Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

· Server Infrastructure Optimization - Best Practices to Reduce IT Operational Costs

· Step-by-Step Guide for Deploying InfiniBand Device Drivers with NetworkDirect Support in Windows HPC Server 2008

· Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements Executive Overview

· Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements for Enterprises

· Technical Overview of DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

· BranchCache Executive Overview

· Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess Executive Overview

· Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Documentation

· Windows Home Server Reviewer's Guide

· What's New in Terminal Services for Windows Server 2008

· Architecture and Design for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Datasheet

· IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint - Virtualization

· IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint – Microsoft Web Platform

· DPM 2007 SP1 Hotfix - KB:961502 (x64)

Solutions & Solution Development

· Information Week Analytics Report: Setting up Priorities for Next-Generation Web Apps

· Microsoft Business Solutions Fact Sheets

· Windows Ribbon: Samples

· Windows Ribbon: Introductory Tutorial

· Using Custom Behaviors with the BizTalk WCF Adapters, Part 1

· Using Custom Behaviors with the BizTalk WCF Adapters, Part 2

· Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update (December 2008)

· Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder Monthly Update (December 2008)

· DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) Beta Documentation

· Access 2007 Download: Access Developer Extensions

· Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 - Release Candidate - DVD ISO Image File

· Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP

· Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP)

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Protocol Documentation

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

· Silverlight Streaming Publishing Plug-In for Expression Encoder v2

· Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 White Paper: One Single World-Wide Instance

· BizTalk Server 2009 Scale-out Configurations Poster

· Microsoft Office Standards Documentation

· Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation

· Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 Power Tool

· Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Upgrade Script Reference

· Office Protocol Documentation

· Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library in Compiled Help format

· Team System Web Access 2008 Scalability Limits White Paper

· Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2

· Collada Update (Jan 2009) for Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Standard and Academic Editions

· HealthVault SDK http://img.microsoft.com/downloads/img/gaiconbig.gif

· Business Activity Monitoring in Depth for Developers

Security, Policy & Compliance

· Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830) x64

· Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)

· Security Update for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (KB952069)

· January 2009 Security Release ISO Image

· Cross-forest Certificate Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta.doc

Other

· Information Week: Analytics Report - Unlocking Virtualization

· IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint by Advaiya

· Windows Live Mail

· Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University 2009 Instructor-led Training Collateral - All-up Sales

· 508

· Windows Live Photo Gallery

· Windows Live Toolbar - English

· Windows Live Family Safety

· Windows Live Writer

· Licensing: Virtual Environments and Technologies

· Volume Licensing Program Guides, Datasheets, and FAQs

· Windows Home Server Toolkit User Manual v 1.1

Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

Server Infrastructure Optimization - Best Practices to Reduce IT Operational Costs

Brief Description

This paper shows technical decision makers and IT managers how organizations can reduce costs and improve their IT efficiency by optimizing their core infrastructure and adopting server-related best practices. This paper identifies which best practices are most effective in driving IT efficiency to reduce operating costs and free up human and financial IT resources to add more value to the busines

Overview

This paper shows technical decision makers and IT managers how organizations can reduce costs and improve their IT efficiency by optimizing their core infrastructure and adopting server-related best practices. This paper identifies which best practices are most effective in driving IT efficiency to reduce operating costs and free up human and financial IT resources to add more value to the business.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f190007a-b46a-48ca-9703-f5110b8ba0fb&DisplayLang=en

Step-by-Step Guide for Deploying InfiniBand Device Drivers with NetworkDirect Support in Windows HPC Server 2008

Brief Description

This guide provides step-by-step procedures for deploying InfiniBand device drivers with NetworkDirect support on a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster.

Overview

This guide provides step-by-step procedures for deploying InfiniBand device drivers with NetworkDirect support on a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster. This is accomplished by deploying the compute nodes in your HPC cluster using a node template that includes a task to deploy the InfiniBand device drivers. This guide also explains how to test your application network to ensure that the NetworkDirect device drivers are working as expected.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3bf3815e-7fb4-4b58-afd6-02e45a9416da&DisplayLang=en

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements Executive Overview

Brief Description

Briefly lists the networking enhancements available in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 along with their benefits.

Overview

Describes networking enhancements in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, including DirectAccess, BranchCache, VPN Reconnect, mobile broadband device support, URL-based QoS, DNSSEC, and support for green computing.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=804f4909-3bbf-40a2-80fa-7fa369713b79&DisplayLang=en

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements for Enterprises

Brief Description

Describes the networking enhancements available in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and their benefit to enterprise networks.

