Microsoft embarque Docker dans le prochain Windows Server…

Bonjour à tous,

Les annonces se font r√©guli√®res depuis juin dernier. C’est officiel !

Microsoft et Docker ont annonc√© un partenariat pour la prise en charge des conteneurs pour la prochaine version de Windows Server. Scott Guthrie, vice-pr√©sident ex√©cutif de l‚Äôactivit√© Cloud Entreprise a indiqu√© : ¬ę nous reconnaissons l‚Äôimportance d‚Äôoffrir la flexibilit√© √† nos clients qui √©volue dans un monde o√Ļ les priorit√©s sont la mobilit√© et le Cloud ¬Ľ.

Il ne s’agit pas de la première annonce de Microsoft sur Docker. Les conteneurs Linux sont déjà pris en charge dans Azure, et les deux acteurs ont travaillé sur l’intégration de l’outil d’orchestration de Microsoft Azure. Docker Hub est maintenant disponible dans Azure Management Portal et Azure Gallery.

En Juin, Microsoft Azure avait ajouté le support des conteneurs Docker sur VM Linux.
Microsoft et Docker Inc. ont annonc√© conjointement l’apport de l’√©cosyst√®me Windows Server √† la communaut√© Docker :
– dans la prochaine version de 2015 dans Windows Server,
Рdéveloppement open-source de la Docker Engine pour Windows Server,
– support Azure avec les API Docker Open Orchestration,
Рintégrer Docker Hub dans Azure Gallery et Management Portal.

En utilisant les conteneurs Docker sur la prochaine version de Windows Server, Microsoft met √† disposition des solutions ouvertes Docker √† la fois sur Windows Server et Linux r√©unissant les meilleures technologies de l’√©cosyst√®me Linux et Windows Server.

Plus d’informations
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/15/new-windows-server-containers-and-azure-support-for-docker/
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/07/10/azure-collaboration-with-google-and-docker/
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/08/28/hackathon-with-kubernetes-on-azure/

Ressources machine virtuelle Linux
Cr√©ation d’une machine virtuelle http://azure.microsoft.com/fr-fr/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-linux-tutorial/
Vidéo Create a Linux Virtual Machine http://azure.microsoft.com/fr-fr/documentation/videos/create-a-linux-virtual-machine

Bonne journée.
Patrice.

There are worse things than Exceptions

A¬†piece of advise I’ve given on Stack Overflow more than once is to avoid the File.Exists() method, and others like it. Instead, I’ll tell people to just use a try/catch block, and put their time into writing a good exception handler. I won’t re-hash the reasoning here, as I’ve¬†already covered it before. One of those links was¬†even Gold badge -worthy.

One of the responses I often get to this strategy is that handling exceptions is¬†slow. Why risk a slow exception handler if you can avoid it most of the time with a quick File.Exists() check? I think this argument misses the point first of all for correctness reasons. You still need the exception handler, and using File.Exists() to avoid it is a mistake. But more than that, I think that is just plain wrong about the performance issue, too. Here’s why.

Yes, handling exceptions is expensive from a performance standpoint; very expensive. Let’s get that out of the way: I’m not trying to say that exceptions should be your first choice in every situation. The list of things you can do in programming that are slower is very short. However, the list is not empty. Do you know what’s worse than exceptions? I/O. Disk and Network are far and away worse. Let me explain. Here’s a link and except that show just how much worse they can be:
https://gist.github.com/jboner/2841832

Latency Comparison Numbers
--------------------------
L1 cache reference                            0.5 ns
Branch mispredict                             5   ns
L2 cache reference                            7   ns             14x L1 cache
Mutex lock/unlock                            25   ns
Main memory reference                       100   ns             20x L2 cache, 200x L1 cache
Compress 1K bytes with Zippy              3,000   ns
Send 1K bytes over 1 Gbps network        10,000   ns    0.01 ms
Read 4K randomly from SSD*              150,000   ns    0.15 ms
Read 1 MB sequentially from memory      250,000   ns    0.25 ms
Round trip within same datacenter       500,000   ns    0.5  ms
Read 1 MB sequentially from SSD*      1,000,000   ns    1    ms  4X memory
Disk seek                            10,000,000   ns   10    ms  20x datacenter roundtrip
Read 1 MB sequentially from disk     20,000,000   ns   20    ms  80x memory, 20X SSD
Send packet CA->Netherlands->CA     150,000,000   ns  150    ms

