From the top-rated Xbox racing franchise, Forza is excited to announce a new, on-the-go racing experience for Windows 10 devices.
In “Forza Street,” players collect and assemble a legendary lineup of cars to compete in quick, cinematic races that are easy to learn, but hard to perfect.
Read more over at Xbox Wire.
Updated April 15, 2019 12:29 pm
The new and improved features in Windows Server 2019 gave many IT pros that kid-in-a-candy-store feeling. That excitement has faded since the initial release, but now admins are starting to appreciate Windows Server 2019’s storage features — such as Storage Migration Service — because they could aid in migrations off Windows Server 2008 before it reaches its end of life on Jan. 14, 2020.
“What you’re going to see as a common theme [in Windows Server 2019] is that Microsoft has made it much easier to onboard new technologies and even bring your existing technologies into the modern age,” said Rob Corradini, Microsoft MVP for cloud and data center management, in a webinar titled “What’s New in Windows Server 2019,” sponsored by Altaro.
In the webinar, Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze and Corradini, as well as Windows Server insider Symon Perriman, covered Microsoft’s four areas of technological development in production-ready Windows Server 2019. They discussed hybrid cloud connectivity, the application platform for developers, hyper-converged infrastructure throughout a software-defined data center and security within every component of a data center. Some tools, such as Windows Admin Center, included in the new OS tie the four topics together.
Administrators can use Storage Migration Service to move from Windows Server 2008, and they might also find developments that give them reason to consider a move to Windows Server 2019.
Storage Migration Service eases data transfers
Windows Server 2019 Storage Migration Service could greatly simplify the upgrade process for Windows Server administrators. Admins use Windows Admin Center to identify the old server’s data and move both the data and configuration to the new server.
“Storage Migration Service really helps you onboard, whether you’re going to a modern OS, whether it’s on prem or in the cloud. It allows you to really bring unstructured data from anywhere — and I’m saying anywhere — into Azure in modern Windows servers,” Corradini said.
Storage Migration Service has firewall requirements to undergo the process. Admins identify the source data and configuration files and then copy the data to the destination. Once complete, the destination takes on the identity of the source and takes over the production workload. Admins can still access a copy of the data on the old server if necessary, but the server is no longer actively used.
IT pros who still use the unsupported Windows Server 2003 will be relieved to know that the migration service can move data from Server 2003 and newer to Windows Server 2012 R2 through 2019.
“Especially if you’re on 2003 Server, just the fact of being on that server is a security risk. Especially if you’re doing any kind of internet penetration here, you’re done,” Corradini said.
The service does have limitations: Machines must be domain joined for migration to work, and the service only transfers storage, not applications. So, administrators must still reinstall applications.
Storage Spaces Direct bolsters servers against hardware failures
Microsoft initially introduced Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 and upgraded it in Server 2019.
“Storage Spaces Direct is a hyper-converged solution, just to re-emphasize for Microsoft. It’s all about leveraging fast storage and slow storage in one fashion or another,” Corradini said.
Microsoft developed true two-node clusters further with Azure technology. Clusters can endure two hardware failures and continue providing storage for apps and VMs. Two-node clusters are an advancement from the three-node clusters previously needed to build a Storage Spaces Direct cluster. Admins can use a USB flash drive plugged into the router to identify which server has the most current information in the event of a server shutdown and restart.
Windows Server 2019 can store up to 10 times more data through Resilient File System deduplication and compression. Microsoft also improved latency outlier detection, mirrored accelerated parity and capacity increases. Administrators manage Storage Spaces Direct features, such as creating volumes or monitoring performance, with Windows Admin Center.
Storage Replica and Azure features improve efficiency
Administrators can now implement Storage Replica on Windows Server Standard Edition, in addition to Datacenter Edition, with some limitations. The Windows Server edition can only replicate a single volume up to 2 TB, versus an unlimited number of volumes of unlimited size.
