Thursday, 24 July 2014

Microsoft to Pull Windows Server 2003 Support Next Year

Microsoft warns data center operators that hanging onto the long-lived server OS is potentially endangering their IT infrastructures.Windows Server 2003 will meet the same fate as Windows XP met on April 9. On this day, the server operating system will be available in the final phase of the aid that marked the end of security patches and bug fixes, said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of System Center and Windows Server.


When new problems arise that the only way to get an extra updates are supposed to be on a custom support contract, Anderson said in a statement. Despite his advanced age, of Windows Server 2003 will be 12 when Microsoft shows the support the company has issued dozens of updates this year, Anderson said. "Even 10 years after the release of Microsoft still exhibited 37-based versions of Windows Server 2003 in the last year, but this regular maintenance will now end.

In a YouTube video of Microsoft, the company warns that physical and virtualized cases [operating system] will be vulnerable to any and all new security threats. Security issues aside, organizations have little choice but the server software, if your IT plan to continue to clean up mixing business. "Companies that run on Windows Server 2003 starts further to standard compliance checks fail," said the video online. Since its launch 11 years ago, the operating system of Windows Server 2008 and 2012 was successful. Despite these versions, Windows Server 2003 maintains close control over some data centers, Anderson said.

The fact of the matter is that it will improve a significant amount of Windows Server 2003 worldwide; it is estimated that there are more than 15 million physical servers, which can be updated over the next 12 months, he said. Migration of millions of servers to Windows Server 2012 Microsoft virtualization technology could offer Hyper-V, shown with a big boost to rival VMware.Anderson that many organizations use to increase as the moment in which the migration VMware to Hyper-V. "Windows Server 2003, Server 2012, otherwise, not included with the observed hypervisor.

When Windows Server 2012 was on September 4, published in 2012, called the Microsoft software as a "cloud operating system", partly due to its integrated virtualization capabilities of cloud-friendly. In its latest version (Windows Server 2012 R2), the operating system up to 1,024 active virtual machines (VM), 64 virtual processors per virtual machine and up to 1TB of memory per virtual machine can support.


Before its release, Microsoft said that the operating system VMware to win converts. Chris Avis, senior IT Evangelist at Microsoft, said at the time that Microsoft increase its "game, so we support a similar number of processors, a similar amount of RAM and be able to get the same amount of live scenarios levels do migration of Hyper-V.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Microsoft Office for Android Tablets Expected this Year

Microsoft is preparing a new version of its Office suite for Android tablets. A version of the tablet could feel targeted by the users of this platform, the same user office Apple iPad optimized. On Wednesday, the tech site reported that the technology giant is developing a contact office geared for tablets. A basic office for Android phones was released a year ago.


Other reports have shown that the Office of the Android tablet version is expected before the end of this year. If the version of Android incurred in 2014, you can beat the Windows version of easy-touch of the Office, which is expected to begin next year.

Private Beta

See sources with Microsoft's plans are familiar, the company is always ready for a private beta test. Users who want to test the new version of the Android tablet, it can do about the pre-release programs office, said that although the site Microsoft site not specifically this type of product in the mention development.Would the iPad version is designed specifically for the touch interface on the tablet, like the Android version is on be.When Office for the iPad in March, Satya Nadella CEO expects introduced, the company said make Office in everywhere for all devices.

Although not explicitly mentioned Android tablets, took most observers his comments to mean was a version for Android tablets in progress. Later,a Microsoft executive confirmed this intention.In other Microsoft news, a report from ZDNet earlier this week that the next major version of the Windows operating system, which currently start codenamed threshold, a standard screen for different devices.A tile-based version based touch tablet in to see, for example, a desktop environment and will appear on the desktop / laptop.Hybrids that can be used as a laptop or tablet, will begin differently, depending on whether the keyboard is active.

Zombie XP

A new version of Windows does not come too soon for some users. Net market share statistics, traffic Browser displays thousands of web sites indicates that Windows 8 versions are still not updating. Online Only 12.54 percent of internet users have version 8 or 8.1 in June, down 0.1 percent from the previous month.In comparison, Windows XP, the zombie operating systems, since it is no longer supported by Microsoft, it still has a little more than 25 percent of users.

More on smart clock before, an anonymous source recently told the website that Tom Hardware Microsoft plans to introduce a smart watch with 11 sensors in October.It is reported that working with anything other than the Windows Phone mobile platform, and is expected to support the measurement and recording of various data health / fitness. If health / fitness oriented, and will be released in mid-autumn, it may run headlong into the expected release of her multi-sensor control, health / fitness, smart watch, even for this time Apple is expected .

Friday, 4 July 2014

Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

Windows Server 2003 is due to reach the end of its life in July next year. Microsoft will no longer support the software, which means no further patches or security updates and a security risk and compliance headache for businesses.A surprising number of companies will be affected unless they get their act together and prepare to migrate to Windows Server 2012.Analysts estimate there are more than 10 million machines still running WS2003, despite strenuous efforts by Microsoft to make customers aware that they need to address the issue.