Overview

A detailed look at new networking technologies in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, with particular emphasis on enhancements to improve connectivity for a mobile workforce. New features and enhancments including DirectAccess, BranchCache, VPN Reconnect, mobile broadband device support, URL-based QoS, DNSSEC, and support for green computing.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=38fd1d96-3c6e-43ca-b083-3334ddd1ef86&DisplayLang=en

Technical Overview of DirectAccess in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Brief Description

Covers the functional and architectural aspects of DirectAccess, a technology introduced in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to enable mobile workers to seemlessly connect to enterprise network resources when connected to the Internet.

Overview

Describes DirectAccess in technical detail, covering why the technology is useful to enterprises with a mobile workforce and the different architectures and technologies that DirectAccess uses to manage mobile connection, authentication, and authorization. Compares selected server and full enterprise network access architectures, describes the step-by-step connection process for mobile computers and users, and summarizes requirements.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=64966e88-1377-4d1a-be86-ab77014495f4&DisplayLang=en

BranchCache Executive Overview

Brief Description

Describes the features and benefits of BranchCache, a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that caches local copies of content from Web and file servers to enhance performance and reduce bandwidth utilization on Wide Area Networks (WAN).

Overview

Describes the features and benefits of BranchCache, a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that caches local copies of content from Web and file servers to enhance performance and reduce bandwidth utilization on Wide Area Networks (WAN).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a69eea64-0fb2-4496-966f-2df64c56d315&DisplayLang=en

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess Executive Overview

Brief Description

Describes the features and benefits of DirectAccess, a technology introduced in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to enable mobile workers to seemlessly connect to enterprise network resources when connected to the Internet.

Overview

Describes the features and benefits of DirectAccess, a technology introduced in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to enable mobile workers to seemlessly connect to enterprise network resources when connected to the Internet.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d8eb248b-8bf7-4798-a1d1-04d37f2e013c&DisplayLang=en

Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Documentation

Brief Description

This download contains documentation for System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1.

Overview

This download contains the following documentation for System Center Operations Manager 2007:

  • Operations Manager 2007 Operations Guide:
    This guide is a comprehensive resource that can be used to understand and use your Operations Manager 2007 implementation to your best advantage. It teaches the Operations Manager administrator what to do after successfully deploying Operations Manager for the first time as well as serving as a reference for ongoing maintenance.
  • Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Guide:
    This guide steps you through the deployment process for System Center Operations Manager 2007.
  • The Operations Manager 2007 Design Guide:
    This guide takes the reader through the necessary steps to develop a complete architectural plan for their OpsMgr2007 implementation.
  • Operations Manager 2007 Migration Guide:
    This guide is intended to help you understand the migration process from Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM 2005) to Operations Manager 2007 and the tools that are used in the process.
  • Operations Manager 2007 Report Authoring Guide:
    This guide provides an overview of the Operations Manager reporting feature, including procedures for generating pre-populated reports and authoring custom reports. There is also reference information for users looking to create custom reports.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d826b836-59e5-4628-939e-2b852ed79859&DisplayLang=en

Windows Home Server Reviewer's Guide

Brief Description

This Reviewer's Guide provides a detailed overview of the features and functionality of the Windows Home Server software.

Overview

Windows Home Server helps families simplify the way they keep and share their documents, photos, videos, and music. Windows Home Server brings it all together for families with multiple personal computers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5ba13a70-b733-4f81-ba28-6de3fbeefd47&DisplayLang=en

What's New in Terminal Services for Windows Server 2008

Brief Description

This document describes changes in Terminal Services core functionality that are available in Windows Server 2008.

Overview

The Terminal Services component of Windows Server 2008 provides technologies that enable users to access Windows-based programs that are installed on a terminal server, or to access the Windows desktop itself, from almost any computing device. Users can connect to a terminal server to run programs and to use network resources on that server. This document describes changes in core functionality that are available in Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4bfb118e-fa16-467f-a46b-f1c8a9fa7f9b&DisplayLang=en

Architecture and Design for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Datasheet

Brief Description

Architecture and Design for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 from Microsoft Services can help you fulfill your vision for unified communications.

Overview

Architecture and Design for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 from Microsoft Services can help you fulfill your vision for unified communications.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=99663e77-7ccc-4160-8a4e-483f00564bd3&DisplayLang=en

IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint - Virtualization

Brief Description

The Virtualization Platform Solution Blueprint Poster by Advaiya gives IT managers a comprehensive view of how Virtualization technology works within their IT environment.

