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Free events for IT Pros in Newcastle on 25th November

On Monday 25th November, St James’ Park in Newcastle is the venue for three free events for IT professionals covering a range of Microsoft technologies.


During the day, the MVP Cloud OS Relay and SQL Relay 2012R2 have great line-ups of MVPs and other experts in Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Office 365, Azure, SQL and Business Intelligence.


In the evening, the Windows User Group takes over with an event covering Windows 8.1, deployment, MDOP and Office 2013.


The schedule for the Cloud OS event is at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/Newcastle and free sign-up is at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mvp-cloud-os-infrastructure-relay-newcastle-tickets-8456426399


The SQL Relay event has sold out, but if you’re desperately interested in any of the sessions at http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/events/2013r2/Newcastle.html you can register for the Cloud OS event and switch tracks throughout the day if there’s capacity in the room.


Sign up for the evening event is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windows-and-office-tour-tickets-9107714419


Hopefully I’ll see you there!

More System Center 2012 SP1 on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Earlier this month, I pointed at a couple of courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy – which is a great free resource, if you haven’t already found it. I’ve since found a post on the System Center blog pointing at a whole load more content that you might want to check out:


Configuring and deploying Microsoft’s Private Cloud

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configuring-and-deploying-microsoft-s-private-cloud

Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-the-microsoft-private-cloud

Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-hyper-v-jump-start

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-virtualization-for-vmware-professionals-jump-start

Microsoft Solution Accelerators for the Datacenter and Private Cloud

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-solution-accelerators-for-the-datacenter-and-private-cloud

Private Cloud: Computing and Infrastructure Management

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-computing-and-infrastructure-management

Private Cloud: Service Delivery and Automation

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-training-service-delivery-and-automation

Private Cloud: Application Services Management

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-application-services-management

Private Cloud: Infrastructure Components

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-infrastructure-components

System Center 2012 Licensing Overview

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-licensing-overview

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-service-pack-1-updates

System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-sp1-capabilities

System Center 2012: Operations Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-training-operations-manager

System Center 2012: Configuration Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/overview-and-infrastructure-changes-in-sccm-2012

System Center 2012: Data Protection Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/protecting-private-clouds-with-system-center-2012-dpm

System Center 2012: Orchestrator & Service Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-orchestrator-service-manager

System Center 2012: Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-virtual-machine-manager-vmm-

System Center Advisor

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-advisor

What’s New in System Center 2012

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-system-center-2012


That’s a whole lot of learning, but that’s going to be of limited use to you if you don’t then go and kick the tires. To that end you might want to setup a test lab. You can download an evaluation of Windows Server 2012, either as an ISO if you want to pop it on a spare bit of kit, or a ready to use VHD file that you can attach to a VM, or boot from on your desktop. Then you can install an evaluation of System Center 2012 with SP1.


If you like, you can even setup an IaaS pop-up lab on Windows Azure and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny:


Deleting AD Users with PowerShell – Why is a user not a leaf object?

I’ve been re-writing some automated processes around user account lifecycle recently, making use of the Active Directory PowerShell module on Windows Server 2012. Most recently this involved removing a large number of expired user accounts. On the first attempt of trying to remove the user objects I was receiving this error for a number of them, seemingly at random:


Remove-ADObject : The directory service can perform the requested operation only on a leaf object


So why would a user object in AD not be a leaf object? It turns out that when a user connects a device to Exchange with EAS, there’s an AD object created for that device inside the user object and that is what is stopping the user being a leaf object.


You might search for this and find advice on using Remove-ActiveSyncDevice before you remove the user. The trouble with that is that if you’ve got multiple versions of Exchange running in your org, then you might find that you can’t remove the ActiveSyncDevice for all your users with the same method.


It doesn’t matter anyway because the point is that the user isn’t a leaf; it has turned into a container, so what do you need to do to delete a container? Simply do a recursive remove. In the case of what I’ve been doing, this does the job:


$30daysago = (get-date).AddDays(-30)
Get-ADUser -filter {accountexpirationdate -lt $30daysago} | Remove-ADObject -Recursive

Microsoft’s Certified Career Day

If you’re an IT Pro and you aren’t thinking about cloud technologies, then you probably aren’t reading technology blogs either, so I’m assuming that you, dear reader, are conscious of the shift towards the cloud. You might also be thinking about getting skilled up and certified as a cloud expert for the benefit of your career.


On Tuesday 12th March (from 08:30 PDT), Microsoft is running a Certified Career Day to talk about the technologies, the direction and the certifications they have available. There’s quite a line-up of experts on the schedule, so I expect the content is going to be pretty interesting.


The audience numbers for the free broadcast are limited, so you should sign up ASAP (and you might win an Acer tablet too). Head over to www.certifiedcareerday.com to register.


