Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Support for Windows XP has ended

Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/securitytipstalk/archive/2014/04/08/get-security-updates-for-april-2014.aspx

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to help protect your PC.)

More information

 

Read more at source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/securitytipstalk/archive/2014/04/08/get-security-updates-for-april-2014.aspx

Friday, February 21, 2014

OneDrive - Win up to 100 GB of free storage for one year!

Source - http://content.microsoftstore.com/onedrive?WT.mc_id=PaidSocial_Facebook_Launch_Brand

 

Win up to 100 GB of free storage for one year! Select your local store to find out more.Visit your local Microsoft retail store and show us your OneDrive or activate your account for a chance to win.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft

Source - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html

As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.”

Read more at source - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html

Monday, January 27, 2014

SkyDrive will become OneDrive

Source - http://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-for-everything-your-life/

Today we are pleased to announce that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive.

Related topic: SkyDrive–Microsoft is Planning to Change the Name 

OneDrive Logo

Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.

Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more.

Read more at source - http://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-for-everything-your-life/

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free Microsoft Virtualization Training and Certification

Source - http://www.virtualizationsquared.com/

Move your career into hyperdrive

It's time for Virtualization2. In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Hyper-V from Microsoft in addition to VMware solutions. With nearly two-thirds** of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Hyper-V to your wheelhouse can help improve your career options and prepare you for the world beyond virtualization. Learn, try and take the exam to get certified on Microsoft virtualization — for free.*

Take our free online training – then receive a voucher to take the new Microsoft virtualization certification exam for free!*

Read more at source - http://www.virtualizationsquared.com/

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager

Source - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager is now available.

Hyper-V Recovery Manager

Orchestrate protection and recovery of private clouds

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager can help you protect important services by coordinating the replication and recovery of System Center 2012 private clouds at a secondary location.

Automated protection

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager clouds can be protected through automating the replication of the virtual machines that compose them at a secondary location. The ongoing asynchronous replication of each VM is provided by Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica and is monitored and coordinated by Hyper-V Recovery Manager.

Continuous Health Monitoring

Hyper-V Recovery Manager monitors the state of Virtual Machine Manage clouds continuously and remotely from Windows Azure. Only the System Center Virtual Machine Manager servers communicate directly with Windows Azure - your data and its replication remains on your networks.

Orchestrated Recovery

The service helps automate the orderly recovery in the event of a site outage at the primary data center. VMs can be brought up in an orchestrated fashion to help restore service quickly. This process can also be used for testing recovery, or temporarily transferring services.

Read more at source - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/recovery-manager/

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award For The 4th Year!!!

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award - 4th time in a row.  Received the award notification this morning from Microsoft. Perfect start to my 2014.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Exam 74-409–Free Training

Source - http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/server-virtualization-with-windows-server-hyper-v-and-system-center#?fbid=hZelRyYtgIV

Complete list - http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/?mtag=MVP4030770

This course provides the training that can help you prepare for the Microsoft Specialist Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. For a limited time, you can register here to take the exam for free (see FAQ for details). The exam and course will prove your ability to deploy and manage a Microsoft Server Virtualization infrastructure in an enterprise environment. You will also find out how to configure, manage, and maintain Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, including networking and storage services. And you will learn how to configure key Microsoft Server virtualization features, such as Generation 2 Virtual Machines, Replication Extension, Online Export, Cross-Version Live Migration, Online VHDX Resizing, and Live Migration Performance tuning, in addition to Dynamic Virtual Switch Load Balancing and virtual Receive Side Scaling (vRSS).

You can see more courses at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/?mtag=MVP4030770

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

Source - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd537566.aspx

We are pleased to announce the general availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It also enhances usage tracking to include accounting for Remote Desktop Services as well as Server and Cloud Enrollment licensed deployments. MAP 9.0 additionally helps organizations assess their environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, track usage of Windows Server 2012, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, System Center Configuration Manager 2012, and SQL Server 2012. The Windows Azure assessment report has also been updated to include the latest Azure sizing.

New Server and Cloud Enrollment scenario helps to simplify adoption

Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) is a new offering under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement that enables subscribers to standardize broadly on one or more Microsoft Server and Cloud technologies. The MAP Toolkit 9.0 features an assessment scenario to identify and inventory SCE supported products within an enterprise and help streamline enrollment.

New Remote Desktop Services Licensing Usage Tracking scenario creates a single view for enterprise wide licensing

With an increase in enterprises deploying Remote Desktop Services (RDS) across wider channels, RDS license management has become a focus point for organizations. With the new RDS Licensing scenario, the MAP Toolkit rolls up license information enterprise-wide into a single report, providing a simple alternative for assessing your RDS licensing position.

Support for software inventory via Software ID tags now available

As part of the Microsoft effort to support ISO 19770-2, the MAP Toolkit now supports inventory of Microsoft products by Software ID (SWID) tag. SWID enhanced reports will provide greater accuracy and assist large, complex environments to better manage their software compliance efforts by simplifying the software identification process and lowering the cost of managing software assets.

Improved Usage Tracking data collection for SQL Server Usage Tracking scenarios

As part of our ongoing improvement initiatives, Usage Tracking for SQL Server 2012 has been enhanced to use User Access Logging (UAL). UAL is a standard protocol in Windows Server 2012 that collects User Access information in near real time and stores the information in a local database, eliminating the need for log parsing to perform Usage Tracking assessments. UAL vastly improves the speed and helps to eliminate long lead times for environment preparation associated with running Usage Tracking assessments.

Read more at source

Download - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd537566.aspx

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

End of Forefront Products??

Source - http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/09/12/important-changes-to-forefront-product-roadmaps.aspx

 

End of Forefront Products?? – Yes for the following products:

 

  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
  • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

Today, as a result of our effort to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, Microsoft is announcing changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions made available under the Forefront brand.

  1. As part of this effort, the next release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which has long been part of the Office 365 solution, will be named Exchange Online Protection. 
  2. In response to customer demand, we are adding basic antimalware protection to Exchange Server 2013.  This protection can be easily turned off, replaced, or paired with other services (like Exchange Online Protection) to provide a layered defense. 
  3. We are discontinuing any further releases of the following Forefront-branded solutions:
    • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
    • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
    • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
    • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
    • Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

For collaboration protection, SharePoint and Lync Servers will continue to offer the built-in security capabilities that many customers use to protect shared documents.  For remote access, DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS) VPN in Windows Server 2012 provide secure remote access for Windows and cross-platform clients, as well as cross-premise access through site to site VPN. Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 also continues to provide secure application publishing and cross-platform SSL VPN remote access for a range of mobile devices.
We will continue to provide maintenance and support for the following Forefront solutions through the standard Microsoft support lifecycle (see chart below), but the discontinued Forefront offerings will no longer be available for purchase as of Dec. 1, 2012.

Read more at source - http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/09/12/important-changes-to-forefront-product-roadmaps.aspx

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