Overview

This attractive 25.5 x 33 printable poster illustrates where virtualization technologies fit in the IT manager’s environment. With this poster IT managers can easily see the relative relationships of the critical solution patterns for virtualization and how they fit together. IT managers also learn about the stages of virtualization adoption as well as how a platform aligned solution contributes to the success of their IT infrastructure.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1d7b4a0c-f21a-4e07-a779-f9f61a6d45d1&DisplayLang=en

IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint – Microsoft Web Platform

Brief Description

The Web and Social Computing Platform Solution Blueprint Poster by Advaiya gives IT managers a comprehensive view of how the web and social computing technologies work within their IT environment.

Overview

This attractive 25.5 x 33 printable poster illustrates where web and social networking technologies fit in the IT manager’s environment. With this poster IT managers can easily see the relative relationships of the critical solution patterns for web and social networking and how they fit together. IT managers also learn about the stages of web and social networking adoption as well as how a platform aligned solution contributes to the success of their IT infrastructure.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cb4218ac-4932-481b-8b61-e8866d2363a2&DisplayLang=en

DPM 2007 SP1 Hotfix - KB:961502 (x64)

Brief Description

This hotfix addresses a "Replica is inconsistent" error with ID 112 (0x8007007B) after applying Data Protection Manager Service Pack 1 on a server running Windows Server 2003 x64

Overview

After applying Data Protection Manager Service Pack 1 on a server running Windows Server 2003 x64, a replica may be listed as inconsistent with error ID 112 (0x8007007B).
In the DPM Administrator Console, a critical alert may be listed as in the following example:
Affected area: C:
Occurred since: 1/07/2008 4:13:00 PM
Description: The replica of Volume C:\ on servername.domainname.com is inconsistent with the protected data source. All protection activities for data source will fail until the replica is synchronized with consistency check. You can recover data from existing recovery points, but new recovery points cannot be created until the replica is consistent (ID 3106)
Changes for Volume C:\ on servername.domainname.com cannot be applied to \\?\Volume{b071dcc8-8a9e-11dd-901d-806e6f6e6963}\WINDOWS\Debug\UserMode\ChkAcc.bak\. (ID 112 Details: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect (0x8007007B))
Recommended action: Synchronize with consistency check.
Run a synchronization job with consistency check...
Resolution: To dismiss the alert, click below
Inactivate alert

If you run a consistency check, the protection status will be listed as OK until the next synchronization job runs, then the protection status will change to Replica is inconsistent. Installing this hotfix may address the issue.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=db72c374-4e4c-455c-a5e0-49110baa33e7&DisplayLang=en

Solutions & Solution Development

Information Week Analytics Report: Setting up Priorities for Next-Generation Web Apps

Brief Description

This is an Information Week report for business managers and IT managers aligning both business and technology objectives. Download the following document “Setting up Priorities for the Next-Generation Web Apps” for a closer look at the benefits and challenges involved in selecting the right rich Internet application (RIA) platform to fit your organization, from both perspectives.

Overview

Priorities for Next Generation Web Applications
Through the use of new development environments, combined with web services and an emerging set of collaboration technologies, web applications are matching and threatening to exceed the capabilities of their shrink-wrapped forbearers.
In this report, Information Analytics will assess both technical and business decision-makers interest in, and concerns about next generation web applications in three areas: advancements in user interface, integration of business intelligence and event processing with collaboration tools, and finally the interest in hosting some application functions in the cloud. We’ll most closely examine the ability for next generation web applications to kick off complex tasks such as bringing appropriate teams together to make critical decisions, and alerting stake holders of key developments. Are technology and business decision makers ready for these capabilities? We’ll find out.
For privacy information, visit UBM’s privacy policy regarding this publication at http://ubmtechnology.com/united-business-media-llc-privacy-statement/.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=83021e42-bd58-438c-8133-26a8ee969e21&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Business Solutions Fact Sheets

Brief Description

MBS PDF Fact Sheets

Overview

Microsoft Business Solutions Fact sheets

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=314963c2-65fc-49c0-a6b6-420f5e9dc71f&DisplayLang=en

Windows Ribbon: Samples

Brief Description

Downloadable code sample(s) that demonstrate the Windows Ribbon API, markup, and features.

Overview

Downloadable code sample(s) that demonstrate the Windows Ribbon API, markup, and features.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=141e13e8-b10b-4356-aaa5-609b2981574a&DisplayLang=en

Windows Ribbon: Introductory Tutorial

Brief Description

A step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates how to create a new Win32 application that utilizes the Windows Ribbon user interface.

