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Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

· Windows Virtual PC Tips

· Windows Client Feature Comparison: Windows XP SP3 | Wndows Vista SP1 | Windows 7

· Windows 7 Walkthrough: BranchCache

· Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 971083

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation

· Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB968012)

· Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab

· Windows Server 2008: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery

· Next Generation Remote Access with DirectAccess and VPNs

· System Center Virtual Machine Manager Privacy Statement

· Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

· Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0.1

· Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Click Thru Demo - Installation

· Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

· Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

· Deploying Remote Desktop Web Access with Remote Desktop Connection Broker Step-by-Step Guide

· Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide

· Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Documentation

· System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 – Evaluation Edition

· Windows 7 IT Pro Guides

· Microsoft Exchange Hosted Filtering Service Level Agreement (SLA)

· Microsoft Exchange Online Service Level Agreement (SLA)

· Microsoft Office Communications Online Service Level Agreement (SLA)

· Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service Level Agreement (SLA)

· Microsoft SharePoint Online Service Level Agreement (SLA)

· Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services Directory Synchronization Tool 8.1

· Windows Virtual PC Evaluation Guide

· Unified Communications Adoption and Training Kit 2007 R2

Solutions & Solution Development

· SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

· Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio Team System 2010

· Microsoft Silverlight Installation Experience White Paper and Sample Code (Apr 2009)

· TwoConnectBizTalkAcceleratorforACORD

· Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) Samples for .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1

· Microsoft Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 Beta 1

· Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1

· Microsoft Manufacturing Toolkit

· Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Performance Testing Lab - English

· Microsoft F#, May 2009 Community Technology Preview

· Microsoft Online Services Trial Guide

· Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Books Online (May 2009)

· Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit - May Preview

· Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 end-to-end walkthrough

· USMT 4.0 XML Elements Reference

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 DSL SDK Beta1

· Microsoft BizTalk Server RFID 2009 Documentation Update

· Microsoft BizTalk RFID 2009 Mobile Documentation Update

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Implementation Guide

Security, Policy & Compliance

· Internet Explorer 8 Desktop Security Guide

· Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) - Version 4.1

· Microsoft SDL Process Template for Visual Studio Team System

· Forefront Identity Manager 2010 RC0 Demo Virtual Hard Disk Image

· The Business Value of Extended Validation SSL Certificates

· Increasing Your Organization’s Security and Privacy with Internet Explorer 8

Other

· EMEA case study resources

· MicrosoftSmartSaverGuide

· MicrosoftSmartSaverGuide - English

· Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) User Guide

· Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement (All IP) for Development and Product Distribution

Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

Windows Virtual PC Tips

Brief Description

Windows Virtual PC is a new optional component for Windows 7. This document provides some additional insight into Windows Virtual PC and provides some useful tips to help make your experience better.

Overview

Note: This is a preliminary document and may be changed substantially prior to final commercial release of the software described herein. Windows Virtual PC is a new optional component for Windows 7. This document provides some additional insight into Windows Virtual PC and provides some useful tips to help make your experience better. Explore setup and installation, Windows XP mode, virtual application, networking, and virtual machine creation and management.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ffc6c931-6216-4a1d-bdab-936fef353060

Windows Client Feature Comparison: Windows XP SP3 | Wndows Vista SP1 | Windows 7

Brief Description

This chart compares features of interest to IT professionals across three versions of the Windows client operating system: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows 7.

Overview

This chart compares features of interest to IT professionals across three versions of the Windows client operating system: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fa0177cc-7e82-4993-b0d6-fec84216dd9c

Windows 7 Walkthrough: BranchCache

Brief Description

Explore BranchCache, a feature in Windows 7 designed to help improve end user productivity in branch offices.

Overview

This screencast discusses a beta release of a Microsoft product. The information in this screencast is provided as-is and is subject to change without notice. The introduction of BranchCache in Windows 7 is the next step to improving end user productivity in branch offices. BranchCache caches content from remote file and Web servers in the branch location so that users can more quickly access this information. The cache can be hosted centrally on a server in the branch location, or can be distributed across user PCs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fc9fbaab-008e-4748-96b6-6b683cab35c9

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 971083

Brief Description

This download contains an update for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2.

Overview

This hotfix download for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 is described in the Knowledge Base article 971083.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=515d6dba-4c6a-48bb-a06a-d99c5742676d

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation

Brief Description

Use this page to find technical documentation to help you understand, plan, deploy, and operate Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers.

