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Windows 2012 Release Candidate : Available

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Windows Server Home Page:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx

Windows Server 2012 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 Client:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972

Video Demos of Network Virtualization, Stroage Spaces, Live Migration, Server Management

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx

Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment

April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Are you interested in Windows Deployment ? Have a look in this 2 webcasts from MS :

 

TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 1)

Registration URL:  http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9807963  or  http://bit.ly/JLTQLM

Date/ Time:    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – 9-10am (Pacific)

Abstract: In this demonstration-rich, question and answer webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru Johan Arwidmark. They discuss the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 release as well as tips and tricks from the experts about using the Windows Deployment Toolkit.

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TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 2)

Registration URL:  http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9807964   or  http://bit.ly/Kgny8y

Date/ Time:    Thursday, May 17, 2012  – 9-10am (Pacific)

Abstract:In this demonstration-rich, question and answer webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru Johan Arwidmark. They discuss the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 release as well as tips and tricks from the experts about using the Windows Deployment Toolkit.

Windows 2012: NEW XPS format : oxps is not compatible with Windows 7 xps format.

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Come on, this is something that I would not like to blog about : compatibility with previous versions

Today I saved on document as XPS and I noticed the .OXPS format. Very good that now we have support for the  standard OpenXPS  format.

The issue came up when I tried to open the document on my Windows 7 virtual machine : it could not open the .oxps document and for my surprise there is no Windows 7 update/fix to apply ( until today, 24/04/2012)  that will allow you to open that .oxps

So, based on this article, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh859698, I had to change the Windows 8 Default XPS format to the Microsoft XPS format, and after that, I had to open the .oxps and print it again, this time selecting Microsoft XPS format.

Note: In this article Microsoft mention about an XPSConverter.exe tool, but it is not available to download  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/query/hh846189

I hope we got this change for RTM version, or at least the release of the XPSConverter.exe tool for public release/use

 

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Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V Network Virtualization

April 24, 2012 2 comments

Hyper-V Network Virtualization allow customers to keep their own internal IP addresses when moving to the cloud while providing isolation from other customers’ VMs – even if those VMs happen to use the exact same IP addresses.

The way it works is that each VM receive two IP addresses :

The first one, the IP address visible in the VM, is relevant in the context of a given tenant’s virtual subnet. Following the IEEE nomenclature we call this the Customer Address (CA).

The other IP address is relevant in the context of the physical network in the cloud datacenter. This is called the Provider Address (PA).  This decoupling of tenant and datacenter IP addresses provides many benefits.
One of the benefits is that you can move your VMs to the cloud without modifying the VM’s network configuration and without worrying about what else (or who else) is sitting in that datacentre.

Another big reason is the policy enforcement in the end hosts that provides a scalable solution for multi-tenant isolation, instead of using Vlan’s, for isolation.

There are 2 different mechanisms to virtualize the IP address:

Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) : should be used for network virtualization, because it provides the most flexibility and performance. It will be used for most environments/deployments

IP Rewrite : may be appropriate to provide performance and compatibility in some current high-capacity datacenters.

 

A very good article was posted by Jeffrey about this topic

http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/04/16/introducing-windows-server-8-hyper-v-network-virtualization-enabling-rapid-migration-and-workload-isolation-in-the-cloud.aspx