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70-687 Configuring Windows 8

Just recently passed this exam, and I didn’t find it particular difficult.
You can find information about it here –>
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-687

And it measures the following:

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.
The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.

Install and Upgrade to Windows 8 (14%)

  • Evaluate hardware readiness and compatibility.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: determine whether 32 bit or 64 bit is appropriate; determine screen resolution; choose between an upgrade or a clean installation; determine which SKU to install
  • Install Windows 8.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: install as Windows to Go; migrate from Windows XP or Windows Vista; upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or from one edition of Windows 8 to another edition of Windows 8; install VHD
  • Migrate and configure user data.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: migrate user profiles; configure folder redirection; configure profiles

Configure Hardware and Applications (16%)

  • Configure devices and device drivers.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: install, update, disable, and roll back drivers; resolve driver issues; configure driver settings
  • Install and configure desktop applications.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: set compatibility mode; install and repair applications by using Windows Installer; configure default program settings; modify file associations; manage App-V applications
  • Install and configure Windows Store applications.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: install, reinstall, and update Windows Store applications; restrict Windows Store content; add internal content (side loading); disable Windows Store
  • Control access to local hardware and applications.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure AppLocker; configure access through Group Policy or local security policy; manage installation of removable devices
  • Configure Internet Explorer.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure compatibility view; configure security settings; manage add-ons; configure websockets; configure Download Manager
  • Configure Hyper-V.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: create and configure virtual machines; create and manage snapshots; create and configure virtual switches; create and configure virtual disks

Configure Network Connectivity (15%)

  • Configure IP settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure name resolution; connect to a network; configure network locations; resolve connectivity issues
  • Configure networking settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: connect to a wireless network; manage preferred wireless networks; configure network adapters; configure location-aware printing
  • Configure and maintain network security.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure Windows Firewall; configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; configure connection security rules (IPSec); configure authenticated exceptions; configure network discovery; manage wireless security
  • Configure remote management.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: choose the appropriate remote management tools; configure remote management settings; modify settings remotely by using MMCs or Windows PowerShell

Configure Access to Resources (14%)

  • Configure shared resources.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure shared folder permissions; configure HomeGroup settings; configure file libraries; configure shared printers; set up and configure SkyDrive; configure Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Configure file and folder access.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: encrypt files and folders by using EFS; configure NTFS permissions; configure disk quotas; configure object access auditing
  • Configure local security settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure local security policy; configure User Account Control (UAC) behavior; configure Secure Boot; configure SmartScreen filter
  • Configure authentication and authorization.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure rights; manage credentials; manage certificates; configure smart cards; configure biometrics; configure picture password; configure PIN; set up and configure Windows Live ID

Configure Remote Access and Mobility (14%)

  • Configure remote connections.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure remote authentication; configure Remote Desktop settings; establish VPN connections and authentication; enable VPN reconnect; manage broadband connections
  • Configure mobility options.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure offline file policies; configure power policies; configure Windows to Go; configure sync options; configure WiFi direct
  • Configure security for mobile devices.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; configure startup key storage; configure remote wipe; configure location settings (GPS)

Monitor and Maintain Windows Clients (13%)

  • Configure and manage updates.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure update settings; configure Windows Update policies; manage update history; roll back updates; update Windows Store applications
  • Manage local storage.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: manage disk volumes; manage file system fragmentation; manage storage spaces
  • Monitor system performance.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure and analyze event logs; configure event subscriptions; configure Task Manager; monitor system resources; optimize networking performance; optimize the desktop environment; configure indexing options

Configure Backup and Recovery Options (14%)

  • Configure backup.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: create a system recovery disk; back up files, folders, and full system; schedule backups
  • Configure system recovery options.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure system restore; determine when to choose last known good configuration; perform a complete restore; perform a driver rollback; perform a push button refresh or reset; configure startup settings
  • Configure file recovery options.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure file restore points; restore previous versions of files and folders; configure File History

Now what I used for this exam wasn’t much. First of
1: Use Windows 8 as your primary OS for a while (or use it as your primary OS as default! Smile
2: Now a bit how OS deployment works
3: TechNet, TechNet and a bit more TechNet
The following URL’s were very useful

http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh831833.aspx Windows ToGo
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh832026.aspx Windows 8 technologies
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831713.aspx Bitlocker
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831409.aspx Applocker
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh824947.aspx Windows 8 and ADK

This is not an in-depth exam, is more about configuring the basics of each function within Windows 8, the depth will come with the next exam which is the 688 (Which Is still in development)
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcsa-windows-8.aspx

Windows 8 an improvement ?