Overview

The full set of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 documentation is contained in the download file named Communications_Server_2007_R2_Documentation.chm.
IMPORTANT  See Additional Information for important information about circumstances under which a CHM file will not display correctly, and how to resolve the issue.
Selected, high-value sections of the documentation are also provided as separate Word documents.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e9f86f96-aa09-4dca-9088-f64b4f01c703

Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB968012)

Brief Description

Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB968012)

Overview

Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 SP1 customers.
For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB968012.
This update rollup does not apply to Exchange Server 2007 Release To Manufacturing (RTM). For a list of update rollups applicable to Exchange Server 2007 RTM, refer to the section Update rollups for Exchange Server 2007 RTM in the Knowledge Base article KB937052.
This is a cumulative update rollup and replaces the following:

  • KB945684 Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB945684)
  • KB948016 Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB948016)
  • KB949870 Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB949870)
  • KB952580 Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB952580)
  • KB953467 Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB953467)
  • KB959241 Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB959241)
  • KB960384 Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB960384)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e1f5c8b2-c4f2-4eba-849b-e464d4f2869c

Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab

Brief Description

This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network.

Overview

DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems that enables remote users to securely access intranet shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network using the Release Candidate versions of Windows 7 and Window Server 2008 R2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8d47ed5f-d217-4d84-b698-f39360d82fac

Windows Server 2008: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery

Brief Description

Customizing a plan for disaster recovery of Active Directory Domain Services
This guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest, if forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally.

Overview

This guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest, if forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally. The procedure steps in this guide, which you must customize for your particular environment, describe how to recover the entire Active Directory forest to a point in time before the critical malfunction. They also ensure that none of the restored domain controllers replicates from a domain controller with potentially dangerous data. The procedures apply to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2008 and the Active Directory® directory service in Windows Server 2003.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=326c8a7a-dcad-4333-9050-a6303ff3155c

Next Generation Remote Access with DirectAccess and VPNs

Brief Description

Compares DirectAccess with VPNs and describes the scenarios that are most appropriate for each.

Overview

The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems include DirectAccess, a remote-access technology that automatically connects computers to their internal network anytime they have an Internet connection. This gives remote users all of the benefits of being in the office; they have constant access to internal resources and their computers can be updated and managed. While DirectAccess provides many advantages over virtual private networks (VPNs), most organizations will use the two remote access technologies side-by-side. This document compares DirectAccess with VPNs and describes the scenarios that are most appropriate for each.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=70723e47-3d57-415b-9182-744ceaf8c04a

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Privacy Statement

Brief Description

This is the Privacy Statement for the System Center Virtual Machine Manager products.

Overview

This document download provides the Privacy Statement for the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 products.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=819ab1d9-5bbf-44a0-b14f-a39f512e1f3c

Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Brief Description

The graphical dashboard in this Solution Accelerator lets you accurately measure and report on end-to-end system availability and performance of business-critical applications in your organization.

Overview

The Service Level Dashboard Management Pack 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 assists you in tracking, managing, and reporting on your line-of-business (LOB) application service levels. It displays a list of applications and their performance and availability against service level goals. Using this graphical dashboard, you can:

  • Spot trends in service availability and performance
  • Head off problems before they occur
  • Reduce IT costs by streamlining IT operations

Download Package Contents
The Service Level Dashboard 2.0.zip contains the following files:

  • SLD 2.0 Release Notes.rtf
  • Microsoft.EnterpriseServiceMonitoring.ServiceLevelDashboard.R2.mp
  • Service Level Dashboard 2.0_x86.msi
  • Service Level Dashboard 2.0_x64.msi
  • Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 User Guide.docx
  • Supplemental License for Service Level Dashboard for OpsMgr 2007 R2.rtf

To read more about this Solution Accelerator online at TechNet click here.
Send questions or feedback to us directly at SATfdbk@microsoft.com

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1d9d709f-9628-46a8-952b-a78f5dd2bdd9

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0.1

Brief Description

This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

Overview

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0.1 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual machines up-to-date so that bringing a virtual machine online does not introduce vulnerabilities into the organization’s IT infrastructure.
The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to bring groups of virtual machines online just long enough for them to receive updates from either System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Windows Server Update Services. As soon as the virtual machines are up-to-date, the tool returns them to the offline state in the Virtual Machine Manager library.
This Solution Accelerator includes the following components:

