• Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


    I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Holidays.

  • Microsoft Office 2010 Beta FAQ

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    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

  • Download Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Trial Version with Service pack 2 included

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    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.  MOSS-Logo
    Standard edition functionality includes:

    • Collaboration 
    • Enterprise Content Management
    • Workflow
    • My Sites
    • Profiles and Personalization
    • Enterprise Search
    Enterprise edition functionality includes:
    • Business Data Catalog
    • Excel Services
    • Report Center
    • InfoPath Forms Services
    • KPI and Filter Web Parts

    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.

    System Requirements
    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Web Edition; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter; Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard; Windows Server 2008 Standard
    • The following is also required:
      • Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0.


    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

    1. Download the file by clicking the Download button and save the file to your hard disk.
    2. Refer to the following documentation for installation guidance:
    3. Complete the installation by following the documentation.
    To remove this download:
    1. On the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    3. In the list of currently installed programs, select Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Trial Version (x86) and then click Remove or Add/Remove. If a dialog box appears, follow the instructions to remove the program.
    4. Click Yes or OK to confirm that you want to remove the program.


  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Evaluation Version

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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. image

    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:
    Version: 4.0.1101.000
    Date Published: 12/17/2009
    Language: English
    Download Size: 1255.4 MB

    System Requirements

    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.


  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1

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    This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual Solution Acceleratorsmachines 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.SCVMM R2
    This Solution Accelerator includes the following components:

    • Brief Overview. Available online only on Microsoft TechNet. Summary for business and technical managers that briefly explains how this Solution Accelerator can fit into an organization’s IT infrastructure management strategy.
    • OfflineVMServicing_x64 and OfflineVMServicing_x86. Setup files for the tool, for 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Windows with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or 2008 R2.
    • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Getting Started Guide. Provides information about how the tool works, explains prerequisites for the tool, and describes how to install and configure the tool.
    • Offline_VM_Servicing_Tool_2.1_Release_Notes.rtf. Notes provide information about this release, describe known issues in the tool, and include feedback instructions.
    • Offline_Virtual_Machine_Servicing_Tool_Help. Help file for the tool. Provides instructions for using the tool.
    1. Click the Download button at the top of the page to start the download.
    2. Uninstall any previous installation of the Office Virtual Machine Servicing Tool before proceeding with the installation instructions below.
    3. Do one of the following:
      • To start the .zip file extraction immediately, click Open or Run this program from its current location. Then extract the files to your preferred location on your computer. Note Release Notes and Getting Started Guide are available in the .zip package outside the .msi files for optional viewing before tool installation.
      • To save the download to your preferred location on your computer for .zip file extraction at a later time, click Save or Save this program to disk.
    4. To install the .msi package (OfflineVMServicing_X86.msi or OfflineVMServicing_X64.msi)
      1. Navigate to where you extracted the .zip file content on your hard drive.
      2. Double-click the .msi file you want to install.
      3. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
      4. Follow the steps in the installation process to complete the installation.
      5. Find the installed files in C:\Program Files on your computer in the folder Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool.
    Additional Information

    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

    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Security, Data Protection, & Recovery
    • Deployment
    • Operations & Management

    You may also receive invitations to participate in accelerator development via beta programs and customer surveys. Solution Accelerator Notifications is currently available in English only.
  • AppLocker Screencast

    AppLocker Screencast

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    This is my first attempt of publishing this screencast directly on the blog post.

  • Happy New Year & Happy Birthday Blog !!!


    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.

  • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess IT Infrastructure Compatibility

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    This documents explains how Windows 7 DirectAccess Integrates with Existing IT Environments.image

    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.


  • Yahoo! and Microsoft Finalize Search Agreement

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    Visit here for complete article http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=428399

  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Security Policy Template

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    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.image

    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.

    System Requirements

    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


    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.