With the upcoming release of Windows 8, allot of people have stated that this OS is not meant for the enterprise businesses. Some say that it will be a new vista(Even thou I was really satisfied with Vista).And some are  just excited for the new release! Like myself!

(NOTE: THIS POST IS BASED ON WINDOWS RC, SOME FEATURES MAY STIL L CHANGE UNTIL RELEASE)

Either way, I can say for certain that this does not smell like a new vista release. This is a (so far since it is in RC ) stable, solid, speedy, packed with allot of features OS. So far there aren’t any BIG exciting features for the enterprise businesses that isn’t already in windows 7.
Of course there will be some people that want windows 8 because its new and hip and it has metro :-)
But my general opinion is that windows 8 is primarily aimed at the regular user.

if you wish to deploy windows 8 in a enterprise remember the following,
1: end-user training ( this is always a point regardless of which operating system deployment) but the normal users are used to have start menu click click click.. So if you are upgrading to Windows 8 the end-user training will take a lot of time.
2: App-store and policy. With windows 8 Microsoft has released an Appstore and how will you control it within your enterprise? Should users be able to install apps from the Appstore?
3: Application comp ability (again this is a valid point for every OS deployment and every windows 7 app works with windows 8)

Of course there are some new features that is aimed at the enterprise level, I will go trough this in detail later. But this post is going to explore the new features in Windows 8 and see if it worth the investment for the user.
Let’s call it a mini review. Since this post is going to be huge.

For the end-user the biggest difference will be the new GUI called Metro.
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Microsoft is going to enforce this GUI on to all users, so there is no way to disable this GUI like you could with Aero.
Bad call from Microsoft? Well…. Microsoft wishes to convert developers to develop for the Metro GUI and you can’t do that without having the users to actually use it.
And Apps that is created for Metro is also useable for Windows RT and Windows 8 phones! Which  will make 1 Metro apps available for many platforms.
Users of the regular windows can switch between Metro and the regular desktop by pressing the Windows button. It takes some time getting used to, but once you get comfortable with it rocks!
IT comes by default with some Apps created from Microsoft such as Mail ,Calendar, Picture, Map, SkyDrive, Store, Camera, XBOX Live & so on.

If you need to know a bit more about Metro you can see my previous post regarding Windows 8 shortcuts.
http://msandbu.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/windows-8-shortcuts/

Troubleshooting:
When regarding troubleshooting, Windows has a lot of features available  for the user when regarding
1:System Troubleshooting.
2: Application Troubleshooting.7
3: OS Troubleshooting.

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Now if you wish to open Advanced troubleshooting menu (for a computer you have to press F8 button during boot)
And you get these options (If you have multiple OSes installed you will have another button here that says choose OS)
If we explore the Troubleshooting menu we have these options.
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Microsoft has added some extra features to Windows 8, called “Refresh your PC” And “Reset your PC” Under Troubleshoot.

Refresh your PC:

Your files and personalization settings won’t change
Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults.
Apps from the Window Store will be kept
Apps you installed from discs or websites will be removed
A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop

This well be useful when you are getting a sluggish system.

Reset your PC:
All your personal files and apps will be removed
Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults

Which can be useful if you say sell your computer.

If those aren’t enough Windows has some other tools we can use under Advanced Options.

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System Restore is a known feature which has been included with the latest releases. System Image Recovery is also a known feature which allows you to revert your computer back in time to a state where the image was created.
Automatic Repair is a new feature that check’s if there is missing or damaged system files that make Windows unable to boot.  Note this is a replacement for the “Last know good configuration” in previous version.

If you manage to come into Windows you have a lot more features there regarding troubleshooting.

