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Work Smart Guides: Getting Started Series December 24th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

As part of my twitter stream (@vinodk_sql), I post a lot of links and resources that I come across. These are mostly from MSDN or from other sources that I find as interesting content. Having said that, there is no one place we can go and find all the information over the internet for getting started series. I found the Work Smart series has a number of interesting documents that are worth a look if you are a beginner or want to start learning a technology. Whenever there is a new release, I look forward for these papers because they are quick to read and give me a great idea to start learning the concepts in detail later. In my experience of more than a decade of IT, I have come to a conclusion that there is no substitute for self learning and exploration. Sky is your limit and your imagination is your limitation to how far you can learn.

Desktop

Exploring Windows 8: This guide provides a high-level overview of the exciting new features in the Windows 8 user interface.

Windows 8 Shortcut Keys : This guide provides a quick reference to the shortcut keys in the Windows 8 Start screen.

Windows 7 New Features :This guide describes some of the new feature available now in Windows 7.

Windows 7 on a Slate Device : Learn how to use Windows 7 features on a slate device, using touch-friendly features in IE9, the tablet input panel, speech inputs and more.

Everyday Work with Windows Vista Get Started : Windows Vista offers improved search capabilities, easier ways to sort and organize files, and interface enhancements that help manage applications and information.

Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Work Smarter Checklist : Streamline your work with powerful new features in Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Exchange Server 2007.

Using Windows Internet Explorer 10 : Internet Explorer 10, included in Windows 8, offers two browser experiences, a touch-optimized, modern-style experience and a classic desktop, web-browsing experience. This guide provides detailed instructions for using the Internet Explorer 10 modern experience, provides useful tips for working across both experiences, and discusses security and privacy.

Office

Microsoft Office 2010 User Interface Get Started : Use this guide to learn more about Office 2010 user interface new features.

Groove 2007 Get Started : Groove enables teams of people to work together securely over the Internet or a corporate network as if they were in the same physical location. Groove is good for teams that don’t work in the same location, time zone, or company. Groove manages changes to shared files even when you are offline.

Groove 2007 Learn More : With Groove 2007, small teams can work together securely over the Internet or corporate network without sharing the same location, time zone, or company.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Get Started : Use this guide to learn about some of the new and improved features which are available in Microsoft Excel 2010.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Get Started : Use this guide to learn about the new features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Microsoft Word 2010 Get Started : Use this guide to learn about some of the new and improved features which are available in Microsoft Word 2010.

OneNote Overview : You can use this guide to learn about the features in Microsoft OneNote 2010, and how to use them.

Outlook 2010 Calendar Scenarios Get Started : Microsoft Outlook 2010 makes setting appointments, sharing your calendar availability, and managing your schedule even easier.

Outlook 2010 Get Started : Use Microsoft Outlook 2010 to manage your e-mail messages. You can use this guide to learn about some of the new features in Outlook 2010.

Outlook and SharePoint Integration Get Started : Understand how you can use Outlook to work directly on SharePoint resources.

Outlook and SharePoint Integration Overview : Understand how you can use Outlook to work directly on SharePoint resources.

Outlook E-Mail Signatures Get Started : Office Outlook 2007 e-mail signatures enable you to create a brief description of yourself for the benefit of those you correspond with.

Outlook Web App Get Started : Microsoft Outlook Web App (OWA) provides secure access to your Outlook email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and Global Address List – via the Internet. This guide explains how to log on to OWA and use OWA features.

Microsoft Office Tasks Get Started : Use Outlook Tasks to organize your time and your work. Work across applications with Tasks integrated across Outlook, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Sharepoint

Collaborating with SharePoint Overview : Collaborate effectively with SharePoint sites and features.

Collaborating with SharePoint Server 2010 Get Started : Get started on collaborating effectively with SharePoint sites and features.

Customizing SharePoint Sites Get Started : Customize SharePoint sites with Web parts. Display libraries, documents, RSS feeds, and customize the left navigation menu (Quick Launch).

Office SharePoint Workspace Get Started : Microsoft® SharePoint® Workspace 2010 is a client application that offers a seamless experience when you work online and offline with document libraries and lists on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Additionally, it conducts real-time, automatic, transparent synchronization of that content when you connect to the SharePoint server.

Messaging / Communication

E-Mail Basics: Managing E-Mail Get Started : This guide describes several tips and tools that will help you take charge of your email.

Successful Meetings with Lync Get Started : Traditional meetings, large and small, can be a challenge when people are spread out over long distances and include internal and external attendees. Communication technology can overcome the physical boundaries by allowing people to attend from any location with Internet or phone access. But that alone is not enough to make a meeting successful. By understanding the best practices for conducting meetings and using the right communication technology from Microsoft Lync 2010, you are on your way to conducting successful meetings.

Security

Protect Data with BitLocker Get Started : Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption technology uses the strongest publicly available encryption to protect your computer’s data, and prevents others from accessing your disk drives without authorization. Additionally, the BitLocker To Go feature prevents unauthorized data access on your portable storage devices, including Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drives, also known as “thumb drives.”

