• Bangalore IT Pro (BITPRO) Community 7th Anniversary Celebrations.

    Hello IT Professionals,Bitpro1

    We are celebrating Bangalore IT Pro Community’s (BITPRO) 7th anniversary in the coming month. Request you all to join in to this celebration. More details below.

    Date: 7th Jan 2012.
    Agenda
    Time Speaker Topics
    9.00AM – 9.30AM Registration
    9.30AM – 10.00AM Mr.Pradipta Sharma

    Keynote

    10.00AM – 10.45AM Mr.SaravananRajappa, Honeywell Windows 7 SP1 Deployment using MDT2012 Beta2
    10.45AM – 11.30AM Mr.Ismail Mohammed Exchange 2010 SP2 Overview
    11.30AM - 11.45AM Tea Break
    11.45AM - 12.30PM Mr.Aviraj Ajgekar, Technology Evangelist, Microsoft Top 5 Free Desktop Deployment and Planning Tools for Every IT Professional
    12.30AM - 01.15PM Mr.RavikanthChaganti, Dell R&D PowerShell 3.0 features in Windows 8 and Windows 8 Server
    1.15PM - 2.00PM Lunch Break
    2.00PM - 2.45PM Mr.Anand MS, Microsoft India Private Cloud Architecture Design & Demos
    2.45PM - 3.30PM Mr. Gaurav Anand, Microsoft MVP Windows Server 8 Preview
    3.30PM - 4.00PM Tea Break
    4.00PM - 4.45PM Dr.Pavanaja, ExcelSoft Microsoft Indic in Windows 7 and Windows 8(নমস্কার! नमस्ते! ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ! സ്വാഗതം! வணக்கம்! నమస్కారము!)
    4.45PM - 5.30PM Community Award ceremony & Closing Note

     

    Registration is Free

    Venue: JSS Auditorium
    1st Main, Jayanagar VII Block, Kanakapura Road
    Jayanagar VII Block
    Bangalore 560011

    Suggestion & Feedback send to info@bitpro.in

     

    For more details visit http://bitpro.in

  • White Papers: Using Windows Intune with Professional Services Automation Tools

    Today, I am sharing 2 White Papers for Tools that you can use with Windows Intune deployment.Windows Intune

    1. What Is ConnectWise?

    ConnectWise is a leading business management solution designed exclusively for IT solution providers, MSPs, technology consultants, integrators, and developers. ConnectWise helps MSPs manage all aspects of their customer relationships from within a single, unified system, combining sales force automation, customer relationship management (CRM), service request and ticket tracking, contract and billing arrangement management, and extensive reporting.

    ConnectWise is a software platform that automates the internal business processes for IT pros worldwide. It combines the elements of a successful IT services business, including quoting, sales, project implementations, service delivery, billing, and comprehensive reporting, and provides visibility and reporting on past performance as well as future projections.

    How Do Windows Intune and ConnectWise Work Together?

    ConnectWise and Windows Intune are different, yet complementary systems. Leveraged correctly, they form an effective systems backbone for established and emerging IT service providers alike.

    ConnectWise’s business process automation, coupled with Windows Intune systems management automation, creates an integrated workflow that includes issue alerting (Windows Intune), tracking and escalation of these issues (ConnectWise), remediation work to fix the reported issues (Windows Intune), and billing for the work performed (ConnectWise).

    When an anomalous event is detected in a customer’s Windows Intune–monitored environment, an alert is generated in the Windows Intune management portal. A detailed email message can be sent automatically to an address that the ConnectWise Email Connector monitors. The email is converted to a ConnectWise service ticket.

    A technician (usually an employee of the IT service provider) can log in to Windows Intune to remediate the alert situation and track the information from the ConnectWise service ticket. When the issue has been satisfactorily resolved using Windows Intune, the technician marks the ticket as complete within ConnectWise and clears the alert from the Windows Intune administrator console (see Figure 1).

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    Figure 1. Alert flow from Windows Intune to ConnectWise

    Prerequisites

    To complete the setup and processes detailed in this document, an MSP must have signed up and activated the following services:

    · Windows Intune (http://manage.microsoft.com)

    · ConnectWise PSA (http://www.connectwise.com)

    · ConnectWise Email Connector

     

    You can find more over here Using Windows Intune with ConnectWise

     

    2. What Is Autotask?

    PSA systems help MSPs manage all aspects of their customer relationships from a single system. PSA systems combine customer relationship management, service request and ticket tracking, contract and billing management, and extensive reporting.

