The Windows Server Notebook


March 6, 2014  6:48 PM

Critical fixes for IE, Windows expected in March Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

Admins will have a light number of security updates to apply for this month’s Patch Tuesday.

In its advance security notification, Microsoft said it will release five security updates in this cycle. Two of the bulletins are marked as critical and three are marked as important.

The critical bulletins address remote code execution vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Internet Explorer and Windows are affected.

The important bulletins address elevation of privilege and security feature bypass vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Windows are affected as well as Microsoft Silverlight.

Microsoft said it would also release an updated version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

This is the second month in a row in which IE is receiving a critical security update. In last month’s Patch Tuesday security updates, Microsoft released a fix to address 24 vulnerabilities.

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

March 3, 2014  4:08 PM

February in review: the top Windows Server news and content

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In our monthly feature, we highlight the content that’s been most popular with our readers and share it with you.

For February, Windows Server admins were interested in new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the latest Patch Tuesday updates and securing Windows Server.

IT pros react to Satya Nadella as new Microsoft CEO

Nadella brings another area of expertise to the Microsoft CEO position with his technical background, and IT pros look at the different ways that experience could affect Microsoft’s future.

Five things Nadella should do as the new CEO

Our associate site editor lists five different actions Nadella should take to keep Microsoft competitive, including potential acquisitions and rethinking the advisory role Bill Gates will take on.

Latest Patch Tuesday updates include super-sized IE patch, Windows fixes 

Windows Server admins have seven security updates to be aware of the latest round of Patch Tuesday bulletins, including a critical IE update addressing 24 vulnerabilities and a critical Exchange Server 2010 update.

Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V to build out private clouds

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V has four key advantages for organizations looking to build private clouds in the data center, which can do everything from taking pressure off of systems during migrations to managing applications and data centers.

Five ways to keep Windows Server deployments secure

Security breaches are regularly in the news these days, forcing admins to reevaluate their strategies for keeping their deployments secure. This feature looks at five different approaches to securing deployments.

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


February 6, 2014  6:51 PM

Two critical fixes expected in February Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

Update (Feb. 10): Microsoft released two additional bulletins to be included in February’s Patch Tuesday cycle. The two security updates are marked as critical and will address remote code execution vulnerabilities in multiple versions of Windows and Internet Explorer. These last-minute additions raise the numbers for this month’s Patch Tuesday to four critical updates and seven total updates.

Original post: Admins expecting to see Microsoft go back to releasing a large number of security updates for February’s Patch Tuesday will be disappointed.

In its advance security notification, the company said it would release five bulletins in the latest Patch Tuesday cycle. Two of the bulletins are marked as critical and three are marked as important.

The critical bulletins address remote code execution vulnerabilities. They affect multiple versions of Windows as well as Forefront Protection Manager 2010 for Exchange Server.

The three important bulletins address elevation of privilege, information disclosure and denial of service vulnerabilities. They affect multiple versions of Windows.

This is the second month in a row with a small number of security updates in the Patch Tuesday cycle. Last month’s Patch Tuesday only had four important bulletins, none of which were critical.

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


February 3, 2014  4:08 PM

January in review: the top Windows Server content

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

In our monthly feature, we round up the Windows Server content that was most popular with our readers in the previous and share it with you.

For the first month of 2014, Windows Server admins were interested in backup options for Windows Server 2008 R2, updates to Microsoft certification exams and the latest Patch Tuesday security updates.

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

Windows, Office receive Patch Tuesday fixes
This year’s Patch Tuesday cycle got off to a light start with four important bulletins and no critical updates. The updates receiving the most attention addressed vulnerabilities in Office and Office Web Apps as well as one of the last updates Microsoft will have for XP.

Open Compute Project receives Microsoft data center ‘blueprints’
Microsoft said it would contribute specifications for data center servers to the Facebook Inc.-run Open Compute Project, prompting questions about its motivation for the move and if the designs are part of a patent application filed in December 2013.

What’s new with Microsoft certifications changes
With the releases of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, IT pros can expect to see a number of changes and additions to Microsoft certification exams. This tip walks through the complete list of exams affected by the releases.

Must-know Windows Azure Backup basics
The Windows Azure Backup feature, which can offer cloud-based backup, has the potential to be a convenient and flexible option for enterprises. But before committing to its use, admins should be aware of its limitations.

How to use Windows Server 2008 R2’s wbadmin backup tool
The command-line tool known as wbadmin is a popular Windows Server 2008 R2 backup option for Windows Server admins because it offers control without needing to use a GUI and replaces the ntbackup tool.


January 29, 2014  10:06 PM

Microsoft joins ARM server initiative

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There’s Windows RT for Surface tablets and other devices. How about Windows Server RT for the data center?

At the Open Compute Summit in California this week, the company joined server builders HP and Dell to devise the first specification called “Server Base System Architecture.”

The spec will help companies standardize around basic requirements for ARM systems on chip, but only revolve around hardware and not software. A report said the company declined to talk about future plans for server software, but confirmed its participation in the ARM forum.

The specification is available on ARM’s website.

What do you think of this news? Would you run Windows Server on an ARM system? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


January 9, 2014  6:53 PM

January Patch Tuesday includes important Office, Windows fixes

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Microsoft may have ended its 2013 Patch Tuesday cycle with a bang, but it’s starting the 2014 cycle with a whimper.

In the company’s advance security notification for the first Patch Tuesday of the year, there are no critical bulletins. The four important bulletins will address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities. The security updates will affect multiple versions of Microsoft Office and Windows as well as Microsoft Dynamics AX.