Protecting Data with Windows 8 BitLocker : This guide discusses how to use Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption technology to protect your computer’s data, and prevents others from accessing your disk drives without authorization.

Securing Business Information : At work, all forms of information, including ideas and concepts, have potential business value. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect this information from unauthorized disclosure. The Securing Business Information Work Smart Guide details how to classify business information and how to choose the correct technology to protect this information before you transmit, share, store, or destroy it.

Securing Your Computer
Every computer at Microsoft is a gateway to the corporate network. Employees need to guard these gateways against intruders who might try to gain access to corporate resources. By adhering to Information Security Standards and following the best practices in this guide, you can help protect Microsoft against potential threats.

Securing Your Windows Phone Get Started : Windows Phones are powerful tools that enable you to work remotely by synchronizing to your corporate email and the corporate network. More and more employees work remotely and use Windows Phones and other mobile devices. However, protecting them is a challenge, because they are small and easily lost or stolen. This guide provides information on securing your Windows Phone.

Others

DirectAccess is Key to Microsoft IT Remote Access Strategy : Microsoft IT has leveraged DirectAccess as its future in preferred remote access technology. DirectAccess is a new feature in Windows 7 and Window Server 2008 R2. With DirectAccess, users are always connected to the corporate network whenever they are connected to the Internet, and without having to use a VPN. This seamless and ubiquitous access method has resulted both significant end user and business benefits for Microsoft.

Environmental Sustainability Get Started : Environmentally responsible IT business strategies continue to gain momentum across the industry. Microsoft IT has been addressing Environmental Sustainability issues for years but now has a single point of collaboration around these efforts in order to increase awareness and reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Get Started : System Center 2012 Configuration Manager puts the management of your computer in your hands. You can use Configuration Manager to quickly and easily identify and install applications that are relevant to you based on your role, language, and location. You can also use Configuration Manager to manage the timing of installations and upgrades to avoid disruptions to your work.

Transfer Files and Settings Get Started : Use this guide for instructions on how you can transfer your files and settings from your old computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Vista using the Windows Easy Transfer tool. Topics include: Install Windows Easy Transfer for Windows XP, Transfer Files and Settings Between Computers Over a Network, Transfer Files and Settings Using a Location on a Network, Transfer Files and Settings Using Removable Media, and Recycle Your Old Computer.

Using Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager Get Started : Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 provides an integrated and comprehensive self-service group management and password reset solution. FIM 2010 simplifies the identity management landscape and enables group management through a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 portal and a Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 add-in.

Using Windows Phone 7.5 Get Started : Microsoft IT deployed Windows Phone 7 companywide to over 50,000 employees. Cross-company, Cross-team collaboration, planning, and focused marketing was the key to deploying and supporting Windows Phones successfully to employees around the world.

Backing Up Your Data and Settings : This guide provides information on how to set up and use the new File History feature in Windows 8 or the IntelliMirror Redirection Service to back up your data.

Connect a Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID) to Your Domain Account : This guide discusses how, with Windows 8, you can connect your Microsoft account to your corporate domain account. By connecting the accounts you can continue to sign in to your office PC with your domain (network) credentials, sync your Windows personalization settings across multiple PCs, and use a single sign-on for Windows Live services.

Connecting Remotely Using Windows 8 DirectAccess : This guide discusses how to connect remotely using Windows 8 DirectAccess, which enables you to seamlessly connect to the corporate network from any Internet-equipped remote location without having to establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.

Hope you found the links and resources useful. I am sure I might have missed couple of links for sure but keep an eye for these series on the Microsoft site.

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Minimum Certificate RSA Key Length Windows Update (1024 Bits) October 5th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

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Microsoft Security Advisory (2661254) – This is the root to all the content available.

PLEASE TEST THE PATCH AND THE IMPACT ON APPLICATIONS BEFORE DEPLOYMENT. THIS UPDATE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OCT-9th-2012.

What is this update about?

Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update to Windows that restricts the use of certificates with RSA keys less than 1024 bits in length. The private keys used in these certificates can be derived and could allow an attacker to duplicate the certificates and use them fraudulently to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks.

Recommendation: Microsoft recommends that customers download the update and assess the impact of blocking certificates with RSA keys less than 1024 bits in length before applying the update to their enterprise.

What OS / Systems/ devices does this update apply to?

Read about the affected software and devices at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2661254. Navigate to the section on Affected Software and Devices.

Where can I download this update from?

The update is available on the Download Center as well as the Microsoft Update Catalog for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.

Direct Catalog Link.

What could be the potential impact if I do not test this update before deploying in my environment?

It is possible that after the update, some systems will cease to function as before, because their underlying digital certification relies on certificates that do not meet the new requirement, a key length of at least 1024 bits.

Read about known issues here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254

How do I know if my environment is impacted by this?

