Infrastructure Development & Operations

· Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

· System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Rollup Package (KB954641) (x86 Systems)

· System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Rollup Package (KB954641) (x64 systems)

· Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB951072)

· Update for Windows XP (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Vista (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB951072)

· Update for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (KB951072)

· Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB951072)

· Update for Windows XP (KB951618)

· Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD

· Edge Planning Tool for Office Communications Server 2007

· Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide

· Windows HPC Server 2008 System Management Overview

· Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 Technical Overview

· Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

· System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions Quick Start Guide

· Windows Essential Business Server Preparation and Planning Wizards (Pre-Release Version)

· Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0 Migration Kit

· Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Asset Intelligence Catalog Update

· System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 4.0

· Office Communications Server 2007 Document: Archiving and CDR Server Deployment Guide

Solutions & Solution Development

· Bringing Your Business Systems Up To Date With Microsoft Dynamics AX

· DirectX End-User Runtimes (August 2008)

· HealthVault SDK

· DirectX Software Development Kit

· .NET Rocks! - John Lam Updates Us on IronRuby!

· .NET Rocks! - Future of .NET Panel at DevTeach Toronto

· Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update (February 2008)

· Office Protocol Documentation

· Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Deployment at MTV Networks Whitepaper

· Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Online Installer - PREVIEW

· patters and practices: Nucleus Research Guidebook

· .NET Rocks! - Scott Stanfield on Deep Zoom and PhotoSynth!

· .NET Rocks! - Scott Hunter on Microsoft Dynamic Data

· Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 White Paper: Recording Test Cases with the Macro System

· DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2008)

· Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1

· .NET Rocks! - Rick Strahl on AJAX and jQuery

· .NET Rocks! - Dan and Kathleen on Kids and Computing

· Release Notes for SQL Server 2008

· Offline and Online Synchronization in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

· Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR August CTP

· Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Service Provider Solution Components

· Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1

· .NET Rocks! - Eric Brechner on IM Wright's Hard Code

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Planning and Deployment Guidance for Service Providers

· Microsoft Expression Media 2 Scripting Guide for Windows

· Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Advanced Services - English

· Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Tools

· SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 RC1

· Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technical Library in Compiled Help format

· Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Offline Installer - PREVIEW

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online September 2008 Service Update Readme

Security, Policy & Compliance

· Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP (KB943729)

· ADFS Step-by-Step Guide - Federation with Shibboleth Federation Services

· Microsoft Urlscan Filter v3.0 (x64)

· Microsoft Urlscan Filter v3.0(x86)

· Microsoft Antigen SP1 Documentation

· Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP1 Documentation

Other

· Empower Your People with Self-Service Business Intelligence

· Overcoming Your Company's Growing Pains

· Microsoft Pre-Split and Post-Split Closing Stock Prices

· Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) Training Kit

· Pushpin images for Streets and Trips or MapPoint 2009

· Volume Licensing Program Guides, Datasheets, and FAQs

· SLP Services: Tutorial and Demonstration Application

· Microsoft Campus Agreement and School Agreement Program Guides

· MapPoint North America 2009 trial

· Streets and Trips 2009 trial edition

· GameFest 2008 Audio Blueprints

Infrastructure Development & Operations

Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

Brief Description

The SQL Server Management Pack monitors SQL Server services and features and their availability.

Overview

The Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of SQL Server 2008, 2005 and SQL Server 2000 in an enterprise environment. Availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds are built for enterprise-level monitoring. Both local and remote connectivity checks help ensure database availability.
With the embedded expertise in the SQL Server Management Pack, you can proactively manage SQL Server, and identify issues before they become critical. This Management Pack increases the security, availability, and performance of your SQL Server infrastructure.
The Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack Guide that comes with the pack describes the content of the management pack, and describes how to deploy it.
Feature Summary

  • Monitoring the state of the included services such as SQL Server, SQL Agent, Report Server, Notification Services
  • Monitoring the state of databases
  • Monitoring the available space in databases, configurable by % or MB
  • Ensuring databases are configured correctly
  • Ensure clients can connect to the SQL Server
  • Monitor blocked processes
  • Watch for failed agent jobs, and jobs taking an excessive time to execute
  • Monitor the health of replication and alert on failures
  • Monitor the state of Database Mirroring

Release History

  • 5/12/2005 - Original product release date , version 09.0.1399.0700
  • 5/24/2006 - Includes support for SQL 2005 SP1 and database mirroring; improved support for Windows x64; improved database space monitoring; improved product knowledge , version : 9.0.2047.0000
  • 6/28/2006 - Localized RTM management packs , version 09.0.1399.0700
  • 5/15/2007 - Includes support for SQL 2005 SP2; improved product knowledge; improved support for localized versions , version : 9.0.3043.0000
  • 8/18/2008 - Includes support for SQL Server 2008 RTM

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=79f151c7-4d98-4c2b-bf72-ec2b4ae69191&DisplayLang=en

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Rollup Package (KB954641) (x86 Systems)

Brief Description

This package addresses issues with the DPMRA Service, a missing Calculate link option when creating a protection group, and an error message when configuring secondary protection. It also enables protection of data local to the DPM server.

Overview

The Hotfix Rollup Package for DPM 2007 (KB954641) addresses four key issues. This package should solve a problem with the DPMRA service on the DPM Server occasionally crashing. When creating a protection group, a missing calculate link option in the Data Size column has been added. This hotfix package also addresses an error message when configuring secondary protection for an item on a secondary DPM server. Protection of data local to the DPM Server is also now enabled.
This Data Protection Manager Update Package consists of three separate updates. Note: Depending on your configuration, some updates may not apply. Please see “Installation Instructions” for details.
Feature Bullet Summary:
Issues Fixed:

  • The DPMRA service on the DPM Server occasionally crashes, marking replicas as inconsistent (in this case the system event log may contain entries stating that the DPMRA service terminated unexpectedly)
  • Missing calculate link option in the Data Size column when creating a protection group and selecting a volume to protect (when directories are deselected under that volume)
  • When configuring secondary protection for an item on a secondary DPM server, some cases an error comes up when stating “This item is not protectable because some prerequisite software is missing. Ensure that all prerequisite software is installed and then protect this item”, even if the item is already successfully protected on the primary DPM Server.
  • Inability to protect data local to the DPM server

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f80129c7-1754-4ea0-9cf3-425f87b9ebd1&DisplayLang=en

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Rollup Package (KB954641) (x64 systems)

Brief Description

This package addresses issues with the DPMRA Service, a missing Calculate link option when creating a protection group, and an error message when configuring secondary protection. It also enables protection of data local to the DPM server.