Ignorance is bliss

Many organisations are simply not prepared for the withdrawal of support and are not yet taking the necessary steps to migrate their applications and data to a newer operating system.Application migration specialist AppZero ran a survey last year of 150 Fortune 1000 companies. It found that more than half had more than 100 WS2003 machines in service and only a quarter had an upgrade plan in place.Alarmingly, over a quarter didn’t even know when the support of WS2003 was due to end.

The survey also found a fair amount of uncertainty about how the migration should be managed: 40 per cent of respondents had not yet decided whether they would move to the cloud as part of the upgrade.Of the remainder, 38 per cent said they would move all or some of their applications to the cloud and 22 per cent said they would not move to the cloud at all.To illustrate the potential scale of the problem for a business, Microsoft Consulting Services solutions architect Conrad Sidey cites the example of a global financial services organisation that recently came to Microsoft for help.

Face the facts20,000 Windows 2003 servers, both physical and virtual, and some were more than 10 years old.Microsoft ran a pilot scheme with the company to assess 100 applications, interviewing application owners and producing recommendations for each one. Applications were prioritised according to the best course of remediation, business value and ease of migration.It also produced a business case that spelled out the effort, costs, duration and benefits involved in remediating the company’s entire WS2003 estate.A lot of these Windows 2003 servers had been around since 2003, with aging hardware that may not support modern operating systems,says Sidey.

What can be consolidated? What can be rationalised? What can be virtualised? Each application and the Windows 2003 servers on which it is hosted is in effect a small project in its own right and needs to be Considered in that way.”Microsoft recommends a four-step approach to migrating from WS2003: discovery Of the existing environment; assessment of workloads; pinpointing where those workloads can move to; and  Finally the migration itself.Of course businesses often don’t know the extent of their IT estate, let alone where they have WS2003 in that estate according to Tony Lock, programme director at analyst firm Freeform Dynamics.


Face the facts20,000 Windows 2003 servers, both physical and virtual, and some were more than 10 years old.Microsoft ran a pilot scheme with the company to assess 100 applications, interviewing application owners and producing recommendations for each one. Applications were prioritised according to the best course of remediation, business value and ease of migration.It also produced a business case that spelled out the effort, costs, duration and benefits involved in remediating the company’s entire WS2003 estate.

A lot of these Windows 2003 servers had been around since 2003, with aging hardware that may not support modern operating systems,says Sidey.What can be consolidated? What can be rationalised? What can be virtualised? Each application and the Windows 2003 servers on which it is hosted is in effect a small project in its own right and needs to be considered in that way.Microsoft recommends a four-step approach to migrating from WS2003: discovery of the existing environment; assessment of workloads; pinpointing where those workloads can move to; and finally the migration itself.Of course businesses often don’t know the extent of their IT estate, let alone where they have WS2003 in that estate according to Tony Lock, programme director at analyst firm Freeform Dynamics.

Ready for retirement

It’s not just what applications and services you have, it’s also the relationships between them that are important,” he says.Because of the length of time they have been deployed, the way that some of these applications and services feed off each other might not be in people’s heads any more. Getting a clear picture of what you have is vital.An understanding of their impact on the business allows IT to prioritise where it remediates. Lock believes the discovery exercise is worth undertaking even if a business thinks its exposure is very limited.


It might find there are servers deployed which no one is using, he points out, in which case discovery may become a cost-saving exercise.Indeed when Microsoft worked with another customer on a WS2003 migration recently, it found that of the business's 27,000 servers it had 9,000 that could be retired.Julius Davies, data centre technology specialist at Microsoft, also advises businesses to use the migration from WS2003 as an opportunity to start making decisions about the future.The business will end up with a better understanding of how to manage the lifecycle of services, because we really need to move away from thinking of an application or service as something that you deploy and forget about. 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Microsoft Releases Desktop Optimization Pack 2014

A set of six computer tools called Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 was released Thursday.The latest version of MDOP 2013 R2 was in December,which added support for Windows 8.1 all the tools.This press release announced today,responds to customer demands,especially with regard to Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring Tools ( MBAM) .


MDOP is composed of three virtualization Tools, ie Microsoft App-V application virtualization, Microsoft User Experience Virtualization and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization ( MED- V).Product MED-V is removed by Microsoft , but is still supported on April 13, 2021 addition product, MDOP has two management tools Group Policy Management (Advanced Microsoft and MMFA) plus one. Recovery Tool PC (Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit) .

MBAM is a tool used to manage the BitLocker Drive Encryption on devices.The new version 2.5 MBAM is the culmination of this new suite of MDOP 2014 , succeeding MBAM MBAM 2.5 2.0 Service Pack 1 includes some improvements based on customer requests as described by Microsoft Springboard blog .
  • Support for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 140-2)
  • Improved compliance and enforcement policies
  • Support for enterprise scenarios and topologies
Users can recover their devices after losing their personal identification numbers via a portal used with MBAM. However, this new release now prohibits those users from creating obvious new passwords, such as 1234 or 1111.MBAM 2.5 also allows organizations to prevent the postponement of encryption on devices by end users.

