Windows 8 Editions Announced. Official Product Name.

Posted by sumeethevans on April 17 2012, 8:11 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, as we’ve referred to it previously. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.  

Windows 8 Enterprise for Software Assurance Agreements is the fourth edition

Full Story and edition comparison at source. 

Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2661854)

Posted by bink on April 17 2012, 3:40 AM.

Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 customers.

For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB2661854.

Start download Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2

 

 

See also Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Exchange 2013 to RTM in mid-November 2012?

Posted by bink on April 16 2012, 5:20 PM.

Tony Redmond of WindowsITPro.com speculates a mid November 2012 RTM for Exchange 15, which will be named Exchange 2013. This seems logical knowing that other office server members SharePoint and Lync 2013 are planned for GA (General Availability) for early 2013, this is again in line with the GA of Office 2013 early 2013. So the whole wave of Office 15 products is in line.

 

Exchange 2013 to RTM in mid-November 2012 - Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image April 2012 edition

Posted by bink on April 16 2012, 3:17 PM.

Windows Virtual PC VHDs for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions [Last Updated: 04/04/12]
    In order to help web designers and web developers test their websites in older versions of Internet Explorer, we've provided the following VHD with Windows set up with the specified version of Internet Explorer. The images are patched with the latest security updates and are otherwise clean installs of the operating system with very few modifications. This download page contains different VPC images, depending on what you want to test.  These images are specifically designed to run on Microsoft Virtual PC, and may or may not work in other hosting environments. Due to the size of the Windows 7 and Windows Vista VHDs, it is split across several files, you'll need to download all files for that version of the Internet Explorer and uncompress them to the same directory to unpack the VHD file. The password to login to all of these images is Password1 and the username will be present when you first login. *Note: You may be required to activate the OS as the product key has been deactivated. This is the expected behavior. The VHDs will not pass genuine validation. Immediately after you start the Windows 7 or Windows Vista images they will request to be activated. You can cancel the request and it will login to the desktop. You can activate up to two “rearms” (type slmgr –rearm at the command prompt) which will extend the trial for another 30 days each time OR simply shutdown the VPC image and discard the changes you’ve made from undo disks to reset the image back to its initial state.  By doing either of these methods, you can technically have a base image which never expires although you will never be able to permanently save any changes on these images for longer than 90 days. Windows XP Image
  • Filename: Windows_XP_IE6.exe
  • Contains: Windows XP SP3 with IE6 VHD file and was fully patched to April 2012.  This image also contains the install files for IE7 and IE8.  If you want to have separate base XP images for IE7 and IE8, you can copy the VHD, rename it, and install the other desired version of IE.
  • Expires: This image will shutdown and become completely unusable on July 26, 2012.
Windows Vista Image
  • Contains: Windows Vista SP2 with IE7 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. The install files for IE8 and IE9 are also available for install on the image.
  • Filenames: Windows_Vista_IE7.part01.exe, Windows_Vista_IE7.part02.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part03.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part04.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part05.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part06.rar, Windows_Vista_IE7.part07.rar
  • Expires: See *Note above
Windows 7 IE8 Image
  • Contains: Windows 7 SP1 with IE8 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. The install files for IE9 are also available for install on the image.
  • Filenames: Windows_7_IE8.part01.exe, Windows_7_IE8.part02.rar, Windows_7_IE8.part03.rar, Windows_7_IE8.part04.rar
  • Expires: See *Note above
Windows 7 IE9 + Tools Image
  • Contains: Windows 7 SP1 with IE9 VHD file and was patched through March 2011. This image also has the ACT Toolkit 5.6, IECTT, and Expression Super Preview software installed.
  • Filenames: Windows_7_IE9.part01.exe, Windows_7_IE9.part02.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part03.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part04.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part05.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part06.rar, Windows_7_IE9.part07.rar
  • Expires: See *Note above
Download IE App Compat VHD - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

System Center 2012 Service Manager – Exchange Connector 3.0 Release Candidate

Posted by bink on April 16 2012, 3:11 PM.

