Category Archives: Windows 8

Outlook Coming to Windows RT

This will come as good news to a lot of folks who purchased Windows RT devices with Office 2013 Home and Student.   With the 8.1 upgrade of the Windows RT OS later this year users will also receive Outlook 2013!  

This should make the Surface RT and other Windows RT tablets much more useful for professionals who need to be in touch with their email anywhere at anytime.  The Outlook 2013 addition will also make the Windows RT tablets much more appealing for those looking for a “bring your own device” option for work.

NBC News has a brief article speaking about this announcement which was made at the Commputex show in Taipei.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Now Available

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit team is pleased to announce that MAP 7.0 is now available for download.

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V.

The latest version of the MAP Toolkit adds several new scenarios to help you plan your IT future while supporting your current business needs. Included scenarios help you to:

· Plan your deployment of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 with hardware and infrastructure readiness 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 SQL Server 2012
· Virtualize your existing Linux servers onto Hyper-V
· Identify opportunities to lower your virtualization costs with Hyper-V using the VMware migration assessment
· Assess user and device access for Lync 2010 Standard licensing

Key features and benefits of MAP 7.0 help you:

· Determine your readiness for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
· Migrate your VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V
· Size your server environment for desktop virtualization
· Simplify migration to SQL Server 2012
· Evaluate your licensing needs for Lync 2010
· Determine active users and devices

Assess Windows Server 2012 readiness

MAP 7.0 assesses the readiness of your IT infrastructure for a Windows Server 2012 deployment. This feature includes detailed and actionable recommendations indicating the machines that meet Windows Server 2012 system requirements and which may require hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in your planning efforts.

Determine Windows 8 readiness

MAP 7.0 assesses the readiness of your IT environment for your Windows 8 deployment. This feature evaluates your existing hardware against the recommended system requirements for Windows 8. It provides recommendations detailing which machines meet the requirements and which machines may require hardware upgrades.

Key benefits include:

· Assessment report and summary proposal to help you to understand the scope and benefits of a Windows 8 deployment.
· Inventory of desktop computers, deployed operating systems, and applications.

Virtualize your Linux servers on Hyper-V

MAP 7.0 extends its server virtualization scenario to include Linux operating systems. Now, MAP enables you to gather performance data for Linux-based physical and virtual machines and use that information to perform virtualization and private cloud planning analysis for both Windows and Linux-based machines within the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track scenario.

Key features allow you to:

· Incorporate non-Windows machines into your virtualization planning.
· View consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures, including computing power, network, and storage architectures.
· Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of physical to virtual (P2V) migration to Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.
· Review recommended guidance and next steps using Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.

For a comprehensive list of features and benefits, click here.

Next steps:

· Download MAP Toolkit 7.0.
· Send your comments to the MAP Team.
· Learn more about MAP.

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SharePoint 2010 Development Environment on Windows 8 RP

Disclaimer:  The information found in this blog post is not endorsed, recommended, or supported by Microsoft.  If you run into any issues with this configuration you are on your own!  You have been warned.

This blog post outlines how you can get SharePoint 2010 running on Windows 8 RP for development purposes.  I put this together as a way to test out Visual Studio 2012 RC with SharePoint 2010 on Windows 8 RP.

To get started, please review the MSDN document called Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008.  These are the basic steps required for getting SharePoint 2010 running on Windows 7.  To get SharePoint running on Windows 8 RP there are a few additional steps which I have outlined below.  Some of the steps will reference information in the MSDN article linked above.

  1. Download and Copy the SharePoint installation file to a folder (such as c:\SharePointFiles) on the computer where you are installing SharePoint and doing your development.  The SharePoint installation file should be a single .EXE file such as OfficeServer.exe.
  2. Extract the installation files by opening a command prompt window and then typing the following command at the directory location of the folder where you copied the installation files in the previous step.    OfficeServer.exe /extract:c:\SharePointFiles
  3. Using a text editor such as Notepad, open the installation configuration file, config.xml, located in the path c:\SharePointFiles\files\Setup\config.xml and add the following line inside the <configuration> tag:
    <Setting Id=”AllowWindowsClientInstall” Value=”True”/>
  4. Save the configuration file.
  5. Review the configuration file.  It should look similar to the XML block shown in Step 2 sub-step 5 in this document.
  6. Install the following prerequisites:
    1. Microsoft Sync Framework
    2. Chart Controls
    3. Filter Pack – Located in the c:\SharePointFiles\PrerequisiteInstallerFiles\FilterPack folder
    4. SQL Server Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
  7. Enable Windows features by running the command shown in Step 2 sub-step 8 in this document.
  8. Manually enable the Windows Identity Foundation feature by:
    1. Go to the start menu (press the Windows key on the keyboard)
    2. Type: “Windows Features”
    3. Click on the Settings shown below the search box
    4. Click on the Turn Windows Features On or Off option on the start menu
    5. Check the Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 option and then click OK.
    6. Wait for the feature to be enabled.
  9. Open Internet Information Services Manager and expand the server node in the left tree menu to expose the Application Pools grouping.
  10. Select Application Pools in the left menu and then click on the Set Application Pool Defaults… action in the right menu.
  11. Set the .NET Framework version to V2.0 and then click OK
  12. Select the DefaultAppPool from the list of application pools and then click on the Basic Settings… action in the right menu.
  13. Set the .NET Framework version to .NET Framework v2.0.50727 and then click OK.
  14. Run the SharePoint 2010 installer by typing the following at the command prompt:  c:\SharePointFiles\Setup.exe
  15. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms
  16. On the Choose the installation you want page, click Standalone to install everything on the developer workstation.
  17. After the SharePoint files are installed you will be presented with the option to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.  You should allow this to run.  If you do not run the Wizard now you can run it at a later time.  The SharePoint installation is not completed until the Wizard is run.
  18. One the configuration Wizard completes you will see your new SharePoint 2010 Site.