If thinking in nanoseconds isn’t your thing, here’s another reference¬†that normalizes a single¬†CPU cycle as 1 second and scales from there:
http://blog.codinghorror.com/the-infinite-space-between-words/

1 CPU cycle             0.3 ns      1 s
Level 1 cache access    0.9 ns      3 s
Level 2 cache access    2.8 ns      9 s
Level 3 cache access    12.9 ns     43 s
Main memory access      120 ns      6 min
Solid-state disk I/O    50-150 őľs   2-6 days
Rotational disk I/O     1-10 ms     1-12 months
Internet: SF to NYC     40 ms       4 years
Internet: SF to UK      81 ms       8 years
Internet: SF to AUS     183 ms      19 years
OS virt. reboot         4 s         423 years
SCSI command time-out   30 s        3000 years
Hardware virt. reboot   40 s        4000 years
Physical system reboot  5 m         32 millenia

Taking even the best-case scenario for exceptions, you can access memory at least 480 times while waiting on the first response from a disk, and that’s assuming a very fast SSD. Many of us still need spinning hard-drives, where things get much, much worse.

For a comparison reference, Jon Skeet has blogged about exception handling, where he was able to handling them at a rate of between 42 and 188 per millisecond. While there were some issues with his benchmark, I think the point is spot on: relative to other options, exceptions may not be as bad as you think.

And that’s only the beginning of the story. When you use .Exists(), you incur this additional cost (and it is an addition: you have to do the same work again when you go to open the file) on every attempt. You pay this costs whether the file exists or not, because the disk still has to go look for it in it’s file tables. With the exception method, you only pay the extra costs like¬†unwinding the call stack in the case of failure.

In other words, yes: exceptions are horribly costly. But compared to the disk check, it’s still faster — and not by just a small margin. Thankfully, this is unlikely to drive your app’s general performance… but I still want to put to bed the “exceptions are slow” argument for this specific task.

Windows 10 Tech preview.. Part 5

OK. I am up and running again, but parallel booting with Windows 8, so I can’t easily compare the two side by side.

The right click options from the Start button are impressive, better than the older classic Start menu in fact if you are into Control Panel applets..

  1. Programs and Features
  2. Power Options
  3. Event Viewer
  4. Device Manager
  5. Networks
  6. Disk Management
  7. Command Prompt
  8. Command Prompt + admin
  9. Task Manager
  10. Control Panel
  11. File Explorer
  12. Search
  13. Run

There‚Äôs something there for everybody, and picking #10 gets you the whole ‚Äė10‚Äô yards anyway.

Unfortunately, Microsoft wants everybody to use the tiles to access music, pictures, people, calendar, camera, mail etc, but the tile apps are basic and unreliable, something that comes across clearly in the Microsoft forums. The unreliability is a major issue in Windows 8, badly needs to be sorted, but will it be sorted in time for the Windows 10 release?

The best Microsoft option for photos, mail and calendar is still Windows Live 2012 in my opinion. They work and are reliable.

It is annoying that there is a small limit as to what can be added to the new Start menu, and for this reason I have brought back the Quick launch toolbar such that I can accommodate what I use daily.

Maybe Microsoft will look at this. For users who like the animated tiles, there is only space for five I think, and that is too small an amount. User choices are good and something badly lacking in Windows 8/8.1, and not a lot better in the Windows 10 preview.

There are other changes, less obvious, but Windows 10 will be judged on out of the box usability, not on how good Command Prompt has become. .

One last thing.. what happened to WordPad? There isn’t even a tile version of it.

Getting ready for a test run

Getting ready for a migration at the office from the 2008 R2 era HyperV to a 2012 R2 era hyperV

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And as the server sounds like a jet engine taking off…

it always makes me laugh how small the drives are, and how big the unit it

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Makes ya wanna buy more hard drives and fill that sucker up.

So one of the things I’m doing this time is rather than doing a router in front of the server to separate out from the production network, I’m trying a virtual router

Fastvue Sophos Reporter How to Deploy Sophos UTM on Hyper-V in 7 Simple Steps:
http://fastvue.co/sophos/blog/how-to-deploy-sophos-utm-on-hyper-v-in-7-simple-steps/

So far it’s not as simple as that leads one to think it is.¬† I obviously have networking/binding to the nics mucked up because it won’t find the web console address.

