Microsoft News Summary – 11 September 2014

More Azure changes. Keeping up with this is difficult!


  • More changes announced: VPN Support for Azure Websites, Scalable CMS in the app gallery, role-based access control, and more stuff were announced yesterday.
  • Update for Azure Backup for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent: The agent now supports weekly backups with 120 retention points, and 9 years of retention (one recovery point every 4 weeks). You can use this version of the agent together with the Microsoft Azure Site Recovery service to protect virtual machines that are running on Windows Server 2012 R2 CORE SKU and Microsoft Hyper V Server 2012 R2 into Azure.

Office 365


Microsoft News Summary-21 May 2014

I took a break from these posts last week while I was at TechEd, and then had work catch up to do this week. Let’s get back a rockin’. There is a distinct tendency towards cloud and automation in the news of the last week. That should be no surprise.

Microsoft News Summary–24 April 2014

Here’s some interesting bits from the last few days that I have not blogged:

News Roundup – February 22nd, 2011

A few different things have happened in the past couple of weeks so here’s a roundup.

Internet Explorer 9 RTW
IE9 was release by Microsoft with the usual claims of standards compliance, quicker browsing, better security, and so in. I can’t say if all that’s true or not; I stopped using IE8/9 during the IE9 beta. I got tired of memory being eaten up, slow browsing, crashes, and all that jazz. I also didn’t
Like the direction that IE9 was going.

I’m now part of the majority of Europeans that are primarily using Firefox. For the first time in a very long time, IE is a minority browser in Europe.

MED-V is a part of MDOP, that package that is only available to Software Assurance customers. I’ve never looked at it. I meet a lot of IT consumers in Ireland because of my community involvement. I don’t know anyone that is using MDOP. I’ve only got so much time so I have to focus on what I work on or learn. Hence, I have not looked at MDOP.

Microsoft Legal Creating Trouble?
I’m listening to the Paul Thurrot podcast this morning. He reported that MS is trying to push through a bill in Washington State. It would allow MS to sue a company that uses the service of another company, where that other company uses pirated MS software. It would be limited to corporations making more than 50 million dollars. The effect would be ridiculous. Any corporation would have to audit the computers and license purchases of service providers. That would create all sorts of bureaucracy. As if MS licensing wasn’t bad enough?!

I see it causing trouble in the public cloud or hosting business. Open source Linux already rules the roost here. This effort by MS legal won’t help that.

Windows 8
Microsoft aren’t talking (directly) but there are plenty of leaks. Screenshots are out there if you look for them. Some scheduling information is also available. The M2 build is allegedly complete and bug detection/fixing is underway, and maybe M3 build is underway as well.

BTW, I reckon that PDC 2011 delegates might want to leave room in their bags for a slate PC (maybe an ARM tablet) with an install of Windows 8 on it.

MMS 2011
The conference to go to is underway. If you are there, I strongly recommend the SCVMM sessions. The keynotes will be streaming live online, starting today.

You Know How Iceland Was To Become The New Digital Hub?

Lots of experts were predicting that Iceland was to become the new digital hub of the world.  Abundant free geo thermal power, a cold climate, new gigantic connectors to the rest of the world, brand new data centres … and then something happened.  Now what was it … I only saw something on the news recently and it’s gone and slipped my mind …. ah yeah: Mother nature decided to tip a great big hole in the country and cover the northern hemisphere with ash.  It appears this might cause companies to think twice about locating critical IT resources in the already-financially crippled country.

More Than Half Of People Prefer To Buy PC’s In Shops

I just read this on Silicon Republic.  53% prefer the ability to ask questions and the ability to return a product without messing with couriers.  I understand this.  I’m wary of buying a PC online because features I value are not listed, e.g. can I enable DEP and CPU assisted virtualisation in the BIOS?  As I mentioned earlier, retail PC sales grew by 10% rather than shrunk.  Online sales suffer due to an inability to interact and the mess associated with returns and support.

MS Merged Windows Server & Azure Divisions

Microsoft has announced that the Windows Server and Tools division will merge with Azure online services.  This means that future developments can be integrated.  We’ve already heard that VMM v.Next will allow you to migrate VM’s from your Hyper-V private could up to Azure.  And with bolt-ons we know that we can integrate an internal Active Directory with things like Exchange Hosted Services and BPOS.  It looks to me like MS will make this a more seamless approach, probably leveraging Active Directory Certificate Services.

Interesting times ahead!

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Dell Plans To Terminate All Production In Europe

Silicon Republic has just reported this.  As Dell winds down the Limerick (southwest Ireland) plant and transfers the remaining work to Lodz in Poland, they are also looking to transfer ownership of Lodz to Foxconn.  This is subject to EU approval; I’m fairly sure (bit not entirely) that Dell got funding to set up in Poland.


Microsoft today announced a new program for small web development companies (less than 10 employees) called WebsiteSpark.  Similar to BizSpark, it offers free software for 3 years for companies who develop websites for others.  This software includes:

  • 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
  • DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)
  • 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
  • 2 licenses of Expression Web 3

That’s a nice tidy some of money these company’s will save.  My employers registered as a WebsiteSpark hosting partner today – that means customers of ours who are web developers can get free production licensing (Web Server and SQL Web Edition) for their hosting needs.  They also get the DotNetPanel control panel – devs like to use a control panel because they’re often not familiar with the ways of Windows/IIS management for backend website management.

Note that it’s Windows Web Server 2008 R2?  These folks are getting the very latest web platform to run on.  This is a 64bit platform offering support for up to 32GB of RAM, 4 CPU sockets, IIS7.5, and PowerShell 2.0.