* Posts by CLD

25 posts • joined 10 Oct 2013

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush


Re: Cores n sockets and a license to print money...

I hope this help you...

The "per-core" licensing model has been around for a while, it kicked in for the Windows Server operating system when Server 2016 come out.

The reason for this is that that Microsoft was missing out on revenue. The old licensing covered you for two sockets (so in your example above, you would have needed two licenses to cover a 4 socket server). Because of this, people tried limiting their servers to two sockets with as many cores as possible.

Microsoft amend their structure with the justification that in aligned their Online Azure licensing (which is per core) with their on-prem licensing, thereby allowing businesses to make a better comparison.

The new licenses are still tied to two sockets. A pack of 16 core licenses is pretty much the same price as one of the old 2 socket licenses. The 16 core licenses can be spread across 2 sockets. You can also purchase 2 core add-on packs. Therefore you have the option of purchasing 2x16core packs (approximately the same price as before) or a 16core pack a 6x2core packs, which should provide a saving.

With SQL Server licening I believe you have two options, license the host (28 cores in your case) or license the VM (4 cores). The latter can mean you move out of license compliance if someone bumps up the number of cores assigned to your VM, but that is something you need to deal with internally. Licensing the host allows unlimited SQL servers to be run on the host. When licensing virtual servers, a minimum of 4 cores have to be licensed regardless.

This should help: https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/8/C/78CDF005-97C1-4129-926B-CE4A6FE92CF5/SQL_Server_2017_Licensing_guide.pdf

Windows 10 market share fell in September


Re: ... we know mass enterprise adoption is still to come - ?

"How confident are "we" about this?"

Intel will be releasing their Kaby Lake processors in the coming months.. Microsoft will only support Windows 10 on that silicon. If you are a business and buy a PC from one of the big players (Lenovo, Dell, HP) it will have a Kaby Lake processor in it soon enough. If you do an annual refresh of your PC's, you're probably going to have to move to Windows 10 (if you want support).


Also, businesses which wish to keep their PC's with a supported Windows OS, have until 14th Jan 2020 to replace all their Win7 devices. We are getting very close to the 3 years to go mark. With businesses now frequently running a 20% annual replacement cycle, they are going to have to start moving soon.


Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday


Regarding your second question, AFAIK it works in this manner: Printers require drivers to be installed on each system to tell the applications how to print. The drivers have direct access to the kernel of the system. There are group policies which businesses can use to restrict access to only named print servers, but many businesses will just enable any domain related device to be a print server.

Not too hard (especially with physical access to a PC) to install and share some printers. These could be malicious drivers which, if someone connects to your shared printer, you've got code to interact with the kernel of their system - basically you could take ownership of it.

If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it


"Yet the majority of Windows 8.1 users have stuck with the old, frustrating, operating system, despite Windows 10 being free. Why?"

Outside of work devices where various business apps need to be updated to be Win10 compatible, the biggest let down in the home space has been the lack of Windows Media Centre. I know a number of people running Windows Media Centre at home and are unable to upgrade. Yes, there are third party alternatives (such as Kodi), but the effort involved with migrating does not seem worth it; it also takes a while of fiddling to figure out that the system just won't do what you want.

Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10


This does not make me happy

I've been using the Media Centre option for years, ever since the XP version, I've tried others, but always come back to WMC. I do not use it as a PVR (I tried but my original TV-Tuner card sucked and I have never bought another). I do use it to play music and movies. For the latter I use My Movies (http://www.mymovies.dk) which I think is great... I've submitted a heap of DVD's to their system over the years and love the value it brings.

I've installed Windows Media Centres for a number of friends and have a list of friends that still want this set up. I regularly have people visit who want to know what I'm using and want details on how to set it up. They are often surprised it is a Windows Add-on.

The great thing is this would work on old hardware... grab a second hand Core-2 system, slap in an SSD for fast booting, a graphics card with HDMI out, maybe a 3/4TB hdd for storage of movies, tv shows, music, photos... even a Blu-Ray or DVD drive.. This can all be done incrementally when budgets allow. Recently I got 2 X-Box 360 wireless controllers with USB transceiver and installed Steam, now my Media Centre is a gaming console too...

