SQL Server 2012 RTM BigData ready

Posted by bink on March 7 2012, 12:11 AM.

Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1.

Microsoft also disclosed that it will release a new, limited preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Microsoft Windows Azure in the first half of 2012.  The Apache Hadoop-based service enables customers to glean simple, actionable insights from complex data sets hosted in the cloud by optimizing connectivity with SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft’s industry-leading BI tools such as Excel, PowerPivot and Power View.  Customers interested in signing up for the latest preview should visit this page.

Tomorrow is the SQL Server 2012 virtual launch event at www.sqlserverlaunch.com. this online event will allow you to immerse yourself in the exciting New World of Data with SQL Server 2012. Engage not only Microsoft product teams, but with our partners and our most ground breaking customers. SQL Server 2012 is part of the broadest Data Platforms in technology today. Discover how it enables mission critical confidence, blazing fast performance, and stunning interactive data visualizations.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 to Help Customers Manage “Any Data, Any Size, Anywhere”

SQL Server 2012 helps address the challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights. Expanding on Microsoft’s commitment to help customers manage any data, regardless of size, both on-premises and in the cloud, the company today also disclosed additional details regarding its plans to release an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure.

“Data is being generated faster than ever before, and organizations need a way to process and analyze all that data,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “Whatever the type or size of data, SQL Server 2012 delivers the platform and familiar tools to manage data, generate actionable insights and help drive business impact.”

SQL Server 2012: Proven Capability

SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by hundreds of global, industry-leading customers, such as Volvo Car Corp., Revlon, the HSN, Sanofi Pasteur, Klout and LG Chemical. Customers choosing SQL Server 2012 enjoy the benefit of a rich hardware and software partner ecosystem that can create solutions for the most unique and demanding data management needs.

“Our business depends on delivering customers fast, detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data,” said David Mariani, vice president of Engineering at Klout, a leading provider of influence measurement. “With SQL Server 2012 and integrated business intelligence tools, we’re processing massive volumes of data queries in near-real time. Microsoft’s data platform has continued to advance and help us keep up with the evolving world of data.”

Tackling Big Data

IT research firm Gartner estimates that the volume of global data is growing at a rate of 59 percent per year, with 70 to 85 percent in unstructured form.* Furthering its commitment to connect SQL Server and rich business intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and Power View, with unstructured data, Microsoft announced plans to release an additional limited preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012.

Since the first limited preview released in December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee are using the Hadoop-based service to glean simple, actionable insights from complex data sets hosted in the cloud. Customers interested in signing up for the latest preview should visit http://www.hadooponazure.com.

Continued Improvements, New Levels of Return on Investment

To help customers more cost-effectively manage their enterprise-scale workloads, Microsoft will release several new data warehousing solutions in conjunction with the general availability of SQL Server 2012, slated to begin April 1. This includes a major software update and new half-rack form factors for Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse appliances, as well as availability of SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse reference architectures for SQL Server 2012.

In addition, Microsoft is releasing results from a new Microsoft-commissioned Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact study on the potential benefits of upgrading to SQL Server 2012. The study reports a potential return on investment of up to 189 percent with a 12-month payback period.

Microsoft and partners also announced today that SQL Server 2012 has demonstrated new record-breaking performance benchmarks through partner- and Microsoft-led testing that underscores SQL Server’s ability to scale across the enterprise.

Microsoft Device Center beta for Windows 8

Posted by bink on March 6 2012, 3:25 AM.

A new Beta application that helps you make the most out of your Microsoft keyboard and mouse.

  • Customize devices from an easy-to-learn Windows 8 interface.
  • Create new shortcuts that make tedious tasks a breeze.

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Download: 32-bit version | 64-bit version

Device Center helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC
  • Tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style.
  • Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps.
Effortlessly transition to Device Center from existing device management apps
  • Launch the app from the Windows 8 Start screen.
  • View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place.
  • Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips.
  • Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library.
  • Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on your computer.
Tell us what you think!

We are interested in your experiences with Microsoft Device Center and your Microsoft device!

Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V

Posted by bink on March 3 2012, 5:11 PM.

The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™ technology. This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size.

Many organizations today rely on some degree of virtualization. Whether it is a few virtual machines running on a single physical computer or a whole server farm across multiple root servers, virtualization optimizes investment in hardware and network infrastructure by:

  • Increasing the utilization of underused hardware.
  • Improving server availability.
  • Reducing IT costs.

The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V technology. This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size.

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What’s New in Windows Server 8 Beta: Cluster Self updating

Posted by bink on March 3 2012, 5:08 PM.

