Windows 8 Media Center / DVD playback only available at Extra charge

Posted by bink on May 4 2012, 4:26 PM.

Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.

We will offer two ways to acquire Windows Media Center:

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Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. Acquiring either the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or the Windows 8 Pro Pack gives you Media Center, including DVD playback (in Media Center, not in Media Player), broadcast TV recording and playback (DBV-T/S, ISDB-S/T, DMBH, and ATSC), and VOB file playback. Pricing for these Packs, as well as retail versions of Windows 8, will be announced closer to the release date. To give you some indication of Media Center Pack pricing, it will be in line with marginal costs.

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Making Windows Media Center available in Windows 8

7 Security Bulletins in Advance Notification for May 2012

Posted by bink on May 4 2012, 12:48 AM.

 

All supported Windows versions and Office versions (including Mac) are affected

Bulletin ID

Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact

Restart Requirement

Affected Software

Bulletin 1

Critical Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Bulletin 2

Critical Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Office

Bulletin 3

Critical Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework

Bulletin 4

Important Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Bulletin 5

Important Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Bulletin 6

Important Elevation of Privilege

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 7

Important Elevation of Privilege

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows

 

 

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2012

Office 365 Helper Scripts

Posted by bink on April 25 2012, 3:48 PM.

This package includes a number of helper scripts created during Office 365 deployments. The following pages describe the script, the intended action and associated arguments to successfully run the script. The assumption is that the user executing these scripts has administrator-level Office 365 credentials.

The scripts require PowerShell 2.0 and the Microsoft Online PowerShell modules. Windows PowerShell 2.0 can be downloaded from the Script Center Downloads page. The Office 365 modules can be downloaded from Office 365 Cmdlets

 

Download Office 365 Helper Scripts - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Directory Preparation for Lotus Notes Migrations

Posted by bink on April 25 2012, 3:40 PM.

DirPrep is a PowerShell based script that prepares the customer’s Lotus Notes and Active Directory environment for migration. The DirPrep process will populate all of the email related attributes on user accounts, create accounts to represent shared/group mailboxes, create accounts for rooms & resources, and will create groups in AD for each group being migrated from Notes.

DirPrep prepares the following AD objects

  • Users
  • Group Mailboxes
  • Rooms and Resources
  • Groups

 

Download Directory Preparation for Lotus Notes Migrations

Microsoft-Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Whitepaper

Posted by bink on April 18 2012, 4:50 PM.

Describes the results of a study to evaluate the scalability of the Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 and Provisioning Services 6.1 environment on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with the Microsoft Hyper-V role connected to a NetApp storage array.

This Microsoft-Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technical whitepaper describes the results of a study conducted at the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) to evaluate the scalability of the Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 and Provisioning Services 6.1 (PVS) environment on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) with the Microsoft Hyper-V role connected to a NetApp storage array.

 

Download Microsoft-Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

System Center 2012 for Microsoft Private Cloud Generally Available Today!

Posted by bink on April 18 2012, 2:45 AM.

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, took the stage this morning to kick-off the first day of the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas.

Anderson delivered the opening keynote to nearly 5,000 IT professionals, highlighting how customers around the world are already using System Center 2012, available today for evaluation and purchase, to move faster, save money and better compete with Microsoft private cloud. Anderson also spoke to how IT professionals can evolve their role as cloud innovators, which he further detailed in a blog post today. A replay of his keynote is available here.

News highlights include:

  • System Center 2012 is generally available now for evaluation and purchase.
  • The Walsh Group, EmpireCLS and Apartments.com are betting on the Microsoft private cloud and System Center 2012 today to more nimbly and cost effectively deliver applications to employees and customers.
  • Windows Server “8” has been officially named Windows Server 2012. The new “cloud optimized OS,” due out later this year, will make the Microsoft private cloud even more powerful.