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Windows also have a lot of Maintance tasks in order to prevent Windows to becoming sluggish. And by default there is a Automatic Maintance that runs at 03:00 each  night. (IT also by default has the right to wake computers up from sleep) (I have no idea what the task does but it is hidden in task scheduler)

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If you open Control Panel –> Recovery you have the option to create recovery points for “Reset your PC” & System restore.
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Windows 8 also comes with Windows Defender, (Witch basically is Microsoft Security Essentials wrapped around with the name Windows Defender) 
Is this healthy for the competition ? Not really since Microsoft is deploying its own antivirus solution with the OS, most people won’t bother getting a new one. And for most people this is enough.
Microsoft is scoring pretty high with their AV software, that it has low memory consumption and it’s free, and offers pretty decent protection.
Of course it’s not very high  on features but it gets the job done.
Even if it isn’t good for competition, the fact that this is installed by default, gives the users more security as soon at the OS is installed.
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Windows Firewall hasn’t changed a lot since Windows 7. You have all the same features as you did before, nothing new and exciting here.
There has been some improvements in the Zone identifier service. (In Windows 7 I had some issues with the zone identifier just switching from domain to private)

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Windows update pretty much looks the same as well, just a change of graphics. And alas no new fancy features here.
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Now this is a feature I Love! View event changes on Device Drivers.
Now you can view changes in a device driver via Event Viewer (They don’t show by default in event viewer so you have to open Device Management and go to Events on a particular device)
But so far I haven’t had any faulty drivers for Windows 8, even NVidias device drivers work like a charm!

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Storage Spaces, now that’s a new feature in Windows 8.
This is a software-raid feature. It allows you to add devices to the computer and then create virtual hard drives on that device. Or you can split the hard drive over multiple physical disks.
If you have 3 physical devices, you can have equivalent to RAID 5.
But remember this is not hardware based, so this might affect the CPU.

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File History is a kinda-new feature for Windows, it replaces the “Shadow copy” this function’s main property is to take a copy of a file based on what settings you set.
The default setting is Save a copy each hour, use 5% of disk space and keep saved versions forever. It is also recommended that you use an external drive USB harddrive or something when you want to use file history.
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And alas! Windows 8 also comes with the same Memory Diagnostic program as before.

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A big change that has happened in Windows 8 is the revamp of Task Manager.
First of if you open Msconfig and check the startup pane you will see that you have to open the Task Manager in order to see that startup applications.

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The Task Manager has gained a lot of improvements.
As you can see here. The Startup items is now moved to the task manager.

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You can even view the App history via Task Manager (This however might be a problem, if a admin can see the App history of another user, this is configurable via Group Policy if you wish to disable App history)

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You can also minimize all the services for a particular user.

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The Performance window has also become a lot cleaner.

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Something new to the remote desktop client is the ability to detect what kind of WAN link you are on, and configure what quality to use.
And Persistent bitmap caching is moved down and is enabled by default.

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Another feature that has gotten a drastic change in the Explorer.
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By pressing the file button you now get access to open command prompt and PowerShell

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And all the toolbar buttons open a set of commands.

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For application troubleshooting, you now have the option to run the compability troubleshooter directly from the Compability tab.
The settings you can apply to an application is the same as before. One new feature that might be useful for application compability is that Windows 8 now features hyper-v.
Im guessing Microsoft will be using this in the future for deploying vm hosted apps.
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New password settings.
In Windows 8 you have the possibility to set a Picture password which allows you to create a gesture.
You can also create a PIN code which you can use to login in with (NOTE: This code only uses numeric code and 4 characters long and can only be used to login locally, not RDP)
You can also register/login with your windows live account.

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And a very improved feature is PowerShell support.
Windows 8 now has approximately 1000 cmdlets and functions out of the box, while Windows 7 has about 400. 
PowerShell ISE has gotten a revamped GUI, and you can now have all the commands available from the menu.
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When selecting one commands you now get the variables available for that command up.

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You can also use “Show-command” in a regular PowerShell session to get a list of all the PowerShell commands.

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Windows To-go:
Now this is a nifty little feature, this allows you to have a bootable Windows 8 from a USB-drive. Which allows you to carry your OS around you on a stick!
Secure? Not-really unless you have a hardware switch that allows for encryption of the thumb-drive ( but then again you get a slower OS)
If you want to try out windows 8 to go, you need to download the tool Imagex which is found in the WAIK tool. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5753

Then open diskpart via a command promt (as administrator)
type list disk
find the disk drive that is going to be used with windows to go
type select disk * (where * is the number of the disk)
type clean and press enter
type create partition primary and press enter
type format fs = ntfs quick and press enter
type active and press enter

Next we have to use the Imagex tool to install windows on the usb-drive.
c:\imagex.exe /apply e:\sources\install.wim 1 f:\  and press enter
This command user Imagex to install windows from e:\ (This is the installation media of windows) onto the drive F: (This is the thumb drive)

When this is done, you have to edit the boot record.
bcdboot.exe e:\windows /s f:

Remember there are some limitations to using Windows to go:

