Download All Videos and Slides from MEC 2014

Microsoft has published all sessions from Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014, which was held in March, Austin, TX. The sessions are available on Channel9.This script will download all videos from Channel9 in mp4 high quality and slides (pptx) for all sessions, where available.Ins

All content are saved to C:\MEC2014.

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MEC 2014 Recordings are here!

A few weeks ago was MEC 2014 in Austin, TX with the farewell Austin post. Today we are happy to announce that the MEC 2014 keynote and breakout sessions are published on Channel 9. This includes the latest content on Exchange foundational topics and the latest features including groups, and many more. The conference provides content for both Exchange on-premises and Office 365 customers. If you missed the event in person, begin by watching the MEC 2014 keynote to get you up to speed on the latest initiatives the Exchange engineering team is working on plus a segment with Perry Clarke.

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MEC isn’t just an event but also a community. Keep active in Twitter using the #IamMEC community hashtag and join us in the Office 365 IT Pro Network to engage in Exchange conversations in the Exchange IT Pro group. Enjoy the MEC 2014 sessions.

KEMP Releases patch for Heartbleed Vulnerability

KEMP Releases patch for Heartbleed Vulnerability – CVE-2014-0160
Versions affected – v7.0-12a, v7.0-14a
Platforms affected – All LoadMasters
To confirm vulnerability you can visit  –  http://possible.lv/tools/hb/
Patches available at the locations below based on LoadMaster model. 

To patch to this version you must be running version 6.0-42 or later. If your firmware does not meet these requirements please contact support.

URLs:      
http://downloads.kemptechnologies.com/hotfixes/7.0-14b/7.0-Patch14b-LM2400-3600-5300-5400-5500-VLM200-2000-5000.bin

http://downloads.kemptechnologies.com/hotfixes/7.0-14b/7.0-Patch14b-LM2200-2600-EX-VLM100-1000.bin

http://downloads.kemptechnologies.com/hotfixes/7.0-14b/7.0-Patch14b-VLM-AZURE.bin
Username:    7.0-14b
Password:    8A5hR/5t0FVAI5+0

Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) prevents interaction with WSUS 3.2 over SSL

There is a known issue which causes some PCs updated with the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) to stop scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2) servers which are configured to use SSL and have not enabled TLS 1.2.

Issue Description

The problem is specific to the following scenario when all of the following are true

  1. Client PC has installed Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355
  2. Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 attempts to scan against WSUS 3.2 running on any affected platform:
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2, or
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2, or
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2, or
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  3. HTTPS and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) are enabled on the WSUS server
  4. TLS 1.2 is not enabled on the server

Only users who have enabled HTTPS and have not enabled TLS 1.2 on their WSUS 3.2 servers and who are also using these WSUS 3.2 servers to manage PCs running the Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 are affected by this issue. Please note, while we do recommend the use of HTTPS on WSUS servers, HTTPS and TLS 1.2 are not enabled by default.

Workarounds

If you are using WSUS 3.2 on Windows Server 2008 R2, you may perform either of the following steps to restore the scan functionality if you have deployed the Windows 8.1 Update KB2919355.

  • Enable TLS 1.2 (follow the instructions under More Information > SCHANNEL\Protocols subkey), or
  • Disable HTTPS on WSUS

If you are using WSUS 3.2 on an operating system other than Windows Server 2008 R2, you may perform the following step to restore the scan functionality.

  • Disable HTTPS on WSUS

When Microsoft releases an update that resolves the issue, you may re-enable HTTPS on WSUS.

Microsoft plans to issue an update as soon as possible that will correct the issue and restore the proper behavior for Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 scanning against all supported WSUS configurations. Until that time, we are delaying the distribution of the Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 to WSUS servers.

You may still obtain the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) from the Windows Update Catalog or MSDN. However, we recommend that you suspend deployment of this update in your organization until we release the update that resolves this issue. You may also find the workarounds discussed in this article to be useful for testing this Windows 8.1 Update for your organization. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Server 2012 R2 Update & Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355) direct download links

Server 2012 R2 Update & Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative set of security updates, critical updates and updates.

Windows 8.1 Update for x86 (KB2919355)

Windows 8.1 Update for x64 (KB2919355)

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update (KB2919355)

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

    Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™.
    MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell®, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell® command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.
    New Features in MVMC 2.0
    MVMC 2.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:

    • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
    • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
      Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
    • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
    • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
    • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
    • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
    • Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
    Standard MVMC Features
    In addition to the new features previously identified, MVMC provides the following functionality:

    • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
    • Windows Server® 2012 R2
    • Windows Server® 2012
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
    • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
    • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
    • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
    • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
      Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
      Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
    • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
    • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
      Note The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.

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Exchange Server Active Directory Supportability Matrix

Operating system environment

Exchange 2013 SP1

Exchange 2013 CU2 and CU3

Exchange 2010 SP3 RU5 or later

Exchange 2010 SP2

Exchange 2007 SP3 RU13 or later

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Active Directory servers

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Server 2012 Active Directory servers

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory servers

X

X

X

 

X

Domain and forest functional level

Exchange 2013 SP1

Exchange 2013 CU2 and CU3

Exchange 2010 SP3 RU5 or later

Exchange 2010 SP2

Exchange 2007 SP3 RU13 or later

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 domain functional level

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Server 2012 domain functional level

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Server 2012 R2 domain functional level

X

 

X

   

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 forest functional level

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Server 2012 forest functional level

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Server 2012 R2 forest functional level

X

 

X

   

Windows ADK 8.1 update (for Windows 8.1 Update) is available for download:

The Windows ADK 8.1 update (for Windows 8.1 Update) is available for download:

Windows ADK 8.1 update (direct download only: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982

You still run adksetup.exe to install or download the updated ADK, but you do see that the new ADK is slightly bigger than the previous kit. The Patches folder content also have a higher version number. The October 18, 2013 release of Windows 8.1 ADK had a folder named 8.100.26020, but the April 2, 2014 release of Windows 8.1 ADK have 8.100.26629.

New features in ADK 8.1 are the WIMBoot option, updates to dism, updates to WinRE and a new WinPE version (5.1). There are also fixes for USMT.

Important Change:
DISM: Does not support Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 images.

More info about the changes here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn247001.aspx

Info on updating WinPE 5.0 to WinPE 5.1: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn613859.aspx

Sysprep Windows Server 2012 (R2) Faster with /mode:vm Switch

Windows Server 2012’s System Preparation Tool (sysprep.exe) contains a new switch that allows system administrators to generalize the OS (remove any installation specific configuration) faster than previous versions of the tool that were designed for use on physical hardware.

What’s New in Sysprep for Windows Server 2012?

The new VM-mode method for generalizing a Windows 8 or Server 2012 installation only works from inside a virtual machine. Once sysprep has completed the generalization and shutdown the VM, you can copy the VM’s .vhd file and attach it to a new VM in any system that uses the same hypervisor technology.

Use Sysprep to Generalize Windows Server 2012 Running in a VM

You will need to use sysprep from the command line, as there is no option to enable VM mode in the GUI.

  • Install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 (or later editions) in a virtual machine.
  • Customize the operating system as required.
  • Switch to the Start screen and type cmd. Make sure that Command Prompt is highlighted in the search results and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to launch the process with administrative privileges. Give consent or enter credentials if prompted.
  • Change the working directory to System32 by typing cd c:\windows\system32\sysprep and pressing Enter.
  • To run sysprep with the standard GUI options, but also the /mode:vm switch, type sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown /mode:vm and press Enter.