Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

· Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Trial Software Download

· Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB960544)

· Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB960544)

· Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB961118)

· Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB961118)

· Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB961118)

· Cumulative Update for Media Center TVPack for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB958653)

· Cumulative Update for Media Center TVPack for Windows Vista (KB958653)

· Update for Windows XP (KB961118)

· Migrate to Microsoft Online Services

· Microsoft Online Dedicated Service Descriptions

· Planning Tool for Microsoft© Office Communications Server 2007 R2

· Step-by-Step Guide: Deploy Remote Access with VPN Reconnect in a Test Lab

· BranchCache Early Adopter's Guide

· Windows Essential Business Server Preparation and Planning Guide

· Monitoring Windows Essential Business Server

· Response Point White Paper: Configuring Customizable URLs in Incoming Call Notification Windows

· Response Point White Paper: Troubleshooting Guide for SP2

· Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization

· Windows 7 Manageability Overview

· Windows Server Cluster Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

· TCP/IP Registry Values for Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant Deployment Guide

· Proof of Concept For Unified Communications Datasheet

Solutions & Solution Development

· Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (KB 959419)

· Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Tools

· Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express

· DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide

· Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 White Paper: Credit Card Processing

· Microsoft SQL Server Add-in for Windows Essential Business Server 2008

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Protocol Documentation

· HPC Pack 2008 SDK Fix for "Procedure entry point could not be located" issue

· SQL Server 2005 Books Online (November 2008)

· Microsoft neXpert Performance Analysis Plugin

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Internet Facing Deployment Scenarios

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM: How to configure the On-premise and Online E-mail Router in different deployment scenarios

· Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder Monthly Update (January 2009)

· Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update (January 2009)

· BizTalk Server and WCF Support in Visual Studio 2008

· Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Readme Files

· ILMerge

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 SDK

· Azure Services Training Kit - February Update

· Microsoft Small Basic

· WHDC White Papers and Documentation

· Microsoft Office Protocol Documentation

· Developing Integration Solutions using BizTalk Server 2006 and Team Foundation Server

· UI Automation Community Promise Specification

Security, Policy & Compliance

· Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [February 2009] (KB905866)

· Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter for x64-based Systems [February 2009] (KB905866)

· February 2009 Security Release ISO Image

· Forefront Security for Office Communications Server 2007 Beta 3

· Microsoft Online Services Sign In

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

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

· Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta)

· Security, Policy & Compliance

· Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [February 2009] (KB905866)

· Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter for x64-based Systems [February 2009] (KB905866)

· February 2009 Security Release ISO Image

· Forefront Security for Office Communications Server 2007 Beta 3

· Microsoft Online Services Sign In

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

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

· Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta)

Other

· Whitepaper SLPS Technology Overview

· FY09Q1 Customer Event Presentation

· SLPS ISVs Challenges

· SLPS Protect Your Code

· Unified Communications Improves Business Outcomes, Lowers Costs, and Enhances Environmental Sustainability

· Windows Live Essentials

· Windows Live Messenger

· Windows Live Mail

· Windows Live Writer

· IW TechNet Resources

· Windows Live Toolbar

· Xbox.com Support

· Windows Live Family Safety

Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Trial Software Download

Overview

This software is for evaluation and testing purposes.
Evaluating Windows Essential Business Server 2008 software does not require product activation or entering a product key.
If you need more time to evaluate Windows Essential Business Server 2008, the 60 day evaluation period may be reset (or re-armed) three times, extending the original 60 day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a fully-licensed version of Windows Essential Business Server 2008.
If you wish to extend the initial evaluation and testing period, please go here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=100902 and follow the instructions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f0b4d51e-b850-4764-8ce2-62bf95b2b81f&DisplayLang=en

Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB960544)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista.

Overview

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista. For complete list of the issues that are included in this cumulative update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 960544. 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=46dab805-a407-46c3-bfb8-231553836ad6&DisplayLang=en

Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB960544)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista.

Overview

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista. For complete list of the issues that are included in this cumulative update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 960544. 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=c5f01376-59ed-4b48-8053-8241a3c56242&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB961118)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=01f3975b-fa69-475f-8942-d25431f50ab6&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB961118)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=037fa2a0-313d-4f18-8ce0-d2538b38e06b&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB961118)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d5c8a66b-26b8-4768-be12-2f1873f0c7aa&DisplayLang=en

Cumulative Update for Media Center TVPack for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB958653)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista.

Overview

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista. For complete list of the issues that are included in this cumulative update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 958653. 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=3206ca78-cde5-4745-8a13-1355e10c4445&DisplayLang=en

Cumulative Update for Media Center TVPack for Windows Vista (KB958653)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista.

