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Microsoft news and product information from microsoft.com and product team blogs
How Microsoft does IT
· How Microsoft IT Approaches Organizational Change Management Microsoft IT created an organizational change management framework to drive an organization-wide competency around planning, managing, and implementing organizational change. By utilizing a structured process and specific set of resources for addressing the impact of change on people, Microsoft IT is able to realize faster change adoption, maintaining momentum and its commitments while mitigating the natural resistance to change.
· Exchange Server 2010 Design and Architecture at Microsoft By replacing Exchange Server 2007 servers with servers running Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft IT created new opportunities to drive down costs and system complexities while at the same time increasing security and deploying new features not available in previous versions of Exchange Server.
Microsoft Cloud Services
· Have you maximized your BPOS investment? Microsoft Online Services is excited to introduce a new centralized portal that provides easy access to all the resources customers need to deploy and use their BPOS services.
· Check it out! Easily enable document version control in SharePoint Online One of SharePoint Online’s most useful features is the ability to check in and check out documents. This feature works automatically with Microsoft Office so you can open a document stored in a document library on SharePoint Online, check out the document, work on it offline, then check it back in.
· Service Update: July 2010 Release Availability, Features Announced The Microsoft Online Services Service Update for July 2010 is being deployed into production data centers and delivers new features for Hosted Blackberry customers.
· How to Use Windows Azure Blobs and CDN to Deliver Adaptive Streaming Video Steve Marx just posted a great overview about how to use Windows Azure Blobs and the Windows Azure CDN to deliver adaptive streaming video content in a format compatible with Silverlight's Smooth Streaming player.
· Windows Azure Architecture Guide – Part 1 Now Available The Microsoft Patterns & Practices team has just released the Windows Azure Architecture Guide - Volume 1. The first in a planned series about the Windows Azure platform, this book walks readers through how to adapt an existing, on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud.
· Windows Intune Second Public Beta Available Windows Intune brings together both Windows cloud services and software to keep PC’s well managed and up to date with the latest version of Windows. Windows Intune is the newest addition to Microsoft’s cloud family
Windows Desktop and Server – 7 / 2008 / Vista / 2003 / XP
· Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 – Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta Availability In order to download and install SP1, you must have a valid RTM version of Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed. This beta is intended for the IT professional – and does not have new end user features.
· Windows 7 Power Use Study In the new paper, they tested sleep, idle, low use and high use scenarios and built a model to estimate cost savings by using a centralized power management policy.
· Your Adding Office 2010 to MDT 2010 Environment Questions Answered! This weeks post is the part two to the Your Building a LiteTouch Bootable USB Image Questions Answered! post from 6/21.
· Improving Your Image: Sector-Based, File-Based, and Sysprep - What Makes the Most Sense? Part 1: Terms and Windows Tools Primer Welcome to blog number one in the series of imaging and image composition.
· 64-Bit Momentum Surges with Windows 7 Are you running a 64-bit edition of Windows 7? There is a high likelihood you are. As of June 2010, we see that 46% of all PCs worldwide running Windows 7 are running a 64-bit edition of Windows 7.
· Customizing Default users profile using CopyProfile Today’s blog is going to cover some issues around customizing default user profiles when deploying Windows.
· Directory Services: New DNS and AD DS BPA’s released (or: the most accurate list of DNS recommendations you will ever find from Microsoft) We’ve released another wave of Best Practices Analyzer rules for Windows Server 2008 / R2.
· Cluster: Guest Failover Clustering with VMware This blog discusses running a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) in a Virtual Machine (VM) on top of a VMware host. It is supported by Microsoft to run Failover Clustering in a virtualized environment; however the support policy varies for different guest OS versions.
· Deploying Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines on Windows Server 2008 R2 When running NLB as a Virtual Machine (VM) guest using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V you need to be aware of some specific configurations settings in Hyper-V host prior to configuring NLB.
· Remote Desktop Services: Remote Desktop Services Migration Guide is now available This document contains scalability results, testing methodologies, analysis, and guidelines for RD Gateway.
· Networking: Connecting to Wireless Networks with Windows 7 Windows 7 includes a simplified user experience for IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN networks. This article describes how to connect to and configure wireless networks on a computer running Windows 7.
· WSUS: “Important” drivers will start being targeted to WSUS. We would like to notify you of a change you will see starting next week. If your WSUS settings are configured to synchronize the “Drivers” update classification then your server will start syncing drivers designated as “Important.”