I’ll try again tomorrow and let you know how I get along with a virtual router.

 

Une montre connectée Microsoft désormais imminente…

Bonsoir à tous,

Selon Forbes, les développements sont désormais bien avancés puisque cet appareil devrait voir le jour dans les toutes prochaines semaines…

http://tldr.me/1c83rc4p

http://tldr.me/1200fbro

Bonne soirée.
Patrice.

OT: Cuando me miro al espejo. (Week Joke)

Dime obsesivo… pero me gustar√≠a¬†desvelar la¬†extra√Īa raz√≥n de porque √ļltimamente¬†me invade¬†la inquietante sensaci√≥n de que se me ha pasado el arroz!… alguna idea?

PepEmtium

PepEmtium



A los veteranos se nos hace dif√≠cil¬†alcanzar a los j√≥venes¬†por su¬†gran capacidad¬†en ‘cores’, aunque pens√°ndolo bien¬†y a estas alturas pudiendo elegir no se si preferir√≠a la hiperactividad de un mont√≥n de diminutos ‘cores’ dif√≠ciles de manejar,¬†frente a¬†un¬†‘cuore’ de los de ‘sin prisas pero sin pausa’¬†con¬†sus¬†inherentes capacidades para compartir¬†‘things’.

Con el tiempo quiz√°s¬†la simultaneidad¬†cu√°ntica¬†se reinvente¬†en¬†un¬†modelo¬†positr√≥nico¬†simple “como el de Asimov :-)” …¬†dejando a¬†la¬†‘core mania’¬† en¬†una pura an√©cdota¬†dentro de¬†la evoluci√≥n del silicio,¬†con¬†su algorimetrica¬† del ¬†paralelismo y¬† asincron√≠a.

Lo mejor esta por venir!!
LoL!

Upgrading PowerShell

The Scripting Guy has started a series on upgrading the version of  PowerShell you run.  My article in the series is out today – http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2014/10/20/should-i-upgrade-to-latest-windows-powershell-version.aspx

Getting Release Management to fail a release when using a custom PowerShell component

If you have a custom PowerShell script you wish to run you can create a tool in release Management (Inventory > Tools) for the script which deploys the .PS1, PSM files etc. and defines the command line to run it.

The problem we hit was that our script failed, but did not fail the build step as the PowerShell.EXE running the script exited without error. The script had thrown an exception which was in the output log file, but it was marked as a completed step.

The solution was to use a try/catch in the .PS1  script that as well as writing a message to Write-Error also set the exit code to something other than 0 (Zero). So you end up with something like the following in your .PS1 file

param
(
[string]$Param1 ,
[string]$Param2 )

try
{
    # some logic here

} catch
{
    Write-Error $_.Exception.Message
    exit 1 # to get an error flagged so it can be seen by RM
}


Once this change was made an exception in the PowerShell caused the release step to fail as required. The output from the script appeared as the Command Output.


Source: Rfennell

SharePoint Saturday San Diego 2014

Don’t miss the upcoming SharePoint Saturday РSan Diego on November 15th!

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This is a FREE one-day event hosted by the San Diego SharePoint User Group and will feature sessions for end-users, business users, IT professionals and developers. There will also be a track dedicated to Office 365! 

Who Should Attend

SharePoint administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Technologies

Where will the event be held

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6256 Greenwich Drive, San Diego, CA.

 

 

 

Who will be presenting

This event has confirmed many other nationally recognized SharePoint speakers and Microsoft SharePoint MVPs! Check out the Speakers page on SPSEvents.org If you are looking to enhance your knowledge of any aspect of SharePoint and/or network with other SharePoint professionals, we strongly encourage you to attend this community event.  image

Why you should attend

Beyond the knowledge and networking, this event will be a blast. There will be a large prize raffle and of course, a ‘SharePint’ social event in the evening. We hope to see you there! Please visit the SharePoint Saturday – San Diego site for more information or to review the recently published speaker schedule. For those of you on twitter, please tweet about this event using the #SPSSD hashtag.

Please register right away! See you there! Register Here!

Who are the Sponsors

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Cheers,

Ivan Sanders

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Windows 10 Tech preview.. Part 4.. UPDATE

This is going to be a very quick entry.