    Autotask, is a web-based, fully hosted PSA software platform that helps MSPs centrally manage their customer relationships. The platform can be used to automate the internal business processes for several geographically dispersed MSPs. Autotask can also provide MSPs with performance reporting, process automation for sales revenue and quotes, project and service delivery management, and billing.

    How Do Windows Intune and Autotask Work Together?

    Autotask and Windows Intune are complementary systems that, when leveraged together, help form a systems backbone for tracking and remediating technical problems in a customer’s infrastructure. Autotask’s business process automation, coupled with Windows Intune’s systems management automation, creates an integrated workflow that includes issue alerting (Windows Intune), tracking and escalation of these issues (Autotask), remediation work to fix the reported issues (Windows Intune), and billing for the work performed (Autotask).

    Email2AT

    A hosted, Standard Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)–based email system, MSPintegrations Autotask Email Parser (Email2AT) detects inbound email messages and converts the received email messages to Autotask tickets. When Windows Intune detects an anomalous event, an alert is generated in the management portal. Automatically, a detailed email message can be sent to a preconfigured list of email addresses. Autotask tickets can be created from these email alerts by activating Email2AT.

    Once the Autotask ticket is created, a workflow rule is triggered to notify technicians who have been configured in Autotask (typically employees of the IT service provider). The technician logs in to Windows Intune to remediate the alert situation and tracks the information from the Autotask ticket. When the issue has been satisfactorily resolved using Windows Intune, the technician marks the ticket as complete within Autotask and clears the alert from the Windows Intune administrator console (see Figure 1).

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    Figure 1. Alert flow from Windows Intune through Email2AT to Autotask

    Prerequisites

    To complete the setup and processes detailed in this document, an MSP must have signed up and activated the following services:

    · Windows Intune (https://mocp.microsoftonline.com/Site/buy/MS-INT-0003P)

    · Autotask Go! or Autotask Pro (http://www.autotask.com)

    · Email2AT from MSPintegrations (http://www.mspintegrations.com)

    You can find more over here Using Windows Intune with Autotask

     

    General Windows Intune Resources at Microsoft Partner Program India website…https://partner.microsoft.com/40136477?msp_id=windowsintune

  • Wish you all Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

    Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  • Open your Windows to the Cloud: At the upcoming webcast series on ‘Windows in the Cloud’ REGISTER NOW.

     
    The age of the Cloud spells the biggest ever change for the IT industry. Each new day, we find more and more organisations moving their IT infrastructure to the Cloud - from desktop optimization, PC management to radical ways in deploying and monitoring applications, the Cloud’s call is echoing loud and clear.
     
    In the midst of this IT revolution,it’s become imperative to stay updated on the latest in the world of the Cloud. That is why,
    we are bringing to you a webcast series exclusively on ‘Windows in the Cloud’. Attend the webcasts and learn straight from
    the experts on:
     
      The role of App-V in RDS and VDI deployments
      Remote PC management for Windows 7 in enterprises
      New tools for desktop optimization
      Migration to Internet Explorer 9
    As an IT professional, staying cued in to the latest in the world of the Cloud can help you make your IT infrastructure work for you and also take your career to the next level.
    Session Details:
     
    Why Windows Internet Explorer 9 is suitable for the Enterprises
    Aviraj Ajgekar
    What’s new in Windows Intune 2.0: Cloud Services for PC Management and Windows 7
    MS Anand
    What’s new in Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011 R2
    Aviraj Ajgekar
    How to Set Up App-V and Get the Most Out of Your RDS and VDI Deployments
    Vishal Shirodkar
    Why IT Professionals should think about Windows Azure
    Saranya Sriram
     
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  • Understanding Microsoft's High-Availability Solutions - Free Online Training

    Hi Cluster Fans,

    We recently launched the free & public Microsoft Virtual Academy (www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com).  This training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content about Microsoft’s technologies.

