stems from Microsoft's belief in offering choices to customers. Unlike VMware, Microsoft can deliver VDI functionality in 3 different ways. MORE
Microsoft entered new territory Monday evening, announcing the Surface family of tablet computers. The first devices, which feature 10.6-inch 16:9 HD screens and a unique 3 mm-thick touch-sensitive cover that provides a full keyboard, will be "comparable [to] ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PCs" -- thin, light and high-performance, in short -- according to the press announcement. It will be available in Windows 8 and Windows RT versions, sporting front- and rear-facing cameras, Office 365 and the recently unveiled Windows 8 apps. Steven Sinofsky talks about the development of the People, Mail and Calendar apps on the Building Windows 8 Blog. There are plenty of developer and IT angles to explore, so stay tuned for blog postings from the teams contributing to this, dare we say it, revolutionary device.
There were two server installation types prior to Windows Server 2012: full and core. Core servers provide a low attack surface by removing the Windows Shell and Internet Explorer completely. However, it presented quite a challenge for many Windows administrators as Windows PowerShell and command line utilities were the only methods used to manage the servers and its roles locally (you could use most management consoles remotely).
Those same two server installation types return in Windows Server 2012; however, we have added a third installation type: Minimal Server Interface. MORE
It’s fascinating to watch how quickly PowerShell has been embraced by the community. It is a language and technology beloved by developers and information technology professionals. The Scripting Guys are a driving force behind this community engagement and you really need to take notice of their amazing work.
Each month The Scripting Guys blog pumps out a bunch of technical articles on PowerShell. You might see several articles per day and these aren’t mere marketing articles. The articles you see are technical articles on how to use PowerShell with Microsoft products and cover security, management, reporting and other interesting areas. MORE
Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management, or AGPM, is a powerful tool designed to help teams of administrators manage and track Group Policy Objects (GPOs) without stepping on each others’ toes. But who needs AGPM? Is it complicated? And where can you go to get it? Jeremy Moskowitz, a Group Policy MVP, looks at the common myths and the facts regarding AGPM and answers these and more questions to give you a better understanding of Advanced Group Policy Management. MORE...
The Microsoft Cloud OS provides enterprises with a highly elastic and scalable infrastructure with always-on, always-up services. Automated management, robust multitenant support, and self-service provisioning help enterprises transform their datacenters to support the coordination and management of pooled sets of shared resources at the datacenter level, replacing fragmented management of individual server nodes.
At the core of the Microsoft Cloud OS is Windows Server 2012. The new operating system provides a comprehensive set of capabilities across the enterprise private cloud datacenter, and public cloud datacenters. MORE
Last week was a busy week for the company. Our Office division reached the release to manufacturing milestone for a large and impressive array of client, server and cloud based products and services. General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. For those of you with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions, you’ll have to wait a little longer for the download. MORE
Confused about making the jump to Internet-based cloud services or virtualization? Let me help you sort out how you can take advantage of cloud-based services and on-premises IT infrastructure, depending on your specific needs and level of comfort with technology. Windows Server 2012 Essentials gives you the flexibility to choose the approach that’s right for you. MORE
The ability to provision Linux on Hyper-V and Windows Azure is one of Microsoft’s core efforts towards enabling great Open Source Software support. As part of this initiative, the Microsoft Linux Integration Services (LIS) team pursues ongoing development of enlightened Linux drivers that are directly checked in to the Linux upstream kernel thereby allowing direct integration into upcoming releases of major distributions such as CentOS, Debian, Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu. MORE
Since 2010, we’ve worked with Red Hat to support our mutual customers with enhanced interoperability in Windows environments. This continues with today’s beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.9.
