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

Friday Mail Sack: Drop the dope, hippy! edition

Hi all, Ned here again with an actual back to back mail sack. This week we discuss: Running out of USNs and Versions DFSR RDC LAN WAN FWIW AOK NPS and dotted NetBIOS domain names USMT and the case of the failing sourcepriority Revisiting NIC teaming Weird DFSR files MaxConcurrentAPI in depth (elsewhere) KB2663685 DFSR… Read more

Exclusive! Shocking New Windows Names Revealed!!!

Ok, that might have been a slightly inflammatory and misleading title. Windows 8 is now officially called… Windows 8. The full set of edition names are Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT (that’s WOA), and Windows 8 Enterprise. Brandon Leblanc has the full breakout. Windows Server “8” is now officially called… Windows Server 2012. You… Read more

Saturday Mail Sack: Because it turns out, Friday night was alright for fighting edition

Hello all, Ned here again with our first mail sack in a couple months. I have enough content built up here that I actually created multiple posts, which means I can personally guarantee there will be another one next week. Unless there isn’t! Today we answer your questions around: Detecting virtual machines with WMI Filters… Read more

New USMT 5.0 Features for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Hi all, Ned here again. Frequent readers know that I’ve written many times about the User State Migration Tool; it’s surprising to some, but the Directory Services team owns supporting this tool within Microsoft in the United States (our European colleagues wisely made sure the Deployment team owns it there). With Windows 8 Consumer Preview,… Read more

Your 24 Month XP Warning

Hi all, Ned here again with a public service announcement: On April 8th 2014, Windows XP support ends For the temporally challenged, that’s exactly two years from today. Hopefully, some of you don’t care because you’ve already gotten off XP. After all, Windows 7 has a 41% piece of Windows desktop distributions now according to… Read more