Hotmail email access issue now resolved

Posted by sumeethevans on January 5 2011, 10:15 PM. Posted in Windows Live Hotmail.

Beginning on December 30th we had an issue with Windows Live Hotmail that impacted 17,355 accounts. Customers impacted temporarily lost the contents of their mailbox through the course of mailbox load balancing between servers.  We identified the root cause and restored mail to the impacted accounts as of yesterday evening, January 2nd.  As with all incidents like this, we will fully investigate the cause and will take steps to prevent this from happening again. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused to you, our customers and partners.

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A New Browser for the New Year - IE9 Hits 20 Million Downloads

Posted by sumeethevans on January 5 2011, 10:14 PM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

As 2010 comes to an end, we wanted to take a look at the changes this last year in the IE world.  At end of 2009, IE 6 and IE7 accounted for 38.51% of internet users, while IE8 had 24.15% of users worldwide.  Fast forward twelve months later, IE6 and IE7 have shed over 40% of users and now only account for 22.98% of users worldwide - with IE6 hitting an all-time low of 13.81%.  IE8 usage on the other hand has increased by almost 40% during the same time.  Combined with the near half-percent of users of newly introduced IE9 Beta, the modern Internet Explorer browsers now account for 34.07% of users worldwide according to Net Applications.

We also launched IE9 in 2010, and the response to the IE9 Beta launch on September 15th has been overwhelming.  IE9 Beta has been downloaded 20 million times since launch in September, and IE9 now accounts for 0.46% of internet users worldwide at year end.  In the three months since the beta launch, we have also released two platform previews and became the leading browser in JavaScript performance as measured by WebKit SunSpider.  We have continued to invest in consumer privacy by introducing Tracking Protection, which helps consumers to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking of their online activity.

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Microsoft Server Application Virtualization CTP Released – Run More of your Applications on Windows Azure

Posted by bink on December 30 2010, 6:16 AM.

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization builds on the technology used in client Application Virtualization, allowing for the separation of application configuration and state from the underlying operating system. This separation and packaging enables existing Windows applications, not specifically designed for Windows Azure, to be deployed on a Windows Azure worker role. We can do this in a way where the application state is maintained across reboots or movement of the worker role. This process allows existing, on-premises applications to be deployed directly onto Windows Azure, providing yet more flexibility in how organizations can take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud capabilities. Server Application Virtualization delivers:

  • Application mobility: Server Application Virtualization enables organizations to move their applications from on-premises datacenters to Windows Azure to take advantage of Windows Azure’s scalability and availability. This application mobility provides a unique level of flexibility to organizations as their needs evolve, enabling movement from one environment to another as their business needs dictate without the need to re-compile or rewrite the application.
  • Simplified deployment: With Server Application Virtualization, organizations are able to virtualize applications once and then deploy these packages as needed. This process creates a method to manage applications, simply and efficiently across their Windows Server® platform or to Windows Azure.
  • Lower operational costs: By using Server Application Virtualization organizations can gain the lower management benefits of the Windows Azure platform for their existing applications. This is delivered through the virtualized application being deployed on the Windows Azure platform, meaning organizations get the benefit of Windows without the need to manage a Windows Server operating instance or image for that application. With Server Application Virtualization, organizations are able to virtualize applications once and then deploy the packages this process creates, simply and efficiently across their Windows Server® platform or to Windows Azure.

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization converts traditional server applications into state separated "XCopyable" images without requiring code changes to the applications themselves, allowing you to host a variety of Windows 2008 applications on the Windows Azure worker role. The conversion process is accomplished using the Server App-V Sequencer. When the server application is sequenced, the configuration settings, services, and resources that the application uses are detected and stored. The sequenced application can then be deployed via the Server Application Virtualization Packaging Tool to the worker role in Windows Azure as a file.

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization CTP Released – Run More of your Applications on Wind

Deploying the Core Optimized Desktop

Posted by bink on December 22 2010, 12:18 AM.