There are four main methods for discovering if RSA certificates with keys less than 1024 bits are in use:

  1. Check certificates and certification paths manually
  2. Use CAPI2 logging
  3. Check certificate templates
  4. Enable logging on computers that have the update installed

Read about each of the four methods in detail at this link (Under section Discover RSA certificates with key lengths of less than 1024 bits) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254

What if I find a certificate with a RSA key less than 1024 bits in length?

Customers that identify any certificates that use RSA key lengths less than 1024 bits in their environments:

  1. Will need to request longer certificates from their certification authority.
  2. Customers that manage their own PKI environments will need to create new longer key pairs and issue new certificates from these new keys.

Customers should evaluate using a sufficient key length to match their requirements for data encryption which may exceed the minimum required by this update.

What if I am not ready to deploy this update? What are my options?

1. Enable certificate logging to help identify the usage of RSA keys less than 1024 bits in length

By default, logging is not enabled. Logging can be enabled to help identify the usage of RSA keys less than 1024 bits in length by setting the logging directory in the registry.

Warning – If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\OID\EncodingType 0\CertDllCreateCertificateChainEngine\Config]
" WeakSignatureLogDir"

You can apply this .reg file to individual systems by double-clicking it. You can also apply it across domains by using Group Policy. For more information about Group Policy, see Core Group Policy Tools and Settings.

2. Block the update from being deployed through your deployment solution.

Use your current patch deployment solution [System Center Configuration Manager or WSUS or any other.] and disable the automatic deployment of this patch.

Opt-out Setting – You can also make manual changes to the key lengths that are blocked. Read here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/pki/archive/2012/07/13/blocking-rsa-keys-less-than-1024-bits-part-2.aspx

Example – You can modify a registry setting using the certutil command to modify the size of the keys that are blocked. For example, if you wanted to allow 512 bit keys, but block all keys less than 512 bits, you could run the following command:

Certutil -setreg chain\minRSAPubKeyBitLength 512

Note – This approach should not constitute a long term solution, as you will remain exposed to digital certificate weaknesses until you finally renew their certificates with a key size equal or greater than 1024 bits.

Where can I read more about this update?

Below is a chronological listing of the blog postings discussing this upcoming change:

  1. RSA keys under 1024 bits are blocked (2012-06-11)
  2. Certificate Trust List update and the June 2012 bulletins (2012-06-12)
  3. Gadgets, certificate housekeeping and the July 2012 bulletins (2012-07-10)
  4. Microsoft’s continuing work on digital certificates (2012-07-10)
  5. Blocking RSA Keys less than 1024 bits (part 2) (2012-07-13)
  6. Blocking RSA keys less than 1024 bits (part 3) (2012-08-14)

Microsoft released a security advisory, KB article, and software update for all supported versions of Windows that blocks RSA certificates with keys less than 1024 bits. The software update was released to the Download Center.

  1. The security advisory is located at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2661254.
  2. The KB article is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254.

The update is available now to allow organizations to assess the impact of this update and to reissue certificates with larger key sizes, if necessary, before the update is sent out through Windows Update. The update is planned to be sent out through Windows Update in October 9, 2012.

September ANS and an important heads-up concerning certificates (2012-09-06)

Thought this was important update to pass on. Feel free to spread the news.

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Windows Server 2012–Virtual Academy Training October 5th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

Yesterday I wrote a blog post around what is new in Windows Server 2012 and I had couple of my friends ask how to learn it more efficiently. Thought I will write about the same in this post with links to the Virtual Academy Courses that are awesome and available online as TechNet resources. So here is a dump of links to various Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) around Windows Server 2012. This can easily take away your couple of weekends if you want to learn it properly :) – Trust me it is worth it !!!