Overview

A step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates how to create a new Win32 application that utilizes the Windows Ribbon user interface.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f62039ad-a224-4979-ae7f-67b4e09cd81e&DisplayLang=en

Using Custom Behaviors with the BizTalk WCF Adapters, Part 1

Brief Description

This white paper is the first of two papers that discuss how you can use WCF custom behaviors to customize message processing in BizTalk Server 2006 R2.

Overview

You can customize message processing in Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006 R2 by using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) custom behaviors. This white paper is the first of two parts discussing how using WCF custom behaviors within BizTalk Server gives you increased control over the message transmission process.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1f08f250-48a5-4331-8b7f-b1adfdf8dc38&DisplayLang=en

Using Custom Behaviors with the BizTalk WCF Adapters, Part 2

Brief Description

This white paper is the second of two papers that discuss how you can use WCF custom behaviors to customize message processing in BizTalk Server 2006 R2.

Overview

You can customize message processing in Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006 R2 by using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) custom behaviors. This white paper is the second of two parts discussing how using WCF custom behaviors within BizTalk Server gives you increased control over the message transmission process.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1fbc53d6-6f55-4ca3-8edf-82bcd15f4df7&DisplayLang=en

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update (December 2008)

Brief Description

Download this set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 released during the period of December 1 - December 31, 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 December 1 - December 31, 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.
For complete details regarding the updates in this release, please download the Windows Embedded CE 6.0_Update_081231_2008M12.htm file below.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d2ba5fd4-9964-411f-bcab-2299f5376abf&DisplayLang=en

Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder Monthly Update (December 2008)

Brief Description

Download this set of updates for Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder released during the period of December 1 - December 31, 2008. These updates are fixes for Windows 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 CE Platform Builder released during the period of December 1 - December 31, 2008. These Microsoft Windows CE updates are fixes for Windows 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.
For complete details regarding the updates in this release, please download the Windows CE 5.0_Update_081231_2008M12.htm file below.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=95ff1dce-c726-477a-951b-352aecc0579f&DisplayLang=en

DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) Beta Documentation

Brief Description

The DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) documentation describes how to manage low-level tasks that can be independent of the Direct3D graphics runtime.

Overview

The DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) documentation includes overviews and reference material that describes how to manage low-level tasks that can be independent of the Direct3D graphics runtime. DXGI provides a common framework for several version of Direct3D.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=81be16f6-417a-4dac-9e86-49331d5d2303&DisplayLang=en

Access 2007 Download: Access Developer Extensions

Brief Description

The Microsoft Office Access 2007 Developer Extensions make it easy to deploy and manage solutions built using Microsoft Access.

Overview

The Access 2007 Developer Extensions provide packaging and deployment tools and licensing and distribution agreements to make it easier for developers to bring solutions to market. Whether you are working in a small business or a large enterprise, as a third-party or an internal developer, the Access 2007 Developer Extensions can facilitate the deployment and management of Access 2007 solutions.
The Access Developer Extensions include the following components:

  • Package Solution Wizard
    A wizard that creates a Windows Installer Package (MSI) to install your database and any supporting files and optionally includes the Access 2007 Runtime, or prompts the user to download the Access 2007 Runtime.
  • Save As Template
    Enables you to create database templates (ACCDTs) that can be featured in the Access 2007 Getting Started screen.
  • Source Code Control
    Integration with Microsoft Visual SourceSafe or other source code control systems to allow check-in/check-out of queries, forms, reports, macros, modules, and data. You can also see the differences that have been made to your checked out objects.

The Access 2007 Developer Extensions do not include the Property Scanner and the Custom Startup Wizard that were included in previous versions.
The Access 2007 Runtime is also available as a download. For more information, see Access 2007 Download: Access Runtime.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d96a8358-ece4-4bee-a844-f81856dceb67&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 - Release Candidate - DVD ISO Image File

Brief Description

Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 - Release Candidate, formerly known as Commerce Server 2007 code name "Mojave", is the final pre-release of the next version of Commerce Server.

