• Security Compliance Manager RTW !!

    The future of security baseline management has arrived. The new Security Compliance Manager will enable you to plan, deploy, operate, and manage your organization’s security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications.


    Earlier this year the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team announced the beta release of this free new tool. They gathered feedback from IT pros and organizations around the globe, and they’re excited to share the result: a tool designed to help your organization efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies.

    The Security Compliance Manager will help you accelerate knowledge to merge best practices, customize once to centralize decision making, and export to multiple formats to enable monitoring, verification, and compliance. The tool will ultimately help to accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies.

    This end-to-end Solution Accelerator will help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications. Access the complete database of Microsoft recommended security settings, customize your baselines, and then choose from multiple formats—including Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), XLS, or Group Policy objects (GPOs)—to export the baselines to your environment to automate the security baseline compliance verification process.

    Windows 7 security just got easier.  SAT logo_standard

    Next steps:

    · Download the Security Compliance Manager.

    · Learn more about Security Compliance Manager.

    · Help spread the word: Tell your friends about Security Compliance Manager.

    · Thoughts? Favorite features? Feedback? Tell it to the dev team.

    Want the facts straight from the development team? Check out this series of short videos! Better yet, post your own video response sharing your favorite feature.

  • Microsoft Office 2010 RTM !!

    Microsoft Office 2010 reaches RTM


    For more information visit http://blogs.technet.com/office2010/archive/2010/04/15/office-2010-reaches-rtm.aspx

  • Silverlight 4 is here. GET IT NOW !!!

    Yes you heard it right. Silverlight 4 is here.



    For more info visit http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Community Launch on 17th April 2010, Pune

    imageHello Developers,

    Join Pune User Group and Microsoft for the community launch of Visual Studio 2010!

    VS 2010 Logo




    We are very pleased to have Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson ,  Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation of  Team Foundation Server on this very special day.

    Bajaj Gallery,
    MCCIA Trade Tower,
    5th floor, International Conventional Center,
    Senapati Bapat Road,

    For more information visit http://www.puneusergroup.org/events/vs2010-launch/Venue.html

  • Microsoft TechEd India 2010 Session: Virtualization Solutions for Business Critical Applications

    First of all, Thank YOU all for attending the Microsoft TechEd 2010 India. It was pleasure presenting in front of such a superb audience. I am extremely happy with the response for the TechEd 2010. I will talk about it in later posts.

    Now, as I promised for today’s session few of the resources and links that I would like to share with you all.

    Starting with the Best Practices for Hyper-V…image

    7 Best Practices for Physical Servers Hosting Hyper-V Roles

    Microsoft Virtualization for Business Critical Apps

    Microsoft Virtualization Case Studies

    Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool

    Well, that is all from my end for now. Keep checking the space for much more happening discussions.

    Update 0: Download this document that describes the best practices for SAP on Hyper-V and MS.COM Site operations in Hyper-V Environment

    Best Practices for SAP on Hyper-V

    MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V Whitepaper - Microsoft Corporation

    Update 1: I received 1 more query during my session in MS Dynamics CRM & AX running in Virtualized mode.

    Here is the link that gives detailed information on all the supported Microsoft products under Hyper-V


    For more information visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957006

    List of Supported Applications…

    Supported Applications

    Support for the listed applications is provided for the applications running on Hyper-V and other validated virtualization platforms.

    The following applications are supported on Hyper-V:

    • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 and later versions such as Management Server, Publishing Server, Sequencer, RDS Client, and Desktop Client are supported.

    • Microsoft Commerce Server Service Pack 2 and later

    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and later

    • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 and later

    • Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 SP2 and later

    • Microsoft Forefront Client Security

    • Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSP) SP2 or later

    • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server

    • Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 or later

    • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 or later

    • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 or later

    • Microsoft Search Server

    • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or later

    • Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 or later

    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 or later

    • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 and later

    • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP2

    • Windows Web Server 2008

    • Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, 2006, 2006 R2, 2009 and later

    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and later

    • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 and later

    • Microsoft Forefront Client Security

    • Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange (FSE) SP1 or later

    • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 or later

    • Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007 SP1 or later

    • Microsoft Office Project Server SP1 or later

    • Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 SP1 (Agents Only)

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008

    • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and later

    • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 and later

    • Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 SP3 (agents only)

    • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008

    • Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.1 and later

    • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and later

    • Windows Small Business Server 2008 and later

  • Microsoft TechEd 2010, India – Bangalore. T-9 Days to go !!!

    And here we are, just a week away from Microsoft TechEd 2010, India happening at the cyber city Bangalore.image

    It’s always been an excitement moment for TechEd in India. Last year we had TechEd India was held at Hyderabad and the response was amazing. During the tough times our teams had organized the event and set the benchmark.

    This time we are seeing lot of economical improvements and that gives us the confidence for the success of TechEd. The best attraction of this event will be the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Launch in India. The Developers have been waiting for this since long.

    I am particularly very much excited because I am presenting at TechEd 2010. Over the last few months after last TechEd, I have been seen enjoying the journey of delivering sessions for various Microsoft events, that includes Virtual TechDays, Community TechDays, New Efficiency Launch Events. Lastly in February, TechEd 2010 Sri Lanka.

    This time I am presenting in 3 different tracks as a breakout speaker. I will be speaking in Windows 7 Track where I will demonstrate on Windows AppLocker. The second track is Windows Server track, here I will be talking about Group Policy Improvements in Server Platform. Lastly on last day I am talking in Virtualization track where I will be presenting upon how to run your Critical Business Application using Microsoft Virtualization Platform.

    Some of the brief agenda about my breakout sessions that I am presenting.

    Day 2: 13th April 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Save Money, Time, and Headaches with Group Policies in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This session will walkthrough the new features in Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7. You will get a deeper technical understanding of how to use Group Policy Preferences and PowerShell together. The session will include demos that will illustrate how to use new features in Group Policy to do the following: Check and compare settings across domains, Reduce complexity of your Group Policy environment, Managing power, using the new Windows 7 Group Policy enabled features, such as BitLocker, Create a baseline of compliance for new GPO's etc.

    Day 2: 13th April 5 PM - 6 PM

    AppLocker – Your Solution for True Application SmackDown

    The goal of AppLocker is simple enough: block applications users should and shouldn’t use. Sounds simple enough -- until you realize you have zillions of known and unknown applications on your desktops. How can you decide which ones to allow and which ones to squelch? In this AppLocker deep-dive, Learn how to start small with AppLocker and gain confidence that it’s doing what you expect, before you turn down the thumbscrews. Learn how to perform testing and implementation on a single machine, and with a fleet of machines. Plus, learn how AppLocker can be managed using PowerShell to make even quicker work of AppLocker. If you’ve played with Microsoft’s Software Restriction Policies, and are ready to take your functionality to the next level, don’t miss this intensive session.

    Day 3: 14th April 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM

    Virtualization Scenarios for Business Critical Applications

    This session will cover virtualization scenarios for SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange. For each application, we will discuss various scenarios where virtualization is applicable, the pain points and how virtualization solves them. The session will highlight best practices for a successful deployment. Finally, we will also touch upon partner solutions, such as NetApp, EMC etc., that enhance the benefits of virtualization for these applications.

    It’s T-9 Days to go and I am looking forward to meet you at Microsoft TechEd 2010 India