Embracing the new Windows 8 Interface with these Three Free IT Pro Apps

I’ve been a production Windows 8 user since the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Like you, I’ve been through the stages of Kübler-Ross with the new Windows 8 Interface (formerly known as ‘Metro’). At first I started cluttering my Start Screen with the built-in applications and tended to focus on the ones that featured a Live … Continue reading "Embracing the new Windows 8 Interface with these Three Free IT Pro Apps"

System Center 2012 ServicePack 1 has arrived for TechNet and MSDN subscribers

System Center 2012 was released in April 2012, well before Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 were released. As a consequence, these Operating Systems weren't supported. This functionality was slated for System Center 2012 with ServicePack 1, among other new exciting new functionality. This makes ServicePack 1 for System Center 2012 not just an ordinary … Continue reading "System Center 2012 ServicePack 1 has arrived for TechNet and MSDN subscribers"

I’ve technically reviewed O’Reilly’s ‘Windows 8 Hacks’

Although this blog typically contains Windows Server-related tips, tricks, howtos and reviews, I am also pretty known with the Windows client. After I technically reviewed ‘Windows 8: Out of the Box’, as published by O’Reilly Media, I was contacted about five months ago to be one of the two technical reviewers of ‘Windows 8 Hacks’, … Continue reading "I’ve technically reviewed O’Reilly’s ‘Windows 8 Hacks’"

Update adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS hosts

I’ve written before on Active Directory-based Activation. This new activation method allows domain-joined Windows 8 clients and Windows Server 2012-based member servers to be activated and deactivated automatically based on their domain membership. I’m very fond of this feature. However, for many enterprise organizations, Active Directory-based Activation is beyond their reach for numerous reasons.

Photos of Objectives 2012, the Dutch Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Partner Launch Event

Yesterday, Microsoft Netherlands organized a free event for roughly 800 members of the Microsoft Partner Network, where they launched Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, together with Ingram Micro, Copaco, Actebis and Tech Data, and a lot of their OEM Partners like Dell, Samsung, HP, Asus, Acer, Toshiba and Fujitsu. As I posted earlier, I … Continue reading "Photos of Objectives 2012, the Dutch Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Partner Launch Event"

How to determine the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 version on your USB Install Media or DVD

It’s never been easier to install pre-release versions of Windows and Windows Server, then with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Downloadable ISO files were abundant and could be used for virtual machines on all major virtualization platforms, ISO files could be burned with a built-in tool in the previous version of Windows (Windows 7) … Continue reading "How to determine the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 version on your USB Install Media or DVD"

Expiration dates on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Pre-release versions

About two months ago, I wrote a blog post on determining your Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 pre-release version. With that information you could then determine the (possible) in-place upgrade paths. In this blog post I’ll show you the expiration dates of the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 pre-release versions, so you’ll know … Continue reading "Expiration dates on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Pre-release versions"

Pictures of the Technical Track of the October 11 “Samen Slimmer” event

Yesterday was a special day. For the first time, my employer organized a customer event for over 300 people at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam on a piece of technology not even available mainstream. We dubbed the event “Samen Slimmer met Windows 8 en Windows Server 2012”, an event title that roughly translates to … Continue reading "Pictures of the Technical Track of the October 11 “Samen Slimmer” event"

Three useful ways to get started with Group Policy in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 offer a lot of new functionality. Of course, a lot of this functionality can be centrally managed with Active Directory through Group Policy. But how do you find the Group Policy settings that are new to these two Operating Systems? How do you find that specific Group Policy setting … Continue reading "Three useful ways to get started with Group Policy in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012"