The System Center 2012 Service Manager – Exchange Connector 3.0 connects System Center 2012 Service Manager to Exchange for processing incoming emails related to incidents, change requests, service requests, and other types of work items and sending notifications from the console.

The System Center 2012 Service Manager – Exchange Connector 3.0 connects System Center 2012 - Service Manager to Exchange for processing incoming emails related to incidents and change requests. The emails can update the incident action log or change the status of an incident to resolved or closed. Incoming emails with special keywords allow a change request reviewer to approve or reject a review activity and activity implementers can mark activities assigned to them as completed. The SendEmail solution allows analysts to send messages to users via email from the console. Feature Summary: The Exchange Connector 3.0 release is compatible only with System Center 2012 - Service Manager. It contains the bug fixes and still contains the original set of features including:

  • Create incident from email
  • Update incident action log from email
  • Resolve or close incidents from email
  • Approve/reject change requests from email
  • Update change request “action log” from email
  • Mark manual activities completed from email
  • Add email file attachment to work items as attachments
  • Send notifications to users from the console
New features include:
  • Support for impersonation so you can now have multiple Exchange connectors monitoring different mailboxes each with their own unique configuration
  • Each user in the To/CC of each email is added as a Related configuration item to the work item
  • Works with Office 365
  • The Exchange Web Service URL to connect to can be configured instead of relying on auto discovery
  • Works with service requests
  • Any kind of work item can be created from a template – incident, service request, etc.
  • Update problem records
  • Much more detailed logging
  • Detailed event log logging is turned off by default

 

Download System Center 2012 Service Manager – Exchange Connector 3.0 Release Candidate

 

  • The email itself can be optionally added as an attachment to the work item

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (14.2.0)

Posted by bink on April 13 2012, 4:31 PM.

This update fixes critical issues.

Applies to: Office 2011, Office 2011 Home and Business Edition, Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011, Office for Mac Standard 2011 Edition, Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Student 2011, and Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011

 

Description of the Office for Mac 2011 14.2 update

 

Download Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (14.2.0) - Microsoft Download Center -

Bing Desktop Beta

Posted by bink on April 5 2012, 6:44 PM.

Bing Desktop delivers the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Plus, get easy access to the Bing search box right from your desktop. Turn your searching into doing with Bing.

Bing Desktop provides an automatic update of the Windows Desktop Background image to the Bing home page image each day. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobstrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.

Note: By clicking Download you agree to the Microsoft Service Agreement and Privacy Statement . You'll get future updates to Bing Desktop and other Microsoft products from Microsoft Update. This software may also download and install some updates automatically.

Start download

Get Started Guides for Office 2010 and Windows 7 and more

Posted by bink on April 5 2012, 6:43 PM.

Deploying Office 2010 or Windows 7? Send out these guides to your users

Microsoft Word 2010 Get Started

Use this guide to learn about some of the new and improved features which are available in Microsoft Word 2010.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Get Started

Use this guide to learn about some of the new and improved features which are available in Microsoft Excel 2010.

Securing Your Windows Phone Get Started

Windows Phones are powerful tools that enable you to work remotely by synchronizing to your corporate email and the corporate network. More and more employees work remotely and use Windows Phones and other mobile devices. However, protecting them is a challenge, because they are small and easily lost or stolen. This guide provides information on securing your Windows Phone.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Get Started

Use this guide to learn about the new features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Outlook Web App Get Started

Microsoft Outlook Web App (OWA) provides secure access to your Outlook email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and Global Address List - via the Internet. This guide explains how to log on to OWA and use OWA features.

Outlook 2010 Get Started

Use Microsoft Outlook 2010 to manage your e-mail messages. You can use this guide to learn about some of the new features in Outlook 2010.