  • Brief Overview. Available online only on Microsoft TechNet. Summary for business and technical managers that briefly explains how this Solution Accelerator can fit into an organization’s IT infrastructure management strategy.
  • OfflineVMServicing_x64 and OfflineVMServicing_x86. Setup files for the tool, for 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Windows with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2007 or 2008.
  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Getting Started Guide. Provides information about how the tool works, explains prerequisites for the tool, and describes how to install and configure the tool.
  • Offline_VM_Servicing_Tool_2.0.1_Release_Notes.rtf. Notes provide information about this release, describe known issues in the tool, and include feedback instructions.
  • Offline_Virtual_Machine_Servicing_Tool_Help. Help file for the tool. Provides instructions for using the tool.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8408ecf5-7afe-47ec-a697-eb433027df73

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Click Thru Demo - Installation

Brief Description

This demo provides a quick, lightweight, and portable demonstration of the product technologies and features found in Windows Essential Business Server 2008.

Overview

This demo provides a quick, lightweight, and portable demonstration of the product technologies and features found in Windows Essential Business Server 2008. The demo provides a focused look at a specific area of the EBS 2008 environment: Installation Download and install the demo onto your computer and you can then click through the environments without requiring a full product installation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=dc62ee88-3db7-4452-93d7-d37e5cc297da

Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

Brief Description

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working virtual desktop pool accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment.

Overview

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working virtual desktop pool accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment. This guide assumes that you previously completed the steps in the Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292). The goal of a virtual desktop pool is to provide users with a virtual desktop that is dynamically assigned from a pool of identically configured virtual machines. Users can connect to a virtual desktop pool and run programs and consume resources as if they were using a local client computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e33b0953-e89a-4b97-a6fe-60da44add5c7

Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

Brief Description

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working personal virtual desktop accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment.

Overview

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working personal virtual desktop accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment. This guide assumes that you previously completed the steps in the Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292). The goal of a personal virtual desktop is to provide a user with a virtual desktop that is assigned to only that user.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0d278f5c-37fa-43fb-8032-614c7bf1d617

Deploying Remote Desktop Web Access with Remote Desktop Connection Broker Step-by-Step Guide

Brief Description

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working RemoteApp source accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment.

Overview

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working RemoteApp source accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment. This guide assumes that you previously completed the Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292). The goal of a RemoteApp source is to provide users with programs that are available by using RD Web Access.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=906b5769-07a2-452a-9783-30137b0d650a

Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide

Brief Description

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working Remote Desktop Services infrastructure in a test environment. During this process, you create an Active Directory® domain, install the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) role service, and configure the Remote Desktop Connection client computer.

Overview

This guide is considered the basic Remote Desktop Services step-by-step guide. All other step-by-step guides developed for Remote Desktop Services will assume that this guide has been completed first. This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working Remote Desktop Services infrastructure in a test environment. During this process, you create an Active Directory® domain, install the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) role service, and configure the Remote Desktop Connection client computer. After you’ve completed this process, you can use the test lab environment to learn about Remote Desktop Services technology on Windows Server® 2008 R2 and assess how it might be deployed in your organization. The goal of a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server is to host Windows-based programs or the full Windows desktop for Remote Desktop Services clients. Users can connect to an RD Session Host server to run programs, to save files, and to use resources on that server.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=da934121-f85d-4827-bb11-e17e9db5d53a

Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Documentation

Brief Description

This download provides the technical documentation for Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Overview

The Operations Manager 2007 R2 technical documentation helps you plan, deploy, operate, and maintain Operations Manager 2007 R2. For information about the specific guides available in the library, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb498235.aspx.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=19bd0eb5-7ca0-41be-8c0f-2d95fe7ec636

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 – Evaluation Edition

Brief Description

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 delivers end-to-end service management of applications and IT services running across the Windows, UNIX and Linux servers in your datacenter.

Overview

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 delivers end-to-end service management of applications and IT services running across your datacenter fabric, providing you greater and control and insight into the health and performance your Microsoft, UNIX and Linux servers, and the workloads running on them. With Operations Manager 2007 R2 you can reduce the cost of managing your datacenter, and assure delivery of IT services to expected and agreed levels.
Feature Bullet Summary:

  1. End-to-End Datacenter Service Management: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 helps improve datacenter service performance by improving resolution time through best practice driven alerting, service level monitoring, and reporting.
  2. Best of Breed for Windows and Beyond: Extending low cost Windows management to the complete datacenter environment, Operations Manager 2007 R2 provides a single pane of glass across operating systems, hypervisors, network, storage, and Microsoft, UNIX and Linux applications.
  3. Increased Efficiency and Control: With automation of routine and redundant tasks, Operations Manager 2007 R2 provides intelligent monitoring and the ability to automate action to help increase efficiency and enable greater control of your IT environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=93ddf25b-1ef0-4851-81b0-5fb9a2f76181