Overview

The Hotfix Rollup Package for DPM 2007 (KB954641) addresses four key issues. This package should solve a problem with the DPMRA service on the DPM Server occasionally crashing. When creating a protection group, a missing calculate link option in the Data Size column has been added. This hotfix package also addresses an error message when configuring secondary protection for an item on a secondary DPM server. Protection of data local to the DPM Server is also now enabled.
This Data Protection Manager Update Package consists of three separate updates. Note: Depending on your configuration, some updates may not apply. Please see “Installation Instructions” for details.
Feature Bullet Summary:
Issues Fixed:

  • The DPMRA service on the DPM Server occasionally crashes, marking replicas as inconsistent (in this case the system event log may contain entries stating that the DPMRA service terminated unexpectedly)
  • Missing calculate link option in the Data Size column when creating a protection group and selecting a volume to protect (when directories are deselected under that volume)
  • When configuring secondary protection for an item on a secondary DPM server, some cases an error comes up when stating “This item is not protectable because some prerequisite software is missing. Ensure that all prerequisite software is installed and then protect this item”, even if the item is already successfully protected on the primary DPM Server.
  • Inability to protect data local to the DPM server

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8eefde76-1a94-4096-ba3a-829eb954e422&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Server 2008 License Terms.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6603eef8-33ee-410b-9fed-ffc3b9bdcd42&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e75b1720-4588-4c2b-a401-e8e9b86c92ae&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Server 2008 License Terms.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cef55976-8e05-4116-a76d-dd1388115b62&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows XP (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=81d03da3-846c-4f7f-8791-cd9943ce0893&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=149e1c9f-e07a-45c7-8dcb-79556c124682&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=40d82c50-2e93-45a1-ad4c-7f27aa0a0e25&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Vista (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Vista License Terms.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0f3d73d2-a9b2-4a7f-a817-9686983976fd&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Vista License Terms.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=25bbf02c-0784-437c-85b3-1c489d707e11&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Server 2008 License Terms.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=42d1e7c3-e760-411e-92a1-a45a06496165&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB951072)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue that is caused by revised daylight saving time laws in many countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2008. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d3e0b8a7-d817-487f-840e-7f7af7bec699&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows XP (KB951618)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve a known application compatibility issue with the Saming OneKey recovery software driver Safnt.sys.

Overview

Install this update to resolve a known application compatibility issue with the Saming OneKey recovery software driver Safnt.sys. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bdd33251-3e0b-4d14-bf02-ddcdefb7eded&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD

Brief Description

A Pre-configured Virtual Machine
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD and helps you evaluate the new features of Windows Server 2003 R2, the most productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, and Web services from the workgroup to the data center.

Overview

The Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program provides customers with an enhanced server-based software evaluation experience that’s faster, better supported and more flexible. You can now access the entire catalog of pre-configured Microsoft and partner products and solutions in the VHD format and start evaluating and testing today from www.microsoft.com/vhd.
This download helps you evaluate the new features of Windows Server 2003 R2, the most productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, and Web services from the workgroup to the data center. Windows Server 2003 R2 simplifies branch server management, improves identity and access management, reduces storage management costs, provides a rich Web platform. For more information about Windows Server 2003 R2, please go to www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer.
This is a preconfigured virtual machine contained within the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format. A virtualization product that supports the VHD format is required to use this virtual machine. Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Virtual Server are provided for free and can be used with these VHD based virtual machines. Please refer to the system requirements section for more details.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=77f24c9d-b4b8-4f73-99e3-c66f80e415b6&DisplayLang=en

Edge Planning Tool for Office Communications Server 2007

Brief Description

The Edge Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 provides settings for configuring your perimeter network based on information that you provide to the tool.

Overview

The Edge Planning Tool asks questions about your proposed or current edge server deployment. The tool uses your answers and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 best practices to generate the following reports:

  • Settings that you can use to configure your certificates, DNS services, and firewalls
  • Custom documentation for configuring your edge servers, reverse proxy, and next hop server
  • A comparison of your answers to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 best practices

Note:

  • This download is not supported by Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=149e5dd5-eaae-46b6-afba-01c31e88a275&DisplayLang=en

Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide

Brief Description

Requirements, installation, and configuration information for Hyper-V.

Overview

This guide includes information about hardware requirements and limits, supported guest operating systems, and instructions for installing the role and management tools.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5da4058e-72cc-4b8d-bbb1-5e16a136ef42&DisplayLang=en

Windows HPC Server 2008 System Management Overview

Brief Description

Learn more about Windows HPC Server 2008, and how it brings the power of high performance computing to mainstream while enhancing end users' and cluster administrators' productivity.

Overview

Windows HPC Server 2008 has a new management and deployment interface with template-based deployment capabilities that helps simplify deployment of the operating system and applications to both large and small compute clusters and works to increase cluster administrator productivity. Features described in this overview include the Network Configuration Wizard, which simplifies network and topology setup and configuration.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8b2231fa-80c2-4994-bbfc-12da56964c75&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 Technical Overview

Brief Description

Read about benefits and features of Windows HPC Server 2008.

Overview

Windows HPC Server 2008 is based on the Windows Server 2008 operating system and is designed to increase productivity, scalability and manageability. Windows HPC Server 2008 includes key features, such as high-speed networking, highly efficient and scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities, a service-oriented architecture (SOA) job scheduler, and support for partners’ clustered file systems.
Read this technical overview to learn more about Windows HPC Server 2008 benefits and features, and how this Microsoft HPC solution can help to simplify deployment, management, and integration with existing infrastructure, thus helping to improve the productivity of your system administrators, application developers, and end users.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7a4544f0-81f2-4778-8a59-35c43ba49875&DisplayLang=en

Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

Brief Description

The Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack monitors Exchange 2003 deployments and monitors Exchange Server Back-end and Exchange Server Front-End systems.

Overview

The Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack monitors the performance and availability of Exchange Server 2003 systems. It can also issue alerts for possible configuration problems Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. The Management Pack discovers and monitors the individual server components and functional areas on an Exchange Server 2003 server.
Feature Bullet Summary:
This management pack monitors Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and includes monitors and rules to track performance, availability, and reliability of Exchange core components and functionality.

