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Windows 8 RTM has finally hit MSDN and TechNet so you can download it now!

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You can login now to TechNet and MSDN and download Windows 8.

One thing to note is that my TechNet downloads still only show the Preview build, so it might be a localisation thing.

MSDN on the other hand shows the RTM downloads:

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Don’t forget if you want to use Media Center then you will need the Pro version. This is actually the Standard version download but you use a Pro version key to unlock it.

Have you downloaded Windows 8 yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Microsoft has published a document detailing known issues of Windows 8 Client Computers Connecting to Windows Home Server.

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Issue 1: The Windows Live ID credential used in Windows 8 may not be recognized by Windows Home Server.
Background
Windows 8 allows you to log on using a Windows Live ID, and will bind the Windows Live ID with a local account. This is not supported by Windows Home Server
Symptoms
After you log on with your Windows Live ID to a Windows 8 client computer, a balloon may show up as below when you open the traditional desktop. Also, while you browse the server shares or other server resources, you will need to enter the local account credentials.
Workaround
After you log on with your Windows Live ID, you need to add a Windows Home Server user account to the Credential Manager on the Windows 8 client computer before you can access server resources.
1. Open the Windows Home Server Admin Console, and manually create a user account.
2. On the Windows 8 client computer, open the Control Panel
3. Locate the “Credential Manager”
4. Click “Add a Windows Credential”
5. Type in the name of your Windows Home Server in the “Internet or network address” box, add the user name and password created in step 1 to the user name and password edit box, and click the OK button.
You will be able to access your Windows Home Server shares and resources now while still using the Windows Live ID to log onto your Windows 8 client computer.

Issue 2: Windows Home Server Client Connector setup may not install the OEM client software
Background
Windows Home Server Client Connector setup will launch the OEM client software setup package if they are named OEM.msi or OEM_x64.msi and are placed in the same folder of the Windows Home Server Client Connector (\\[ServerName]\Software\Home Server Connector Software). This is not supported for Windows 8 client computers.
Symptoms
After you install the Windows Home Server Client Connector on a client computer running Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you may find the OEM client software is not installed.
Workaround
Before installing the Windows Home Server Client Connector, browse to the client connector folder (\\[ServerName]\Software\Home Server Connector Software) and manually install OEM_x64.msi (if you have 64-bit Windows) or OEM.msi (if you have 32-bit Windows) by double clicking the MSI file. After the OEM package installs successfully, you can install the Windows Home Server Client Connector.

This tool allows you to create and edit installation Answer Files for Windows Home Server 2011. You can easily create files for a custom installation, easily bypass system requirements checks and configure customised disk partition schemes.

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This tool is written by my friend and fellow MVP Robert Pearman, and if you want to do a custom installation of WHS 2011, Rob has taken all the hard work out of it for you.

[button link="http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Windows-Home-Server-2011-2368ac95" style="download" window="yes"]Download the Answer File Tool from here[/button]

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A really good way to test various Microsoft software offerings is with a TechNet subscription. You get a number of licences per product to test. Now Microsoft are reducing this number!

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From February onwards, Microsoft will only provide 3 licences per Office product and 3 licences per Operating System product.

I assume this is to combat the misuse of TechNet for people wanting cheap software licences. The conditions for using TechNet licences are supposed to be for testing purposes, in a non-production environment and only for the duration of the TechNet subscription.

However, most people just buy a TechNet subscription and get access to multiple copies of everything often at a cheaper price than buying a single licence, and there really is no way for Microsoft to check up on the use.

Do you have a TechNet subscription? How do you feel about this change.

Would you like to evaluate Windows Home Server 2011? If the answer is yes then Microsoft are offering an online experience. There won’t be a download for WHS 2011 so this is your only evaluation option if you don’t have MSDN or TechNet.

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Yes, you read that correctly. Unlike Windows Home Server V1, there will NOT be a downloadable evaluation copy of Windows Home Server 2011. Microsoft say this is because of licensing issues with some of the codecs. My guess is that it is also probably to try and cut down on the amount of piracy!