Overview

Install this update to resolve issues with Media Center for Windows Vista. For complete list of the issues that are included in this cumulative update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 958653. 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=a3e351bf-b075-4f1b-9be6-d671a12112bf&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows XP (KB961118)

Brief Description

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

Overview

Install this update to resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d8bb1a0a-6a75-4d78-b349-0d5c5b468d1f&DisplayLang=en

Migrate to Microsoft Online Services

Brief Description

This document describes how to migrate your on-premise Exchange Server mailboxes and POP3 and IMAP4 mailboxes to Exchange Online.

Overview

This document describes how to migrate your on-premise Exchange Server mailboxes and POP3 and IMAP4 mailboxes to Exchange Online.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=25350815-5c57-441a-b7fb-329ff5fe14b3&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Online Dedicated Service Descriptions

Brief Description

Microsoft Online Services provides dedicated, enterprise-level hosted solutions for e-mail, collaboration, instant messaging and Web conferencing. Services are delivered from a highly reliable network of Microsoft data centers on servers systems dedicated to individual customer—enabling customers to use the latest productivity applications while reducing IT overhead.

Overview

Microsoft® Online Services offers dedicated hosting services for Microsoft productivity applications that are widely used by enterprise customers today. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the Microsoft® Exchange Online Dedicated messaging service, the Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated collaboration service, the Microsoft® Office Communications Online Dedicated instant messaging and communications service, and the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Web conferencing service. Other documents in the set describe Microsoft Online components related to these services.
Microsoft Online Services: What's New in Version 9.1—This document describes the new features and capabilities available in the current version 9.1 release of Microsoft Online services and products.
Microsoft Exchange Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® Exchange Online Dedicated is a hosted enterprise messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. The Exchange Online service provides a secure, reliable messaging environment that includes e-mail, shared calendar and Microsoft® Office Outlook® Web Access.
Microsoft SharePoint Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated offers flexible, Web-based tools and services to help users manage information and collaborate effectively with others. SharePoint Online is built on the rich capabilities of Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007.
Microsoft Office Communications Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® Office Communications Online is a hosted, enterprise-class communications solution based on Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007. Office Communications Online provides organizations with real-time communications services, including instant messaging and audio and video conferencing. It also powers "presence" functionality.
Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service Description—Microsoft® Office Live Meeting is an enterprise-class Web conferencing service that enables companies to engage customers through real-time meetings, training sessions and events presented over the Internet. Live Meeting operates on shared infrastructure, separate from Microsoft Online dedicated services. However, Microsoft Online provides consulting services to help companies efficiently adopt and begin using the Live Meeting service.
Microsoft SharePoint Online Custom Solutions Support—Microsoft Online supports custom and third-party solution deployment on the Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated platform. Organizations can develop and deploy SharePoint line-of-business applications to extend the functionality of SharePoint Online.
Microsoft Online Support Service Description—The Microsoft Online Support Services team helps customers set up Help Desk operations for its Microsoft Online services users. In addition, the support team provides a managed process for escalating user issues to Microsoft support teams.
Microsoft Online Service Continuity Management—Service continuity management focuses on the ability to restore subscribed services for Microsoft Online Services customers during a significant service outage. This document describes the common approach to service continuity management taken by Microsoft Online across all dedicated services.
Microsoft Online Service Level Management—Microsoft has established service level management processes that monitor service delivery metrics and proactively engage customers to resolve operational and performance issues with Microsoft Online services. In developing its approach to service level management, Microsoft Online has closely followed the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) concepts and techniques.
Microsoft Online Shared Services Description—The dedicated products from Microsoft Online run on an underlying common infrastructure and shared set of hosted services that provide high reliability, exceptional performance and enhanced security. This document describes the network architecture, directory model, Active Directory® authentication services, security management services and other system features and processes.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cf7d4db8-4e7c-4077-87ea-b64c57e4c98c&DisplayLang=en

Planning Tool for Microsoft© Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Brief Description

The Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 provides recommended topology diagrams and hardware requirements for an organization based on information you provide to the tool.

Overview

The Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is a Windows Presentation Foundation standalone client application. The Planning Tool Wizard asks interview questions about features that the system administrator is interested in enabling in the Enterprise, as well as information about the Enterprise.
The Planning Tool uses the information gathered from the administrator to dynamically draw a recommended topology for every site that the administrator identifies. Additionally, the Planning Tool calculates the types and amounts of hardware needed across the entire Enterprise, as well as for each site. The Planning Tool also provides links to documentation of the specific planning and deployment tasks that the administrator will need in order to deploy the topology.
Note:

  • This download is not supported by Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fdf32585-c131-4832-8e27-67e70636c1e8&DisplayLang=en

Step-by-Step Guide: Deploy Remote Access with VPN Reconnect in a Test Lab

Brief Description

Step-by-step instructions for setting up VPN Reconnect in a test lab with three computers.