  • Update December: Infrastructure Planning and Design

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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.Solution Accelerators

    What’s new in this release…

    IPD consists of the following downloadable packages:

    • New! Forefront Unified Access Gateway
  • Getting to Know Hyper-V: A Walkthrough from Initial Setup to Common Scenarios

    Bookmark and Share This guide provides detailed step-by-step walkthroughs for testing Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2 in a preproduction environment.windows-server-2008-hyper-v-logo-v_2

    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

    Happy Virtualization

  • Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Controlling Communication with the Internet

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    Provides steps that administrators can take to limit, control, or prevent the communication that flows between the features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and sites on the Internet.WS08-R2_v_rgb

    This document provides information about the communication that flows between the features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and sites on the Internet. It describes steps to take to limit, control, or prevent that communication in an organization with many users. This document is designed to assist administrators in planning strategies for deploying and maintaining Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in a way that helps provide an appropriate level of security and privacy for an organization’s networked assets.

  • My first Screencast on TechNet EDGE !!!

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    Finally, after long time I have recorded my first screencast and uploaded onto TechNet EDGE. The overall experience was good for recording. Since this is my first attempt the audio level is little low. But I managed to record few more screencasts on logo_edgeNative VHD and Boot from VHD efficiently with perfect audio balance.

    UPDATE: The video is uploaded with improved audio quality.

    The topic I selected is AppLocker: An Overview in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.


    Here is the link to the screencast. I hope you will enjoy this.


  • Native VHD & Boot from VHD Screencast on TechNet EDGE

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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.logo_edge

    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.

    • Creating native Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) in Windows 7
    • Attaching and Detaching the VHD file



    This is the second part and we will cover the following key points.

    • Creating and Attaching VHDs using Diskpart utility
    • Installing OS into VHD using ImageX
    • Detaching the VHD using Diskpart utility
    • Adding the VHD entry in Boot Menu for VHD Boot and then Boot from VHD
    • Booting a Windows 7 VHD or Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD
    • Post installation configuration in the booted VHD



    For more information visit my blog posts for more info



    Happy Virtualization

  • Microsoft’s Identity and Access Management Platform Whitepapers

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    Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, Windows Identity Foundation & Windows CardSpace comprise an identity & access solution to help developers and IT professionals simplify access to applications and other systems with an open claims-based model. Windows Identity Foundation helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools. Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 helps IT efficiently deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations with automated federation tools. Users can benefit from help navigating logins and controlling information sharing, using Windows CardSpace 2.0. The platform includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims, and implements the industry Identity Metasystem vision for open and interoperable identity.
    Microsoft’s identity and access solution includes:

    • Windows Identity Foundation for .NET developers,
    • Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 for IT Pros, and
    • Windows CardSpace 2.0 for users.

    Available Here for Download
    Datasheet - Updated for Beta 2
    Whitepaper: Claims Based Access Platform
    Learn about Microsoft’s claims-based identity and access solution. Read about Windows Identity Foundation, Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 and Windows CardSpace, and how they work together to help solve application access problems with a single simplified access model. Understand how claims can be used across a wide variety of scenarios including enterprise, federation and Web. In this paper new concepts and terminology are introduced to help architects, developers and IT professionals understand the benefits and concepts behind the claims-based model of identity. A background in developing, deploying or managing web applications and services that entail user authentication is expected. By David Chappell
    Whitepaper: Windows Identity Foundation - Updated for WIF RTW
    Get started building claims-aware applications using Windows Identity Foundation. In this paper concepts and terminology are introduced to help developers understand the benefits and concepts behind the claims-based model of identity. Security expertise is not required but familiarity with ASP.NET or WCF programming is. A background in building web applications or services that care about authentication and authorization is expected. As such, the focus of the paper is on building relying parties using the framework. By Keith Brown
    Whitepaper: Windows Identity Foundation - Changes between Beta 2 and RTW
    Get an overview of what are the new features added in release candidate (RC) of Windows Identity Foundation. For users of Windows Identity Foundation Beta-2 this document is a great resource that highlights the changes happened to the features existed in Beta-2. By Keith Brown & Sesha Mani


  • Windows PowerShell 2.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

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    Windows PowerShell 2.0 SDK contains sample code and reference assemblies that allow you to build applications based on Windows PowerShell.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.

