Knowledge Network Technical Refresh Now Available on Betplace

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Knowledge Network Technical Refresh for those organizations that already have access to the Microsoft Betaplace site. The software, as well as related documentation, is available for download from Microsoft Betaplace.  Once you get to the main page on Microsoft Betaplace, you can follow the link for Knowledge Network that can be found by following the “Other Files” link under the “Beta Downloads” node in left navigation bar. From there you can follow the instructions to download the actual files for the software and associated documentation.
This latest release comes with a number of new enhancements and features. Here is quick rundown of the key areas that been enhanced in this release.
KN Client
1.      Removed requirement of SP1 having to be installed on Active Directory servers.
2.      Improved performance of KN Client. More e-mail processed in less time.
3.      Improved analysis keyword quality.
4.      Reduced impact of analysis on machine performance.
5.      Analysis suspends when machine moves to battery power.
6.      Added Outlook toolbar add-in to initiate People Search.
7.      Added ability to import an existing profile on the server into a newly installed client.
KN Server
1.      Added ability to identify KN members in search results.
2.      Improved performance of External People and Find People Who Know This Person searches.
1.      Added STSADM commands for several administrative tasks.
2.      Added performance counters to aid in monitoring system health.
3.      Added ability to disable the External Contacts feature on both the KN Client and Server.
4.      Added ability to change default settings for Anonymous Brokering.
5.      Added Group Policy ADM file to configure KN client settings.
Please be sure to refer to the deployment guides for both the server and client when installing Knowledge Network software which are available on Microsoft Betaplace. This release will run only on MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (MOSS B2TR). Therefore, if you plan to upgrade from an existing MOSS B2TR, instead of the recommended clean MOSS install, please make sure you follow the recommended steps in the server deployment guide which were also highlighted in the previous KN blog entry.


If you do not have access to Microsoft Betaplace we will provide more information soon about the timing and availability of KN bit for broader download.

Comments (12)
  1. Paul Yau says:

    What are the MOSS 2007 improvements in knowledge management (KM) area (other than KN)?
    How’s MOSS 2007 compare with Interwoven ECM package in KM solution?

  2. MSDN Archive says:

    Hi Paul,

    Re: Knowledge Management, Our collaboration and ECM capabilities can be leveraged for Knowledge Management solutions, which can be very diverse depending on the customer situation. Please let us know your specific requirements, and we will try to respond to them directly. You can also check out the blog (a little more graphic posting this week) and another blog reference:

    Re: Competitive comments: We don’t provide competitive analysis against other companies’ products. We encourage you to evaluate our product based on how well it addresses your business needs.

  3. Bob C says:

    Customizing the Client and Client Installer.

    So, what is possible? Is it okay to change the msi and “branded” for internal corporate MOSS users? I have not looked too closely at the sdk, but wonder if there are any guidelines for these types of branding questions.

  4. Philips says:

    Why is not for downloading KN on I need KN and on betaplace i have not access.

  5. BobChauvin says:

    KN Server Install Question.

    "6. Repeat steps 1 through 3 on every server in the Office Server Farm where search service is running."

    Is "1 through 3" accurate?

    Also, I cannot find the "Suggested Topologies in the Microsoft Knowledge Network Server Deployment Guide."

  6. MSDN Archive says:

    Bob – In response to your branding question KN does not provide out of the box features to support co-branding of the KN client. You can, of course, do what you or your organization want to do by branding your intranet KN deployment.

  7. Hassan says:

    when is KN gonna be available for public beta download, people who don’t have access to betaplace would like to try the Beta as well, and when is the scheduled RTM date? Thanks.

  8. Hassan says:

    one more question i have is that what if we are using both Windows Desktop Searchand KN or Google Desktop Search and KN, how would the performance of the computer would afect in that scenario????

  9. BobChauvin says:

    Monitoring the KN Beta NG’s?

    What is the best way to get questions answered about KN?  As the beta process comes to a close, where will we go for Q&A?

    I will continue to post to the NGs and log beta bugs, but wonder what the next phase holds.


  10. MSDN Archive says:

    We’re still monitoring and working through the newsgroups.  We’ve also been talking about the Q&A transition plan and will post more information soon about the next phase.

  11. MSDN Archive says:

    Hassan – Per your recent question about Desktop Search and KN, it’s best not to run initial indexing using Windows Desktop Search or GDS at the same time as doing initial analysis of KN. However, once WDS index is complete and KN analysis is run, performance of the computer is acceptable. We run Windows Desktop Search and KN this way at Microsoft.  For more information, read the blog entry at:

  12. texasex2k says:

    how can the MOSS crawler crawl documents stored in Interwoven?

    will MOSS also maintain Interwoven security.

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