· MDOP: Asset Inventory Service BetaToday we are opening up the next beta of AIS 2.0. To sign up for the beta, please see the blog post.
· Internet Explorer: The Case of the Randomly Launching Internet Explorer Processes A while ago, I got the opportunity to work on an interesting case where the customer’s Explorer process was showing a continuous increase in handle count. Using Process Explorer we could see that these handles were open to various Iexplore.exe processes, which were showing as terminated. Interestingly however, these Iexplore.exe processes were not being started by any user.
· Understanding Group Policy Settings In Internet Explorer 8 To start, I wanted to address that Internet Explorer 8 has over 1300 Group Policy entries that can be configured, which is great for keeping your environment managed and safe. That can also create some challenges in wrapping your head around all of the possibilities, so I wanted to begin with a list of 10 entries that are usually the most asked-about control locations for IE8 from a support perspective.
· Caching Improvements in Internet Explorer 9 We’ve made a tremendous number of improvements to the way that Internet Explorer 9 caches content to ensure that as many resources as possible are loaded from the cache. This post describes those improvements which are now available in the third IE9 Platform Preview which was released last month.
· Linux Integration Services v2.1 Now Available We are really excited to announce the availability of the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1. This release marks yet another milestone in providing a comprehensive virtualization platform to our customers.
· App-V: App-V Versions I always like to keep an up to date spreadsheet with the App-V builds with me. I tend to distribute this to customers that are trying to understand what versions are the correct ones and also what the benefits are for each patch/full release.
· MED-V: Behavior of Expired MED-V Workspaces Explained If a user is attempting to start a MED-V Workspace and the user receives a message stating that there are no workspaces available, or they see list of workspaces and the one intended for the user is not available, this is usually because of one of the following reasons.
· Looking for PowerPivot information? It’s been just about a couple of months since PowerPivot was available for customers, and the customer feedback has surpassed our already high expectations! In case you’re just starting out, you can review the PowerPivot overview article.
· Leading Research Firm Gartner, Inc. Publishes Two Important Notes on Microsoft PowerPivot These important notes highlight the value of PowerPivot and how IT should prepare for and position PowerPivot. They also offer best practices based on real-world customer scenarios and feedback for building business intelligence (BI) and performance management architecture.
· Security Checklists on TechNet Wiki Rick Byham, our wonderful technical writer, just posted some checklists you may find useful on the TechNet Wiki. You can search the wiki for word checklist or use the links in the blog.
· Database Encryption Key (DEK) management This post will talk about DEK, what it is and how it is securely stored and managed inside a database.
· Moving mailboxes, Exchange 2010 way This is a high level comparison of Exchange Server 2007 vs. Exchange Server 2010. There is a radical change in mailbox moves from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 environment.
· Exchange 2010 SP1: What’s new with the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer? Wondering what’s new in Exchange Best Practices Analyzer for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 (ExBPA E14SP1)? Curious about how updates to the tool are being handled in Exchange 2010? Here’s the answer to some of your questions.
· Patching the Multi-Role Server DAG One of the things about Exchange 2010 that many of my customers find very attractive (and I have to agree with them) is the idea of the multi-role or “all-in-one” DAG server. This means having all three of the core Exchange 2010 roles installed on all of the servers in the DAG – Mailbox, Hub Transport and Client Access. There are a lot of reasons why this is an attractive solution, but here are a few of the main ones.
· Combining Web Farm publishing with Software or Hardware Based Load Balanced CAS arrays “How do I set things up when I have both TMG/UAG with a web farm and a hardware load balancer?” It’s a great question, as these days hardware load balancers are becoming commonplace, and trying to get both Forefront TMG/UAG and the load balancer to work together is important to get right. As it happens, I had written something about this up too, and was saving it for a rainy day, so it looks like today, it’s raining. I hope this helps answer the question. See also: Publishing Exchange Server 2010 with Forefront UAG and TMG
· The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Windows User State Virtualization (USV) Windows user state virtualization (USV) is a collection of Microsoft technologies that enables synchronization of user state information from individual computers to a central location. Centralized management and storage of user state is desirable because it provides users with mobility and flexibility while helping IT departments manage costs and compliance.
· CM: Screencast: Desired Configuration Management Series Our team member Jason Lewis has recently finished his screencast series that covers desired configuration management (DCM) with Configuration Manager 2007. The series on his blog consists of 12 screencasts that begin with an introduction of DCM and take you through the authoring experience for the different objects and setting types.