The machine which I had hosting Windows 10 is going to a new location very soon, and I spent this afternoon setting it up for the new user.

So I stripped out the drive, reformatted it, disconnected the two SATA drives in my production machine, installed the Windows 10 preview back onto the IDE drive, booted to it twice, re-connected the two SATA drives, and now the machine will not boot from the Windows 10 drive.

Here endeth my association with the preview until I can work out a way to install and boot from the IDE drive.

Sad smile Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

UPDATE..

I tried again in the early hours of this morning, this time formatting the drive from the Preview installation and so far, it appears to be working..

DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 coming?

Looks like the next wave of the DSC resource kit is on its way ‚Äď a set of resources for Exchange 2013 have been published – https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/xExchange-PowerShell-1dd18388 with a wave 8 tag.

 

I‚Äôve been waiting for the Exchange resources ‚Äď they‚Äôre going to make my life soooooo much easier

ALM Ranger‚Äôs release DevOps Guidance for PowerShell DSC ‚Äď perfectly timed for DDDNorth

In a beautiful synchronicity the ALM Rangers DevOps guidance for PowerShell DSC has been release at at the same time as I am doing my DDDNorth session ‚ÄėWhat is Desired State Configuration and how does it help me?‚Äô

This Rangers project has been really interesting to work on, and provide much of the core of my session for DDDNorth.

Well worth a look if you want to create your own DSC resources.


Source: Rfennell

Removal instructions for CinPlusHQVid

What is CinPlusHQVid?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that CinPlusHQVid is a browser hijacker. These so-called “hijackers” manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F159063-removal-instructions-for-cinplushqvid%2F

Microsoft Security Advisory Notification Issued: October 17, 2014

Security Advisories Updated or Released Today

* Microsoft Security Advisory (2949927)
– Title: Vulnerability in SSL 3.0 Could Allow Information
Disclosure
– ¬Ľtechnet.microsoft.com/library/se¬∑¬∑¬∑/2949927
– Revision Note: V2.0 (October 17, 2014): Removed Download Center
links for Microsoft security update 2949927. Microsoft recommends
that customers experiencing issues uninstall this update.
Microsoft is investigating behavior associated with this update,
and will update the advisory when more information becomes
available.

Weekend reading

FRS to DFS-R Migration

Understand FRS to DFS-R Migration Stages
From MOC 6425C p12.70 – 12.73

Because SYSVOL is critical to the health and functionality of your domain, Windows does not provide a
mechanism with which to convert from FRS to DFS-R replication of SYSVOL instantly. In fact, migration to
DFS-R involves creating a parallel SYSVOL structure. When the parallel structure is successfully in place,
clients are redirected to the new structure as the domain’s system volume. When the operation has
proven successful, you can eliminate FRS.
Migration to DFS-R therefore consists of four stages or states:

0 (start). The default state of a domain controller. Only FRS is used to replicate SYSVOL.

1 (prepared). A copy of SYSVOL is created in a folder called SYSVOL_DFSR and is added to a replication set. DFS-R begins to replicate the contents of the SYSVOL_DFSR folders on all domain controllers. However, FRS continues to replicate the original SYSVOL folders and clients continue to use SYSVOL.

2 (redirected) SYSVOL share is redirected to SYSVOL_DFSR for client use.
SYSVOL is still replicated by FRS for failback.

3 (eliminated). Replication of the old SYSVOL folder by FRS is stopped. The original SYSVOL folder is not deleted. Therefore, if you want to remove it entirely, you must do so manually.

You move the DCs through these stages or states, by using the DFSMig command. You will use three options with dfsrmig.exe:

  • getglobalstate state
    The setglobalstate option configures the current global DFSR migration state, which applies to all domain controllers. The state is specified by the state parameter, which is 0‚Äď3. Each domain controller will be notified of the new DFSR migration state and will migrate to that state automatically.
  • getglobalstate
    The getglobalstate option reports the current global DFSR migration state.
  • getmigrationstate
    The getmigrationstate option reports the current migration state of each domain controller. Because it might take time for domain controllers to be notified of the new global DFSR migration state, and because it might take even more time for a domain controller to make the changes required by that state, domain controllers will not be synchronized with the global state instantly. The getmigrationstate option enables you to monitor the progress of domain controllers toward the current global DFSR migration state.

