Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 R2 Now Available!

Hi All, In support of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 launch, Microsoft announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 this week the public release of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Series for Windows Server 2008 R2 – free best practice and guidance available to help Microsoft customers and partners accelerate their planning process of…


Leveraging Microsoft Operations Framework in a COBIT/Val IT Environment

Data Governance helps minimize the risks that come with handling and storing data and helps organizations comply with an increasingly complex array of statutes and regulations that surround data. Data Governance is the application of policies and processes that: Maximize the value of data within an organization Manage what data is collected and determine how…


SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 provides the highest levels of security, reliability, and scalability for your business-critical applications. To take advantage of new opportunities in today’s fast-moving business world, companies need the ability to create and deploy data-driven solutions quickly. SQL Server 2008 reduces time and cost of management and development of applications. Microsoft Data Platform Vision…


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta Released!

Hi All, Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment.  This agentless and scalable toolkit has the ability to discover all computers within Active Directory and workgroup environments. It…


MOF Framework Comparison Companion Guides for ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 now available!

Cross Reference ITIL® V3 and MOF 4.0 and Using MOF for ISO/IEC 20000 The MOF team has released a new series of framework comparison companion guides. Download them now: Download— Cross Reference ITIL® V3 and MOF 4.0 Download— Using MOF for ISO/IEC 20000 The MOF team continues to extend MOF’s core content with the release…

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Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta download

Hi All, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) is a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center, enabling increased physical server utilization, centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator, delegated administrator, and authorized end users. VMM 2008 can manage hosts that are running Windows…

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Beta available for Planning for Virtualization and Planning for Software-plus-Services- MOF Companion Guides

Hi All, The Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) team is extending the MOF 4.0 core content with a new series of MOF Companion Guides for the Plan Phase. We’re pleased to announce the beta of the first two guides, Planning for Virtualization and Planning for Software-plus-Services. Visit the Connect site to join the beta. These companion…

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Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8

Hi All, I wanted to forward off this recently released information regarding the Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 8 as a high-priority update through Automatic Updates for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 SP2 for…

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IPD for Windows Server 2008 File and Print Services

Hi All, The Infrastructure Planning and Design series for Windows Server 2008 has been updated with File Services and Print Services guides. Download the entire IPD series of guides or download an individual guide here. Download now. These guides provide you with key information to bring your infrastructure up to date, saving you time and…

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 – Admin tips

Hi All,   For those of you lab’ing, testing, and deploying IE8 Beta 2, here’s a number of resources that you should find useful, as well as provide some answers to typical IT Pro and Dev questions. IE8 Group Policy IE8 Tab Grouping Statistical Validation of the IE8 XSS Filter Application Compatibility Logging in IE8…