Anyway, the online evaluation is available and you should check it out.

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[button link="http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/whs/" window="yes"]Experience Windows Home Server 2011 Online today[/button]

Have you tried Windows Home Server 2011 yet? What do you think?

Here is what Microsoft said on their blog:

Today I am pleased to say the online evaluation experience for WHS 2011 is now ready. This provides customers the ability to walk through both client and server interaction freely, or follow a suggested demonstration path with the evaluation manual which will also launch with the online experience. Available 24 hours per day, it provides a super simple way to experience WHS without the need for hardware,

Try it out for yourself on our temporary launching site at http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/whs/. Over the next few weeks we will be updating the WHS ms.com website in line with many of our partner GA’s activities and have a full introduction portal to the online experience.

Let me preempt one immediate question I am sure will be asked – When can I download an evaluation version so I can test at home on my own hardware? The answer to this is that we are not currently planning to release a downloadable evaluation version. Some of the embedded third-party codecs we use within WHS 2011 do not allow us to provide a trial version due to licensing agreements. As a result we can only offer an online experience. We are still working with many of our OEM’s on additional evaluation experiences and may have more information in the future on other ways to trial WHS 2011.

Hot on the heels of Windows Home Server 2011 being able to download for subscribers of TechNet and MSDN, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (code name Aurora) is also available.

There are two downloads:

The Server Install disc which is 4070 MB

The Client Restore disc which is 467 MB

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Those of you who don’t have access to either TechNet or MSDN can download a fully functional evaluation copy.

The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period.

[button link="http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/default.aspx" style="download" window="yes"]You can download the evaluation edition from here[/button]

And don’t forget to pre-order our Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials book from Microsoft Press.

Dave and the guys over at the Home Server Show have just released show number 112.

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Here is what Dave has to say about this weeks show:

There is a lot of news to cover this week including new SBS products, Add-Ins, and controlling your Windows Home Server from the new Windows Phone 7.  Dave rambles on for hours about RAID with the Icy Dock as well.  All this and some antics at the end.  Thanks goes out to all who showed up for the live coverage of 112.  It was fun!

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Technet blog post on WSS

Windows Phone 7 controls Windows Home Server

MyMovies for iPad Reviewed at MediaSmartServer.net

Icy Dock RAID Review covered on the podcast

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As usual you can listen to the show here.

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Today saw Microsoft release Office 2011 for the Mac, finally bringing Outlook to Mac users, amongst other features – we mentioned it was coming last month.

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If you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription then Office 2011 for Mac is supposed to be appeared before the end of the month – so anytime in the next few days then!

In the mean time you can check out the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac website.

Here is what Microsoft said today:

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 26, 2010 – Roughly eight miles separate Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., but some might assume the gap is greater. PC is PC, Mac is Mac, and never the twain shall meet, right?

Eric Wilfrid doesn’t buy it.

Wilfrid, general manager of Microsoft’s Office for Mac team, regularly makes that eight-mile drive. It’s not far, and he doesn’t think the metaphorical distance is, either. For 13 years, Wilfrid has helped put Microsoft Office, the world’s most popular productivity software, onto the Mac platform. And while conflict might create a good storyline, in the middle of all that noise are customers.

“As someone who works at Microsoft and deals with Apple often, I acknowledge that our companies compete,” Wilfrid says. “Some people choose Windows, and some people choose Mac. That conflict tends to get a lot of attention, but I deal in the reality that there are customers who love their Macs and also love using Office.”

A lot of customers, in fact. According to Wilfrid, three-quarters of all Mac users have Office installed on their machines. “That’s the vast majority of Mac customers counting on Microsoft for a critical piece of their computing needs,” he says. “Mac users need Office because it helps them work with the Windows world.”