  • MAPI, OWA, OMA, EAS synthetic logon transactions
  • Mail flow synthetic transaction
  • Monitoring using Self-Tuning Thresholds
  • Comprehensive performance metric collection
  • 1000+ Event rules with associated knowledge
  • Database status
  • Database size
  • Mailbox statistics
  • Public folder statistics
  • Message tracking log statistics
  • Exchange and related OS Service monitoring
  • Configuration monitoring
  • Topology discovery of Exchange deployment

Release History:

  • 3/23/2007 - Original release, version 6.0.5000.0
  • 6/25/2007 - Updated version, version 6.0.5000.11. The library MP is unchanged from the initial release.
  • 1/15/2008 - Updated MP Guide – same version
  • 2/25/2008 - Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6278.0.
  • 3/17/2008 - Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6278.2.
  • 4/1/2008 - Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6278.5.
  • 8/21/2008 - Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6387.0. Please refer to the MP Guide for details.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ff454f4-6d34-4fb9-9e0b-f5b68c6edc4f&DisplayLang=en

System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions Quick Start Guide

Brief Description

This Quick Start Guide contains the release notes, system requirements, and installation and configuration information for the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions beta. Guidelines on how to use the solution are also included.

Overview

System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions expand the monitoring capabilities of Operations Manager 2007 for heterogeneous enterprise environments by enabling you to monitor applications and servers that run on Unix and Linux operating systems within the Operations Manager 2007 interface.
A consolidated Operations console displays the health of your Unix and Linux computers, which enables you to respond to alerts and receive solutions and diagnostics for a variety of issues.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=273ec947-f8f3-4467-ad56-8e90fdb45d61&DisplayLang=en

Windows Essential Business Server Preparation and Planning Wizards (Pre-Release Version)

Brief Description

Preparation and Planning Wizards help prepare an existing environment for successful Windows Essential Business Server installation.

Overview

Preparation Wizard scans the existing network environment for any potential health issues to assure a proper and valid setup of Windows Essential Business Server. The tool runs about 100 environment checks and provides data and documentation links to address the issues found.
Planning Wizard provides guidance on planning migration to Windows Essential Business Server.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e3906025-00e3-407d-bf5b-99d546021923&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0 Migration Kit

Brief Description

Migration tools and white paper from HMC 3.5 to HMC 4.0

Overview

This migration kit is a collection of tools and white paper to guide system integrator and service provider through migrating to Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0 from previous Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 3.5. This migration is mainly about upgrading Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Microsoft Windows® SharePoint® Services version 2.0 to Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services version 3.0. It also includes provisioning data migration from Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 3.5 Microsoft Provisioning System (MPS) to Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0 MPS.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=636571aa-6582-49d6-b59e-81e9c27fe240&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Asset Intelligence Catalog Update

Brief Description

This package will update the Asset Intelligence Configuration Manager SP1 catalog to fix the MPC issue, correcting the LU_MSProd table.

Overview

Asset Intelligence enhances the inventory capabilities of Configuration Manager by extending hardware and software inventory. Many inventory classes improve the breadth of information gathered about hardware and software assets. This update will address the Microsoft Product Code (MPC) issue, correcting the data in the LU_MSProd table.
This update is only applicable to the Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Asset Intelligence knowledge base. It is not intended for SMS 2003 SP3 release or Configuration Manager RTM release. An update for SMS2003 and Configuration Manager 2007 RTM will be provided at a later date.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d7edf02-8a2a-4856-82c1-adde11529ac7&DisplayLang=en

System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 4.0

Brief Description

SCUP 4.0 allows customers to import software update catalogs, create, modify, and export software update definitions, and publish software updates.

Overview

SCUP is a stand-alone tool that enables independent software vendors or line-of-business application developers to import software update catalogs, create and modify software update definitions, export update definitions to catalogs, and publish software updates information to a configured update server. By using updates Publisher to define software updates and publish them to the update server, administrators can begin detecting and deploying published updates to client and server computers in their organization.
Feature Summary:
Update Publisher enables administrators to do the following:

  • Import catalogs created by non-Microsoft organizations or created from within the administrator’s organization
  • Create applicability and deployment metadata for software updates.
  • Export software update catalogs so that they can be imported by Updates Publisher at another location, or export a test catalog to verify that the rules for the updates work as expected.
  • Manage software updates information

New in version 4.0

  • Ability to import and publish the following update types: bundle, driver, detectoid and updates with pre-requisites.
  • New “Software Update Details” view with “Dependencies” tab that displays update dependencies (prerequisites for a single update or children of an update bundle).
  • Note: none of the above update types can be duplicated or edited in the SCUP console (only export ,import, flag for publish, expire, delete and publish is available)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e3eb0cdf-0215-40bf-bb6c-55e7c3202173&DisplayLang=en

Office Communications Server 2007 Document: Archiving and CDR Server Deployment Guide

Brief Description

This document guides you through the process of deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Archiving and CDR Server.

Overview

This document guides you through the process of deploying Office Communications Server 2007, Archiving and CDR Server. Information provided in this document includes:

  • Infrastructure requirements and prerequisites
  • Procedures for installing and configuring the Archiving and CDR Server
  • Guidelines for configuring users for archiving
  • Procedures for configuring call detail records
  • Steps for starting the service

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=52627734-b354-4f74-a6ed-e298259cda19&DisplayLang=en

Solutions & Solution Development

Bringing Your Business Systems Up To Date With Microsoft Dynamics AX

Brief Description

This white paper explores how you can use Microsoft Dynamics AX to modernize business processes and drive business success.

Overview

Microsoft recently researched the experience of nearly 200 companies with more than 250 PCs that have deployed one or more of the applications in the Microsoft Dynamics line of business management solutions. Among these companies, a common issue was the need for modern systems. The pain points most often cited were manual processes that cause mistakes and inefficiencies, integration problems with other systems (both internal and external), lack of operational insight, and legacy software support and customization issues. This white paper explores how you can use Microsoft Dynamics AX to modernize business processes and drive business success.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f3e89abf-5241-4fa9-9d62-5929a55600eb&DisplayLang=en

DirectX End-User Runtimes (August 2008)

Brief Description

August 2008
This download provides the DirectX end-user redistributable that developers can include with their product.

Overview

This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product. The redistributable license agreement covers the terms under which developers may use the Redistributable. For full details please review the DirectX SDK EULA.txt and DirectX Redist.txt files located in the license directory.
This package is localized into Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and English.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c1367bc3-4676-481a-bfaa-5c15d1d7199d&DisplayLang=en

HealthVault SDK

Brief Description

Software Development Kit to assist in the development of HealthVault compatible applications
Software Development Kit to assist in the development of HealthVault compatible applications

Overview

The HealthVault SDK contains:
* .net assemblies for interacting with the HealthVault platform
* sample applications that you can run from your development machine
* device simulators that can upload data to a HealthVault account
* documentation including a CHM file and a Getting Started Guide
* a few tools that will help you generate and install private certificates

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=95e14343-fb98-4549-bd29-225a59423cc9&DisplayLang=en

DirectX Software Development Kit

Brief Description

August 2008
Download the complete DirectX SDK, which contains the DirectX Runtime and all DirectX software required to create DirectX compliant applications.