These videos are part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products and solutions.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Hyper-V Network Virtualization | TechNet VideoThe module introduces the new Hyper-V Network Virtualization feature and this video rounds off the module with a how-to look at the Hyper-V Network Virtualization.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: IP Address Management in Windows Server 2012 | TechNet VideoThis module introduces the IP address management (IPAM) feature in Windows Server 2012. You will see why IP address management is important for network infrastructures in modern organizations, followed by the installation process and requirements for the new IPAM feature. You will also see some of the IPAM server options, and how to delegate access to IPAM and related tasks. This Video shows how to configure IP Address Management.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Managing Data Deduplication | TechNet Video This module is part of the Windows Server 2012: Storage course. This video shows how to manage Data Deduplication by excluding file types, scheduling out of hours and using the DDPEVAL tool.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Server Virtualization Part 2 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how you can achieve increased flexibility with virtual machine mobility. The video includes a demo of Shared Nothing Live Migration.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Server Virtualization Part 4 | TechNet Video – This video looks at the things Microsoft has done to work with Partners to increase the capabilities of Hyper-V. The video includes a demo of Managing Windows Server 2012 with System Center 2012 SP1.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Server Virtualization Part 5 | TechNet Video – This video explains how you can manage Isolation and Multitenancy in your organization with Windows Server 2012. The video includes a demo of Resource Metering of a Virtual Machine.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Storage Part 1 | Technet Video  – This video looks at the improvements that have been made in Storage within Windows Server 2012. The video includes a demo of Data Deduplication.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Storage Part 2 | Technet VideoThis video covers Windows Server 2012 storage solutions that deliver continuous application availability. The video includes a demo of Cluster-Aware Updating.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Storage Part 3 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how Microsoft have innovated with partners to maximize performance, scalability and choice. The video includes a demo of ODX.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Storage Part 4 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how Windows Server 2012 helps improve operational efficiency through simplified manageability.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Identity and Access Part 1 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how Windows Server 2012 helps IT Professionals manage their Identity and Access. The video includes a demo of Dynamic Access Control.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Identity and Access Part 2 | TechNet Video – This video covers Active Directory for the Cloud and the enhancements made in Active Directory in Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Node Drain | TechNet VideoThis video shows how to use node drain to pause a Windows Server 2012 cluster node, ready for maintenance, and then to resume that node with all roles automatically failing back.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Add Storage Space to Cluster Share Volumes | TechNet Video  – This video shows how to add a mirrored Storage Space to a Cluster Shared Volume in Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: BitLocker on Cluster Share Volumes | TechNet VideoThis video shows how to use BitLocker to encrypt a Cluster Shared Volume in Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Add disk to CSV in Windows Server 2012 | TechNet VideoThis video shows how to add available disk storage to a Cluster Shared Volume in Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Setting up Clustered Shared Volumes | TechNet VideoThis video shows how to configure Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: End to End Management | TechNet Video – This video shows how Windows Server 2012 gives a consistent management experience across all standard compliance storage arrays and has simplified the management of storage end-to-end.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: SMB 3. 0 High Performance Storage with Transparent Failover | TechNet Video  – This video shows SMB transparent failover in action using SQL Server running with 200,000 IOPs.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Local Server Experience and Deployment Options | TechNet VideoThis module is part of the Windows Server 2012: Manageability & Automation course and covers the Standards-based management that is the foundation of the management experience in Window Server 2012, robust automation through PowerShell 3.0 and Multi-machine experience thought the new Server Management. This video focuses on Server Manager running on Minimal Server Interface.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Live Migration of Virtual Machines with Nothing Shared | TechNet VideoThis video shows the new option in Windows Server 2012 to live migrate virtual machines between Hyper-V servers that do not share an infrastructure.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Web Application and Platform Part 1 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how Windows Server 2012 delivers an application platform that offers high performance and high density applications. The video includes a demo of Centralized Certificate Store.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Web Application and Platform Part 2 | Technet Video – This video looks at Non-Uniform Memory Architecture (NUMA) Scalability. The video includes a demo of CPU throttling and dynamic restrictions.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Personalizing Your Experience with Server Manager | Technet Video  – This module is part of the Windows Server 2012: Manageability & Automation course and covers the new Server Manager in Window Server 2012. This video shows you how to customise the Server Manager Tools menu to suit your personal preferences.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Deep Dive into Core Functionalities | Technet VideoThis module is part of the Windows Server 2012: Manageability & Automation course and covers the new Server Manager in Window Server 2012. This video shows the key features of the new Server Manager.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Multi-Machine Server Management | TechNet VideoThis module is part of the Windows Server 2012: Manageability & Automation course and covers the Standards-based management that is the foundation of the management experience in Window Server 2012, robust automation through PowerShell 3.0 and Multi-machine experience thought the new Server Management. This videos shows how Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 improves the multi-machine server management experience for administrators.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Live Migration between Clusters | TechNet VideoThis module is part of the Windows Server 2012: Server Virtualization and covers the new features in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V related to virtual machine mobility and scale up technologies. This video shows the new option in Windows Server 2012 to live migrate virtual machines between two Windows Server 2012 clusters.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Networking Part 1 | TechNet Video – This video covers some of the networking features of Windows Server 2012 and how those features help customers to overcome networking challenges in their organizations.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Networking Part 2 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how Windows Server 2012 provides a simplified multitenant network infrastructure. The video includes a demo of Network Virtualization.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Networking Part 3 | TechNet VideoThis video looks at how Windows Server 2012 enables high-performance networking with current and next-generation hardware. The video includes a demo of Receive Segment Coalescing.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Networking Part 4 | TechNet VideoThis video covers operational efficiency through simplified manageability with Windows Server 2012. The video includes a demo of IP Address Management (IPAM).

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Networking Part 5 | TechNet VideoThis video explains how to build a rich and diverse ecosystem with Windows Server 2012. The video includes a demo of Extensible Shift.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Networking Part 6 | TechNet VideoThis video summarizes how Windows Server 2012 can help overcome networking challenges in your organization.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 | TechNet VideoThe module examine the new DHCP high availability solution, options for providing fault tolerance and higher bandwidth for network adapters, and how you can apply QoS within a Hyper-V environment in order to ensure predictability of network performance for virtual machine workloads. This Video show how to team NICs and change their properties.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Part 1 | TechNet VideoThis video explains the enhancements that have been made in Windows Server 2012 to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The video includes a demo of VDI deployment, administration and management.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Part 2 | TechNet VideoThis video covers the best value for VDI with key platform capabilities. The video includes a demo of User experience improvements in VDI.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Part 3 | TechNet VideoThis video summarizes how Windows Server 2012 enhancements have improved Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 Web Application and Platform Part 3 | TechNet VideoThis video covers consistent and repeatable configurations and Ecosystem and Extensibility.

