Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 "August Update" (Update 2) now available

Microsoft has released Update 2 for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 today. Following are some of the new features and improvements:

  • Precision touchpad improvements
  • Miracast Receive
  • Minimazing login prompts for SharePoint Online

Update to add a new performance counter feature for Tiered Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2

 After you apply this update, new performance counters are available in Windows Performance Monitor.
 To apply this feature, install update rollup 2975719.

Additional Information:

Download links:

Download Windows 8.1 “August Update” for x86 (32-bit) PCs

Download Windows 8.1 “August Update” for x64 (64-bit) PCs

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Microsoft Cloud Ecosystem Poster: Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012

Microsoft released a visual reference for understanding key Microsoft private cloud and on-premises cloud technologies. PDF.
Download link:  Cloud Ecosystem Poster: Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2
From the Site:
    This poster includes information about:
    • Microsoft Azure Services including Service Categories, Compute Services, Data Services, and App Services
    • System Center 2012 R2 including App Controller, Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Service Manager, Orchestrator, Data Protection Manager and Azure Pack
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 including Storage Spaces, Data Deduplication, Resilient File System, SMB Transparent Failover, Storage Quality of Service, Generation 2 Virtual Machines, Online VHDX Resize, Enhanced Session Mode, Live Migration, Failover Clustering, Cluster Shared Volumes, Scale-Out File Server, Shared Virtual Hard Disks, Hyper-V Extensible Switch, Remote Desktop Services, SMB Direct, SMB Multi-channel, and NIC Teaming
    This visual reference is available as a complete wall poster.

Date Published: 08/01/2014

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