Overview

This DirectX SDK release contains updates to tools, utilities, samples, documentation, and runtime debug files for x64 and x86 platforms.
For additional information please see Microsoft DirectX Developer Center along with reviewing the Readme for last-minute updates.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ea4894b5-e98d-44f6-842d-e32147237638&DisplayLang=en

.NET Rocks! - John Lam Updates Us on IronRuby!

Brief Description

John Lam talks about his work with the DLR and Iron Ruby at Microsoft.

Overview

John recently emigrated from Canada to the Microsoft Republic to join the Dynamic Language Runtime team. He works on the IronRuby implementation, and pitches in where necessary on the DLR, and on integration with partners like the Silverlight team. Before he joined Microsoft, he created RubyCLR, an innovative high performance open-source bridge between the Ruby interpreter and the CLR. You can track what John is doing with IronRuby and the DLR via his blog: http://www.iunknown.com.

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.NET Rocks! - Future of .NET Panel at DevTeach Toronto

Brief Description

Carl and Richard host a panel comprised of Oren Eine, Ted Neward, and Scott Belware at the DevTeach conference in Toronto. What started out as a discussion about the future turned into a discussion about Microsoft's development tools.

Overview

Oren Eini is a .NET developer living in Israel and currently working for We! He is heavily involved in the nHibernate project among other things. You can read his blog at http://www.ayende.com.
Ted Neward is an independent consultant specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.
Scott Bellware is a software design professional living and working in Central Texas. He works with software development teams seeking to achieve competitiveness through a deeper understanding of object-oriented software design and agile methodologies.

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Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update (February 2008)

Brief Description

Download this set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 released during the period of February 1 - February 29, 2008. These updates are fixes for Windows Embedded CE operating system problems you run into during the development and maintenance of your custom platform.

Overview

This is a set of updates for Windows Embedded CE released during the period of February 1 - February 29, 2008. These Microsoft Windows Embedded CE updates are fixes for Windows Embedded CE operating system problems you run into during the development and maintenance of your custom platform. To qualify for consideration for an update, a problem needs to cause an excessive amount of work and not have a reasonable workaround.

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Office Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Office protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in the Microsoft Office system.

Overview

The Office protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) that are implemented and used in Microsoft Office client programs to interoperate or communicate with Microsoft products.
The documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Deployment at MTV Networks Whitepaper

Brief Description

MTV Networks addressed collaboration issues by standardizing on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, on which the company deployed a new intranet portal, a Viacom corporate portal, and multiple Internet sites.

Overview

As an entertainment company, MTV Networks must continually work to ensure that its brands remain strong, vibrant, and deeply connected to the audiences they serve. The company's previous portal infrastructure wasn't helping people share information and ideas. End users could not publish their own content, collaborate effectively, nor find the information they needed. MTV Networks addressed those issues by standardizing on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, on which the company deployed a new intranet portal, a Viacom corporate portal, and multiple Internet sites. Self-service content publishing is helping groups across the company communicate better, while rich collaboration and search features enable people to find and share information.

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Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Online Installer - PREVIEW

Brief Description

The Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Online Installer contains the .NET Framework assemblies needed for the installation and distribution of .NET Framework Client Profile over an internet connection.

Overview

The Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Online Installer contains the subset of features and functionality needed for the installation and distribution of .NET Framework Client Profile over an internet connection. The subset of features contained in the Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile are:

  • Common Language Runtime
  • ClickOnce
  • Windows Forms
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Windows Communication Foundation

The .NET Framework Client Profile enables:

  • Faster installation of .NET Framework components
  • Automatic updates for computers that have parts of the .NET Framework installed
  • Integrated deployment of client applications with the .NET Framework Client Profile
  • Customizable deployment of client applications when deployed using the Client Profile

The .NET Framework Client Profile Online Installer will enable developers to create a deployment experience for users that are able to install their applications over the internet. The download package contains the .NET Framework Client Profile web installer. Once downloaded, the web installer will then will download the needed components from the internet. If the platform on which the end-user is installing the Client Profile, is not directly supported, the full .NET Framework will be installed. For more information on Client Profile deployment see the .NET Framework Client Profile Deployment Guide.

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patters and practices: Nucleus Research Guidebook

Brief Description

Document I19
Research paper from Nucleus Research - discussing real world customer experiences with patterns and practices

Overview

Research paper from Nucleus Research - discussing real world customer experiences with patterns and practices along with suggestions and guidance for adoptions.

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.NET Rocks! - Scott Stanfield on Deep Zoom and PhotoSynth!

Brief Description

Scott Stanfield talks about Deep Zoom, PhotoSynth, his Mix keynote, and all the cool toys he gets to play with.

Overview

Scott Stanfield is the founder and CEO of Vertigo Software, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for eCommerce Solutions. Scott is a proud member of the MSDN Regional Director community, covering Silicon Valley, and participates in the .NET Partner Architect Council. His company has built the Windows DNA "Rosetta Stone" sample application Fitch & Mather Stocks 2000 and the .NET sample IBuySpy.com. He is a frequent speaker and has delivered keynotes at Microsoft events including TechEd, PDC, DevDays and VBITs.

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.NET Rocks! - Scott Hunter on Microsoft Dynamic Data

Brief Description

Carl and Richard talk with Scott Hunter on Microsoft's Dynamic Data Runtime, which provides scaffolding and dynamic data services to developers.

Overview

Scott Hunter is currently a program manager on the ASP.NET team. Scott spends a lot of his time working on server side data and Dynamic Data is the current feature around this area. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the software industry with the last seven being focused on the .NET platform and building sites with ASP.NET.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 White Paper: Recording Test Cases with the Macro System

Brief Description

This paper describes how to use the macro system in the Dexterity runtime to record test cases for use in regression testing.

Overview

This document explains how to use the macro system provided by the Dexterity runtime to record test cases for your integrating application. After the test cases have been recorded, they can be used for regression testing. In regression testing, the macros are played back on future builds of your integrating application to verify that it is still functioning properly.
This document does not explain how to write test cases. Instead, it focuses on how to use the macro system to record test cases so that regression testing can be automated. Topics covered include:

  • Starting Data
  • Setting up the Microsoft Dynamics GP Environment
  • Recording a Test Case
  • Tips When Recording Test Cases
  • Application Problems When Recording Test Cases
  • Running a Regression
  • Verifying the Test Case Results
  • Maintaining Test Case Macros
  • Additional Resources
  • Conclusion

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DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2008)

Brief Description

June 2008
This download provides the DirectX end-user redistributable that developers can include with their product.

