News

Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows 8 Release Preview

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/May12/05-31Windows8RPPR.aspx

Download Windows 8 Release Preview

This is our final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger and hundreds of new and updated apps for Windows Store.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/release-preview

Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/infrastructure/default.aspx

Video Demos f Network Virtualization, Storage Spaces, Live Migration, Server Management

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx

Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx

Blogs:

Windows Server Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/

Windows 8 Blog | Building Windows 8

http://blogs.msdn.com/b8

Windows Virtualization Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization

The World Simplified is a Virtual World

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld

The App-V Product Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/appv

The Official MDOP Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/mdop

Ask the Directory Services Team

http://blogs.technet.com/askds

Ask the Performance Team

http://blogs.technet.com/askperf

Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team

http://blogs.technet.com/networking

Ask the Core Team

http://blogs.technet.com/askcore

Ntdebugging Blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/ntdebugging

The Hot Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/hot

TRM

http://blogs.technet.com/trm/default.aspx

Documents

Windows 8 RP and Windows Server 2012 RC Compatibility Cook Book

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27416

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=732

Design case study: iPad to Windows 8 Metro style app

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29903

Windows Azure Datacenter IP Ranges

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29840

Case Study: How Microsoft IT has Deployed IPv6 on the Microsoft Corpnet

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29887

Mitigating Risk: Why Sticking with Windows XP is a bad idea (IDC White Paper)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29883

Hypervisor Top-Level Functional Specification 2.0A: Windows Server 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18673

Downloads

Download Windows 8 Release Preview

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/release-preview

Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx

Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 9 RP

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972

Active Directory Rights Management Service Client 2.0

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29892

Active Directory Rights Management Service SDK 2.0

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29893

Morocco DST Update

The government of Morocco has announced that the country will switch to daylight saving time(DST) every year from 2012 onwards.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698707

Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25175

Tracing the Execution of MPI Applications with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 3

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29849

Windows 8 Camp in a Box, Consumer Preview Edition

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29854

Events/Webcasts

Microsoft Events:

Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx

Interactive Webcast Calendar

The interactive calendar will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule as well as on-demand webcasts to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone and filter this list by audience, webcast series, product or topic, and presenter.

http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/calendar/monthview.aspx

Monthly Archived Webcasts:

http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/library/default.mspx

New KB's

Windows Client

Windows 7 Enterprise: File corruption occurs when you perform file operations on a file server that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2559767/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: overview of group policy preferences in Windows 7 and changes to them for Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2688736/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Slow performance when you browse the My Documents folder in the document library in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2690528/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: "0x000000F4" Stop error when you stop a PowerShell script in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2690750/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: "0x0000007E" or "0X00000050" Stop error when you run the Common Scenario Stress with IO test in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2695584/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Task Scheduler runs a missed task unexpectedly on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698800/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP) option is missing while creating the Wireless Profile

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2699785/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Windows 7 opens to the boot menu when starting your computer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2709878/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Error 0x8024200D, when you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2712531/en-US

Windows 7 Home Basic: Media Streaming may not work with Internet Connection Sharing enabled.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2708755/en-US

Windows 7 Home Basic: A WSD scan job may not complete after you uninstall and reinstall a WSD MFP  device on Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2712621/en-US

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: MS12-034: Description of the security update for DirectWrite in Windows: May 8, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2658846/en-US

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: MS12-034: Description of the security update for Windows Journal: May 8, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2660649/en-US

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: MS12-034: Description of the security update for Windows kernel-mode drivers: May 8, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2676562/en-US

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: MS12-032: Vulnerability in TCP/IP could allow elevation of privilege: May 8, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2688338/en-US

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: MS12-033: Vulnerability in Windows Partition Manager could allow elevation of privilege: May 8, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2690533/en-US

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: You cannot use L3codeca.acm to create MP3 content in Windows 7 and in Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937141/en-US

Windows Server

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: A volume is not locked or unmounted when there are approximately 1,500 quota settings on the volume in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2684607/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: You cannot query performance counters by using the Remote Registry service in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2695149/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: On-demand antivirus scans do not work as expected in Windows Vista, in Windows 7, in Windows Server 2008, or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698155/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Virtual machine is restored in the Saved state incorrectly on a Hyper-V server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2668084/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Free disk space is not reallocated to a disk quota when you delete files in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2679054/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Win32_PhysicalMedia class does not use the IOCTL_SMART_GET_VERSION control code to query the disk serial number on a Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2697022/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Pointer in a Linux guest operating system does not work correctly when you rotate the wheel button on the mouse in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698672/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: RemoteApp session is disconnected when the RDP encryption level is set to Low and RDP compression is disabled in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2699817/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: You cannot search for content in a folder that is encrypted by EFS in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2686369/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: Workgroup names are displayed instead of computer names when you run an application to obtain the names of computers in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687799/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: "0x000000D1" and "0x000000C9" Stop errors when Message Queuing moves unsent messages to a dead-letter queue in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2688203/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: You do not receive an error message when you try to copy an email message that contains invalid characters from Outlook to SharePoint in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2691785/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: "0x80041001" error when the Win32_Environment WMI class is queried by multiple requestors in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2692929/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: You cannot query performance counters by using the Remote Registry service in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2695150/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: You are disconnected from a RemoteApp application when you minimize the main frame window of a RemoteApp application that is published in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2696020/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: Memory leak in Wmiapsrv.exe on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2697479/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: The files in the previous session are missing from a CD-RW disc when you add some new files to the disc on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2697645/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: "Unable to check the status of the firewall" error message when you run the "Enable-PSRemoting -force" PowerShell command on a Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that uses Czech as the display language

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2697738/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: The Spoolsv.exe process stops responding when you connect to more than 200 network printers from a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2697865/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: Settings that are driven by a Netlogon GPO do not work as expected in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698279/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: AppFabric session-state provider ignores the session time-out value that you specified on a custom ASP.NET webpage in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2699092/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: Memory leak in the Remote Registry service on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2699780/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: Change in default value of Restrictchown on Windows 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2708985/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1: The Mount command accesses an NFS share by using incorrect user credentials in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2684578/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1: Hibernation feature does not work on certain HP Proliant computers that are running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698957/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard: Iscsilog.dll is not included in the system state backup files on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2680097/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2: The number of physical processors is incorrectly reported in Windows Server 2008 x86 when MCM based CPUs are used

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2711085/en-US