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Exchange 15 (2013) and Office 15 (2013) Previews released!

It's official, Exchange 15, the next version of Exchange, will be called Exchange 2013!   The preview was announced today, you can download it here.   Learn more about Exchange 2013 here. Or check out the Exchange 2013 Resources for IT Pros here.

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Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate now available!

Microsoft announced the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate yesterday.   You can download it here:

I suppose that means it is now official, what was previously known as the Windows Server 8 Beta, will be called Windows Server 2012.

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Windows 8 Release Preview is here!

The Windows 8 Release Preview was announced today.  

Read the Press Release here:

Learn more about the Windows 8 Release Preview here:

Download it here:

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Update Rollup 3 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 Released!

Update Rollup 3 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 was released today!


Check out the announcement from the Exchange Team here.


Download Update Rollup 3 here.


Check out a list of issues that are resolved by Update Rollup 3 here.


Learn how to install the latest update rollup for Exchange 2010 here.


Update Rollup 3 is scheduled to be available through Microsoft Update on June 26th.

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Upgrading Exchange 2010 to Service Pack 2

Today I had my 1st "Phone Advisory" with a large customer wanting some guidance on upgrading to Service Pack 2 for Exchange 2010.   It was an excellent discussion, and even though SP2 has been out for about 6 months now, there are still many organizations of all sizes that haven't installed it yet.   If you haven't performed this upgrade yet, here are a few things to help you through it.


First I'd recommend reviewing this TechNet article, it covers most of what you need to know.


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Smoked by Windows Hyper-V Server 8 Beta.

You may have seen the "Smoked by Windows Phone" ad campaign, where a Windows Phone does something faster than another phone.   Well how about "Smoked by Hyper-V Server" challenge?  


As part of my initiative to "Do IT the Microsoft way", I set about switching over from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V.  After installing Hyper-V Server 8 Beta, I noticed it seemed to boot a lot faster.  This gave me the idea to have my own little "Smoked by Hyper-V Server" challenge.

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Doing IT the Microsoft way.

For over 13 years, I've made a living off of Microsoft products.  However, Microsoft has always been only a portion of what I've made my living off of.  Throughout my career, every place I've worked has used Microsoft solutions for some areas, but chose products from other vendors in other areas.  In most cases where a Microsoft product was not used when one was available , I was not a decision maker. In fact I may not have even been with the company at all when the decision was made, so I didn't even have a chance to influence it.  Often I've often wondered why use Microsoft in some areas, but not others?


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The 4 faces of Windows Server 8

I finally had some time to install the Windows Server 8 Beta in my lab.  Since doing so, I've discovered there are 4 faces to Windows Server 8.   During install, you're presented with a choice between 2 of them, "Server Core" and "Server with GUI".  The other 2 currently require running a few commands to get to them.  The best part is, you can switch back and forth between then anytime you want.

The 4 faces of Windows Server 8 are:

  1. Server Core
  2. Minimal Server Interface
  3. Server with GUI
  4. Desktop Experience

You can read all about them and how to switch between them, in this TechNet article:

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Update Rollup 2 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 Released!

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FreeNAS 8.0.4-p1 with URGENT SAMBA security patch released today.

Yesterday a security advisory was announced for vulnerability in SAMBA. Read more at ZDNet.

Today FreeNAS released version 8.0.4-p1, which contains a patch to fix the SAMBA vulnerability.  In the release notes, FreeNAS states that all versions prior to this one may be affected by this critical SAMBA vulnerability.   If you're running an earlier version of FreeNAS, it is important that you upgrade to this release ASAP.  



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