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Viewing Vobfus infections from above

The USMT team blog - Sun, 06/30/2013 - 21:04

Win32/Vobfus is a family of worms that spreads via removable drives and downloads other malware, and a family that is causing people a lot of pain lately. Vobfus was initially discovered in September 2009 and became prevalent with its use of the MS10-046 .LNK vulnerability. The .LNK vulnerability has also been used by Chymine, Sality, and Zbot, though it is no longer used by Vobfus.

The name Vobfus comes from the characteristics that these worms are Visual Basic and obfuscated. Vobfus is a Visual Basic malware compiled either in p-code (pseudo code) or native code (see this KB for information about p- and native-codes). The obfuscation of the malicious payload of Vobfus started with simple string manipulation, and it has evolved to a more complex string decoding. The following are some examples of polymorphic strings building used by different variants of Vobfus:

Figure 1 Vobfus code examples

Vobfus is downloaded by other malware; currently it's being downloaded by Win32/Beebone downloaders. Based on our observations, Beebone variants then download other variants of Vobfus, creating an infection cycle that means where you see one of these families, you'll often see the other. But more about this later.

Beebone is a family of Visual Basic compiled trojan downloaders that is known to download threats from the following families, listed in order of prevalence observed over the past month: 

Vobfus spreads via removable drives and network mapped drives. It copies itself to these drives with a random name, or not-so-random file name such as:

  • passwords.exe
  • porn.exe
  • secret.exe
  • sexy.exe
  • subst.exe
  • video.exe

The "autorun.inf" file accompanying the Vobfus worm file is detected as VirTool:INF/Vobfus.gen.  

Vobfus copies itself to the %userprofile% folder with a random name, or a not-so-random name, as previously listed. It also creates a runkey to ensure it runs every time Windows starts. Finally, Vobfus contacts a C&C server to obtain encrypted instructions on where to download Beebone; Beebone subsequently downloads Vobfus, and a number of other threats.

So, to recap, where Vobfus is detected, we often find Win32/Beebone too; thus exists the cyclical relationship between Vobfus and Beebone, the two threat families that are intrinsically related. This cyclical relationship between Beebone and Vobfus downloading each other is the reason why Vobfus may seem so resilient to antivirus products. Vobfus and Beebone can constantly update each other with new variants. Updated antivirus products may detect one variant present on the system; however, newer downloaded variants may not be detected immediately. A typical self-updating malware family that just updates itself can be remediated once it is detected, because once removed from the system it cannot download newer versions of itself. In the case with Vobfus, even if it is detected and remediated, it could have downloaded an undetected Beebone which can in turn download an undetected variant of Vobfus. The following diagrams illustrate this more clearly.

In a network environment with lots of mapped network usage or data-sharing via removable drives, Vobfus can spread by copying itself and an autorun.inf file in the infected drive. In the wild, we have observed that Vobfus maintains a very successful removable-drive infection rate, thus supporting its spreading.

Furthermore, because of all the companion malware families that are downloaded by Beebone, the cumulative side-effects of all the malware families are present in infected machines. We recommend you refer to the encyclopedia entries for each of these families for more information on the effects these malware have on your machine, and for specific remediation advice.

You might consider the following guidelines to help prevent being infected with Vobfus and Beebone:

  • One infection vector is drive-by download, so use caution when clicking external links, and keep your browser and all other installed software up to date to help prevent software exploits
  • Vobfus is primarily downloaded by Beebone or spread via removable drives. A possible method of prevention is disabling autorun functionality; see this KB for more details on how to do this

And of course, as always, using an up-to-date complete antivirus solution such as Microsoft Security Essentials will help prevent many malware infections.

Hyun Choi
MMPC

Categories: MDT

Viewing Vobfus infections from above

Win32/Vobfus is a family of worms that spreads via removable drives and downloads other malware, and a family that is causing people a lot of pain lately. Vobfus was initially discovered in September 2009 and became prevalent with its use of the MS10-046 .LNK vulnerability. The .LNK vulnerability has also been used by Chymine, Sality, and Zbot, though it is no longer used by Vobfus.