    This week we just released a brand new track on Understanding Microsoft’s High-Availability Solutionsimage

    This course covers the best ways to provide continual availability to all applications, services, servers and VMs in your datacenter. The modules will cover all the planning, deployment and management considerations for bringing high-availability to every components of your datacenter or Private Cloud.  By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the basics of each of Microsoft's HA solutions and when each of them should be used. You will understand all the different methods you can use to keep your services up and running. Technologies that will be covered in this course include: Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, Network Load Balancing, SQL Server, Exchange Server, IIS, DFS-R, DNS, and every System Center product (including SC 2012) with a focus on Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

    The course includes:

    · Understanding Microsoft’s High-Availability Solutions

    o Infrastructure HA with Failover Clustering & Hyper-V

    o Application HA with SQL, Exchange & Other Servers

    o Management HA with System Center

    · Failover Clustering Overview

    o Introduction to Failover Clustering

    o Server High-Availability

    · High-Availability & Clustering

    o Overview, Software & Hardware

    o Deployment & Management

    o Hyper-V HA

    · Disaster Recovery

    o Introduction to Disaster Recovery

    o Storage Considerations

     

    Happy Clustering !!

  • New HTC Update for Windows Phone available; includes new Firmware Revision 2250.21.51201.707 & Bootloader Version 5.12.2250.1(134400)

    Today, I received a new HTC Update for Windows Phone i.e. for my HTC Mozart. As seen in the screenshot below not much available in the description but it contains the new Firmware Revision & Bootloader. I noticed significant improvement in the boot speed. Total time to boot the device (HTC Mozart) takes about 22-23 Seconds. (Fully Functional) I could unlock lock screen. Earlier time war around 28-30 Seconds.

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    After some digging I realized that there is a new Firmware Revision & Bootloader Version available in this update. The Firmware Revision is now 2250.21.51201.707 & Bootloader version is 5.12.2250.1(134400)

    Last time I blogged about the WP Update http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/11/23/windows-phone-os-update-7-10-7740-16-available-just-updated-my-htc-mozart.aspx 

    Before that I received new Firmware Revision back in October http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/10/27/windows-phone-internet-sharing-feature-now-available-on-htc-mozart-after-firmware-revision.aspx that enabled Internet Sharing. As of now I have not found anything new in this release.

     

    FIRMWARE REVISION & BOOTLOADER VERSION DETAILS BEFORE UPDATE

    Before HTC Update

     

    FIRMWARE REVISION & BOOTLOADER VERSION DETAILS AFTER UPDATE

    After HTC Update

     

    Enjoy.

  • Finally Microsoft Lync for Windows Phone Enabled. First Experience, Awesome !!

    LYNC for Windows PhoneLync for Windows Phone ContactsLync for Windows Phone Status Sign Out

    First experience with Lync 2010 for Windows Phone. As you can see, you can sign out from Lync 2010 for Windows Phone by clicking on STATUS & then selecting sign out.

    Make sure you have Lync configured at the backend in your organization to enable this feature. For more details you can read my previous blog…

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/12/13/windows-phone-app-microsoft-lync-2010-for-windows-phone-now-available-download-now.aspx?ocid=aff-n-in-loc—aa

  • Nokia Lumia 800–“Dark Knight Rises” Special Edition…

  • Windows Phone Camp–PUNE, 20th Dec. REGISTER NOW!!

     
     
     
     
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  • My session at Virtual TechDays: Top 5 Free Desktop Deployment and Planning Tools for Every IT Professional…RESOURCES

    Thank you everyone for attending today’s session Top 5 Free Desktop Deployment and Planning Tools for Every IT Professional. I hope it was a great experience to everyone. Here are the resources from my session.

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    SESSION RESOURCES - TechNet Library

    Microsoft Solution Accelerators
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/bb545941

    Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.6
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722055(WS.10).aspx

    Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349343(WS.10).aspx

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx

    Product Activation Using Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff686878.aspx

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee376932.aspx

     

    DOWNLOAD TOOLS

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5753

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) Supplement for Windows® 7 SP1
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5188

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=7826

    Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=7352

    Microsoft Application Verifier
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c4a25ab9-649d-4a1b-b4a7-c9d8b095df18&DisplayLang=en 

    Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=11936

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&=tm&id=25175

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=217606

     

    THANK YOU & HAVE A GREAT VTD.

  • Microsoft Virtual TechDays 14-16 Dec…Announcing The Day 1 Agenda. REGISTER NOW !!!

     
    Time Developer Tracks IT Pro Tracks
    Windows Client Beauty Redefined with HTML5 SQL Developer Modernize Business Desktop Virtualization & Private Cloud
    10:00am - 10:30am Event Introduction
    10:30am - 11:30am Windows Phone "Mango" - What’s New for Developers?