If you haven’t done so already, you might want to start familiarising yourself with Windows Server 2012. It’s been redesigned from the ground up with the cloud firmly in mind. There are two ways that you can do that easily. If you have a spare computer you can test on, grab the trial ISO image that will give you 180 days for evaluation, otherwise you can grab the Virtual Hard Disk and boot your PC into it without impacting your primary OS.


Downloads:


Windows Server 2012 ISO


Windows Server 2012 VHD

Free Microsoft Tech Showcase Events

Microsoft has teamed up with some of its Microsoft Learning Partners to provide free first-look clinics covering Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013.


These events are happening all around the world, so you should hopefully find one near to you. I found out about these from a Microsoft UK blog that said they were being run “across the UK” – looking at the currently published list of events, “across the UK” is defined as London and Wokingham, so your mileage may vary.


Still, it’s worth a journey because event offers these opportunities:


  • Lead the Technology Wave – Get a first-hand look at new, breakthrough product features available with Microsoft’s most recent technology releases.
  • World-Class Education – Receive instruction from Learning Partners – the premier technical and instructional specialists endorsed by Microsoft to deliver training on Microsoft technologies.
  • Boost your Career – Learn about the latest Microsoft training and certification offerings to elevate your skills to the next level.

To find an event near you, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/community/events.aspx

Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8

If, like me, you’ve been keenly awaiting RSAT for Windows 8, there’s been a spot of confusion lately. Some people were declaring that the RTM tools were available even though the page was clearly labelled “Release Preview”, then the page disappeared from the Microsoft Download Center completely. Happily though, the wait is over and you can now download 32- or 64-bit versions:


Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8


This is good news for people who want to use the new Server Manager to manage their infrastructure from their desktop (Windows Server 2012 will work natively, obviously, and you can add support to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 servers by installing WMF 3.0 on them). It’s even better news for people who want the PowerShell modules that come with Windows Server 2012 on their desktop!

NEBytes September Event: Windows Server 2012

For our free event in Newcastle on the 19th September I’m teaming up with my NEBytes collaborator Ben Lee to cover Microsoft’s new Server release.


Windows Server 2012 is a huge release for Microsoft. Almost everything is new or improved, so don’t worry we’re not going to try to cram it all into a one hour session; Instead we’re giving the whole of September’s NEBytes over to it!


Some of the questions thrown up by the new OS we’ll look to help answer are:


  • Server 2012 utilises the same new UI as Windows 8 and defaults to a core install, does it matter and do we need the UI anymore?
  • Microsoft say that this has been designed as a Cloud OS, what does that actually mean?
  • Server Manager is radically different, can you really manage all of your servers with a single pane of glass?
  • We’ve got improvements around continuous availability, Direct Access, VDI, new Dynamic Access Controls and many more features but what do these really mean to me?

In this full length Server 2012 special Ben and Jonathan will take you on a tour of the main highlights from the new OS and share some of their personal favourites. We’re going to be talking storage, networking, Hyper-V and as many many more things so bring your curiosity and your propeller hat and we’ll see you there.


If you’re going to be attending, please register on Eventbrite so that we can keep track of numbers.

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Press have released a free ebook called Introducing Windows Server 2012, which does exactly what it says on the tin.


There are three versions available, depending on where you want to read it:


Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – PDF ebook
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format


I read the version of this book that was based on the beta and found it very informative. It’s now been updated to the RTM version, so there’s no reason not to grab it now.


 

PowerShell 3.0 for Windows 7 and Server 2008

Along with the launch of Windows Server 2012* yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows Management Framework 3.0 for some downlevel clients. In the package you get PowerShell 3.0, and updated versions of WMI and WinRM for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. If you were looking for support on XP and Vista you are out of luck.


WMF 3.0 also contains the Server Manager CIM Provider that you’re going to need on your 2008 R2 SP1 and 2008 SP2 servers if you want to manage them with the new Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 or Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8 (RSAT for Win8 is yet to reach RTM).


Download WMF 3.0 at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595


* Make sure you click that link to the online launch event; windows-server-launch.com has a load of learning resources for Microsoft’s amazing new Server release, especially around management and virtualisation.

Windows 8 Release Preview, PowerShell 3.0 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidates – All the Links You Need

Yesterday Microsoft posted the Release Preview of Windows 8 for download. You can go and get the setup executable from:


Download Windows 8 Release Preview


If you want ISO images so you can prep some removable media, you need to go to:


Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images


Once you’ve installed the Windows 8 Release Preview, if you’re one of those lucky, lucky people who spends their day managing Windows Server, you’ll also want to get these:


Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview


If you’re one of the enlightened people who uses Windows PowerShell, but you can’t upgrade to Windows 8 RP just yet, then you can still get the version 3.0 Release Candidate goodness on Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:


Windows Management Framework 3.0 – RC


If you’re looking to try the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012, then you want to go to:


Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) Datacenter


Lots of new fun things to play with. Thank goodness we have a long holiday weekend in the UK to be able to get all this installed! :-)