Overview

This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product. The redistributable license agreement covers the terms under which developers may use the Redistributable. For full details please review the DirectX SDK EULA.txt and DirectX Redist.txt files located in the license directory.
This package is localized into Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and English.

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Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1

Brief Description

Starting with Exchange 2007, neither the Messaging API (MAPI) client libraries nor CDO 1.2.1 are provided as a part of the base product installation. As a result, there is functionality missing that many applications depend on. Microsoft Exchange MAPI and CDO 1.2.1 provide access to these APIs

Overview

The Messaging API is a COM-like API that provides access to the contents of messaging stores. CDO 1.2.1 (Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1) is a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API. Using either CDO or MAPI, a program can connect to a MAPI store, and then perform operations against that store. Starting with Exchange 2007, Microsoft will distribute the MAPI client libraries and CDO 1.2.1 as a Web download.

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.NET Rocks! - Rick Strahl on AJAX and jQuery

Brief Description

Rick Strahl takes us on a tour through using jQuery to do all the heavy lifting in JavaScript.

Overview

Rick Strahl is the big Kahuna and janitor at West Wind Technologies on Maui, Hawaii. The company specializes in Web and distributed application development, develops several commercial and free tools, provides training and mentoring with focus on .NET, IIS and Visual Studio. Rick's a C# Microsoft MVP, a frequent contributor to magazines and books, and a frequent speaker at developer conferences and user groups. He is also co-publisher of CoDe magazine. For more information please visit: http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/or contact Rick at rstrahl@west-wind.com.

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.NET Rocks! - Dan and Kathleen on Kids and Computing

Brief Description

Dan Appleman and Kathleen Dollard have a lot to say about kids: computing, and programming. This is a great show for parents or anyone who works with kids.

Overview

Dan Appleman is a well known author, software developer and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Desaware Inc., a developer of add-on products and components for Microsoft Visual Studio. He is a Microsoft Visual Basic MVP, webmaster of SearchDotNet.com, one of the cofounders of APress publishing, and is the author of numerous books and ebooks including "How Computer Programming Works" and "Always use Protection: A teen's Guide to Safe Computing.
Kathleen first programmed when she was 12, which was about a billion years ago and has been developing business applications for over 20 years. She’s the second of three generations of programmers with both her mother and son spending time as professional programmers (rumor has it she taught her mom to code). She’s been a Microsoft MVP for over ten years, was the founding president of the Northern Colorado .NET SIG, and is an active member of the Denver Visual Studio User Group. She’s the author of Code Generation in Microsoft NET (from Apress) and has a monthly column “Ask Kathleen” in Visual Studio Magazine along with dozens of articles already in print. As an INETA and conference speaker, she’s spoken in 27 states and 5 countries about Microsoft .NET.

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Release Notes for SQL Server 2008

Brief Description

This Release Notes document contains information for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 that supplements the SQL Server 2008 Readme and Books Online documentation.

Overview

Before installing SQL Server 2008, you should review the Release Notes for information about the components that you will be installing. After installing, refer to the Release Notes for troubleshooting help if you encounter unexpected product behavior. The Release Notes are updated periodically as required until the next release.

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Offline and Online Synchronization in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Brief Description

This "nuts and bolts" white paper details the Offline and Online synchronization processes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Overview

This "nuts and bolts" white paper details the Offline and Online synchronization processes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. The paper also provides a FAQ (the answers apply and demonstrate principles explained in the primary content) and list of resources for additional information.

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Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR August CTP

Brief Description

Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR August CTP
Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR implements support for SQL Server 2008.

Overview

In addition to providing support for SQL Server 2008 database projects, this release incorporates many previously released Power Tools as well as several new features. The new features include distinct Build and Deploy phases, Static Code Analysis and improved integration with SQL CLR projects.
Database Edition no longer requires a Design Database. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to install an instance of SQL Express or SQL Server prior to using Database Edition.
SQL Server Support

  • SQL Server 2008
    • All new data types:
      • Intrinsic (date, datetime2, datetimeoffset, time)
      • Built-in SQL CLR types (geography, geometry, hierarchyid)
    • New DML
      • Merge, table parameters, …
  • SQL Server Configuration Options
    • Server option settings will be verified prior to deployment or set during deployment
      Additional 1st Class Object Type Support
    • Rules, defaults, Asymmetric keys, symmetric keys, certificates, …

Projects

  • Server Projects
    • Server objects and option settings may be implemented in a separate Server Project
    • This enables a team to define a standard a configuration for their SQL servers and reference it from their Database Projects
  • Partial projects
    • Allowing code sharing between projects by including files from a different project, where the code is included as-is from the originating project and the source code control ownership remains with the originating project
    • This enables code reuse and single sourcing while having a single deployment unit
  • Composite projects
    • References to other database projects or .dbschema files that contribute to the same deployment unit.
    • This enables the separation of development roles and responsibilities and composition of Databases using multiple projects.

Single sourcing of external artifacts

  • SQL-CLR references allow the user to create a reference to a SQL-CLR project or SQL-CLR assembly. This automatically becomes an ASSEMBLY type in the Database Project

Build and Deploy

  • The Build process now produces a separate portable schema output that is fed in to a redistributable deployment engine
  • A redistributable deployment engine. For example, to implement a setup application that deploys the Database Project.

Refactoring

  • Preservation of Intent
    • Enables the deployment of refactoring changes as intended by the user (renames are deployed as renames not as drop/add statements for example)

New Refactoring Operations

  • Wildcard Expansion
  • Move Schema
  • Fully Qualify
  • Extensibility point which enables the ability to develop and deploy custom refactoring types and targets

Schema Compare

  • Now supports comparing Projects, Databases or dbschema files in any combination. For example, Project to Project, which has not been possible until now.
  • Object Type Filtering
  • Additional ignore filtering options

T-SQL Static Code Analysis

  • Including the ability to develop and deploy custom rules

Dependency Viewer

  • View the dependency relationship between objects in your schema

Unit testing

  • Supports execution with other ADO.NET providers

Data Generation

  • Design-time enhancements
    • Smaller .dgen file
    • Support for undo/redo
    • Foreign key replacement
    • Separation of population status into new display window
  • Runtime enhancements
    • By default uses SqlBulkCopy to populate target tables
    • Capability to register different outputs for generated data – i.e. generate to Excel or to file so you can use BCP to load
    • By registering a custom output we have the capability to execute scripts at different points during data generation (i.e. before start/after completion or before/after a table

Extensibility

  • Data Generators
  • Statistical Data Distribution
  • Test Conditions
  • Static Code Analysis Rules
  • Refactoring Types
  • Refactoring Target

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Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable

Brief Description

The Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package includes Windows Forms and ASP.NET Web server controls for viewing reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology.

