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This is the last post on IPD Update- Infrastructure Planning and Design
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.
What’s new in this release…
IPD consists of the following downloadable packages:
This is the x86 version of SharePoint Server 2007 Trial for Standard and Enterprise editions. The download on this page has been updated to include Service Pack 2. Note: In order to install Sharepoint Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2, you must use this download. Previously available trial versions will not install. Standard edition functionality includes:
The trial period is 180 days. You can convert to a licensed installation at any time during the trial or after the trial has expired by entering the appropriate product key.
To install this download: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard: XJMKW-8T7PR-76XT6-RTC8G-VVWCQ Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise: F2JBW-4PDJC-HKXTJ-YCKRP-T2J9D
This documents explains how Windows 7 DirectAccess Integrates with Existing IT Environments.
DirectAccess is an integrated part of the Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. A DirectAccess solution provides a secure, flexible architecture for enhanced remote access and transition to IPv6. It is designed to be compatible with most existing Internet, perimeter, and intranet environments by using IPv6-inside-IPv4 tunneling and IPv6-to-IPv4 translation where necessary.
A DirectAccess solution may require IPv6/IPv4DNS and IPv6/IPv4NAT at the network perimeter to provide access to existing IPv4-only internal hosts. New IETF specifications for DNS64 and NAT64 should provide IPv6/IPv4DNS and IPv6/IPv4NAT products that are compatible with DirectAccess. The Forefront Unified Access Gateway DirectAccess server provides a comprehensive DirectAccess solution, with a compatible IPv6/IPv4DNS and IPv6/IPv4NAT, network load balancing, and high availability.
Windows® 7 DirectAccess is a solution for secure, seamless remote client connectivity. Unlike traditional remote access virtual private networks (VPNs), DirectAccess enables remote clients to have connectivity that is comparable to internal clients. IT Professionals can also use the DirectAccess solution to manage remote clients by using their existing internal management services. Finally, DirectAccess enables secure communication between remote clients.
This paper is written for IT architects, Systems Engineers, and other IT experts to:
· Describe the compatibility of DirectAccess with existing IT infrastructure, authentication systems, and applications.
· Provide an overview of the changes that are required to integrate DirectAccess into existing IT environments.
· Provide a succinct, but technical, explanation of the networking concepts that are used in DirectAccess to illustrate compatibility and integration issues.
Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May this New Year brings you loads of happiness in your life.
It’s my blog’s birthday, its 1 year old. I wish I can write as always in the coming year.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate simplifies solution development, lowering risk and increasing return. The virtual machine image in this download contains both Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 and Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta2 and is designed to be run under Windows Virtual PC.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate provides an integrated environment of tools and server infrastructure that simplifies the entire application development process. Deliver business results using productive, predictable, customizable processes and increase transparency and traceability throughout the lifecycle with detailed analytics. Whether creating new solutions or enhancing existing applications unleash your creativity with powerful prototyping, architecture and development tools that let you bring your vision to life targeting an increasing number of platforms and technologies including cloud and parallel computing. Realize increased team productivity by utilizing advanced collaboration features and use integrated testing and debugging tools to find and fix bugs quickly and easily ensuring high quality solutions while driving down the cost of solution development. For more information on Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 visit http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/products/2010/default.mspx This virtual machine does not have anti-virus installed. It should not be connected to any network until it has anti-virus installed. In addition, the operating system and programs installed were patched with all updates as of December 10, 2009.
Downloads and Instructions available from the following links.
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This image will expire January 31, 2011. Microsoft ® Visual Studio® Team System an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the team improve their skills and work together more effectively. This VPC release is available in English only. Visual Studio 2008 delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by letting developers quickly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version lets any size organization create more secure, more manageable, and more reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista, 2007 Office System and the Web. By building these new types of applications, organizations will find it easier than ever to capture and analyze information so that they can make effective business decisions. To learn more about this release, please visit the Visual Studio Team System 2008 home page. This virtual machine is running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, SP2. It contains a full installation of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server SP1, Team Build 2008 SP1, Team Explorer 2008 SP1, Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite SP1 and all necessary prerequisites. In addition, it has been updated with Office 2007 SP1, current Windows Updates as of December 1, 2008, the October 2008 Release of the TFS Power Tools, Team System Web Access 2008 SP1, and the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider. Team Foundation Server is installed in workgroup authentication mode and thus does not require a domain controller. This release also contains 38 hands-on labs and sample data. Please examine C:\MSLabs inside the VPC image. If you desire, you can download the hands-on labs and their support files only. See the MSI download link below.
