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  • Blog Post: Red Hat support on Hyper-V and Windows Support on virtualized Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    Red Hat has signed the agreement to join Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP), whilst Microsoft has joined Red Hat's Virtualization Certification Program. Currently planned for completed by H2 2009, Hyper-V Validation will being undertaken for the following products: Red Hat Enterprise...
  • 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: Denial of Service Attacks - New tool for blocking DOS

    The Microsoft Internet Information Services Team has released the beta for the Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS 7. The tool provides IT Professionals and Hosters a configurable module that helps block Denial of Service attacks or cracking of passwords. It supports IIS 7/7.5 on Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 – Core Configurator 2.0

    The latest version of Core Configurator built and designed for Windows Server 2008 R2 Core edition is now available on http://www.codeplex.com/CoreConfig It is completely open source so it can be amended to fit your requirements, this version has been a year in the making and has been written in Powershell...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Product Activation in a Virtual Environment

    OEM-, ROK- and FPP Licenses Windows Server 2008 OEM-, ROK- and FPP Products are supplied with 2 license keys, one Product Key and a Virtual Key. Importantly, you must use the Product Key for the Physical System (Parent Partition) and the Virtual Key for the Guests (Child Partitions). If a Product Key...
  • 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: 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: 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: Free e-Book - Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrators Companion

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion from Microsoft Press is available as a FREE download. By Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford. ISBN: 9780735620704 How to get it: Register at http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urws8un4p7 NOTE: Once you’ve authenticated using your Passport/Live...
  • 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: Oldest Production Active Directory Domain is 10 years old

    Just saw this over on the AD blog . 10 years ago, Microsoft’s largest internal domain was upgraded to Windows 2000 becoming the first production Active Directory, and it’s still going strong… Dn: DC=redmond,DC=corp,DC=microsoft,DC=com whenCreated: 4/9/1999 7:49:12 PM Pacific Daylight Time; redmond.corp...
  • 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: 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: Internet Explorer 8 is Released

    Today at Microsoft’s MIX conference, during the keynote address, Dean Hachamovitch announced that Internet Explorer 8 has been released. To see what is new, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/overview.aspx This is for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003...
  • Blog Post: New TechNet Event Calendar Web Page

    Microsoft Switzerland now has a new page to show the TechNet Events/Seminars. http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/server/de/events/default.mspx You now have an overview all off the Swiss TechNet events, including the Content, Session Description, Date and Venue. On each link from this page, you can...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP and Office 2003 Enters Extended Support Today

    Today was D-Day for Windows XP and Office 2003. Both products moved from Mainstream Support phase to Extended Support phase . Extended Supports entails: Paid support Security update support at no additional cost Non-security related hotfix support requires a separate Extended Hotfix Support Agreement...