If there is a problem moving from one state to the next higher state, you can revert to previous states by using the setglobalstate option. However, after you have used the setglobalstate option to specify state 3 (eliminated), you cannot revert to the earlier states.

To migrate SYSVOL replication from FRS to DFS-R, perform the following steps:

1. Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in.
2. Right-click the domain and choose Raise Domain Functional Level.
3. If the Current domain functional level box does not indicate Windows Server 2008, select Windows
Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 from the Select an available domain functional level list.
4. Click Raise. Click OK twice in response to the dialog boxes that appear.
5. Log on to a domain controller and open a command prompt.
6. Type dfsrmig /setglobalstate 1.
7. Type dfsrmig /getmigrationstate to query the progress of domain controllers toward the Prepared
global state. Repeat this step until the state has been attained by all domain controllers.
This can take 15 minutes to an hour or longer.
8. Type dfsrmig /setglobalstate 2.
9. Type dfsrmig /getmigrationstate to query the progress of domain controllers toward the
Redirected global state. Repeat this step until the state has been attained by all domain controllers.
This can take 15 minutes to an hour or longer.
10. Type dfsrmig /setglobalstate 3.
After you begin migration from state 2 (prepared) to state 3 (replicated), any changes made to the
SYSVOL folder will have to be replicated manually to the SYSVOL_DFSR folder.
11. Type dfsrmig /getmigrationstate to query the progress of domain controllers toward the
Eliminated global state. Repeat this step until the state has been attained by all domain controllers.
This can take 15 minutes to an hour or longer.
12. For more information about the dfsrmig.exe command, type dfsrmig.exe /?.

 

More info on migration steps:

SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd640019(WS.10).aspx

Migrate a Domain-based Namespace to Windows Server 2008 Mode – Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2
“To migrate a domain-based namespace from Windows 2000 Server mode to Windows Server 2008 mode, you must export the namespace to a file, delete the namespace, recreate it in Windows Server 2008 mode, and then import the namespace settings. To do so, use the following procedure.”
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753875.aspx

Why Migrate?

1. ‚ÄúAccess-based enumeration- Access-based enumeration allows users to see only files and folders on a file server to which they have permission to access. This feature is not enabled by default for namespaces (though it is enabled by default on newly-created shared folders in Windows Server 2008), and is only supported in a DFS namespace when the namespace is a standalone namespace hosted on a computer running Windows Server 2008, or a domain-based namespace by using the Windows Server 2008 mode.‚ÄĚ

Above quoted from:
Distributed File System – Why migrate?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753479(WS.10).aspx

Enable Access-Based Enumeration on a Namespace
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd919212(WS.10).aspx
 
2. Cluster support - DFS Namespaces in Windows Server 2008 supports creating stand-alone namespaces on a failover cluster from within the DFS Management snap-in. To do so, specify a failover cluster on the Namespace Server page of the New Namespace Wizard.

3. Improved command-line tools – DFS Namespaces in Windows Server 2008 includes an updated version of the Dfsutil command and the new Dfsdiag command, which you can use to diagnose namespace issues.

Changes and improvements to Dfsutil:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=136572

Dfsdiag:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=136571

4. Windows Server 2008 mode domain-based namespaces – Windows Server 2008 includes the ability to create a domain-based namespace in Windows Server 2008 mode. Doing so enables support for access-based enumeration and increased scalability. The domain-based namespace introduced in Windows¬ģ 2000 Server is now referred to as “domain-based namespace (Windows 2000 Server mode).”

To use the Windows Server 2008 mode, the domain and domain-based namespace must meet the following minimum requirements:
     – The forest uses the Windows Server 2003 or higher forest functional level.
     – The domain uses the Windows Server 2008 or higher domain functional level.
     – All namespace servers are running Windows Server 2008.

If your environment supports it, choose the Windows Server 2008 mode when you create new domain-based namespaces. This mode provides additional features and scalability, and also eliminates the possible need to migrate a namespace from the Windows 2000 Server mode.

For information about migrating a namespace to Windows Server 2008 mode, see
Migrate a Domain-based Namespace to Windows Server 2008 Mode.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753875(WS.10).aspx

5. Content Freshness – DFS Replication in Windows Server 2008 has a new feature called Content Freshness, which prevents a server that was offline for a long time from over-writing fresh data when it comes back online with stale (out-of-date) data.