    Speaker: Sitaram Kumar P V
    Building apps in HTML5: What you need to know

    Speaker: Sandeep Alur
    Jump start to Integrated SQL Server Developer Tools

    Speaker:
    Erick Ellis
    Top 5 Free Desktop Deployment and Planning Tools for Every IT Professional

    Speaker:
    Aviraj Ajgekar
    VMM 2012: What’s in it, and how it enables the Building of Private Clouds and more

    Speaker:
    Arvind Chandramohan, Anbuselvan Veluchamy
    11:30am - 11:45am Break: Innovations-@-Microsoft
    11:45am - 12:45pm Extending PivotViewer - Tips and Tricks using WPF, Silverlight and C# Expressions

    Speaker:
    Guruprasad Vijayarao
    Responsive Web Design

    Speaker: Aditee Rele
    Know Your Joins - Know Your Data

    Speaker:
    Praveen Srivatsa
    What’s new in Windows Intune 2.0: Cloud Services for PC Management and Windows 7

    Speaker:
    MS Anand
    Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track - Overview and Deep Dive on In Market Configurations

    Speaker:
    Madan Mohan Kannan
    12:45pm - 01:45pm Lunch Break: Innovations-@-Microsoft
    01:45pm - 02:45pm Enhanced Push Notifications & Live Tiles for Windows Phone "Mango"

    Speaker: Mukul Kumar Gupta
    Building offline experiences with HTML5 AppCache and IndexedDB

    Speaker: Rajashekaran Vengalil
    Keey Your Data Tidy - Data Quality Services

    Speaker:
    Nishant Thacker
    Office 2010 Compatibility for legacy Microsoft Office Files and Applications

    Speaker:
    Murtaza Chowdhury; Puneet Priyadarshi
    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1

    Speaker:
    Varun Thapar
    02:45pm - 03:00pm Break: Innovations-@-Microsoft
    03:00pm - 04:00pm Mobile Web Best Practices on Windows Phone "Mango"

    Speaker: Ujjwal Kumar
    Hack Your Way with the F12 Developer Tools

    Speaker: Krishna Chaitanya
    Visual Data Tracking using Power View

    Speaker:
    Gaurav Aggarwal
    Rapid Desktop Deployment using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 2

    Speaker:
    Manoj Ravikumar Nair
    Deploying a Hyper-V Disaster Recovery Solution with Failover Clustering

    Speaker:
    Joydeep Singh
    04:00pm - 04:15pm Break: Innovations-@-Microsoft
    04:15pm - 05:15pm Beautifying your Windows Phone Applications

    Speaker:
    Dushyantsinh Jadeja, Dharmrajsinh Chudasama
    An introduction to ECMASCript 5

    Speaker: Rajashekaran Vengalil
    Synergy - SQL Server 2012 and BI Developers

    Speaker:
    Nauzad Kapadia
    Microsoft and Citrix Desktop Virtualization - VDI - Notes from the Field

    Speaker:
    Vishal Shirodkar
    Leveraging Storage Virtualization in the Data Center with Windows Server 2008 R2 & DataCore Software

    Speaker:
    Rohit Gulati
    05:15pm - 05:45pm Closing Note & Quiz Winner Announcement
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  • Windows Phone App: Microsoft Lync 2010 for Windows Phone Now Available…Download Now

    IMPORTANT: Microsoft Lync 2010 for Windows Phone requires a Lync Server or Office365/Lync Online account and will not work without it. If you are unsure about your account status, please contact your IT department. Lync WP7

    Lync 2010 for Windows Phone extends the power of Lync to your mobile device – including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.

    Key Features:

    - View colleagues’ availability in real time and select the best way to communicate – initiating an instant message (IM), email, or a phone call.

    - Connect to Lync conference calls with a single touch, without requiring long numeric passcodes or conference numbers.

    - Make and receive calls using your Enterprise Voice (Lync ID) number only, so you can connect with others using a single, consistent identity.

    - Lync 2010 for Windows Phone provides transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring a VPN, so your communications experience is safer no matter where you are or what network you use.

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    IMPORTANT: THIS SOFTWARE REQUIRES CONNECTIVITY TO VALIDLY LICENSED COPIES OF MICROSOFT LYNC SERVER 2010 OR OFFICE365/LYNC ONLINE AND WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT IT.  UPDATES TO MICROSOFT LYNC SERVER 2010 MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PROPER PERFORMANCE.  SOME FUNCTIONALITY MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL COUNTRIES.  IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S LICENSE TO AND/OR DEPLOYMENT OF LYNC, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR IT DEPARTMENT. 