Windows Admin Center offers graphical management for replication from servers, clusters and stretch clusters. Microsoft improved replication latency and throughput if all members in a replication group run on Windows Server 2019. Admins can test failover by mounting a replicated storage snapshot on the destination server.
Storage Replica will soon have the ability to use Azure as a replication target, which is currently in beta. Azure File Sync also brings Windows Server 2019 storage into the cloud by centralizing file shares in Azure files.
“Azure File Sync is just so much more efficient and easy [than Distributed File System] because now I can leverage that hot storage on premises but then still take advantage of the cold storage of a cloud storage,” Syrewicze said.
Students will be able to study for qualifications in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data science alongside their chosen subject as part of a new higher education initiative from Microsoft.
The technology company has teamed up with the University of London, Staffordshire University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as two institutions in the US, to offer courses that will help young people learn key digital skills that they can use throughout their career.
The move is designed to tackle the digital skills gap across the UK, which risks holding back businesses in all sectors.
The three UK institutions are integrating the courses in different ways to ensure they have the most impact on their students. The University of London is integrating an entire course into its Master’s in Data Science, so that students can learn the digital skills that employers need. In the data science course, for example, they will “learn how to apply technology to real-world problems and gain an understanding of emerging technologies, statistical analysis and computational techniques” as well as “transferable skills that will help advance your career”. Students will get support from tutors or online tutor groups.
Mary Stiasny, Pro-Vice Chancellor at University of London, said: “Our mission at the University of London is to develop internationally aware, innovative and employable graduates. Our online MSc Data Science programme encourages them to explore ideas, challenge boundaries and investigate fresh ways of thinking. For this reason, we are particularly excited about our collaboration with Microsoft for its potential to help our students meet and exceed the changing needs of the 21st century workplace.”
Staffordshire University is encouraging students to study individual modules that complement their degrees. Someone studying fashion design, for example, could take a web development course, so they can learn to build a website to sell their clothes.
Helen Holt, Head of Partnering and Digital Skills at Staffordshire University, said: “It’s important that we’re offering all our students the chance to learn digital skills and help them stand out in the workplace. The Microsoft Professional Programme will help them do that.
“Our lecturers and students like that there is a range of content in these courses and they can pick and choose what works for them. Our students are telling us they want digital skills. They might be good with tablets and phones but they might not know how to use Excel, and they want to learn how.
“We are based in Stoke-on-Trent and some of our students are the first generation of their families to go to university. Alongside specialist knowledge gained through their courses, they are learning digital skills that are recognised globally.”
LSE is encouraging students to study the courses, but it will be optional for them. It has been piloting Python and Excel courses over the past few months, with dozens of students gaining qualifications and giving positive feedback to teachers.
Jeni Brown, Head of Digital Skills Lab at the LSE, said: “The courses align really well with what we are doing at LSE, as they focus on the range of skills people will need in these roles rather than just the technologies. Students and staff have told us they want more opportunities to develop their skills in areas such as AI, big data and data science, to complement and enhance their academic programmes.
“The content is high quality and we can use it in a number of ways. Our students can study the courses independently online but we can also embed modules into what we already deliver. More than 60% of our students have come to LSE from outside the UK, and they will take those skills around the world. We want to create social science graduates who can really engage with a world that is becoming more immersed in technology and who understand how it impacts on their particular field.”
According to US Department of Labor, 65% of today’s students will end up working in jobs that don’t exist yet. Separate research has found that 808 million people need to learn new skills for their jobs by 2020, 40% of employers said skill shortages have a negative impact on their business, and 50 million people are needed to fill open, technical jobs by 2030.
Karen Kocher, General Manager of 21st Century Jobs, Skills and Employability at Microsoft, said: “The incredible transformation we’re witnessing in the 21st century workplace calls out for key organizations – governments, higher education institutions, employers, the non-profit sector – to step up and work together to teach, train and prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow. This is a crucial part of our purpose at Microsoft and we are proud to join forces with seminal, global learning institutions to help make good on that purpose.”