The name Vobfus comes from the characteristics that these worms are Visual Basic and obfuscated. Vobfus is a Visual Basic malware compiled either in p-code (pseudo code) or native code (see this KB for information about p- and native-codes). The obfuscation of the malicious payload of Vobfus started with simple string manipulation, and it has evolved to a more complex string decoding. The following are some examples of polymorphic strings building used by different variants of Vobfus:

Figure 1 Vobfus code examples

Vobfus is downloaded by other malware; currently it's being downloaded by Win32/Beebone downloaders. Based on our observations, Beebone variants then download other variants of Vobfus, creating an infection cycle that means where you see one of these families, you'll often see the other. But more about this later.

Beebone is a family of Visual Basic compiled trojan downloaders that is known to download threats from the following families, listed in order of prevalence observed over the past month: 

Vobfus spreads via removable drives and network mapped drives. It copies itself to these drives with a random name, or not-so-random file name such as:

  • passwords.exe
  • porn.exe
  • secret.exe
  • sexy.exe
  • subst.exe
  • video.exe

The "autorun.inf" file accompanying the Vobfus worm file is detected as VirTool:INF/Vobfus.gen.  

Vobfus copies itself to the %userprofile% folder with a random name, or a not-so-random name, as previously listed. It also creates a runkey to ensure it runs every time Windows starts. Finally, Vobfus contacts a C&C server to obtain encrypted instructions on where to download Beebone; Beebone subsequently downloads Vobfus, and a number of other threats.

So, to recap, where Vobfus is detected, we often find Win32/Beebone too; thus exists the cyclical relationship between Vobfus and Beebone, the two threat families that are intrinsically related. This cyclical relationship between Beebone and Vobfus downloading each other is the reason why Vobfus may seem so resilient to antivirus products. Vobfus and Beebone can constantly update each other with new variants. Updated antivirus products may detect one variant present on the system; however, newer downloaded variants may not be detected immediately. A typical self-updating malware family that just updates itself can be remediated once it is detected, because once removed from the system it cannot download newer versions of itself. In the case with Vobfus, even if it is detected and remediated, it could have downloaded an undetected Beebone which can in turn download an undetected variant of Vobfus. The following diagrams illustrate this more clearly.

In a network environment with lots of mapped network usage or data-sharing via removable drives, Vobfus can spread by copying itself and an autorun.inf file in the infected drive. In the wild, we have observed that Vobfus maintains a very successful removable-drive infection rate, thus supporting its spreading.

Furthermore, because of all the companion malware families that are downloaded by Beebone, the cumulative side-effects of all the malware families are present in infected machines. We recommend you refer to the encyclopedia entries for each of these families for more information on the effects these malware have on your machine, and for specific remediation advice.

You might consider the following guidelines to help prevent being infected with Vobfus and Beebone:

  • One infection vector is drive-by download, so use caution when clicking external links, and keep your browser and all other installed software up to date to help prevent software exploits
  • Vobfus is primarily downloaded by Beebone or spread via removable drives. A possible method of prevention is disabling autorun functionality; see this KB for more details on how to do this

And of course, as always, using an up-to-date complete antivirus solution such as Microsoft Security Essentials will help prevent many malware infections.

Hyun Choi
MMPC

Categories: MDT

Viewing Vobfus infections from above

The Deployment Guys - Sun, 06/30/2013 - 21:04

Win32/Vobfus is a family of worms that spreads via removable drives and downloads other malware, and a family that is causing people a lot of pain lately. Vobfus was initially discovered in September 2009 and became prevalent with its use of the MS10-046 .LNK vulnerability. The .LNK vulnerability has also been used by Chymine, Sality, and Zbot, though it is no longer used by Vobfus.

The name Vobfus comes from the characteristics that these worms are Visual Basic and obfuscated. Vobfus is a Visual Basic malware compiled either in p-code (pseudo code) or native code (see this KB for information about p- and native-codes). The obfuscation of the malicious payload of Vobfus started with simple string manipulation, and it has evolved to a more complex string decoding. The following are some examples of polymorphic strings building used by different variants of Vobfus:

Figure 1 Vobfus code examples

Vobfus is downloaded by other malware; currently it's being downloaded by Win32/Beebone downloaders. Based on our observations, Beebone variants then download other variants of Vobfus, creating an infection cycle that means where you see one of these families, you'll often see the other. But more about this later.