    DOWNLOAD HERE FOR WINDOWS PHONE

  • Silverlight 5 RTM: Download Now…

    Silverlight is a powerful development tool for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web and mobile applications. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works.

    New features in Silverlight 5 include Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives.

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    DOWNLOAD HERE

    Visit www.microsoft.com/silverlight

    For more details visit Silterlight Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/silverlight/archive/2011/12/09/silverlight-5-available-for-download-today.aspx

  • Microsoft Download Center: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture (with Service Pack 1)

    Hyper-V Architecture Documentationwindows-server-2008-r2-logo

    Overview

    This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. It focuses on architecture, snapshots, live migration, virtual networking, storage, RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. You can use this poster in conjunction with the previously published Windows Server 2008 Hyper-v Component Architecture, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 component posters (see http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5567b22a-8c47-4840-a88d-23146fd93151, http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=193499 and http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=179116). This poster has been updated for Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

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    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Microsoft Download Center: System Center Service Manager 2012 Beta…Now Available

    System Center Service Manager 2012 beta provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.

    OverviewSCSM Logo

    Download additional System Center 2012 products with our single download experience.
    System Center Service Manager 2012 beta helps standardize service delivery across your organization by:

    • Enabling IT to deliver flexible self-service experiences so application owners can request private cloud capacity to deploy services.
    • Integrating people, processes, and information across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
    • Standardizing datacenter processes with workflows designed around industry best practices.

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    Benefits
    Enables Self-Service for Application Owners and End-Users
    Service Manager 2012 offers a customizable Service Catalog that provides you with access to standardized service offerings spanning applications and infrastructure. Through an integrated System Center Cloud Services Process Pack (coming soon), Service Manager 2012 empowers you with a self-service experience to request private cloud infrastructure capacity as appropriate to your business needs. Service Manager 2012 also offers automated approval workflows at the back-end to fulfill these resulting service requests (including VM requests) in a standardized manner. Finally, Service Manager 2012 offers you easy to use business and operational reporting capabilities through a data-warehouse that aggregates multiple data sources in your enterprise (including System Center, Active Directory, and SAP).
    Integrates People, Processes, and Information Across Enterprise Infrastructure and Applications Service Manager 2012 offers an easy-to-setup Configuration Management Database (CMDB) that standardizes the capture of relationships across infrastructure and applications, and helps to facilitate continued organizational compliance when changes occur. Service Manager 2012 offers two new connectors for System Center Orchestrator 2012 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 that enables you to deliver process automation across core private cloud scenarios, such as provisioning and service offering creation. Finally, the IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) solution for Service Manager 2012 will help you with the automation necessary to support your compliance programs.
    Standardizes Datacenter Processes with Workflows Designed Around Industry Best Practices
    Service Manager 2012 includes built in automated workflows for incident management, problem management, SLA management, and service request fulfillment. These can help you deliver predictable operational SLAs for your datacenter application and infrastructure services. With the expedited release cycles that cloud computing enables, it’s important to set up robust change control so that you can maintain the availability, performance, and reliability of your applications and infrastructure. Service Manager 2012 offers closed-loop change and release management to help you mitigate risks arising from high impact changes that span multiple application and infrastructure components.
    System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool (For SCSM 2012 Beta) The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool is a tool for customization and extension of the built-in functionality in System Center Service Manager. This release supports modifying existing Process Management Packs and creating new Management Packs that define extensions to the Service Manager database for tracking additional information, customizations of forms or new forms, and new workflows. This release is available in 10 languages.
    This release is compatible with Service Manager 2012 beta. It contains the necessary changes to ensure the Authoring Tool is compatible with SCSM 2012 but does not contain a new feature set from prior releases.
    System Center Cloud Services Process Pack
    This process pack offers a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • BING REWIND—Alone or together, individuals defined 2011. Reflect and look forward…

    To: You
    From: Bing

    2011 was a year to remember. Equal parts amazing and perplexing. Decide what the world means to you on Bing News.

    For more visit http://www.discoverbing.com/

  • Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Now Available

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that help to simplify your administration, protect your communications, and delight your customers by meeting their demands for greater business mobility.

    OverviewExchange 2010

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2 helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences, and increased protection for business communications.

    • Flexible and reliable - Exchange Server 2010 SP2 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment based on your company's unique needs and a simplified way to keep e-mail continuously available for your users.
    • Anywhere access - Exchange Server 2010 SP2 helps your users get more done by giving them the freedom to securely access all their communications - e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, and more - from virtually any platform, Web browser, or device.
    • Protection and compliance - Exchange Server 2010 SP2 delivers integrated information loss prevention, and compliance tools aimed at helping you simplify the process of protecting your company's communications and meeting regulatory requirements.