Overview

Microsoft Report Viewer control enables applications that run on the .NET Framework to display reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology. This redistributable package contains Windows Forms and ASP.NET Web server control versions of the Report Viewer. For more information about Microsoft reporting technology, click here

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Service Provider Solution Components

Brief Description

This solution provides provisioning functionality for CRM 4.0 on a hosted platform.

Overview

These solution components are for service providers who want to deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 into their Microsoft Windows Server System hosting environment that is currently running HMC 4.0 in order to offer their customers hosted CRM services in addition to the messaging and collaboration services available through HMC 4.0.
These components enable automating the provisioning for CRM 4.0 deployed in HMC 4.0 environments

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Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1

Brief Description

The Visual Studio 2008 Software Development Kit (SDK) 1.1 includes tools, documentation, and samples for developers to design, build, test and deploy extensions for Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. You can also use the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 to create custom tools environments based on the Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 Shell.

Overview

This is the official software development kit that allows developers to integrate tools, editors, designers, languages, and other features inside Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1.
Key features in the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 include:

  • Significant reduction in size for Visual Studio Shell redistributable packages.
  • Support for progress feedback in a chained installation.
  • Visual Studio Shell development now supports normal user.
  • New XML Tree Editor and TFS sample.
  • DSL Print Preview
  • Updated shell documentation.

For more information about Visual Studio Extensibility and the Visual Studio SDK, visit the VSX Dev Center at http://msdn.com/vsx.

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.NET Rocks! - Eric Brechner on IM Wright's Hard Code

Brief Description

Carl and Richard talk to Eric Brechner, the author of the book 'I. M. Wright's Hard Code', an opinion blog (and book) with a tude!

Overview

Eric Brechner is the director of engineering learning and development for Microsoft Corporation. His group is responsible for improving the people, processes, and practices of software development across Microsoft through the application of Human Performance Technology. Prior to his current assignment, Eric was director of development training and managed development for a shared feature team in Microsoft Office. Before joining Microsoft in 1995, Eric was a senior principal scientist at The Boeing Company, where he worked in the areas of large-scale visualization, computational geometry, network communications, data-flow languages, and software integration.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Planning and Deployment Guidance for Service Providers

Brief Description

These guides and tool provide additional information for Service Providers to plan and deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Overview

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Planning and Deployment Guidance for Service Providers contains the following documentations and tool:
1. Deployment Walkthrough Guide for Service Providers
2. Planning Guide for Service Providers
3. Development Guide for Service Providers
4. Microsoft Software License Terms
5. Deployment Configuration Tool
This guidance provides additional information for Service Providers who are interested in hosting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 in their data center, or for enterprise customers who are interested in leveraging Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 multi-tenant architecture in their IT infrastructure. The documentation walks you through the planning process, provides sizing and architectural guidance, and shows you how to deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 in a data center that can be accessed over the Internet by any CRM clients. It covers the topics about how to leverage the Deployment SDK to automate the creation and provisioning of organizations and users within the multi-tenant Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 deployment.
For general planning and deployment guidance, see the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Implementation Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=104413).
Important Supplemental Information
The following sections provide additional information that you must consider when you install and configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
Dynamics CRM Email Router in a lab or test environment
In a lab or test environment, it is common practice to consolidate server roles. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Router inbound mail processing will not function if installed on a Microsoft Exchange 2007 Server with combined Client Access Server (CAS) and Mailbox server roles on the same machine. It is recommended that you install Microsoft Exchange 2007 CAS Server on a dedicated server.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM sign-in form
In a lab or test environment, it is common practice to place servers in a flat network topology. If Internet Explorer is run on a machine in the same network as the Microsoft Dynamics CRM environment, the user will be presented with a Windows authentication dialog box instead of being directed to the sign-in form. To work around this, the subnet mask value of the ifdInternalNetworkAddress registry key will need to be updated to the value 255.255.255.255.
Secure Sockets Layer configuration
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate must be installed and configured before you access the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Web site. To display the Microsoft Dynamics CRM sign-in form, the organization name is read from the SSL certificate name.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server Configuration setup file
The deployment process described in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Deployment Guide for Service Providers makes use of an XML configuration file to provide Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server setup with additional information that is required to complete the installation successfully. The <sdkrootdomain> and <webapplicationrootdomain> elements in the XML configuration file should be provided with values of the fully qualified domain name of the Service Provider. Example values for a service provider named Consolidatedmessenger.com may look like the following:

<sdkrootdomain>service.consolidatedmessenger.com<sdkrootdomain>

<webapplicationrootdomain>service.consolidatedmessenger.com<webapplicationrootdomain>

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Microsoft Expression Media 2 Scripting Guide for Windows

Brief Description

The following examples demonstrate how to programmatically control Microsoft Expression Media using automation from Visual Basic, C#, VBScript or JavaScript.

Overview

The following examples demonstrate how to programmatically control Microsoft Expression Media using automation from Visual Basic, C#, VBScript or JavaScript.

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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Advanced Services - English

Brief Description
Overview

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services (SQL Server 2008 Express) is a free, easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express that includes a graphical management tool and powerful features for reporting and advanced text-based searches. SQL Server 2008 Express provides powerful and reliable data management tools and rich features, data protection, and fast performance. It is ideal for small server applications and local data stores.
SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services has all of the features in SQL Server 2008 Express, plus you can:

  • Easily manage and administer SQL Server 2008 Express with a easy-to-use graphical management tool - SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Basic.
  • Issue full-text queries against plain character-based data in SQL Server tables. Full-text queries can include words and phrases, or multiple forms of a word or phrase.
  • Run SQL Server Reporting Services reports on local relational data.

Free to download, free to deploy, and free to redistribute as an embedded part of an application, SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services is the fast and easy way to develop and manage data-driven applications with powerful built-in reporting and full-text search functionality.
For more information about SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services, including other versons and downloadable components now available, see Microsoft SQL Server Express.
For information about the different editions of SQL Server 2008, see the Editions page.

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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Tools

Brief Description

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools is a free, easy-to use version of SQL Server Express that includes more features and makes it easier than ever to start developing powerful data-driven applications for the web or local desktop.

Overview

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (SQL Server 2008 Express) is a free, easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express that includes graphical management tools. SQL Server 2008 Express provides powerful and reliable data management tools and rich features, data protection, and fast performance. It is ideal for small server applications and local data stores.
SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools has all of the features in SQL Server 2008 Express, plus you can easily manage and administer SQL Server 2008 Express with a easy-to-use graphical management tool - SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Basic.
Free to download, free to deploy, and free to redistribute as an embedded part of an application, SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools is the fast and easy way to develop and manage data-driven applications.
For more information about SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools, including other versons and downloadable components now available, see Microsoft SQL Server Express.
For information about the different editions of SQL Server 2008, see the Editions page.