Beebone is a family of Visual Basic compiled trojan downloaders that is known to download threats from the following families, listed in order of prevalence observed over the past month: 

Vobfus spreads via removable drives and network mapped drives. It copies itself to these drives with a random name, or not-so-random file name such as:

  • passwords.exe
  • porn.exe
  • secret.exe
  • sexy.exe
  • subst.exe
  • video.exe

The "autorun.inf" file accompanying the Vobfus worm file is detected as VirTool:INF/Vobfus.gen.  

Vobfus copies itself to the %userprofile% folder with a random name, or a not-so-random name, as previously listed. It also creates a runkey to ensure it runs every time Windows starts. Finally, Vobfus contacts a C&C server to obtain encrypted instructions on where to download Beebone; Beebone subsequently downloads Vobfus, and a number of other threats.

So, to recap, where Vobfus is detected, we often find Win32/Beebone too; thus exists the cyclical relationship between Vobfus and Beebone, the two threat families that are intrinsically related. This cyclical relationship between Beebone and Vobfus downloading each other is the reason why Vobfus may seem so resilient to antivirus products. Vobfus and Beebone can constantly update each other with new variants. Updated antivirus products may detect one variant present on the system; however, newer downloaded variants may not be detected immediately. A typical self-updating malware family that just updates itself can be remediated once it is detected, because once removed from the system it cannot download newer versions of itself. In the case with Vobfus, even if it is detected and remediated, it could have downloaded an undetected Beebone which can in turn download an undetected variant of Vobfus. The following diagrams illustrate this more clearly.

In a network environment with lots of mapped network usage or data-sharing via removable drives, Vobfus can spread by copying itself and an autorun.inf file in the infected drive. In the wild, we have observed that Vobfus maintains a very successful removable-drive infection rate, thus supporting its spreading.

Furthermore, because of all the companion malware families that are downloaded by Beebone, the cumulative side-effects of all the malware families are present in infected machines. We recommend you refer to the encyclopedia entries for each of these families for more information on the effects these malware have on your machine, and for specific remediation advice.

You might consider the following guidelines to help prevent being infected with Vobfus and Beebone:

  • One infection vector is drive-by download, so use caution when clicking external links, and keep your browser and all other installed software up to date to help prevent software exploits
  • Vobfus is primarily downloaded by Beebone or spread via removable drives. A possible method of prevention is disabling autorun functionality; see this KB for more details on how to do this

And of course, as always, using an up-to-date complete antivirus solution such as Microsoft Security Essentials will help prevent many malware infections.

Hyun Choi
MMPC

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Unix and Linux support in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 22:42
ConfigMgr 2012 isn’t just for Windows management anymore. ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 brought with it some very cool additional capabilities – one of them being the ability to directly manage UNIX and Linux clients. Now with the recent release of ConfigMgr 2012...(read more)
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Preview Now Available

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 14:20

The Client Management team is happy to announce the availability of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Preview. Download the installer file and release notes from the Client Management program on Connect in the MDT group.

New members must first join the MDT group of the Client Management program on Connect.

MDT 2013 Preview includes:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1 Preview. (The Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Preview is available on the Microsoft Download Center.)
  • Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8 families of operating systems.
  • Support for zero-touch integration (ZTI) with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview.

We encourage you to download and use MDT 2013 Preview, and then submit suggestions, bugs and feedback via the Connect site.

-- Aaron Czechowski, Senior Program Manager

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights.

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Preview Now Available

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 14:20

The Client Management team is happy to announce the availability of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Preview. Download the installer file and release notes from the Client Management program on Connect in the MDT group.

New members must first join the MDT group of the Client Management program on Connect.

MDT 2013 Preview includes:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1 Preview. (The Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Preview is available on the Microsoft Download Center.)
  • Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8 families of operating systems.
  • Support for zero-touch integration (ZTI) with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview.

We encourage you to download and use MDT 2013 Preview, and then submit suggestions, bugs and feedback via the Connect site.

-- Aaron Czechowski, Senior Program Manager

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights.

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Why is the virtual machine spending so much time at “2%” when starting?

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 06:25

Yesterday I gave a presentation on new features in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2.  As part of this presentation I did multiple demonstrations – which involved starting and stopping many virtual machines.  While I was preparing and practicing for the presentation I noticed something odd. 

Whenever I started a virtual machine it spend a long time (5 to 10 seconds) at 2% on starting.