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    DOWNLOAD HERE

    What's New in Exchange 2010 SP2

    Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP2

    Topic Last Modified: 2011-12-02

    This topic provides you with an overview of important new features and functionality in Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, which can be useful when you’re planning, deploying, and administering your organization. The following sections include information about changes to features and functionality that has occurred since Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Exchange 2010:

    In addition to the changes described in this topic, Exchange 2010 SP2 also includes fixes that address issues identified since the release of Exchange 2010 SP1. For a complete list of issues fixed in Exchange 2010 SP2, see: Issues That Are Fixed in Exchange 2010 SP2.

    Visit here to read complete article…http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh529924.aspx

  • Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.

    Overview

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides private and public cloud planning assessments, and server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V. Other significant new features in MAP 6.5 include the discovery of active Windows devices, Software Usage Tracking for Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP), and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server. Learn more.
    MAP is one of the tools provided by the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Security Compliance Manager provide tested guidance and automated tools to help organizations plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. All are freely available, and fully-supported by Microsoft. Learn more.
    For home users and users with a few computers to migrate, use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to understand the readiness of your computer for Windows 7.
    The MAP Toolkit includes the following components:

    • Microsoft_Assessment_and_Planning_Toolkit_Setup.exe. Installation package containing the tool, release notes, Getting Started Guide and toolkit help (chm file).
    • readme_en.htm. Available as a separate download. Provides information to read before installing the MAP Toolkit, including installation prerequisites and known issues.
    • Getting_Started_Guide.en.doc. Provides information about toolkit installation, environment preparation, and assessment scenarios supported by toolkit wizards and the UI.
    • MAP_Training_Kit.zip. Available as a separate download. Contains sample databases and training materials.
    • MAP_Sample_Documents.zip. Available as a separate download. Contains sample reports and proposals.

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    MAP Toolkit Support:
    Online Resources:


    Contact us:
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  • Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Vista setup log file locations

    Windows setup log files are in different locations on the hard disk. These locations depend on the setup phase. This article describes where to locate these log files and which log files are most useful for troubleshooting each setup phase of Windows 7, of Windows Server 2008 R2, and of Windows Vista.

    Downlevel phase

    The downlevel phase is the Windows setup phase that is run within the previous operating system. The following table lists important log files in this setup phase.
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    Log file Description
    C:\WINDOWS\setupapi.log Contains information about device changes, driver changes, and major system changes, such as service pack installations and hotfix installations.

    Note This log file is used only by Microsoft Windows XP and earlier versions.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log Contains information about setup actions during the installation.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log Contains information about setup errors during the installation.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\miglog.xml Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\PreGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the initial capture of devices that are on the system during the downlevel phase.
     
    Windows Preinstallation Environment phase
    The Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE or WinPE) phase is the Windows setup phase that occurs after the restart at the end of the downlevel phase, or when you start the computer by using the Windows installation media. The following table lists important log files in this setup phase.

    Log file

    Description

    X:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log

    Contains information about setup actions during the installation.

    X:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

    Contains information about setup errors during the installation.

    X:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\miglog.xml

    Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).

    X:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\PreGatherPnPList.log

    Contains information about the initial capture of devices that are on the system during the downlevel phase.

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    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log

    Contains information about setup actions during the installation.

    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

    Contains information about setup errors during the installation.

    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\miglog.xml

    Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).

    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\PreGatherPnPList.log

    Contains information about the initial capture of devices that are on the system during the downlevel phase.

    Note You may also see a log file in the X:\WINDOWS directory. The Setupact.log file in this directory contains information about the progress of the initial options that are selected on the Windows installation screen. The Windows installation screen appears when you start the computer by using the Windows installation media. After you click Install now from the Windows installation screen, the Setup.exe file starts, and this log file is no longer used.

    Online configuration phase

    The online configuration phase (the first boot phase) starts when you receive the following message:
    Please wait a moment while Windows prepares to start for the first time.
    During this phase, basic hardware support is installed. If this is an upgrade installation, data and programs are also migrated. The following table lists important log files in this setup phase.
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    Log file Description
    C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\setupact.log Contains information about setup actions during the installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\setuperr.log Contains information about setup errors during the installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\miglog.xml Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).
    C:\WINDOWS\INF\setupapi.dev.log Contains information about Plug and Play devices and driver installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\INF\setupapi.app.log Contains information about application installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\Panther\PostGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the capture of devices that are on the system after the online configuration phase.
    C:\WINDOWS\Panther\PreGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the initial capture of devices that are on the system during the downlevel phase.
     

