Free Training on Windows Server 2012; SQL Server DACFx Oct 2012 Update; System Center 2012 SP1 Beta; Xbox 360 Leads for 21st Consecutive Month in the U.S.

Update 10/16: Windows Server 2012 Network Access Protection (NAP) Management Pack provides an early warning to administrators on issues that could affect services so that administrators can investigate and take corrective action, if necessary.The management pack helps to simplify the administrative environment by providing a single console for the administrator to perform a number of […]

Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow : Free Training

Update 10/16: Windows Server 2012 Network Access Protection (NAP) Management Pack provides an early warning to administrators on issues that could affect services so that administrators can investigate and take corrective action, if necessary.

The management pack helps to simplify the administrative environment by providing a single console for the administrator to perform a number of useful management tasks. "To help troubleshoot common issues, the management pack contains helpful product knowledge and a way to extend this knowledge through adding your own company or organization knowledge related to an issue," Microsoft stated.

Network access protection feature provides warnings over HRA CA certificate expiry dates, missing bindings in the IIS etc.

You can download Windows Server 2012 NAP MP from the Download Center.

Microsoft going to deliver real world training all across the globe via a Roadshow on Windows Server 2012 and supporting products like Windows Small Business Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server Essentials 2011, and Windows MultiPoint Server 2011.

"We are bringing Windows Server Training to our customers and partners through our amazing Microsoft MVPs," Microsoft announced. "We already have more than 36 MVPs from 17 countries lined up and on point to deliver in depth real world training on Windows Server 2012," the Windows Server team said.

Register using the links below for free Training on Windows Server 2012:

In another blog post, Microsoft's Office 365 team posted a video, that walks you through using SharePoint Online's Business Connectivity Services (BCS) to connect your line of business (LoB) systems via a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service. "This allows data from the LoB system on-premises to be viewed and edited within your SharePoint Online environment," Micosoft said.

In other Microsoft product news, SQL Server Data-Tier Application Framework October 2012 release is now available and brings fixes for issues in earlier releases and several major updates.

"Many scenarios have been improved including those in other DACFx client tools such as SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)," Microsoft posted.

For those not aware, "DACFx is a component which provides application lifecycle services for database development and management for SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Databases. It supports various database deployment and management scenarios for SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Databases including extracting/exporting a live database to a DAC package, deploying a DAC package to a new or existing database, and migrating from on-premise SQL Server to Windows Azure."

"This functionality is exposed via the DACFx managed API. DACFx can target SQL Server 2005 SP4, 2008 SP1, 2008R2, 2012, and Windows Azure SQL Databases. DACFx also provides the command-line utility SqlPackage.exe for creating and deploying .dacpac and .bacpac packages. DACFx supports scenarios provided by SQL Server client tooling including SQL Server Data Tools and SQL Server Management Studio 2012."

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data-Tier Application Framework (DACFx) October 2012 from Download Center page.

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta

Also, the Service Pack 1 Beta for the following System Center 2012 family are now available:

And, finally, in Xbox news, Xbox 360 kept its lead in the U.S. console market in September, marking the 21st month in a row as the top-selling current-generation console in the U.S.

Xbox 360 Keeps the Lead in the U.S. Console Market for 21st Consecutive Month

Highlights from the 2012 U.S. NPD report:

  • "Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in September, more units than any other current-generation console, and held 49 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. This marks the 19th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has held more than a 40 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S.
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in September (hardware, software and accessories) reached $380 million; consumers spent more on Xbox 360 products in September than they spent on the other two current-generation consoles combined.
  • During the month of September, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: "Madden NFL 13," "Borderlands 2," "FIFA Soccer 13," "NHL 13," "NCAA Football 13," and "Sleeping Dogs"," according to a NPD report.

Update 10/13: System Center 2012 Monitoring Pack for Microsoft Windows Server File & iSCSI Services 2012 includes the following changes:

  • DeDuplication – Stay current
  • FSRM
  • Support for clustered namespaces
  • Support for clustered replication group members
  • Agentless monitoring
  • More detailed product knowledge
  • Support for clustered replication group members
  • Agentless monitoring
  • iSCSI – iSCSI Target is built inbox first time in Server 2012. This is the first version integrated with File Server.
  • NFS – Stay current.
  • SMB – New

Download System Center 2012 Monitoring Pack for Microsoft Windows Server File & iSCSI Services 2012 from Download Center