Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut-Keys Sheet

A list of shortcut-keys to keep a lot of actions only a key-combination away.

Download your own copy here (pdf):

WinKeyShortcuts8

Wsus 3.0 SP2 Update to Service Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012

This update lets servers that are running Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2 provide updates to computers that are running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2734608

Windows 2012 Server Essentials and Office 365

Nice post on how to configure Server Essentials 2012 and office 365 by Jethro Seghers can be found on his blog:

http://www.j-solutions.be/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=68

 

New FREE Technine event @Telenet – Dec 4, 2012 – Register NOW

Technine 3rd event

The main purpose of this evening is to open up a discussion on the launch/influence of the new Microsoft product lines and how these affect the Small to Medium business. During the event hands on demos will be given showing the latest developments and technologies and we will provide the audience a free guided tour through the Telenet facilities (thank you Telenet).

Please note: Registration through eventbride is required for practical purposes (cathering, security). Please follow this link  for registration – it is free!

  •  18h00-18h30: Reception with drink and sandwiches
  • 18h30-20h30 : Presentations and open discussion
  • 20h30-21h00 : Visit of Telenet data center. Drink and networking

don’t hesitate to invite your colleagues too !

location:
Telenet Mechelen

Liersesteenweg 4
2800 Mechelen
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Register for the next IT Camps!

 

 

 

Microsoft offers free technical resources to help you be successful in today’s evolving IT environment. Don’t miss the opportunity to elevate your skills by learning more about Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure through Microsoft’s free IT camps.

Upcoming (free) Windows Server 2012 IT Camps are bookable on:

  • November 6e from 9:00 till 17:00
  • November 7e from 9:30 till 15:00
  • November 7e from 16:00 till 22:00

More info available here: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/itcamps/

setting up a virtual machine using azure

For those who don’t know already: these days you can setup your own personal virtual machine using the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform. As this Azure feature is fairly new many of us (including for me) I decided to give it a try and to explore the opportunities of what this platform can give.

Personally I was under the impression that Azure only offered a platform which you could use to host websites and certain applications. Obviously I was wrong. These days Azure provides you a platform which you can use to host websites, virtual machines, SQL databases, Storage, ….
More details of what Azure offers can be found at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/overview/

Well I wanted to setup a virtual machine so I logged in on the http://www.windowsazure.com website using my Live ID. Please note that a Live ID is required in order to use the service. Once logged in some further steps are required if it’s the first time you are using the Azure service.

To complete the registration you are required to have a mobile phone and a valid credit card near you. Next step is to provide your (mobile) phone number. Microsoft requires this as they send you an account verification number for completing the account registration. I  provided my phone number and selected my country and went further with the registration process by pressing the arrow pointing to the right.

Shortly after going to the next step you will receive a text message with a code to verify the account. That code is required for continuing to the next step.

Next step is providing your credit card details. Once provided you can go to the next step.

5 - fill in credit card detailset voila! our Azure acount is ready for use! If all goes well next screen you’ll see is the  main welcome screen for Azure. Note that the website is shown in the language of your computer’s localization setting (Dutch – Belgium in my case).

 My next step was to create a “pay by use” subscription. As I want to create a VM which I intent to use for a very short time, I only want to pay for that VM the time that I’m using it. Creating a pay by use subscription can be done in your account centre (add subscription). Next I need to subscribe for the function “Virtual Machines”. This can be done in the account centre as well using the option “Example of functions”. (“Voorbeeld van functies” in dutch). Scroll down to “Virtual Machines” and press the button “Try it now”. Next select your “pay by use” subscription and confirm.

Once confirmed I was asked to use the preview version of the administration center of Azure, which I confirmed by pressing the green “Use the preview portal” button.

My portal (which can be accessed by going to https://manage.windowsazure.com) was ready to use, now I want to create my Virtual Machine. For that I pressed the + button and did a quick create of a virtual Machine. The only details I was asked to create the VM were: DNS name, image I wanted to use (selected Windows 2012), administrator password (password complexity is required!), size (for extra-small to extra large) and the location where I want to host this machine. I always think big so I selected Extra Large as size!

After a couple of minutes of provisioning my machine was ready to use. I clicked on the machine’s name and on the bottom of my screen I was presented a button for connecting to the machine. Pressing that button will download an RDP file which connects you to your VM by using the MS Remote Desktop Protocol. Note that no RDP Gateway is being used: it is connecting directly by 3389/tcp.