  • Hibernate and sleep are disabled by default. To help prevent Windows To Go from accidental data corruption during roaming hibernate and sleep are disabled. They can be re-enabled by using Group Policy settings.
  • Internal disks are offline. To ensure data isn’t accidentally disclosed, internal hard disks on the host computer are offline by default when booted into a Windows To Go. Similarly if a Windows To Go drive is inserted into a running system the Windows To Go drive will not be listed in Windows Explorer.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) isn’t used. When using BitLocker Drive Encryption a pre-operating system boot password will be used for security rather than the TPM since the TPM is tied to a specific computer and Windows To Go drives will move between computers.
  • Windows Recovery Environment isn’t available. In the rare case that you need to recover your Windows To Go drive, you should re-image it with a fresh image of Windows.
  • Push Button Reset isn’t available. Resetting to the manufacturer’s standard for the computer doesn’t really apply when running Windows To Go, so the feature was disabled.

And note this is not as fast as using Windows 8 from a local disk, but then again you get the portability Smile

ISO Mount:
You now have the ability to mount ISO files directly from explorer, before you needed to have a third party software to do this.
(Now if they’d only include Bin & cue files as well)
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IE10 (With Metro style and without)
Microsoft’s new and improved Browser now includes Flash player by default.

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Metro IE10.

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And with it comes new features regarding Privacy settings and smart screen filter.
As you can see there is a added feature regarding “Location”

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Family safety.
As in the previous version you can activate family safety for other Local users.

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And specify web filtering, time limits + Windows Store restrictions!

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In Disk management you now have the option to create VDHX files instead of regular VHD.

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VHDX features:

  • Support for virtual hard disk storage capacity of up to 64 TB.
  • Protection against data corruption during power failures by logging updates to the VHDX metadata structures.
  • Improved alignment of the virtual hard disk format to work well on large sector disks.

 

Windows 8 has a lot to offer, and for most enterprises a lot of the new features that are available regarding SMB shares in Windows Server 2012 requires that you have windows 8 in order for it to function. Might be that Windows will release a new Service Pack for windows 7 in order to support those last functions. For the regular user, is it worth the money? I think so…. When Microsoft releases Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT the Microsoft Appstore will explode with new apps. Since they all use the same platform (Metro)

I believe it is a bit faster then Windows 7, even thou I has the Metro overlay. I’m convinced is an improvement, give it a try yourself –> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso?ocid=W_OFF_W8P_TechCenter_ISO_EN-US
Remember that you need to type the product key during install Smile
Happy testing!

Windows 8 shortcuts

With the coming of Metro in Windows 8 there are a lot of new keyboard shortcuts the users needs to be aware of, I have some of them here.
And so far I Love the metro GUI!
I like to have all my options in one screen instead of diving down into Start menu –> Folder –> Subfolder –> Application.
And it appear snappy, of course it takes some time getting used to.

Windows Button
Gets you back to the main menu in Metro.
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Windows Button + C
Opens the “charms” menu.
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Windows Button + D
Shows the desktop.

Windows Button + F
Opens the search menu on files

Windows Button + Q
Opens the search menu on Apps

Windows Button + W
Opens the seach menu on Settings
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Windows Button + R
Opens the Run Menu.

Windows Button + E
Opens Explorer.

Windows Button + L
Locks the desktop

Windows Button + P
Display on a second screen

Windows Button + I
Settings “charms”
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Windows Button + H
Share option

Windows Button + K
Opens the devices Menu.

Windows Button + Z
Opens the App bar
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Windows Button + X
Opens Quick Power user commands
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Ctrl and Mouse scroll
Scroll out and if of the start menu. You can move the pointer and then scroll in to where you want to magnify.

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And other stuff you can do!

you can also name groups of applications you have on your “dashboard” Scroll out and right click on a pane of applications.

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Now you have the option to “Name Group”

Right click on a app to open the options pane. No I have the option to unpin, uninstall or make a pane smaller.
Note not all apps get the uninstall function and some might get other options like “Run As Administrator”

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Windows Surface & Windows 8

A lot has happened in the last couple of months regarding Windows.
And if you haven’t gotten the latest news. Microsoft has just announced its own tablet, called Windows Surface. Which was revealed at Microsoft’s mystery event yesterday.


Picture From http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

Windows Surface will come in 2 Editions.
1 with Windows RT (Which is Windows for ARM using NVidia Tegra)
1 with Windows 8 PRO (Which uses a Intel Core i5 CPU)

The specs is as following:

Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Light(1): 676 g
  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6″ ClearType HD Display supports up to 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office ‘15′ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB
  • Price ?