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SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 RC1

Brief Description

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 provides an intuitive report authoring environment for business and power users. It supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. The download provides a standalone installer for Report Builder 2.0.

Overview

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Report Builder 2.0 supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services including flexibile report layout, data visualizations and richly formatted text. The download includes the following functionality above the RC0 release of Report Builder:

  • Easy to use wizards for creating table, matrix and chart data regions.
  • Support for directly opening and editing reports stored on the report server.
  • Support for using server resources such as shared data sources.
  • A query designer for Microsoft SQL Server data sources.
  • Enhancements to the Report Builder 2.0 ribbon.

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Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technical Library in Compiled Help format

Brief Description

Downloadable CHM version of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 content on TechNet.

Overview

Important, before you download:

  • If the topics in this file do not appear as you expect (you see "Page cannot be displayed" or "Action canceled," for example), see the Instructions section on this page.
  • This guide is a compiled Help file and opens in HTML Help.
  • This content is also available on the Web.

This downloadable CHM is a copy of content in the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technical library. The CHM is current as of the date above. For the latest information, see the technical library on the Web.

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Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Offline Installer - PREVIEW

Brief Description

The Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Offline Installer contains the .NET Framework assemblies needed for the installation and distribution of .NET Framework client applications during offline user scenarios.

Overview

The .NET Framework Client Profile Offline Installer download will enable developers to create a deployment experience for users that are not connected to the internet. The download package contains the .NET Framework Client Profile and the full .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.
The .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 package contains all the binaries an end-user may need to install the correct version of the .NET Framework. This includes binaries for the appropriate OS, like Windows XP or Windows Vista, and the appropriate CPU type, like x86 or amd64. For more details on the deployment of the .NET Framework 3.5 please see the .NET Framework 3.5 Deployment Guide.
The Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile is the subset of features and functionality needed for the installation and distribution of .NET Framework Client Profile for client applications. The subset of features contained in the Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile are:

  • Common Language Runtime
  • ClickOnce
  • Windows Forms
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Windows Communication Foundation

The .NET Framework Client Profile enables:

  • Faster installation of .NET Framework components
  • Automatic updates for computers that have parts of the .NET Framework installed
  • Integrated deployment of client applications with the .NET Framework Client Profile
  • Customizable deployment of client applications when deployed using the Client Profile

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online September 2008 Service Update Readme

Brief Description

Download current readme information about Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online functionality.

Overview

Find important, late-breaking information about Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and related functionality in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Web application. With this useful data, you can save time and resources with troubleshooting and other issues encountered with day-to-day use of this Microsoft Dynamics CRM edition.
This readme includes information regarding the September 2008 Service Update.

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Security, Policy & Compliance

Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP (KB943729)

Brief Description

Multiple Group Policy Preferences have been added to the Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Management Console (which are also available through the Remote Server Administration Toolset (RSAT) for Windows Vista SP1).

Overview

Multiple Group Policy Preferences have been added to the Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Management Console (which are also available through the Remote Server Administration Toolset (RSAT) for Windows Vista SP1). Group Policy Preferences enable information technology professionals to configure, deploy, and manage operating system and application settings they previously were not able to manage using Group Policy. After you install this update, your computer will be able to process the new Group Policy Preference extensions. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e60b5c8f-d7dc-4b27-a261-247ce3f6c4f8&DisplayLang=en

ADFS Step-by-Step Guide - Federation with Shibboleth Federation Services

Brief Description

This ADFS Step-by-Step Guide walks you through the set up of a test lab for ADFS and Shibboleth interoperability.

Overview

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Shibboleth are two federation technologies that allow web browser users in one organization to access web-based applications in another. Shibboleth is open source software developed by Internet2, a US-based advanced networking consortium, and ADFS is a component of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 systems.
This step-by-step guide walks you through how to configure the federation relationships between Microsoft and Internet2 technologies in a test lab environment. This guide assumes an already existing set of ADFS machines and then describes, in detail, the process to install and configure Shibboleth to work as both an Identity Provider (IdP) to an ADFS FS-R (resource federation server) and as a Service Provider (SP) to an ADFS FS-A (account federation server).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0ebc0f18-c8f5-4699-aa36-5b6562448912&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Urlscan Filter v3.0 (x64)

Brief Description

IIS Security Tool
This MSI package will install Urlscan v3.0 on your system.

Overview

UrlScan version 3.0 is a security tool that restricts the types of HTTP requests that Internet Information Services (IIS) will process. By blocking specific HTTP requests, UrlScan helps prevent potentially harmful requests from being processed by web applications on the server.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=361e5598-c1bd-46b8-b3e7-3980e8bdf0de&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Urlscan Filter v3.0(x86)

Brief Description

IIS Security Tool
This MSI package will install Urlscan v3.0 on your system.

Overview

UrlScan version 3.0 is a security tool that restricts the types of HTTP requests that Internet Information Services (IIS) will process. By blocking specific HTTP requests, UrlScan helps prevent potentially harmful requests from being processed by web applications on the server.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ee41818f-3363-4e24-9940-321603531989&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Antigen SP1 Documentation

Brief Description

Microsoft Antigen SP1 Documentation

Overview

The Messaging Security Suite includes Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager, and provides server-level protection against the latest e-mail threats.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d00160e-4d15-4459-98a3-89f393ac008e&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP1 Documentation

Brief Description

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP1 Documentation

Overview

Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 integrates multiple scan engines from industry-leading security firms into a comprehensive, layered solution, helping protect your Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content.
This new release provides support for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 and Windows Server 2008, as well as content filtering and manageability enhancements. These enhancements include:

  • Seamless support for organizations running IPv6.
  • Improved content filtering with installable keyword lists that can be used to eliminate email containing profanity in eleven supported languages.
  • Improved integration with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager through new management packs that allow administrators to proactively monitor the state of their Exchange 2007 protection.
  • Increased flexibility for scanning or blocking high compression zip files and RAR archives.

Note: Forefront Security for Exchange users who are running Exchange 2007 RTM and wish to upgrade to Exchange 2007 SP1 must first upgrade to Forefront Security for Exchange SP1.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5cd4e36e-2dab-44d6-990e-3b8184b1cb1b&DisplayLang=en

Other

Empower Your People with Self-Service Business Intelligence

Brief Description

This white paper reviews business intelligence challenges and trends, demonstrates how the right BI solution can help, and explores how Microsoft Dynamics AX solves BI challenges.