· DPM: New DPM 2010 TechNet Forums Last week, the DPM TechNet Forums were reorganized – so that it is easier for you to ask your question to the right group of experts -- and for them to answer you within context.
Office SharePoint Technologies
· Working with SharePoint 2010 Foundation Master Pages The master pages SharePoint 2010 utilizes are features from ASP.NET 2.0. They provide the ability to lay out the framework of a rendered page separate from the page containing the content. While master page customizations were an essential feature in the previous version of SharePoint as well, there have been many notable and important changes from 2007 to 2010.
· Upgrading Officecpub to SharePoint Server 2010 The Office Content Publishing team at Microsoft upgrades to SharePoint 2010.
· Workaround: Using Datasheet view when you have 64-bit Office installed When you install the 64-bit version of Office 2010, the Datasheet view functionality for SharePoint lists and libraries is not available (this applies to all versions of SharePoint).
· Announcing the release of the SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit V1 I am pleased to announce the availability of the first version of the SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit. In this toolkit we’ve included a couple of tools that were shipped releases and are now adapted to SharePoint 2010, along with two new tools.
Microsoft Office System
· Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Tools Availability The last couple of weeks have brought the release of tools (4 tools in 2 weeks!) to help IT Professionals expedite Office 2010 deployment. This posts highlights those four newly released tools and provides links to get started learning about using them.
· Office for Mac 2011 prepares for liftoff Take a look behind the scenes of some of the new tools to help your computer time be more efficient, and some of the people behind the product. Plus hear about the introduction of a new program.
· Access: Get to Access Services tables with OData OData is a Web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. There are already several OData producers like: IBM WebSphere, Microsoft SQL Azure, SQL Server Reporting Services; and live services like: Netflix or DBpedia among others. SharePoint 2010, is an OData provider as well and this enables Access Services as an OData provider as well. The following walkthrough shows how to extract data using OData from a published Access Northwind web template and consume it using Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010.
· Power Tip: Navigate around a ‘Save as’ roadblock It seems so simple and you've done it many times before. You have a Microsoft Access ACCDB database (from Access 2007 or 2010) and want to save it (convert it) to a Microsoft Access MDB format database so it can be used by Access 2003 or earlier.
· Excel: How it's Made: Tower Defense - a Game in Excel 2010 In today's post, we'll show you how the arcade game Tower Defense was created in an Excel spreadsheet (see a video of the game being played here). In this game, creeps move toward your castle. You must defend it by placing towers which shoot at the creeps. The more creeps you kill, the more money you get to buy and upgrade your towers.
· Posted Thu, Jun 10 2010
· Outlook: Quick Rule Creation in Outlook 2010 If you are a heavy email user like me, chances are good that you subscribe to a lot of mailing lists. Unsolicited spam is one issue we battle in our inboxes, but perhaps more perplexing is the amount of email messages that we call “graymail.”
· Use the Outlook Social Connector with Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Windows Live! Today, we are announcing that you can use the Outlook Social Connector with Facebook and Windows Live. Our partners LinkedIn and MySpace are also releasing updates for their providers. All of the latest providers appear on the provider page.
· Project: Use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to help manage your project Social networking tools also help uncover hidden knowledge that has difficulty surfacing through normal conversations and e-mail. And when the hidden knowledge is surfaced, it tends to stay surfaced and not disappear when team members move on.
· Visio: Volume Activation for Visio 2010 Explained If you’re an IT administrator managing multiple copies of Visio and Office 2010, this post explains some changes and improvements we’ve made to the deployment experience for Visio 2010. Visio 2010 deployment is a little different than Office 2010 deployment, and this article will illustrate all those differences.
· Word: Fine-tune your line spacing in Word 2010 Word 2007 and Word 2010 have a different line spacing default than Word 2003 and earlier versions. Back in 2007, the product designers changed the default line spacing to improve document readability, according to a 2006 blog post by Stuart Stuple, one of the Microsoft Word program managers for Word 2007.
· Converging Endpoint Security and Management: Say hello to Forefront Endpoint Protection The team has delivered the anticipated Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) public beta to customers. The successor of Forefront Client Security is built on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, allowing customers to use their existing client management infrastructure to deploy and manage endpoint protection.