The Microsoft technical skills programme, delivered by Fast Lane, will also be run at Bellevue College, near Seattle, and the online-based Purdue University Global, with Microsoft hoping to agree more collaborations in the future.
The Z6 model has 384 GB of memory, up to 48 processing cores, and it uses Nvidia and AMD graphics. This model also allows for the installation of professional-grade storage hardware. The Z6 has the ability to be upgraded over time and is built to handle 8K video, according to HP.
The Z8 model has dual Intel Xeon CPUs, with up to 56 processing cores, 3 TB of memory and 48 TB of storage. It is capable of running complex 3D simulations and can handle machine learning algorithms and visual effects. HP claimed the Z8 is the “most powerful workstation on the planet,” as of June 14, 2017, based on processor, graphics, memory and power supply.
Digital Storm makes the Aventum Pro workstation, which has up to 56 processor cores and up to 512 GB of storage. Pricing starts at $3,610. Dell’s Precision 7920 Tower workstation has 28 cores per processor, but can be customized to have up to 56 with dual processors. Dell also uses the same Intel Xeon Scalable Processors as HP. Pricing starts at $2,049.
Both Z6 and Z8 include HP’s Remote Graphics Software (RGS), which allows for remote workstation access from any Windows, Linux or Mac device. Avid is working with HP to test RGS with Media Composer | Cloud VM. HP claimed the remote editing software will provide creators with both high performance and flexibility.
The new HP business workstations are currently available. The Z6 starts at $2,372, and the Z8 starts at $2,981.
All-flash block vendor E8 Storage has found a scale-out file partner to help it break into high-performance computing.
E8 said it will integrate the BeeGFS parallel file system in its NVMe-oF D24 arrays as the culmination of a two-year “symbiotic” development partnership with German vendor ThinkParQ.
Open source BeeGFS is a POSIX-based distributed file system that turns commodity servers into large clusters of scalable storage nodes. The file system spreads data across the nodes to avoid a single point of failure. BeeGFS aggregates disk capacity and server performance in a single namespace.
ThinkParQ, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, developed the BeeGFS file system after spinning out of the Munich-based Fraunhofer Center for High Performance Computing.
BeeGFS lacks the heft and maturity of Lustre file system and IBM Spectrum Scale, formerly known as IBM General Parallel File System. Those are the two parallel file systems most often used for high-performance computing (HPC). But E8 Storage CEO Zivan Ori said BeeGFS has been “gaining traction” in HPC environments.
The partnership comes less than one year after HPC storage vendor DataDirect Networks acquired Lustre from Intel. That transaction has prompted file vendors to tweak their offerings to attract disaffected Lustre users.
Easier ordering and deployment
E8 Storage focuses mostly on hyperscale data centers running Linux, and unlike most array vendors, doesn’t present itself as a system of cloud arrays. E8’s customers include Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and The Perfect Processor, a payments-services company.
“If an E8 customer wants a scale-out file system for their E8 Storage system, and they don’t have any strong brand preferences, then this ‘packaging’ with BeeGFS makes it easier for them to buy and quicker to get the solution set up,” said Eric Burgener, a research vice president of storage at IDC.
“Some customers want to buy just the hardware and obtain their own file system separately, and others would prefer to get it all under a single SKU for ease of ordering and deployment. This partnership provides another consumption model option for E8 customers,” Burgener said.
E8 block array designed for NVMe
E8 Storage arrays use dual-ported servers and racks from AIC. The shared block system supports multiple file systems, including IBM Spectrum Scale and Oracle RAC. Until now, E8 lacked scale-out file storage to support emerging AI workloads, which depend on NVMe flash.
“This is truly a symbiotic relationship. E8 didn’t have a scale-out file system, and BeeGFS didn’t have high availability, RAID or [redundant] power protection,” Ori said.
E8 clustered NVMe hosts allow data to be read and written to the same volume in parallel and at line rate. The goal is to provide locally attached storage, with fewer servers than a traditional Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN.
