Windows 8 Task Manager

In an earlier post I talked about improvements to system monitoring tools in Windows 8 projecting that we should start seeing for the first time GPU monitoring. To my knowledge this has not been included. However, system performance is much more useful presenting lots of great information. This is part of a completely overhauled Task Manager experience. Accessing Task Manager remains the same. (CTRL+ALT+DEL). Here we take a deeper look at the Performance tab of Task Manager. Note the live graphs on the left. These are Metro Style “live tiles” that provide information about the system. When you tap them … Continue reading Windows 8 Task Manager

Windows 8–Internet Explorer 10 has spell check

With Windows 8 and IE 10, spellcheck is in the house! Yes, I did my happy dance. For years I oscillated with changing to competitive browsers for this one feature. My Chrome buddies will be saying “so what, it has been that way for years with the Google browser”. However with so many thing IE is just better especially compatibility with Microsoft technologies. So it was a grin and bear it. Today, I discovered while typing in a web form that the wait is over. As I tip my hat to Google for bringing the pressure to release this feature, … Continue reading Windows 8–Internet Explorer 10 has spell check

Windows 8 Community Preview First Look

Throwing caution to the wind, Windows 8 Community Technical Preview went on my main workstation in an in place upgrade process. The first experience is pretty good and there were no errors during the upgrade. Out of the box, I have some funky functionality related to mouse drivers and the touch screen I use, Acer T230H. I have had troubles with this in part because of my ergonomic layout which forces me to use my touch as the second monitor resulting in the input affecting a different screen. In the end, I was able to get over these problems by … Continue reading Windows 8 Community Preview First Look

SCVMM 2012–An Overview Possibly Due out H2 2012

So VMM 2012 is due out sometime this year. There are some great new features. Perhaps the most interesting new feature is management of applications as a service. The whole package enables you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created. Here are the component pieces of a VMM deployment: Resource Description For more information Virtual machine hosts Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and VMware ESX hosts and host clusters on which you will deploy virtual machines and services. You can … Continue reading SCVMM 2012–An Overview Possibly Due out H2 2012

Dynamics CRM–What is Supported–Different Rollups of Client and Server?

In a recent conversation with the Dynamics CRM products team the topic of supportability recently came up between different User Rollups(UR). Sustained Engineering does some testing against both scenarios,  i.e. higher UR version on servers vs. clients and higher UR version on clients vs. servers, for both CRM 4.0 and CRM 2011.  However, the test matrix, especially for CRM 4.0, is huge, so spot checking is done; the entire matrix is not tested by any means.  Test focus is probably on v-minus 1. Standard rules of thumb are: · Generally the servers are upgraded first and the clients after as … Continue reading Dynamics CRM–What is Supported–Different Rollups of Client and Server?

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 New Features Ebook

A couple of my fellow CRM MVPs have created a book for CRM 2011. First I want to congratulate Darren Liu and Jim Wang on their efforts. What I found useful about the book is the approach. They featured a solution and walk readers through the architectural steps of a real world project. Then they match those structures to the features and technologies within CRM. I found it to be a light read which helps to introduce some of the new features of Dynamics CRM 2011. For those of you looking for a project oriented approach, this book is very … Continue reading Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 New Features Ebook

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model Changes

The long and short of it is there are several changes in the way SQL 2012 will be offered from a licensing and product stand point. The Three Main Versions of SQL Server   Server + CAL Core-Based Enterprise Business Intelligence (NEW) Standard   What you need to know about Core based Licensing Microsoft is moving towards licensing by computer power for Enterprise Customers Core Pack are sold in units of 2 with a minimum of 4 required per physical server. With physical server licensing you must license all of the cores of the server. Note for Enterprise Customers: Check … Continue reading Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model Changes

Microsoft Office 365 Trust Center

I am happy to announce that the efforts of the Office 365 Identity team are coming to light with the announcement of the Trust Center today. My concerns about security of Office 365 have been met with continued focus by Microsoft to address and meet my expectations. However, I am not their only client and this approach has been consistently replicated around the globe in a manner which evolved the product offering. Office 365 Trust Principles Your Privacy Matters > We respect the privacy of your data Leadership in Transparency > You know ‘where’ data resides, ‘who’ can access it … Continue reading Microsoft Office 365 Trust Center

Exchange 2010–Did you know Single Instance Storage is gone?

In Exchange Server 2010, there is no more single instance storage (SIS). This was a feature which allowed multiple attachments and messages to be stored once with a reference being held in each mailbox. The concept which had been with Exchange for years, had been intended to save space. So what happened? To hear it from the exchange team, disks are cheap and the ability to have users on separate servers and in different databases decreased the value of SIS to the point where it is no longer relevant. I would say  more complex to implement effectively too. So the … Continue reading Exchange 2010–Did you know Single Instance Storage is gone?