Overview

VPN Reconnect is a new feature of Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS) in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 that provides users with seamless and consistent VPN connectivity, automatically reestablishing a VPN when users temporarily lose their Internet connections. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for setting up VPN Reconnect in a test lab with three computers and then demonstrating persistent connectivity through a change in the network connection used to access the Internet.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7e973087-3d2d-4cac-abdf-cc7bde298847&DisplayLang=en

BranchCache Early Adopter's Guide

Brief Description

Introduces BranchCache, a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that reduces WAN link utilization and improves application responsiveness.

Overview

Provides an overview of the BranchCache feature introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. After a thorough introduction of BranchCache and its modes of operation, the document describes BranchCache configuration. It then provides troubleshooting details and a list of tools to be used by BranchCache administrators.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9a1ed8a-71ab-468e-a7e0-470fd46e46b3&DisplayLang=en

Windows Essential Business Server Preparation and Planning Guide

Brief Description

This document explains how to prepare and plan for a deployment of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) into your existing networking environment.

Overview

Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) provides an integrated server and management system for businesses that have up to 300 users or computers. This document explains how to prepare and plan for a deployment of Windows EBS into your existing networking environment. This document includes information on how to install and run the Windows Essential Business Server Preparation Wizard and the Windows Essential Business Server Planning Wizard, and it provides planning guidance.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=13e06404-46a9-421d-8147-0e0a4ace9601&DisplayLang=en

Monitoring Windows Essential Business Server

Brief Description

This document provides guidance to help you monitor your Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) network.

Overview

This document provides guidance to help you monitor your Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) network by using the Windows EBS Administration Console and by using the monitoring capabilities of Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=15f67b03-082e-4ce2-8545-424de2feb356&DisplayLang=en

Response Point White Paper: Configuring Customizable URLs in Incoming Call Notification Windows

Brief Description

Topics in this paper include Pre-Deployment Requirements, How Response Point Handles Strings and Sub-Phrases, and Security Precautions.

Overview

With Microsoft® Response Point™ Version 1.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2), it is possible to launch a customized URL for each incoming call notification window (sometimes casually called “toast”). This feature can help a small business track incoming call data, if it is integrated with a customer-relationship-management application. Enabling the URL launch feature is not intended for the everyday office employee. Therefore, the audience for this white paper (and subsequently enabling this feature) is a developer, value-added reseller (VAR), or technical enthusiast who is familiar with Response Point, Web applications, and modification of the registry.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8bf3004a-45ed-493a-a05c-4aea8271d305&DisplayLang=en

Response Point White Paper: Troubleshooting Guide for SP2

Brief Description

Answers to the most common problems you may encounter.

Overview

The Microsoft® Response PointTM phone system is a software-based voice communication solution designed specifically for small businesses with one to 50 employees. Completely packaged with all of the required hardware and software, Response Point is easy to install, configure, and manage; however, it is possible you may experience some technical issues.
Understanding the known issues in this guide, combined with preventative maintenance, can help you avoid trouble before it happens. If you follow the advice under “7 Questions to Ask Before Troubleshooting the System,” you might avoid frustrating product-support calls, and, more importantly, make disabling the entire phone system while investigating an issue unnecessary.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a66dedb-ca99-47ff-82c2-2e94af9612e6&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization

Brief Description

Use this tool to synchronize local directory services to Microsoft Online Services.

Overview

Use the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool to maintain one-way directory synchronization of all user accounts and mail-enabled contacts and groups from your local Active Directory directory service to Microsoft Online Services. This product intended for use with Microsoft Online Services only.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f536cac9-c0fb-48d1-b22c-378ba92c1c9f&DisplayLang=en

Windows 7 Manageability Overview

Brief Description

Windows 7 introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. This paper provides an overview of each of these improvements.

Overview

Windows 7 introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. This paper provides an overview of each of these improvements.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8bbb8598-95b1-4c31-9336-b5add6da65a3&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server Cluster Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

Brief Description

The Windows Server Cluster Management Pack monitors the health of the Windows Server 2003 and 2008 clusters.

Overview

The Windows Server Failover Cluster Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 cluster deployments. It monitors Cluster services components—such as nodes, networks, resources, and resource groups—to report issues that can cause downtime or poor performance.
Feature Summary
Some of the conditions monitored by this management pack are as follows:

  • Configuration or hardware issues that interfere with starting the Cluster service
  • Connectivity problems that affect communication between cluster nodes or between a node and a domain controller
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) settings that affect the cluster; for example, permissions needed by the computer account that is used by the cluster
  • Configuration issues with the network infrastructure needed by the cluster; for example, issues with Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Issues with the availability of a cluster resource, such as a clustered file share
  • Issues with the cluster storage

Release History:

  • 3/6/2008 - 6.0.6277.0 - Original English release
  • 4/2/2008 - 6.0.6277.1 - Updated version, see MP guide for details
  • 2/12/2009 - 6.0.6505.0 - Introduced support for Windows Server 2008 clusters and addressed some issues from the previous release.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ac7f42f5-33e9-453d-a923-171c8e1e8e55&DisplayLang=en

TCP/IP Registry Values for Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Brief Description

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 allow you to modify TCP/IP behavior with registry values.

