Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta, formerly knows as "Windows Small Business Server Essentials" is now available for download -- is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 uses and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive.
Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses. It enables small businesses to protect, centralize, organize and access their applications and information from almost anywhere using virtually any device.
Additionally, Essentials has the ability to grow as your business grows, providing an elastic solution that allows you to purchase and then perform an in-place conversion to Windows Server 2012 Standard if your business needs change over time.
From an engineering perspective, Essentials 2012 is planned around four core principles:
- Simplicity and flexibility for customers and partners
- Better together with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
- Increased device support
- Continued integration with Cloud Services
In other Microsoft news, Microsoft will be adding a new product family to WSUS server - "Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)."
"This product family will include updates for the MBAM product. It will allow a variety of
update types, e.g. service packs, optional updates, critical updates, and security updates. MBAM updates will also be available in the Microsoft Update Catalog," informs Microsoft.
You should synchronize the MBAM family if you have this product in your managed environment.
For additional information about MBAM, see this link.
MDI to TIFF File Converter, a command line tool, which allows you to convert one or more MDI files to TIFF is now available for download.
MDI is a proprietary file format of MODI (Microsoft Office Document Imaging), which was deprecated as part of Office 2010. This conversion tool will allow you to view MDI files after they are converted to TIFF.
TIFF files may be viewed using a variety of image viewing programs, such as the Windows Fax and Image Viewer.