    Related Resources
    1. Windows PowerShell on MSDN
    2. Windows PowerShell Newsgroup
    3. Windows PowerShell Blog
    4. Windows PowerShell Online help


  • Windows CardSpace 2.0 Beta 2

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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. VisualStudio

    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


  • Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - December Update

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    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: Windows Azure
    Hands On Labs

    • Introduction to Windows Azure
    • Exploring Windows Azure Storage
    • Deploying and Monitoring Applications in Windows Azure
    • Windows Azure: Worker Role Communication
    • Federated Authentication in a Windows Azure Web Role Application
    • Building ASP.NET Web Form Applications with Windows Azure
    • Introduction to SQL Azure
    • Migrating Databases to SQL Azure
    • SQL Azure: Tips and Tricks
    • Intro to Dallas
    • Introduction to the .NET Service Bus
    • Introduction to the .NET Access Control Service
    • Service Remoting with Service Bus
    • Eventing with the Service Bus

    Presentations and Videos
    • Windows Azure Platform Overview (C9 - VIDEO)
    • What is Windows Azure? (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Windows Azure Storage Overview (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Deploying Applications on Windows Azure (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Windows Azure Compute (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Introduction to Windows Azure (PPTX)
    • Building Services with Windows Azure (PPTX)
    • What is SQL Azure? (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Introduction to SQL Azure (PPTX)
    • Building Applications using SQL Azure (PPTX)
    • Scaling out with SQL Azure
    • What is Microsoft Codename "Dallas"? (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Introduction to Microsoft Codename "Dallas" (PPTX)
    • What is the Access Control Service (C9 - VIDEO)
    • Introduction to the Service Bus (C9 - VIDEO)

    • Deploying Windows Azure Services
    • Hello Windows Azure
    • Windows Azure Guestbook Demo
    • Windows Azure Logging and Configuration Demo
    • Windows Azure using Blobs Demo
    • Windows Azure Worker Role Demo
    • Windows Azure Using Queues Demo
    • Windows Azure Using Tables Demo
    • Preparing your SQL Azure Account
    • Connecting to SQL Azure
    • Managing Logins and Security in SQL Azure
    • Creating Objects in SQL Azure
    • Migrating a Database Schema to SQL Azure
    • Moving Data Into and Out Of SQL Azure using SSIS
    • Building a Simple SQL Azure App
    • Scaling Out SQL Azure with Database Sharding
    • AppFabric Service Bus Direct Connection Demo
    • AppFabric Service Bus webHttpRelayBinding
    • AppFabric Service Bus Publish and Subscribe
    • AppFabric Service Bus Service Registry
    • AppFabric Service Bus NetOneWayRelayBinding

    Samples and Tools
    • Windows Azure MMC
    • Windows Azure Service Management CmdLets
    • PhluffyFotos

    For more information visit http://www.azure.com


  • Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server SP1 and Team Suite SP1 Trial Hyper-V & VPC Images

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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. VisualStudio
    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.


    DOWNLOAD VIRTUAL PC IMAGES (Required Software: Virtual PC 2007 SP1 or Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

  • Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 Beta 2 virtual image for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & Windows Virtual PC

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    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.vs2010_logo

    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.



  • Introducing Bing Maps Beta powered by Silverlight

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    Start using http://www.bing.com/maps/explore

  • Want to configure your Server Core Environment using GUI Tools? Presenting Core Configurator 2.0

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    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:

    • 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

    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

  • Microsoft India Webcast: Malware Removal Made Easy – Tools and Resources

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    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

    For more info about Security Essentials

    For more info about Windows Defender

    Get more details about MS DaRT:

  • Dell Precision M6500 & M6500 Covet Mobile Workstation

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    Work at the Speed of Thought


    Ignoring the rules, the DellTM  PrecisionTM  M6500 over-delivers in terms of performance and scalability and is certified with many ISV applications.

    • Up to Intel®  CoreTM  i7- 920XM Quad Core Extreme processors
    • Up to 16GB of fast 1333MHz DDR3 memory for large data sets
    • Optional RAID 5 storage for performance and redundancy

    Powered by Microsoft Windows 7 !!!

    Complete power packed configuration is little over $9,000.