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.

Evaluation Guide for System Center 2012 R2 and the Windows Azure Pack

Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:28 AM.

This documentation provides the information to help you set up and test an evaluation environment for tenant and administrator portals.

The Evaluation Guide for System Center 2012 R2 and the Windows Azure Pack is designed for hosting providers and large enterprises who want to create tenant and administrator portals to provide the same Infrastructure as a Service experience that is available through the Windows Azure Portal. Use this guide to set up and test these capabilities. The deployment guide describes how to set up the evaluation environment and the walkthroughs demonstrate the value and functionality of key scenarios enabled in this release.

 

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Database as a Service Reference Architecture Guide

Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:27 AM.

Provides hardware, software, system design, and component configurations to create secure, scalable, distributed, multitenant database services that use the latest virtualization technologies.

    This guidance is targeted at hosting providers who want to create secure, scalable, distributed, multitenant database service offerings that use the latest virtualization technologies. It scales through small- to large-sized organizations that want to provide consolidated, cost-effective database services.

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    Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:23 AM.

    Defines how to create secure, scalable, and reliable desktop hosting solutions for small- and medium-sized organizations based on Remote Desktop Services, Hyper-V, virtual networking, and other virtualization technologies.

     

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    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:23 AM.

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview from a remote computer that is running Windows 8.1 Preview.

     

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    Microsoft Integration Platform Poster

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:22 AM.

    The poster depicts the MS integration platform, including enterprise integration with the cloud.

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    Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:15 AM.

    Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is a collection of Windows Azure technologies, available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost for installation into your data center. It runs on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and, through the use of the Windows Azure technologies, enables you to offer a rich, self-service, multi-tenant cloud, consistent with the public Windows Azure experience.

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    Download Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1)

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:13 AM.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database, including in-memory OLTP, which complements our existing in-memory data warehousing and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market.  SQL Server 2014 also provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and help you unlock new hybrid scenarios.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) installation limitations:

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 is pre-release software and should be installed only on a clean machine. It does not support upgrade from or side-by-side installations with any previous version of SQL Server, including SQL Server 2012. In addition it does not work with or support side by side installations with any client redistributables of SQL Server such as feature pack components, Visual Studio 2012 or earlier versions, SQL Server Data Tools, Data Tier Application Framework, etc.
    • To administer Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 use only SQL Server Management Studio that ships as a part of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is NOT supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is only available in the X64 architecture.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is a NON-PRODUCTION release and should not be installed and used in production environments.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release does NOT have an associated Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Feature Pack.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release on Windows Azure VM is only intended for functional development and testing, and not for performance testing.
    • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release contains branding and versioning from older Microsoft SQL Server releases.

    See more at the product details page.

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    Download Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Preview

    Posted by bink on June 25 2013, 8:11 AM.

    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager helps IT empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control. When combined with Windows Intune, it provides a unified management infrastructure across physical, virtual, and mobile client environments.

    System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection protects client and server operating systems against the latest threats using industry-leading malware detection technologies. It is built on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, giving customers a unified infrastructure for client security and compliance management.

    Need more information about System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection Preview? See the product details page.

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