Citrix has released the Beta release of Hotfix Rollup Pack 2 for Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. During your evaluation of this product, we invite you to provide feedback, ask questions, and report problems by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include any supporting files, such as MSI logs, memory dumps, or screen captures, that may assist us in troubleshooting any issues you may encounter. When testing, we encourage you to mimic your production environment as closely as possible.
Important: While this prerelease version has reached an acceptable level of quality and stability, it is still undergoing testing. Do not apply this prerelease to any live production servers or any servers connected to the production database. The contents of this prerelease are preliminary – Citrix reserves the right to omit fixes contained herein and to include additional fixes in the official, final release.
Uninstalling and upgrading from this prerelease is not supported. Citrix recommends that you rebuild your server before installing the final release and/or before upgrading to the next version of XenApp. This prerelease will not be supported once the official version is released. Continue reading “Citrix Hotfix Rollup Pack 2 BETA for XenApp 6.5”
McAfee has released a beta for it’s new version of ePolicy Orchestrator management solution.
This post will describe the installation of the ePolicy Orchestrator server.
First of all download the software here (downloadable after registring as a beta tester).
ePolicy Orchestrator 5.0 (Beta) is available as of December 12th 2012. McAfee has sent a second email out that the download is available as of this date.
This release includes new features and enhancements, including the following:
- Disaster Recovery, including cold standby/global failover support
- Simplified product deployment workflow
- Improved navigation to the most commonly used ePO areas and features
- Policy Comparison, to review differences between policies or tasks side-by-side
- URL-based Agent Deployment – additional method for deploying agents eases remote deployments
- McAfee Smart Install – small ePO and network aware install manages the Agent installation and configuration
- Hierarchical SuperAgents– SA can now update from known repositories, including other SA
- Agent Relay – based on McAfee Internet Independent Update technology, Agent Relays enable systems with limited network access to share a connection to ePO
- Enhanced Virtualization Support – new installation options and property settings enable better management of virtual environments
To download ePO 5.0 (Beta), go to the McAfee Downloads site at
Citrix has released the beta Hotfix Rollup Pack 2 for XenApp 6.0 for Windows 2008 R2. This HRP should NOT be installed on a production server at any time while uninstalling and upgrading from this prerelease is not supported. Citrix recommends that you rebuild your server before installing the final release and/or before upgrading to the next version of XenApp. This prerelease will not be supported once the official version is released.
Important: While this prerelease version has reached an acceptable level of quality and stability, it is still undergoing testing. Do not apply this prerelease to any live production servers or any servers connected to the production database. The contents of this prerelease are preliminary â Citrix reserves the right to omit fixes contained herein and to include additional fixes in the official, final release.
You can download the beta HRP02 here at the Citrix knowledge base website.
You can provide feedback, ask questions, and report problems by sending an email to email@example.com during the testing of the beta. If you contact Citrix please include any supporting files, such as MSI logs, memory dumps, or screen captures, that may assist us in troubleshooting any issues you may encounter. It is always recommended you test new software in a near copy of your production environment. This way you (and Citrix in a way) will have the best chance to check whether the new HRP is working as it should in your environment.
The Infrastructure Planning and Design team is working on a new guide:System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.
This guide outlines the infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Operations Manager. It guides you through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. You’ll find easy-to-follow steps on identification and design of the required management groups, helping you to optimize the management infrastructure. Continue reading “IPD Guide for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager”
The beta of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Plug-in for VMware vSphere Client v1.0 is now available for download at the link below:
The MVMC Plug-in for VMware vSphere Client Beta:
- Extends the vSphere Client context menu to make it easier to convert the VMware-based virtual machine to a Hyper-V-based virtual machine.
- Is built upon the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter release candidate.
This plug-in extends vSphere Client to facilitate conversions from a virtual machine context menu and without changing configurations on the source VMware host. For more details about which guest operating systems are supported, see the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter documentation:http://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=42754
Join Lee Bushen and Steve Benton live for another exciting Master Class. This Master Class covers the new features in the beta release of “Project Tampa”. This Master Class lasts over 3 hours and, as always, includes the Master Class “Extra.” During this session, Steve and Lee take questions, review comments, and show XenServer “Demos on Demand.” All of this was live, engaging, interactive, and hopefully very entertaining.
This news arrived in my mailbox and I wanted to share it with all of you.
To keep pace with the all the exciting Microsoft technologies being released, Microsoft is now making our beta exams available to everyone. For those individuals registered as a subject matter expert (SME), we will continue to maintain our ‘invitation only’ free beta program offer (quantity of free beta exam offers are limited).
We welcome you to be among the first to take these exams, which count the same as live exams toward certifications such as the new MCSE or MCSD. Individual scores will be available upon the release of the final exam (approximately 8-12 weeks after the initial release of the beta exam). These beta exams are priced the same as regular exams, can only be taken once and are available through Prometric. This new opportunity begins with these three exams:
Registered attendees of Tech Ed Europe (June 25—29) have the one-time opportunity to take any of the above exams at no charge. Free beta exam offers are limited, so register soon!
Microsoft has released the release candidates for Windows 8 (32 and 64 bits) and the server 2012 today.
You can download Windows 8 from here and Server 2012 from here.
Enjoy the download and I’ll post my first findings in a couple of days time.
Update June 1st 2012:
You can find the first ebook on Windows Server 2012 here.
The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to assess readiness for Windows and Windows Server 2012 Beta.
Download the beta materials on Connect:
Accelerate your move to the Private Cloud with MAP 7.0 Beta
Thanks for your ongoing interest and participation in the MAP beta review program. We hope you’ll take the time to preview and provide feedback on MAP 7.0.
The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities help you to assess the readiness of your environment for deploying Windows as well as Windows Server 2012 Beta. This update adds new scenarios specifically, the ability to plan for virtualization assessment of Linux servers and readiness assessment for desktop virtualization. Along with the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter and MAP 7.0, now you can easily migrate VMware VMs to Hyper-V for the best roadmap to the cloud. In addition to the above features, MAP 7.0 strengthens the SQL Server migration scenario with support for SQL Server 2012 discovery, and migration planning.
- Key features and benefits of MAP 7.0 Beta help you:
- Understand your readiness to deploy Windows in your environment with hardware and device readiness assessments
- Determine Windows Server 2012 Beta readiness
- Investigate how Windows Server and System Center can manage your heterogeneous environment through VMware migration and Linux server virtualization assessments
- Size your desktop virtualization needs for both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and session-based virtualization using Remote Desktop Services
- Ready your information platform for the cloud with the SQL Server 2012 discovery and migration assessment
- Evaluate your licensing needs with usage tracking for Lync 2010, active users and devices, SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Beta