Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update released.

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Today Microsoft released an updated version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This release of Windows ADK includes new and updated functionality to improve assessment and deployment scenarios including support for Windows 8.1 Update.

To determine what version of the Windows ADK you have installed, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. The versions are:

  • Version 8.100.25984 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Version 8.100.26629 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update

Version increments between 25984 and 26629 are updated versions of the RTM release. Version increments higher than 26629 are for the Windows 8.1 Update.

For a complete list of changes, see the Windows ADK Release Notes.

For a list of new features included in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update, see What’s New in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1.

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Windows Intune Client – Behind the Scenes #SysCtr

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As Microsoft announced on September 23rd updating their Windows Intune cloud service which will be available October 18th I thought it might be interesting having a closer look what is going-on after installing the Windows Intune client agents software.

In this post I will cover the following points of Windows Intune. Enjoy Glimlach

  • Windows Intune Client Software
  • Windows Intune Software Components
  • Windows Intune Log Files
  • Windows Intune Registry
  • Windows Intune Services
  • Windows Intune Operation Manager
  • Windows Intune Endpoint Protection
  • Windows Intune Task Scheduler
  • Windows Intune Center
  • Windows Intune Service Endpoints

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MBSA 2.3 Preview Release is available for download!

MBSA 2.3 Preview has been released on the Client Management Connect site to the ConfigMgr Open Beta community.

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MBSA 2.3 release adds support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 2000 will no longer be supported with this release. The final release of MBSA 2.3 is expected to be available in Fall 2013.

You can download MBSA 2.3 Preview here.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS hosts to support Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Office 2013 (KB2691586)

This update extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to allow enterprise licensing of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012. KMS provides support for the following KMS activations:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Office 2013 (Preview)

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization and Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Betas Now Available!

Microsoft announces the beta versions of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 and a new MDOP product Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) are now available for download from
Microsoft Connect.

UE-V is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that delivers a user’s personal Windows experience across devices, is simple for IT to deploy, and easily integrates with existing management tools.

Some of the main features of UE-V are:

  • Users retain their application experience without having to reconfigure applications when they log in from a different Windows instance – regardless of whether it is a rich desktop or virtual desktop session. 
  • Automatically delivers a personal experience to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 8 based devices, giving users the flexibility to work from anywhere.
  • If a user accidently applies unwanted changes, IT can simply roll back to the initial state.
  • Seamlessly integrates with Microsoft desktop virtualization products to roam the user experience in heterogeneous environments.

 Some of the new features in the App-V 5.0 Beta are:

  • Flexible virtualization choices let virtual applications work more like traditionally installed applications, allowing local and virtual applications to communicate and enabling control of which virtual applications can share environments.
  • There’s no dedicated drive letter required, and no 4 gigabyte maximum package size. It’s easy for IT to work with and take action on App-V diagnostic information because App-V logs Windows events instead of separate log files.
  • Easy and efficient to use in VDI environments, allowing IT to make the best use of expensive disk resources without changing the way they get their jobs done.
  • Web-based management makes it easy for busy IT professionals to get their work done while away from their desk.
  • Rich PowerShell scripting allows IT to automate repetitive tasks and to integrate App-V with existing processes.

These products will be part of a future version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).  If you want to learn more about App-V 5.0 and UE-V now, check out the Windows for your Business Blog were we have posted even more information about the products.

Download and try the betas of UE-V and App-V 5.0.

 

Sources:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mdop/archive/2012/04/04/microsoft-user-experience-virtualization-and-microsoft-application-virtualization-5-0-betas-now-available.aspx

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2012/04/04/introducing-ue-v-and-app-v-5-0.aspx

DirectAccess Client Cannot Establish Tunnels to the DirectAccess Server

This week I noticed some issues with DirectAccess on my Windows 7 client. For some strange reason both Infrastructure and Intranet tunnels are not established. When walking through the Advanced Firewall configuration I noticed that Internet Protocol security (IPsec) tunnel mode security associations (SAs) were not initiated. After some searching if found a post on Forefront forum which describes more or less the same behavior.

Thanks to Jason Jones if found my issue. By verifying the Name Resolution Policy Table (NRPT) configuration using netsh dnsclient show state and noticed that Direct Access Settings is misconfigured. The NRPT is configured using the DirectAccess Setup wizard. You can configure the rules also directly by yourself but take into account these settings are overridden when running the DirectAccess wizard!

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Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses

Download a printable overview of Windows 7 deployment options for small and midsize organizations that includes the advantages and limitations of each option.

Explore the different options for deploying Windows 7 in a small or midsize organization. This print-ready poster from the Springboard Series for Windows 7 features an overview of each method, details on advantages and limtations, basic requirements, and helpful links to additional tools and guidance. You’ll also find a helpful step-by-step overview of the Windows 7 deployment process.

Download the handy overview in PDF, XPS or VSD here