Bing Wallpaper Pack

Posted by bink on September 18 2012, 8:26 AM.

Bring the beauty of Bing to your desktop. Get a desktop wallpaper pack featuring 12 gorgeous Bing homepage images from around the world.

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MS Security Advisory (2757760):Vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6,7,8 and 9 Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Posted by bink on September 18 2012, 7:34 AM.

Microsoft is investigating public reports of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9. Internet Explorer 10 is not affected. Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.

On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.

So no patch yet

The work around is a complicated sequence of installing a tool EMET and configure zones and other security settings. This is nice for us IT Pro’s, but not for the average Windows user, which are hundreds of millions users. They are temporary better of installing another browser, especially when they are local admin. Unless of course they run Windows 8 with IE 10.

 

See Microsoft Security Advisory (2757760) for details, FAQ and workaround

First updates for Windows 8 RTM released

Posted by bink on September 12 2012, 7:06 AM.

Microsoft posted the first (public) updates for Windows 8:

An update is available to correct tile logo images of files on the All Apps View.

 

Assume that you add the shortcut for a file to the All Apps View in Windows 8, Windows RT or Windows Server 2012.  After you change the file association of the file type, the tile logo image is not updated accordingly in the All Apps View.

KB: An update is available to correct tile logo images of files on the All Apps View

 

Also Microsoft published the EU browser choice Screen update for Windows 8.

KB: What is the Browser Choice update (KB976002) - Microsoft Windows

Both updates are available through Microsoft Update app.

Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1 supports backup to the cloud (Azure)

Posted by bink on September 10 2012, 7:37 AM.

With the System Center 2012 SP1 release, the Data Protection Manager (DPM) component enables cloud-based backup of datacenter server data to Windows Azure storage.  System Center 2012 SP1 administrators use the downloadable Windows Azure Online Backup agent to leverage their existing protection, recovery and monitoring workflows to seamlessly integrate cloud-based backups alongside their disk/tape based backups. DPM’s short term, local backup continues to offer quicker disk–based point recoveries when business demands it, while the Windows Azure backup provides the peace of mind & reduction in TCO that comes with offsite backups. In addition to files and folders, DPM also enables Virtual Machine backups to be stored in the cloud.

Below are some of the key features we’re delivering in Windows Azure Online Backup:

  • Simple configuration and management.
    • Simple, familiar user interface to configure and monitor backups from Windows Server and System Center SP1.
    • Integrated recovery experience to transparently recover files, folders and VMs from the cloud.
    • Windows PowerShell command-line interface scripting capability.
  • Block level incremental backups.
    • Automatic incremental backups track file and block level changes, only transferring the changed blocks, hence reducing the storage and bandwidth utilization.
    • Different point-in-time versions of the backups use storage efficiently by only storing the changed blocks between these versions.
  • Data compression, encryption and throttling.
    • Data is compressed and encrypted on the server before being sent to Windows Azure over the network. As a result, Windows Azure Online Backup only places encrypted data in the cloud storage.
    • The encryption passphrase is not available in Windows Azure, and as a result data is never decrypted in the service.
    • Users can setup throttling and configure how Windows Azure Online Backup utilizes the network bandwidth when backing up or restoring information.
  • Data integrity verified in the cloud.
    • Backed up data is also automatically checked for integrity once the backup is complete. As a result, any corruptions due to data transfer are automatically identified and repair is attempted in the next backup.
  • Configurable retention policies.
    • Retention policies Configure and implement retention policies to help meet business policies and manage backup costs.

Getting started
Getting started with Windows Azure Online Backup is a simple two-step process:

  1. Get a free preview Windows Azure Online Backup account (with 300 GB of cloud storage) here.
  2. Login to the Windows Azure Online Backup portal and download and install the Windows Azure Online Backup agent for Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager. For Windows Server 2012 Essentials, download and install the Windows Azure Online Backup integration module.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview

Posted by bink on September 10 2012, 7:33 AM.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8 Release Preview.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

 

Download RSAT for Windows 8 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Updated eBook for IT Pros on Windows Server 2012

Posted by bink on September 5 2012, 9:27 AM.

Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server team have released a new updated version of the FREE e-Book for IT professionals: Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition. This book is a great way to get quickly skilled up on all the new improvements in this latest Windows Server - one of the most ambitious releases of Windows Server for IT Pros since Active Directory was released in Windows Server 2000!  In this 256-page eBook, you'll find 5 chapters of detailed technical content covering the following key improvements to building a Private Cloud at your shop with Windows Server 2012:

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Updated eBook for IT Pros on Windows Server 2012

Windows PowerShell 3.0 download

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 8:10 PM.