Overview

This white paper describes the registry values for the TCP/IP protocol stack in Microsoft® Windows Vista™ and Windows Server® 2008. The intended audience for this paper is network engineers and support professionals who are already familiar with TCP/IP (both IP version 4 [IPv4] and IP version 6 [IPv6]).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=12ac9780-17b5-480c-aef7-5c0bde9060b0&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant Deployment Guide

Brief Description

This guide describes how to successfully install Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant in your organization.

Overview

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant is an intuitive, integrated, call management application that facilitates accurate and rapid call handling and routing for front-line business professionals. This guide describes how to successfully install Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant in your organization.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8ca31b00-96f3-42d7-9863-c44673f9c720&DisplayLang=en

Proof of Concept For Unified Communications Datasheet

Brief Description

The proof of concept deployment of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 is unobtrusive, helping you to add users at your own pace while evaluating core capabilities.

Overview

The proof of concept deployment of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 is unobtrusive, helping you to add users at your own pace while evaluating core capabilities.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8dae39b5-9f2e-4eeb-94d7-82d81b61a0be&DisplayLang=en

Solutions & Solution Development

Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (KB 959419)

Brief Description

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 2. This is a tested, cumulative set of updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. It includes performance enhancements that are packaged together for easy deployment.

Overview

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router.
For more information about this release, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 959419.
Update Rollup 2 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
To maintain parity between the client and server components of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, this update rollup includes packages for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server and Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aa671769-61e9-45c4-919f-c88199aa4241&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7522a683-4cb2-454e-b908-e805e9bd4e28&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express

Brief Description

SQL Server 2008 Express is a free edition of SQL Server that is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs.

Overview

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express is a powerful and reliable data management system that delivers a rich set of features, data protection, and performance for embedded application clients, light Web applications, and local data stores. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping, SQL Server 2008 Express is available at no cost, and you are free to redistribute it with applications. It is designed to integrate seamlessly with your other server infrastructure investments. For more information about SQL Server Express, 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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=58ce885d-508b-45c8-9fd3-118edd8e6fff&DisplayLang=en

DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide

Brief Description

This guide introduces DirectAccess concepts, defines new terms, explains requirements for installation, discusses how to design DirectAccess architecture, and then steps you through installation and deployment.

Overview

This guide introduces DirectAccess concepts, defines new terms, explains requirements for installation, discusses how to design DirectAccess architecture, and then steps you through installation and deployment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2fdc531d-9138-454f-a820-78211755b52a&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 White Paper: Credit Card Processing

Brief Description

This paper provides an overview of the credit card processing feature within Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.

Overview

Use the information in this paper when setting up or modifying the credit card processing feature. This feature allows you to preauthorize credit card payments when orders are placed, and then process the actual charge when the order is shipped and invoiced.
This white paper is intended for professionals who are involved in the implementation and support of the credit card processing functionality, or those who advise customers or make modifications to that area of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2d5894f7-27fb-449c-a5f2-a2109af6cff2&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft SQL Server Add-in for Windows Essential Business Server 2008

Brief Description

With the SQL Server Add-in, you can use the Windows Essential Business Server Console to monitor the health and maintain your servers that are running SQL Server.

Overview

You can use the SQL Server Add-in to do the following:
• Centralize basic administrative tasks for Microsoft SQL Server into the Windows Essential Business Server Console.
• View a dashboard of all supported servers that are running SQL Server within your domain.
• View the health status and space-related information for each database instance.
• Simplify alert monitoring for servers that are running SQL Server.
Before installing the add-in, you must install the prerequisites, which are described below, on the Windows Essential Business Server (Windows EBS) Management Server. If you are not certain whether the prerequisites are installed, check Programs and Features in Control Panel.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2f7bf5a4-ef2a-4acc-9238-77530da8dc3b&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

HPC Pack 2008 SDK Fix for "Procedure entry point could not be located" issue

Brief Description

This update fixes an issue where the HPC Pack 2008 SDK was attempting to use a function that was not available on certain versions of Windows

Overview

This update fixes an issue where the HPC Pack 2008 SDK was attempting to use a function that was not available on olders versions of Windows, such as 32-bit Windows XP. If you encounter the error "The procedure entry point GetProcessIdOfThread could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll" when attempting to run an application that you've built using the HPC Pack 2008 SDK then you should apply this fix and recompile your application.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6415c650-78a3-4b6a-8264-b855173b14d8&DisplayLang=en

SQL Server 2005 Books Online (November 2008)

Brief Description

Download an updated version of the documentation and tutorials for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. See the "Additional Information" section for an update on SQL Server Express Books Online.