The provisioned virtual machine will be given a DNS name and external IP address and if you log on to your machine you will notice that your machine is having a private IP address which means that it is being NATed.

I need to admit that I’m really impressed by the ease and performance of the VM provisioning process within Azure. The complete process from subscribing to the Azure service until logging on to my virtual machine took around 15 minutes which is less than the time required to install your own machine. For those who are wondering what the pricing is for the pay by use subscription:

 

Last edited: 2012-09-22 – By Didier D’Joos

 

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 (previously known as Windows Server 8.) is almost available… Changes in UI, Active Directory, Hyper-V and so on make it very important to get information as soon as possible, to become familiar with this new product family. For SMB, Windows Server 2012 Essentials will be the successor of Windows Small Business Server 2011…

Take a head start, and explore the free courses, made available for you by Microsoft!

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/colleges/windowsserver2012

Small Business Server will be no more. The end of an era….

Small Business Server will be no more. Transition up (or down) to Windows Server 2012 essentials

source: http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf

Windows Server Essentials and Foundation editions

Q30. What is Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials. It is a cloud enabled first server with an intuitive user interface. It can run on physical servers with up to two processors and has been designed for small businesses with up to 25 users.

Q31. What are some of the features that are now available in Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

Windows Server 2012 Essentials incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit product technologies to deliver a server environment well-suited for the vast majority of small businesses. The product technologies include:

 Windows Server 2012 operating system

 Data protection

 “Anywhere” access

 Health monitoring

 Workload flexibility

 Extensibility

 Add-ons for many small business solutions, including a connector to Office 365

Customers can use Windows Server 2012 Essentials as a platform to run critical line-of-business applications and other on-premise workloads. It can also provide an integrated management experience when running cloud-based applications and services, such as email, collaboration, online backup, and more.

Q32. What are the different editions available withWindows Server 2012 Essentials?

There is only one edition—Windows Server 2012 Essentials. It is a flexible offering that provides a platform for running on-premises or cloud-based workloads.

Q33. Will there be a next version of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard?

No. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, which includes Exchange Server and Windows server component products, will be the final such Windows Server offering. This change is in response to small business market trends and behavior. The small business computing trends are moving in the direction of cloud computing for applications and services such as email, online back-up and line-of-business tools.

 

Q34. Will there be a next version of Windows Small Business 2011 Premium Add-on?

No. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, which includes SQL Server and Windows Server as component products, will be the final such Windows Server offering.

Q35. If I have Windows Small Business Server2011 Essentials with Software Assurance when Windows Server 2012 is released, which editionwill I be entitled to receive?

If you have Software Assurance on Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, you will receive one Windows Server 2012 Essentials license.

This grant will be reflected upon your agreement renewal; however you are entitled to use the granted product upon availability.

Q36. If I have Windows Small Business Server2011 Standard edition with Software Assurance when Windows Server 2012 is released, which editionwill I be entitled to receive?

If you have Software Assurance on Small Business Server 2011 Standard edition, you will receive one Windows Server 2012 Standard edition license and one Exchange Server Standard 2010 license.

This grant will be reflected upon your agreement renewal; however you are entitled to use the granted product upon availability.

Q37. If I have Windows Small Business Server2011 Premium Add-on with Software Assurance when Windows Server 2012 is released, which editionwill I be entitled to receive?

If you have Software Assurance on Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on edition, you will receive one Windows Server 2012 Standard edition license and one SQL Server 2012 Standard edition license.

This grant will be reflected upon your agreement renewal; however you are entitled to use the granted product upon its availability.

//Bart

Experience Windows Server 2012 – june 7

By choosing to attend the “Experience Windows Server 2012” event you’re preparing yourself and your organization for the future. During this one day event you will discover how Windows Server is going beyond virtualization by scaling and securing workload, how it will enable the modern work style by giving people access to information and data regardless of the infrastructure , network, device or application they use to access it. And you will discover the power of many servers with the simplicity of one by efficiently managing infrastructure while maximizing uptime and minimizing failures and downtime.

Attend this event and be amongst the first to learn more about the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012.

During this 1 day event we will cover following but not limited to topics:

  • – New Hyper-V Virtualization Platform
  • – What’s new in Active Directory
  • – Storage and Management Improvements
  • – Clustering Improvements
  • – And much more

 

Reserve your seat today and join us for this free event.

Presentation: Introduction to Group Policies

At COMBELL, we held our second technine user meeting. One of the speakers: yours truly. As promised, you can find the powerpoint presentation here . Enjoy reading, and feel free to comment or ask questions!