The optimized desktop enables flexible provisioning and management by integrating Windows 7, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), Forefront, and Office 2010. This white paper provides step-by-step guidance to automate the installation and configuration of the core optimized desktop technologies.

 

Download details Deploying the Core Optimized Desktop Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 201

Download details Deploying the Core Optimized Desktop Using System Center Configuration Manager

Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Malware Response (beta)

Posted by bink on December 19 2010, 4:18 AM.

New Guide Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Malware Response Beta. This guide replaces the popular Malware Removal Starter Kit: How to Combat Malware Using Windows PE.

About the guide. Plan the best and most cost-effective response to malicious software by using the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Malware Response. This guide assists organizations in determining the appropriate response strategy to an incident or outbreak of malware. The guide discusses three primary recovery methods: cleaning the system, recovering system state, and rebuilding the system. Each method presents different risks to the organization. The guide also describes approaches to investigating outbreaks and cleaning infected systems. Read this guide to make an informed decision about how to return the systems to operation while limiting the organization’s exposure.

Download the Beta! Get the Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Malware Response by visiting the Microsoft Connect Web site at: https://connect.microsoft.com/site715/content/content.aspx?ContentID=23467

Tell us what you think! Download and review the beta guide then send your feedback to IPDfdbk@microsoft.com by January 11, 2011. We would especially appreciate feedback in the following areas:

· Usefulness – Is the technical depth of this guide sufficient for the topics covered? Will this guide be useful to you on a day-to-day basis? What portions of the guide are the most useful to your organization?

· Usability – Is the structure or flow of this guide effective? Is the information presented in a clear and logical manner? Can you easily find key content? Are the instructions for creating an offline scanning kit easy to follow?

· Impact – Do you anticipate that this guide will save you time and accelerate deployment of Microsoft security products in your organization? Has this guide had a positive influence on your opinion of the Microsoft technologies it addresses?

We look forward to hearing from you! Your input helps to make each guide as helpful and useful as possible. Thanks in advance for taking the time to review the Infrastructure Planning and Design for Malware Response.

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Best Practices Analyzer

Posted by bink on December 19 2010, 4:15 AM.

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 BPA (Windows SBS 2011 BPA) is a diagnostic tool that is built on the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA) technology. Windows SBS 2011 BPA scans a computer that is running the Windows SBS 2011 server software, and compares the existing server settings to a predefined set of recommended best practices. Windows SBS 2011 BPA performs the following tasks:

  • Gathers information about a computer that is running the Windows Small Business Server 2011 server software
  • Determines if the server settings comply with a set of best practices that are recommended by Microsoft
  • Provides a report of the scan results, which identifies variances from the recommended best practices
  • Identifies conditions that may lead to problems with the server
  • Recommends solutions to potential problems

 

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Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Guides

Posted by bink on December 19 2010, 4:14 AM.

 

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Client and Device Deployment Guide

This download guides you through the process of deploying client software and devices for Lync 2010.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Deployment Guide

This document guides you through the process of deploying Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Server.

Migrating from Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010

This document provides guidance from migration from Office Communications Server 2007 to Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Edge Server Deployment Guide

This document guides you through the process of deploying Lync Server 2010 edge servers and Directors.

Enabling QoS with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

If your Windows Server network supports Quality of Service (QoS) management, you can take advantage of this functionality to optimize media traffic in your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 deployment. This guide shows you how.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Active Directory Guide

This document guides you through the process of preparing Active Directory for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and includes the Active Directory schema reference.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition Deployment Guide

This document guides you through the process of deploying Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition and configuring dial-in conferencing for Lync Server 2010.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Response Group Deployment Guide

This download guides you through the process of configuring the Response Group feature for Enterprise Voice.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Announcement Deployment Guide

This download guides you through the process of configuring the Announcement call management feature for Enterprise Voice.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Deployment Guide

This document guides you through the process of migrating and deploying Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Server and the related components that are required to let organizations set up searchable, topic-based chat rooms that persist over time, allowing geographically distributed teams to better collaborate with one another while preserving organizational knowledge.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Reference: Call Data Recording and Quality of Experience Database Schema

This document describes the call detail recording (CDR) and the Quality of Experience (QoE) databases schemas in Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Supportability Guide

This guide provides a central, high-level reference for supported server topologies and configurations and supported client configurations. It is also intended to answer frequently asked questions. This document identifies supported topologies, configurations, and scenarios described in detail in the Lync Server deployment and planning documentation.