MBAM 2.5 also has a couple of technical enhancements.It now works for organizations with domain names that exist across "two or more trusted forests.It's also supported across SQL Server failover clusters.
App-V 5.0 SP2 Enhancements

Microsoft added four improvements to the current App-V 5.0 Service Pack 2 release with the new MDOP 2014 suite. According to a second Springboard blog post, the four improvements include:App publishing that can include user profile technology, such as Microsoft User Experience Virtualization App upgrade parallel deployment, enabling virtualized apps to be upgraded while also retaining access to the original virtualized app.


Package conversion improvements, plus support for a VFS write mode sequencer setting.New deployment performance guides, which are available here.MDOP 2014 can be downloaded from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center at this page. It's just for organizations with Software Assurance licensing.Alternatively, MDOP is available for an extra cost to organizations with Windows Intune subscriptions or Virtual Desktop Access licensing.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Windows Server 2012 Users Should Not Uninstall .NET Framework

Microsoft warned this week in Windows Server 2012 users to uninstall.NET Framework older versions.For organizations to update their servers, eliminating the old.NET Framework may seem right thing to do.In some cases,removal may be listed as a requirement for Microsoft to use Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. However,the team of Microsoft support says that professionals should not.


It is not recommended to uninstall . NET Framework,Windows Server Core Team blog states.In some circumstances it may be necessary to remove/reinstall.Net Framework on Windows Server 2012/2012 R2.
This review is in conflict,and seems to have jumped to several professional computing for the blog.However, when you delete it. NET,also the graphical user interface for users of Windows 2012 Server is removed .When this happens,professionals are left with only a command prompt to manage the server.

There are some extra precautions for those who can use scripts instead of GUI Server Manager in Windows ,delete.NET Framework.They can not be alerted to the components that were removed.For example professionals using the DISM command to remove.NET Framework does not see that is also remove the server component Table Shell and user infrastructure components and interfaces.This limitation can also be a problem for power users that suppress Shell.NET Framework. Shell energy-Just take a look at the components being removed if they include-What FSwitch with the entity Remove Windows command.
In addition to the graph removing other components that were removed when you uninstall interface.NET Framework includes tools for managing Hyper-V Power Shell and clean technology.


It is not clear why Microsoft has announced remove requirements.NET Framework on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 installations,but seems to be a mistake.Windows Server 2012 comes with.NET Framework 4.5,while Windows Server 2012 R2 comes with. NET Framework 4.5.1. Components required for the servers are in the box.In all cases,the Microsoft support team said.Framework installations should not be deleted by Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012 users and,despite what Microsoft may involve requirements.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

Prepare for Exam 70-417 and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows Server 2012 core infrastructure services. Microsoft Exam 70-417 is an upgrade exam that is a composite of three standalone exams: 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. Exam 70-417 validates skills related to the core technology features and functionality of Windows Server 2012, from the existing knowledge base of a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows Server 2008.


Exam Ref is organized by exam objectives and features challenging, what-if scenarios that focus on the critical skills and knowledge measured by the certification exam.When you pass Exam 70-417, you complete the requirements for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification. It also counts as credit toward MCSE: Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure (additional exams required).

Objectives include:

EXAM 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

  • Install and Configure Servers
  • Configure Server Roles and Features
  • Configure Hyper-V
  • Install and Administer Active Directory

EXAM 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 

  • Deploy, Manage, and Maintain Servers
  • Configure Network Services and Access
  • Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure
  • Configure and Manage Active Directory
  • Configure and Manage Group Policy

 EXAM 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

  • Configure and Manage High Availability
  • Configure File and Storage Solutions
  • Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Configure Network Services
  • Configure Identity and Access Solutions
 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

70-417 Sample Exam Question

Question No: 1

Your role of Network Administrator at ABC.com includes the management of the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain named ABC.com. The network includes servers that run Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2012.A server named ABC-File1 runs the File and Storage Services server role. ABC-File1 hosts shared folders on the D: drive.Users access the shared folders from their Windows 7 client computers.A user attempts to recover a previous version of a file in a shared folder on ABC-File1 but discovers that there is no previous versions option.How can you ensure that users can recover files using the Previous Versions function?

A. By modifying the Share Properties of each shared folder.
B. By enabling Shadow Copies on the D: drive of ABC-File1.
C. By adding a condition to the shared folders on ABC-File1.
D. By modifying the settings of the Recycle Bin on ABC-File1.

Answer: B

Question No: 2

You work as a Network Administrator at ABC.com.The network contains a single Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain named ABC.com.The network includes servers that run Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2012.The network includes a Windows Server 2012 server named ABC-CA1. ABC-CA1 runs the Certificate Services role and is configured as an Enterprise Certification Authority for the domain.You need to configure an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) server.You install a Windows Server 2012 domain member server named ABC-ADFS1 and install the Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) role on the server.You plan to use ABCadfs.ABC.com as the Federation Service Name. You need to request a certificate from ABC-CA1 for the AD FS configuration.Which certificate template should you select in the Certificate Enrollment wizard?

A. You should select the Kerberos Authentication certificate template.
B. You should select the CEP Encryption certificate template.
C. You should select the Web Server certificate template.
D. You should select the Authenticated Session certificate template.
E. You should select the IPSEC certificate template.

Answer: C