Getting started with Windows 10 as a Service

Image result for windows 10 cloudStarting with Windows 10, version 1607 (Windows 10 Anniversary Update), you can move from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise more easily than ever before—no keys and no reboots. To get started, there are two options for you to start the subscription, either to get Windows 10 E3 or go for Windows 10 E5.

Whatever is the case, the steps to get started are the same. Below, are the steps that you can follow to start using Windows 10 as a Service once you buy a license.

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Upgrading your SQL Server 2014 Evaluation to Full Version

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I installed Microsoft SQL Server 2014 a couple of months before on my PC, but now I suddenly found that the evaluation period has expired and a message appears when I try to open SQL Server Management Studio:

Evaluation period has expired. For information on how to upgrade your evaluation software please go to http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy. I seem to find a easy solution to this problem.

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Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a new package of services that includes new features as a totally new Operating System. Windows 8.1 is free for all users of Windows 8. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 adds hundreds of new features and functionality of Windows 8 without removing existing features, and is completely free to all existing users of Windows 8.

 

Upgrading from Windows 8.1 is based largely on assessments that Microsoft has received from millions of Windows 8 users in the last year. This update is supposed to encourage users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to upgrade to the latest version of Windows i.e Windows 8.1 . Windows 8.1 adds new Start button button to switch easily to the Home screen and desktop, settings to customize the home screen, the option to automatically set as desktop background screen, an easier way to turn off and restart the PC and hundreds of other features.

Below are the main features added to Windows 8.1 which were not available in windows 8.

  1. Start Screen
  2. Lock Screen slideshow
  3. Internet Explorer 11
  4. Extra Large and Small tiles
  5. Use desktop background as Start screen background
  6. Slide to shutdown
  7. All apps screen
  8. Shutdown and restart options in Win + X menu
  9. Updated PC settings
  10. Click to call i Internet Explorer 11
  11. Sync Start screen layout across PCs
  12. Support for touch-pad gestures out of the box
  13. Uninstall multiple apps at once
  14. Uninstall apps from multiple PCs at once
  15. Network behavior monitoring in Defender
  16. new Start Screen Patterns
  17. Sync Internet Explorer tabs across PCs
  18. Snap up to three apps on each screen
  19. Calculator app
  20. Alarm app
  21. Outlook 2013 RT
  22. Reading List
  23. New Windows Store
  24. New SkyDrive app

Client Hyper-V in Windows 8

Client Hyper-V is the same virtualization technology previously available in Windows Server operating system. Unlike in earlier client operating systems, the technology is now built into Windows 8.

Hyper- V is currently selling like a hot cake across the world and it’s nothing like rocket science to understand and configure Client Hyper-V too. IT Pros and developers can use this technology to create virtual Machines (VM) and can move them from Client Hyper-V to server Hyper-V.

To Enable using GUI:

  1. On the Control Panel click “Programs”, and then click “Programs and Features”

  2. Click “Turn Windows features on or off”

  3. Click “Hyper-V”, and then click “OK”, and then click “Close”

  4. Machine must be restarted to complete installation.

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There a few features included in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V that are not included in Client Hyper-V like the remote FX, Live VM migration, Hyper-V Replica, etc.

Note that Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). Atleast 4 GB RAM is required. The RAM on your Client Hyper-V machine is allocated and de-allocated dynamically as required by the VMs. We can run several VMs on a Client Hyper-V machine depending on the RAM requirements for each VM.

Client Hyper-V supports server Hyper-V’s “Live Storage Move” capability. This means we can use our host VMs keeping it independent of the underlying storage. We can move VMs to and from one local drive to another, to a USB stick, or to a remote file share without needing to stop the VM.

Access to Windows 7 RTM?

Many of you might be interested to know exactly when you will be able to get your hands on RTM, but folks, when you can have access to Windows 7 RTM entirely depends upon who you are! Who you are in the sense, whether you are ‘ Microsoft Partners(Independent Software Vendor and Independent Hardware Vendor)’ & Original Equipment Manufacturers(OEMs) or Business Customers or simply an enthusiast. Microsofties have categorized these group of people into different names and have already declared few important dates on when they would be getting the RTM code.

All the Partners & OEMs i.e ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. Similarly, the TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers will also have access through their respective TechNet or MSDN portals on this day.

Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th while Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will have access downloading it starting August 23rd.

Sad but true, I do not fall under any of the categories above. But, as a Microsoft Student Partner and a technology enthusiast, I have been enjoying the Windows 7 beta release and the latest Release Candidate. Now, I have a doubt if I would be able to enjoy RTM too as for this is the final build which will be appearing in software vendors by 22nd October, 2009.

It is said, ‘Where there is will, there is a way’. Let me check out this time, if there is a way for me, since I am no less willing to test RTM as well.

Virtual PC: An overview

Microsoft Virtual PC is a product that enables us to run several operating systems inside our existing one, each one of them acting as a real PC. This is very useful when we have a problem of system incompatibility. A virtual PC can share its network with the host operating system, making it possible to run several virtual machines at one, simulating a complete network, acting as if it were unique servers on the network.

This makes a very fantastic use before deploying something to the real production servers. In the other hand, It also saves reconfiguration time so that we can increase up our convenience and efficiency without wasting much time.

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Please, make note that above  interface is a screenshot of Microsoft Virtual PC environment.

Windows Virtual PC (Beta) is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology that allows us to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a Windows 7-based PC.

You may want to download Windows Virtual PC (beta) here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=65E1C5EB-DF9B-415F-B2D6-27F6EF5DCEB9&displaylang=en

(Please, make sure that your PC has Windows 7 RC installed in it. Windows 7 beta do not support this feature.)

You may also want to download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en