Overview

Download an updated version of Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Books Online is the primary documentation for SQL Server 2005. The November 2008 update to Books Online contains new material and fixes to documentation problems reported by customers after SQL Server 2005 was released. Refer to "New and Updated Books Online Topics" for a list of topics that are new or updated in this version. Topics with significant updates have a Change History table at the bottom of the topic that summarizes the changes. Beginning with the November 2008 update, SQL Server 2005 Books Online includes documentation updates for the SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (SP3) release.
Books Online includes the following types of information:

  • Setup and upgrade instructions.
  • Information about new features and backward compatibility.
  • Conceptual descriptions of the technologies and features in SQL Server 2005.
  • Procedural topics describing how to use the various features in SQL Server 2005.
  • Tutorials that guide you through common tasks.
  • Reference documentation for the graphical tools, command prompt utilities, programming languages, and application programming interfaces (APIs) that are supported by SQL Server 2005.
  • Descriptions of the sample databases and applications included with SQL Server 2005.

For a list of updated topics, see "New and Updated Books Online Topics (17 November 2008)."
Note: The installer package for SQL Server 2005 Books Online (November 2008) was updated in February 2009. The date reference in Programs and Features is now consistent with the references in the Help topics. No content or Books Online topics were changed.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=be6a2c5d-00df-4220-b133-29c1e0b6585f&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft neXpert Performance Analysis Plugin

Brief Description

neXpert is a Fiddler add-on which helps identify common web performance issues.

Overview

neXpert is an add-on to Fiddler which automates the classic performance best practice checks and produces a HTML report on the issues found in a Fiddler capture. neXpert adds the ability to insert step markers in Fiddler sessions to associate network objects together (create transactions). Using these steps, neXpert looks for performance issues and generates a HTML report based on the findings. A TCP model provided by Microsoft Research as well as a rudimentary algorithm to mimic web browser is used to generate response time predictions (Still considered Beta). More information can be found at the neXpert blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/nexpert/.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5975da52-8ce6-48bd-9b3c-756a625024bb&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Internet Facing Deployment Scenarios

Brief Description

This document covers how to set up the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Web site to make it available from the Internet.

Overview

This document covers the following Internet-Facing Deployment (IFD) scenarios for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
• Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 through the user interface (UI) setup
• Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 with a configuration file
• Upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 through the UI setup
• Upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 with a configuration file
This document is intended to cover how to set up the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Web site to make it available from the Internet. This document will not cover the steps that you must complete to make a server available from the Internet.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3861e56d-b5ed-4f7f-b2fd-5a53bc71dafc&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Dynamics CRM: How to configure the On-premise and Online E-mail Router in different deployment scenarios

Brief Description

This document lists steps to configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 e-mail in different deployment scenarios.

Overview

This document lists steps to configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 e-mail in different deployment scenarios. The scenarios included in this document focus on the following:
• The Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Router
• The forward mailbox
• The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Outlook client.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8ea05b4e-825a-4db1-ad59-d894aa5ef33e&DisplayLang=en

Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder Monthly Update (January 2009)

Brief Description

Download this set of updates for Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder released during the period of January 1 - January 31, 2009. 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 January 1 - January 31, 2009. 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_090131_2009M01.htm file below.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9094fea4-8075-43e4-bdf1-6d262f7e01ab&DisplayLang=en

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update (January 2009)

Brief Description

Download this set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 released during the period of January 1 - January 31, 2009. 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 January 1 - January 31, 2009. 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_090131_2009M01.htm file below.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ddf5d4d2-6d3a-4695-b91d-7eef5730b892&DisplayLang=en

BizTalk Server and WCF Support in Visual Studio 2008

Brief Description

This whitepaper provides a summary of the capabilities exposed by Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 in support of Microsoft BizTalk Server and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

Overview

This whitepaper provides a clear and concise summary of the capabilities exposed by Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 in support of Microsoft BizTalk Server and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). This paper contains an explanation for the BizTalk application developer about how each feature can help you in your complete BizTalk Server and WCF solution. You can view this as a high-level explanation of how Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 can help support your BizTalk Server and WCF development and integration.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=942b3294-78da-401f-b99c-56c4e9b96e77&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Readme Files

Brief Description

Before you install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (SP3), download, extract, and read the SP3 Setup documentation, and review the SP3 Readme files. Before you install an edition of SQL Server 2005 Express SP3, review the related Readme files.

Overview

The SQL Server 2005 SP3 Readme files describe how to obtain the latest version of SQL Server 2005 Books Online, how to obtain SQL Server 2005 SP3, and provide information about this release of the SQL Server 2005 Notification Services components. The SP3 Setup documentation provides installation assistance.
SQL Server 2005 SP3 will upgrade all editions of SQL Server 2005 to SP3 except for editions of SQL Server Express. You must use an edition of SQL Server 2005 Express SP3 to upgrade instances of SQL Server 2005 Express to SP3. SQL Server Express 2005 SP3 can also be used to install a new instance of SQL Server Express.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=851c39ee-6f9d-47d9-8ecc-44ac1e9dc182&DisplayLang=en

ILMerge

Brief Description

ILMerge is a utility for merging multiple .NET assemblies into a single .NET assembly. It works on executables and DLLs alike and comes with several options for controlling the processing and format of the output. See the accompanying documentation for details.

