Category Archives: Beta

Some new cool betas

During the past week or so there were several messages spread about availability of betas for some products of MS and some new tools. Some of them are definitely of interest to me and, probably, for you. The first is

VMM SSPv2 SP1

Such a nice an abbreviation, isn’t it? =) It stands for Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal v2 with SP1. Being a bit buggy, it is still a very cool application. I’m going to use it as soon as it is released, and now we are using it in a test environment.

New features:

  • You can import machines which are not yet in SSP zone of authority
  • Expiration for virtual machines
  • Notify administrators of business units about various events
  • Move infrastructures between business units

Quite impressive, isn’t it? Joint the beta here.

MBAM

I wrote about it some time ago: it’s a new addition to MDOP that can help you to manage and monitor BitLocker. Now the beta is available for the product. You can join the beta here. What it can:

  • IT can automate the process of encrypting volumes on client machines across enterprise
  • Helpdesk can reduce the time required for BitLocker PIN and Recovery Key information
  • Security officers can quickly produce reliable evidence that indicates the compliance state of individual computers or even the enterprise itself.
  • Security Officers can easily audit access to Recover Key information.
  • Windows Enterprise users are empowered to continue working anywhere knowing their corporate data is protected.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

Wow! W! O! W! =)

I saw some review. It is awesome. No, really. From just creating a new VM to creating a private cloud based on VMWare. Or Hyper-V. Or both… Whatever, you can download it here. It can so much, that MS restricted benefits to somewhat bullshittish phrases. But it has ribbon as an administrator GUI. So I will definitely love it 😉

New version of the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator

Nothing special, but if you use it, then you’d better use the new version.

And not technical stuff: if you are an MCP, then you’ve just received new certificates (just new look, actually, not new certifications =) ) and new transcript. Just look at fabulous it:

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It’s not available yet, though. But in April it will =)

Enough for today =)

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IPD Guide: Beta for malware response

I love those IPDs. You don’t know what “IPD guide” stands for? Well… I suggest it to be for “I Plan Darn good”. MS, all of a sudden, thinks that it is for “Infrastructure Planning and Design guide”. Anyway, what has been just issued is a beta for one more process: answer to a malware infection in your organization (I bet I can adopt it for home usage too, but it can wait). Why is it important to have such a plan (we do have one, by the way Winking smile)? Well… It is like everything with security: if something went wrong it is a disaster… unless you have a plan which is good and which is known to be implemented and is known how to implement. Because if you have a plan, you can just go and do what’s in the paper. If you don’t – you are beginning with a creation of some plan and usually it doesn’t work from the first try, you go for the second and so on…

If you plan something like that:

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but in more details and delivery the training on the process, then you will be able just to get rid of your troubles in a very effective manner.

So, at the moment I am still reading the IPD guide and already have something to say to its authors. If you are interested in it, then go for download to the MS Connect site, read and tell the authors what you think of it.

IE 9 Beta starts

imageYeah, we are receiving it. Come to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/invite on the 15th of September (UPD: the download links are already accessible) to get more info about it, to download it and try it any way you want. The brief and not very full list of what’s new:

– HTML5 support

– Faster than previous

– Many improvements in CSS and HTML compatibility

– And more and more and more… Enjoy! =)

DPM 2010 Upgrade Advisor

Guys from the DPM team issued small Excel tool which allows to receive instant overview of steps required to upgrade your current DPM infrastructure. [image[3].png]

The tool covers questions of upgrading from DPM 2007 RTM to 2010 RTM (pre-release) installed on various OSs and in diverse configurations. According to the utility, by the way, we’ll be able to upgrade to the RTM from the release candidate. However that doesn’t mean that DPM 2010 RC is supported. =)

Download.

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