2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta Opened for More Testers - Now Available MEF and TPL Dataflow NuGet Packages for .NET 4.5; Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1

With the staggering interest received for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta in July, Microsoft today opened its beta program to more Xbox LIVE subscribers to test out. Those who would like to participate, register for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Beta here. "You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) […]

With the staggering interest received for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta in July, Microsoft today opened its beta program to more Xbox LIVE subscribers to test out.

Those who would like to participate, register for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Beta here.

"You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons. Any participant who violates the NDA will be removed from this beta and all Xbox betas moving forward, and will not have access to Xbox LIVE until the end of this beta program period. Our NDA enforcement squad is really good at finding violators; so save us both the trouble and don't test them," Microsoft stated.

Xbox LIVE 2012 Update Public Beta Welcomes more beta testers

"If you're selected, an update will be pushed to your Xbox 360 in the next few days," Microsoft stated.

Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program.

The update will contain new Xbox LIVE features, including:

  • "Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Recommendations and ratings
  • Pinning and favorites
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features
  • Voice search (in specified markets)," Microsoft informs.

In other Microsoft news,

The RTM release of TPL Dataflow NuGet Package for .NET Framework 4.5 is now available.

"Our pre-release versions were already in an excellent shape so we didn't have to change much. In fact, there are no surface area changes and no behavioral changes. We updated a few strings to align with some branding changes (in case you didn't notice: "Metro style apps" are now called "Windows Store apps"). However, we added one feature we believe is worth discussing in more detail: we now provide a symbol package for MEF," stated BCL team.

You can get TPL Dataflow RTM here.

Security Monitoring and Attack Detection Planning Guide "is a practical support document for business and information technology professionals who are working to develop systems to monitor security on a network and to detect intruders."

Its primary goals and objectives are to:

  • Introduce the concepts of security monitoring and attack detection
  • List applications that can provide event log correlation
  • Describe best practice activities and processes for developing a security monitoring and attack detection system
  • Identify business, technical, and security issues for:
    Detecting policy violations
    Detecting external attacks
    Implementing forensic analysis
  • Design a security monitoring and attack detection solution that can identify when attacks on the network take place
  • Provide the ability to implement data retention for Forensic Analysis.

You can get it here.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 include the following key changes:

  • Added support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CTP: Added support in MDT for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CTP, while supporting all new Configuration Manager functionality (offline BitLocker, UEFI, and Assessment and Deployment Kit)
  • Support for DaRT 8 Beta: Updated MDT to support DaRT 8 for Windows 8 deployments, while continuing to support DaRT 7 for Windows 7 deployments. Added DaRT support for Configuration Manager scenarios
  • New "Build Your Own Pages" User-Driven Installation (UDI) feature: Enhanced the UDI wizard and designer to enable IT pros to design their own wizard pages with little effort
  • New System Center 2012 - Orchestrator support: Provided the ability to add steps into an OS deployment task sequence to execute Orchestrator runbooks as part of the deployment process.

In additon to above changes, other improvements include: "Added support for Windows PowerShell 3.0, reworked Roles and Features installation logic for Windows 8, improved "boot from VHD" deployment scenarios, and added support for Configuration Manager monitoring," Microsoft stated.

You can get MDT 2012 Update 1 at Download Center.