Overview

ILMerge is a utility that can be used to merge multiple .NET assemblies into a single assembly. ILMerge takes a set of input assemblies and merges them into one target assembly. The first assembly in the list of input assemblies is the primary assembly. When the primary assembly is an executable, then the target assembly is created as an executable with the same entry point as the primary assembly. Also, if the primary assembly has a strong name, and a .snk file is provided, then the target assembly is re-signed with the specified key so that it also has a strong name.
ILMerge is packaged as a console application. But all of its functionality is also available programmatically.
There are several options that control the behavior of ILMerge. See the documentation that comes with the tool for details.
ILMerge runs in the v2.0 .NET Runtime, but it is also able to merge v1 or v1.1 assemblies. However it can merge PDB files only for v2 assemblies.
Currently, ILMerge works only on Windows-based platforms. It does not yet support Rotor or Mono.
If you have any problems using ILMerge please contact mbarnett _at_ microsoft _dot_ com. More details are available at the ILMerge web site.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=22914587-b4ad-4eae-87cf-b14ae6a939b0&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 SDK

Brief Description

The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and sample applications developed with the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 platform.

Overview

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 delivers streamlined communications to help you find and communicate with the right person, in real time, from the applications you use most.
The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and sample applications developed with the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 platform.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=82e4ed05-0fbf-48f4-b2b2-66bebf3f5de0&DisplayLang=en

Azure Services Training Kit - February Update

Brief Description

Azure Services Training Kit

Overview

The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Azure Services Platform. The February release includes the following updates:

  • 19 demo scripts that walkthrough several of the services
  • 10 presentations covering the entire Azure Services Platform
  • 3 additional hands-on labs for Live Services

This technical content covers services including: Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services.
Updated: Added speaker notes to the PowerPoint presentations.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=413e88f8-5966-4a83-b309-53b7b77edf78&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Small Basic

Brief Description

A simplified programming language and environment to help teach programming to beginners

Overview

Microsoft Small Basic is a project that is aimed at making computer programming accessible to beginners. The project comprises a simple programming language that gathers inspiration from the original BASIC programming language; a modern and attractive programming environment; and rich, extensible libraries. Together they make programming fun for kids and adults alike.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b006d58d-c2c7-44ad-936b-e7e2d7de793e&DisplayLang=en

WHDC White Papers and Documentation

Brief Description

WHDC white papers and documentation for driver and hardware developers

Overview

White papers, documentation, and other resources for driver and hardware developers from the WHDC Web site.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9a138e5f-df06-467c-89fe-c463f1c8216f&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft 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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e7a23d42-0835-440f-9400-badfe9672b21&DisplayLang=en

Developing Integration Solutions using BizTalk Server 2006 and Team Foundation Server

Brief Description

This document provides developers with techniques for designing, developing, and deploying solutions within Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 in conjunction with Team Foundation Server.

Overview

This document provides developers with techniques for designing, developing, and deploying solutions within Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006 R2 in conjunction with Team Foundation Server. This paper was based on "Developing Integration Solutions with BizTalk Server" by Angus Foreman and Andy Nash and updated for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and Team Foundation Server. Also provided is a sample solution that leverages TeamBuild to compile, deploy and package the solution through TeamBuild 2008.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ed7bd0ee-1385-4041-8f2a-354594ee88f3&DisplayLang=en

UI Automation Community Promise Specification

Brief Description

This download contains the Community Promise Specification for UI Automation.

Overview

This download contains the Community Promise Specification for UI Automation.
Microsoft UI Automation is the new accessibility framework for Microsoft Windows®, available on all operating systems that support Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). UI Automation provides programmatic access to most user interface (UI) elements on the desktop, enabling assistive technology products such as screen readers to provide information about the UI to end users and to manipulate the UI by means other than standard input.
UI Automation also allows automated test scripts to interact with the UI. UI Automation client applications can be written with the assurance that they will work on multiple frameworks. The UI Automation core masks any differences in the frameworks that underlie various pieces of UI. For example, the Content property of a WPF button, the Caption property of a Win32 button, and the ALT property of an HTML image are all mapped to a single property, Name, in the UI Automation view.
UI Automation provides full functionality in Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. UI Automation providers offer some support for Microsoft Active Accessibility client applications, through a built-in bridging service.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a1fe1066-bf4f-44fc-834b-676b311e83a2&DisplayLang=en

Security, Policy & Compliance

Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [February 2009] (KB905866)

Brief Description

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content.

Overview

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content. 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=aa029fde-f341-44fc-8b85-0c6f3d3c2d69&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter for x64-based Systems [February 2009] (KB905866)

Brief Description

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content.

