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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 (x64) – DVD (English)

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Windows Server 2012 VL (x64) – DVD (English)

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Windows Server 2012 Storage Server and Foundation (x64) – DVD (English)

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Windows Server 2012 Language Pack (x64) – DVD (Multiple Languages)

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Windows Server 2012 (x64) – DVD (English)

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Posted by plates55 - September 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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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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Building the next generation file system for Windows 8: ReFS

Another extensive blogpoost on the Building Windows 8 blog:

 

ReFS, has been designed from the ground up to meet a broad set of customer requirements, both today’s and tomorrow’s, for all the different ways that Windows is deployed.

The key goals of ReFS are:

  • Maintain a high degree of compatibility with a subset of NTFS features that are widely adopted while deprecating others that provide limited value at the cost of system complexity and footprint.
  • Verify and auto-correct data. Data can get corrupted due to a number of reasons and therefore must be verified and, when possible, corrected automatically. Metadata must not be written in place to avoid the possibility of “torn writes,” which we will talk about in more detail below.
  • Optimize for extreme scale. Use scalable structures for everything. Don’t assume that disk-checking algorithms, in particular, can scale to the size of the entire file system.
  • Never take the file system offline. Assume that in the event of corruptions, it is advantageous to isolate the fault while allowing access to the rest of the volume. This is done while salvaging the maximum amount of data possible, all done live.
  • Provide a full end-to-end resiliency architecture when used in conjunction with the Storage Spaces feature, which was co-designed and built in conjunction with ReFS.

The key features of ReFS are as follows (note that some of these features are provided in conjunction with Storage Spaces).

  • Metadata integrity with checksums
  • Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity
  • Allocate on write transactional model for robust disk updates (also known as copy on write)
  • Large volume, file and directory sizes
  • Storage pooling and virtualization makes file system creation and management easy
  • Data striping for performance (bandwidth can be managed) and redundancy for fault tolerance
  • Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors
  • Resiliency to corruptions with “salvage” for maximum volume availability in all cases
  • Shared storage pools across machines for additional failure tolerance and load balancing

In addition, ReFS inherits the features and semantics from NTFS including BitLocker encryption, access-control lists for security, USN journal, change notifications, symbolic links, junction points, mount points, reparse points, volume snapshots, file IDs, and oplocks.

And of course, data stored on ReFS is accessible through the same file access APIs on clients that are used on any operating system that can access today’s NTFS volumes.

NTFS.SYS = NTFS upper layer API/semantics engine / NTFS on-disk store engine; ReFS.SYS = Upper layer engine inherited from NTFS / New on-disk store engine

 

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Posted by plates55 - January 19, 2012 at 8:24 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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Time for some 2012 predictions

OK, now that 2012 is here, time for a few predictions.

Microsoft

Windows – We’re going to see Windows 8 unleashed this year, so there’s going to be a lot of excitement there. Personally, I’m not so sure how this new OS will be received by the masses. It’s adds some much-needed polish on top of Windows 7, but it also brings with it a whole heap of tablet/touch stuff that will be irrelevant to the majority of Windows users.

Windows Phone – Microsoft’s mobile platform has, overall, been well-received. Its usage share is tiny at present, but given that Nokia is kicking Symbian to the kerb, and RIM seems to be in a death-spiral, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Windows Phone being in, or at least close to, the #3 position in terms of smartphone handset sales by this time next year.

Xbox – Don’t expect anything exciting here in terms of hardware. We might see a revamped console, but it will essentially be a cheaper reworking of the current hardware. My guess is that Microsoft will continue to push the Xbox as an entertainment hub (TV, streaming, etc) as opposed to a dedicated gaming device.

Apple

iPhone – Will there be a new iPhone this year? More than likely, but beyond that I’ve no idea what the changes will be (other than more powerful hardware). My personal guess is that the new hardware will look different to the existing hardware, but I have nothing to base that on other than Apple likes to revamp the external appearance of a device every few years to prompt sales.

iPad – Expect new hardware. What? No idea, but I’m guessing that the improvements will be evolutionary rather than evolutionary. I don’t expect the iPad 3 to look much different to the iPad 2 but the hardware (CPU and graphics) will get a boost. I’m also expecting storage to be bumped to 128GB. I’m still not sold on the idea of a ‘retina display’ screen

iOS – No idea what new stuff we’ll see in iOS. Maybe more photo-based improvements, and possibly more social media integration (Facebook).