The NVMe transport is designed for flash. NVMe speeds network traffic across a PCIe bus. Bypassing host bus adapters enables PCIe-connected devices to communicate directly with back-end storage.
E8 Storage was the first startup to launch an all-flash array designed for NVMe, but most legacy storage vendors are shipping primary arrays that support both NVMe SSDs and traditional SAS and SATA media. Other NVMe-focused array startups include Apeiron Data Systems, Pavilion Data Systems and Vexata, plus software-only Excelero.
There is no formal reseller agreement between BeeGFS and E8, but Ori said the vendors have mutual HPC customers.
Early all-flash storage systems focused on block storage, but flash is now also used to run NAS-based file storage. Dell EMC sells an all-flash version of its Isilon scale-out NAS, and all-flash pioneer Pure Storage added a FlashBlade NAS system to go with its original FlashArray SAN system. Pure Storage this month acquired file storage software startup Compuverde, and plans to use the technology to turn the block-based Pure FlashArray into a unified protocol system.
If it’s been a minute since you’ve used Skype, there are several new features that have come out since the Windows 10 October 2018 Update: background blurring, OneDrive integration and live captions and subtitles.
Did you ever video chat on Skype and the person you’re talking to seems to be looking at something behind you? Maybe it’s a pile of laundry, your cat photobombing the conversation or a distracting painting. Whatever it is, it’s taking the focus off you.
These and many other examples are why Skype introduced background blur in February.
As the Skype blog explains, “Background blur in Skype is similar to background blur in Microsoft Teams…With a simple toggle, right-click, or even through your Skype settings, your background will be instantly and subtly blurred, leaving just you as the only focal point.*”
Check it out in action:
Have you ever been chatting with someone and wanted to share links to files and folders – either just for show or for collaboration?
With the latest version of Skype, you can quickly browse, search and share files from your personal OneDrive storage into Skype chats. Instead of sending large files over Skype, you can share Office documents, PDFs or any of the more than 300 file types that OneDrive supports through links.
When you sign in to Skype with a Microsoft Account, the OneDrive associated with that account is available to you under the Content and tools panel.
Check it out in action and find out more in the Skype blog:
Live captions and subtitles
If you want to read the words that are spoken during an audio or video call, now you can with the latest version of Skype.
You can turn live captions and subtitles on for a single call or keep them turned on for all your calls.
Find out more on the Skype blog.
If you like these features, check out more Windows 10 Tips.
*Skype will do its best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but there’s no guarantee it will always be blurred.
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You might think a free or inexpensive Exchange security certificate is a good idea. It’s not.
Inexpensive or free Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates might save on the bottom line, but they will cost you in other areas. If that certificate you got a deal on isn’t working properly, then don’t expect top tier support to correct it. Also, the point of an SSL certificate is security, which will be lacking without an investment with one of the more reputable dealers, such as RapidSSL and DigiCert. Hackers and malware will find a way around that low-cost SSL certificate or manipulate it to gain access to your servers.
You can check your SSL certificate status and rating on many websites. I use Qualys SSL Labs. It tells you about your cipher suites — the group of algorithms that handle authentication and encryption — and rates the certificate.
Stay on top of the SSL certificate expiration dates, and don’t let them lapse. If you don’t renew them, your users will get pop-ups when they open Outlook and when they log in to Outlook on the web. Some browsers might not let you access the website. Exchange will prompt you well in advance as a certificate’s expiration date nears. A certificate check on SSL Labs or a similar site should also reveal that date.
Another thing to look out for is your SSL certificate chain. If you lock down your Exchange Server so it does not have access to the internet except for mail or user access, then you will also get an invalid certificate error message in Exchange. The same goes for your load balancer because it handles all traffic from the internet and is essentially your firewall. The SSL certificate needs to be kept up to date here to avoid a break in the chain.