  • SharePoint 2010 Only works with application pools that are set to version 2 of the .NET framework.  If any of the application pools used by SharePoint are set to anything else you will receive an error during the SharePoint 2010 Products and Configuration Wizard.   You can return to IIS manager and review the application pool settings at any time.  If the wizard fails due to the wrong .NET version you can modify the application pool and then restart the wizard.

I would like to hear feedback If you try running SharePoint 2010 on Windows 8 RP for development evaluation purposes.

Windows 8 Release Preview Launched

Yesterday afternoon Microsoft launched the much anticipated Windows 8 Release Preview.  This is the final pre-release and includes new Windows 8 apps, hundred of new apps in the Windows store, and Internet Explorer 10.

Read about the road map towards Release to Manufacturing (RTM) on the Building Windows 8 Blog while you are downloading your copy of Windows 8!

Windows 8 Release Preview: Download Here
Windows 8 Release Preview: Download here
Product Key: TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Are you wondering what new features Windows 8 will bring to your business and the enterprise?  Check out this post over on the Windows for your Business Blog.

Free Virtual Conference for State and Local Government

You”re already well aware of the challenges facing state and local government organizations (shrinking budgets, rising demand for services, requirements to measure and improve performance…), so let”s get focused on solutions.

Please join us for a two-day virtual conference, where we will explore technology solutions you can implement today that will help address your needs now and the future.

We will bring in government technology experts and representatives from state and local governments to share their insight into how making the right decisions now can be a game-changer for your organization.

On Day 1 (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET), we’ll cover these topics:

  • Revolution Next: How IT is Revolutionizing Government Services
  • Moving Beyond If, When, and Why: How to Support the Consumerization in Government IT
  • Stronger Connections: Using the Cloud to Build New and Stronger Links between Citizens, Agencies, and Services
  • Built for the Future, Ready Now: Choosing an Infrastructure that Gives You the Power of Cloud on Your Terms
  • Window of Opportunity: Preparing to Make the Most of Windows 8

On Day 2 (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET) we will offer a series of break-out sessions that will help you sharpen your skills across cloud technologies and solutions. We’ll take a look “under the hood” at products and services like Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft Systems Center 2012, Microsoft Office 365, and Business Intelligence Tools to explore key features and help you build critical skills. Pick and choose the sessions you’d like to attend or stay for a full-day track — it’s up to you!

No travel budget? No problem.
Not only will we present solutions to many of the challenges you face, we’ve solved one of them — limited travel budgets — by making this a virtual conference you can attend from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Mark your calendar and get registered today. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Connect with Microsoft State and Local government today:

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Windows 8 at BUILD

Today is the start of the Microsoft BUILD conference in California where we will get the first real glimpse of Windows 8.  If you are not one of the lucky few who are able to attend you can still catch the keynote speeches today and tomorrow on the BUILD website.   The event starts at 9am PST, Noon central today.

Head over the the official BUILD website for additional details.

Note:  The links to the streaming player is not available yet, however I expect them to show up several minutes prior to the keynote.

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Update 2:  Looks like the downloads are live!   Go to the Building Windows 8 Blog and grab the dev preview tonight!

Update:  Posted on the Building Windows 8 Blog:

You probably want to try out the preview release—and you can. Starting at 8PM today, Seattle time, you can download all of the code that attendees at BUILD received. This includes 32 or 64 bit x86 builds, with or without development tools. The releases also include a suite of sample/SDK applications and the SDK (please note these are merely illustrations of potential apps, not apps that we intend to ship with Windows 8). The ISOs are linked to from You download with a Windows Live ID (which you might want to use to test out some of the new roaming features).