Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Resources

Today, Microsoft have released the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidate (or Release Preview) builds to the public for testing and feedback.

I’ve compiled a list of the downloads that Microsoft has made available. If anyone has anything to add, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

Windows 8 Release Preview – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate – http://www.tomontech.com/2012/05/windows-server-2012-release-candidate-now-available/

Windows Assessement and Deployment Kit – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29929

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate now available

Today, Microsoft have made available the Release Candidate build of Windows Server 2012.

Here are the download links for English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese:

English: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/winsvr2012rc/6/D/7/6D72B71B-AB11-4C93-969D-83DBC5C1972F/8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_SERVER_EN-US-HRC_SSS_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO?lcid=1033&cprod=w8svrtn

French: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/winsvr2012rc/3/3/3/33303107-59F4-40F1-ADFB-FD6E4B0F3E12/8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_SERVER_FR-FR-HRC_SSS_X64FRE_FR-FR_DV5.ISO?lcid=1036&cprod=w8svrtn

Spanish: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/winsvr2012rc/2/C/C/2CC04B95-CADC-413F-83C4-61F508EEE522/8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_SERVER_ES-ES-HRC_SSS_X64FRE_ES-ES_DV5.ISO?lcid=1034&cprod=w8svrtn

German: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/winsvr2012rc/2/E/2/2E20F438-CB79-4295-9B6B-6FCC2FD4D09E/8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_SERVER_DE-DE-HRC_SSS_X64FRE_DE-DE_DV5.ISO?lcid=1031&cprod=w8svrtn

Japanese: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/winsvr2012rc/7/A/B/7ABBC7E6-53B8-4FE7-9DC1-7B1769A671E3/8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423_X64FRE_SERVER_JA-JP-HRC_SSS_X64FRE_JA-JP_DV5.ISO?lcid=1041&cprod=w8svrtn

Samsung releases drivers for Windows 8 on Series 7 Slate

slateToday, Samsung have released drivers and guidance for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on their Series 7 Slate.

Included are firmware and driver update directions, system backup dirextions, an updated driver for the rotation sensor, and updated firmware for the touch screen.

All information can be found at http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/

Pro-tip: Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client and Windows 8 Consumer Preview

imageIf you’re like me and you use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to access corporate resources, you may have noticed that it doesn’t want to work out of the box on Windows 8.

You might see error messages like “The VPN Client driver has encountered an error.” or “Cannot initiate VPN.

Turns out there is a quick and easy fix for this.

From the Start screen type “regedit” or press the Windows Key+R and type “regedit” and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.

Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesvpnva

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Double-click on the DisplayName key, and remove the INF information from the display name so that it appears as Cisco AnyConnect VPN Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64. (or the 32-bit / x86 equivalent)

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Click OK. Close Registry Editor and launch the AnyConnect client. The connection should work normally.

Known issue with Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Home Server 2011

There is a known issue between Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Home Server 2011. The connector installation requires .NET 3.5, however, Windows 8 Consumer Preview ships with .NET 3.5 turned off. This is an easy fix and will enable the connector to install successfully.

1. From the Start Screen, select Desktop

2. Click the Windows Explorer icon (next to the Internet Explorer icon) on the taskbar.

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3. Click on Uninstall or Change a Program on the Ribbon (may need to expand the Ribbon first)

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4. Click Turn Windows Features on or off

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5. Check the box for .NET Framework 3.5, and click OK

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6. You’ll be notified that Windows needs additional files to install the requested feature. Click Download files from Windows Update.

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7. Windows will download required files and when done click Close.

That’s it! Now, you can install the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector as you would on any other computer.

Windows 8–Developer Resources

Thought I’d pass this list along for anyone wanting to get started with Windows 8 and Metro style.

Developer downloads

Content

URL

Details

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download

http://bitly.com/WIN8cp

Windows 8 Consumer Preview download (web installer or ISO’s), videos, and FAQ’s.