Overview

This white paper reviews current trends and challenges and explores the advantages of an appropriate and effective BI solution in an ERP environment. It also discusses how Microsoft Dynamics® AX, along with other Microsoft technologies and integrated programs—such as Microsoft® Office PerformancePoint™ Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server—can help organizations harness the potential of information, use it to empower everyone in the organization and supply chain, and turn the resulting insight into competitive advantage.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ebc35869-9982-4acf-bfd6-8923c9464465&DisplayLang=en

Overcoming Your Company's Growing Pains

Brief Description

This white paper explores how you can use Microsoft Dynamics AX to support rapid growth and drive business success.

Overview

Microsoft recently researched the experience of nearly 200 companies with more than 250 PCs that have deployed one or more of the applications in the Microsoft Dynamics line of business management solutions. Among these companies, a common issue was rapid growth. The pain points most often cited were manual processes that cause mistakes and inefficiencies, the need for more functionalities, an inability to scale to support growth, integration problems, especially with the growing number of customer and partner systems, and a lack of operational insight. This white paper explores how you can use Microsoft Dynamics AX to support rapid growth and drive business success.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=45547caf-36b1-4e41-af69-a39cc8e8a85c&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Pre-Split and Post-Split Closing Stock Prices

Brief Description

List of weekly closing stock prices.

Overview

List of weekly closing stock prices, including unadjusted prices and prices adjusted for all stock splits.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4c0b1e02-adf3-4e79-9534-f8b664d3f84c&DisplayLang=en

Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) Training Kit

Brief Description

This training kit provides learning information for Business Activity Monitoring (BAM).

Overview

The purpose of this kit is to provide instructor-led as well as self-study training for BAM. The training covers different roles during the BAM solution development process and the tools designated for those roles.
This kit contains an overview of the BAM feature ("BAM Training.doc"), a BAM solution sample ("BAM Training_Hands-On Exercises.doc"), sample code files to use with the sample solution ("BAM Training_Lab Files" folder), and a PowerPoint slide deck to use in an instructor-led setting ("BAM Training_Instructor Slide Deck.ppt").

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=401227e2-3e24-4cbf-8514-361a4cb8e116&DisplayLang=en

Pushpin images for Streets and Trips or MapPoint 2009

Brief Description

Pushpins that can be added into Streets and Trips or MapPoint

Overview

Miss the pushpins that were available in MapPoint 2006 or Streets and Trips 2008? Download them here and add them to the pushpin collection.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ab772c5-4d03-4f5e-a4e7-9fea604c0dee&DisplayLang=en

Volume Licensing Program Guides, Datasheets, and FAQs

Brief Description

Volume Licensing documents, including program guides, datasheets, and FAQs

Overview

The Microsoft Volume Licensing program guides provide comprehensive descriptions of Volume Licensing programs, including information about Microsoft Software Assurance. Download these guides to get details about things such as program features, benefits, requirements, pricing, and agreement structure.
The datasheets provide an overview of Volume Licensing programs. Use these documents to get at-a-glance information about benefits, licensing options, pricing, Software Assurance benefits, and more.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e8798816-b0ba-4337-ba38-8fe2cf32b5d8&DisplayLang=en

SLP Services: Tutorial and Demonstration Application

Brief Description

SLP Services tutorial and demonstration application

Overview

The purpose of the tutorial is to help enable potential customers and new customers of the Microsoft® Software Licensing and Protection Services (SLP Services) software to become familiar with its capabilities, such as code protection, flexible licensing, and copy protection.
This step-by-step tutorial offers hands-on experience with the service and its tools and will be particularly useful for a developer, software architect, or product manager who wants to evaluate software strengths and ease-of-use for various SLP Services scenarios. It is not the intent of this document to replace the need for deeper documentation, including API documentation, User Guides, etc.
To complete the tutorial, the user is required to have an SLP Services evaluation or product key. In addition, the tutorial requires usage of SLP Code Protector and a medical image system sample application. The Introduction section of the tutorial contains information about obtaining a key, as well as instructions for how to obtain SLP Code Protector.
The MedicalDemo.ZIP file contains a sample software application, Contoso Ltd. medical image system, that was created to be used in conjunction with the SLP Services Tutorial. This medical image system application stores and allows viewing and editing of patient x-ray and MRI images. During the course of the SLP Services Tutorial you will use the code and copy protection capabilities of SLP Services to protect the sample application files against reverse engineering, and to create several license models. The coding in this application does NOT follow Microsoft coding guidelines.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3026a2d3-e48b-4f5e-8b5f-03af30d2486f&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Campus Agreement and School Agreement Program Guides

Brief Description

Get details about Microsoft's subscription licensing programs for education.

Overview

Microsoft has two subscription licensing programs for education customers. Campus Agreement is for higher education institutions and offers the simplicity of counting people instead of computers. School Agreement is for K-12 schools and preschools and makes it easy to license all of a school’s computers by counting them just once per year. With subscription licensing programs, you have the right to run a selection of products, and any upgrades or downgrades of those products, for a designated term.
Download and read the Campus Agreement Program Guide or School Agreement Program Guide for detailed information about the programs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=73cae99f-82af-472b-b45c-88df17e6baa0&DisplayLang=en

MapPoint North America 2009 trial

Brief Description

Download Microsoft MapPoint NA 2009 trial edition and try it for free for 60 days.

Overview

MapPoint ® 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data and communicate insights with instant impact. Before you hit the road, plug in your stops and MapPoint plots the most efficient course with turn-by-turn driving directions. MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locator adds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=60905dfe-5aea-44ec-b5fb-0e4130c3e7e5&DisplayLang=en

Streets and Trips 2009 trial edition

Brief Description

Download the trial edition of Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009 and run it for free for 60 days.

Overview

Every trip is a good one with Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009! With tools and features to help you create custom routes, set driving preferences, plan breaks, and calculate travel costs, this trip planning software makes travel easier, whether you're going around town or anywhere across the U.S. and Canada. As the #1 best-selling travel and map software, it gets you where you're going quickly, easily, and without all the guesswork.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=56ccd694-4df8-4602-abfc-aea24c1dbf45&DisplayLang=en

GameFest 2008 Audio Blueprints

Brief Description

Microsoft Platform Audio Architecture 101
Sebastian Lange's presentation from GameFest 08. No audio.

Overview

This talk takes an introductory look at audio tools and libraries on Microsoft platforms, with an eye towards new and upcoming features and future strategies in the Xbox 360 and DirectX software development kits. Topics include audio-relevant gaming libraries for audio playback, mixing, 3D positioning, signal processing, music integration, cut scene/video playback, voice chat, and other areas relating to audio, on both Xbox 360 and Windows.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b7fc06ca-79a7-4974-b80a-83558b3dc67a&DisplayLang=en

 

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