The light month of security updates is a sharp turn from the 2013 trend of high bulletin counts and high-profile critical fixes. The final Patch Tuesday of 2013, which brought the yearly total up to 106 bulletins, provided security updates that made multiple appearances throughout the year, including Internet Explorer and Oracle’s Outside In library.

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


January 2, 2014  4:57 PM

December in review: the top Windows Server features, tips and news

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

In this monthly feature, we recap the most popular Windows Server content with our readers from the previous month and share it with you.

For the last month of 2013, our readers were interested in the latest Patch Tuesday updates, the plans Windows Server admins had for Windows Server 2012 R2 and a look at the tips that made the biggest impact with readers for the year.

What content helped you or your organization most last month? Is it something that isn’t on our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

Essential Guide: Is a Windows Server 2012 R2 migration right for your organization?

This essential guide offers a look at the tips and features that can help Windows Server admins and their organizations decide if a migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 is the right move. The guide includes a look at the latest R2 news, virtualization and storage improvements and more. 

Last Patch Tuesday of 2013 includes critical fixes for Exchange Server, IE

The final Patch Tuesday of the year included 11 security updates, five of which were critical. Multiple versions of Exchange Server received fixes for vulnerabilities in two important features, and multiple versions of Office, Lync and Windows had fixes for a vulnerability in the TIFF file format.

IT pros talk about plans for Windows Server 2012 R2 in 2014

This infographic highlights some of the interesting results we received from our annual Windows Server purchasing intentions survey. We took a look at some of the reasons why IT pros upgrade their Windows Server systems, the lack of interest in Azure and the gain Microsoft is making in the server virtualization market.

This year’s five most popular tips for Windows Server admins

Just as admins began looking at Windows Server 2012 for their enterprises, Microsoft released its follow-up with Windows Server 2012 R2. These two operating systems received the most attention from SearchWindowsServer.com readers, and these five tips were the most clicked-on reads for 2013.

Why admins should know these Windows Server PKI improvements

As security improves in each Windows Server release, admins should stay updated on the latest public key infrastructure improvements. With the release of Windows Server 2012, admins can expect to see improvements in PowerShell functionality and the Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) role services.


December 5, 2013  8:18 PM

Critical bulletins for Office, Lync, IE and Exchange in December Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

Microsoft is ending 2013 with a bang with the last batch of Patch Tuesday security updates for the year.

In its advance security notification, the company said it would have 11 total bulletins, five of which are critical.

All of the critical bulletins include fixes for remote code execution vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Lync, Internet Explorer, Exchange Server and Windows are affected.

The six important bulletins will include fixes for remote code execution, elevation of privilege, information disclosure and security feature bypass vulnerabilities. Office, Windows Server software and developer tools will be affected.

The last batch of Patch Tuesday security updates brings the yearly total to 106 bulletins. This year’s bulletin total marks a reverse in the trend of a decreased number of bulletins that was seen in 2011 and 2012.

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


December 2, 2013  6:26 PM

Microsoft reportedly settles on next Windows codename, ‘Threshold’ is the new ‘Blue’

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley

Microsoft is on track to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in 2014, but what comes after that? There’s a codename and timeframe for that, according to reports.

“Threshold” — a nod to the “Halo” franchise of videogames — is the codename of a set of Windows updates set to be released in spring 2015, reported Mary Jo Foley on Monday.

The plan — and, as Foley notes, it’s quite early in the game — is to deliver near-simultaneous updates. This should bring the Windows OS (client and server), Windows Phone OS and the new Xbox One gaming console OS closer together in terms of sharing a common code base.

In addition to that, the company would also try to make the developer toolset for the operating systems more similar — presumably, to make deploying apps across the entire Microsoft device portfolio simpler.

What do you think of the codename “Threshold” and Microsoft’s efforts to make the code base across OSes similar? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.


December 2, 2013  5:23 PM

November in review: the top Windows Server content

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

In our monthly feature, we round up and share the Windows Server content from the previous month that was most popular with our readers.

Windows Server admins kept busy in November by catching up on PowerShell scripting, the latest Patch Tuesday security updates and the latest virtual disk features.

What content helped you or your organization most last month? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

Important Hyper-V, critical IE vulnerabilities have Patch Tuesday fixes
The latest round of Patch Tuesday security updates included fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, the Windows Graphics Device Interface and a zero-day bug in an ActiveX control. An important vulnerability for Hyper-V was dubbed “coolest” by one analyst.

Make Windows virtualization tasks easier by running PowerShell scripts
With Windows Server 2012 R2 hitting general availability, there’s a revamped version of PowerShell that includes more cmdlets than ever to help admins automate tasks. Admins have a number of resources to learn which cmdlets will be best for their organization.

Learn how to resize virtual disks in Windows Server 2012 R2
This Ask the Expert piece takes a look at whether virtual disks can be resized in Windows Server 2012 R2 and what admins should know before they tackle resizing virtual disks, including requirements and what to expect in the process.

Features of virtual hard disks in Windows Server 2012 R2
Admins should take the time to learn about virtual disks and the characteristics of virtual disks in Windows Server 2012 R2. Critical to virtualization, these disks have a number of features that were specifically designed to enhance performance.

How a Windows Server data center can benefit from shared virtual disks
When used correctly, shared virtual disks can be a big benefit for a Windows Server data center. Multiple virtual machines can share just one virtual disk in Windows Server 2012 R2, which means failover clusters aren’t limited to storage topology anymore.


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