Friday Mail Sack: I Don’t Like the Taste of Pants Edition

Hi all, Ned here again. After a few months of talking about Windows Server 2012 to other ‘softies from around the globe, I’m back with the sack. It was great fun – and not over yet, it turns out – but I am finally home for a bit. The only way you don’t know that… Read more

RSA Key Blocking is Coming

Hey all, Ned here again with one of my rare public service announcement posts: In August 2012, Microsoft will issue a software update for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. The update will block the use of RSA cryptographic keys… Read more

I’m Baaaaaccccck

Hey all, Ned here again. After a few months of training room huffing, airline food loathing, and PowerPoint shilling, I’m back in Charlotte. I’ve got a backlog of legacy product posts to share from colleagues, and with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 nigh, more new goo coming your way from me and Mike. And… Read more

The Mouse Will Play

Hey all, Ned here. Mike and I start teaching Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 DS internals this month in the US and UK and won’t be back until July. Until then, Jonathan is – I can’t believe I’m saying this – in charge of AskDS. He’ll field your questions and publish… stuff. We’ll make… Read more

Come get Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

Ned here. Go there: Download Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Datacenter (ISO and VHD images) Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 Release Preview (includes USMT 5.0) Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview Windows Management Framework 3.0 – RC (Windows PowerShell 3.0, Windows… Read more

More Central Access Policies blogging happening

Hi all, Ned here. Our friend Nir has another new DAC-related post up, this time on the File Cab blog: Getting started with Central Access Policies – Reducing security group complexity and achieving data access compliance using Dynamic Access Control If you need a reason to go read this, consider the following quote: “So, we… Read more

Do not skip the latest B8 boot post

Hey all, Ned here. The Building Windows 8 blog recently posted a new article from Chris Clark that you might have passed over due to the title, which sounds like another article on boot performance: Designing for PCs that boot faster than ever before Don’t skip it! A more descriptive title would have been “The… Read more

Dynamic Access Control intro on Windows Server blog

Hey all, Ned here with a quick “xerox” post: the Dynamic Access Control developers have released a good intro on their octo-feature through the Windows Server Blog: Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control It’s written by Nir Ben-Zvi, a Program Manager on the Windows Server development team. If you’re unfamiliar with DAC, this… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Mothers day pfffft… when is son’s day?

Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been a little while since the last sack, but I have a good excuse: I just finished writing a poop ton of Windows Server 2012 depth training that our support folks around the world will use to make your lives easier (someday). If I ever open MS Word again… Read more