WEindows Powershell 3.0 for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 & Windows Server 2008 SP2 is now part of the Windows Management Framework 3.0.

 

Windows Management Framework 3.0 makes some updated management functionality available to be installed on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 & Windows Server 2008 SP2. Windows Management Framework 3.0 contains Windows PowerShell 3.0, WMI & WinRM.
Windows PowerShell 3.0
Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 3.0 include:

  • Workflow
    Windows PowerShell Workflow lets IT Pros and developers apply the benefits of workflows to the automation capabilities of Windows PowerShell. Workflows allow administrators to run long-running tasks (which can be made repeatable, frequent, parallelizable, interruptible, or restart-able) that can affect multiple managed computers or devices at the same time.
  • Disconnected Sessions
    PowerShell sessions can be disconnected from the remote computer and reconnected later from the same computer or a different computer without losing state or causing running commands to fail.
  • Robust Session Connectivity
    Remote sessions are resilient to network failures and will attempt to reconnect for several minutes. If connectivity cannot be reestablished, the session will automatically disconnect itself so that it can be reconnected when network connectivity is restored.
  • Scheduled Jobs
    Scheduled jobs that run regularly or in response to an event.
  • Delegated Administration
    Commands that can be executed with a delegated set of credentials so users with limited permissions can run critical jobs
  • Simplified Language Syntax
    Simplified language syntax that make commands and scripts look a lot less like code and a lot more like natural language.
  • Cmdlet Discovery
    Improved cmdlet discovery and automatic module loading that make it easier to find and run any of the cmdlets installed on your computer.
  • Show-Command
    Show-Command, a cmdlet and ISE Add-On that helps users find the right cmdlet, view its parameters in a dialog box, and run it.

WMI
WMI in Windows Management Framework 3.0 introduces:
  • A new provider development model
    This new model brings down the cost of provider development and removes the dependency on COM.
  • A new MI Client API to perform standard CIM operations.
    The API can be used to interact with any standard WsMan + CIMOM implementation, allowing management applications on Windows to manage non-Windows computers.
  • The ability to write Windows PowerShell cmdlets in native code
    The new WMI Provider APIs supports an extended Windows PowerShell semantics API allowing you to provide rich Windows PowerShell semantics. e.g., Verbose, Error, Warning, WhatIf, Confirm, Progress

WinRM
With Windows Management Framework 3.0:
  • Connections are more robust
    Remote connections communicating over WinRM are more robust to transient network failures such as a flaky WAN connection. In the case of a complete network failure, connections are gracefully disconnected and can be reconnected when network connectivity is restored.
  • Remoting is more Standards-compliant
    Standard WS-Management operations, including Create and Delete, can be performed over WMI. Remoting for cmdlets written in native code using the new WMI provider development model uses WS-Management instead of DCOM.
  • Multiple PowerShell sessions can be shared in the same process
    PowerShell sessions from the same user to the same session configuration (WinRM plug-in) can run in a single shared process instead of separate processes. This improves scalability and performance by allowing multiple sessions to share memory and other server resources.


Management OData IIS Extensions
Management OData IIS Extension enables an administrator to expose a set of PowerShell cmdlets as a RESTful web endpoint accessible via the Open Data Protocol (OData). This enables Windows and non-Windows clients to discover and invoke PowerShell cmdlets remotely over standard web protocols and interfaces.
Server Manager CIM Provider
The Server Manager CIM Provider packaged with Windows Management Framework 3.0 allows you to manage your Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 servers from Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8

 

Download WMF 3.0

Try Windows Server 2012 right now on Windows Azure

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 7:39 PM.

Are you ready to try the Windows Server 2012 operating system in minutes with no test hardware required? Without downloading an ISO or VHD file or installing anything, you can be up and running in just a few steps.

Step 1 – Sign up for a FREE 90-day trial of Windows Azure

  • In a few short steps, enable your trial and get access to all of the Windows Azure services at no cost or obligation
  • The trial allows you to create several Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machines on our Windows Azure public cloud.
  • Join the thousands of others easily and efficiently experiencing Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure.

Step 2 – Deploy a Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine from our gallery of pre-built test images

  • With a few clicks, deploy a clean image from our gallery in just minutes.
  • Use Remote Desktop to manage your new virtual machine just like you would a physical server.
  • Test and evaluate Windows Server 2012 features on your fully functional virtual machine.
  • With Window Azure Virtual Network, securely link your new virtual machine to your data center, allowing it to interact with your existing resources.

