September 2012 security updates scheduled to release on Tuesday, September 11 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release two Important-class bulletins addressing four issues in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and System Center Configuration Manager.
In addition, the MSRC also posted information about important changes to the Windows certificate requirements included in Security Advisory 2661254 (Update For Minimum Certificate Key Length), which will improve security across the Windows platform. Some known issues that customers may encounter after applying this update may include:
- "Error messages when browsing to web sites that have SSL certificates with keys that are less than 1024 bits
- Problems enrolling for certificates when a certificate request attempts to utilize a key that is less than 1024 bits
- Difficulties creating or consuming email (S/MIME) messages that utilize less than 1024 bit keys for signatures or encryption
- Difficulties installing Active X controls that were signed with less than 1024 bit signatures
- Difficulties installing applications that were signed with less than 1024 bit signatures (unless they were signed prior to Jan. 1, 2010, which will not be blocked by default)," explains MSRC.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit (SDK) Version: 5.0.12 now include an updated assembly: "Microsoft.Xrm.Client.CodeGeneration.dll, which fixes a problem running the CrmSvcUtil program with developer extensions; and a bug fix for the Xrm.PageScriptProjectTemplate," Microsoft stated.
"CRM 2011 SDK contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies, and plug-ins. It provides an architectural overview of Dynamics CRM, the entity model, security model, and Web services. Sample code and walkthroughs are provided to guide you through the new features."
It also "contains information for developers customizing the Web client or CRM for Office Outlook, including scripting, integration of custom Web pages, and lots of sample code."
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview Version 1.0 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012.
In limited cases, "the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003," the Redmond company sasy.
Microsoft Press offering a new free e-book for Office 365 entitled "Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses: Help and How To."
The guide is compiled in several electronic formats from the Microsoft Office 365 help content, provides end users and admins step-by-step guidance to get up and running on Office 365 for professionals and small businesses.
Microsoft also announced Windows Azure Online Backup that in addition to cloud-based backup for Windows Server 2012 "Cloud OS", it now also supports cloud-based backup from on-premises System Center 2012 SP1 via the Data Protection Manager component.
Currently in preview, ""Windows Azure Online Backup" is a cloud-based backup solution enabling server data to be backed up and recovered from the cloud in order to help protect against loss and corruption. The service provides IT administrators with a physically remote backup and recovery option for their server data with limited additional investment when compared with on-premises backup solutions," Microsoft stated.
To get started with Windows Azure Online Backup just follow the steps below:
- "Get a free preview Windows Azure Online Backup account (with 300 GB of cloud storage) here.
- Login to the Windows Azure Online Backup portal and download and install the Windows Azure Online Backup agent for Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager. For Windows Server 2012 Essentials, download and install the Windows Azure Online Backup integration module," Microsoft explained.
Once you have installed the agent or integration module you can use the existing user interfaces for registering the server to the service and setting up online backup.
Key features in Windows Azure Online Backup include:
- "Simple configuration and management.
- Simple, familiar user interface to configure and monitor backups from Windows Server and System Center SP1.
- Integrated recovery experience to transparently recover files, folders and VMs from the cloud.
- Windows PowerShell command-line interface scripting capability.
- Block level incremental backups.
- Automatic incremental backups track file and block level changes, only transferring the changed blocks, hence reducing the storage and bandwidth utilization.
- Different point-in-time versions of the backups use storage efficiently by only storing the changed blocks between these versions.
- Data compression, encryption and throttling.
- Data is compressed and encrypted on the server before being sent to Windows Azure over the network. As a result, Windows Azure Online Backup only places encrypted data in the cloud storage.
- The encryption passphrase is not available in Windows Azure, and as a result data is never decrypted in the service.
- Users can setup throttling and configure how Windows Azure Online Backup utilizes the network bandwidth when backing up or restoring information.
- Data integrity verified in the cloud.
- Backed up data is also automatically checked for integrity once the backup is complete. As a result, any corruptions due to data transfer are automatically identified and repair is attempted in the next backup.
- Configurable retention policies.
- Retention policies Configure and implement retention policies to help meet business policies and manage backup costs," Microsoft informed.