Protect Data with Windows 7 BitLocker Get Started

BitLocker Drive Encryption protects the data on your computer by preventing unauthorized access to the hard disk drive. BitLocker allows access to the data on the protected hard disk only after you have typed in a PIN and logged on to Windows Vista on your computer. This guide covers how to protect your machine with BitLocker.

Environmental Sustainability Get Started

Environmentally responsible IT business strategies continue to gain momentum across the industry. Microsoft IT has been addressing Environmental Sustainability issues for years but now has a single point of collaboration around these efforts in order to increase awareness and reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint.

E-Mail Basics: Managing E-Mail Get Started

Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 offers tools to help manage your messages. This guide includes information to help you with the following tasks: Group Messages in folders, Use the To-Do Bar, Assign Categories to Messages, Search for Messages with the Search Box, and Use E-Mail Rules to Route Messages.

Collaborating with SharePoint Server 2010 Get Started

Get started on collaborating effectively with SharePoint sites and features.

Microsoft Office 2010 User Interface Get Started

Use this guide to learn more about Office 2010 user interface new features.

Windows 7 New Features Get Started

This guide describes some of the new feature available now in Windows 7.

Outlook 2010 Calendar Scenarios Get Started

Microsoft Outlook 2010 makes setting appointments, sharing your calendar availability, and managing your schedule even easier.

System Center 2012 Downloads

Posted by bink on April 5 2012, 6:21 PM.

System Center Monitoring pack for SQL Server

The Monitoring pack for SQL Server provides the capabilities for Operations Manager 2007 R2 and Operations Manager 2012 to discover SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, and SQL Server 2012. It monitors SQL Server components such as database engine instances, databases, and SQL Server agents.

System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator

The monitoring pack fmonitors the health and availability of Microsoft System Center 2012 - Orchestrator.

System Center Security Monitoring Pack for Endpoint Protection

This monitoring pack provides real time monitoring capabilities of security incidents detected by Endpoint Protection clients.

System Center Integration Pack for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus

The Integration Pack for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus is an add-on for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator that enables you to automate actions in response to alerts that are raised within IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus.

System Center Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager

The Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager is an add-on for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator that enables you to automate the consolidation and correlation of fault and performance events across you entire physical and virtual IT infrastructure.

System Center Integration Pack for Active Directory

The Integration Pack for Active Directory is an add-on for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator that enables you to connect Orchestrator to your Active Directory Server to automate its management.

System Center Integration Pack for HP Service Manager

The Integration Pack for HP Service Manager is an add-on for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator that enables you to retrieve, create, update and monitor tickets in HP Service Manager.

System Center Integration Pack for VMware vSphere

The Integration Pack for VMware vSphere is an add-on for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator that enables you to connect System Center Orchestrator to your VMware vSphere server to automate actions in VMware vSphere to enable full management of the virtualized computing infrastructure.

System Center Integration Pack for HP iLO and OA

The Integration Pack for HP Lights-Out (iLO) and Onboard Administrator (OA) is an add-on for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator that enables you to automate HP iLO and OA commands.

System Center 2012 - Operations Manager Component Add - On

This page contains an additional tool that applies to System Center 2012 - Operations Manager

System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 - Configuration Manager

This monitoring pack helps administrators manage and administer Configuration Manager servers, computers, databases, services, disks, applications, or any other kind of object that requires monitoring..

Microsoft Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Extensions for System Center 2012

Enable Visio diagram to integrate current health state from System Center 2012 - Operations Manager

System Center Monitoring Pack for WS-Management and SMASH Device Discovery

This monitoring pack adds a new template to System Center 2012 – Operations Manage to enable discovery and management of WS-Management/SMASH compliant devices..

System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions

Download and install add-ons and extensions for the System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager component.

System Center 2012 – Service Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions

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Download and install add-ons and extensions for the System Center 2012 – Service Manager component.