    Windows Welcome phase

    The Windows Welcome phase includes the following options and events:
    • It provides the options to create user accounts.
    • It provides the option to specify a name for the computer.
    • The Windows System Assessment Tool (Winsat.exe) finishes performance testing to determine the Windows Experience Index rating.
    The Windows Welcome phase is the final setup phase before a user logs in. The following table lists important log files in this setup phase.
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    Log file Description
    C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\setupact.log Contains information about setup actions during the installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\setuperr.log Contains information about setup errors during the installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\miglog.xml Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).
    C:\WINDOWS\INF\setupapi.dev.log Contains information about Plug and Play devices and driver installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\INF\setupapi.app.log Contains information about application installation.
    C:\WINDOWS\Panther\PostGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the capture of devices that are on the system after the online configuration phase.
    C:\WINDOWS\Panther\PreGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the initial capture of devices that are on the system during the downlevel phase.
    C:\WINDOWS\Performance\Winsat\winsat.log Contains information about the Windows System Assessment Tool performance testing results.

    Rollback phase

    If a Windows upgrade installation fails, and you have successfully rolled back the installation to the previous operating system desktop, there are several log files that you can use for troubleshooting. The following table lists important log files in this phase.
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    Log file Description
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log Contains information about setup actions during the installation.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\miglog.xml Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupapi\setupapi.dev.log Contains information about Plug and Play devices and driver installation.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupapi\setupapi.app.log Contains information about application installation.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\PreGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the initial capture of devices that are on the system during the downlevel phase.
    C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\PostGatherPnPList.log Contains information about the capture of devices that are on the system after the online configuration phase.

    Complete support article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927521

  • Microsoft Download Center: Linux Integration Services Version v3.2 for Hyper-V Now Released

    A set of drivers that enable synthetic device support in supported Linux virtual machines under Hyper-V.

    Overview

    When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Components provide.

    Driver support: Linux Integration Services supports the network controller and the IDE and SCSI storage controllers that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.

    Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices now take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.

    Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the virtualization server with the help of the pluggable time source device.

    Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager by using the “Shut Down” command.

    Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.

    Heartbeat: Allows the virtualization server to detect whether the virtual machine is running and responsive.

    KVP (Key Value Pair) Exchange: Information about the running Linux virtual machine can be obtained by using the Key Value Pair exchange functionality on the Windows Server 2008 virtualization server.

    Integrated Mouse Support: The cursor is no longer bound to the VMConnect window when used with the Linux Graphical User Interface.

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    Compared to version 3.1, this release includes the following:

    ·         Synthetic Mouse Support: The virtualized mouse device is no longer bound to the VMConnect window, and can now be used with a RDP session.

    ·         Merged Device Drivers: We now present a single device driver for both IDE and SCSI devices (hv_storvsc).

    ·         Windows 8 Fix: The synthetic network device (hv_netvsc) can now be used with a Windows 8 host, eliminating the hang on boot that was previously seen.

    ·         SCVMM Fix: This release fixes the issue as described in KB2586286.

    ·         Improved Setup Experience: Users now only need to run install.sh (as root) to automatically detect the correct architecture and install the appropriate drivers.

     

    This package supports the following guest operating systems:

    ·         Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 / 6.1, x86/x64

    ·         CentOS Linux 6, x86/x64

    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Microsoft Connect: Microsoft Security Essentials (Beta) Now Available for Download

    Few days back I blogged about Microsoft Security Essential Beta Announcement by Microsoft Connect. Well, Microsoft Security Essentials Beta is now available for download.

    What’s New in the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta?Security Essentials Beta

    This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes the following new features and enhancements to better help protect your PC from threats:

    • Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.

    • Enhanced performance:The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised.

    • Simplified UI– Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.

    • New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.

    Download Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta

    Feedback & Questions:

    Feedback and questions regarding the public beta should be submitted on Answers at:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum

    NOTE: Posts should be marked as 'Beta' by using the 'Beta?' selection box

    System Requirements:

    Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)*; Windows Vista (Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2)*; Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)*

    • For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 256 MB RAM or higher.

    • For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.

    • VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.

    • 200 MB of available hard disk space.

