Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of System Center 2012 SP1. This release is full of new features that light up the new functionality found in Windows Server 2012. The combination of System Center 2012 SP1 with Windows Server 2012 provides the foundation of what we call the ‘Cloud OS’.
The updates in System Center 2012 SP1 include:
If you are interested in testing out some of these updates, check out the article System Center 2012 SP1 Is Generally Available for links to downloadable evaluation VHDs.
Or visit the Microsoft News Center to read the official announcement for System Center 2012 SP1. MORE...
When the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, at least two Microsoft SMB customers were ready. Microsoft partner WorkITsafe had just helped these customers upgrade to the Windows Server 2012 operating system with the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result, their IT systems experienced minimal interruption as the hurricane flooded the surrounding area and required employees to hunker down at home. In this post, WorkITsafe President Steve Rubin tells how Windows Server 2012 protected his customers’ businesses—and has the potential to protect many more. MORE
Jazon Zander posts about his keynote at TechEd Europe 2012 in Amsterdam, where he shared updates on tools, including LightSwitch HTML Client Preview (available today for MSDN subscribers) and the Visual Studio 2012 Tools for SharePoint 2012 for design and XML development of services to Office 365. The full schedule for Channel 9 Live coverage of the event has been posted here.
Today we released some great enhancements to Windows Azure. These new capabilities include:
All of these improvements are now available to start using immediately (note: some services are still in preview). MORE
When we talked with customers about their datacenters, we found that virtualization was not fully living up to its potential. Customers readily acknowledged the benefits of machine virtualization, but they wanted even more IT agility. In particular, customers wanted the ability to easily migrate VMs across the datacenter or even across cloud sites. Unfortunately, too many pieces of the IT puzzle rely on a server’s IP address; moving a VM is one thing, but giving it a different IP address is another thing completely. To deliver on the promises of virtualization, you need to virtualize both the machine and the network. To fully realize the agility and flexibility benefits of network virtualization, you need to centrally coordinate lots of moving parts. What you need is Software Defined Networking (SDN). MORE
By default, a domain has capacity for roughly one billion security principals, such as users, security groups, managed service accounts, and computers. If you run out, you can’t create any more. Windows Server 2012 addresses issues with RID allocation that have become more likely with the age and ubiquity of Active Directory. These include better event logging, more appropriate limits, and the ability to - in an emergency - increase the overall RID pool allocation by one bit. MORE
Visual Studio Updates are a mechanism Microsoft uses to provide ongoing value throughout the year to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server customers. These updates provide features to support the latest software trends in the market and also offer an easy way to deploy bug fixes. In Visual Studio 2012 Update 2, we are focusing on Modern Application Lifecycle and Modern App Development. MORE...
Four months ago, we moved Windows Azure Infrastructure Services out of preview and into general availability which included covering the service with our industry-leading SLA. In the short time since then, Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the market for its completeness of vision and ability to execute according to its 2013 Magic Quadrant report for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
We believe Gartner recognized Microsoft as a visionary because our comprehensive global IaaS + PaaS + Hybrid cloud vision is one of our biggest strengths. MORE
Earlier this year, we announced the availability of HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for Windows Azure Core Services. I’m sure many of you are excited about the opportunity to leverage the efficiencies of the cloud, and are considering running your SQL Server instances in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. But those of you who have obligations to comply with various regulatory standards, may have concerns around what moving to the Windows Azure cloud may mean for your ability to meet such compliance requirements. MORE
It’s a great way to start a new year: the PYPL index has named C# the language of the year. The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google : the more a specific language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. The PYPL index can be used to decide which language to study, or which one to use in a new software project. In the spirit of learning something new, MORE
As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. We built Windows 8 to work great on existing Windows 7 PCs. And we also set out to make upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 super easy. MORE
A few days ago, one of our customers had a time issue with Active Directory. This post contains guidance by a small army of Microsoft PFEs, support professionals and developers. If you have any questions about the recommendations in this post, feel free to give CTS a call and they can guide you through the recovery. Recovering from a time rollback is a complex situation so read each step carefully and don’t skip ahead or you’ll make the problem worse. Also this post is going to be a long one and will probably break the record for additional links so you’ll want to get comfortable. MORE
You’re listening to your favorite band in a Windows music app, and a friend sends you an mp3 of a sweet live version of a song by his favorite band. When you open the mp3, Windows Media Player opens and starts playing the song. Now both your favorite band and his favorite band are playing at the same time. Then your alarm goes off reminding you to pick up your sister from school and it’s a cacophonous mess. You panic, and shut the lid to your laptop. MORE
As we set out to further invest in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, we wanted to build upon the great primary server experience that exists today with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, while at the same time providing a new level of flexibility in terms of how your server can be deployed. The Windows Server Essentials team is excited to announce the availability of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview, and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role for the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions! MORE
You can make decisions as you design and deploy your Group Policy Objects (GPOs) that will have an impact on how quickly your Windows desktops start and become usable to your users. Some of these decisions are obvious, while many are not. This post will guide you through some of the ways Group Policy can impact performance as well as some of the improvements we made for Windows 8. MORE
This is an exciting time in the world of data. Big data is growing. The cost to store and process data is rapidly dropping. The scale and economics of cloud computing is enabling broader access to incredible levels of computing power for large and small organizations. Combined, these trends underscore the importance and need to find the value in data.