Please note: In case of Virtual PC; possible future updates to this image will be provided in the form of Virtual PC Differencing Drives. You may find it convenient to keep a copy of this download unmodified for these future updates so that you do not need to re-download this base image.
This virtual machine does not have anti-virus installed. It should not be connected to any network until it has anti-virus installed. In addition, the operating system and programs installed were patched with all updates as of December 10, 2009. If you use one of the included VMC configuration files, you will find networking is not enabled.
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As per my previous post I have uploaded my 2 new screencasts on Native VHD and Boot from VHD in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
One of the best features that is being discussed around is the native support for VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) Yes the same VHD files that are used in virtualization platform i.e.. Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC.
This is the first part and we are going to cover the following demos, today we will see the following key items.
This is the second part and we will cover the following key points.
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Forefront UAG provides secure remote access to corporate resources from a diverse range of managed and unmanaged client endpoints. The Forefront UAG Evaluation Version provided in this download is appropriate for IT professionals who want to deploy and evaluate Forefront UAG in a corporate environment.
Note the following when deploying this Evaluation Version: • Except for the limited trial period, functionality of the Evaluation Version is the same as the full version • Forefront UAG updates and fixes can be installed on the Evaluation Version • To verify whether you are using an evaluation version of Forefront UAG, click About Forefront UAG in the Help menu of the Forefront UAG Management console, and verify whether the word Evaluation appears in the version information. • The trial period for the evaluation version is approximately 120 days. To check how much time remains until the Evaluation Version expires, run the Uagver.exe command line tool. This tool is provided in the evaluation .iso, and is located in the root installation folder. • The Evaluation Version is installed in the same manner as the full version. For more information, see the Installation and migration guide (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee428841.aspx) in the TechNet library. For more information about Forefront UAG, do the following: • To read the Forefront UAG documentation, visit the Forefront UAG TechCenter library (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd861463.aspx) • To read about up-to-date issues, visit the Forefront UAG Product Team blog (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=156512) • For support issues, visit the Forefront UAG forum (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=156513)
Quick Details File Name: UAG2010_ENU_EVAL.ISO Version: 4.0.1101.000 Date Published: 12/17/2009 Language: English Download Size: 1255.4 MB
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Standard Edition Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Enterprise Edition Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit DataCenter Edition • A computer with a 64-bit processor • Minimum 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory • 2.5 GB of available hard disk space (in addition to Windows requirements) • Two network adapters.
About Microsoft Office 2010
What are some of the major updates to the Microsoft Office 2010 suites from previous versions?
What products are included in the Office 2010 suites?
What are the Office Web Apps?
Why should I use Office 2010?
What is the Microsoft Office Backstage™ view?
What is the Ribbon?
Can I customize Office 2010 based on how I use the product?
What does co-authoring mean in Office 2010?
Will Office 2010 products be available in 64-bit versions?
What other related products does Office 2010 work with?
Microsoft Office 2010 Beta
When will the Office 2010 Beta be available?
What languages are available for Office 2010 Beta?
What is the approximate download time?
Does the Beta version of Office 2010 expire after certain time?
What is a product key and how do I retrieve it if I lose it?
What happens to my Office Beta applications after the final release?
What happens to my current version of Microsoft Office when I download the Office 2010 Beta?
How do I Download?
What if the download stops or is interrupted before it is complete?
What is activation and how do I get started?
What is Click to Run?
My beta download file size is only 3MB? Is the Office 2010 Beta file size that small?
Does Click to Run install software on my machine?
Can previous versions of Microsoft Office co-exist with the Office 2010 Beta?
How do I uninstall Office 2010 Beta?
Why didn’t I have to enter my Product Key when I installed the Office 2010 Beta?
What should I do if I lose my internet connection while I am downloading the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta?
Why does Microsoft PowerPoint launch once I download the Office 14 Beta?
Microsoft Office 2010 System Requirements & Compatibility
Are there special system requirements for running Office 2010?
Which browsers are supported for the new Office Web Apps?
Can I open previous versions of Microsoft Office files in Office 2010?
Can I open Office 2010 files using previous versions of Microsoft Office?
Using Microsoft Office 2010 Beta
Are there Office 2010 resources and trainings available from Microsoft?
Can I access my files when I am away from my primary computer?
How do I access Office 2010 files from the browser?
How do I access Office 2010 from my phone?
Does Office 2010 have add-ins?
Buying Microsoft Office 2010
When will Office 2010 be available for purchase?
How much will Office 2010 cost?