Windows 7 IT Pro Guides

Brief Description

Windows 7 IT Pro Guides

Overview

These documents include: 1) A What's New in Windows 7 Guide, covering many new and changed Windows 7 features of interest to IT professionals, including DirectAccess, BranchCache and other networking technologies, VHD boot and other deployment technologies, and AppLocker, Biometrics, and other security technologies, and 2) A Windows 7 Manageability Overview Guide, covering the 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.management technologies.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c14b8a69-db3b-4b7c-9203-689b7719b8b6

Microsoft Exchange Hosted Filtering Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Brief Description

Exchange Hosted Filtering SLA

Overview

Service Level Agreement documentation for Microsoft Exchange Hosted Filtering.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f5714ed7-f14d-499e-b7d9-3365c9008113

Microsoft Exchange Online Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Brief Description

Exchange Online SLA

Overview

Service Level Agreement documentation for Microsoft Exchange Online.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7fbd1a59-0148-450d-9bdf-50af6c634b07

Microsoft Office Communications Online Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Brief Description

Office Communications Online SLA

Overview

Service Level Agreement documentation for Microsoft Office Communications Online.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4888ff5b-14a7-4f60-ac35-4713f5f08445

Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Brief Description

Office Live Meeting SLA

Overview

Service Level Agreement documentation for Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=bd1e62ea-76cb-4ed9-8844-4f41626a691b

Microsoft SharePoint Online Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Brief Description

SharePoint Online SLA

Overview

Service Level Agreement documentation for Microsoft SharePoint Online.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=069df92a-4f58-45e3-bbf8-93ed6bcb61d1

Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services Directory Synchronization Tool 8.1

Brief Description

June 2008
The Directory Synchronization Tool securely synchronizes valid end-user proxy addresses from your Active Directory to Exchange Hosted Services.

Overview

The Directory Synchronization Tool (DST) helps you keep your on-site Active Directory® directory service and Microsoft® Exchange Server environment synchronized with your Exchange Hosted Filtering, Exchange Hosted Archive, and Exchange Hosted Continuity services .

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f0417f18-65ba-48a2-a2e9-1f0066e5f5aa

Windows Virtual PC Evaluation Guide

Brief Description

Describes how to try out some of the key features of Windows Virtual PC, including how to set up Windows XP mode.

Overview

This guide describes how to install Windows Virtual PC and set up a virtual environment, such as Windows XP mode or a custom virtual machine. It also shows you how to try out some of the key features of Windows Virtual PC.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=62cd2e63-52f8-4cf5-a7d5-7abaab270451

Unified Communications Adoption and Training Kit 2007 R2

Brief Description

Unified Communications Adoption and Training Kit 2007 R2

Overview

The Unified Communications Adoption and Training Kit for 2007 R2 provides guidance and resources for IT Pros, HelpDesk, and Trainers to speed adoption and usage of Unified Communications technologies in the enterprise. The kit includes Planning Checklists, Awareness materials, including Poster, Door Hangers, and E-mail samples, and User Education Materials such as Quick Reference Cards, Flash Cards, and links to Web-based Training.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=eb18d016-64f7-4aae-b491-65636a186c1a

Solutions & Solution Development

SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

Brief Description

The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit will help you understand how to build web applications which deeply exploit the rich data types, programming models and new development paradigms in SQL Server 2008.

Overview

SQL Server 2008 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2005. The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit will help you understand how to build web applications which deeply exploit the rich data types, programming models and new development paradigms in SQL Server 2008. The training kit is brought to you by Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism.
Overview and Benefits
The training kit offers the following benefits:

  • Learn how to build web applications that exploit the unique features and capabilities of SQL Server 2008.
  • Provides a comprehensive set of presentations, demos and hands-on labs
  • Designed for web developers who are already familiar with SQL Server application development.
  • Easy to download and install and works on free editions of SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.

Intended Audience
The training kit is designed for the following technical roles:

  • Web developers who build applications for the Microsoft platform.
  • Microsoft evangelists, technical specialists and consultants.