Developer downloads for Metro style apps

http://bitly.com/metroDwnld

Visual Studio 11 Express and the Windows 8 SDK + all the extra tools and SDK’s for Metro style app development.

Design assets for Metro style apps

http://bitly.com/MetroUX

100+ Photoshop files with common controls, shell components, tiles, icons, animation clips, color wheel references, and more.

Metro style app developer content

Content

URL

Details

Windows Dev Center home

http://bitly.com/DevCtr

Links to Metro style app, Desktop app, Hardware, and IE development.

Metro style app development home

http://bitly.com/MetroCtr

Links to key resources for designing, developing, and selling Metro style apps.

Product guide for developers

http://bitly.com/PGwin8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Developers.

Official documentation

http://bitly.com/MetroDocs

Comprehensive docs, articles, quickstarts, roadmaps, tutorials, checklists, developer agreements, and whitepapers covering all aspects of app design, development, and selling:

· Getting started

· Planning apps

· Designing UX for apps

· Developing apps

· Packaging apps

· Debugging and testing apps

· Selling apps

· API reference

· Concepts and architecture

· Language reference

· End-to-end apps

Design resources

http://bitly.com/DesignUX

Design principles, UX design patterns, detailed UX guidelines, downloadable design assets, assessing usability.

Selling apps in the  Windows Store

http://bitly.com/W8Store

Windows Store markets, developer agreements, and checklists to prepare.

Developer downloads for Metro style apps

http://bitly.com/DwnldsMetro

Visual Studio Express and the Windows 8 SDK + extra tools and SDK’s for Metro style app development.

Metro style app samples

http://bitly.com/MetroSmpls

Over 200 official samples from Microsoft are available in multiple programming languages. You can copy code inline, upload new code, rate, and leave comments.

Developer forums

http://bitly.com/MetroForums

Developer forums for Metro style apps covering designing, developing, and selling apps.

Blogs for developers

Blog Name

URL

Details

Building Windows 8 blog (B8)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

An inside look at how, what, and why different features of Windows 8 are being built. This blog is written by Windows President Steven Sinofsky together with members of the Windows engineering team.

Windows Store blog for developers

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore

All about doing business in the Windows Store. Members of the engineering team who’ve built the Windows Store write posts along with Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services.

Windows 8 app developer blog (D8)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappdev

Explores best practices for coding and designing Metro style apps.  It is written by the team of developers who are building Windows 8.

IE blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/

Windows Internet Explorer Engineering Team Blog.

Inside Windows Live blog

http://windowsteamblog.com/
windows_live/b/windowslive/

The engineering being Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and Windows Live.

Visual Studio Blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/

The official source of product insight from the Visual Studio Engineering Team.

The Windows Blog

http://windowsteamblog.com/

Consumer and general interest topics.

Windows Server “8” Beta released

This morning, Microsoft announced the release of the Windows Server “8” beta. Windows Server “8” is the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2 and is a member of the Windows 8 family.

Microsoft has four pillars around the release of Windows Server “8”:

– Windows Server “8” goes beyond virtualization – With this release, Microsoft is building an infrastructure capable of running much more than a simple virtual machine. Features are being built in that enable new public and private cloud based scenarios.

– Windows Server “8” brings the power of many servers and the simplicity of one – New features are added that enable users to take better advantage of commodity storage, provide simplification to server management, and provide uptime in a better and more cost-effective manner.

– Windows Server “8” is designed for every app and every cloud – Server “8” will enable flexibility in deploying applications on-premise or in the cloud or a combination thereof using similar tools and frameworks. Windows Server “8” will be highly scalable and elastic providing for better density and efficiency, as well as providing a better platform for hosting providers.

– Windows Server “8” enables the modern workstyle – Server “8” enables enterprises to offer access to corporate data and applications on any device while providing a secure and seamless experience no matter where users are in the world.

Microsoft’s Bill Laing has a post for more on Windows Server “8” that I highly suggest reading.

If you want to download and evaluate Windows Server “8”, click here