There is so much value Microsoft could have delivered in this space, Microsoft never positioned it properly. I've never seen a Media Centre in an electronics store next to the TV's, PVR's and DVD Players... Getting Windows Media Centre into these stores and some face time with the market would have helped.

I would rather MS make the WMC component open source and let the community develop it, or even just make it a free download with no further development to take place. I do not care for the DVD playing functionality, that Codec can be provided by installing it in other ways (e.g. PowerDVD). There is so much development that could have occurred to make this even better... it is a shame it is going to be dropped. It looks like my Media Centres will not be reimaged when Win 10 comes out.

Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test


Re: Paper techs......

Yet I have seen too many IT Administrators which could not be bothered getting their certs, making completely misguided decisions based on a lack of knowledge. A bit of basic training would have helped in each of those situations. I have seen businesses paying heaps in lost purchasing none-required services, outages or over consumption because the IT staff did not know how to support the basic Windows Server environment which would have come by having certified staff.

Certs are not worthless, they are merely a benchmark upon which to weigh up the skills of prospective employees. Experience can be worthless too... I have see people doing the same job for 10 years, never looking at how it can be done better, not certified, just plodding... I have seen other people meet challenge after challenge, being mentored, getting heaps of professional development and adding heaps of value to the organisations they work for.

Experience and Certs go great hand in hand, one without the other can mean there is something lacking...

Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps


Good on ya Bing

I like Bing - there I admit it... especially their beautiful photo's each day. Good to see photographers being supported in this manner.

I don't dislike Google, but I do dislike how they monitor what I search and then I get adverts popping up all over the place using those terms. Better than getting random adverts though I suppose... I use Bing by default and move to Google when I cannot find what I want... even then I am not guaranteed to find what I want.

Bing is the underdog, we all know it. I find it amusing that many of the innovations Bing has implemented to try and get market share, Google has copied (seems like they have forgotten how to innovate). Example for this is the image search and continually scrolling page.

If Microsoft supported Firefox, so that Bing became the default search engine for Firefox, it would be interesting to see how much market share they would steal... So many home users have no idea what a search engine is and use the one that was installed last time they visited a page.

Sad to see so many workplaces defaulting the search engine to Google (hell, in my current workplace, I cannot even change the search providers) and putting links on their intranets to Google (apparently staff struggle to use web browsers).

Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First


Re: er, people ARE forced to use Microsoft software...

"If you work for a big company, management are just TOO frightened to NOT use microsoft..."

I completely disagree, I have seen businesses use other products, moving away from MS because of the cost and then coming back because the staff ultimately request it, they notice a hit to their productivity, or they have other more valuable, third party apps which the business needs which are built on top of the MS tech.

The cost of moving away from MS products pales compared to the cost of moving away from all the key business applications which ride on the back of that technology.

"when we switched to the latest Office, this poor IT guy, here, had to go round and enable not just compatibility mode, but styles and fonts that everyone used, so letters still were standard..."

Really, this should have been tested and planned as part of the roll-out. The compatibility mode could have been done via group policy. Not sure about the styles and fonts, but pretty sure there would have been ways to roll that out as part of the deployment.

UK government officially adopts Open Document Format


Re: Yay!

I love the Ribbon - going back to the god awful file menu structure hurts.... it's archaic and was retired for a lot of valid reasons.

Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys


Re: Silly sod

"Why is that? Is Autism increasing, or are people arrested for crimes rushing into a diagnosis they think might help them get off with a lighter punishment?"

Probably a little from Column A and a little from Column B...

One thing I find interesting, is that studies show that kids from parents with technical backgrounds are more likely to have Autism (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-geeky-couples-more-likely-to-have-kids-with-autism/). I would suggest that it is a form of natural selection / evolution whereby the offspring are genetically predisposed to reinforce certain traits which helped the parents / grandparents whilst neglecting others (e.g. Intense Focus on problems but loss of social awareness). More and more of us are living technical careers, so I could see this issue increasing in future.

Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again


Shame he can't read the stat's properly

Another article which is set to divide and get people espousing how they like / hate a certain OS.