Now let me take a moment to explain something about starting a virtual machine in Hyper-V.  The percentages that we display while starting a virtual machine have a reliable meaning.  For example: Starting – 10% is when we try to allocate memory for a virtual machine.  If you see a virtual machine spend a long time at 10% when starting – your system is running low on memory and it is taking us a while to gather all the memory for the virtual machine to start.  But I do not know what is happening at 2%.

On a hunch – I started looking at the network traffic that was being generated when I started a virtual machine.  Using NetStat I could tell that we were sending out some network requests – but I could not figure out where these requests were going to.  Next, I logged into my DNS server and enabled DNS debug logging (details on how to do this are here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759581(v=ws.10).aspx).  The DNS logging soon revealed the problem.

Hyper-V was trying to contact “corppki.ben.demo” whenever I started a virtual machine (ben.demo is the private domain that I am using for the demo).  Now, corppki.ben.demo does not exist.  I do not know why we are looking for it – but I do know how to get rid of this delay.  I logged into my demo server and opened the hosts file (%windir%\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts) and added the following line:

127.0.0.1           corppki.ben.demo

Once I did this – we would no longer try and resolve this name, and my virtual machines began starting much more quickly.

Now I just need to get back to the office and figure out why we are trying to talk to corppki.ben.demo in the first place!

Cheers,
Ben

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People-Centric IT with the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 03:00

Hello from the System Center team and all of you participating in TechEd Europe 2013.  We wanted to take this opportunity to provide more technical details on System Center 2012 R2, Intune and Windows Server 2012 R2 so you’ll see some new blog posts today and later this week.  Let’s start first with Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server is the foundation OS for many of our products and it is important to know what we are delivering with the next release. The file system and storage capabilities have been an important role for any server operating system, and that continues today with virtualization and cloud services.  See the Windows Server teams blog post, “Storage Transformation for Your Datacenter” for information on SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel and other storage improvements.

Storage is an integral part of many applications or services and System Center obviously needs to store information about devices it manages in your environment.  This device landscape is vast and includes operating systems other than Windows. Jason Leznek wrote, “Preview New People-centric IT Products Now!” to expand on these capabilities. In that post you will get information on the device operating systems we support, what you can test today, and what is coming in the next release of Windows Intune (not yet available for testing).

Content and Downloads

If the information in the blog posts seems foreign and you want to learn more, be sure to check out all of the sessions in the TechEd Europe 2013 course catalog.  You can watch the sessions live or on-demand.  The sessions are organized by tracks and you can filter in a variety of ways to find a particular topic.

Ready to try the previews for yourself?  Go get the Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 or SQL Server 2014 R2 previews at the download center.  Enjoy!

 

 

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People-Centric IT with the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

The USMT team blog - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 03:00

Hello from the System Center team and all of you participating in TechEd Europe 2013.  We wanted to take this opportunity to provide more technical details on System Center 2012 R2, Intune and Windows Server 2012 R2 so you’ll see some new blog posts today and later this week.  Let’s start first with Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server is the foundation OS for many of our products and it is important to know what we are delivering with the next release. The file system and storage capabilities have been an important role for any server operating system, and that continues today with virtualization and cloud services.  See the Windows Server teams blog post, “Storage Transformation for Your Datacenter” for information on SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel and other storage improvements.

Storage is an integral part of many applications or services and System Center obviously needs to store information about devices it manages in your environment.  This device landscape is vast and includes operating systems other than Windows. Jason Leznek wrote, “Preview New People-centric IT Products Now!” to expand on these capabilities. In that post you will get information on the device operating systems we support, what you can test today, and what is coming in the next release of Windows Intune (not yet available for testing).

Content and Downloads

If the information in the blog posts seems foreign and you want to learn more, be sure to check out all of the sessions in the TechEd Europe 2013 course catalog.  You can watch the sessions live or on-demand.  The sessions are organized by tracks and you can filter in a variety of ways to find a particular topic.

Ready to try the previews for yourself?  Go get the Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 or SQL Server 2014 R2 previews at the download center.  Enjoy!