· UAG: Forefront UAG DirectAccess performance information You’ve all been asking for it, and now we have produced it… some UAG DirectAccess performance information. The article contains more detailed information about the number of users supported on the hardware and additional caveats
· CRM: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 beta coming in September Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, the next version of Microsoft's customer relationship management software, will be released to beta in September and officially released by the end of this year. See also: Introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
· All Snacks Now Available All the new training snacks are released and available for customers and partners.
· NAV: Making a Page or Report Available from Search in the RoleTailored Client In the RoleTailored client, the Search feature finds only pages and reports that are accessible from the navigation pane, which includes the Home button, Activity buttons, and Departments. So if you want to make a page or report available from search, then add it to the Home button, an Activity button, or Departments.
· Announcing the upcoming release of EMET v2 In October 2009, we released a tool on this blog called EMET that provides users with the ability to deploy security mitigation technologies to arbitrary applications. Doing so helps to prevent vulnerabilities in those applications (especially line of business and 3rd party apps) from successfully being exploited. It also responds to requests from customers to help manage risk in older, legacy products while they are in the process of transitioning over to modern, more secure products
· Planning a trip using Groups, OneNote, and SkyDrive The last time I planned a summer trip with a group of friends, it was a long process that involved picking the right dates, finding hotels, and looking for activities to do once we got there. It was all pretty disorganized, with long email threads and multiple copies of documents that people had been sending back and forth in email.
Microsoft Developer Information
· Windows Phone 7 Design Resources – UI Guide and Design Templates With the Windows Phone Developer Tools in Beta and Windows Phone 7 in Technical Preview, now is the time for you to build Windows Phone 7 apps in earnest. We have refreshed our developer documentation to help you build those apps, and we have two, new design-focused documents to help you make them look beautiful.
· Developing a provider for the Outlook Social Connector version 1.1 Following the release of the Outlook Social Connector (OSC) version 1.1 and the availability of new and updated providers, we have released a set of updated and expanded content for developers. The Outlook Social Connector 1.1 Provider Reference incorporates content from OSC 1.0 with new additions for OSC 1.1.
· Identifying query compile/runtime parameter values using XML SHOWPLAN output. It became very apparent to me that XML SHOWPLAN, a highly useful feature of SQL Server, is not well understood and not being used to identify a common issue related to parameter sniffing.
· Microsoft Cloud Services: New Paper: Security Best Practices For Developing Windows Azure Applications Over the last few months, a small cross-group team within Microsoft, including the SDL team, has written a paper that explains how to use the security defenses in Windows Azure as well as how to apply practices from the SDL to build more secure Windows Azure solutions.
· VSTFS: Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 – Host group and Library Share management The blog here talks about some of the management activities that could be done in Virtual Machine Manager library share and Virtual Machine Manager host group and its implication in Visual Studio Lab Management 2010. In this blog, I will refer Virtual Machine Manager as VMM server.
· Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 Walkthrough VHD To enable quick evaluation of the Lab Management 2010 pre-RTM, we have created a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V based Virtual Machine (VM) that provides an all-in-one setup with pre-configured System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server with Lab Management enabled. You can download this pre-configured VM from here.
Monthly Reminders of Good Information Sources:
- Security Page – Links to Key Information
- Malware Protection Center The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) provides world class antimalware research and response capabilities that support Microsoft’s range of security products and services. With laboratories in multiple locations around the globe the MMPC is able to respond quickly and effectively to new malicious and potentially unwanted software threats wherever and whenever they arise.
- HotFix & Security Bulletin Search
- Microsoft Solution Accelerators are free, authoritative resources to help IT professionals proactively plan, integrate, and operate IT systems.
- Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability at the time of product release.
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List of Upcoming WebCasts: http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/upcoming.mspx
List of Previous WebCasts for on demand viewing: http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/ondemand.mspx
See the Top Ten List of the most popular webcasts.
Recent Security Bulletins (Security Bulletin Archives)
- Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2010
- Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for June 2010
- Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2010
Last 5 Published or Updated Security Advisories:
Microsoft Security Advisory (2286198)
Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Published or Last Updated: 7/20/2010
Microsoft Security Advisory (2219475)
Vulnerability in Windows Help and Support Center Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Published or Last Updated: 7/13/2010
Microsoft Security Advisory (2028859)
Vulnerability in Canonical Display Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Published or Last Updated: 7/13/2010
Microsoft Security Advisory (980088)
Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Information Disclosure
Published or Last Updated: 6/9/2010
Microsoft Security Advisory (983438)
Vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
Published or Last Updated: 6/8/2010
For the entire list of published Security Advisories, visit the Security Advisory Archive Web site.
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