Overview

Commerce Server 2009 (formerly known as Commerce Server 2007 code name “Mojave”) delivers the ability to increase your business reach by making it possible to sell via multiple channels using an out-of-the-box shopping site, SharePoint Commerce Services, and the Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation. The new out-of-the-box shopping site leverages SharePoint Commerce Services, which provides a gallery of ASP.NET 3.5 Web Parts, a comprehensive e-commerce shopping feature-set, and technology integration between Commerce Server and SharePoint technologies. The Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation provides a new unified, extensible run-time programming model for Commerce Server, including new run-time e-commerce capabilities.
This Release Candidate is our last pre-release before final release of the product. While this version contains a limited "use in production" license, it is a time-bombed release and you will need to acquire the product through your Volume Licensing, MSDN or ISV channels in the near future. This pre-release requires an installed version of Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 Enterprise or Standard Edition. This release is not compatible with Commerce Server 2007 Developer Edition.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b7eeda01-5cba-4945-a44e-a6f5e3eed0b0&DisplayLang=en

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP

Brief Description

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable services on Windows Azure.

Overview

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable services on Windows Azure.
Please note that this is a CTP release and should not be used on production systems. Please see the EULA for more details.
New for the January 2009 CTP:

  • Addressed top customer bugs.
  • Resolved hang and performance issues on run and debug.
  • Fixed issue with "Publish" of large projects.
  • Added support to debug Silverlight in a Web Role.
  • Better storage services integration
  • Error messages when there are Service Configuration or Service Definition errors

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes:

  • C# and VB Project templates for building Cloud Services
  • Integration with the Development Fabric and Development Storage services
  • Debugging Cloud Service Roles running in the Development Fabric
  • Building and packaging of Cloud Service Packages
  • Browsing to the Azure Services Developer Portal
  • Role configuration
  • SSL Certificate selection

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8e90b639-1ef0-4e21-bb73-fc22662911bc&DisplayLang=en

Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP)

Brief Description

The Windows® Azure™ SDK provides developers with the APIs, tools, documentation, and samples needed to develop Internet-scale applications that run on Windows Azure.

Overview

The Azure Services Platform is designed to help developers quickly and easily create, deploy, manage, and distribute web services and applications on the Internet. Windows Azure is an operating system for the cloud that serves as the development, run-time, and control environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers on-demand compute & storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft data centers.
Windows Azure is elastic, flexible, and interoperable. With Windows Azure developers can achieve high levels of service availability and application interoperability while maintaining freedom of choice.
The Windows Azure SDK provides developers with the tools and APIs needed to develop, deploy, and manage scalable services in Windows Azure.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=80e3eabf-0507-4560-aeb6-d31e9a70a0a6&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Protocol technical documentation set provides technical specifications for Microsoft protocols, and Microsoft extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

Overview

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products.
The documentation set 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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9aae935-ad23-4117-a3d9-9ed6093d6d7f&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

Brief Description

This package contains the complete software development kit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Overview

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers.
It contains all new information about creating plug-ins, working with custom workflow activities, using the new Web services, using new data management features, and much more.
This SDK contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies, and more. It provides an architectural overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the entity model, security model, and Web services. Sample code and walkthroughs guide you through the new features.
The SDK also contains information for developers customizing the Web client or Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, including scripting, integration of custom Web pages, sample code, and a detailed user interface style guide.
Look for regular updates to this SDK. Future releases will include the ISV Guide.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=82e632a7-faf9-41e0-8ec1-a2662aae9dfb&DisplayLang=en

Silverlight Streaming Publishing Plug-In for Expression Encoder v2

Brief Description

Plug-in for Expression Encoder v2 that allows to publish directly to the Silverlight Streaming service

Overview

This is a plug-in that, once installed, allows to publish a job output from Microsoft Expression Encoder v2 directly to the Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live service, using the public API.
New in version 2.1.0: Support for Silverlight 2 content created with Expression Encoder 2 SP1

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=702f130c-f783-44bd-bc95-8141a8d3e90e&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 White Paper: One Single World-Wide Instance

Brief Description

This document provides information for partners about country/region functionality that was previously provided in a separate GLS layer.

Overview

This document provides information for partners about the following topics:

  • List of new parameters and configuration keys
  • Description of changes in features
  • Consolidated features
  • Features that have been merged into the SYS layer
  • Discontinued features and the justification for this
  • Additional areas of clarification, as needed

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4054de4e-4041-4a53-a5e1-191632ac2573&DisplayLang=en

BizTalk Server 2009 Scale-out Configurations Poster

Brief Description

This poster describes typical scale-out configurations and options for BizTalk Server 2009.

Overview

This poster describes typical scenarios and commonly used options for scaling out BizTalk Server 2009 physical configurations. It illustrates how to scale out to achieve high availability through load balancing and fault tolerance and how to configure for high-throughput scenarios. The poster is intended for use by IT professionals and developers who need to design, deploy, and manage large-scale implementations of BizTalk Server 2009. The poster dimensions are 26”x38”.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=dbbe85c5-4dd4-4b28-b2f1-6197980fd149&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Office Standards Documentation

Brief Description

The Microsoft Office Standards Documents describe Microsoft Office support for standards related to Outlook iCalendar, Outlook IMAP, and Outllok POP3.