Surface for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Light(1): 903 g
  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display support up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Energized: 42 W-h
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini Display Port Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Price?

The tablets also come with a touch cover, which is basically the keyboard for those that prefer typing via a regular keyboard. (But not everyone want a keyboard so this should be optional, so users don’t have to pay for stuff that they aren’t going to use)
Both tablets also come with two cameras, one front and one in the back. And dual microphones.
And a lot of these specs are still not confirmed as the release is still “Along way”

From the conference «Microsoft would not confirm which processors will be in them, how much RAM they’ll have, what the battery life will be, what the price will be, when they’ll be released, what GPUs they’ll have, or what the screen resolution will be.»

A lot of people complain that Windows RT “Only supports 1366 x 768 Resolution». While the pro version supports up to 1920 x 1080.
And someone complain that how can this compare with the Ipad ? Which has 2048×1536 resolution. Of course if you can’t compete with the IPAD with similar features well then you can’t price the tablet as high.
Then again, many people don’t see that this tablet is coming with USB support, can’t see that IPAD has that? Of course you can by an adapter from Apple themselves if you want ( how convenient )
But the minimum requirements  for running Windows RT is native resolution/color depth is 1366×768 at a depth of 32-bits. So I’m guessing this might change before the release

Another thing is this release might be confusing for customers, why?
Since Microsoft is releasing this in two editions (One using Windows 8 PRO and the other using Windows RT) regular users might think that this is like the different Ipad versions. One comes with 3G + WI-FI and the other one just with WI-FI.
But there’s a huge difference. For those that don’t know Windows RT is a brand new OS made for use on ARM CPU’s. Therefore I lacks a lot of features found in the regular desktop version of Windows(Domain join, remote desktop, policies, Bitlocker etc) a lot of services removed etc.). And one other thing is that applications that a compatible with Windows 8 IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS RT. Windows RT only works with Metro-style apps. And this is what Microsoft wants, since they are pushing out a new OS which comes with the new GUI “Metro” they want programmers and developers to start making metro apps. Because then you can have an application that works over different platforms.
But this will most likely confuse the customers (Why can’t I use App1 on my Windows RT tablet when it works just fine on my other Windows 8 tablet?”
Microsoft has got to work hard in order to “clear the air” before releasing the tablet and the new OS.

Many people are annoyed that Windows RT won’t be able to run native apps (Which can run on desktop versions of Windows) And it lacks a lot of other features that regular windows has.
Well I’m glad that Microsoft didn’t include things like domain join and policies. Why? first of running policies on a tablet will ruin the experience and make it sluggish, and it goes the same for domain joined.
But unlike Apple, Microsoft has a solution in order to manage these tablets, in Q1 2013 Microsoft will come with a possibility to manage these products using SCCM and Windows Intune.
And back to the native apps, of course it’s a shame that Windows RT is unable to run native apps. But its like trying to use diesel on a gasoline engine (It just won’t work)

A lot of other vendors like ASUS, ACER, HP & Toshiba have also announced that they are going to make tablet for Windows 8.  So why did Microsoft want to enter the tablet market since they already have a lot of partners
that want to create tablets using Microsoft OS?? Microsoft has come to the same resolution as Apple, if you manufacture all of the different components for a system like hardware, software & the operating system yourself, you get more control and therefore you might get a more solid system. Since Microsoft already has the OS and most of the apps, why not just create the hardware beneath as well. This will also make less hassle when installing drivers for instance (For the Windows 8 Pro version)

How is this good for the consumer?
Well since Microsoft is charging OEM’s for 80 – 85$ for the license for arm-based tablets. So since Microsoft themselves don’t need to pay this cost, their tablet will be a lot cheaper than the others ones for other vendors. (But then again, charging the OEM’s 80 – 85$ for the license might kill the tablets since they cannot compete with Apple on the price, it remains to see)

But then again, is this a kick in the head for hardware partner’s of Microsoft ?
A bit, since they now are going to make their own tablet which is going to cost 80- 85$ less, makes their own tablet more appealing in the market for buyers. But then again more competition always makes a product better (well almost..)

And to sum it up.
A lot is happening right now! If you aren’t convinced yet, take a look at this video from the release –>
http://cdn-smooth.ms-studiosmedia.com/news/mp4_mq/06182012_Surface_2mb.mp4

System Center requirements

Just thought I post a quick post about system requirements regarding the System Center products, this is because im setting up a new lab enviroment with the 2012 edition of System center. And ill try to blog about installation and setup of these systems and how the integrate to each other. This post is most for myself so I can remember the requirements for each product. This new test lab will be running on a Windows 8 Hyper-v cluster.