Exchange Storage Discussion | TechNet VideoThe UK Exchange team discuss storage in Exchange 2010.

UK Exchange Team Top Tips | TechNet VideoThe UK Exchange team discuss their top tips for Exchange 2010

Bytes by TechNet Sean Deuby and Harold Wong | TechNet VideoJoin Harold Wong, Senior IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft, and Sean Deuby, Technical Director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro discuss Active Directory. Sean talks about what he feels will be the most impactful in Windows Server 8 like using Dynamic Access Control to set central access policy, claims based authorization and what the big deal is about VM Gen ID that is built into Hyper-V. Another amazing Bytes interview!

PS Session Reconnect via PowerShell Web Access | TechNet VideoWindows PowerShell supports disconnecting and reconnecting to Windows PowerShell sessions. You can start a session through Windows PowerShell Web Access on one device and then reconnect to that session later on the same or different device either through Windows PowerShell Web Access, PowerShell.exe, Windows PowerShell ISE, or another PowerShell host.

Customizing the Wizard Pages in MDT UDI | TechNet VideoSystem Center 2012 Configuration Manager OSD and MDT User-Driven Installation (UDI) work together to deploy Windows. This video shows from a developer perspective how to customize the wizard pages in MDT UDI. Watch this if you would like to code your own customizations into the pages.

Building Extensions for the MDT UDI Designer | TechNet VideoSystem Center 2012 Configuration Manager OSD and MDT User-Driven Installation (UDI) work together to deploy Windows. In this video, see how to build extensions for your deployment to further customize MDT UDI for your environment.

Configuring MDT UDI for Hardware Refresh Deployments | TechNet VideoSystem Center 2012 Configuration Manager OSD and MDT User-Driven Installation (UDI) work together to deploy Windows. In this video, see additional information on the MDT UDI Refresh Deployment Scenario, including language pack installations.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 1) Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 2) Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 3) Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 4) Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 5) Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 6) Competitive Advantages of the Microsoft Private Cloud over the VMware Private Cloud | TechNet Video

We will analyze how the cloud is traditionally built in a VMware environment using vSphere, and the vCenter server. Then taking this analysis further, we will show how Microsoft provides comparable solutions to these products, and to additional products such as vFabric Application Director and vCenter Operations Manager. You will learn how Microsoft can manage virtual machines in a more granular way, and monitor the performance of applications running in virtualized and in physical environments.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 1) Competitive Advantages of Hyper-V Server 2012 over VMware ESXi 5.0 | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 2) Competitive Advantages of Hyper-V Server 2012 over VMware ESXi 5.0 | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 3) Competitive Advantages of Hyper-V Server 2012 over VMware ESXi 5.0 | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 4) Competitive Advantages of Hyper-V Server 2012 over VMware ESXi 5.0 | TechNet Video

We will focus the demonstrations and presentation on Microsoft Hyper-V Server, the free product from Microsoft that contains the core hypervisor components.

We will detail how the core driver model works to enable interoperability with different hardware and software. We will discuss concepts such as Live Migration, and how IT administrators can move running virtual machines around between physical nodes within a cluster. Following this, we will demonstrate exactly how a cluster can be built within Hyper-V Server to provide high availability. Then we will cover how to run virtual machines on the clusters.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part1) Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.0 | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 2) Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.0 | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 3) Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.0 | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 4) Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.0 | TechNet Video

We will look specifically at Hyper-V and how it competes effectively against VMware vSphere 5 when building virtualized infrastructures.

This session will focus first on scalability, performance and density. Then we will look at multi-tenancy and the improvements we have made around security and networking. We will look at how Hyper-V can power an agile infrastructure, giving you flexibility to move workloads around better than before. Finally, we will look at the different levels of availability and resiliency built-in to Hyper-V, and how they can provide the best platform for your mission critical applications and workloads.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 1) Competitive Advantages of System Center 2012 over VMware’s Management Technologies | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 2) Competitive Advantages of System Center 2012 over VMware’s Management Technologies | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 3) Competitive Advantages of System Center 2012 over VMware’s Management Technologies | TechNet Video

Microsoft Virtual Academy: (Part 4) Competitive Advantages of System Center 2012 over VMware’s Management Technologies | TechNet Video

We will take an in-depth look at the technologies and how they map to a private cloud strategy, comparing the VMware vCloud and System Center 2012.