Overview

The Microsoft Office Standards documents provide information about Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 support for Outlook iCalendar standards compliance. These documents specify the level of support provided by the Outlook iCalendar component for the Internet iCalendar Protocol (iCalendar), the iCalendar Transport-Independent Interoperability Protocol (iTIP), and the iCalendar Message-Based Interoperability Protocol (iMIP).
The Outlook IMAP Standards Compliance specifies the level of support provided by the Internet Message Access Protocol Version 4 (IMAP4) for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.
The Outlook POP3 Standards Compliance specifies the level of support provided by Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 for the Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3), as specified in [RFC1939].

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b24e3c3-31aa-492f-a8d2-d01ba2feb98d&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Microsoft SQL Server protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Overview

The Microsoft SQL Server 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 SQL Server 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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=91ef5106-944a-41e1-b3a0-5bd3f2356f32&DisplayLang=en

Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 Power Tool

Brief Description

Team System Web Access (formerly known as TeamPlain) is a Web interface to Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server.

Overview

Team System Web Access is a free download that will be incorporated into a future release of Visual Studio Team System. You may install it with licensed installations of Team Foundation Server. You must be a licensed user of Team Foundation Server to use Team System Web Access.
New With Service Pack 1

Features in Team System Web Access

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Upgrade Script Reference

Brief Description

This file provides reference information that describes the functionality of the upgrade scripts.

Overview

This download contains the UpgradeScripts.chm file, which describes the functionality of the data upgrade scripts implemented by Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 within the Microsoft layer (sys, gls). Data upgrade scripts are executed as part of the data upgrade process to upgrade data from a source Microsoft Dynamics AX database to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. The documentation contains script information organized by class and method name. You might find the following cross-reference topics useful when upgrading your data:

  • Affected tables, listed by table
  • Affected tables, listed by script
  • Affected modules, listed by module
  • Affected modules, listed by script

Most of the data upgrade scripts apply to all Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 installations. See the GLS_Cons.txt file for a list of the scripts that are only used in the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 consolidated GLS layer for Brazil, China, Japan, Thailand, and India.

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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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Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library in Compiled Help format

Brief Description

Downloadable CHM version of SharePoint Server 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 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 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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Team System Web Access 2008 Scalability Limits White Paper

Brief Description

This document explains the scalability limits of Team System Web Access 2008.

Overview

This document explains the scalability limits of Team System Web Access 2008 power tool and provides workarounds to improve the total number of concurrent users that Web Access can support.

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Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2

Brief Description

Service Pack 2 for .NET Framework 2.0

Overview

The .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 provides cumulative roll-up updates for customer reported issues found after the release of the .NET Framework 2.0. In addition, this release provides performance improvements, and prerequisite feature support for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.
Please review the supported operating systems for this deployment package in the System Requirements section. The corresponding updates for Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows 2008 are deployed via the full .NET Framework 3.5 service pack 1.

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Collada Update (Jan 2009) for Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Standard and Academic Editions

Brief Description

This update allows users of SolidWorks to successfully export Collada files and have them be correctly imported into the RDS simulator.

Overview

Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio Standard and Academic Editions have the ability to import Collada models that have been exported from SolidWorks. These models can be used in the Visual Simulation Environment. This update improves compatibility with the Collada format. A new service is also provided that allows you to manipulate joints in Collada models when they are run in the simulator.

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HealthVault SDK http://img.microsoft.com/downloads/img/gaiconbig.gif

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

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Business Activity Monitoring in Depth for Developers

Brief Description

White paper detailing Business Activity Monitoring concepts and features for developers.

Overview

‎‎Microsoft added Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) to Microsoft® BizTalk® Server as a way for business analysts to track information that is important to them. This paper provides a deep, low-level review of how BAM works and how BAM can be extended. It reviews BAM basics, shows ways in which BAM data can be collected, discusses the BAM infrastructure, demonstrates methods for collecting BAM data, and shows how BAM can be extended to non-Microsoft technologies.

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Security, Policy & Compliance

Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830) x64

Brief Description

This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.

