In April, our readers were interested in a new Hyper-V tool, what’s coming in future versions of Windows Server 2012, the most recent batch of Patch Tuesday bulletins and the latest Windows Azure developments.
April Patch Tuesday includes IE and RDP critical fixes, one recall
There were 13 vulnerabilities addressed in April’s Patch Tuesday bulletins, including critical fixes for Internet Explorer and Remote Desktop Protocol. Microsoft also recalled one security update after receiving reports of failing applications and systems.
IT shops look to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services for cloud strategies
Move over, Amazon Web Services. Customers can now sign up for a free trial of Microsoft’s Infrastructure as a Service platform, which has been set up as a reliable alternative to AWS with the help of price cuts and new core improvements.
Five things IT pros should know about Hyper-V’s low cost virtual switch
The Hyper-V virtual switch, which comes with Windows Server 2012 at no additional cost, is a popular topic. This tip looks at what makes the virtual switch such a big deal and offers five things to do to get the most out of the switch.
Spotlight turns to Windows Azure, software-defined networking plans
Two main points of conversation emerged at Microsoft Management Summit 2013. The first: Windows Azure’s System Center Management Pack is now available. The second: Microsoft will participate in an open source project to advance initiatives with software-defined networking.
Tech Watch feature highlights the future of Windows Server 2012
The major takeaway for IT pros is that the cloud OS is staying put. Be on the lookout for extending infrastructure into the cloud, moving workloads between on-premises servers and the cloud and a new design.
What content from April was most helpful to you? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.]]>
Read more about it here, and find out why some attendees thought the Azure updates were less than impressive, but were more interested in the hot topic of software-defined networking.
Plus, check out this Storify of some of the top tweets at sessions today.]]>
Users running RemoteFX – the protocol used in Remote Desktop instances — in Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2012 machine might have encountered poor graphics performance when enabling the RemoteFX feature. Microsoft said the cause of the issue had to do with Hyper-V incorrectly configuring the Page Address Table (PAT) cache type on AMD machines.
Admins can download the hotfix if they are affected by the issue by visiting Microsoft’s website.]]>
For the first month of the new year, our readers were most interested in content that covered the pros and cons of running Server Core, iSCSI Targets, cost savings with Hyper-V 3.0 and news items about IE exploits and a service pack.
Remote code execution IE exploit not covered in January Patch Tuesday
News of an IE exploit made the rounds in admin circles, but what was surprising to some is that a fix didn’t make it into the monthly Patch Tuesday. An out-of-cycle fix was eventually released the following week. Included in the month’s Patch Tuesday were critical fixes for Microsoft’s XML implementation and Print Spooler components.
General availability comes for System Center 2012 SP1
Admins looking for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 support could finally get it after System Center 2012 SP1 became generally available. There were also fixes for bugs in the suite of management products as well as a new version of Windows Intune.
How to decide if running Server Core in Windows Server 2012 is right for you
Our expert broke down the pros and cons of using Server Core in Windows Server 2012. Some things admins should consider before using it are its smaller attack surface and its virtualization benefits, but also its steep learning curve and its potential compatibility issues.
Using iSCSI Targets in Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Now that iSCSI Targets come bundled with Windows Server 2012, admins looking to take advantage of it will want to know how to configure them. This tip provides a step-by-step process to make sure you can make the most of it.
How Hyper-V 3.0 can provide major cost savings in virtualization
It’s getting easier than ever to have a reliable and complete virtualized environment with Hyper-V, especially in terms of using little to no cash to make it happen. Our expert offers some hints about things admins can do and look for to make the best virtualized environment for their IT shops.]]>
After the first version of the system management suite shipped in May, some early adopters of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 wanted to better manage those machines. They should be able to do just that when the suite becomes generally available.
The news comes from a post (via Mary Jo Foley) on a Microsoft forum. In it, Microsoft employee Mike Jacquet details upgrade paths, SP1 brings tighter integration with Intune for device management.
There was disappointment that Hyper-V tools would not emerge until the first service pack, but now that SP1 is released to manufacturing, administrators will be able to take advantage of the tools.]]>
Here are a few products targeted to server admins that were announced:
Software company 5nine releases near-final version of Security Manager
If you’re on the prowl for Hyper-V tools, it’s near impossible to avoid hearing about 5nine software. This week, the company delivered Hyper-V Security Manager in a release candidate form.
Security Manager is a hybrid anti-malware, web-app protection, log inspection and virtual firewall tool. The product uses a new interface in Windows Server 2012 (formerly Windows Server 8 ) and Windows 8 called Windows Filtering Platform, as well as taking advantage of Hyper-V 3.0′s virtual switch.