We will cover several key areas of management including VM management, monitoring, service management, self-service automation, and configuration management. The presentation and demonstrations will evaluate the competing products component-by-component, and how each brings their own benefits. In addition, we will address the concept of protection, and how it is a central part of the private cloud infrastructure protecting virtualized and non-virtualized environments.

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What is new in Windows Server 2012 October 4th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

With the release of Windows Server 2012, there is so much to learn from each version and this release is no excuse. In this post, let us look at some of the enhancements done with Windows Server 2012 for reference. There are some interesting features introduced for SQL Server 2012 too and we will look at it in future posts.

What’s New in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012 includes new features that make it simpler and faster to deploy domain controllers (both on-premises and in the cloud), more flexible and easier to both audit and authorize access to files, and easier to perform administrative tasks at scale, either locally or remotely, through consistent graphical and scripted management experiences.

  1. Dynamic Access Control (DAC), permissions based on AD attribute eg. Location, Department

What’s New in BitLocker
BitLocker encrypts the hard drives on your computer to provide enhanced protection against data theft or exposure on computers and removable drives that are lost or stolen.

  1. Used Disk Space Only encryption allows for a much quicker encryption experience
  2. Support for Encrypted Hard Drives for Windows

What’s New in BranchCache
BranchCache in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 provides substantial performance, manageability, scalability, and availability improvements.

  1. Data De-duplication, duplicate content is stored once and downloaded once

What’s New in Failover Clustering
Failover clusters provide high availability and scalability to many server workloads. These include file share storage for server applications such as Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server, and server applications that run on physical servers or virtual machines.

  1. Scalability, Scales to 64 nodes and 4,000 virtual machines per cluster
  2. Cluster-Aware Updating, applies software updates across the cluster nodes while maintaining availability
  3. Scale-Out File Servers, provides CSV storage and integrates with File Services features to support scalable, continuously available application storage
  4. Dynamic Quorum, simplifies quorum setup and increases the availability

What’s New in File Server Resource Manager
File Server Resource Manager provides a set of features that allow you to manage and classify data that is stored on file servers.

  1. File Classification, automatic classification processes

What’s New in Hyper-V
The Hyper-V role enables you to create and manage a virtualized computing environment by using virtualization technology that is built in to Windows Server 2012. Hyper-V virtualizes hardware to provide an environment in which you can run multiple operating systems at the same time on one physical computer, by running each operating system in its own virtual machine.

  1. Client Hyper-V, now available in a desktop operating system
  2. Hyper-V Replica, replicate virtual machines between storage systems
  3. Live migration, perform a live migration in a non-clustered environment
  4. Scale and resiliency, significantly larger compute and storage resources
  5. SMB 3.0 file shares, SMB 3.0 file shares to provide storage for virtual machines
  6. Virtual switch, open framework that allows third parties to add new functionality, extensible capabilities to connect virtual machines to the physical network

What’s New in Networking
Discover new networking technologies and new features for existing technologies in Windows Server 2012. Technologies covered include BranchCache, Data Center Bridging, NIC Teaming, and more.

  1. SMB 3.0 and RDMA, very fast inter-process communication (IPC) and inter-computer communications
  2. Network (IP) virtualization and Virtual switch, decouples virtual networks for customer virtual machines from the physical network infrastructure
  3. NIC teaming, bandwidth aggregation and traffic failover
  4. Quality of Service, deliver predictable network performance to virtual machines
  5. DirectAccess and RRAS, new Remote Access server role allows for centralized administration, configuration, and monitoring

What’s New in Remote Desktop Services
The Remote Desktop Services server role in Windows Server 2012 provides technologies that enable users to connect to virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops. With Remote Desktop Services, users can access remote connections from within a corporate network or from the Internet.

  1. Fairshare experience (Network, Disk, and CPU), one user does not negatively impact the performance of another user’s session
  2. Multi-Touch RDP

What’s New in Smart Cards
Smart cards and their associated personal identification numbers (PINs) are an increasingly popular, reliable, and cost-effective form of two-factor authentication. With the right controls in place, a user must have the smart card and know the PIN to gain access to network resources.

  1. Virtual smart cards, emulate the functionality of traditional smart cards

PowerShell 3.0 and ISE, improved IDE eg. Intellisense

Storage Spaces, virtualize storage by grouping industry-standard disks into storage pools (thin provisioning)

SQL on SMB, store clustered user database files on SMB file shares

Hope these will make a good weekend reads. If you feel we missed something significant from Windows Server 2012 in this post, feel free to write it over the comments.

UPDATE: Links and resources to Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Windows Server 2012.

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Microsoft Lync 2010 Resources to bookmark September 7th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

In continuation to the resources and links on other technologies, here is yet another set of links for Microsoft Lync. Lync is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office. More and more I work with this technology it just increases the productivity at work. Feel free to subscribe to the blog feed via email to get the latest updates.

