December, 2009

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster for IT Pros.

  • System Center Service Manager Integration with Product Manager Nigel Cain

    In this session, we will take a detailed look at how Service Manager integrates with Operations Manager (SCOM) and Configuration Manager (SCCM) to help you to more effectively manage systems in your data center, learn how to define and manage business services, manage change to those services and create incidents when components fail or degrade.

    Speaker: Nigel Cain, Senior Program Manager

    Nigel Cain is a Senior Program Manager in the Virtualization & Datacenter Management team responsible for driving customer focused design and development efforts.  His primary product responsibilities include System Center Service Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  Nigel joined Microsoft in 1998 as technical consultant and moved into a Program Management role in 2003. Since then he has worked on a number of different products and initiatives but his primary focus has always been on solutions that make Microsoft technologies easier to manage

    Agenda Thuesday, January 19, 2010

    • 18:00 Registration and lunch
    • 18:45 Welcome
    • 19:00 System Center Service Manager Integration  by Nigel Cain
    • 21:00 Q&A and drink


  • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated guides, Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology and Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.

    With the release of these updated guides, the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series of guides further assists organizations in selecting the right virtualization technologies for their business needs.

    To select an appropriate virtualization technology, organizations can look to the updated IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology. This guide walks the reader through the technology selection process for each workload—and is now updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

    If the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology points the organization to Remote Desktop Services as a best fit for their business needs, the guide then directs the user to the updated IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, which then outlines key infrastructure planning and design guidance for a successful implementation of Remote Desktop Services. The IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services leads the reader through the nine-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the RD Session Host farms is presented in a simple, easy-to-follow process, helping the reader to design and plan centralized virtual data centers.

    Used together, these updated guides provide comprehensive planning and design guidance for implementing a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure. The IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology also teams with other virtualization guides in the IPD Series—to provide end-to-end planning and design guidance for a variety of virtualization technologies.

    Download the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology at

    Download the IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services at

    For users of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Remote Desktop Services guide is a complete replacement for the Terminal Services guide. The Remote Desktop Services guide reflects the new capabilities introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the rebranding of Terminal Services. The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services remains available at

  • Architect Forum: Connecting your Business Objectives with IT initiatives

    As Infrastructure Architects, you obviously are passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in IT infrastructure technology and want to keep in touch with the upcoming technology trends.
    Evenly important, and increasingly important in these crisis period, is that you need to clearly connect business objectives with IT initiatives, in order to make sure that business understands the value of the IT platform and hence will free up those critical budgets for your initiatives. Below you can find the links towards the different sessions.


    Connecting IT to Your Business Objectives: A conversation about the Microsoft Optimization Models

    Is it possible to connect business objectives with IT initiatives? Haven’t we tried too many times just to find that it is too hard? Well, in this session we will go through a proven process to asses you current Infrastructure and Business Productivity capabilities using the Microsoft Optimization Models, and proceed to demonstrate the new Infrastructure Capabilities Integration business solution catalogue for horizontal and industry solutions, which are the latest addition to the Microsoft Optimization Framework then we will go through a practical example of how to bridge a set of example business objectives to with their corresponding IT initiatives.


    Are you designing your User Experiences? How does Dynamic IT feel in the real world?... a proven CIO conversation

    Can you say that you design the experience your user has on the IT environment they use day to day? Since 2003 Microsoft has been promoting the Dynamic IT initiative and producing software that delivers on this vision. The Dynamic IT vision promotes a virtual infrastructure, an Infrastructure that is designed for operations, a model based management tool set, and best practices such as ITIL, all of these to enhance the quality, reach and operational tempo of an IT organization, and by doing such, also enhance the end users experience. In this session we will go over several scenarios where we will compare current real world scenarios such as new en user desktop deployment, developers environment management, web service monitoring, and remote branch deployment to highlight not only the difference but with demonstrations how does it actually look and feel to have a Dynamic IT working for you and your end users.


    Microsoft Software Roadmap: Portfolio Strategy For IT

    As the role of IT continues the shift from cost cutting and efficiency to business strategy and people enablement, you need partners who are well positioned across the depth and breadth of technologies.  Technologies which enable you to implement a Dynamic IT environment. Technologies that fit within your plans for a Services Oriented Architecture and fit well with the future promise of Software Plus Services.  Technologies that you can trust to provide the best reliability and security.  Technologies that work together to amplify the impact of the people in your organization.  In this workshop you will have a chance to see and discuss Microsoft’s Software Roadmap of enterprise class technologies for delivering a People Ready Business from infrastructure to productivity applications.

  • TechNet Magazine December edition online

    While TechNet Magazine will no longer be offered in print form, we’re excited about the opportunities that an online publication can provide. New TechNet Magazine Editor in Chief Jeff James provides an overview of some early changes and discusses some new ways to reach the TechNet Magazine staff.

    Exchange 2010: A Closer Look

    Microsoft’s latest Exchange features enable new levels of reliability, better performance, simplified administration, improved protection of communications, and greater business mobility for users. Read this article for the lowdown on what’s so great in Exchange 2010.

    Exchange 2010: Ensuring High Availability In Microsoft Exchange 2010

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 incorporates a number of new high availability features that system administrators will find useful, including a new database availability groups (DAG) feature.

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: BranchCache and DirectAccess - Improving the Branch Office Experience

    Arguably the crown jewels of the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 releases, get the inside skinny on the benefits and drawbacks of BrancheCache and DirectAccess. Also included: a guide to implementing these new features.

  • Hyper-V Technical Information and Resources on TechNet

    Are you looking for Technical information to help you with your Hyper-V Infrastructure?

    We have quite a lot of resources available to help you with:

    • Planning
    • Installation
    • Guidance
    • Best Practices
    • Deployment
    • Pre-Deployment Tools
    • Management
    • Performance
    • Workload Specific Guidance

    It’s here:

  • Core Configurator for Windows Server 2008 R2 available

    Core Configuration tasks include:


    • Product Licensing
    • Networking Features
    • DCPromo Tool
    • ISCSI Settings
    • Server Roles and Features
    • User and Group Permissions
    • Share Creation and Deletion
    • Dynamic Firewall settings
    • Display | Screensaver Settings
    • Add & Remove Drivers
    • Proxy settings
    • Windows Updates (Including WSUS)
    • Multipath I/O
    • Hyper-V including virtual machine thumbnails
    • JoinDomain and Computer rename
    • Add/remove programs
    • Services
    • WinRM
    • Complete logging of all commands executed

    Download the latest release and run Start_CoreConfig.wsf

    Download here

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides - Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway.

    This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are key to a successful implementation of Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Forefront UAG). The reader is guided through the logical three-step process of selecting the Forefront UAG features required, determining the number of instances, and designing the infrastructure. If access logging is required, the guide leads the reader through selecting and designing the most appropriate data store.

    Download the IPD Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway at

    Infrastructure Planning and Design series guides streamline the planning process by:

    • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
    • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
    • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
    • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.


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    Related Resources
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  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing tool 2.1

    The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 has free, tested guidance and automated tools to help customers keep their virtualized machines updated, without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT infrastructure.  

    The tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to automatically bring groups of virtual machines online, service them with the latest security updates, and return them to an offline state. 

    Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 now supports the following products:

    • Hyper-V-R2
    • VMM 2008 R2
    • SCCM 2007 SP2
    • WSUS 3.0 SP2

    OVMST 2.1 also supports updates to Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 virtual machines.  

    To learn more about the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1., just click here.   To download the tool, click here.