Windows Azure Updates – ExpressRoute Dedicated Networking, Web Site Backup Restore, Mobile Services .NET support, Hadoop 2.2, and more

Check out the post by Scott, which explains following updates made to Windows Azure – http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2014/02/20/azure-expressroute-dedicated-networking-web-site-backup-restore-mobile-services-net-support-hadoop-2-2-and-more.aspx ExpressRoute: Dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity with on-premises Web Sites: Backup and Restore Support Mobile Services: .NET support, Notification Hub Integration, PhoneGap support HDInsight: Hadoop 2.2 support Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10->200 users Monitoring: Service Outage Notifications Integrated…

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Disable touch keyboard in Windows 8

I am completely in love with my Lenovo X1 Carbon ever since i got it. There was one thing however which i wanted to change for my better experience. I wanted to disable the touch keyboard. It popped up when i tapped an area on the screen where i can type something. Since i had…

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Security Compliance Manager 3.0 (SCM 3.0) beta is now available for download

Security Compliance Manager 3.0 (SCM 3.0) is now available for download! SCM 3.0 is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage both desktops and servers using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In addition to key features from the previous version, SCM 3.0…

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System Center Cloud Services Process Pack available for Service Manager 2012 RTM

A new version of System Center Cloud Services Process Pack is available for download now. This will work with Service Mnager 2012 RTM so if you are one of the enthusiasts waiting after RTM installation, go grab it! Its available under System Center 2012 – Service Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28726&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all System Center Cloud…

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Integrating MDT 2012 RTM with Configuration Manager 2012 RTM – Part 2 : Configuring Integration

To configure the integration between MDT 2012 and SCCM 2012: 1. Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2. Select Configure ConfigMgr Integration On the first screen, fill out details of configuration manager Primary site server and click Next (Use the removal option if you had any previous integration in place) Review…

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Integrating MDT 2012 RTM with Configuration Manager 2012 RTM – Part 1 : Installing MDT 2012

Download MDT 2012 from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25175 Before you start the installation from the MSI installer make sure the prerequisites are in place. Some of the common Prerequisites for installing MDT 2012 are: Microsoft Management Console version 3.0 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows PowerShellâ„¢ version 2.0 Windows AIK for Windows 7 (download…

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Managing workgroup clients in Configuration Manager 2012

The Server Locator Point is no more a separate site system role in SCCM 2012. It’s functionality is merged into the Management Point. To install CM12 client on workgroup machines:  Make sure your Management Point is published on DNS or WINS Make sure Management Point FQDN can be resolved from the client machine For the…

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MDT 2012: Reliable and flexible OS deployment—now with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

The latest version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit—version 2012— is now available for download. Visit the Download Center to download MDT 2012. Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012. MDT 2012 is the newest version…

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How Configuration Manager 2012 helps to make my Inventory more accurate?

Inventory reports with stale records have been one of the pain areas for Administrators. The poor client health with no auto-remediation and inefficiently configured maintenance tasks are major reasons behind it.   Configuration Manager 2012 is going to be the true friend of IT administrators and managers when it comes to address these challenges. Here…

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