Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 now available!

Posted by sumeethevans on July 13 2010, 10:51 PM. Posted in Microsoft Solutions.

The new Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now available for download! MAP 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite and SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment for consolidation, Windows 2000 Server migration assessment, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.

What's new with MAP Toolkit 5.0?

ü Heterogeneous server environment inventory ü Software usage tracking for Windows Server, SharePoint Server, System Center Configuration Manager, Exchange Server, and SQL Server ü Microsoft Office 2010 readiness assessment ü SQL Server discovery and assessment for consolidation ü Windows 2000 Server migration assessment

Download the MAP 5.0 Toolkit.

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Release Candidate

Posted by bink on July 13 2010, 2:09 AM.

The Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (VMMSSP) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution that can be used by customers to pool, allocate, and manage their compute, network and storage resources to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform in their datacenter.

VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM. You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter. VMMSSP includes a pre-built web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter managers and the business unit IT consumers, with role-based access control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning engine. VMMSSP reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure request and change management. The VMMSSP package also includes detailed guidance on how to implement VMMSSP inside your environment. Important: VMMSSP is not an upgrade to the existing VMM 2008 R2 self-service portal. You can choose to deploy and use one or both self-service portals depending on your requirements. The self-service portal provides the following features that are exposed through a web-based user interface:

  • Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources: Store management and configuration information related to compute, network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
  • Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business units to enroll in the portal.
  • Infrastructure request and change management: Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
  • Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based on delegated roles.

 

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Download Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1

Posted by bink on July 12 2010, 11:22 PM.

 

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx

Please Note: This early release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is not available for home users. The SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:

  • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
  • Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
  • Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
  • Meet your users' demands for greater business mobility
  • Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
  • Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency

In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.

To learn more about piloting, deploying and managing Windows 7, visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.

To learn more about SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2, visit the SP1 Details Page.

Windows Server Aurora

Posted by bink on July 12 2010, 11:20 PM.

 

Even your grandfather can run a server now Winking smile

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Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”

Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is a new edition of Windows Small Business Server that introduces cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise services.

 

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Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” has been specifically designed based on the best practices of a small business. It is highly tailored in both deployment and administration, and has specific management dashboards and wizards to enable easy management. While it doesn’t t provide the flexibility in platform installation options that traditional Windows Servers may, it makes it cost efficient for small business to deploy and host effective IT solutions. Rather than requiring customers to identify, purchase, install, and manage multiple products or technologies, Windows Small Business Server Solutions bring these technologies together into a single-server installation and management experience – reducing time to deployment, and cost of management.

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Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is a new edition of Windows Small Business Server that introduces cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise services.

A Cross-Premise Small Business Solution

Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit product technologies to deliver a server environment well suited for most small businesses. The product technologies include:

Server Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 product technologies provide the core foundation of Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the most flexible and robust Windows Server operating system to date.

Network Monitoring and Protection: Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” monitors its own health status and the status of client computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, and Mac OS X version 10.5 and above. Health status notifies you of issues or problems related to computer backups, server storage, low disk space, and more.

Flexible Storage: Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” Drive Extender is a technology that simplifies server storage management. It enables you to easily expand the server’s storage capacity using internal and/or external hard drives of varying sizes and types, and it helps protect your data from many silent hard drive data errors.

Database: The optional Small Business Server Premium Add-on includes a licensed copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard technologies and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2 Standard Edition for Small Business, providing customers and partners with a comprehensive data management and analysis solution.

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Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta (KB976932)

Posted by bink on July 12 2010, 10:39 PM.

The following documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta is provided here.

The following documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta is provided here:

• Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta

• Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta Notable Changes

• Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta Test Guidance

For additional information (including how to deploy the service pack and how to join the public beta), please see http://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx.

Support URLs: http://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx

 

Download details Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta (KB9

Microsoft to deliver betas of Vail and Aurora servers next week?

Posted by sumeethevans on July 9 2010, 2:55 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

It sounds like Microsoft is readying new beta builds of two low-end Windows Server releases — known as “Vail” and “Aurora” — to be released next week, timed with the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, according to my sources.

Vail is the next release of Windows Home Server. Aurora is a small business server based largely on the same code base as Vail. (There’s also a common framework, some kind of “client computer connector,” that extends across the two products, that is codenamed “Colorado.”)

A Community Technology Preview test build of Vail leaked to the Web earlier this year. At that time, the “Aurora” codename became known, though the actual Aurora code didn’t leak (as far as I know). In April, Microsoft released a first public beta of Vail, but didn’t deliver a public test build of Aurora.

So what’s the difference between Vail and Aurora? And how does Aurora fit in with Windows Small Business Server, the next version of which (expected to be based on the Windows Server 2008 R2 code) has gotten little to no public mention in recent months?

At Microsoft’s TechEd Conference in early June, I got a couple of snippets about Vail and Aurora from Microsoft Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, with whom I had a one-on-one interview.

Muglia described Aurora to me as a “small business appliance.” He said Windows Home Server Vail will be its “kissing cousin.” While Vail is aimed primarily at home users, Aurora will be aimed at the traditional SBS market, and will include Active Directory as part of it.

