The Windows Server Notebook


October 1, 2014  5:27 PM

September in review: the top Windows Server news and tips

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
MCSA Certification, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Microsoft System Center, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

In our monthly feature, we round up the most popular content on the site from the previous month and share it with you.

For September, Windows Server admins were most interested in Windows Server 2012 security, the latest Patch Tuesday updates and new developments in Microsoft Certifications.

Obstacles to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 security

The newest versions of Windows Server are supposed to be the most secure versions ever released, but even these servers can be sitting ducks for attacks in your network — and the reason why is surprising.

Patch Tuesday includes one critical, three important updates

There was only one critical fix in this round of Patch Tuesday security updates, but one of the important updates could be crucial for organizations that enable ASP.NET and IIS on a supported version of Windows.

Get to know five of Windows Server 2012 R2′s superpowered features

The latest iteration of Windows Server is supposed to help businesses create apps and manage domains with its features. This photo story breaks down some of these enterprise-ready features..

Use Operations Manager for Linux monitoring

In one of the sessions at this year’s IT/Dev Connections conference, a technology consultant went into detail about how including Linux monitoring in System Center could bridge some infrastructure gaps.

MCSA certification changes may make IT pros feel nostalgic

Windows Server admins may get a déjà vu feeling when they look at the requirements for two Microsoft certifications. As electives make a comeback, the MCSA curriculum continues to open up for IT pros.

What content was most helpful to you last month? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

September 4, 2014  5:37 PM

1 critical IE update, 3 important updates in September Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
Internet Explorer, Microsoft Lync

Windows Server admins can expect September to be a light month of Patch Tuesday security updates.

In its advance security notification, Microsoft outlined four security bulletins to be released next week. There is only one critical bulletin, and the other three are important.

The month’s lone critical bulletin addresses a remote code execution vulnerability. Multiple versions of Windows and Internet Explorer will be affected.

The three important bulletins address denial of service and elevation of privilege vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Windows Server and Microsoft Lync will be affected.

There are noticeably fewer security updates this month than compared to August. Microsoft released nine bulletins in the last Patch Tuesday cycle, including a critical patch for multiple versions of IE. Microsoft also gave all supported IE versions a whitelisting functionality.

What do you think about this month’s Patch Tuesday updates? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


September 2, 2014  6:27 PM

August in review: the top Windows Server news and tips

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
Active Directory, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012 R2

For our monthly feature, we round up the most popular stories with our readers from the previous month and share it with you.

In August, Windows Server admins were most interest in the latest Patch Tuesday updates, what’s new with features in Windows Server and a look at the latest changes in Microsoft Azure.

A breakdown of August’s Patch Tuesday updates

The latest round of Patch Tuesday updates included nine security bulletins, one of which is a high priority patch for Internet Explorer. Updates addressed vulnerabilities for a number of programs, including the Media Center, SQL Server, kernel-mode drivers and SharePoint.

Why you should know Windows Azure Pack

As Microsoft continues its push for the cloud, new options continue to appear as the company attempts to nudge companies toward the cloud. One such option is Windows Azure Pack, which can give organizations a private cloud option with some of the benefits of a public cloud.

A closer look at Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

When Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V included a number of changes that make it a solid contender in the hypervisor market. Admins should take a look at some of these changes to learn more about the advantages of running Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.

How Invocation IDs and USNs fit in to Active Directory

Syncing Active Directory can be a difficult task and involves a delicate balance involving domain controllers. Windows Server admins have some help when it comes to tracking their Active Directory state thanks to these two important elements.

What Azure File Service can offer organizations

If your organization wants SMB access in the cloud, you have options. It’s possible to do this with Microsoft Azure File Service, which can access SMB shares in the Azure service without first needing to take additional steps with Windows Server VMs or networking.

What was most helpful to you last month? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


August 7, 2014  7:54 PM

Critical updates coming for IE, Windows in August Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
Internet Explorer, Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Admins will have their hands full applying updates in this month’s round of Patch Tuesday updates.

In its advance security notification, Microsoft released nine bulletins for this month’s security updates. Two of the updates are critical and seven are important.

Both critical bulletins address remote code execution vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Internet Explorer and Windows will be affected.

The seven important bulletins address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and security bypass feature vulnerabilities. Software in Microsoft Office and SharePoint will be affected, as will multiple versions of SQL Server, Windows and .NET Framework.

This round of Patch Tuesday updates includes one of the highest bulletin counts Windows Server admins have seen this year. Including this month’s upcoming security updates, 2014 has included 51 bulletins, down from last year’s 66 bulletins at the same time.

What do you think of the latest Patch Tuesday updates? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


August 4, 2014  4:17 PM

July in review: the top Windows Server news and tips

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
SCCM, Windows Server 2012 R2

In our monthly recap, we round up the most popular content from the previous month and share it with you.

For July, our readers were interested in learning more about add-ons for IT management, analysis of Microsoft Azure and the latest Patch Tuesday security updates.

A look at two new SCCM add-ons

Although small shops are a good fit for System Center Configuration Manager, but larger enterprises with a more complex environment may have to spring for third-party add-ons to have their needs met.

Azure may help Microsoft cloud storage go skyward

Microsoft’s plans to debut a number of server-level and cloud products at its Worldwide Partners Conference left some IT pros questioning if the company was too aggressive in its Azure approach.