By combining the stat's of Windows 8 and 8.1, we can see that (based on the numbers in the table provided by Netmarketshare) Windows 8 has been achieving market growth.. by working our the average difference each month, Windows 8 and 8.1 has achieved a growth rate of 0.41125% per month. Nothing flash, but growth non the less.

Looking at the figures for Statcounter, Windows 8 and 8.1 combined hold 14.27% of the market. This surpasses OSX (8.57), Linux (1.37) and Other (1.1) who have a combined total of 11.04%.

Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again


Re: A possible explanation

I suppose adding to this, a number of our staff are grabbing some of the old machines with Vista Business licenses and buying SSD's and a Windows 8 upgrade license and building media centre's out of them... I've seen one and it works great.


Re: A possible explanation

We wipe our machines with DBAN and then give them to a eWaste recycler; the eWaste recycler chooses what to dispose of and what to resell. We do allow staff to take some of the machines home once they've been wiped - espically the IT folks; anything they learn at home from tinkering can potentially be applied in the work space, which is a win-win situation. Always good to know your eWaste is not going to landfill.

Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS


Re: And what have we learned Microsoft?

I'm afraid the "people just simply like the XP interface" hence they don't upgrade is a bit of a fail... more real world, is that most people and businesses are trying hard not to spend money and have failed to budget for the replacements.

The other reason it is a fail, is because lots of businesses and home users still run applications which work on Windows XP, but do not port nicely to Windows 7 or Windows 8. 16 bit apps working within XP is one example.

I'm in the middle of a migration of a business at the moment and some applications we just can't port. The $$$ were not in the budget to buy new instances of the software that support a newer OS, so they will be staying for a little while yet. Hopefully we can slip the money into next years budget.

Windows 7 is not going to cause any real anxiety due to the change in interface, but the code underneath is suitably different to mean some applications just don't port nicely and it may cost you $$$ to upgrade or migrate.

China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

Big Brother


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He who controls the present controls the past;

He who controls the past controls the future.

I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst


Re: Not going to give it away for free

With Office365, now that its a subscription, the turn around for add-on features is quicker rather than slower. In the past, MS had about three years to code and test all their office updates and release them in a big hit. With Office 365, MS is releasing updates and upgrades on a monthly cycle... a considerable difference considering all the compatibility testing they need to do for each change.


Re: I have better idea

Have a look at your OEM license... i'm pretty sure you have downgrade rights. If you really feel the need to install Win7, grab a win7 disk and run the install. When it gets to the licensing section of the install, you make have to call Microsoft to explain the situation and get a valid key, but I never had any issues with this in the past.


I generally agree with your sentiment. It is interesting how people embrace change on one hand and resist it on the other... As with Windows 8 and 8.1... I really like them (I know this runs against what all the haters want to hear). Again, like yourself, i can across from DOS to Win3.11 and have made each step along the way. I have worked in IT supporting systems back to WinNT4 and performing the same switch (XP to Win7 in my current org); Still, I remember the bitching that people had when XP came out (the XP Start Menu was different to the Win2K one and many organisations locked it into the Win2k look because their users were afraid of change); I remember when XP SP2 came out, hell forbid, but it came with a firewall and again a lot of complaints by the community.

For me, the Win8 machines are fast and fluid, i don't dislike TIFKAM, in fact I find myself using it more... i see it as an opportunity; a chance to try another working environment; I still have my desktop for most of what i do, but some apps just work better as TIFKAM apps and not desktop apps. If you're experience is not the same, that is a shame - it meets my expectations, it's a shame it does not meet yours.

As far as i am concerned, Microsoft's between a rock and a hard place: don't innovate/change - people complain. Makes changes/innovate - people complain.

Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals


Re: We are making it simpler

The changes are because most people are leveraging a virtual environment today... consider:

"What extra 25% value are we getting?" - each Windows Server Standard License now allows you to run two VM's rather than one... There's double the value there.

"a windows server should be per CPU only" - in a virtualised world, would you license the virtual CPU as well? If you are oversubscibing your server CPU's, would you pay for each of them multiple times? If you are running VMware on your server or some other non-MS hypervisor, how do you see that working? Would you go sockets, cores or threads?

No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE


Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.

I don't think this will do either, but it may dilute the console market place a bit more... The reason i don't think this will kill PC gaming, is that some games just don't work nicely on a console - for instance, I like to play the Civilisation games, these would be terrible on a console under a TV.