The Self-updating Mode enables the Cluster-Aware Updating feature to be configured as a workload on the failover cluster that is to be updated, with update schedules that can be determined by an administrator.

Fault-tolerant updating for failover clusters

Cluster-aware updating

  • New cluster updating technology in Windows Server “8”
  • Two modes: remote updating and self-updating (new in Beta)

“Self-updating cluster”:

  • Updates cluster on a user-defined schedule
  • Runs on the cluster, but resilient to unplanned and planned downtime

Key administrator benefits

  • Scheduled, automatic installation of updates
  • Simplified management of cluster-in-a-box deployments (e.g. branch office)

What’s new in Windows Server 8 beta: SMB Encryption

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 11:52 PM.

SMB Encryption provides secure access to data on SMB file shares.

For protecting data on untrusted networks, end to end encryption of SMB data “in flight”. The date is protected from eavesdropping/snooping attacks on untrusted networks.

Deployment of SMB encryption is easy at zero costs, these is no need for IPSec, specialized hardware, or WAN accelerators. The setting is available through the server manager File & Storage Services role and through Powershell

It can be configured per share or for the entire server.

Scenarios where this is useful:

  • Branch Offices over WAN networks
  • Application workload over unsecured networks

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What’s new in Windows Server 8 beta Remote Desktop Services

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 11:40 PM.

Improved management experience, rich user experience over any network

Management Experience:

  • Support for Win7 Guest OS in VM collections
  • Highly available infrastructure
  • Certificate management and other UI simplification
  • RD Web Access support for third-party browsers and password change

User Experience

  • DX11 support added to RemoteFX VGPU
  • RemoteFX Media Remoting support for all video types (besides flash: Silverlight, HTML5, QuickTime.
  • RemoteFX for WAN performance improvements. I have seen a demo on a simulated transcontinental WAN (<1.5 Mbps, ~250 ms round trip time latency) It showed smooth page live scrolling and Full screen PDF scrolling a CAD application moving live 3D rendered objects, and a youtube Video playing smooth compared to Windows 7 end point.

Below are Remote Desktop Services test lab guides:

Test Lab Guide-Deploying RD Licensing

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server "8" Beta

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization in Windows Server "8" Beta

What’s new in Windows Server 8 beta File Services

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 11:18 PM.

My previous post was on new features in Hyper-V 3.0, but what else has been added in Windows Server beta since the developer preview:

Dynamic Access Control gives your organization a more granular, more flexible data access control.

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New in the Beta is the support for modeling the effective access to a file/folder

  • Support for multiple central access auditing policies
  • Improvements to the automatic classification mechanisms for file servers to allow administrators to easily customize automatic classification
  • Enhancement to Access Denied Remediation to support any file type launched from explorer

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What’s new Windows 8 beta Hyper-V

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 11:03 PM.

Since the developer preview specs have been changed for Hyper-V in the Windows 8 Beta.

 

  • 1 TB of memory on a virtual machine (up from 512 GB in the Windows Server “8” Developer Preview Build)
  • 64 TB of virtual disk size (up from 16 TB in the Windows Server “8” Developer Preview Build)
  • Support for various Emulex Fiber Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) inbox

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  • Support for various SR-IOV drivers added inbox
  • 64 nodes in a failover cluster

Improved inbox monitoring experience for Hyper-V Replica

    • Simpler view for replication statistics and health, for a virtual machine

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Security improvements

    • Ability to group primary servers into a trust zone at the Replica server level

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Usability improvements

    • Simplified wizard for enabling replication
    • Easier to authorize a cluster of primary servers to replicate

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Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant 2.0 Beta

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 5:35 PM.

Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 Beta can be used by computers running Windows 7 when connecting to internal corporate networks with DirectAccess in Windows 8 Server Beta. DCA 2.0 Beta improves the DirectAccess connection experience for these clients, and helps organizations reduce the cost of supporting DirectAccess users.
Version: 2.0 Date Published: 3/1/2012
Language: English
KB Articles: KB2666914

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DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_beta_x86.msi

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1 Now Available

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 5:04 PM.

Reliable and Flexible OS Deployment-now with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 RC2

The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 RC1 is available for download on Connect now.

Download the MDT 2012 RC1 release now

New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever!

Support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2: This update provides support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 releases. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. The latest version of MDT offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012. Users now also have the ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012.

Customize deployment questions: For System Center Configuration Manager customers, MDT 2012 provides an improved, extensible wizard and designer for customizing deployment questions.

