News

Start your Windows 8.1 deployment planning

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is now available for all IT pros to download

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/07/30/start-your-windows-8-1-deployment-planning.aspx

Microsoft extends Windows Embedded 8 to enterprises

Volume licensing option allows enterprises to buy Windows Embedded 8 directly and unlock additional features in their existing industry devices.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Features/2013/Jul13/07-01Emb8Enterprises.aspx

Windows Embedded partners to join Microsoft Partner Network

Network resources to provide partners with an increased level of support that scales to the growth potential of intelligent systems.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Features/2013/Jul13/07-09EmbeddedMPN.aspx

Microsoft announces Surface commercial expansion

Microsoft announces business-channel expansion plans, commercial app development program and new education incentives.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Jul13/07-01SurfaceExpansionPR.aspx

Blogs

TechEd 2013 Presentations and Videos Ask the Core Team favorites

Today’s blog is a listing of our favorite videos and presentations that recently occurred at TechEd 2013

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2013/06/11/teched-2013-presentations-and-videos-ask-the-core-team-favorites.aspx

The World Simplified is a Virtual World

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld

Meet Windows 8

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/meet

Windows Virtualization Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization

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

Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog

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

Downloads

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205286?WT.mc_id=OO_Technet_Home_General_EN_US

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview

Windows 8.1 Enterprise provides IT professionals with a reliable and easy-to-manage infrastructure for today’s changing and increasingly mobile work styles. It’s the fastest and most secure OS from Microsoft for desktop, laptop, or tablet.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn237246?ocid=wc-tn-home&wt.mc_id=TEC_153_1_6

Two new (currently free) Hyper-V Books available from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press is releasing two new titles for IT pros who work with the Hyper-V virtualization platform, focussing on Networking and Storage

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2013/04/24/two-new-hyper-v-books-available-from-microsoft-press.aspx

The Security Realm – A Microsoft Map of the Known World

Microsoft map infographic released at Black Hat 2013.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39706

Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Progress Report 2013

This report provides a 2013 update on the progress of key Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) initiatives.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39707

Windows 8 Deployment Planning - A Guide for Education

This guide covers the key considerations and questions that should be answered as a part of a typical Windows 8 deployment in educational institutions.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39682

Windows To Go - A Guide for Education

This guide provides an overview of Windows To Go deployment for schools. It is for IT pros and discusses the benefits, limitations, and processes involved in deploying Windows To Go.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39686

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7826

Malicious Software Removal Tool

This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Events/Webcasts

Upcoming UK Premier Workshops

The following Premier Workshops are running in the coming weeks. Availability is sometimes limited, so contact your TAM to avoid disappointment

Windows Server: Vital Signs Advanced

Windows Server 2008 R2: Deploying and Managing Failover Cluster

TechEd 2013 Videos available on Channel9.msdn.com

All the recorded sessions from TechEd 2013 are available now

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013#fbid=xO3cErgeI3Q

Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Starts – Windows Server 2012

This Windows Server training is designed to help you gain the skills needed to use Windows Server technology to power the next generation of cloud-optimized networks, applications, and web services.

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/topics/product-windows-server-en

Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Starts – Windows 8

This online Windows training takes IT Pros through how to simplify planning and deployment—and ease migration from earlier versions of the Windows operating system.

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/topics/products-windows-en

Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start

This Jump Start is designed to teach the busy IT professionals, admins, and help desk persons about how to use PowerShell to improve management capabilities, automate redundant tasks, and manage the environment in scale.

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/getting-started-with-powershell-3-0-jump-start

Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0

Day two of the PowerShell Jump Starts and find out how to turn your real time management and automation scripts into useful reusable tools and cmdlets.

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/Adv-PowerShell-Jump-Start?CR_CC=200226340

Build a Private Cloud with Windows Server & System Center Jump Start

View the first of two Jump Starts in a series covering the end-to-end process of implementing a MS cloud solution, providing a deep dive into key topics associated with implementing a Microsoft hybrid cloud solution.

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/build-a-private-cloud-with-windows-server-system-center-jump-start

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

KB Alerts

2545685

Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Failover Clusters

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2545685/EN-US

2647753             

Update rollup: Fix printing problems in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2647753/EN-US

968513 

Fix download prompt for Windows Search when you type in Address bar of Internet Explorer 8

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968513/EN-US

2803821             

MS13-057: Description of the security update for Windows Media Format Runtime 9 and 9.5 (wmvdmod.dll), and for Windows Media Player 11 and 12: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2803821/EN-US

2845187             

MS13-056: Vulnerability in Microsoft DirectShow could allow remote code execution: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2845187/EN-US

2845142             

MS13-057: Description of the security update for wmv9vcm.dll (codec) on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2845142/EN-US

2834902             

MS13-057: Description of the security update for Windows Media Format Runtime 9.5 x64 (wmvdmod.dll) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834902/EN-US

2813347             

MS13-029: Description of the security update for Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 Client: April 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2813347/EN-US

2813345             

MS13-029: Description of the security update for Remote Desktop Connection 6.1 Client: April 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2813345/EN-US

2847883             

MS13-057: Vulnerability in Windows Media Format Runtime could allow remote code execution: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2847883/EN-US

2847927             

MS13-058: Vulnerability in Windows Defender could allow elevation of privilege: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2847927/EN-US

2850851             

MS13-053: Vulnerabilities in Windows kernel-mode drivers could allow remote code execution: July 9, 2013

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2850851/EN-US

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