Contents
The training kit includes the following content:

  • Presentations (6)
    • Filestream
    • Spatial
    • T-SQL
    • Date and Time Types
    • SQLCLR
    • Reporting Services
  • Demos (12)
    • AdventureWorks Racing All-Up SQL Server 2008 Demo
    • SQL Server 2008 All-Up Spatial Demo
    • Spatial Types Demo
    • Intro to Filestream Demo
    • SQL CLR Nullable Types Demo
    • Programming with Filestream Demo
    • Reporting Services Web Application Integration Demo
    • Date and Time Support in SQL Server 2008 Demo
    • T-SQL Table-Valued Parameters Demo
    • T-SQL Row Constructors Demo
    • T-SQL Grouping Sets Demo
    • T-SQL Merge Demo
  • Hands-on Labs (3)
    • Using Spatial Data in TSQL
    • Using Spatial Data in Managed Code
    • Using SQL CLR in SQL Server 2008

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e9c68e1b-1e0e-4299-b498-6ab3ca72a6d7

Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio Team System 2010

Brief Description

Team Foundation Installation Guide 2010 includes instruction for installing Team Foundation Server and Team Foundation Build Services

Overview

This is the beta1 release of the Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio Team System 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=2d531219-2c39-4c69-88ef-f5ae6ac18c9f

Microsoft Silverlight Installation Experience White Paper and Sample Code (Apr 2009)

Brief Description

Silverlight Installation Experience Paper and Sample

Overview

The Microsoft Silverlight Installation Experience White Paper and Sample Code cover the principals that will help developers and designers produce effective installation experiences on Web sites.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=961e96e8-9a7f-4b70-947a-97f0973cb38c

TwoConnectBizTalkAcceleratorforACORD

Brief Description

TwoConnect leverages the ACORD XML schema standards and made them Biz-Talk ready

Overview

The TwoConnect BizTalk Accelerator for ACORD provides a comprehensive and quick-to-implement ACORD messaging soluton for customers using the ACORD XML standards

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0eaa731d-6a7c-4483-ad1a-461213c7a70a

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) Samples for .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1

Brief Description

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) for .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1

Overview

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) Samples for .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5aca0622-d87d-4cc9-a22c-0d58205a56b4

Microsoft Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 Beta 1

Brief Description

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010 Lab Management Beta 1 lets you create and manage virtual environments, and also run tests and workflows in those environments.

Overview

Visual Studio Lab Management lets you create and manage virtual environments on a pool of Hyper-V hosts and System Center Virtual Machine Manager library servers. You can group virtual machines into environments and perform life-cycle and snapshot operations on those machines. Used together, Lab Management, Team Foundation Server, Team Test Load Agent, and Team Test Load Controller provide an integrated software testing experience that lets testers attach comprehensive snapshots of the environment to their bugs. Lab Management also lets you automate the authoring and running of end-to-end application life-cycle management workflows.
This release will expire on April 15, 2010. This software is not supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9df71545-4524-451b-8a17-9925b64010d2

Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1

Brief Description

The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions. By using the Visual Studio SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features.

Overview

The Visual Studio 2010 SDK includes project templates that help developers create tool windows, menu commands, isolated shell projects, and editor extensions. The editor extensions include text adornments, colorizers, and margins.
The Visual Studio 2010 SDK also includes build tasks that help developers build and debug extensions. Building and debugging are managed in a second instance of Visual Studio named the experimental instance. The experimental instance provides a test bed for extensions without changing the primary installation of Visual Studio.
The SDK also puts shortcuts to online documentation, samples, and other developer resources on the Start menu.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d197feb6-ced5-40d4-949d-a51f02309ee8

Microsoft Manufacturing Toolkit

Brief Description

The Microsoft Manufacturing Toolkit is a set of guidance documentation and working code samples that demonstrate the use of the Microsoft platform to build publish/subscribe (“pub/sub”), services-based architectures utilizing open standards for broad industry implementation.

Overview

The Microsoft Manufacturing Toolkit is a set of guidance documentation and working code samples that demonstrate the use of the Microsoft platform to build publish/subscribe (“pub/sub”), services-based architectures utilizing open standards for broad industry implementation. The toolkit focuses on the MIMOSA and OPC/OPC-UA organization specifications, and the working code samples demonstrate scenarios that might be implemented in a manufacturing environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7401b188-c7e9-438e-8584-d61f418e9fff

Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Performance Testing Lab - English

Brief Description
Overview

This paper describes how to run performance tests against a Project Server 2007 deployment by using Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 and a set of community-based tools built for the purpose. It also documents the specifics of the lab environment which was used for the tests we ran for collecting data for this white paper. It describes in detail the test scenarios that were conducted, and it summarizes the data collected for every scenario.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=2f595e22-c9f1-4376-a8b2-7a7eccd2aba5

Microsoft F#, May 2009 Community Technology Preview

Brief Description

F# is a type-safe, scalable language for the .NET platform that supports both functional and object-oriented programming. This CTP release includes the F# compiler and tools, as well as Visual Studio 2008 integration for F# development.