Overview

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.
Note that x64 version of this tool will only run on Vista x64, Windows XP x64 and Windows 2003 x64 computers.
This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.
Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month. New versions will be made available through this web page, Windows Update, and the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site on Microsoft.com.
To have the newest versions automatically delivered and installed as soon as they are released, set the Automatic Updates feature to Automatic. The version of this tool delivered by Windows Update runs on your computer once a month, in the background. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time you start your computer. If you would like to run this tool more than once a month, run the version that is available from this Web page or use the version on the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site.
Please review KB890830 for the list of malicious software that the current version of the tool is capable of removing as well as usage instructions. Also, please be aware that this tool reports anonymous information back to Microsoft in the event that an infection is found or an error is encountered. The above KB article contains information on how to disable this functionality and what specific information is sent to Microsoft.
It is strongly recommended that you review KB891716 before you consider deploying this tool in an enterprise environment.
The user must be an administrator to run this tool. This tool will not run on any version of Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows NT 4.0.
Note that this download is now a multi-lingual tool. For all supported languages, the same tool will show the correct language depending on the language of the operating system.

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Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)

Brief Description

This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.

Overview

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.
To download the x64 version of Malicious Software Removal Tool, click here.
This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.
Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month. New versions will be made available through this web page, Windows Update, and the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site on Microsoft.com.
To have the newest versions automatically delivered and installed as soon as they are released, set the Automatic Updates feature to Automatic. The version of this tool delivered by Windows Update runs on your computer once a month, in the background. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time you start your computer. If you would like to run this tool more than once a month, run the version that is available from this Web page or use the version on the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site.
Please review KB890830 for the list of malicious software that the current version of the tool is capable of removing as well as usage instructions. Also, please be aware that this tool reports anonymous information back to Microsoft in the event that an infection is found or an error is encountered. The above KB article contains information on how to disable this functionality and what specific information is sent to Microsoft.
It is strongly recommended that you review KB891716 before you consider deploying this tool in an enterprise environment.
The user must be an administrator to run this tool. This tool will not run on any version of Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows NT 4.0.
Note that this download is now a multi-lingual tool. For all supported languages, the same tool will show the correct language depending on the language of the operating system.

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Security Update for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (KB952069)

Brief Description

A security issue has been identified that could allow an authenticated remote attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it.

Overview

A security issue has been identified that could allow an authenticated remote attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.

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January 2009 Security Release ISO Image

Brief Description

This DVD5 ISO image file contains the security updates for Windows released on Windows Update on January 13th, 2009.

Overview

This DVD5 ISO image file contains the security updates for Windows released on Windows Update on January 13th, 2009. The image does not contain security updates for other Microsoft products. This DVD5 ISO image is intended for administrators that need to download multiple individual language versions of each security update and that do not use an automated solution such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). You can use this ISO image to download multiple updates in all languages at the same time.
Important:   Be sure to check the individual security bulletins at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security prior to deployment of these updates to ensure that the files have not been updated at a later date.
This DVD5 image contains the following updates:
KB958687 / (MS09-001)

  • Windows 2000 - 24 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 - 18 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition - 11 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems - 4 languages
  • Windows XP - 24 languages
  • Windows XP x64 Edition - 2 languages
  • Windows Vista - 36 languages
  • Windows Vista for x64-based Systems - 36 languages
  • Windows Server 2008 - 19 languages
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition - 19 languages
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems - 4 languages

KB952069 / ( MS08-076)

  • Windows XP - 24 languages

KB960714 / (MS08-078)

  • Windows 2000 - 24 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 - 18 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition - 11 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems - 4 languages
  • Windows XP - 24 languages
  • Windows XP x64 Edition - 2 languages
  • Windows Vista - 36 languages
  • Windows Vista for x64-based Systems - 36 languages
  • Windows Server 2008 - 19 languages
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition - 19 languages
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems - 4 languages

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Cross-forest Certificate Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta.doc

Brief Description

This paper explains how cross-forest certificate enrollment works. It also provides deployment guidance for cross-forest certificate enrollment in new and existing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployments.

Overview

Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta enables enterprise Certification Authorities (CA) to issue digital certificates to clients that are members of a different Active Directory (AD) forest. This process is called cross-forest certificate enrollment. This paper explains how cross-forest certificate enrollment works. It provides deployment guidance for cross-forest certificate enrollment in new and existing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployments. It provides strategies for consolidating existing certificate templates and presents choices for ongoing management of a cross-forest certificates deployment. A PowerShell script is provided to facilitate management tasks related to setting up and maintaining cross-forest certificate enrollment environments.

