The Windows Server Notebook:

June, 2012


June 28, 2012  2:19 PM

Microsoft accidentally deploys Skype using WSUS

Posted by: Jeremy Stanley

IT admins using Windows Server Update Services got a surprise this week when Skype installed on some desktops. The update to Skype, the Microsoft-owned voice and video chat...

June 26, 2012  6:30 PM

Splunk App monitors Active Directory

Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
Active Directory, splunk, Windows Server 2008 R2

This week, users looking to monitor Active Directory got another option. San Francisco-based Splunk, Inc., an application management and security company, released the Splunk App...

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June 22, 2012  3:34 PM

Who had the better week, LeBron James or Microsoft?

Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
lebron james, miami heat, Microsoft, surface, windows phone 8

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="598" caption="Which coveted item would you most like to get your hands on?"]

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June 15, 2012  8:52 PM

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 now available

Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
System Center 2012, System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Operations Manager 2012, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, windows server 2012

Users of Microsoft's System Center suite can now test out the management products' compatibility with the latest version of Windows Server, as the second Community Technology Preview of

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June 15, 2012  2:05 PM

New third-party tools target Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, mobile device management

Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
Hyper-V, mobile device management, windows server 2012

Windows Server administrators looking to make their lives easier have a variety of tools at their disposal. This week, that array grew even larger, as several...

June 14, 2012  4:51 PM

SolarWinds releases free WSUS diagnostic tool

Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
diagnostic, SolarWinds, Windows Server Update Services, WSUS

Admins routinely facing WSUS issues might have a tool to check out.

SolarWinds, an Austin, Texas-based network management company, released a

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June 13, 2012  7:44 PM

A photo tour of TechEd 2012

Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Hyper-V, Silverlight, TechEd, VMware, Windows 8, Windows 95

There's a lot to take in at Microsoft's annual technical learning event, and you can't describe it all in words. Here are some of the memorable visual stimuli that we saw during our visit to Orlando. See something else? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter (

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June 12, 2012  1:29 PM

Lessons learned from TechEd 2012 Day 1

Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
System Center 2012, TechEd, Windows 8, Windows Server, windows server 2012

Microsoft's TechEd event is all about learning…but not always the kind you think. Our first day in Orlando came complete with a lot of new knowledge, and not just about the availability of the new

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June 7, 2012  6:52 PM

Microsoft’s June 2012 advance security notification lists seven bulletins

Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
June 2012 Advance Bulletin

Microsoft is ringing in the summer season with seven bulletins in its latest Patch Tuesday announcement. IT pros should be on the lookout for three critical bulletins, patching Internet Explorer, .NET framework and Microsoft operating systems, to be released next week.

June 6, 2012  6:03 PM

What to expect at TechEd North America 2012

Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Microsoft, Microsoft Certification, office 15, office 365, SharePoint, System Center 2012, TechEd, Windows 8, Windows Azure, windows server 2012

As anyone who's been to TechEd will attest, the event is not a sprint; it's a marathon. With hundreds of technical sessions, workshops, labs and vendors, the annual Microsoft event doesn't lack quantity. But what's actually worth paying attention...


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