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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Infrastructure and Planning Design Guide

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide for SQL Server 2008 has been released here . This guide is one in a series of planning and design guides that clarify and streamline the planning and design process for Microsoft infrastructure technologies. ‘Each guide in the series addresses a unique...
  • Blog Post: Key Management Service (KMS) 1.2 for Windows Server 2003 Released

    Key Management Service (KMS) 1.2 for Windows Server 2003 has been released. KMS 1.2 provides support for the following KMS client installations: Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) For documentation...
  • Blog Post: DirectAccess Early Adopter’s Guide Published

    The DirectAccess Early Adopter’s Guide is now live for public download here. Working outside the office is about to become a lot simpler. DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 enhances the productivity of mobile workers by connecting them seamlessly and more securely to their corporate...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate availability

    Windows 7 RC and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC (builds 7100) will be made available for download to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on 30 April 2009 and on 5 May 2009, will be available for general download. Just remember, unless you download it from Microsoft, you can’t be guaranteed that it is the actual...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 IT Pro Guides: What’s new and Manageability Overview Published

    A couple of documents have been published recently concerning Windows 7 that are interesting for IT Professionals and Administrators: Windows 7 What’s New (things like DirectAccess, BranchCache, VHD boot, deployment technologies, and AppLocker) Windows 7 Manageability (Improvements that can...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta and RC Expiry Dates

    All good Betas and Release Candidates need to expire some time. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are no exception. Beta Release Candidate Message: “Is Expiring” 17 June 2009 14 February 2010 Timebomb: Shutdown every 2 Hours 1 July 2009 1 March 2010 ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – Upgrade from Beta to Release Candidate

    The Windows Product Team have published a blog entry on what their expectations are of the Beta testers, and what the Beta Testes can expect once the Windows 7 Release Candidate is released. It is possible to upgrade Windows 7 Beta to RC, but it is not the most important thing. Windows Vista upgrades...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 SP2 Beta and Windows Vista SP2 Beta are available

    On Tuesday 2 December, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta , and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta will be released to TechNet und MSDN for subscribers. On 4 December, Microsoft will also release the Beta to the General Public for download . The final release of Service Pack 2 is expected in the...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Windows

    Join the Conversation with the people behind the code. See what they have to say. Mark Russinovich, Jon Devaan, Rich Coulter, Gabriel Aul and Sharif Farag give you their points of view. http://talkingaboutwindows.com
  • Blog Post: Free e-Learning: Windows 7

    Microsoft Learning has just launched three free eLearning Clinics. Specifically targeted at audiences, you, your users and consumers can learn about Windows 7. What’s New in Windows 7 for Consumers (1 Hour) What’s New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals (2 Hours) What’s New in Windows 7 for Information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Connection Days

    At five locations in Switzerland from 28 September up to 8. October 2009, Microsoft Connection Days (ex Partner Days), an event for Partners and IT professionals will be held. This year, Microsoft Partners and now IT Professionals will have the opportunity, under one roof, to network and make interesting...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – Getting Close to RTM

    As highlighted in the Windows 7 Blog , RTM is expected in the 2nd half of July 2009. Some important points: Volume License Customers will get Windows 7 on 1 September 2009 MSDN and TechNet subscribers will get it a few weeks after RTM It will be in retail stores on 22 October 2009 Don’t trust any copies...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – Boot from VHD Feature

    The new feature in Windows 7, named VHD Boot, allows you to boot your Operating System from a Virtual Drive. A 20 minute video on the functionality, and how to configure it is available on TechNet. It walks you though the creation of a VHD file, the configuration of the boot sequence using bcedit and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant

    The DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant informs DirectAccess users of their connection status with the organization’s intranet; provides tools to help them reconnect on their own if problems arise; and creates diagnostics to help users provide IT staff with key information if necessary—all to help customers...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

    The beta of the Remote Server Administration Tools , specifically for Windows 7 is available for download. The toolset for Windows Vista has been around a long time and is very popular among administrators. For those who have never used it, you may ask yourself what does the toolset do? Well, It enables...
  • Blog Post: Conficker – Are you patched?

    In October 2008, Microsoft issued a Security Bulletin and a Patch for Windows as MS08-067 describes. Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 fixes carry a Critical rating, whilst for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, an Important rating. In November 2008, a worm known as Conficker or...
  • Blog Post: Swiss TechDays 2009 – Registration Open

    The Web Site and Registration is now open for Swiss TechDays 2009. http://www.techdays.ch In Bern (German and English), 8 and 9 April, there will be 5 tracks, role specific: IT Pro’s (2 Tracks) Development (2 Tracks) Architecture (1 Track) For the IT Pro’s, Current and interesting topics like Windows...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Security under Windows with Forefront, Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7

    Windows and Security are definitively not unknown word-pairs With the Forefront Product family and Windows 7, you are fully armed to provide a secure Windows Desktop. This TechTalk will give the the information you need to be successful, without a lot of work, to develop and deploy you Business Security...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 3.0 SP2 is now RTM

    Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 is now available for download . WSUS 3.0 SP2 supports the latest operating systems including Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows 7 clients. WSUS 3.0 SP2 is more robust and features significant improvements in client performance, reliability, and increased server...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Europe

    It was announced Friday that Windows 7 “E” will not be launched, rather, shortly after new Windows PC is set up by the user, Microsoft will update them over the Internet with a consumer ballot software program. If IE is the default browser, the user will be presented with a list of other leading browsers...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 availability dates announced

    It is official! Windows 7 will Release to Manufacturing (RTM) in the Second half of July 2009 and the general availability date is set at 22 October 2009. Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available on the same dates also. Now you can plan your rollouts!
  • Blog Post: Special Swiss Internet Explorer 8 Add-Ons

    Special Swiss Add-Ons for Internet Explorer 8 are now available. Accelerators, Web Slices and Search Providers from Ricardo.ch, Local.ch and Tilllate.ch can be downloaded from here . There are also Videos showing their functionality.
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Updates

    Overnight, a few updates for Windows 7 Beta build 7000 have been released on Microsoft Update and Windows Update. One of the updates is a patch for Internet Explorer 8, to give it some of the stability updates that have been released in Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate (RC). The previously released...
  • Blog Post: Are my PC’s Capable of Running Windows 7?

    You can assess your existing PC hardware compatibility with Windows 7 requirements and do this network-wide with the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 4.0 for Windows 7. More information here and the same toolkit can do Server readiness for Windows Server 2008 R2 too.
  • Blog Post: Windows7 Countdown Gadget

    And because waiting is the hardest part… This gadget counts down the days, hours, and minutes until Windows 7 is released worldwide the 22 October 2009.