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Other

Information Week: Analytics Report - Unlocking Virtualization

Brief Description

This is Information Week report for business managers and IT managers aligning business objectives with technology. Download the following document “Virtualization: Facing IT and Business Realities” for a closer look at the benefits and challenges involved in taking advantage of virtualization, from both perspectives.

Overview

Virtualization is the sort of game-changing technology that comes around once in decade, but so far its primary use has been to consolidate non-critical applications running on under-utilized servers. While technical decision makers manage the infrastructure on which applications run, it’s the line of business managers and corporate executives who must sign off on the bill. While IT executive may be excited about the prospects of running critical applications in a virtualized environment, business leaders may have a different percept on this new technology.
In this report, we’ll compare and contrast the perception of business decision makers and technical decision makers on running production applications in a virtualized environment. While our poll will touch on such issues as security and privacy, we will emphasize both IT’s perceived and actual ability to assure performance, stability and availability and provide SLA metrics back to business technology partners.

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IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint by Advaiya

Brief Description

The Platform Solutions Blueprint Poster by Advaiya gives IT managers a comprehensive view of the key technology solution areas within their IT environment.

Overview

This attractive 25.5 x 33 printable poster defines eleven key solution patterns found in today’s IT environments. IT managers can easily see the relative relationships of the solution patterns to each other as well as learn how these patterns contribute to the success of their IT infrastructure.

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Windows Live Mail

Brief Description

Windows Live Mail brings together multiple e-mail accounts, calendars, and more.

Overview

Windows Live Mail brings together multiple e-mail accounts, calendars, and more into one easy-to-use program. Access and edit your e-mail and calendar events, even when you’re offline, and sync your changes later. Use Windows Live Mail to help maximize your e-mail security across multiple e-mail accounts. Mail combines the ease of use of Outlook Express, with the speed of Windows Live.

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Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University 2009 Instructor-led Training Collateral - All-up Sales

Brief Description

Training Collateral for Delivering Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University 2009.

Overview

Training Collateral for Delivering Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University 2009.

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508

Brief Description

Short Description Template

Overview

Description Template

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Windows Live Photo Gallery

Brief Description

Use Windows Live Photo Gallery to edit and organize your photos, and then post them online or send them to friends.

Overview

Photo Gallery makes it a snap to get photos and videos from your camera to your PC. Share your favorite photos online with friends and family. Photo Gallery automatically finds the people in your photos so you can add a name to each face. Adjust exposure, color, or detail by hand, or use auto adjust—either way, your photos look great. You can even stitch together impressive panoramic photos in just a few clicks.

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Windows Live Toolbar - English

Brief Description
Overview

With Windows Live Toolbar, you get quick access to Windows Live and Live Search, no matter where you are on the web. You can see when people in your Windows Live network do something new, right in your toolbar. Preview your Windows Live Hotmail inbox from the toolbar, without leaving the webpage you're on. Search the web, and as you type, you’ll see suggested terms from your search history, and from popular searches on Live Search.

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Windows Live Family Safety

Brief Description

Windows Live Family Safety helps you keep your kids safer online.

Overview

With Windows Live Family Safety, you decide how your kids experience the Internet. Once you’ve installed Family Safety software on each computer your children use, you can limit their searches, monitor the websites they're visiting, and decide who they can communicate with when they’re using Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, or Spaces.

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Windows Live Writer

Brief Description

Windows Live Writer makes blogging a breeze. You can add photos and videos, format everything just so, and publish to most blogging services.

Overview

Windows Live Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your blog, and see exactly how the fonts, spacing, colors, and images will look, before you publish. It's fast and easy to make photos and videos look great on your blog. You can even create a photo album—just select the style you want and Writer takes care of the rest. Writer is already packed with useful features, but if you like to tinker, there are all sorts of plug-ins you can add to help you do even more.

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Licensing: Virtual Environments and Technologies

Brief Description

Licensing briefs to help clarify Microsoft licensing policies and licensing models for server products under virtual environments.

Overview

Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments (Word file, 2.25 MB) is an overview of Microsoft licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments. Licensing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 to Run with Virtualization Technologies (Word file, 1.39 MB) describes how Windows Server 2008 and other Microsoft server products are licensed when they are used with other virtualization technologies.

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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.

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Windows Home Server Toolkit User Manual v 1.1

Brief Description

Read this document to help install and use the Windows Home Server Toolkit diagnostic software.

Overview

Read this document to help install and use the Windows Home Server Toolkit. The Windows Home Server Toolkit is a powerful collection of diagnostic tools that run on your home computers and home server. The Toolkit also has features that you can use to configure the performance of Windows Home Server.

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