Apple TV – My prediction is that Apple WILL NOT release a TV during 2012. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Android

If you thought 2011 was a big year for Android, wait and see what 2012 brings. While Android certainly has issues that Google need to address, I expect this platform to go from strength to strength during 2012, especially on smartphones. As I’ve said before I won’t be surprised to see Android hit 1 million activations per day during 2012.

PCs

Windows 8 is still a ways off so OEMs are going to have to work hard to reinvigorate PC sales. I’m hearing all sorts of interesting whispers as to what’s on the way from the various OEMs during 2012, but to be honest none of it sounds all that exciting. Most of what I’ve come across feels the OEMs are trying to clone Apple’s success by cloning ideas …

As I said earlier, I’m not sure what effect Windows 8 will have on PC sales. My prediction here is that OEMs are going to have a hard time convincing customers that they need Windows 8’s touch-based improvements on a PC that’s kitted out with a keyboard and mouse.

Tablets

2012 is going to be the year of the iPad. I don’t see Android changing that, and I don’t see Windows 8 tablets changing that.

Smartphones

Expect more and more lawsuits and legal exchanges between the big players. Android and iOS will continue to dominate, but old players such as Symbian and BlackBerry will be sidelined by Windows Phone.

My misses of 2011!

OK, your time to gloat at some of the predictions I made during 2011 that fell flat on their faces. Two stand out from the rest as being way off the mark!

  • Mac malware – Yes, the Mac OS X platform was hit by a sizable malware attack, but within a few weeks it was gone. Panic over. While I still think that it’s a good idea for Mac users to have security software installed on their systems, the whole Mac Defender thing was blown out of all proportions by pundits wanting to point fingers at mac users and yell ‘I told you so!’
  • Redesigned iPhone 5 – There might have lots of speculation and rumor that Apple was going to revamp the design of the new iPhone in 2011, and a case manufacturer was duped into making a ton of cases for a device that never appeared, but Apple didn’t change the look of the iPhone 4S. But hey, 51% of Hardware 2.0 readers also expected Apple to come out with something completely new too!
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Posted by plates55 - January 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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Windows 8 App Store Promises Apple App Store Battle

Microsoft has pushed back the curtain from the app store it plans on integrating into Windows 8, in the process kicking off what will surely be a vicious competition with Apple and its own app storefront for Mac OS X Lion.

Unlike Windows Phone, whose own app store is growing at a relatively slow rate (and whose total number of apps on offer lags well behind that of Apple’s App Store for iOS), Windows comes with a sizable user base. Third-party developers will want to leverage those hundreds of millions of potentialcustomers for profit, and will thus scramble to build “Metro“-style apps to fill the Windows 8 app store. At least, that’s how Microsoft hopes the process will unfold.

In order to sweeten the deal for developers, Microsoft will give them 80 percent of every dollar generated off an app’s sale, provided the app in question earns more than $25,000. Less than that, and Microsoft will pay out 70 percent, a ratio that has become something of an industry standard.

Microsoft is also designing the store with businessesin mind.

“Enterprise developers have been asking about their path to market with Metro style apps,” Ted Dworkin, partner program manager for the Windows Store, wrote in a Dec. 6 posting on the new Windows Store blog. “And, in turn, IT administratorshave been asking about deployment and management scenarios, such as compliance and security.”

Microsoft’s way of fulfilling those enterprise needs, apparently, centers on giving businesses direct control over app deployment. “Enterprises can choose to limit access to the Windows Store catalog by their employees, or allow access but restrict certain apps,” he wrote. “In addition, enterprises can choose to deploy Metro style apps directly to PCs, without going through the Store infrastructure.”

Windows 8 beta will arrive in February 2012, with the final release later that year. Unlike previous versions of the operating system with their desktop-style interface, the upcoming operating system’s start screen centers on a set of colorful, touchable tiles linked to applications–the better to port it onto tablets and other touch-centric form factors

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Posted by plates55 - December 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

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