 

 

Categories: MDT

People-Centric IT with the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Hello from the System Center team and all of you participating in TechEd Europe 2013.  We wanted to take this opportunity to provide more technical details on System Center 2012 R2, Intune and Windows Server 2012 R2 so you’ll see some new blog posts today and later this week.  Let’s start first with Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server is the foundation OS for many of our products and it is important to know what we are delivering with the next release. The file system and storage capabilities have been an important role for any server operating system, and that continues today with virtualization and cloud services.  See the Windows Server teams blog post, “Storage Transformation for Your Datacenter” for information on SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel and other storage improvements.

Storage is an integral part of many applications or services and System Center obviously needs to store information about devices it manages in your environment.  This device landscape is vast and includes operating systems other than Windows. Jason Leznek wrote, “Preview New People-centric IT Products Now!” to expand on these capabilities. In that post you will get information on the device operating systems we support, what you can test today, and what is coming in the next release of Windows Intune (not yet available for testing).

Content and Downloads

If the information in the blog posts seems foreign and you want to learn more, be sure to check out all of the sessions in the TechEd Europe 2013 course catalog.  You can watch the sessions live or on-demand.  The sessions are organized by tracks and you can filter in a variety of ways to find a particular topic.

Ready to try the previews for yourself?  Go get the Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 or SQL Server 2014 R2 previews at the download center.  Enjoy!

 

 

Categories: MDT

People-Centric IT with the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

The Deployment Guys - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 03:00

Hello from the System Center team and all of you participating in TechEd Europe 2013.  We wanted to take this opportunity to provide more technical details on System Center 2012 R2, Intune and Windows Server 2012 R2 so you’ll see some new blog posts today and later this week.  Let’s start first with Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server is the foundation OS for many of our products and it is important to know what we are delivering with the next release. The file system and storage capabilities have been an important role for any server operating system, and that continues today with virtualization and cloud services.  See the Windows Server teams blog post, “Storage Transformation for Your Datacenter” for information on SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel and other storage improvements.

Storage is an integral part of many applications or services and System Center obviously needs to store information about devices it manages in your environment.  This device landscape is vast and includes operating systems other than Windows. Jason Leznek wrote, “Preview New People-centric IT Products Now!” to expand on these capabilities. In that post you will get information on the device operating systems we support, what you can test today, and what is coming in the next release of Windows Intune (not yet available for testing).

Content and Downloads

If the information in the blog posts seems foreign and you want to learn more, be sure to check out all of the sessions in the TechEd Europe 2013 course catalog.  You can watch the sessions live or on-demand.  The sessions are organized by tracks and you can filter in a variety of ways to find a particular topic.

Ready to try the previews for yourself?  Go get the Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 or SQL Server 2014 R2 previews at the download center.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Build, save and print your own custom book of TechNet Library articles

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:16

Everyone knows there is a lot of great information in the TechNet Library, but what if there was a way to save and organize a custom set of articles with only the information you really want? Or maybe you do a lot of work offsite where you may not have direct access to TechNet and need to take those articles with you on your phone, tablet or laptop for reading offline? Well now you can do all of that. With the Print Multiple Topics beta for TechNet you can build your own custom book of TechNet Library articles, group them in a collection that persists across web sessions, and then print them or export them to a file for later viewing. You’ll need a current browser and a Microsoft ID so assuming you have those already here’s how to get started.

To begin creating your own personal collection, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/export/help/. This is the starting page and includes an explanation of the process and a quick guide to show you how it all works. When you’re ready, click on the Start button at the bottom of that page. That will start a new browser window that looks something like this. Note the new toolbar at the top of the page:

From there simply browse TechNet like you normally would and find the article or topic you’re interested in. Then right-click on the article or topic and choose Add This Topic to add the article to your collection, or choose Add This Set of Topics to add all topics under the link in the table of contents in the navigation bar on the left.

 

Once you’re done adding all of your articles, you can view your collection by clicking the Collection link in the toolbar at the top of the page.

That will bring up the contents of your collection where you can review and rearrange your topics, then print them or save them to HTML or a PDF. Here’s the collection I created, and I’ve decided to save it as a PDF:

Once it was done processing the collection I was prompted to download the file which looks like this.

Now I can take those articles with me or go back and view this custom collection online any time I like. Go ahead and try it out – It’s a really handy feature that I think you’ll end up using quite a bit. I know I do.

