Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Directory Sync, Sync with Password Sync and Single Sign-On Scenarios

Here is good article on describing the functionalities and difference between Directory Sync, Directory Sync with Password Sync and  Directory Sync with Single Sign-On Scenarios.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device

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Microsoft Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

That could put it ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch and Moto 360 which both need to be charged around once a day. The wearable will hit stores soon after launch in a bid to capture the lucrative holiday season, a timeline Apple Apple was reportedly targeting before it delayed its own Watch to early 2015.

Forbes first reported in May that Microsoft was working on a smart watch that drew on optical engineering expertise from its Kinect division, and which would sync with iPhones, Android devices and Windows Phones. It is unclear what Microsoft will name the device, or what it will cost at retail.

A wearable would mark the company’s first foray into a new device category under CEO Satya Nadella. Wearable tech is still uncharted territory, despite offerings from Samsung and the forthcoming Apple Watch. It’s a market predicted to be worth $7.1 billion in 2015.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Storage Foundations

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1 Introduction

The goal of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Foundations series is to help enterprise IT and cloud service providers understand, develop, and implement IaaS infrastructures. This series provides comprehensive conceptual background, a reference architecture and a reference implementation that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technologies such as compute, network, and storage architectures, in addition to value-added software features.

The IaaS Foundations Series utilizes the core capabilities of the Windows Server operating system, Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Azure Pack and Microsoft Azure to deliver on-premises and hybrid cloud infrastructure as a service offerings.

As part of Microsoft IaaS Foundations series, this document discusses the storage infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building a storage infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. These components can be used to compose an IaaS solution based on private clouds, public clouds (for example, in a hosting service provider environment) or hybrid clouds. Each major section of this document will include sub-sections on private, public and hybrid infrastructure elements.Discussions of public cloud components are scoped to Microsoft Azure services and capabilities.

2.0 On-Premises

The following sections discuss storage options and capabilities that can be included in an on-premises IaaS design. Note that these on-premises options are also pertinent to cloud service providers interested in delivering a commercial IaaS offering.

2.1 Drive Architectures

The type of hard drives in the host server or in a storage array that are used by the file servers have significant impact on the overall performance of the storage architecture. The critical performance factors for hard drives are:

  • The interface architecture (for example, SAS or SATA)
  • The rotational speed of the drive (for example, 10K, or 15K RPM) or a solid-state drive (SSD) that does not have moving parts
  • The Read and Write speed
  • The average latency in milliseconds (ms)


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Active Directory Migration Service (ADMS) From Microsoft

Active Directory Migration Service (ADMS) is a could based Active Directory migration service (not a solution) from Microsoft.  Behind the scene they are using ADMT and FIM.  Directory synchronization was a big drawback of ADMT.  The combination of ADMT and FIM can overcome all these challenges.

Also, the self migration portal provides an end user driver migration option. 


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Microsoft tightens integration between Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business

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Microsoft wants to promote the use of OneDrive for Business among Office 365 customers, so it’s building links between the work cloud storage service and Outlook Web App (OWA), the suite’s browser-based email interface.

Over the coming weeks, Microsoft will roll out an option in OWA’s interface to attach OneDrive for Business URL links to messages, in addition to the conventional option of attaching files stored in the sender’s hard drive.

When email recipients click on the OneDrive for Business link, they’re taken to a file hosted in Microsoft data centers, so that they and their colleagues can co-edit the document using Office Online—the browser-based version of the Office productivity apps suite—and see each other’s changes


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hybrid Connection Manager ClickOnce Application

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Hybrid Connections provides an easy and convenient way to connect Azure Websites and Azure Mobile Services to on-premises resources.

Hybrid Connections

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Microsoft Azure gets security tick from Australian government

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In the lead up to the public availability of Microsoft Azure in Australia at the end of the year, Microsoft has announced that its cloud platform has been recognised for being compliant with the Australian government's security requirements.

A four-month assessment of the Microsoft Azure service was conducted from June to September 2014 by Foresight Consulting. The industry security-registered assessors program compliance assessment is consistent with processes prescribed in the Australian government information security manual (ISM) and protective security policy framework.

James Kavanagh, Microsoft Australia chief security advisor, said that receiving a letter of compliance is "one of the last milestones" for the company before Australian Microsoft Azure geo is released for general availability, and it demonstrates the company's commitment to protecting customer data "to the very highest level".

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Free 30 GB Storage with OneDrive

Today Microsoft has announced that they are doubling the amount of free storage you get with OneDrive.  Now, you can get 15 GB + 15 GB (Cameral back bonus) for all users.  You can read more information on the folioing blog:

I have already seen changes in my account.  I have 40 GB free storage in one of my OneDrive accounts as shown in the following screenshot:



Monday, September 15, 2014

IPV6 – Enable or Disable

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Here is a great article from Microsoft PFE on IPV6.

What’s Microsoft Recommend Setting for IPv6?

The long standing recommendation has been to leave IPv6 and IPv4 enabled on post XP Windows clients and server. The point is covered in the “What are Microsoft’s recommendation about disabling IPv6” section of the IPV6 FAQ:

“It is unfortunate that some organizations disable IPv6 on their computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008, where it is installed and enabled by default. Many disable IPv6-based on the assumption that they are not running any applications or services that use it. Others might disable it because of a misperception that having both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled effectively doubles their DNS and Web traffic. This is not true.

From Microsoft's perspective, IPv6 is a mandatory part of the Windows operating system and it is enabled and included in standard Windows service and application testing during the operating system development process. Because Windows was designed specifically with IPv6 present, Microsoft does not perform any testing to determine the effects of disabling IPv6. If IPv6 is disabled on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008, or later versions, some components will not function. Moreover, applications that you might not think are using IPv6—such as Remote Assistance, HomeGroup, DirectAccess, and Windows Mail—could be.

Therefore, Microsoft recommends that you leave IPv6 enabled, even if you do not have an IPv6-enabled network, either native or tunneled. By leaving IPv6 enabled, you do not disable IPv6-only applications and services (for example, HomeGroup in Windows 7 and DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are IPv6-only) and your hosts can take advantage of IPv6-enhanced connectivity.”

Leaving IPv6 enabled on current Windows client and server operating systems remains the best practice configuration. The PFE blog team has written several posts around IPv6:


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Microsoft OneDrive boosts file size limit to 10GB

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After hints that Microsoft soon planned to remove the 2GB file-size sync limit in OneDrive, the company has made the move official.

Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage services -- both the consumer and business versions -- are moving to support files up to 10GB in size.

From a Wednesday post on the OneDrive blog:

"We're excited to announce that you can now upload files up to 10 GB using the desktop apps for Windows and Mac, all of the mobile apps, and the OneDrive website! We recognized that people not only have more files than they did before, but they have bigger files as well. This is a top feature request we've received and we're excited to deliver it!"


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