Is there a Macintosh version of Office 2010?
Are Office Web Apps free? What are the different ways people can get them?
For answers visit http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/faqs/default.aspx
Forefront UAG provides secure remote access by publishing corporate applications and resources for access by managed and unmanaged client endpoints, or by deployment of Forefront UAG DirectAccess. This download provides a security policy .xml template that can be used in conjunction with the Windows 2008 R2 Server Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) to harden Forefront UAG servers.
This download provides a security policy .xml template that can be used in conjunction with the Windows 2008 R2 Server Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) to harden Forefront UAG servers in accordance with recommended settings. The Windows 2008 R2 Server SCW helps you to create, edit, apply, or roll back a security policy based on the selected roles of the server. The security policies that are created with the SCW are .xml files that, when applied, modify services, network security, specific registry values, audit policy, and if applicable, Internet Information Services (IIS). This download provides a security policy .xml template for a Forefront UAG role. When you run the SCW and apply this template, Forefront UAG settings are hardened in accordance with settings specified in the .xml file. Note that after applying this template, you cannot rollback the template using the SCW. Instead, export the Forefront UAG configuration on each server before you run the SCW, and then revert back to this configuration if rollback is required.
1. Download the zip file UAG2010_SCW.ZIP included on this page, and extract UAG2010_SCW.XML 2. On each Forefront UAG server that you want to harden, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and click Security Configuration Wizard. 3. On the Configuration Action page of the wizard, click Apply an existing security policy, and click Browse to locate the extracted XML file. 4. On the Select Server page, type the name of the server to which the policy will be applied.
CoreConfigTeam is pleased to announce the latest version of Core Configurator built and designed for Windows Server 2008 R2 Core edition! It is completely open source so it can be amended and change to fit your requirements, this version has been a year in the making and has been written in powershell with a reference to Winforms so that a GUI format is displayed. The primary focus of this project is to try and get feedback and contributions back from the community to make this a tool the best/ free tool everyone will want in there toolkit, so if you have some code or features that you might want included then please leave a comment and we will get in touch. Core Configuration tasks include:
This is really useful tool for admins to manage their Server Core based environment. Often we are familiar with the server tools but in cases when everything is based upon commands such tool is really handy for configuring server core based environment.
I personally liked this tool very much for managing server core based environment. I believe you will also have similar experience. Try this tool and share the feedback with the CoreConfigTeam.
Please Download the latest release and run Start_CoreConfig.wsf
If you require the previous release for Windows Server 2008 R1 then please see the download section for Core Configurator 1.1 as Core Configurator 2.0 requires Powershell 2.0 and NetFx..
Get it from http://www.codeplex.com/CoreConfig
Customizing a plan for disaster recovery of Active Directory Domain Services This guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest, if forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally.
This guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory® forest if forest-wide failure renders all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally. The steps it contains serve as a template for your forest recovery plan, which you can customize for your particular environment. These steps apply to domain controllers that run Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server, Windows Server® 2003, or Windows Server 2008 operating systems.
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content. This is the December Update.
The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric. The December release includes new and updated labs in addition to information about Microsoft Codename “Dallas”. This training kit contains the following content: Hands On Labs
For more information visit http://www.azure.com
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Handy summaries of the most common procedures and commands used to administer Server Core installations
Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 do not provide a graphical user interface. Instead, all configuration and management operations take place in the command prompt. The numerous and varied commands and procedures for common activites such as installing server roles, configuring the firewall, and assorted Active Directory domain actions can be difficult to remember. Although all of this and more is documented extensively in the Server Core Installation Option Getting Started Guide (available both at this Download Center and at the Windows Server Technical Library), administrators may not have Internet access to look up the commands. The full Getting Started Guide is quite large, and could be inconvenient to reference in printed form for just a few key commands. These Job Aids present the most common procedures and commands necessary to configure and manage Server Core installations in a one-page format that you can download, print, and fold to pocket size.
For example the following gives quick reference to server core installations R2 edition.
The back has been left blank so you can add your own notes, procedures, or commands specific to your own deployments or operations. Currently there are two Job Aids, one for Windows Server 2008 and one for Windows Server 2008 R2. Both are continuously updated based on feedback from users.
Today, I presented this webcast for IT Professionals in India on “Malware Removal Made Easy – Tools and Resources.” I am planning to share some of the resources that I committed during my webcast. First of all thank you very much for those who joined me for this webcast.
First of all a question that I said I would confirm and answer. Though I had already answered that question during my session in last part, I will again share it here so that in case someone was missed to get the answer can get it here.