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Announcing WebMatrix – a small, simple and seamless stack for Web developers

Posted by sumeethevans on July 9 2010, 2:54 AM. Posted in Internet Information Services (IIS).

Today my team launched an exciting new project called WebMatrix

Seamless, small and best of all free, WebMatrix includes a complete Web development stack that installs in minutes and elegantly integrates a Web server, database and programming frameworks into a single, integrated experience.

Use WebMatrix to streamline the way you code, test, and deploy your own ASP.NET and PHP Web site, or start a new site using the world’s most popular open source apps like DotNetNuke, Umbraco, WordPress, or Joomla.

WebMatrix is the easiest way to learn Web development and makes it simple to build and publish Web sites on the internet. Start with Web standards including HTML, CSS and JavaScript and then connect to a database or add in dynamic server code using the new simplified Razor syntax to build ASP.NET web pages simply and efficiently.

WebMatrix includes IIS Developer Express, a built-in Web server that shares the same code base that ships in Windows Server and powers some of the world’s biggest Web sites. IIS Developer Express has been fine tuned to work specifically for developer environments, supports all of the key features of the full version of IIS, without the complexity of a full Web server.

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Microsoft's Online Xbox Sales Probably Topped $1 Billion

Posted by sumeethevans on July 9 2010, 2:51 AM. Posted in Xbox.

Microsoft's Xbox Live online video-game service probably broke the $1 billion revenue mark for the first time in the year that just ended, helped by sales of movies, avatar accessories and extra game levels.

Microsoft says about half the service’s 25 million users paid an annual fee to play games online like “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” in the year ended June 30. That would be about $600 million. Sales of products like movie and TV show downloads topped subscription revenue for the first time, Dennis Durkin, Xbox’s chief operating officer, said in an e-mail.

The remarks suggest the business generated more than $1.2 billion in sales last year, exceeding analysts’ estimates. Success in online gaming is crucial for Microsoft because the other products in this unit include the barely profitable Xbox game console and mobile-phone software that’s losing ground to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.

“Xbox Live has helped sell a lot of consoles and created a lot of loyalty,” said Matt Rosoff, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland, Washington. “Everyone has been talking about Microsoft’s inability to innovate, but this is a pretty good example where they have innovated. They timed it just right with this one.”

Durkin declined to give more detailed results for the service, and Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft doesn’t break them out when it reports earnings. Sarah Friar, an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in San Francisco, estimates Xbox Live had sales of $1.1 billion in the past fiscal year, up from $800 million a year earlier. Subscriptions for the premium service are $50 a year.

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Microsoft Deployment Kit 2010 Update 1 is RTM

Posted by RayC on July 8 2010, 4:11 PM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Deployment, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Office 2010, windows.

If you’re making the move to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and/or Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help you through the process.  Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010, a free Solution Accelerator, is designed to fill that need.

The latest MDT 2010 Update 1 release, now available for download, offers something for everyone:

For System Center Configuration Manager 2007 customers:

  • New “User Driven Installation” deployment method. An easy-to-use UDI Wizard allows users to initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs that’s tailored to their individual needs.
  • Support for Configuration Manager R3 “Prestaged Media.” For those deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 along with new PCs, a custom OS image can easily be loaded in the factory and then customized once deployed. 

 

For Lite Touch Installation:

  • Support for Office 2010. Easily configure Office 2010 installation and deployment settings through the Deployment Workbench and integration with the Office Customization Tool.
  • Improved driver importing. All drivers are inspected during the import process to accurately determine what platforms they really support, avoiding common inaccuracies that can cause deployment issues.

 More info at source

 Download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 here.

iOS 4 update for Exchange

Posted by bink on July 1 2010, 9:30 PM.

Immediately after updating to iOS 4, some users may notice that Exchange ActiveSync Mail, Contacts, or Calendars do not sync, or sync very slowly. In addition, some Exchange Server administrators may notice their servers running slowly.

To work around this issue, users should install a configuration profile from Apple that increases the amount of time the iOS 4 device will wait for the Exchange Server to respond to its sync requests. For best results, the profile should be installed on as many iOS 4 devices at your company as possible.

To install the profile:

  1. Use Safari on your iOS 4 device to download the configuration profile. It may be easiest to read this article with your iPhone or iPod touch and tap the download link there, but you may also email the attachment to another email account on your iOS 4 device, and tap the attachment to open it.
  2. Tap Install to install the profile, and enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. A warning message will appear because the profile is not signed. Tap Install Now.
  4. Tap Done to complete the installation, then power off your device and power it back on.
  5. Wait for your Exchange data to finish syncing.

After installation, the profile will be listed under Settings > General > Profile.

 

iOS 4 Exchange Mail, Contacts, or Calendars may not sync after update

Microsoft pulls the plug on Kin

Posted by sumeethevans on July 1 2010, 4:40 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Amid slow sales, Microsoft has decided to halt work on its Kin phone, focusing instead on its Windows Phone 7 effort, CNET has learned.

The phone will not ship in Europe, as planned, and the company is shifting the team's workers to focus on Windows Phone 7, the Microsoft smartphone operating system due out later this year. Andy Lees, who heads up the company's cell phone efforts announced the move to Microsoft workers earlier on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company.

Microsoft confirmed the move in a statement to CNET.

"We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned," the company said. "Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."

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