Ease Lite Touch installation: The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) is now integrated with Lite Touch Installation, providing remote control and diagnostics. New monitoring capabilities are available to check on the status of currently running deployments. LTI now has an improved deployment wizard user experience. Enhanced partitioning support ensures that deployments work regardless of the current structure.

Secure Deployments: MDT 2012 offers integration with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to ensure a secure Windows deployment from the start.

Reliability and flexibility: Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes and a smooth and simple upgrade process.

Support for Windows 8: The RC1 release of MDT 2012 provides support for deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a lab environment.

Key Benefits:

  • Full use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment.
  • Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality.
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users.

New Features:

For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)
  • New User-Driven Installation components for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012
    • Extensible wizard and designer, additional integration with Configuration Manager to deliver a more customized OS experience, support for more imaging scenarios, and an enhanced end-user deployment experience
  • Ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

For Lite Touch Installation:

  • Integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for remote control and diagnostics
  • New monitoring capabilities to see the progress of currently running deployments
  • Support for deploying Windows to computers using UEFIAbility to deploy Windows 7 so that the computer will start from a new VHD file, "Deploy to VHD"
  • Improved deployment wizard user experience

Windows Server 8 Beta test lab guides

Posted by bink on March 1 2012, 6:12 AM.

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Test Lab Guide Base Configuration to demonstrate Remote...
 
 
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business
Download a detailed guide to the new and improved features in Windows 8 including AppLocker, BitLocker, Windows To Go, measured boot, and Client Hyper-V.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Test Lab Guide Base Configuration to demonstrate Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Servicing in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Servicing in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot BitLocker in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for BitLocker in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate High Availability Printing in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta Printing and step-by-step instructions for extending the Test Lab Guide Base Configuration to demonstrate High Availability Printing.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Virtualized Domain Controller (VDC) in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) introduces Active Directory Domain Services Virtualized Domain Controllers and provides step-by-step demonstration of this new feature in Windows Server "8" Beta.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate ADDS Simplified Administration in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) introduces Active Directory Domain Services Simplified Administration and provides step-by-step demonstration of new AD DS Administration features in Windows Server "8" Beta.
 
 
MICROSOFT REPORT VIEWER 2012 RUNTIME – BETA
The Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Runtime redistributable package, includes controls for viewing reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess Single Server Setup with Mixed IPv4 and IPv6 in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Unified Remote Access and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Base Configuration test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess deployment in a single server deployment with a mixed environment of IPv4 and IPv6,
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess Simplified Setup in an IPv4-only Test Environment in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta Remote Access and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Base Configuration test lab to demonstrate Remote Access deployment using the Getting Started Wizard.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Remote Desktop Services Desktop Virtualization in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Windows Server "8" Beta Print and Document Services
Introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta Printing
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Scale-out File Servers in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understanding and Troubleshooting Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Scale-Out File Servers in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Printing in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Printing in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Remote Access in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Remote Access in Windows Server "8" Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot High Availability Printing in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for High Availability Printing in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Activation Technologies in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Activation Technologies in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot IP Address Management (IPAM) in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for IP Address Management (IPAM) in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Cluster-Aware Updating_(CAU) in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understanding and Troubleshooting Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Cluster-Aware Updating in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understanding and Troubleshooting Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot DHCP Failover in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for DHCP Failover in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Microsoft Online Backup Service in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Microsoft Online Backup Service in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrating DHCP Failover in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta DHCP Failover, and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Base Configuration test lab to demonstrate DHCP Failover setup.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot AD DS Simplified Administration in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understand and Troubleshoot Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for AD DS Simplified Administration in Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Base Test Lab Guide for Windows Server "8" Beta
This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Server “8” Beta.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate IP Address Management (IPAM) in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta IP Address Management (IPAM), and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Base Configuration test lab to demonstrate IPAM setup.
 
 
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in Windows Server "8" Beta
This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server "8" Beta DNSSEC and step-by-step instructions for extending the Windows Server "8" Beta Base Configuration test lab to demonstrate DNSSEC operation.
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Virtualized Domain Controller (VDC) in Windows Server "8" Beta
The Understand and Troubleshoot Windows Server "8" Beta Guides support you in developing awareness of key technical concepts, architecture, functionality, and troubleshooting...
 
 
Understand and Troubleshoot Storage Spaces in Windows Server "8" Beta
This Understanding and Troubleshooting Guide (UTG) enables you to learn technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting methods for Storage Spaces in Windows Server “8” Beta.