Not sure if the market will happily fit four consoles (Xbox, Playstation, Wii and SteamBox)...

I hope they understand that a console is so much more than a gaming device... it is a media hub. Most console owners i know use it more to watch videos and play music than they do with games. As long as this device has a good media centre interface then they should be onto a winner.

Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012


Re: "Most" enterprises "want" hybrid cloud??

MS have dumped their Enterprise Edition Licenses. Standard Edition Server Licenses now allow you to run 2 VM's. If you run Data Center 2012 R2 on the host, the 2012 R2 VM's are VM aware and smart enough to read the hosts License Key and do not prompt you for licensing.

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world


Re: It could have been so good... :(

With Windows you can choose the UI, it just doesn't come out the box... I've used Aston Shell in the past which was quite sleek, there are other third party add-ons / extensions to change the look and feel too (Wincustomise and Classic Shell for Win8 are two examples). Windows is foundational... it is designed to be built upon, like almost all MS products. If it doesn't meet your requirements, go hunting, there are probably already extensions out there to meet your needs.


Re: Still not enough

I concur with the two of you... even after 18 years of the start menu (going back to Windows 95), users still don't know how to use it. I have also spoken to a lot of people who simply cannot find an application if it doesn't have a shortcut on the desktop. Tech staff typically either pin the applications to their task bar, or touch the Windows key then start typing the application name. Win8 provides the same function.

The restistance to change is amazing... honestly, how much time do you spend in the Start menu??? I personally don't see it so much as a start menu, rather a hop off point to certain apps (which thanks to the live tiles can provide real-time updates) and another interface for developers to create tools that may not work particularly well in the desktop arena.

I believe the slump in PC sales can be put down to a few reasons, and none of that has to do with Microsost's OS. Firstly, the hardware of the last 5 years is still more than capable of running any of the new OS's... I am running Windows 8.1 on a Dell D630 laptop with a core 2 duo and it runs great. it had Win7 and before that WinXP. Win8 is fast and sleek... i have no requirement for new hardware. From a business standpoint, most organisations seem to be falling into the same boat; the three year refresh cycle has given way to a four year (or more) refresh cycle (because the hardware still works). The second reason is the global economic climate... most businesses are under pressure to cut costs - IT does it's part, and because the hardware is still usable, the warranties get renewed for another year rather than CAPEX expenditure for new PC's.

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross


Re: Worse things

Being concerned with the rollout of the 2007 Office suite for an organiseation, I needed to both understand and "sell" its feature to the business... Key to this was the Ribbon interface. The Ribbon was innovative and represented change - change is often resisted, but with some training, videos, explainations and mentoring, people tend to embrace the change rather than resist it.

I feel for those businesses that have IT staff that just swap out the product without providing training. I have enough stories of IT staff coming through and upgrading all staff PC's to the later versions of office without consultation and support. This causes frustration and resistance and has little to do with the end product.

When Microsoft went to market to ask for the features people (businesses and customers) wanted in the 2007 version, over 90% of the featured existed, they just didn't know where to find them. That was what forced the radical redesign. The design worked, features are generally easier to find and not hidden in layers of Menu, Options, Tab, New Window, new tab and option.

I see it as a good thing that Microsoft is trying to be innovative... they are between a rock and a hard place - innovate too much, people complain. Don't innovate enough, people complain. Most of the time, the market leader can rest on their laurels and let the industry try to catch up... in this case and the case with Windows 8, Microsoft had the leading market share and was still innovating.

The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?


Consider Security and Patch Management

One thing that does not get mentioned a lot when discussing changing browsers is patch management. As every browser is a portal into your network, this is something that should not be forgotten. Within a Windows environment I am a supporter of only using IE and leveraging the Windows Update / WSUS / SCCM solutions to not only update the browsers, but to keep them patched.

I don't want to get into individuals thoughts on the security viability of each browser (they all have their flaws and depending on whose reports you read, will depend on the security rating they are given). I would be keen to hear of any network wide solutions that people have used that can keep Firefox / Chrome patched on a corporate network. Also, what do people think about repackaging the products everytime Firefox / Chrome release a new version?


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