Multi-Tenant Scalability Guidance for Exchange Server 2013

Posted by bink on August 21 2013, 7:51 PM.

    This document contains high-level guidance for properly scaling and deploying a multi-tenant Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 solution. It includes details of testing performed in Microsoft labs to validate the scalability of the product and suggests methods that can be used during the design and deployment process to mitigate potential risks associated with such solutions.

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    Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Posted by bink on July 25 2013, 10:02 PM.

    Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

    Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

    • Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
    • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
    • Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.

     

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    Service Pack 2 for Office 2010 family released

    Posted by bink on July 25 2013, 10:03 AM.

    Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Office 2010.

    Overview of Office 2010 SP2 improvements

    The following are the key areas of improvements that are offered by SP2:

    Excel 2010 SP2
        • Improves the overall stability, performance, and compatibility with other versions of Excel. For a more detailed list of specific issues that the service pack fixes, please download a version of the workbook that is available below.
        • Fixes issues in which the performance of Excel decreases, and Excel file sizes become larger when additional built-in styles are copied during the duplication of data between different Excel instances.
        • Fixes an issue in which data validation lists that contain comma signs (,) are broken in an .xlsx or .xlsb file. This issue occurs when you set the user locale to a location that does not use comma signs (,) to separate the lists. For example, Germany uses semicolons (;) to separate the lists. When you set Germany as the location, data validation lists that contain commas are all broken.
        • Fixes an issue in which an .xlsx file created in Microsoft Office 2013 that contains an App bound to a table is corrupted on save. Additionally, it addresses the issue in which all Agave formulas in the workbook sheet are removed from the file.

    Outlook 2010 SP2
        • Fixes the issue regarding the message size of certain long email messages. Additionally, it fixes an issue that occurs when you perform a spell check before you send an email message.

    PowerPoint 2010 SP2
        • Improves the quality of videos in a presentation after the videos are optimized or compressed by PowerPoint.
        • Fixes issues that occur when you co-author a presentation with other users at the same time.
        • Fixes an issue in which Mozilla FireFox crashes when you try to view a presentation in PowerPoint Web App on a Mac computer that has Microsoft Silverlight 3 or Silverlight 4 installed.

    Word 2010 SP2
        • Fixes issues regarding bookmarks, fields, track changes, templates, tables, object wrapping, autocorrect options, and email addresses. Additionally, it fixes general reliability issues that occur when you post a blog entry on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and Microsoft Office 365 blogs.

    For improvements for other family members click the download below and follow the KB article links

    Below is a complete list of all SP2 available downloads

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer (KB2687469) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (KB2687463) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (KB2687453)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (KB2687456) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (KB2687464)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack (KB2687466)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office Web Apps (KB2687470)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office Web Apps contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project 2010 (KB2687457) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Search Server 2010 (KB2687461)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Search Server 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack (KB2687449) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack (KB2687449) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server 2010 (KB2687452)

    woensdag 24 juli 2013, 17:22:41Go to full article
    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 (KB2687468) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer (KB2687469) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack (KB2687447) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Indexing Connector for Documentum (KB2687459)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Indexing Connector for Documentum contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack (KB2687447) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project 2010 (KB2687457) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (KB2687446)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 (KB2687468) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (KB2687463) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft 2010 Server Language Pack (KB2687462)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft 2010 Server Language Pack contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Groove Server 2010 (KB2687448)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Groove Server 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit (KB2687458) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable (KB2687467) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime (KB2687444) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime (KB2687444) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit (KB2687458) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP (KB2687445)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable (KB2687467) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.1

    The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.1 (OffCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze several Microsoft Office programs for common configurations that may cause problems. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Office programs or when you want to proactively identify possible issues.

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.5

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:48 AM.

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process. 

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations—including Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2010 and Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, Hyper-V, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, and Windows Azure.

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    Download App-V 5.0 SP2 and UE-V 2.0 beta

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:51 AM.

    • UE-V 2.0: Allows users to switch devices without reconfiguring their applications or settings. The beta adds support for Windows 8 and 8.1 applications, including Windows Store apps and customized line of business apps. It provides enhancements to how settings and applications sync across devices, including giving users more flexibility and control of their individual sync settings.

    Signup for beta UE-V 2.0

    • App-V 5.0 SP2: Gives IT pros the ability to deliver virtually any application, anywhere to users for a more flexible, integrated and powerful experience across virtualized applications. This beta builds on Microsoft’s long history of providing virtualization solutions for our customers, enriching the user experience by enabling virtual applications to behave as if they were locally installed on a device.

     Signup for Beta App-V 5.0 SP2

    Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 (formerly Project codename "GeoFlow")

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:39 AM.

    Power Map is a new 3D visualization add-in for Excel for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data, enabling people to discover and share new insights. Power Map Preview is now a part of Power BI for Office 365 Preview. 

    Power Map is a new 3D data visualization add-in for Excel that provides a powerful method for people to look at information in new ways enabling discoveries in data that might never be seen in traditional 2D tables and charts. Power Map lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create visual tours to share with others.