6. Improvements for handling unexpected shutdowns – In Windows Server 2008, DFS Replication now allows for quicker recovery from unexpected shutdowns. Unexpected shutdowns can occur because of the following reasons:
     – Unexpected shutdown of DFS Replication: This could occur if the DFS Replication process crashes, is ended, or stops because there are insufficient resources.
     – Unexpected shutdown of the computer: This could occur if the computer crashes or loses power while DFS Replication is running.
     – Unexpected shutdown of the volume: This could occur if the volume hosting a DFS Replication content set loses power, is disconnected, or is forced to dismount.
Unexpected shutdowns of the computer and the volume can cause the NTFS file system to lose changes which have not been copied to disk. Therefore the DFS Replication database can become inconsistent with the on-disk file system state.

On Windows Server 2003 R2, an unexpected shutdown may force DFS Replication to perform a complete database rebuild, which can be very time consuming. DFS Replication in Windows Server 2008 usually does not need to rebuild the database following unexpected shutdowns, and thus recovers much more quickly.

7. DFS Replication performance improvements – DFS Replication in Windows Server 2008 includes the following performance improvements:
     – Faster replication both for small and large files.
     – Initial synchronization completes faster.
     – Better network bandwidth utilization on LANs and high latency networks such as WANs.

8. Propagation report – DFS Management in Windows Server 2008 includes a new type of diagnostic report called a propagation report. This report displays the replication progress for the test file created during a propagation test.

9. Replicate now – DFS Management now includes the ability to force replication to occur immediately, temporarily ignoring the replication schedule.
     To force replication immediately
       1. In the console tree, under the Replication node, select the appropriate replication group.
       2. Click the Connections tab.
       3. Right-click the member you want to use to replicate, and then click Replicate Now.

10. Support for Read-Only Domain Controllers – In Windows Server 2008, DFS Replication supports Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs).
For more information about RODCs, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=96517.

11. SYSVOL replication using DFS Replication – DFS Replication replaces the File Replication Service (FRS) as the replication engine for replicating the AD DS SYSVOL folder in domains that use the Windows Server 2008 domain functional level.

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Summary

I hope this helps! I’m sure I may have missed something. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Ace Fekay
MVP, MCT, MCSE 2012, MCITP EA & MCTS Windows 2008/R2, Exchange 2013, 2010 EA & 2007, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft MVP ‚Äď Directory Services

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Windows 10 preferences..

What would you like to see in Windows, what kind of options and/or preferences? Much depends on what kind of a Windows user you happen to be.

The list below is copied from the Ghacks newsletter, and is a good place to start when looking for what users would like to see

My takes are in BOLD Italic, and are fairly easy to spot

  1. Add tabs to Windows Explorer / File Explorer.- Useful for moving files around by dropping them onto the tabs..
  2. Make Windows Update the one stop for all drivers. ‚Äď Argh no no no no no
  3. Bring back Aero Glass from Windows 8 Developer Preview. – When Aero appeared, those who could get it said that it was a waste of space, and those who couldn‚Äôt get it wanted it sooo badly.. 
  4. Redesign & replace all Aero-themed objects in Windows 10. – same as #3 above..
  5. Add Persian calendar to Windows. – Why not?
  6. Provide a better Notepad application. - Its called WordPad and been around since at least Windows 3.
  7. Make Windows free for everyone. – and while at it give free Jeeps out. I could live with that..
  8. A modern plugin experience for Internet Explorer. – Like Google Chrome? Can we leave it as it is, please..
  9. Bind programs to specific audio outputs. РSomebody will have to explain the usefulness of this to me. I can’t just see it off of the bat..
  10. Pin anything to the start screen. – Traditionally, this is called ‚ÄėSend to Desktop‚Äô, isn‚Äôt it?
  11. Live background images with animations or live streams. – Vista extras. Oh goody. If only the CPU felt the same way..
  12. Built-in support for multiple codecs such as mkv. – This is a ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre not allowing Microsoft to include this format‚Äô issue..
  13. Drag applications to another virtual desktop. – Super useful maybe..
  14. Create custom live tiles. – OK if all you want to do is watch live tiles
  15. Add Adobe format thumbnails support, create a universal preview tool. – Here am I trying to eliminate Adobe tentacles and rooting system from computers, and meanwhile there are others who want it?
  16. Merge PC Settings and Control Panel. – This looks to have been done to some degree in the new Start menu..
  17. Add Cortana to Windows. Fun in Halo, but maybe a nightmare in Windows especially if she has the same attitude to her ‚Äėboss‚Äô.. Smile
  18. Ability to customize the login screen. ‚Äď Another pointless change. Who stays on the login screen enough to care?
  19. OneDrive app should include shared folders. – I keep my distance from clouds of all types..
  20. Fix Thumbnail Cache automatic deletion problem. ‚Äď This problem is unknown to me. That is not to say that it doesn‚Äôt exist..

