Microsoft Cloud Services Numbers [Infographic]

Microsoft Cloud Services Numbers [Infographic]; System Center 2012 SP1 RTM; SCCM 2012 CU2; SQL Server Data Tools Dec 2012; TFS 2012 Sidekicks

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From time to time Microsoft VP, Frank Shaw, likes to do a blog post that has some numbers to indicate the scope of what we do at Microsoft. This time, Shaw released an infographic showcasing the numbers of its Cloud Services.

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Microsoft Cloud Numbers

Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM) System Center 2012 Service Pack (SP) 1, according to a post in the TechNet forums by a Microsoft support engineer, and that the General Availability of System Center 2012 SP1 will be early January 2013.

Microsoft confirmed the RTM of System Center 2012 SP1 stated: "We can confirm that System Center 2012 SP1 has been released to manufacturing today. We're working towards making it generally available to customers as soon as possible and will have more to share in January."

Cumulative Update 2 now available for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is now available as a hotfix download via KB 2780664.

"This update includes all fixes previously released under Cumulative Update 1. Note that all of the items addressed in both CU1 and CU2 will be included in Service Pack 1 for Configuration Manager," Microsoft stated.

Get System Center 2012 Configuration Manager CU2 here.

Microsoft SSDT team too announced that SQL Server Data Tools - December 2012 is now available for download!

SSDT December 2012 adds support for database unit testing--"Database Unit Testing in SSDT will look familiar to many of you as it is based on the equivalent capability in the Visual Studio 2010 DB Pro tools," the team wrote.

Here're some features highlights:

  • "Installs in Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 2012:
    • Requires Visual Studio Professional or higher edition to support database unit testing functionality.
    • Installs side-by-side with existing Visual Studio 2010 DB Pro tools in Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate editions.
  • Supports client-side testing based on MSTest with the same built-in test conditions as DB Pro.
  • Allows desktop development and execution of tests as well as execution from the command line or as part of a build on a build server.
  • Upgrades existing VS 2010 test projects without change to the database unit test scripts or code.
  • Integrates with SSDT SQL Server database projects:
  • Automates deployment of the database project on test initialization.
  • Generates skeleton test scripts for stored procedures, functions and triggers via SQL Server Object Explorer.
  • Applies changes to test scripts when refactoring objects in database projects.
  • Supports custom test conditions (existing custom test conditions need to be modified before they can be used)," informs the SSDT team.
  • You can get it here: SSDT for Visual Studio 2012, and SSDT for Visual Studio 2010.

    Sidekicks for Team Foundation Server 2012 is now avilable. "This release functionality is mainly identical to the version of Sidekicks for Visual Studio 2010, with support of TFS both on premise and in-the-cloud (Team Foundation Service)," stated.

    "For 2012 we support both stand-alone client application and Visual Studio integration package; the latter uses VS 2012 extension registration mechanism and is available through VS Extensions Manager. Note that there are separate installations for stand-alone app and VS package."

    Get TFS 2012 Sidekicks.

    Windows Server 2012 Core Network Companion Guide: Group Policy Deployment provides instructions for deploying Group Policy settings to a set of client computers or users by using membership groups rather than account location in the OU hierarchy of a domain.

    "The method described in this guide shows you how to create a single membership group into which you can add the user or computer accounts that are to receive a configuration through the use of GPOs," Microsoft stated.

    Membership in the group, rather than the account location in the OU hierarchy, determines whether the computer receives one of the GPOs associated with the membership group.

    In addition, "Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filters are used to ensure that only the GPO with the settings that correspond to the version of Windows running on the computer is applied."

    Download Core Network Companion Guide Group Policy Deployment.

    Moving Applications to the Cloud, 3rd Edition demonstrates how you can adapt an existing on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud by introducing a fictitious company named Adatum that modifies its expense tracking and reimbursement system, aExpense, so that it can be deployed to Windows Azure.

    To illustrate the wide range of options and features in Windows Azure, "this guide and the code examples available for it show a step-by-step migration process that includes using Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, and SQL Database," the company informs.

    Together with useful information on developing, deploying, managing, and costing cloud-hosted applications, this guide provides you with a comprehensive resource for moving your applications to Window Azure.

    Download Moving Apps to the Cloud 3rd Edition (PDF 3.4 MB)