Wilfrid is proud of that statistic, which he says highlights the importance of the relationship between the two companies. Today the relationship takes another step forward as Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011, the company’s productivity software suite tailored for the Mac operating system. Mac users can now install the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and, for the first time, Outlook. Office 2011 is available in 13 languages around the world, and by November the suite will be available in more than 45 countries.

With the release, the company offers Mac customers many of the cloud-based benefits that Windows customers saw with the recently released Office 2010, Wilfrid says.

“Office isn’t just about what runs on a desktop machine or laptop,” he says. “Office is an experience that shows up across your computer, on the Web browser, and on your mobile device.”

So the new release for Mac is focused on delivering anywhere access, better collaboration, and professional design tools to make it more attractive than previous versions, Wilfrid says. First and foremost, Outlook is now included in Office 2011 for Mac. The new Outlook was built from the ground up and works with both on-premises Exchange and the just-announced Office 365, the new cloud service from Office.

Office 2011 has new built-in integration with Windows Live SkyDrive as well as connections to SharePoint so users can manage files and work from any location, Wilfrid says. With Office Web Apps, Mac consumers can edit Office documents straight from their browser.

The release’s new co-authoring tools let users edit the same Word document or PowerPoint presentation simultaneously with other people in different locations who are using Office 2011 for Mac or Office 2010 for Windows. They can also quickly share presentations with anyone who has browser access through PowerPoint broadcasting.

Finally, the team continued its investment in file format compatibility so users can create the same professional-looking Office documents on a Mac as PC users can with Office for Windows. “That’s been our focus since the first time we made Office for Mac,” Wilfrid says “If you print a Word document out for Mac and another for Windows and hold them up to the light – IT pros do it all the time – they will come out the same.”

In a sense, the release of Office 2011 for Mac isn’t really news, Wilfrid says. Microsoft has made Mac-compatible versions of Word and Excel for 26 years, ever since there was a Mac. And since 1997, Microsoft has had a dedicated team focused on building Office for Mac. The team’s work is a critical part of the company’s long-term commitment to deliver Microsoft software and services across platforms that help people work smarter, faster, and better with greater choice and flexibility, Wilfrid says.

Wilfrid has been a part of the Office for Mac team since day one. He started at Microsoft fresh out of college, when he worked as a developer for PowerPoint. In 1997, he went from being responsible for a small handful of dialogues on the Windows version of Office to owning the user interface on PowerPoint for Mac when the new group formed. He worked on the Silicon Valley Campus until two years ago, when he moved to Redmond to oversee the Office for Mac team, which now has groups in Washington, California, and Beijing.

Over the years, Office for Mac has evolved with Office and the Apple platform. But the focus hasn’t changed. “From day one, we focused on making the user experience be both Mac-like and recognizably Office,” Wilfrid says. “Over many, many years, we’ve figured out different ways to make sure that the end product is something that we as Office and Mac users would want to sit down in front of every day and depend on to do our work.”

Because, of course, that’s exactly what the Office for Mac team does every day. Wilfrid carries a MacBook around the Microsoft campus not because he loves the platform or because Apple wants him to but because he and his team are committed to delivering a quality experience to the Microsoft customers who own Macs.

“The one thing that’s held constant over all that time is that customers need Office, and many of those customers have Macs,” he says. “The Mac versus PC was kind of good entertainment, but it never changed our team’s focus or influenced the way we did our jobs.”

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Microsoft announced today that Office for Mac 2011 will be able at the end of October 2010.

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We mentioned Office for Mac 2011 back in July.

Now Microsoft have said that it will be available on the 26th October, so not much longer to wait for those of you who want it.

If you buy Office 2008 for Mac today, you can get an upgrade for free, and even better, if you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, Microsoft have stated that it will be there by the end of October.

Personally I’m looking forward to seeing what they have done with Outlook!

You can also watch this new video about the features of Office for Mac 2011:

Let us know your thoughts….

This week saw the release of the public beta for Windows 7 SP1 – but is it actually worth running the beta?

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SPs or Service Packs are what Microsoft used to update your system in bulk – be it with hotfixes and security updates or even new features. A lot of people will wait to start using a product until it has at least an SP1 release.

