• New Sysinternals Tool: PsPing v1.0

    PsPing is a command-line utility for measuring network performance. In addition to standard ICMP ping functionality, it can report the latency of connecting to TCP ports, the latency of TCP round-trip communication between systems, and the TCP bandwidth available to a connection between systems. Besides obtaining min, max, and average values in 0.01ms resolution, you can also use PsPing to generate histograms of the results that are easy to import into spreadsheets.

    Download PSTools

    Download Sysinternals Suite

    For details visit http://www.sysinternals.com

  • Windows Internet Explorer10 Pre-release for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2

    Internet Explorer 10. Fast and fluid for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2.

    • Fast: Internet Explorer 10 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
    • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
    • Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.



  • Microsoft Connect: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available

    The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to accelerate their migration to the cloud.

    Download the beta materials on Connect: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219165

    Thanks for your ongoing interest and participation in the MAP beta review program. We hope you’ll take the time to preview and provide feedback on MAP 8.0 Beta.

    Accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included in MAP 8.0 Beta are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Lync.

    Determine your Windows Server 2012 readiness

    MAP 8.0 Beta assesses the readiness of your IT infrastructure for a Windows Server 2012 deployment. This feature includes detailed and actionable recommendations indicating which machines meet Windows Server 2012 system requirements and which may need hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in your planning efforts.

    Determine your Windows 8 readiness

    MAP 8.0 Beta assesses the readiness of your IT environment for a Windows 8 deployment. This feature evaluates your existing hardware against the recommended system requirements for Windows 8. It provides recommendations detailing which machines meet the requirements and which may need hardware upgrades. 

    Key benefits include:

    • Assessment report and summary proposal to help you understand the scope and
      benefits of a Windows 8 deployment
    • Inventory of desktop computers, deployed operating systems, and

    Assess your environment for Office 2013 and Office365

    MAP 8.0 Beta assesses readiness for Office 2013 and Office 365 and provides an in-depth assessment of client desktops for upgrading or migration. This feature also offers support for Office 365 features such as web apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, or full Office 365 client support.

    Migrate to Windows Azure VirtualMachines

    MAP 8.0 Beta performs a comprehensive assessment of Windows Server and Linux machines to determine feasibility of a migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines. MAP then provides suggested changes to prepare targeted machines for migration. This feature helps you reduce the operating costs of hosting on-premise servers, as well as estimating the required size and monthly network and storage usage required to migrate on-premise Windows and Linux servers to Windows Azure Virtual Machines using actual data from the targeted environment.

    For a comprehensive list of features and benefits, visit the Connect site: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219168

    Tell us what you think!

    We value your input. Download the beta on Connect and tell us what you think! Send your comments to the MAP team:MAPfdbk@microsoft.com


    This program is now open. The beta review period will run through December 14, 2012.

    Tell your friends

    To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta, visit Microsoft Connect at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=217916.

    Learn more

    Visit the MAP home page: www.microsoft.com/map

    Get the latest news straight from the MAP team: http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog

    MAP works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more atwww.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators.

    Follow Solution Accelerators on Twitter to get the latest tips and updates: @MSSolutionAccel

  • ResellerClub Hosting Summit 2012: Session Resources for Attendees


    Today, I presented at the Reseller Club Hosting Summit in Mumbai, Renaissance Hotel. Here is the website for more details including agenda http://rchostingsummit.com/agenda/

    I would like to thank everyone who attended the session & participated during Q&A. I would like to share some of the resources from my session.

    Here is my presentation in PDF format uploaded on SkyDrive. DOWNLOAD HERE

    Additionally, you can visit http://www.microsoft.com/hosting to find all of the offerings. For more understanding of Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012 visit http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com to watch structured courseware by Microsoft experts.

    Few download links for evaluation

    Windows Server 2012 RTM Evaluation http://aka.ms/ws2012rtm
    System Center 2012 RTM Evaluation http://aka.ms/sc2012rtm

    For any more question/queries feel free to write to back to me on aviraj@microsoft.com & connect with me on twitter @aviraj111

    Thank You.

  • Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

    The Windows 8 oIntroducingWin8_for_ITProsperating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Some examples are the ribbon in File Explorer and faster disk encryption when using BitLocker Drive Encryption. This book describes these enhancements plus many of the new features in Windows 8.

    Please enjoy this preview edition that contains Chapters 1-11. We will update this post with a link to the final ebook when it is ready.

    Download the PDF version of the book here: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook

    If you prefer a hard copy of the final book, you can order it here for $14.99 from our official distributor, O’Reilly Media.


    By Microsoft Press