Whitepaper 'Security in Windows Intune'; TechEd Europe 2012 Videos: 'Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Project Roslyn, and Windows Security'

Security in Windows Intune, a new free white paper published by Microsoft, describes the security features of the Windows Intune service and gives customers information they need to use Microsoft's cloud-based device management solution with confidence.The Security in Windows Intune Whiepaper covers the topics such as:Windows Intune Cloud Service ArchitectureIdentity and AuthenticationMachine AuthenticationUser Authentication and […]

Security in Windows Intune, a new free white paper published by Microsoft, describes the security features of the Windows Intune service and gives customers information they need to use Microsoft's cloud-based device management solution with confidence.

The Security in Windows Intune Whiepaper covers the topics such as:

  • Windows Intune Cloud Service Architecture
  • Identity and Authentication
  • Machine Authentication
  • User Authentication and Identity Roles
  • Client, Mobile Device, and Portal Security
  • Mobile device management

You can download the Whitepaper Microsoft Download Center.

Also, Microsoft has a new table that shows the comparison between Windows 2012 Hyper-V RC and VMware 5.0 Ent Plus Edition:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V vs. WMWare vSphere 5.0 Ent Plus

…and here is the table that lists Microsoft's competitive advantages of Private Cloud over VMware Private Cloud solutions:

Microsoft private cloud StrengthsVMware Private Cloud Limitations

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

  • Built-in virtualization with unlimited virtualization rights.
  • Leverages familiarity with Windows.
  • Best choice for virtualizing Microsoft workloads like SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint.

vSphere 5

  • Must be purchased as a separate product.
  • Imposes memory-based licensing.
  • Requires learning a new technology from the ground up.
  • Complicated support models when virtualizing Microsoft workloads.

Operations Manager

  • Provides "a single pane of glass" to monitor infrastructure, network, applications, transactions, and code.
  • Provides "a single pane of glass" to monitor applications running on private and public cloud (Windows Azure) environments.
  • Provides "a single pane of glass" to monitor physical and virtual infrastructure.
  • Provides "a single pane of glass" to monitor Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms, including Unix, Linux, and VMware.

vCenter Operations Manager Suite (vCOPs), vFabric APM

  • vCOPs is required for monitoring infrastructure and network. vFabric APM is required for monitoring applications and code. Note: these products are not fully integrated.
  • vCOPs cannot monitor apps and vFabric APM cannot monitor apps running on VMware's PaaS platform, Cloud Foundry.
  • vCOPs cannot monitor physical infrastructure. VMware offers another product, Hyperic, which is required for monitoring apps running on physical infrastructure, but it can only monitor a limited set of apps. Unlike Operations Manager, it cannot monitor business critical apps including SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint.
  • vCOPs Enterprise Plus edition can integrate with 3rd party products but is priced at $34,250 for 25 VMs.

Virtual Machine Manager

  • Offers multi-hypervisor support (Microsoft, VMware, Citrix).
  • Server App-V, a new breakthrough technology enables virtualization of server applications, thus simplifying the process of deploying and upgrading apps in private clouds without having to re-architect or rewrite them.
  • Rich Service templates describe many aspects of multi-tier applications and allow separate updates of applications and VM images thereby reducing the number of VM images that must be managed.
  • Provides built-in resiliency.

vCenter

  • Cannot manage hypervisors other than ESXi/ESX.
  • Nothing comparable to Server App-V technology.
  • vApps focus on describing the VMs that contain a multi-tier application and have limited functionality. (for example, unlike Microsoft VMM, certain tiers within a full multi-tier app defined within a vApp cannot auto-scale based upon demand).
  • Purchase separately the expensive vCenter Heartbeat product for resiliency.

Orchestrator

  • Mature product with best-in-class workflows and automation.
  • Provides a true IT Pro authoring environment (Visio like drag and drop interface).
  • Provides automation throughout the datacenter (physical and virtual).
  • More than 30 integration packs, mostly focused on 3rd party tools.

vCenter Orchestrator

  • Rebranded from Lifecycle Manager.
  • Complicated developer focused authoring environment.
  • Automates only the virtual environment in the datacenter.
  • Only 13 plug-ins, mostly focused on VMware products (five plug-ins VMware centric).

Configuration Manager

  • The most widely-used configuration life cycle management tool in the market (first introduced in 1996) with a footprint on millions of desktops.
  • Empowers users: enables device freedom and application self-service.
  • Helps improve user satisfaction and free up helpdesk resources though service management integration.

vCenter Operations Manager Suite (vCOPs), vCenter Configuration Manager

  • New product (first introduced in 2011).
  • No concept of application self-service.
  • Limited integration with VMware Service Manager for service management tasks.

Here are a couple of videos from TechEd Europe 2012:

First up, Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover discuss Windows Server 2012, cloud computing, ReFS modern file systems, modern storage, and the cloud. Of course, Snover also talk about PowerShell.

In this video, Scott Guthrie demonstrate how to quickly build and deploy applications using the new Windows Azure features and services including Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and new developer tools and SDKs.

In the video below, Dustin Campbell discuss Project Roslyn, the C#/VB compiler API that recently released in CTP state.

Security experts Paula Januszkiewicz and Andy Malone discuss modern software security, Stuxnet, Flame, hacking, hackers and more with Charles Torre.