Well after less than a year a beta for SP1 has been released – you may think that SP1 will be just around the corner, but you would be wrong. In fact, according to Microsoft, Windows 7 SP1 will be available in the first half of 2011 through the usual channels.

Windows 7 SP1 does not contain any new features specific to Windows 7, so you may ask yourself why should you bother to test it? Well, the more people that test it, the more bugs may be found and fixed, making it a better release when it does finally come out.

However, if you are already up to date with any hotfixes and security updates that get pushed to you from Windows Update then you may want to consider it it is worth putting beta software on your machines.

Personally I am running it, because I like to test these things, but I would suggest if you are not sure, and you are up to date – leave it for now.

If you do install it, then the Beta Expires on June 30th 2011.

Also, don’t be shocked to see Evaluation Copy stamped in the bottom right hand corner of your machine – its perfectly normal!

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If you are an interested in testing Windows 7 SP1, you can download the public beta via the Springboard Series on TechNet where you will find the download as well as other key deployment and support tools.

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A beta for SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 was also released this week, and that only had two new features:

The two most important developments in SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 are:

Dynamic memory lets Hyper-V administrators pool available memory on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to any virtual machine(s) running on that host. So as the workloads on that physical workload change, requiring more or less memory, Dynamic Memory will let administrators change the memory allocation to their VMs without service interruption. For a deeper look at Dynamic Memory check here.

RemoteFX enhances Microsoft desktop virtualization. RemoteFX lets Windows Server 2008 R2 administrators provide an even richer and user-transparent desktop virtualization experience. RemoteFX delivers rich content, independent of any graphics stack, to server-hosted virtual and session-based desktops, allowing them to support any screen content, including full-motion video, portable graphics stacks such as Silverlight, and 3D applications. Because it can use virtualized graphics on the server and advanced codecs , RemoteFX can deliver those experiences to a much wider array of target devices, including standard desktops and laptops but also an emerging slew of thin clients. You’ll also be able to forward the USB ports of the local client to the virtual machine being accessed on the device – just like you can forward the local printer over RDP today.

If you are still having problems setting up your router for use with your Windows Home Server then Microsoft have published an article that just might help you.

Called Windows Home Server: Router Setup, this article walks you through setting up your router for Remote Access, an area that has been so much more complicated that it really ever should have been.

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We have even posted a How To guide this as well quite a long time ago: How to Manually Configure Your Router for Windows Home Server Remote Access

So if you are still having problems, you should check out the article,

This is how the article begins, so if you have one of those routers, you are in luck, if not, use General:

Accessing computers and files on your home or business network from a remote location is a popular feature of Windows Home Server. To enable remote access, you need to configure your router to open certain ports so network traffic will flow properly.

Directions are provided for the following routers. If your router is not listed, use the General Directions.

  • General Directions
  • Linksys BEFSR41
  • Netgear RP614
  • Sonicwall TZ170
  • Sonicwall TZ100
  • D-Link DIR-825
  • Linksys WRT160N
  • Linksys WRT54GL
  • Watchguard Firebox X20e

To view the full TechNet article, click here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-home-server-router-setup.aspx

There is also a similar article for Small Business Server which you can find here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-small-business-server-2008-router-setup.aspx

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Last week Tim posted that Office 2010 had RTM’d. Today you can download the RTM if you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber.

Only a week ago Tim posted this: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/04/16/microsoft-office-2010-rtm-today/

Now if you are a subscriber to either MSDN or TechNet you can download both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2010, the full blown RTM version.

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RTM, in case you were wondering, stands for Released to Manufacturing, so this is the version you will buy in the shops or in the Microsoft Store.

Normally you get 10 keys/activations with your subscription, but until the 30th April, you only get 1. But you can quite happily use Office 2010 without activating it until after that date, so go on, get it now.

And if you want a good book on PowerPoint 2010, why not pre-order mine Smile

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