Like a good MS supporter (ahum) does is install the Windows Updates every month. last night I updated my Win 8 system with the latest patches and this morning I cam across this beautiful Outlook folder pane:
After uninstalling kb2810009 and kb2817630 the folder pane was back again.
Hopefully Microsoft will fix this bug soon….
Just my 2 cents for today.
Microsoft has revealed the new certification logos.
Here’s a screen grab from the MCP site.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of this new black and white logo. I find it boring and it doesn’t stretch to match the length of the certification name. You now get a fixed with and if you hold alot of certifications it get’s really messy…
Please Microsoft rethink the new logo as this doesn’t look very professional to me…..
Here’s what my MCTIP logo would look like, and next to the new one the old one. Which one do you prefer….
As Windows 8 and Windows 2012 are available to us for a while now, it seems that Microsoft has released a timeframe for when the Windows 7 and Windows 2008(R2) exams and certifications wil retire.
Here’s an overview of the MCITP Server track:
These certifications will be retired on July 31, 2013. You must meet all of the requirements for these certifications prior to that date in order to earn the certification.
|MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008*
|MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008*
|MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
*By passing the exams for this certification, you’ll earn your MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification.
**This exam will be retired on July 31, 2013.
***This exam has been retired.
For all other tracks please viti this link.
Ever wondered what shutdown commandline switches you can use?
- -l : Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
- -s : Shuts down the local computer.
- -r : Reboots after shutdown.
- -a : Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
- -f : Forces running applications to close.
- -m [\ComputerName] : Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
- -t xx : Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
- -c “message“ : Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.
- -d [u][p]:xx:yy : Lists the reason code for the shutdown. The following table lists the different values.
||Indicates a user code.
||Indicates a planned shutdown code.
||Specifies the major reason code (0-255).
||Specifies the minor reason code (0-65536).
View this article for all the options and more information.
Below is the list of Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that describe the currently available fixes. Most of the updates will apply to computers running the Windows Server 2012 operating system. Some updates, like KB 976424
, may be needed on computers running the Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 operating system if they are present in the environment.
Windows Server 2012
||Knowledge Base Article
||Why we recommend this hotfix
||Virtual machine enters a paused state or a CSV volume goes offline when you try to create a backup of the virtual machine on a Windows Server 2012-based failover cluster
||Failover Cluster Service, CSV Filter and NTFS.sys
||This hotfix prevents a CSV failover by fixing an underlying issue in NTFS and by increasing the overall resilience of the Cluster service and CSV during expected pause states. To avoid CSV failovers, you may have to make additional changes to the computer after you install the hotfix. Available for individual download.
||Failover Cluster Management snap-in crashes after you install update 2750149 on a Windows Server 2012-based failover cluster
||Failover Cluster Management snap-in
||Resolves a crash in the Failover Cluster Management snap-in after update 2750149 is installed on a Windows Server 2012-based failover cluster. Available from Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center.
||Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 cumulative update: November 2012
||Improves clustered server performance and reliability in Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server scenarios. Improves SMB service and client reliability under certain stress conditions. Install update 2770917 by using Windows Update in order to receive the cumulative update as described in KB 2770917.
||Error code when the kpasswd protocol fails after you perform an authoritative restore: “KDC_ERROR_S_PRINCIPAL_UNKNOWN”
||Install on every domain controller running Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to add a Windows Server 2012 failover cluster. Otherwise Create Cluster may fail when attempting to set the password for the cluster computer object with error message: CreateClusterNameCOIfNotExists (6783): Unable to set password on <ClusterName$> This hotfix is included in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
Here’s the link to the original article on the Microsoft website.
The following error is logged in the Ccmsetup.log file when you install the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 client:
Couldn’t verify ‘C:WINDOWSccmsetupMicrosoftPolicyPlatformSetup.msi’ authenticode signature. Return code 0x800b0101
This issue occurs because the MicrosoftPolicyPlatformSetup.msi file is signed with a digital certificate that does not have the proper timestamp attributes. Microsoft Security Advisory 2749665 has more information on this certificate issue.
Microsoft has released a nice overview of the new certification tracks and which exams to take to achieve this certification status.
They have described 5 major tracks on which you can certify yourself.
- The Business track: Microsoft Office Specialist certification demonstrates that an individual is proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and has the most up-to-date skills. Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist helps increase everyday productivity while providing the tools to succeed in a technology-driven world. Continue reading “Overview of the new Microsoft certification tracks”
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2012 to SP1. This service pack contains SQL Server 2012 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) and Cumulative Update 2 (CU2).
This download site contains the following packages and service patches for the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 release:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 Update – this package contains the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 update to be applied to existing SQL Server 2012 installations.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 Slipstream– This package provides the capability to perform new SQL Server 2012 instance installations (or SQL Server 2008/SQL Server 2008 R2 Upgrades) culminating with Service Pack 1 pre-installed. The slipstream installation package consists of a compressed self-extracting .exe and a ‘.box’ payload file that contains the original SQL Server 2012 release along with Service Pack 1. The .exe file can be directly executed, or utilized from the command prompt just as SQL Server 2012 Setup.exe would be (See Install SQL Server 2012 from the Command Prompt).
You can download the service pack here.
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 2 (App-V 4.6 SP2) provides new platform support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This service pack also provides the latest security and stability enhancements to help keep computers running App-V up-to-date, reliable, and more secure. The goal of this service pack is to increase the overall quality of the existing product features while maintaining a high level of compatibility with previous releases.
- Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 – App-V 4.6 SP2 adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services.
- Support for Coexistence with App-V 5.0 Client – App-V 4.6 SP2 provides support for coexistence with the App-V 5.0 client.
- Customer Feedback and Hotfix Rollup – App-V 4.6 SP2 also includes a rollup up of fixes to address issues found since the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 SP1 release.
Download the Service Pack here.
Microsoft has released RDP version 8 to the web.
You can download and find installation instructions here.
Download the update today to make your Windows 7 SP1 virtual desktop WAN ready with RDP 8 and RemoteFX. Do make sure you download and install update 2574819 before installing the RDP 8.0 update. For further instructions, please refer to KB2592687.