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

Get the latest System Center news on Facebook and Twitter:

System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/
System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

Categories: MDT

Build, save and print your own custom book of TechNet Library articles

The USMT team blog - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:16

Everyone knows there is a lot of great information in the TechNet Library, but what if there was a way to save and organize a custom set of articles with only the information you really want? Or maybe you do a lot of work offsite where you may not have direct access to TechNet and need to take those articles with you on your phone, tablet or laptop for reading offline? Well now you can do all of that. With the Print Multiple Topics beta for TechNet you can build your own custom book of TechNet Library articles, group them in a collection that persists across web sessions, and then print them or export them to a file for later viewing. You’ll need a current browser and a Microsoft ID so assuming you have those already here’s how to get started.

To begin creating your own personal collection, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/export/help/. This is the starting page and includes an explanation of the process and a quick guide to show you how it all works. When you’re ready, click on the Start button at the bottom of that page. That will start a new browser window that looks something like this. Note the new toolbar at the top of the page:

From there simply browse TechNet like you normally would and find the article or topic you’re interested in. Then right-click on the article or topic and choose Add This Topic to add the article to your collection, or choose Add This Set of Topics to add all topics under the link in the table of contents in the navigation bar on the left.

 

Once you’re done adding all of your articles, you can view your collection by clicking the Collection link in the toolbar at the top of the page.

That will bring up the contents of your collection where you can review and rearrange your topics, then print them or save them to HTML or a PDF. Here’s the collection I created, and I’ve decided to save it as a PDF:

Once it was done processing the collection I was prompted to download the file which looks like this.

Now I can take those articles with me or go back and view this custom collection online any time I like. Go ahead and try it out – It’s a really handy feature that I think you’ll end up using quite a bit. I know I do.

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

Get the latest System Center news on Facebook and Twitter:

System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/
System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Build, save and print your own custom book of TechNet Library articles

Everyone knows there is a lot of great information in the TechNet Library, but what if there was a way to save and organize a custom set of articles with only the information you really want? Or maybe you do a lot of work offsite where you may not have direct access to TechNet and need to take those articles with you on your phone, tablet or laptop for reading offline? Well now you can do all of that. With the Print Multiple Topics beta for TechNet you can build your own custom book of TechNet Library articles, group them in a collection that persists across web sessions, and then print them or export them to a file for later viewing. You’ll need a current browser and a Microsoft ID so assuming you have those already here’s how to get started.

To begin creating your own personal collection, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/export/help/. This is the starting page and includes an explanation of the process and a quick guide to show you how it all works. When you’re ready, click on the Start button at the bottom of that page. That will start a new browser window that looks something like this. Note the new toolbar at the top of the page:

From there simply browse TechNet like you normally would and find the article or topic you’re interested in. Then right-click on the article or topic and choose Add This Topic to add the article to your collection, or choose Add This Set of Topics to add all topics under the link in the table of contents in the navigation bar on the left.

 

Once you’re done adding all of your articles, you can view your collection by clicking the Collection link in the toolbar at the top of the page.

That will bring up the contents of your collection where you can review and rearrange your topics, then print them or save them to HTML or a PDF. Here’s the collection I created, and I’ve decided to save it as a PDF:

Once it was done processing the collection I was prompted to download the file which looks like this.

Now I can take those articles with me or go back and view this custom collection online any time I like. Go ahead and try it out – It’s a really handy feature that I think you’ll end up using quite a bit. I know I do.

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

Get the latest System Center news on Facebook and Twitter:

System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/
System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Build, save and print your own custom book of TechNet Library articles

The Deployment Guys - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:16

Everyone knows there is a lot of great information in the TechNet Library, but what if there was a way to save and organize a custom set of articles with only the information you really want? Or maybe you do a lot of work offsite where you may not have direct access to TechNet and need to take those articles with you on your phone, tablet or laptop for reading offline? Well now you can do all of that. With the Print Multiple Topics beta for TechNet you can build your own custom book of TechNet Library articles, group them in a collection that persists across web sessions, and then print them or export them to a file for later viewing. You’ll need a current browser and a Microsoft ID so assuming you have those already here’s how to get started.

To begin creating your own personal collection, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/export/help/. This is the starting page and includes an explanation of the process and a quick guide to show you how it all works. When you’re ready, click on the Start button at the bottom of that page. That will start a new browser window that looks something like this. Note the new toolbar at the top of the page:

From there simply browse TechNet like you normally would and find the article or topic you’re interested in. Then right-click on the article or topic and choose Add This Topic to add the article to your collection, or choose Add This Set of Topics to add all topics under the link in the table of contents in the navigation bar on the left.