    With Power Map you can:

    • Map Data: Plot up more than million rows of data in 3D visually on Bing maps from an Excel worksheet table or the Excel Data Model.
    • Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time.
    • Share Stories: Capture screenshot "scenes" and build cinematic, guided video "tours" that can be shared broadly, engaging audiences like never before.

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    Microsoft Power Query for Excel

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:38 AM.

    Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an Excel add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access.

    Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access. Power Query enables users to easily discover, combine, and refine data for better analysis in Excel. Power Query includes a public search feature that is currently intended for use in the United States only.

    With Power Query, you can:

    • Identify the data you care about from the sources you work with (e.g. relational databases, Excel, text and XML files, OData feeds, web pages, Hadoop HDFS, etc.).
    • Discover relevant data using the search capabilities within Excel.
    • Combine data from multiple, disparate data sources and shape it in order to prepare the data for further analysis in Excel and PowerPivot.

    Download http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39379

    PoweShell 4.0 preview released

    Posted by bink on July 3 2013, 8:11 AM.

    Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell ISE, Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension), Windows Remote Management (WinRM), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Server Manager WMI provider, and a new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

    This software is a prerelease version. Features and behavior are likely to change before the final release.

    This preview release lets you explore new features and functionality in Windows Management Framework 4.0, including the following:

    • Windows PowerShell 4.0
    • Windows PowerShell ISE
    • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
    • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
    • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
    • The Server Manager WMI provider
    • A new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

    Your feedback about Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview is valuable to us; we invite you to provide feedback before features are finalized. For important information about changes in behavior from Windows PowerShell 3.0, and a list of known issues with this release, be sure to read the WMF 4.0 Preview release notes that are available for download with this package. You can log bugs and suggestions by using the Microsoft Connect website.

    Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview makes updated management functionality available for installation on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012.

    Windows PowerShell 4.0
    Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 4.0 include:

    • Support for workflow and remote script debugging
    • Improved workflow authoring experience to make it more consistent with script authoring
    • Added PipelineVariable as a common parameter
    • Better support for downloading updatable help by using Save-Help and Update-Help in offline scenarios
    • Updated version from 3.0 to 4.0
    • Several bug fixes and performance improvements


    Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment
    Windows PowerShell ISE in Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview introduces:

    • Support for Windows PowerShell Workflow debugging
    • Support for remote script debugging
    • IntelliSense support for Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration providers and configurations


    Windows PowerShell Web Services
    Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension) enables an administrator to expose a set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets as a RESTful web endpoint accessible by using OData (Open Data Protocol). This provides remote access to run cmdlets from both Windows-based and non-Windows-based client computers or devices.

    • Improved error messages in event logs
    • Endpoint versioning support
    • Autopopulation of OData dispatch schema fields
    • Support for complex types
    • Multilevel association support
    • Ability to perform large binary stream transfers
    • Support for non-Create/Read/Update/Delete (CRUD) actions
    • Key-As-Segment URL syntax support
    • Constrained resource operations


    WMI, WinRM, and Server Manager CIM Provider
    These features were included with WMF 3.0, and continue to be included in WMF 4.0 Preview. There are no significant changes to these features.

    Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration
    Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview introduces Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), with the following highlights:

    • Local configuration manager for applying configurations on the local computer
    • Windows PowerShell language extensions for authoring DSC documents
    • PSDesiredStateConfiguration module and DSC-related cmdlets
    • A set of built-in DSC configuration providers
    • DSC service for distributed access to DSC resources

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    Sebastiaan Bink’s live performance drumming Queen “Somebody to Love”

    Posted by bink on July 1 2013, 5:53 PM.

    I’m very proud of my son’s drum performance yesterday at the student concert of his drum school.

    Sebastiaan just turned 9. Please check it out Open-mouthed smile and Thumbs up it on YouTube.
    It is uploaded in 1080p so should be great full screen viewing (click watch on YouTube button)

    Shutdown and Restart added to Windows 8.1 "start menu"

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 4:28 PM.

    In Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 the right-click menu has been positively expanded with a quick access to Shutdown and Restart. Now that is a welcome addition.

    Also Network Connections is added.

     

    Microsoft and Oracle announce enterprise partnership

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:30 AM.

    Deal will help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility.

    Microsoft and Oracle announce enterprise partnershipMicrosoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. today announced a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    As part of this partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers.

    Java developers, IT professionals and businesses will benefit from the flexibility to deploy fully supported Oracle software to Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure.

    “Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years.”

    “Our customers’ IT environments are changing rapidly to meet the dynamic nature of the world today,” said Oracle President Mark Hurd. “At Oracle, we are committed to providing greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing multiple deployment options for our software, including on-premises, as well as public, private, and hybrid clouds. This collaboration with Microsoft extends our partnership and is important for the benefit of our customers.”

    Additional information about support and the licensing mobility changes that went into effect today is available on Oracle’s blog at https://blogs.oracle.com/cloud/entry/oracle_and_microsoft_join_forces.