  • SCOM ( System Center Operations Manager )
  • SCCM ( System Center Configuration Manager )
  • SCVMM ( System Center Virtual Machine Manager )
  • SCSM ( System Center Service Manager )
  • SCDPM ( System Center Data Protection Manager )
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • System Center App controller

SCOM 2012

Management Server

  • Server Operating System: must be Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
  • Windows PowerShell version: Windows PowerShell version 2.0.
  • Windows Remote Management: Windows Remote Management must be enabled for the management server.
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) version: Microsoft Core XML Services 6.0 is required for the management server.
  • Both .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and .NET Framework 4 are required. For more information, see the following documents:

Operations Console

Web Console

  • Web browsers: Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 and later versions, with the IIS Management Console and the following role services installed
    • Static Content
    • Default Document
    • Directory Browsing
    • HTTP Errors
    • HTTP Logging
    • Request Monitor
    • Request Filtering
    • Static Content Compression
    • Web Server (IIS) Support
    • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
    • ASP.NET
    • Windows Authentication

Operational Database (This also applies to the Data warehouse database)

 SCCM 2012
 Most of these roles require .Net 3.5 SP1 and .Net 4.0
Site Server 
  • Remote Differential Compression
  • .Net 4.0
  • .Net 3.51 SP1
Application Catalog Web Service Point 
  • HTTP Activation
  • Non-HTTP Activation
  • ASP.NET
  • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
Application Catalog Web Site Point 
  • Common HTTP Features:
    • Static Content
    • Default Document
  • Application Development:
    • ASP.NET (and automatically selected options)
  • Security:
    • Windows Authentication
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility:
    • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
Distribution point
  • Application Development:
    • ISAPI Extensions
  • Security:
    • Windows Authentication
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility:
    • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
    • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
  • Common HTTP Features:
    • HTTP Redirection
  • IIS Management Scripts and Tools
    • Remote Differential Compression
    • BITS Server Extensions (and automatically selected options), or Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS) (and automatically selected options)
    • Incase of deployment you also need Windows Deployments Services
Management point
  • BITS
    • Application Development:
      • ISAPI Extensions
    • Security:
      • Windows Authentication
    • IIS 6 Management Compatibility:
      • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
      • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
 Software update point
  • Requires Windows Server Update 3.0 SP2

Site database (have no idea but SCCM is a bit picky on which database version it supports)

  • SQL Server 2008 SP2 with Cumulative Update 9
  • SQL Server 2008 SP3 with Cumulative Update 4
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Cumulative Update 4
  • The instance of SQL Server in use at each site must use the following collation: SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.

SCVMM 2012

VMM Database

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 or earlier
  • SQL Server 2008 SP2
VMM Management Server
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7
  • At least Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
VMM Self-Service Portal
  • .NET Extensibility
  • ASP.NET
  • Default Document
  • Directory Browsing
  • HTTP Errors
  • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
  • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
  • ISAPI Extensions
  • ISAPI Filters
  • Request Filtering
  • Static Content
  • .Net 3.5
SCSM 2012
Service Manager Server 
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1
  • ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable

Database Server

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
  • 64-bit version of SQL Server 2008 with SP1, SP2 or version 2008 R2
  • SQL Server Reporting Services

Service Manager console

  • Windows Powershell 1.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1
  • ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Self-Service Portal

  • IIS 7.5 with IIS 6 metabase compatibility installed
  • Self-signed SSL certificate
  • ASP.NET 2.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft Analysis Management Objects
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Or Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites Enterprise
  • Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 is required for hosting dashboards for advanced analytical reports

SCDPM 2012

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)
  • Microsoft Application Error Reporting
  • 64-bit version of SQL Server 2008 R2, Enterprise or Standard Edition.

SC Orchestrator 2012

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4

SC App controller 2012

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Static Content
    • Default Document
    • Directory Browsing
    • HTTP Errors
    • ASP.NET
    • .NET Extensibility
    • ISAPI Extensions
    • ISAPI Filters
    • HTTP Logging
    • Request Monitor
    • Tracing
    • Basic Authentication
    • Windows Authentication
    • Request Filtering
    • Static Content Compression
    • IIS Management Console
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2008 Standard
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