    • An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials Beta.

    • Internet Browser:

      • Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.

      • Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later.

    • Microsoft Security Essentials Beta also supports Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For more information see the system requirements for Windows XP Mode in Windows 7.

    • *Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials Beta. Learn more about genuine Windows.

    For details visit https://connect.microsoft.com/site981

  • PowerShell: Using Modules and Snap-Ins (What’s the difference between Modules & Snap-Ins)

    Windows PowerShell is a fully extensible environment. Anyone can write commands for Windows PowerShell. You can use commands that others write and share the commands that you write with others.PowerShell

    Commands are shared by using modules and snap-ins. Windows PowerShell modules and snap-ins are packages that contain Windows PowerShell commands and other items. All cmdlets and providers in Windows PowerShell are delivered in snap-ins or modules, and modules can also contain functions, aliases, variables, and drives.

    Some snap-ins and modules are added automatically to every Windows PowerShell session. If you receive a snap-in or module, you can install it and add the commands to your Windows PowerShell sessions. To share the commands that you write, you can create a Windows PowerShell module or snap-in.

    About Modules

    A module is a package of commands and other items that you can use in Windows PowerShell. After you run the setup program or save the module to disk, you can import the module into your Windows PowerShell session and use the commands and items. You can also use modules to organize the cmdlets, providers, functions, aliases, and other commands that you create, and share them with others.

    About Snap-ins

    A Windows PowerShell snap-in (PSSnapin) is a dynamic link library (.dll) that implements cmdlets and providers. When you receive a snap-in, you need to install it, and then you can add the cmdlets and providers in the snap-in to your Windows PowerShell session.

    For more information visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd745031(v=vs.85).aspx

  • Clustering & HA Training for Hyper-V & Private Cloud - Public & Free

    Next Tuesday, December 6th from 8am-11am PST, we are offering a free training: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud

    Registration is free of charge!
    Date and time: December 6, 2011 | 8am-11am PDT | Live online training
    Session Details
    Join Symon Perriman (Technical Evangelist for Private Cloud) and Elden Christensen (Principal Program Manager Lead for Clustering) to understand how Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering with Hyper-V provides critical infrastructure for any datacenter with VM high-availability and mobility. This event will provide an introduction to clustering, then focus on the design, deployment and management considerations for your highly-available datacenter or Private Cloud. Topics include hardware, validation, deployment, host clustering, guest clustering, virtualization, live migration, multi-site clustering, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 & 2012, and offers a wealth of best practices. No prior clustering knowledge is needed.
    Agenda:
    • Module 1: Introduction to clustering
    • Module 2: Hyper-V high-availability
    • Module 3: Private Cloud HA (System Center, Multi-Site)

    Register now http://mctreadiness.com/MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration.aspx?pid=287

  • My Sessions at the 13th Edition of Microsoft Virtual TechDays 14-16 December 2011.

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    During the upcoming Virtual TechDays Event, I will be presenting on the following topic in Modernize Business Desktop Track.

    Session 1

    Session Title: Top 5 Free Desktop Deployment and Planning Tools for Every IT Professional

    Description: Today's IT Professionals spend lot of time for organization’s Desktop Deployment strategy. As you have seen the size of the Operating System & the Applications has grown up a lot & you have to manage thousands of physical/virtual Desktops. Join us in this session where Aviraj will share Top 5 FREE MUST HAVE tools from Microsoft for every IT Professional. These Deployment and Planning Tools will help you rapidly build your Desktop Deployment Strategy for rapidly deploying Windows 7, Office 2010 & Internet Explorer 9. In this session Aviraj will demonstrate all the tools that include Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit (MAP), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 (MDT), Windows Automated Installation Kit along with USMT (WAIK) & last but not least Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)

    Date: 14th December
    Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM IST

    Session 2

    Session Title: Trustworthy Computing: End-to-End Client Security

    Description: In this session we will will cover complete client security. We will demonstrate the security features in Microsoft Client Platform including Secure Platform, Data Protection, Secure Access & Malware Protection in Windows 7. Additionally, how Active Directory & Group Policies can help protect client by applying necessary Security Settings to the Client.

    Date: 15th December
    Time: 3.00 PM – 4.00 PM IST

    I will presenting this session with Anirudh Singh Rautela,  Security & Privacy Initiative Manager and Product Marketing Manager – Security, Microsoft Corporation India.

    To register & attend visit http://aka.ms/vtd Looking forward to meeting you all.