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Windows 8 Consumer Preview On February 29th

On February 29, Microsoft  will finally release the Consumer Preview, a partly-finished beta, to the entire  world. It’s announcing the preview at an event at Mobile  World Congress in Barcelona.

The venue is interesting, since MWC is all about (duh) mobile devices.  Earlier this month, a video leaked explaining how  the next version of Windows Phone will interact with Windows 8, and share a  lot of common technology  as well. Expect to see some of that interaction at the show.

Here’s the invite:

Windows 8 preview invite at MWC USE THIS

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Posted by plates55 - February 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

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System Center 2012 Gets Generous Licensing Changes

The soon to be released System Center 2012 product suite will get a huge licensing overhaul.

Where the current System Center 2010 suite contains 110(!) licensing items, SC 2012 will only have 2, yep that’s right only 2 choices of SKU’s and that is for the whole suite of SC products!

That’s not all, these licenses also include SQL licenses if a SC 2012 component requires it.

That is still not all, besides Opalis and AVICode now being fully integrated in 2012 a new SC product is included in 2012: App Controller and…..

Forefront endpoint protection (anti-malware)!


So that is 8 System Center products included in 2 license forms:


An OSE is Operating System Environment.

Each license is for a dual processor machine, that is 2 physical processors, not cores. So maybe use the term socket to avoid the proc/core confusion Smile.

Standard SKU 1,300 USD per 2 proc

Datacenter SKU 3,600 USD per 2 proc (socket), includes SQL runtime



And there is still more, the licensing transition plan is also very generous!


Also available in combination of the ECI licensing, with minimum of 25 initial purchase.


Now compare the new licensing with Vmware:



Some examples which license is most economical


More system center 2012 news later this week

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Posted by plates55 - January 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

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Microsoft Documents Windows 8’s Best Features: PC Reset and PC Refresh

Microsoft today provided a lengthy explanation of two related and key new Windows 8 features called PC Reset and PC Refresh. The post on Building Windows 8 does into quite a bit of detail, expanding greatly on the information I provided previously in my Windows 8 Developer Previewoverview. There, I wrote:

PC recovery. The Windows 8 recovery stuff is awesome and is going to represent a major milestone in PC reliability. There are two major options to note, PC Refresh and PC Reset. With Reset, you get a full reset, and the entire PC is wiped out and reinstalled from scratch. This process takes a few minutes currently and will return the PC to its factory condition; it doesn’t require any external discs or USB key. With Refresh, your files, data, favorites, personalization, and metro style apps are all backed up, the OS is wiped out and replaced, and then everything is reapplied to the PC, leaving you with a pristine, running copy of Windows with everything (except for classic applications) exactly the way they were before. It currently takes 4 to 5 minutes.
I also previously published a Windows 8 Refresh Your PC Screenshot Gallery that features numerous screenshots of these features in action.
But back to Microsoft.
According to the post, PC Reset and PC Refresh will go a long ways towards making Windows 8-based PC behave more like devices, since these features are akin to a hardware “reset” button. The two features are differentiated as follows:
Reset your PC. Remove all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows.
Refresh your PC. Keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows.
What’s most amazing about these features, of course, is how fast they are. And while I’ve experienced this in the real world, let’s just use the post’s own numbers: On the Developer Preview version of Windows 8, PC Refresh takes about 8 minutes and 22 seconds, while PC Reset (thorough, with BitLocker) takes under 6 and a half minutes. (Without BitLocker enabled, it’s more time-consuming at almost 24 minutes.) The same type of restore using a system image takes about 24.5 minutes by comparison.

Anyway, the post has a lot more detail, as always, if you’re morbidly curious. Plus, there’s a video in there as well.

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Posted by plates55 - January 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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A look back at 2011’s Microsoft’s security landscape

Decrease in Critical Issues and Bulletins

As far as individual issues, Critical-class CVEs accounted for less than a third of the issues we addressed in bulletin releases for the first time since we began our monthly bulletin-release cadence in 2004. And in absolute numbers, Critical-class CVEs are at their lowest levels since 2005. The fact that we’re seeing lower percentages of Critical issues and bulletins year-over-year demonstrates progress made by the product groups in creating more secure software.

With this regularly scheduled monthly release, our bulletin count for 2011 is 99, with 13 released today. Of those, we determined 10 to be Important-class bulletins, with only three classified as Critical in severity. In 2011, Critical-class bulletins represented just 32 percent of all bulletins – the lowest percentage since we began our monthly bulletin-release cadence in 2004 and, again, the lowest absolute number since 2005. Interestingly, for the second half of the year the numbers are even lower, with under 20 percent of bulletins released in the last six months rated Critical in severity.

Even though there are fewer Critical-class security updates year-over-year, we know that any update has the potential to be disruptive for customers. And so we work hard to make our update process as smooth and transparent as possible for customers – with no surprises. As part of that commitment, in 2011 we were able to address reported security issues effectively without resorting to emergency releases outside of the regular scheduled monthly releases. We understand the disruption that these “out-of-cycle” releases create for customers, and we take the decision to release an update out of cycle very seriously. Effective coordination with product teams, greater use of threat telemetry, the ability to release workarounds, and the ability to release defenses through partners like those in Microsoft’s Active Protection Program (MAPP) have all helped us to release all our 2011 bulletins in the usual monthly process. We’re glad about that, even though we will always reserve the right to release out-of-cycle if the situation merits it.

Continue: A look back at 2011’s security landscape – MSRC – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

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Posted by plates55 - December 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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