StealthBits aims to ease Server 2012 migration with Active Directory product
When beginning to plan a migration to Windows Server 2012, it’s good to be ready to address Active Directory issues. StealthBits is readying and demoing its new Active Directory update that takes advantage of Windows Server 2012′s Dynamic Access Control feature.
The company claims its product can help clean stale files, consolidate AD domains and develop Identity and Access Management protocols.
Net Optics pre-releases Hyper-V support for Phantom Virtualization Tap
Last month, Net Optics’ Ran Nahmias posted on his blog that “no hypervisor gets left behind” in reference to Phantom Virtualization Taps missing Hyper-V support.
This week, Hyper-V is the latest plugin for Phantom Virtualization Tap. Built on Hyper-V’s Extensible Virtual Switch, the plugin monitors Hyper-V and virtual traffic and allows security and compliance policy management.
Quest Software updates Quest Management Xtensions
Mobile device management is something to watch these days, as more devices get used on the network. Some admins might not think Microsoft’s first-party mobile device management offering is adequate enough.
Quest upgraded its Quest Management Xtensions (QMX), including support for iPhone and Android management, plus a vWorkspace connector for virtualized infrastructure.
Were you at TechEd? Are you planning to use any of these products? Let us know in the comments, or leave us a note on Twitter @WindowsTT.]]>
We’re expecting a lot of discussion about System Center 2012, which should officially launch next week. We’ll be paying particular attention to the updates to Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager, any licensing information, and looking at how the revamped management suite ties into Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy. Of course, Windows Server 8, Hyper-V 3.0 and PowerShell v3 will be topics to keep an eye on, though there likely won’t be much news coming on these products during the show.
Are you attending MMS 2012? What are your plans – sessions you plan to attend, people to meet, parties to crash? What would you like us to cover? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter (@WindowsTT).
If you can’t make it to Vegas, you can still watch the live-streamed keynotes from Microsoft Management and Security Division vice president Brad Anderson on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and breakout sessions will be archived. Follow the #MMS2012 hashtag for updates all week long, and look out for our news coverage here and on SearchWindowsServer.com.]]>
The drivers, as detailed in an OpenNebula blog post, enable support and management of an OpenNebula cloud via Microsoft’s hypervisor, bringing it up to speed with third-party virtualization products already supported on the platform. Then, admins can manage the Hyper-V-based clouds through any number of interfaces, including OpenNebula’s CLI, OpenNebula’s Web interface or other cloud services like Amazon’s EC2 infrastructure.
According to the release notes, VLAN tagging, which is used when VLANs are operationalized across multiple switches, is not yet supported
OpenNebula first released a prototype of Hyper-V support in late October and version 3.2 is the first build considered to be a stable release.
It comes after Microsoft said late last year the company would support Hyper-V clouds being built using the OpenNebula framework. And, Microsoft says it’s committed to openness and supporting open source projects like OpenNebula. The company also supports a similar platform, OpenStack.]]>
If you’ve read any articles recently about a new Microsoft feature or product, this should come as little surprise. Typically, within a comment or two you’ll find someone predicting how the company will screw things up – or, more likely, that the new offering is made irrelevant by Linux, VMware, Apple, or some other competitor.
It’s not much better on social media. I follow the #WindowsServer Twitter hashtag daily, and more often than not, my feed is packed with the idle thoughts of frustrated users like this guy:
Dear #windowsserver, kindly kill yourself.— Mahmoud El Magdoub (@Magdoub) February 13, 2012
That’s just one of many messages, but it’s representative. Amplicate is a service that analyzes public sentiment about products, companies and services by aggregating messages posted on Facebook and Twitter, as well as on its own site. As of today, the service had logged 156 opinions about Windows Server – 107 of them negative (a 69% Hate rating). You probably won’t see the below “bumper sticker” (available for embedding from Amplicate) in a Microsoft press release anytime soon.
It’s not the only Microsoft offering whose public approval rating leaves a lot to be desired. Windows has a 67% Hate rating with over 70,000 opinions logged (Windows 8 is at 59% Hate), and the Windows Azure public cloud platform has resonated with just 2% of Amplicate users — in contrast, Amazon Web Services (56% Love) and Rackspace (77% Love) still managed to garner positive numbers.
One area where Redmond does appear to be in the running for public affection: virtualization. Microsoft’s hypervisor offering, Hyper-V, has a 66% Love rating. It’s not quite at the level of VMware vSphere (84% Love), but it’s gotta give some hope.
Obviously you can take these numbers with a grain of salt, as they represent only a portion of the public – and likely not of the people actually making enterprise purchasing decisions. But on a day reserved for love, I have to ask: Why don’t we see more of it from Windows admins online? Is the situation really as bad as it seems, or is it just not a top priority to Tweet an ode to Server 2008 R2?
Let me know how you really feel in the comments. Or on Twitter, of course.]]>