Step 3 – Learn more about what you can do with Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure

Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 7:22 PM.

Still based on th erlease candidate, but a great resource to start testing/playing with Windows Server 2012 in different scenarios.

 

It's simple. No complex setup or installation is required to try Windows Server 2012 running in a full-featured virtual lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. Before you start, read the minimum system requirements. Next, select a virtual lab from the list below. Then, you will see an application called "holSystems LaunchPad Online" which will launch the lab.

Virtual labs
  • Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements
    In this lab, you will learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012. You will deploy domain controllers using the new Server Manager, as well as deploying remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell. You will be able to explore the new Active Directory Management tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.
  • Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target
    In this lab, you will learn how Windows Server 2012 can provide storage remotely to any machine. You will build clusters using shared storage and build iSCSI high-availability instances--observing highly available application communication during cluster failover.
  • Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available SMB Storage
    In this lab, you will learn how to configure a file server cluster to support running Hyper-V virtual machines from SMB file shares. You will create the file share, configure delegation, and then create a new VM on SMB storage.
  • Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication
    Asynchronous, application-consistent virtual machine replication is now built in to Windows Server 2012. It permits replication of Hyper‑V virtual machines between two locations for business continuity and failure recovery. In this lab, you will learn how to configure and manage this technology.
  • Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
    In this lab, you will work with the new storage spaces technology in Windows Server 2012. You will first create new storage pools and virtual disks, and then you will work with those virtual disks in both Server Manager and Control Panel.
  • Introduction to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012
    DirectAccess gives users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their corporate network anytime they have Internet access. In this lab, you will learn how to configure this now easy-to-install technology and provide greater mobility and ease of access for your users.
  • Introduction to IIS 8
    IIS 8 in Windows Server 2012 provides many new features to support greater scaling, density, and performance for your web applications. In this lab, you will learn how to configure many of these exciting new technologies, including centralized certificate support, dynamic IP domain restrictions, and throttling.
  • Introduction to iSCSI Diskless Boot Deployment
    Windows Server 2012 can efficiently provide highly available iSCSI block storage for diskless network boot. In this lab, you will learn how to configure both the iSCSI target and diskless boot servers, enabling rapid deployment and network boot capability for commodity hardware.
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
    Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 230 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell enables you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will explore some of the new features and functionality in Windows PowerShell 3.0 to enable you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
  • Managing Branch Offices
    In this lab, you will learn how the branch office scenario has been improved in Windows Server 2012 including new branch cache enhancements.
  • Managing Network Infrastructure
    In this lab, you will explore new network management capabilities in Windows Server 2012. You will learn how to implement Network Teaming as well as how to implement DHCP failover. Finally, explore new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for network management.
  • Managing Windows Server 2012 with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will learn how the Server Manager and Windows PowerShell framework in Windows Server 2012 delivers an enhanced, multi-server management experience. You will learn to perform tasks such as multi-server management. You will also explore new Windows PowerShell capabilities including new cmdlets and the Windows PowerShell gateway.
  • Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
    Network management is core to running a business, yet the tools that IT professionals need can be too costly or not available from Microsoft. With Windows Server 2012, we change that with the introduction of IP Address Management (IPAM).
  • Online Backup Service
    In this lab, you will use Windows Server Backup to back up your critical data to Windows Azure. This lab will teach you the entire set of workflows around backing up and recovering your data to Windows Azure.
  • Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data
    In this lab, you will explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. You will learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as learn how to use the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.

Windows Server 2012 Certification

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 7:18 PM.

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure certification validates your ability to build comprehensive server infrastructure solutions. Show that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

MCSA: Windows Server 2012plusExam 413 Beta: Designing and Implementing a Server InfrastructureplusExam 414 Beta: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

equalsMCSE: Server Infrastructure

 

 

Need to upgrade your certification?

Upgradeable certifications

Exam 417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012plusExam 413 Beta: Designing and Implementing a Server InfrastructureplusExam 414 Beta: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

equalsMCSE: Server Infrastructure

 

Full site: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse-server-infrastructure.aspx

Windows Server 2012 Technet download links

Posted by bink on September 4 2012, 7:08 PM.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 (x64) - DVD (English)

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Windows Server 2012 Storage Server and Foundation (x64) - DVD (English)

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Windows Server 2012 Language Pack (x64) - DVD (Multiple Languages)

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