Additional news from MMS 2012:

  • New Microsoft Certification Program for the Cloud: Following the announcement from Microsoft Learning on April 11th, changes were made to the Microsoft Certification Program to help address the growing skills gap in the IT industry and new job roles in the cloud. Program changes will help technology professionals and developers gain the skills they need to plan, design, implement, and operate cloud and hybrid solutions today and into the future. At MMS, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) private cloud exams will be offered free to all attendees. Go here to learn more.
  • System Center Advisor, Microsoft’s cloud service that enables IT professionals to assess server configuration and proactively avoid problems, has been updated to support SharePoint and Exchange. Additional details are available here.
  • Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Partners deliver solutions with System Center 2012:
    • Dell: Dell announced enhanced systems and systems management solutions for System Center 2012. Check out the Direct2Dell blog for more information.
    • HP VirtualSystem: HP announced HP Virtual System VS3 for Microsoft with support for System Center 2012. Visit HP’s blog for more information.
    • Cisco, Fujitsu, EMC and Hitachi are also delivering Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solutions with System Center 2012.

Windows Server 8 named Windows Server 2012

Posted by bink on April 18 2012, 2:40 AM.

What a surprise Surprised smile

At MMS 2012 today Microsoft announced the official name of Windows Server 8 to be Windows Server 2012

Space Shuttle Discovery Tribute Themes and Wallpapers

Posted by bink on April 17 2012, 8:33 PM.

NASA’s Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle 103, has departed the Space Coast of Florida for the final time.  However, on this flight there will not be any countdowns or rockets blasting.  She is mated to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and flown to Washington, DC to become a museum piece at the Smithsonian. 

Space shuttle Discovery atop a modified 747 jumbo jet leaves the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, April 17, 2012 headed to Washington, DC. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel)

 

As a tribute to Discovery Richard Hay of WindowsObserver.com perused the NASA photo archives and put together a final theme of Discovery in various phases of her service. 

This theme is available for download in three variations – one for Windows 7, one for Windows 8 and one collection of all the wallpapers in a zipped package.  That zipped package can be installed on any computer to use the photos as wallpapers.

Download at WindowsObserver.com

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

Posted by bink on April 17 2012, 4:36 PM.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2012 supports deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:

  • Unified tools and processes, including a set of guidance, for deploying desktops and servers in a common deployment console.
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images, along with improved security and ongoing configuration management.
Some of the key changes in MDT 2012 are:
  • Comprehensive tools and guidance to efficiently manage large-scale deployments of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 365.
  • An enhanced user-Driven Installation (UDI) deployment method that utilizes System Center Configuration Manager 2012. UDI lets end users initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs—via an easy-to-use wizard.
  • Ease Lite Touch installation through integration with Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT).
  • This release provides support for deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a lab environment.

Choosing the Right Version MDT is available for x86 and x64 platforms. Select the version that corresponds with your host hardware type. Both versions of MDT 2012 support deployment of x86 and x64 Windows operating systems. The New in MDT 2012 guide and Release Notes are available as separate downloads on this page for those who want to quickly evaluate MDT 2012. The full package of guidance is available in .chm format as part of the toolkit. For those who want it in Word format, a separate download is available in the Files in this Download list. Send questions or feedback about MDT 2012 directly to us via www.Connect.microsoft.com.

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

What’s New in the Windows Intune April 2012 Pre-Release

Posted by bink on April 17 2012, 4:11 PM.

Here is an overview of the Windows Intune April 2012 pre-release features and functionalities.

Learn about new features and functionality in the April 2012 pre-release of Windows Intune including updated administration consoles, mobile device management, enhanced group management, and others.

  • Greater Control with a New Sign-in Service
  • Updated and New Administration Consoles
  • Mobile Device Management:image
  • The Windows Intune Company Portal: A New Self-Service Portal for Your End-Users
  • Enhanced Group Management
  • Integration with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services
  • Recommended Policy Settings
  • Mobile Security Policy:image
  • Bandwidth Optimization
  • Improved Alert Customization: image

 

  • New Updates Views for Update Compliance:image
  • Automatic Windows Intune Client Software Removal

Start download of the PDF with all the new features explained.

Also: Windows Intune Getting Started Guide

Release Notes