Introducing: PowerShell Gallery

The wonderful PowerShell folks announced a great new PowerShell feature called gallery that is coming in 5.0

Introducing the PowerShell Gallery – PowerShellGet is an exciting new feature releasing in WMF 5.0 Preview.  With it, you can easily discover, install, update, and publish PowerShell modules to and from online repositories – simplifying the process of sharing PowerShell content.

Find out all the details over here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/11/19/powershell-gallery-live.aspx

 

PowerShell DSC Resource Kit Wave 9

Over on the “Windows PowerShell Blog” they announced the release of PowerShell DSC Resource Kit Wave 9.

Head over to the blog to read all about it:

Here’s a holiday gift from the PowerShell team – the DSC Resource Kit wave 9. You can find it right here.

This wave has something for everyone, we hope. There are 34 new DSC resources across 13 modules! We have also incorporated your feedback, and made fixes to several existing resources that address issues you have encountered.

Last year we delivered the first DSC Resource Kit as a holiday gift, with 11 DSC resources. In case you are counting, we now have 172 DSC resources, enabling use of DSC for deploying and configuring Active Directory, Azure VMs, Certificate Services, SQL Server, DNS, file shares, Failover clusters, Internet Explorer, Exchange, web applications, Hyper-V, networking, Just Enough Administration, DNS, Remote Desktop Services, the System Center products (SCDPM, SCOM, SCSMA, SCSPF, SCSR, SCVMM), and more. In all, this is a great start in a single year, with more to come in 2015!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/12/17/another-holiday-present-from-the-powershell-team-dsc-reskit-wave-9.aspx

Azure AD Connect

Microsoft announces they are releasing a public preview of the “new” Azure AD Connect (you can download it here).

Azure AD Connect is “new” because it is now one integrated tool that includes all the advances of AAD Sync and the features from the beta release of Azure AD Connect into simple, fast & lightweight solution. Azure AD Connect has everything you need to connect your Windows Server AD(s) and Azure AD with only 4 clicks.

Now you can get started using Azure AD in under an hour, no new hardware required!

Read More……

http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2014/12/15/azure-ad-connect-one-simple-fast-lightweight-tool-to-connect-active-directory-and-azure-active-directory.aspx

Pomeroy Joins Microsoft Device Reseller Program

Selection is part of a limited group of companies to offer Microsoft Surface devices and services.

Hebron, KY – November 6, 2014 – Pomeroy, a global leader in optimizing the IT infrastructure, announced today it has joined a limited group of twenty companies in the United States participating in the Microsoft Devices Program, which allows clients to purchase Surface devices and commercial services through authorized resellers. –

See more at: http://www.pomeroy.com/home/news-and-events/2014/11/06/pomeroy-joins-microsoft-device-reseller-program#sthash.dVZB4Isu.dpuf

Azure as Your Disaster Recovery Site

Over at the System Center team’s blog site, they talk Azure Disaster Recovery.

Excerpt…

One of the biggest reveals during the TechEd 2014 North America keynote was the Preview of Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is the new name for Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HVRM). HVRM was the first use of the Azure public cloud for off-premise automation controlling on-premise private cloud fabric. HVRM had a lot of fans for its simplification of a complex and expensive process (DR site management and failover) but fewer adopters since the solution required customers to already have invested in a physical or partner-hosted DR site running a Microsoft private cloud.

Azure Disaster Recovery

Read more here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2014/07/01/microsoft-azure-site-recovery-your-dr-site-in-microsoft-azure.aspx

SCCM Team Blog: Introducing the Pull Distribution Point

Over on the TechNet blogs the introduce the SCCM Pull Distribution Point.

If you are one of the victims of bottle neck distribution points with a simplified hierarchy with no secondary sites then you are in luck.

With Cumulative Update 1 to System Center Configuration Manager the added Pull-Distribution points corrects this issue.
Read the explanation here:

Adobe Reader 11 Package Accelerator Available

Over on the TechNet blog they announced the Adobe Reader 11 Package Accelerator

As you may have seen, we announced that App-V 5.0 SP1 is now available as part of MDOP 2013.  In our many conversations at MMS a few weeks ago, we heard a lot of excitement around 5.0 SP1 as many of you are evaluating 5.0 alongside………

Read the whole post over on the “The Microsoft Application Virtualization Blog”………

http://blogs.technet.com/b/appv/archive/2013/04/30/adobe-reader-11-package-accelerator-available.aspx

System Center 2012: PowerShell – Connecting to Configuration Manager

From over on the TechNet blogs, explains the PowerShell connection with System Center 2012

Welcome to installment #2. In case you missed installment #1 – Getting Started – here’s the link. With the Getting Started blog, you tried a few basic Windows PowerShell cmdlets. I hope you took a bit of time to explore what other cmdlets are available in Windows. But now it’s time to get Configuration Manager hooked up to your PowerShell environment. Let’s start with the easy method………

Read the full post over on the “System Center Configuration Manager Team’s Blog Site”……

http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/03/27/powershell-connecting-to-configuration-manager.aspx

What’s New in App-V 5.0 SP1 and User Experience Virtualization 1.0 SP1

Over at the Windows blog they talk about what is new App-V 5.0 SP1

As you may have seen, on Wednesday, we announced that MDOP 2013 is now available and detailed the new updates and features made to Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). But some of you might be saying, “What about Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), and Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0? What is updated in these products?”

As you have heard us say over and over, your feedback is very important and helps drive what we build. Both UE-V and App-V 5.0 were released five months ago and we have seen these technologies adopted by companies like Eastman, NTTX,Etisalat Lanka. As more organizations continued to test and deploy these solutions, the more feedback we received. This feedback drove us to release service packs for UE-V and App-V 5.0 in MDOP 2013……

Read more on the “Spring Board Series Blog”………

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/04/11/what-s-new-in-application-virtualization-5-0-sp1-and-user-experience-virtualization-1-0-sp1.aspx