Videos and Webcasts

Designing Lync Jump Start

Deploying Lync Jump Start

Lync 2010 Demos and Interview

Lync in an Enterprise Network

Lync Server 2010 Deployment Best Practices

Edge Show 12 – Enterprise voice and collaboration on any device with Lync

"How Do I" Videos

  1. Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 1 – Design a Site and Create a Topology
  2. Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 2 – Prepare Data for Import into Topology Builder
  3. Topology Builder: Create Your First Pool
  4. Topology Builder: Add an Edge Server
  5. Topology Builder: Deploy a Standalone A/V Conferencing Server
  6. Deploy Enterprise Voice (Part 1)
  7. Deploy Enterprise Voice (Part 2)
  8. Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010
  9. Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010
  10. System-Wide Troubleshooting: Lync Call Issues
  11. Monitoring and Managing Jitter for VoIP

TechNet Radio: An Introduction to Lync Mobile Features

Increase the value of your Lync environment by using monitoring, PowerPivot, and Power View

Unified Communications (TechNet Video)

What’s new in Microsoft Lync 2010

What’s New with Lync 2010

  1. What’s new in deployment in Lync 2010
  2. What new with voice in Lync 2010
  3. What’s new in Lync 2010 Server
  4. What’s new in Clients, Devices, Architecture & Interoperability in Lync 2010
  5. What’s new in Microsoft Lync IM and Presence
  6. What’s new in OCS 14 High Definition
  7. What’s new in OCS 14 Client Extensibility
  8. What’s new in OCS 14 Enterprise Voice

Introduction and UC Vision – Why Lync?

How to manage, migrate and maintain your Lync 2010 infrastructure & UC applications

Virtualization and Lync Server 2010

UC Managed API 3.0 with Lync Server 2010

How to secure remote access to your ocs/lync environment

Datacenter & Branch Resiliency in Lync

Unified Communications "14" Labs
  1. Session 1 – Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010 Development
  2. Session 2 – Integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 Features with the Lync Controls
  3. Session 3 – Part 1 – Building Contextual Conversation Applications with the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
  4. Session 3 – Part 2 – Extending the Lync 2010 Conversation Window with the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
  5. Session 4 – Part 1 – Introducing the Lync 2010 Managed API
  6. Session 4 – Part 2 – Starting Microsoft Lync 2010 Conversations Using the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
  7. Session 4 – Part 3 – Using the Microsoft Lync 2010 Object Model
  8. Session 5 – Part 1 – Getting Started with the Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
  9. Session 5 – Part 2 – Working with Extended Properties Using the Exchange 2010 Managed API 1.0
  10. Session 5 – Part 3 – Working with the Exchange Free/Busy Service Using the Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
  11. Session 5 – Part 4 – Exchange Notifications Using the Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
  12. Session 6 – Part 1 – Introduction to the UCMA 3.0 SDK
  13. Session 6 – Part 2 – Anatomy of a UCMA 3.0 Application
  14. Session 6 – Part 3 – Call Control and Presence Events Using UCMA 3.0
  15. Session 7 – Part 1 – Introduction to the UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK
  16. Session 7 – Part 2 – Anatomy of a UCMA 3.0 Workflow
  17. Session 7 – Part 3 – UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK Speech and DTMF Grammars
  18. Session 7 – Part 4 – UCMA 3.0 Workflow Prompts, Events and Commands
  19. Session 8 – Part 1 – Building Advanced Communications Solutions with UCMA 3.0
  20. Session 8 – Part 2 – UCMA 3.0 Advanced Communications with Conference Services and Audio Routes
  21. Session 8 – Part 3 – UCMA 3.0 Advanced Communications Using Application Endpoint Draining
  22. Session 9 – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010: Architecture and Deployment
On-Demand Webcasts
  1. Business Insights Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft Lync 2010
  2. Business Insights Webcast: Making the Switchto Software-Based VoIP
  3. Business Insights: Voice, Video, and Data Conferencing with Microsoft Lync
  4. Deep Dive: Lync Server 2010 Conferencing
  5. Microsoft Lync 2010 High Availability and Resiliency
  6. Microsoft Lync 2010 Voice Deployment
  7. Lync Server 2010: Implementing Call-Admission Control
  8. Lync Server 2010 Architecture Topologies
  9. Lync Server 2010: Migration and Coexistence
  10. Lync Server 2010: Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  11. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Interoperability: Voice, Video, Conferencing, IM, and Presence
  12. Microsoft Lync Server 2010: Transforming the Way People Communicate