Migrating from Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010

This document provides guidance from migration from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Administration Guide

This document guides you through the process of administering Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Server and the related components that are required to let organizations set up searchable, topic-based chat rooms that persist over time, allowing geographically distributed teams to better collaborate with one another while preserving organizational knowledge.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Getting Started Guide

Descriptions of new features in Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Both server features and client features are included.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Device Management and Troubleshooting Guide

The purpose of the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Device Management and Troubleshooting Guide is to provide guidance on how to manage and update devices. It is also intended to answer frequently asked questions. This document identifies supported topologies, configurations, and scenarios described in detail in the Lync Server device deployment and planning documentation.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Deployment Guide

This document guides you through the process of deploying Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition and configuring dial-in conferencing.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Call Park Deployment Guide

This download guides you through the process of configuring the Call Park call management feature for Enterprise Voice.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice Guide

This download contains two documents: Deploying Enterprise Voice at Central sites and Deploying Branch Sites

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Archiving Deployment Guide

The purpose of the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Archiving Deployment Guide is to guide you through the process of deploying Lync Server 2010 Archiving Server and the related components that are required to support archiving of instant messaging and web conferencing (meeting) content.

Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions

Posted by bink on December 19 2010, 4:12 AM.

 

Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 9000 Mailboxes in 2 Sites with Hyper-V on Dell M610 Servers & Storage with F5 Load Balancing

In the Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions white papers, Microsoft provides examples of well-designed, cost-effective Exchange 2010 solutions deployed on hardware offered by some of our server, storage, and network partners.

Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 16000 Mailboxes in a Single Site Deployed on IBM and Brocade Hardware

In the Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions white papers, Microsoft provides examples of well-designed, cost-effective Exchange 2010 solutions deployed on hardware offered by some of our server, storage, and network partners.

Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 500 Mailboxes in a Single Site Running Hyper-V on Dell Servers

In the Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions white papers, Microsoft provides examples of well-designed, cost-effective Exchange 2010 solutions deployed on hardware offered by some of our server, storage, and network partners.

SQL Server 2005 SP4 RTM

Posted by bink on December 19 2010, 4:11 AM.

SQL Server 2005 SP4 RTM

Download Service Pack 4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP4

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is a free, easy-to-use, lightweight version of SQL Server 2005. It is fast and easy to learn, allowing you to quickly develop and deploy dynamic data-driven applications.

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Data Mining Add-ins

Download SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007. This package includes two add-ins for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 (Table Analysis Tools and Data Mining Client) and one add-in for Microsoft Office Visio 2007 (Data Mining Templates).

Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 SP4

Download the Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4, a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005.

SQL Server Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies

he Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies is a Web download that provides features for running a report server within a larger deployment of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

WYukon SP4 x86

Windows Internal database is a relational data store for Windows roles and features only, such as Windows SharePoint Services and Windows Server Update Services.

SQL Server Management Studio Express SP4

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE) is a free, easy-to-use graphical management tool for managing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services.

wYukon SP4

Windows Internal database is a relational data store for Windows roles and features only, such as Windows SharePoint Services and Windows Server Update Services.

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 RTMed

Posted by bink on December 17 2010, 3:39 AM.

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) has released to manufacturing!  Customers can access the RTM release on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting Jan. 1, 2011 -- or try the evaluation version immediately. 