It helps to stay on top of any news related to certificate changes to see if they affect your organization. In 2018, an issue with SSL certificates from Symantec resulted in Google requiring certificate holders to reissue their SSL certificates.
In a few weeks, over 22,000 people from around the globe will converge in Orlando, Florida from May 7-9, 2019 for the SAP Sapphire NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. Each year, the event brings together thought leaders across industries to find innovative ways to solve common challenges, unlock new opportunities, and take advantage of emerging technologies that are changing the business landscape as we know it. This year, Microsoft has elevated its presence to the next level with engaging in-booth experiences and informative sessions that will educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees as they take the next step in their digital transformation journey.
Modernize your SAP landscapes
While running SAP on-premises was once business as usual, it is quickly becoming obsolete for businesses looking to compete and win. With the power of the cloud, enterprises have real-time data with intelligent insights from machine learning and artificial intelligence at their fingertips, can spin up a dev-test environment or an application server in minutes instead of hours, and back-up a virtual machine in a few mouse clicks.
At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to get a better understanding on the business value of moving your SAP applications to Azure:
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM, we will host a session on “Innovating with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.” The session will cover how SAP customers are accelerating innovation velocity and saving costs for high-performance SAP HANA applications by moving to Azure.
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM, we will host a session on “Microsoft’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA on Azure.” In this session you’ll learn how Microsoft migrated to Azure and is now leveraging it to transform its existing SAP landscape and starts migrating to S/4HANA.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 11: 50 AM, we will host a session on “Lessons learned from migrating SAP applications to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.” The session will share the lessons Microsoft learned during migration and share best practices that will help you learn how you can transform your existing SAP landscape and start migrating to Azure. To learn more about Microsoft’s journey to running SAP on Azure, check out our IT showcase story: SAP on Azure—your trusted path to innovation in the cloud.
Visit the Microsoft booth, #729, for one of our in-booth theatre sessions on topics like “Optimizing your SAP landscapes in Azure” and “SAP on Azure deployment journey and lessons learned,” or get hands-on with Azure at one of our in-booth demo pods.
Explore IoT, AI, and machine learning
Every organization is challenged with doing things faster, cheaper, and smarter to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of innovation. To stay agile in a competitive landscape, businesses need to start thinking about how to leverage emerging technology advancements like IoT solutions and artificial intelligence to better serve customers, build more innovative solutions, and obtain a 360-degree view of the business.
At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the chance to talk with solution experts from Microsoft around creative ways to leverage technology to solve your most challenging business problems:
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM, we will host a session, “Harness the power of IoT Data across Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud.” In this session, you’ll learn how you can take advantage of innovations in IoT technology at the edge and in the cloud with SAP business processes with the power of Microsoft Azure IoT to achieve transformative innovation for your business.
Stop by booth #729 to experience our Azure Data Services and Analytics demo to learn how you can connect data from multiple inputs and applications to provide a unified view of your business. You can also learn more about how IoT solutions can help you take a step closer to digital transformation by experiencing our Azure IoT demo.
Learn about cloud migration from our trusted partners
There are different paths to migrate to SAP HANA and Azure, depending on your business needs. Microsoft’s SAP on Azure partners can work with you to determine the best way to migrate your SAP applications to the cloud.
At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll find multiple opportunities to connect with partners:
Join a partner-led session at our in-booth theatre. We’ll have partners from organizations like SAP and Accenture to learn how running your SAP landscapes in the cloud can provide your business with more agility, security, and reduced costs.
After the show-floor dies down, we encourage you to engage with Microsoft and our partners at various co-sponsored, partner-led events throughout the week.
Also, stop by our booth (#729) to speak with many of our leading partner organizations to learn about the services they provide to help you on your journey to the running SAP on Azure.
Discover business transformation
Look for Microsoft at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 and see for yourself why the leading enterprises across industries bet their businesses on the technology that Microsoft and SAP provide for a first-and-best pathway to running SAP applications in the cloud.