Question: Is it possible to download stand alone Security Essential Definitions updates so that those who do not have regular internet connectivity?
Ans: Yes. It is possible to download the stand alone updates for Security Essentials from Malware Protection Center.
To download the stand alone definitions visit this link http://www.microsoft.com/Security/portal/Definitions/HowToMSE.aspx
Download the Security Essentials definitions.
In case you want to download updated definitions then visit http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Definitions/ADL.aspx
Here you can download definitions for Forefront, Security Essentials and Windows Defender.
Following are the resources to the topics I covered in my session.
For additional information on the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.aspx
For more info about Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
For more info about Windows Defender http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx
Get more details about MS DaRT: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/dart.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop.aspx
This guide provides detailed step-by-step walkthroughs for testing Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2 in a preproduction environment. You can use this guide to become familiar with Hyper-V and the process of creating and managing virtual machines. This guide also includes scenarios that you can test to better understand how Hyper-V can address the business goals of your organization.
Web version available HERE
Windows PowerShell 2.0 SDK contains sample code and reference assemblies that allow you to build applications based on Windows PowerShell.
This SDK contains reference assemblies and samples that demonstrates how to use the Windows PowerShell 2.0 APIs to build a rich set of applications. In this package, you will find sample code which shows how to use the new PowerShell class, how to write cmdlets that supports eventing, transactions and jobs. In addition, there are examples of host applications that connect to remote computers using individual runspaces and runspace pools. This SDK also includes modified Windows PowerShell 1.0 samples using the modified and improved Windows PowerShell 2.0 APIs.
Windows® Firewall with Advanced Security is a stateful, host-based firewall that blocks incoming and outgoing connections based on its configuration. While typical end-user configuration of Windows Firewall still takes place through the Windows Firewall Control Panel tool, advanced configuration now takes place in a Microsoft® Management Control (MMC) snap-in named Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. The inclusion of this snap-in not only provides an interface for configuring Windows Firewall locally but also for configuring Windows Firewall on remote computers and via Group Policy.
Firewall functions are now integrated with IPsec (Internet Protocol security) protection settings, reducing the possibility of conflict between the two protection mechanisms. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security supports separate profiles for when computers are domain-joined or connected to a private or public network. It also supports the creation of rules for enforcing server and domain isolation policies. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security supports more granular rules, including Microsoft Active Directory® users and groups, source and destination Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, IP port number, ICMP settings, IPsec settings, specific types of interfaces, services, and more.
This document covers Windows Firewall with Advanced Security in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.
This technical article outlines the steps of using DPM 2007 SP1 alongside the Windows Server Backup (WSB) utility to provide a supported bare metal recovery of Windows Server 2008.
System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 is a key member of the Microsoft System Center family of management products designed to help IT professionals manage their Windows Server environments. DPM is the new standard for Windows Server backup and recovery—delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft applications, virtualization, file servers, and desktops using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media, as well as cloud repositories. DPM enables better backups with rapid and reliable recoveries for both the IT professional and the end-user. DPM helps significantly reduce the costs and complexities associated with data protection through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes.
Using complimentary technologies in addition to DPM’s actual software, DPM 2007 SP1 can perform a bare metal recovery (BMR) to restore an entire server without an operating system.
This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.
The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual machines up-to-date so that bringing a virtual machine online does not introduce vulnerabilities into the organization’s IT infrastructure. The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to bring groups of virtual machines online just long enough for them to receive updates from either System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Windows Server Update Services. As soon as the virtual machines are up-to-date, the tool returns them to the offline state in the Virtual Machine Manager library. This Solution Accelerator includes the following components:
Solution Accelerators are free, scenario-based guides and automations designed to help IT Professionals who are proactively planning, deploying, and operating IT systems using Microsoft products and technologies. Solution Accelerator scenarios focus on security and compliance, management and infrastructure, and communication and collaboration. Get the Solution Accelerator Notifications Newsletter Subscribe to the Solution Accelerator Notifications newsletter so that you can stay informed about new Solution Accelerator releases and updates. The newsletter covers such areas of interest as
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Windows CardSpace 2.0 is the end user component of Microsoft’s user access platform for developers and IT professionals that helps simplify access to applications and other systems with an open claims-based model.
Windows CardSpae 2.0 benefits users by helping navigating logins and controlling information sharing. CardSpae 2.0 includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims, and implements the industry Identity Metasystem vision for open and interoperable identity.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows Server 2008 SP2 Windows Server 2008 R2