 

Once you’re done adding all of your articles, you can view your collection by clicking the Collection link in the toolbar at the top of the page.

That will bring up the contents of your collection where you can review and rearrange your topics, then print them or save them to HTML or a PDF. Here’s the collection I created, and I’ve decided to save it as a PDF:

Once it was done processing the collection I was prompted to download the file which looks like this.

Now I can take those articles with me or go back and view this custom collection online any time I like. Go ahead and try it out – It’s a really handy feature that I think you’ll end up using quite a bit. I know I do.

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

Get the latest System Center news on Facebook and Twitter:

System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/
System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Preview is Now Available for Download

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 03:00

Today at TechEd Europe 2013 we announced availability of the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 previews.  You can download these products right now from the evaluation center

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide a wealth of new advancements to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for their businesses.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Enabling hybrid cloud – Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center enable virtual machine portability across customer, service provider and Windows Azure clouds, while a new System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure enhances cross-cloud management of virtual machine and storage resources.  Windows Azure Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager provide offsite backup and disaster recovery options.
  • Windows Azure Pack provides Windows Azure technology that enterprises and services providers can run on their Windows Server infrastructure for multi-tenant web and virtual machine cloud services. 
  • Built-in software-defined networking – Site-to-Site VPN Gateway helps customers seamlessly bridge physical and virtual networks and extend them from their datacenter to service provider datacenters. 
  • High performance, cost effective storage Features such as Storage Spaces Tiering, VHDX resizing and de-duplication for virtual desktop infrastructure provide high performance for critical on-premises workloads (like SQL and Hyper-V) using lower-cost, industry-standard hardware.
  • Empowering employee productivity – Windows Server Work Folders, Web App Proxy, improvements to Active Directory Federation Services and other technologies will help companies give their employees consistent access to company resources on the device of their choice.

This and a number of other announcements are highlighted on the Server and Cloud Blog post, "TechEd Europe Launches with CloudOS Product Previews, Partner Announcements and Customer Case Studies".  Be sure to take a look at it.  There is a wealth of information on the products, Brad Anderson’s keynote and blog post links, press release links and more!

For those of you interested in the TechEd sessions for System Center, be sure and review the Modern Datacenter track in the catalog. Additional filtering can be applied with the tagging to get right at the System Center sessions you are looking for.

Categories: MDT

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Preview is Now Available for Download

The USMT team blog - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 03:00

Today at TechEd Europe 2013 we announced availability of the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 previews.  You can download these products right now from the evaluation center

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide a wealth of new advancements to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for their businesses.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Enabling hybrid cloud – Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center enable virtual machine portability across customer, service provider and Windows Azure clouds, while a new System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure enhances cross-cloud management of virtual machine and storage resources.  Windows Azure Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager provide offsite backup and disaster recovery options.
  • Windows Azure Pack provides Windows Azure technology that enterprises and services providers can run on their Windows Server infrastructure for multi-tenant web and virtual machine cloud services. 
  • Built-in software-defined networking – Site-to-Site VPN Gateway helps customers seamlessly bridge physical and virtual networks and extend them from their datacenter to service provider datacenters. 
  • High performance, cost effective storage Features such as Storage Spaces Tiering, VHDX resizing and de-duplication for virtual desktop infrastructure provide high performance for critical on-premises workloads (like SQL and Hyper-V) using lower-cost, industry-standard hardware.
  • Empowering employee productivity – Windows Server Work Folders, Web App Proxy, improvements to Active Directory Federation Services and other technologies will help companies give their employees consistent access to company resources on the device of their choice.

This and a number of other announcements are highlighted on the Server and Cloud Blog post, "TechEd Europe Launches with CloudOS Product Previews, Partner Announcements and Customer Case Studies".  Be sure to take a look at it.  There is a wealth of information on the products, Brad Anderson’s keynote and blog post links, press release links and more!

For those of you interested in the TechEd sessions for System Center, be sure and review the Modern Datacenter track in the catalog. Additional filtering can be applied with the tagging to get right at the System Center sessions you are looking for.