This week, more than 4,000 IT professionals, database administrators and business intelligence specialists are gathered at the PASS Summit in Seattle where I will share Microsoft’s vision for the modern data platform, showcasing new investments with in-memory computing, big data and business intelligence to accelerate insights with any data in this new world of data. MORE
Today, Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix are excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD support for Windows Server Hyper-V. This collaboration, announced at BSDCAN 2012, will help more customers adopt virtualization and move toward cloud computing. Microsoft is committed to supporting multiple platforms with its server virtualization solution so that more organizations can take advantage of server consolidation cost-savings and build foundations for private, public and hybrid cloud computing. MORE
The MVMC Automation Toolkit (MAT) provides a series of sample PowerShell scripts which automate the migration of large numbers of virtual machines using the MVMC.exe as the conversion engine. Since the MVMC.exe doesn’t provide a method for collecting virtual machines from the VMware environment, MAT will collect all the machines that meet the criteria for conversion. MORE
If you are developing for the Windows Phone you'll be interested in the sneak peek announcement and preview of Windows Phone 8. The new operating system, based on the same core as Windows, will enable a wave of new mobile scenarios for consumers, developers and IT Pros. Windows Phone 8 brings new hardware capabilities like multi-core chips, new screen resolutions, SD card support and NFC. Watch the announcement.
The city IT staff are starting to use virtualisation desktop infrastructure (VDI) based on Windows Server 2012 to take advantage of the desktop virtualization enhancements included in the server platform. By using Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V to consolidate its VDI environment, the City of Barcelona can expand desktop virtualisation to more employees and provide a better user experience. All of the city's new productivity services (including Microsoft Lync, Sharepoint and Exchange) have been implemented using Hyper-V. In addition, Windows Server 2012 offers enhanced security for contractors accessing servers behind the firewall. MORE
Windows 8.1 will advance the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of PCs, tablets, and a range of industry devices, and the experiences customers — both consumers and businesses alike — need and will just expect moving forward. It’s Windows 8 even better. Not only will Windows 8.1 respond to customer feedback, but it will add new features and functionality that advance the touch experience and mobile computing’s potential. Windows 8.1 will deliver improvements and enhancements in key areas like personalization, search, the built-in apps, Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity. Windows 8.1 will also include big bets for business in areas such as management and security – we’ll have more to say on these next week at TechEd North America. MORE
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Scareware is a form of malware that poses as a legitimate security tool. It attempts to fool a user into thinking their computer is heavily infected with malware and then lets the user know that the most convenient way to clean the system is to pay for the full version of the scareware software that graciously brought the infection to their attention. This form of scareware has been around for a decade and shows no signs of going away. But in recent years, we have seen it morph and take on a more aggressive approach. Today's ransomeware prevents you from running security and diagnostic software and often even prevents you from executing any software at all. Without advanced malware cleaning skills, a system infected with ransomware is usable only to give in to the blackmailer’s monetary demands to regain control of the system. But with some knowledge you can clean a system that has fallen to ransomware on your own. MORE...
Yesterday at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference, Microsoft Windows CFO Tami Reller shared that the next version of the Windows client OS will be Windows 8.1. In addition, the Windows product group shared that there will be a public preview on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. MORE