Overview

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content. 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=749e10cd-f40c-4f94-8e38-d4221ded7652&DisplayLang=en

February 2009 Security Release ISO Image

Brief Description

This DVD5 ISO image file contains the security updates for Windows released on Windows Update on February 10th, 2009.

Overview

This DVD5 ISO image file contains the security updates for Windows released on Windows Update on February 10th, 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:
KB960082 / (MS09-004)

  • Windows Server 2003 - 12 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition - 12 languages

KB960089 / ( MS09-004)

  • Windows Server 2003 - 1 language
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition - 1 language
  • Windows Server 2008 - 1 language
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition - 1 language

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b298d437-0284-48a7-ae4a-df7fe948d133&DisplayLang=en

Forefront Security for Office Communications Server 2007 Beta 3

Brief Description

Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server provides fast, effective protection against malware and out-of-policy content for instant messaging environments.

Overview

Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It also helps reduce corporate liability by blocking IM messaging containing inappropriate content.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d128fd1a-42a2-47cb-9de8-e4ea8ba2382d&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Online Services Sign In

Brief Description

Use this Sign In application to access Microsoft Online Services.

Overview

Use the Microsoft Online Services Sign In application to sign in once and then access services any number of times during the sign-in session. This product intended for use with Microsoft Online Services only.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5c2ca866-4107-4ae5-98d5-76bf1b18ff87&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=585d2bde-367f-495e-94e7-6349f4effc74&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356&DisplayLang=en

Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta)

Brief Description

The Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta) installs the Windows Live ID online provider for Windows 7. This provider enables linking a Windows Live ID to a Windows 7 user account.

Overview

The Windows Live™ ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta) installs the Windows Live ID online provider for Windows® 7. By making it possible to link a Windows Live ID to a Windows 7 user account, this online provider helps enable Windows 7 applications to deliver great features like sharing documents, pictures, music, and video.
Benefits
Through the online provider, the Sign-in Assistant helps a Windows 7 application running on one computer identify and communicate with other computers that are associated with the same Windows Live ID. Just by linking your Windows Live ID to the user account on each Windows 7 computer you own, you enable those computers to identify each other and work together more easily than has been possible in the past. Applications can take advantage of this capability to support scenarios as in the following example:

On his homegroup, Bob wants to share certain documents with his wife but not with his kids. Simply by specifying his wife’s Windows Live ID user name, Bob can give his wife exclusive permission to access documents on his computer.

License
Use of the software is governed by the Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistance 6.5 Beta License Agreement accessible as a file in this download.
More Information
For more information about Windows Live ID, go to https://accountservices.passport.net/ppnetworkhome.srf?lc=1033.
For more information about Windows 7 Beta homegroups and sharing functionality, see http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/whats-new-possibilities.aspx.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab44f9bb-0f20-4145-8c18-04339c0e3e6c&DisplayLang=en

Security, Policy & Compliance

Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [February 2009] (KB905866)

Brief Description

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content.

Overview

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content. 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=aa029fde-f341-44fc-8b85-0c6f3d3c2d69&DisplayLang=en

Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter for x64-based Systems [February 2009] (KB905866)

Brief Description

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content.

Overview

Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files that are used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content. 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=749e10cd-f40c-4f94-8e38-d4221ded7652&DisplayLang=en

February 2009 Security Release ISO Image

Brief Description

This DVD5 ISO image file contains the security updates for Windows released on Windows Update on February 10th, 2009.

Overview

This DVD5 ISO image file contains the security updates for Windows released on Windows Update on February 10th, 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:
KB960082 / (MS09-004)

  • Windows Server 2003 - 12 languages
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition - 12 languages

KB960089 / ( MS09-004)

  • Windows Server 2003 - 1 language
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition - 1 language
  • Windows Server 2008 - 1 language
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition - 1 language

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b298d437-0284-48a7-ae4a-df7fe948d133&DisplayLang=en

Forefront Security for Office Communications Server 2007 Beta 3

Brief Description

Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server provides fast, effective protection against malware and out-of-policy content for instant messaging environments.

Overview

Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It also helps reduce corporate liability by blocking IM messaging containing inappropriate content.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d128fd1a-42a2-47cb-9de8-e4ea8ba2382d&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Online Services Sign In

Brief Description

Use this Sign In application to access Microsoft Online Services.

Overview

Use the Microsoft Online Services Sign In application to sign in once and then access services any number of times during the sign-in session. This product intended for use with Microsoft Online Services only.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5c2ca866-4107-4ae5-98d5-76bf1b18ff87&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=585d2bde-367f-495e-94e7-6349f4effc74&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356&DisplayLang=en

Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta)

Brief Description

The Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta) installs the Windows Live ID online provider for Windows 7. This provider enables linking a Windows Live ID to a Windows 7 user account.