Categories: MDT

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Preview is Now Available for Download

Today at TechEd Europe 2013 we announced availability of the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 previews.  You can download these products right now from the evaluation center

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide a wealth of new advancements to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for their businesses.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Enabling hybrid cloud – Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center enable virtual machine portability across customer, service provider and Windows Azure clouds, while a new System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure enhances cross-cloud management of virtual machine and storage resources.  Windows Azure Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager provide offsite backup and disaster recovery options.
  • Windows Azure Pack provides Windows Azure technology that enterprises and services providers can run on their Windows Server infrastructure for multi-tenant web and virtual machine cloud services. 
  • Built-in software-defined networking – Site-to-Site VPN Gateway helps customers seamlessly bridge physical and virtual networks and extend them from their datacenter to service provider datacenters. 
  • High performance, cost effective storage Features such as Storage Spaces Tiering, VHDX resizing and de-duplication for virtual desktop infrastructure provide high performance for critical on-premises workloads (like SQL and Hyper-V) using lower-cost, industry-standard hardware.
  • Empowering employee productivity – Windows Server Work Folders, Web App Proxy, improvements to Active Directory Federation Services and other technologies will help companies give their employees consistent access to company resources on the device of their choice.

This and a number of other announcements are highlighted on the Server and Cloud Blog post, "TechEd Europe Launches with CloudOS Product Previews, Partner Announcements and Customer Case Studies".  Be sure to take a look at it.  There is a wealth of information on the products, Brad Anderson’s keynote and blog post links, press release links and more!

For those of you interested in the TechEd sessions for System Center, be sure and review the Modern Datacenter track in the catalog. Additional filtering can be applied with the tagging to get right at the System Center sessions you are looking for.

Categories: MDT

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Preview is Now Available for Download

The Deployment Guys - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 03:00

Today at TechEd Europe 2013 we announced availability of the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 previews.  You can download these products right now from the evaluation center

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide a wealth of new advancements to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for their businesses.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Enabling hybrid cloud – Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center enable virtual machine portability across customer, service provider and Windows Azure clouds, while a new System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure enhances cross-cloud management of virtual machine and storage resources.  Windows Azure Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager provide offsite backup and disaster recovery options.
  • Windows Azure Pack provides Windows Azure technology that enterprises and services providers can run on their Windows Server infrastructure for multi-tenant web and virtual machine cloud services. 
  • Built-in software-defined networking – Site-to-Site VPN Gateway helps customers seamlessly bridge physical and virtual networks and extend them from their datacenter to service provider datacenters. 
  • High performance, cost effective storage Features such as Storage Spaces Tiering, VHDX resizing and de-duplication for virtual desktop infrastructure provide high performance for critical on-premises workloads (like SQL and Hyper-V) using lower-cost, industry-standard hardware.
  • Empowering employee productivity – Windows Server Work Folders, Web App Proxy, improvements to Active Directory Federation Services and other technologies will help companies give their employees consistent access to company resources on the device of their choice.

This and a number of other announcements are highlighted on the Server and Cloud Blog post, "TechEd Europe Launches with CloudOS Product Previews, Partner Announcements and Customer Case Studies".  Be sure to take a look at it.  There is a wealth of information on the products, Brad Anderson’s keynote and blog post links, press release links and more!

For those of you interested in the TechEd sessions for System Center, be sure and review the Modern Datacenter track in the catalog. Additional filtering can be applied with the tagging to get right at the System Center sessions you are looking for.

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Heading to TechEd Europe

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Sun, 06/23/2013 - 12:56

I am currently on my way to TechEd Europe (writing from the airport right now).  I will be in Spain this week and will be giving two presentations:

  • Title: Hyper-V – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2
    Time: June 25, 2013 from 5:00PM to 6:15PM
    Details: I will be covering everything that is coming in the next release of Hyper-V – which is slated to be out by the end of this year.
    Link: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013/MDC-B330

  • Title: Upgrading Your Private Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2
    Time: June 27, 2013 from 5:00PM to 6:15PM
    Details: Jose, Symon and I will be giving you everything that you need to know to upgrade your private cloud from 2012 / 2008 R2 to 2012 R2.  We will also be detailing how to build a new private cloud with Windows Server 2012 in the best way to support upgrade in the future.
    Link: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013/MDC-B331

It looks like it is going to be a fun week – please come on by, listen to what we have to say and feel free to ask me any questions that you have.

Cheers,
Ben

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