Planes, trucks and frozen custard - The Hyper-V Team at VMworld 2013
By now, readers of this blog may have already heard of our presence at VMworld in San Francisco this week. As you can imagine, planning a “guerrilla” activity is never a trivial task, and making it happen requires a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Therefore, I was feeling pretty pleased with what our team had managed to organize as I boarded my flight for San Francisco early Monday morning. Add to this the fact that I was visiting the Bay Area, a place that I called home for seven memorable years – I was really looking forward to the trip.
Announcing the Winners of the Cybersecurity 2020 Student Essay Contest
In June, we concluded our Cybersecurity 2020 Student Essay Contest in which we sought original research on how to measure the security impact of policies around the world. Government policy makers around the world struggle with crafting effective policy to reduce cybersecurity risks in the midst of tremendous change in the cyber ecosystem. These developments led us to seek out novel analyses from future cybersecurity thought leaders.
Get the “Scoop” on Hyper-V during VMworld
VMworld kicks off this week in San Francisco. I happen to know a few loyal VMware IT professionals, and the event is clearly a very exciting time of the year for them - an opportunity to meet other fellow enthusiasts, as well as to learn more about new releases from VMware. But I wonder if they would ever expect to learn more about Microsoft technologies such as Hyper-V and System Center while attending the event. Well, that’s what we’re going to make happen this year, albeit a little creatively.
Making Sense from Snowden: What’s Significant in the NSA Surveillance Revelations
I do not want to comment this but it is a fairly interesting article on Snowden's Revelations, the consequences and the legal frameworks.
Careful, when Microsoft Support is calling
I guess you are aware of the phone scams, when Microsoft support is calling you to tell you that you have an issue on your computer, which needs to be fixed. A Norwegian team was actually able to film that. The whole conversation with the "supporter" is in English (the rest in Norwegian) and is definitely worth looking at - The article (in Norwegian but Bing Translator helps) can be found here: Her prøver Windows-svindlerne å lure kredittkortet fra oss
August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck
Today we’re publishing the August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. We fielded 13 questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Exchange Server (MS13-061) and Windows Kernel (MS13-063). There were 3 additional questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer on air, and we have also answered those on the Q&A page.
Windows XP: The world after April 8, 2014
To be clear upfront: After support for Windows XP will end, the world will still exist – at least I hope. However, over the course of the last few months I read numerous articles with speculations, what is going to happen, once we stop support of Windows XP. The key problem is, that we do not know at all – there is no precedence. When Windows 2000 went out of support, there were much less systems still in use. This is a huge challenge with Windows XP.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Available October 18th
Today we are pleased to make several important announcements. We are extremely excited that on October 18th, eligible customers will able to download Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and use the latest update to Windows Intune. Also on October 18th, Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide. To find out more about this announcement, see Microsoft Vice President, Brad Anderson's blog, "Mark Your Calendars for October 18th, the R2 Wave is Coming". While you’re there, be sure to also check out his special series on “What’s New in 2012 R2” for a deep dive on all the new innovations to expect in the R2 wave of products.
Leaving Las Vegas and the August 2013 security updates
Two weeks ago I, along with 7,500 of my closest friends, attended the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, NV. I can’t speak for everyone, but I certainly had a great – if not exhausting – time while there. While there were a lot of great talks, a personal highlight for me each year is the chance to meet and talk with the various people who attend. It was even more fun for me this time around, as we had some great new programs here at Microsoft to talk about.
Advance Notification Service for August 2013 Security Bulletin Release
Today we’re providing advance notification for the release of eight bulletins, three Critical and five Important, for August 2013. The Critical updates address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Exchange.
New Windows Server 2012 R2 Innovations – Download Now
Windows Server 2012 R2 is in preview right now and ready for your evaluation. We have been rolling out detailed information on our Cloud OS vision though Brad Anderson’s What’s New in 2012 R2 blog series. That will continue but we thought you would like a short consolidated list for consideration. Here are some key innovations in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Autoruns v11.70, Bginfo v4.20, Disk2vhd v1.64, Process Explorer v15.40
Autoruns v11.70: This release of Autoruns, a powerful utility for scanning and disabling autostart code, adds a new option to have it show only per-user locations, something that is useful when analyzing the autostarts of different accounts than the one that
Autoruns is running under.