This is our first – and very significant – step in making the convergence of desktop security and management a reality.  Customers using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can now quickly and efficiently deploy, configure, manage, update, and report on FEP protections, helping to lower infrastructure costs and improve overall security.  And since both products are included in the Enterprise CAL (ECAL), customers who purchase ECAL automatically get access to all the licenses they need to implement the solution.  To make deployment easier, FEP will even identify and replace the existing antimalware agents you may have previously installed.

Customers have already begun seeing the advantages of bringing together powerful antimalware protection with their existing infrastructure for deploying, patching, and updating client systems.  A large university medical center that participated in our Technology Adoption Program (TAP) said the following about their experience using FEP in their 50,000 desktop environment: 

“We’re primarily a paperless organization.  We need 100% uptime so that medical records, prescriptions, and all other documentation is available to our healthcare professionals. The single console for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 [and System Center Configuration Manager 2007] gives me a view of our whole system and ensures that we can handle threats before they become an issue.”

There are a ton of new features to explore in this new release including award-winning antimalware protection (FEP uses same engine as Microsoft Security Essentials), vulnerability shielding, Windows firewall management, and, of course, integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2007.  You can find more product details on our Web site or TechCenter.    And for more information about convergence, please visit our new Windows Optimized Desktop page.

System Center Service Manager 2010 SP1 released

Posted by bink on December 17 2010, 3:37 AM.

After a very successful launch of System Center Service Manager 2010 last April, Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of Service Pack 1, which will be available globally for download on December 16, 2010.

System Center Service Manager 2010 SP1 addresses critical feedback received from customers and partners and provides greater language support, improved performance capabilities, and a number of usability enhancements.

With Service Pack 1 for System Center Service Manager, language support is added for the following:

  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Greek
  • Finnish
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian (Bokmål)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Swedish
  • Turkish (via Latin Collation)

In addition to the additional language support, over 500 improvements were made to address issues and customer change requests.

System Center Service Manager 2010 SP1 is available through the Microsoft Download Center from here.

Bing's Fall Update: More Helpful, Local, Social and Mobile

Posted by sumeethevans on December 16 2010, 5:47 AM. Posted in bing.

Today we spent some time in San Francisco to talk with people about the latest release of Bing which is rolling out in the coming weeks. We love getting the opportunity to share what we’re up to and talk about what’s next for search in general and for Bing in particular.

Here’s a brief look at some of the new work we showed today organized into how we think the work will benefit you:

  • More social: Expanding on our exclusive partnership with Facebook, we will now show you which of your friends have “liked” search results to help you decide the best answer to your query, whether it’s a vacation destination, movie selection, or laptop review.
  • More local: Better, easier to read and faster maps on the desktop and a focus on making the 40% of queries we see with local intent much easier.  Our Map Apps have been favorites of many users, and we’re exposing those apps more broadly by making them front and center on bing.com/maps.  Taxi Fare Calculator, Parking Lot Finder and Twitter Maps all help people make decisions in their everyday local lives and are now easier to find.  We’ve reduced the clutter and enhanced the contrast, making the maps easier to use. We also made the left-hand pane more task-oriented and are even taking you inside with interior maps for local malls and 360 degree interior panoramas for thousands of restaurants. 
  • More mobile: We’re bringing these focus areas to the mobile experience as well. However, just porting our PC product to the mobile device didn’t make sense. Instead Bing apps for Android and iPhone have all been updated to reflect how customers are using mobile devices. We’re delivering new mobile-friendly features like AutoSuggest, a new way to search by having a simple “conversation” with Bing. Integrated task completion experiences that let you book tables and have food delivered from partners OpenTable and GrubHub—right from search results like, “California Pizza Kitchen,” or “Chinese.” We also offer street-level mapping, real-time public transit status, unified “check-ins” and much more. Finally m.bing.com is updated with the latest HTML5 technologies to deliver an amazing browser-experience across many modern devices.

Full Story at Bing Blog