System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Component Add-ons and Extensions

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Download and install add-ons and extensions for the System Center 2012 - Orchestrator component.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Configuration Manager 2012 was built on the vision of a user-centric client-management model with the vision of empowering the user, unifying infrastructure, and extending management control across the platform. With Configuration Manager 2012, we have improved Client Patching, end point protection, better compliance/reporting and management of devices synching with the network.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 - Service Manager

This page lists the technical documentation downloads that are available for the Service Manager component of System Center 2012.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 - Unified Installer

This page lists the technical documentation downloads that are available for System Center 2012 - Unified Installer.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

This page lists the technical documentation downloads that are available for the Operations Manager component of System Center 2012.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

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This page lists the technical documentation downloads that are available for the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator

This page lists the technical documentation downloads that are available for the Orchestrator component of System Center 2012.

System Center Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD)

The Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD) provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Active Directory deployment.

Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server

Posted by bink on April 5 2012, 6:17 PM.

 
This is a cumulative update package available for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server.

Cumulative update package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server

Issues that are fixed or features that are added in this update
Windows Server AppFabric Cache Administration Tool
This update adds improved PowerShell cmdlets for AppFabric cache management. This update introduces new set of AppFabric Server PowerShell cmdlets to make it consistent with other Microsoft server products and keeps the older cmdlets enabled as aliases to make sure that existing scripts continue to function. After you apply this update, when you open the AppFabric Server PowerShell prompt, PowerShell may prompt you for permissions to run a script if your existing Execution Policy prevents it. To use the AppFabric PowerShell cmdlets, you have to enable running of signed scripts.
Cache Clients and Local Cache (Windows Server AppFabric Caching)
This update fixes an issue where items in a local cache may not expire because of a defined policy.  Because of a race condition, some objects in a local cache may not expire as expected. Therefore, a client may potentially receive data that is not up to date. Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring This update fixes an issue where the GetCache() method may fail with the "An item with the same key has already been added" System.ArgumentException. You receive the following exception message when you call the GetCache() method:

System.ArgumentException: An item with the same key has already been added. at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowArgumentException(ExceptionResource resource) at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.Insert(TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add) at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.Add(TKey key, TValue value) at Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.RoutingClientDrmUtility.AddCacheDRM(String cacheName, DRM drm) in d:\bt\9383251\private\src\core\drm\DRMUtility.cs:line 39 at Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.DataCacheFactory.CreateRoutingClient(String cacheName, NamedCacheConfiguration config, IClientProtocol protocol, CacheLookupTableTransfer initialLookupTable, SimpleSendReceiveModule sendRcvModule) in d:\bt\9383251\private\src\client\CacheFactory.cs:line 412 at Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.DataCacheFactory.CreateNewCacheClient(DataCacheDeploymentMode mode, String cacheName, NamedCacheConfiguration config, IClientProtocol protocol, CacheLookupTableTransfer initialLookupTable, SimpleSendReceiveModule tempModule) in d:\bt\9383251\private\src\client\CacheFactory.cs:line 312 at Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.DataCacheFactory.GetCache(String cacheName) in d:\bt\9383251\private\src\client\CacheFactory.cs:line 234

 

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IIS 7.x downloads

Posted by bink on April 5 2012, 6:13 PM.

IT Professionals and Hosters is a configurable module that helps mitigate or block Denial of Service Attacks or cracking of passwords through brute-force by temporarily blocking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of HTTP clients.

Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7 - RC (x86)

Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7 - RC (x64)


Application Initialization 1.0 for IIS 7.5 enables website administrators to configure IIS to proactively perform initialization tasks for one or more web applications. While an application is being initialized, IIS can also be configured to return an alternate response such as static content as a placeholder or "splash page" until an application has completed its initialization tasks.

Application Initialization 1.0 for IIS 7.5 - RC (x86)

Application Initialization 1.0 for IIS 7.5 - RC (x64)