Overview

The Windows Live™ ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta) installs the Windows Live ID online provider for Windows® 7. By making it possible to link a Windows Live ID to a Windows 7 user account, this online provider helps enable Windows 7 applications to deliver great features like sharing documents, pictures, music, and video.
Benefits
Through the online provider, the Sign-in Assistant helps a Windows 7 application running on one computer identify and communicate with other computers that are associated with the same Windows Live ID. Just by linking your Windows Live ID to the user account on each Windows 7 computer you own, you enable those computers to identify each other and work together more easily than has been possible in the past. Applications can take advantage of this capability to support scenarios as in the following example:

On his homegroup, Bob wants to share certain documents with his wife but not with his kids. Simply by specifying his wife’s Windows Live ID user name, Bob can give his wife exclusive permission to access documents on his computer.

License
Use of the software is governed by the Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistance 6.5 Beta License Agreement accessible as a file in this download.
More Information
For more information about Windows Live ID, go to https://accountservices.passport.net/ppnetworkhome.srf?lc=1033.
For more information about Windows 7 Beta homegroups and sharing functionality, see http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/whats-new-possibilities.aspx.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab44f9bb-0f20-4145-8c18-04339c0e3e6c&DisplayLang=en

Other

Whitepaper SLPS Technology Overview

Brief Description

Whitepaper Software Licence Product Services Technology Overview

Overview

Whitepaper Software License Product Services Technology Overview

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=94d23c73-24b3-4af9-95a5-382e029e4212&DisplayLang=en

FY09Q1 Customer Event Presentation

Brief Description

FY09Q1 Customer Event Presentation
FY09Q1 Customer Event Presentation

Overview

FY09Q1 Customer Event Presentation

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1497e493-f810-4b33-865f-7ea4884ecaaa&DisplayLang=en

SLPS ISVs Challenges

Brief Description

SLPS ISVs Challenges

Overview

Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services ISVs Challenges

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d9300888-cb95-4b10-9bf8-5efc5ac973f5&DisplayLang=en

SLPS Protect Your Code

Brief Description

SLPS Protect Your Code

Overview

Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services Protect Your Code

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2c523699-0cad-4093-8c61-7ca49b1711ba&DisplayLang=en

Unified Communications Improves Business Outcomes, Lowers Costs, and Enhances Environmental Sustainability

Brief Description

Microsoft IT used a business value framework developed by Forrester Research to more precisely measure the overall business impact and the return on investment of unified communications at Microsoft. The analysis showed that the UC solution was generating an ROI of 250 percent by enabling employees to save more than $218 million annually. The outcome and continued use of the analysis methodology j

Overview

Microsoft IT used a business value framework developed by Forrester Research to more precisely measure the overall business impact and the return on investment of unified communications at Microsoft. The analysis showed that the UC solution was generating an ROI of 240 percent by enabling employees to save more than $212 million annually. The outcome and continued use of the analysis methodology justify further investments in UC technology.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7ef41c8e-d944-424c-976e-21d825a91862&DisplayLang=en

Windows Live Essentials

Brief Description

One download, lots of great stuff. Windows Live Essentials gives you instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, photo editing, and more.

Overview

Windows Live Essentials includes seven great Windows Live programs to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most, edit and share your photos, blog, browse, search, and help your kids stay safer online. Programs include Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Family Safety, Toolbar, and Movie Maker beta.
When you download Windows Live Essentials, you can install all of these programs at once, or just the ones you want.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4073ea8b-b533-4881-a19b-e35103d15f4d&DisplayLang=en

Windows Live Messenger

Brief Description

With Windows Live Messenger you can chat, swap photos, and see what’s new with the people you care about.

Overview

Windows Live Messenger helps you stay connected to the people you care about. Put the people you chat with most in your list of favorites, so you can easily see when they’re online. Want to chat with several people in one window? Just set up a group. Show off your personal style with custom scenes and animated display pictures. Drag photos into the conversation window and show them off while you’re chatting. See what your contacts have been up to lately, automatically.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c4adc3ab-ce3a-4d50-9412-9b99c75d7993&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7a50f43c-b007-4904-b9c5-7b47f3007346&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5cf34c62-ffc6-4761-8918-01e384d0e3c2&DisplayLang=en

IW TechNet Resources

Brief Description

IW TechNet Resources

Overview

IW TechNet Resources

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=62650d9d-ba18-451c-829c-a775f2961ab2&DisplayLang=en

Windows Live Toolbar

Brief Description

With Windows Live Toolbar, you can customize your browser, quickly access your favorite Windows Live features, and find what you need, fast.

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b8155b98-72ef-4f34-8934-f4585ddcf728&DisplayLang=en

Xbox.com Support

Brief Description

Xbox® support downloads for your Xbox 360™ video game console.

Overview

Support Downloads from Xbox.com

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=08d9ed7b-69ea-4808-b41b-be1c0632e48f&DisplayLang=en

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bbb757a3-0d0d-45b9-b7fd-a32871d0bd05&DisplayLang=en