Managing and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud—How to Apply the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)

Microsoft has released a new beta of the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) for managing and operation a MS private cloud.

The Microsoft Operations Framework team is pleased to announce that theManaging and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud—How to Apply the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) guide is now available for beta download.

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This guide leads you through the process of how to manage and operate a Microsoft private cloud using the service management processes of the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). The guide applies MOF’s IT service management principles to that conceptual architecture and technology stack. It describes how to maximize the potential of MOF’s people, process, and technical capabilities to manage and operate a Microsoft private cloud.

Follow this guidance for a private cloud that is better aligned to meet your business needs. Employ MOF’s service management functions (SMFs) to help align IT and business goals, which can enable you to perform private cloud activities effectively and cost-efficiently. Continue reading “Managing and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud—How to Apply the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)”

Review Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

A couple of weeks ago I posted a little contest to win this book (Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide). In the meanwhile I’ve been reading this ebook and I must say I’m impressed by the content.

This is an in-depth book on the use and features of Microsoft App-V technology. This book is a must read for packagers using App-V and for those who want to play with it or have a deep interest in this matter.

I’m a huge fan of clearing things up with the help of pictures (a picture can say a thousand words) but I must admit that the author has found a way to use the pictures to clarify and not to clutter the book with them.

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How to disable the shutdown event tracker in Windows 2003 / 2008 (R2)

The Shutdown Event Tracker, a new Windows Server 2003/2008 feature, is an uncomplicated GUI application that allows administrators to monitor shutdown events on the server. This tool is enabled on Windows Server 2003/2008 by default. The Shutdown Event Tracker collects information on the reasons why the server was shut down, and then logs this information in Event Viewer. The command-line utility equivalent to the Shutdown Event Tracker is Shutdown.exe.
The Shutdown Event Tracker requires you to provide a reason whenever a server is shut down or restarted. When a server is expectedly shut down, a dialog box or page is displayed, requesting you to specify the reason for the server being shut down. When a server is unexpectedly shut down, the following user to log on to the server has to specify the reason for the server shutting down. Shutdown events can be viewed in Event Viewer, and can be useful when you need to improve uptime.

If you want this very useful, but yet annoying, option disabled. Please take the steps explained below.

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MCSA/MCSE in a new version

Today (April 11th 2012) Microsoft has released a new and improved version of the old MCSA/MCSE certification.

I hear you thinking. Oh no, not again….

Well, MCSA and MCSE are NEW acronyms for Microsoft Certified (so far the same) Solutions Associate !!!! and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

In stead of being associated with the OS certification this is now a sign of cloud skills.

MCSA is an entry level certification program for professionals who are looking for their first job in IT. So if you are a guru in the Microsoft field and have loads of certs, skip this status and go straight through to the MCSE version.

MCSE is the Expert level of the cloud certification. If you have years of experience and done lots of troubleshooting and maintaining servers with System Center and other MS products then you’d go for this.

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Book Give-away: Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

Book Give-away: Hold a chance to win free copy of the Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide, just by commenting! Be sure to leave a valid email address and name so the book can be send to you!!!!

For the contest we have two (2) copies of Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide, to be given away to two lucky winners.

How you can win:

To win your copy of this book, all you need to do is come up with an original comment below highlighting the reason “why you would like to win this book”.

Duration of the contest & selection of winners:

The contest is valid for 10 days (ends at April 14th), and is open to everyone. Winners will be selected on the basis of their most original comment posted. The winners will be contacted by email.

About the book:


Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide  is written by Augusto Alvarez. This book details the scripting within App-V and enables the system administrators and consultants to gain a deeper understanding of the technology in order to optimize App V implementations.

This book will not only helps administrators in exploring the steps to virtualize server applications by introducing App-V in VDI and SCCM 2012 but also find detailed topics for understanding App-V components, architecture and implementation models with a step-by-step guidance to master App-V processes.

Additionally system administrators will also be able to deploy applications using HTTP/S or configure standalone modes for local and SMB Streaming in complex scenarios such as adjusting communication ports for application delivery.

You can buy the book online here at

Free E-Book–Introducing SQL Server 2012

If you are looking to have a book on hand whilst getting to grips with SQL Server 2012 then you’ll be interested in the free E-book currently being offered by MS Press and written by Ross Mistry (@RossMistry) and Stacia Misner (@StaciaMisner). You can download the PDF version of this title here (288 pages; 10.8 MB).



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MS12-020 and Citrix XenDesktop

Last Tuesday Microsoft has released a critical hotfix affecting Remote Desktop Services for versions of Windows commonly used as part XenDesktop and XenApp environments. Microsoft is strongly recommending that customers apply this immediately.

Click here for more information about this patch.

Citrix has tested this patch with XenApp and XenDesktop, and is listed in the Microsoft Security Patch Validation Report for March 2012.

Microsoft’s March 2012 security updates have passed Citrix testing (the updates are listed below). The testing is not all-inclusive; all tests are Continue reading “MS12-020 and Citrix XenDesktop”

MS12-020: Critical RDP security issue

This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in the Remote Desktop Protocol. The more severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends a sequence of specially crafted RDP packets to an affected system. By default, the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is not enabled on any Windows operating system. Systems that do not have RDP enabled are not at risk.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by modifying the way that the Remote Desktop Protocol processes packets in memory and the way that the RDP service processes packets. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

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