Articles and Documentation

Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    1. Glossary
    2. Introduction to Lync Server 2010
    3. New Server Features
    4. New Client Features
  • Planning
      1. Planning Primer: Planning for Your Organization
      2. Determining Your Infrastructure Requirements
      3. Capacity Planning
      4. Planning for IM and Presence
      5. Planning for Conferencing
      6. Planning for External User Access
      7. Planning for Enterprise Voice
      8. Planning for Monitoring
      9. Planning for Archiving
      10. Planning for Virtualization, Management, and Other Features
      11. Planning for Group Chat Server
      12. Planning for Clients and Devices in Lync Server 2010
      13. Planning for Remote Call Control
      14. Planning for Metropolitan Site Resiliency
      15. Planning for Mobility
  • Supportability
      1. Active Directory Support
      2. Supported Lync Server 2010 Topologies
      3. Supported Server Collocation
      4. Supported Migration Paths and Coexistence Scenarios
      5. Supported Hardware
      6. Server Software and Infrastructure Support
      7. Additional Server Support and Requirements
      8. Client and Device Software and Infrastructure Support
  • Deployment
      1. Preparing Active Directory Domain Services for Lync Server 2010
      2. Deploying Lync Server 2010
      3. Deploying Edge Servers
      4. Deploying a Stand-alone A/V Conferencing Server
      5. Deploying Enterprise Voice
      6. Deploying Mobility
      7. Configuring Dial-in Conferencing
      8. Configuring Call Park
      9. Configuring Response Group
      10. Configuring Announcements for Unassigned Numbers
      11. Deploying Branch Sites
      12. Deploying Monitoring
      13. Deploying Archiving
      14. Deploying Group Chat Server
      15. Deploying Clients and Devices
      16. Updating From the Evaluation Version of Microsoft Lync Server 2010
      17. Deploying Remote Call Control
      18. Deploying Lync Server 2010 in a Multiple Forest Environment
  • Migration
      1. Migration from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010
      2. Migration from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010
      3. Migrating Group Chat Server
  • Operations
      1. Lync Server Administrative Tools
      2. Lync Server Control Panel
      3. Lync Server Management Shell
      4. Administering Group Chat Server
      5. Administering the Address Book Service
      6. Configuring Federation Support for a Lync Online 2010 Customer
      7. Managing and Troubleshooting Devices
      8. Enabling Quality of Service (QoS)
      9. Using Monitoring Server Reports
      10. Monitoring Mobility for Performance
      11. Backing Up and Restoring Lync Server 2010
      12. Troubleshooting Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
      13. Uninstalling Lync Server 2010 and Removing Server Roles
  • Security
      1. Key Security Enhancements in Lync Server 2010
      2. Common Security Threats for Lync Server 2010
      3. Security Framework for Lync Server 2010
      4. Addressing Threats to Your Core Infrastructure for Lync Server 2010
      5. Addressing Threats at Your Internet Boundary for Lync Server 2010
      6. Addressing Threats to On-Premises Conferences for Lync Server 2010
      7. Addressing Threats to Group Chat
      8. Addressing Threats to Lync Web App
      9. Addressing Threats to Enterprise Voice for Lync Server 2010
      10. Securing Clients for Lync Server 2010
      11. Additional Security Resources for Lync Server 2010
  • Troubleshooting
      1. Troubleshooting Clients
      2. Troubleshooting Devices
      3. Troubleshooting Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
  • Reference
      1. Call Detail Recording (CDR) Database Schema
      2. Quality of Experience (QoE) Database Schema
      3. Group Chat Database Schema
      1. Lync Server 2010 Logging Tool
      2. Using Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer
      3. Lync Server 2010 Stress and Performance Tool
  • Microsoft Lync 2010 Dev Center
      1. Lync 2010 SDK Documentation
      2. Lync Server 2010 SDK Documentation
      3. Lync Server 2010 Group Chat SDK Documentation
      4. Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas for Lync Server 2010 Documentation
      5. Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Core SDK Documentation
      6. Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Workflow SDK Documentation
      7. Technical Articles

    Virtual Labs

    TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice Configuration

    TechNet Virtual Lab: New Enterprise Voice Features of Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    TechNet Virtual Lab: Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging and Lync Server 2010 Integration

    TechNet Virtual Lab: The Microsoft Lync 2010 Unified Client

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Advanced UCMA 3.0 Development

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the EWS Managed API 1.0

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 Functionality

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to the Unified Communications Managed API 3.0

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Launching Contextual Conversations from the Lync Controls

    Other links and resources

    Lync Samples: Learn Through Code

    Lync for developers

    Microsoft Lync Homepage

    Microsoft Lync Partner Network

    Lync Adoption and Training Kit

    The Lync Team Blog

    The Microsoft Lync Blog

    DrRez: Microsoft Lync Server Technical Reference Hub

    Microsoft Lync Server Documentation Hub

    Lync Server 2010 PowerShell

    SIP Stories

    Lync Server Forums

    Downloads

    Lync 2013 Preview

    These resources are provided "as is" since at the time of this writing Lync 2013 has not yet been released.

    Articles and Documentation

      1. Accessibility for People with Disabilities
      2. Getting Started
      3. Planning
      4. Supportability
      5. Deployment
      6. Migration
      7. Operations
      8. Lync Server Hybrid Deployments
      9. Schema Reference
      10. Glossary
  • Microsoft Lync 2013 Dev Center (Preview)
      1. Lync 2013 Preview SDK Documentation
      2. Lync Server 2013 Preview SDK Documentation
      3. Lync Server 2013 Preview Persistent Chat SDK Documentation
      4. Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas for Lync Server 2013 Preview Documentation

    Downloads

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