………………………………..

I think that as long as computer users have:

  1. a system that they recognise
  2. that it works flawlessly for the most part
  3. isn’t upset by rogue updates
  4. is easy to recover in the event of a major failure
  5. has the traditional Windows games installed by default..

.. they will be quite happy.We are looking at something like Windows 7.

Calls to make sure that Windows 10 is backwards compatible with old hardware and software is the same kind of thinking which saw an end to IBM’s OS2, and it would kill off the X86 PC given time. This is definitely not a good idea even though from a financial standpoint, it would save the computer user some cash.

Starting up and using a PC should be like a car is to a driver. Everything is recognisable and more or less in the same place. Just as a car is a tool that gets the driver and passengers from A to B, a PC should do the same whether the destination is winning a game of Spider Solitaire or producing business class graphics and presentations capable of winning a six million dollar contract.

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OK, so now you know what I think. How about you? Please leave a comment one way or the other.. Smile

Microsoft Ignite – One Conference to Rule Them All!




Yesterday morning the on The Official Microsoft Blog announced the name for their new enterprise technology conference – Microsoft Ignite. This conference, called MUTEE (Microsoft Unified Technology Event for Enterprises by some folks, promises to be everything to everyone. It replaces TechEd North America, as well as all the specialty conferences held by those product teams over the year – MEC, the Lync Conference, the SharePoint Conference, MMS, etc.



Plus Office 365, of course.

It‚Äôs finally here ‚ÄĒ One enterprise conference with infinite possibilities.

For the first time ever, Microsoft Ignite brings together our best and brightest for a single, remarkable enterprise tech conference. Meet the minds that make it happen. For the first time under one roof, Microsoft Ignite gives you unprecedented access to hundreds of Microsoft technology and business leaders. Join us in Chicago.

In October I was invited to join the Microsoft Roundtable to provide feedback on this new conference. Microsoft was there to listen, not be heard. They were particularly interested in hearing our feedback on MEC (the Microsoft Exchange Conference), which is very highly regarded by both attendees and within Microsoft. MEC brought everything together in a perfect balance – mid-level and deep-dive sessions on Exchange (and Office 365), a tremendous sense of community, and attendees and product group members who are very passionate about this product.



My feedback was primarily about community, the depth of the sessions, and the level of participation that small sessions provide. I really think this is where MEC shines and I hope that Microsoft is able to pull off the same sort of vibe at Ignite.



By combining all these conferences into a single event, Microsoft expects 20,000(!) attendees at Ignite in Chicago. The expectation is to have 300-400 attendees per session, which is far too large to be “intimate”. Microsoft is planning to have a lot of gathering areas for impromptu “chalk talks” and collaboration.



The conference center in Chicago is HUGE and should easily accommodate that many attendees. I hope that the sessions for each product are close to each other. It would be difficult to navigate long distances, both vertically and horizontally, if the sessions are spread out.



I have attended every TechEd since 2004 and I’ve always gotten great value out of these conferences. My take-aways and participation have changed over the years, but I still get a ton of information and collaboration from the community here. I look forward to the same thing going forward. I sit on The Krewe board of directors as Vice-President and know a lot about the value of community that conferences like this bring. The Krewe Facebook page continues to be a resource for TechEd and Krewe alumni, where members exchange questions, advice, and their views on our industry. I encourage you to check it out.



Overall, I’m hopeful that Microsoft Ignite will be able to pull off their ambitious goal of combining the dedicated technology conferences and TechEd into one mega conference, while maintaining the community and collaboration that smaller conferences like MEC and the SharePoint Conference were able to attain.



Microsoft Ignite – Come for the technology. Stay for the community.



#IWasMEC  —  #IamIgnite





Source: Expta

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