Disk optimization in Windows Server 2012 R2

Learning how to optimizing performance, such as being aware of workloads and using RAID properly, can help organizations ease how they optimize disks in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Latest Patch Tuesday updates include fixes for IE, Service Bus

In July’s batch of Patch Tuesday security updates, Microsoft released six fixes, including critical fixes for Internet Explorer and Windows Journal.

Making the most of PowerShell cmdlets in Microsoft Azure

As Windows Server admins begin to realize that PowerShell can be a valuable tool in Microsoft Azure, they can learn more about how PowerShell can closely integrate with Azure’s Automation Service and how to remotely manage an Azure VM’s OS resources.

What content was most helpful for you last month? Was it something we didn’t include in the list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


July 21, 2014  4:34 PM

TechEd North America conference gets a new name

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley
Microsoft Management Summit, SharePoint

TechEd is dead. Long live Microsoft Unified Technology Event for Enterprise.

Mark your calendars: Microsoft set the date and location for the new conference, which will take place on May 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference will encompass the content of TechEd and Microsoft Management Summit and cover a broad range of technologies, including SharePoint, Office 365, Lync and Exchange. Microsoft goes into more detail about what the new conference will cover in a blog post.

At TechEd 2014 a few short months ago, the IT pros we talked to came away with a sense of disappointment over the event. The lack of System Center Configuration Manager news and sessions contributed to many former MMS members feeling left out.

In any case, Microsoft Unified Technology Event (or MUTE, as some have taken to calling it) may not help mute any critics of the event — it may make them louder.

What do you think of this news? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, or talk to us on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


July 3, 2014  5:29 PM

Critical fixes for Windows, IE coming in July Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
Internet Explorer, Microsoft

Admins can expect to see some familiar security updates in the latest Patch Tuesday, but they can also expect to see a rare update.

In its advance security notification, Microsoft said there will be six bulletins in this batch of security updates. Two are critical, three are important and one is moderate.

Both of the critical security updates will address remote code execution vulnerabilities and will affect multiple versions of Windows Server and Internet Explorer. All three important updates will address elevation of privilege vulnerabilities and will affect multiple versions of Windows.

The rare moderate update addresses a denial of service vulnerability and affects Microsoft Service Bus for Windows Server.

Microsoft will also include an updated version of its Malicious Software Removal Tool, it said.

Last month’s Patch Tuesday security updates addressed a large number of vulnerabilities. One of the critical updates addressed 59 reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.

What do you think of the upcoming security updates for July’s Patch Tuesday? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


July 1, 2014  8:35 PM

Microsoft backtracks, resumes security emails beginning July 3

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley
Microsoft

That suspension didn’t last long. Microsoft is going to continue sending security updates via email after reviewing its processes.

Late last week, the company said it would stop sending emails to comply with Canadian antispam laws. That decision has been reversed, and end users should continue receiving company emails. This will include the advance notification for the July 8 Patch Tuesday, which will arrive in inboxes on July 3, said Microsoft in a statement provided to SearchWindowsServer.com.

Microsoft Canada has also rolled out an opt-in page so customers can continue receiving emails from the company.

Email isn’t the only way to get the latest updates about Microsoft security updates. The company offers an RSS feed, and SearchWindowsServer.com covers each Patch Tuesday.

Are you happy that Microsoft is continuing to send security updates? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


June 27, 2014  9:05 PM

Microsoft suspends security email notifications to comply with Canadian antispam law

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley
Microsoft

There’s one place you won’t be finding out about advance security notifications from Microsoft anymore.

The company is suspending the delivery of certain security emails to comply with governmental policies. Microsoft revealed the change in — wait for it — an email.

The company will no longer send emails about security bulletin advance notifications, security bulletin summaries, new security advisories and bulletins or revisions to security advisories and bulletins.

Canada will begin enforcing an antispam law on July 1st,  which Microsoft is complying with, the company confirmed.

It’s still unclear why this would lead to the suspension of this service. Perhaps, because patch notifications change from time to time, Microsoft could be found in violation of this clause in the law: “use of false or misleading representations online in the promotion of products or services.”

Microsoft suggests subscribing to RSS feeds as an alternative to the newsletter. One other option: Follow our Patch Tuesday coverage here on our blog and on SearchWindowsServer.com. Read about June’s Patch Tuesday here.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to suspend its newsletters about security bulletins? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


June 5, 2014  5:37 PM

Critical fixes for IE, Lync, Office and Windows in June Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger
Internet Explorer, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office

The latest round of Patch Tuesday updates will include some familiar fixes, but it also includes some fixes admins don’t often see.

In its latest advance security notification, Microsoft said the newest security updates will include seven bulletins. Two of the bulletins are critical and five are important.

Both critical bulletins address remote code execution vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Internet Explorer, Lync, Office and Windows are affected.

The important bulletins in this Patch Tuesday cycle address remote code execution, information disclosure and denial of service vulnerabilities as well as a rare tampering vulnerability. Multiple versions of Lync, Office and Windows are affected.

The company said it will also release an updated version of its Malicious Software Removal Tool, which can be accessed through the Download Center, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services or Windows Update.

What do you think of the latest Patch Tuesday security updates? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


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