The RHEL 5.9 beta was engineered with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V interoperability in mind. The device drivers needed to run RHEL as a first-class guest on Hyper-V are built right in, making it easier for customers to manage their heterogeneous Red Hat Enterprise Linux-Windows environments for virtualization and private cloud. The Hyper-V drivers included in this release will soon be certified through the Red Hat Hardware Certification Program– further validation that customers can expect a reliable, enterprise-class virtualization experience. MORE
Some of you that know me (through my www.gpoguy.com and www.sdmsoftware.com sites), know that I spend an inordinate amount of time exploring, developing against and helping customers with Group Policy. So I was anxious to see what changes Microsoft made in Server 2012 with respect to Group Policy. Of course, as a Group Policy MVP, I had a chance to see and even give input on these improvements months ago, but now that this stuff is live, let's explore some cool new features that Microsoft has added to Group Policy. It's important to note that while these are really evolutionary rather than revolutionary, they've added some key new capabilities to make Group Policy really your best friend for enterprise-class configuration management. MORE
In Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V added the capability to store virtual machine (VM) resources on network shares hosted on NAS devices as an alternative to SAN remote storage. The Hyper-V storage stack in Windows Server 2012 now supports increased resiliency for network disconnects for these VM resources by using the “resilient handles” feature in the SMB protocol. This basically means that now virtual machine resources such as VM configuration file, ISO files, VHD files and VHD snapshot files can be stored on any remote SMB file share that supports the SMB 2.2+ protocol. MORE
The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies.
When we say deep, we mean it – with session content delving into the 300 and 400 level. Only hard-core geeks will feel comfortable in this exclusive setting. With keynotes, sessions, hands-on labs, certification opportunities, and face-to-face access to Microsoft and industry experts, MMS provides a “can’t-miss” opportunity to be among the first to learn about new technologies. MORE
It is becoming more and more common for software shops to build applications and apps for multiple platforms and devices. In addition to other applications and platforms that you need to build, you may also need to build iOS or Mac OS X applications.
It’s desirable to keep all of your source code assets in the same repository regardless of the target platforms you are building for. Developers should also work how they want to work with source control integration in their IDEs. For iOS and Mac OS X, that would most likely be Xcode with integrated git for source control. MORE
Which is more important, hardware or software? We have had this debate for years and with the proliferation of smart phones or slate devices, many would say hardware. Application developers would refute that and say those devices would not be popular without their applications. Database administrators would laugh and say More
Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 include a new set of performance counters that can greatly help understand the performance of the SMB file protocol. These include new counters on both the server side and the client side. In this blog post, Jose Barreto calls your attention to the new client-side counters that show the traffic going to a specific file share. MORE
Many of you have likely read some of the technical blog posts produced by Jose Barreto. Last Thursday Jose posted a lengthy article we think many of you will find interesting. The article instructs you on the fine art of building a technical lab using Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V virtualization, Failover Clustering, and SQL Server 2012. This is all accomplished on a single machine. MORE
We’re excited to announce that Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is released and an Evaluation version is available for download here. Note that you can start your deployment with the Evaluation version and then convert it to perpetual product with a product key later, so feel free to get started today. MORE
We are very pleased with the reception System Center 2012 has had since its release in April. Many organizations are in the process of deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to help embrace consumerization while still maintaining corporate compliance and control. Over the past few months we’ve been detailing our plans for Configuration Manager Service Pack 1, and we’re happy to announce that the beta is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. This blog post focuses on the Configuration Manager capabilities in the service pack, as well as new information about Windows Intune. With Windows 8, Windows RT devices, and Windows Phone 8 coming soon, we are excited to give you a preview of the new client management capabilities and vision we’ll be delivering in the coming months. MORE
It’s sometimes easier to think about cloud computing in all or nothing terms – move everything into the cloud or leave everything as-is, on-premises. But, as most know, the emerging reality is more of a hybrid approach, combining both cloud and on-premises resources. Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 are embracing the hybrid model with services including Windows Azure Online Backup. It’s a great example of how Windows Server, System Center and Windows Azure work together in what we call the “Cloud OS”. MORE
Join us September 4th for the Windows Server® launch events. Windows Server® powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value. MORE
The VMM Engineering team is launching a new series of blog postings that will cover how to define, configure and manage Virtual Networks in VMM 2012 SP1. Over the next six months, we'll cover topics such as logical networks, port profiles and port classifications, logical switches, and more, using the initial blog “getting started with network virtualization” as a starting point. Later posts in this series will go into more details and drill into specific settings and scenarios that may be of interest to you as you start to make use of this technology in your environment. MORE