Overview

The F# May 2009 CTP provides all the tools and resources needed to develop applications with the F# programming language.
F# is a functional programming language for the .NET Framework. It combines the succinct, expressive and compositional style of functional programming with the runtime, libraries, interoperability, and object model of .NET.
F# is well suited to a spectrum of development tasks - from interactive, explorative scripting to component and large-scale software development. The CTP release of F# provides further support for explorative development using F#, as well as improved Visual Studio integration to enable large-scale, tool-based software development.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7bb32f32-9fac-4f34-ad56-b0bda130cf00

Microsoft Online Services Trial Guide

Brief Description

Step-by-step instructions for setting up and using a trial account for the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite from Microsoft Online Services.

Overview

The Microsoft Online Services Trial Guide provides step-by-step instructions for setting up and using a trial account for the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite from Microsoft Online Services. The guide provides instructions for setting up a trial via the Microsoft Online Customer Portal (MOCP), administering Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting via the Microsoft Online Administration Center (MOAC), and converting a trial account to a paid subscription.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7d162901-8c07-4beb-bfb4-f6403f535ecf

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Books Online (May 2009)

Brief Description

Download the documentation and tutorials for Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Overview

SQL Server 2008, the latest release of Microsoft SQL Server, provides a comprehensive data platform. Books Online is the primary documentation for SQL Server 2008.
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 2008.
  • Procedural topics describing how to use the various features in SQL Server 2008.
  • 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 2008.
  • Descriptions of the sample databases and applications that are available with SQL Server 2008. You can download the sample databases from the SQL Server Community Projects and Samples page on CodePlex.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=765433f7-0983-4d7a-b628-0a98145bcb97

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit - May Preview

Brief Description

May Preview of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

Overview

The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including:

  • C# 4.0
  • Visual Basic 10
  • F#
  • Parallel Extensions
  • Windows Communication Foundation
  • Windows Workflow
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • ASP.NET 4
  • Entity Framework
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • Managed Extensibility Framework
  • Visual Studio Team System

This version of the Training Kit works with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 1.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=752cb725-969b-4732-a383-ed5740f02e93

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 end-to-end walkthrough

Brief Description

How to install, configure, and use PerformancePoint Planning Server and Monitoring Server so that they can interact with and support the PerformancePoint client application

Overview

This paper describes how to install, configure, and use PerformancePoint Planning Server and Monitoring Server so that they can interact with and support the PerformancePoint client applications. This paper does not cover the installation, configuration, or use of the PerformancePoint client tools, including: PerformancePoint Planning Business Modeler, the PerformancePoint Add-In for Excel, and PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a6364ca9-5a95-44b8-9b87-1bb24ef07760

USMT 4.0 XML Elements Reference

Brief Description

Describes the XML elements and helper functions that you can employ to author migration .xml files to use with User State Migration Tool (USMT).

Overview

Describes the XML elements and helper functions that you can employ to author migration .xml files to use with User State Migration Tool (USMT).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=964b8f4c-0b60-415c-891a-4aece41c8bad

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 DSL SDK Beta1

Brief Description

Domain Specific Languages Software Development Kit for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 (DSL Tools). The Visual Studio 2010 DSL SDK Beta 1 provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio Domain Specific Language designers for Visual Studio 2010 Beta1. By using the Visual Studio DSL SDK, you can build your own graphical or form-based designers for Visual Studio 2010 Beta1.

Overview

The Visual Studio 2010 DSL SDK includes

  • Project templates that help developers create graphical or in Form-based (Windows.Forms and WPF) designers hosted in Visual Studio for viewing and editing models for a custom Domain Specific Language.
  • MSBuild tasks that help developers build and debug their designers
  • Reference assemblies and IntelliSense documentation for the DSL tools runtime, which ships with Visual Studio 2010
  • A migration tool helping DSL authors who were using the Visual Studio 2008 SDK to migrate their existing designers to work with Visual Studio 2010 Beta1

The DSL SDK is no longer included in the Visual Studio 2010 SDK, but does require it to be installed first. The DSL SDK is installed into the same folders as the VS SDK. The DSL SDK is now a separate install so that it can updated more easily and more often.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=390fbb56-4e2c-4585-8f0c-ef51cf4cc93e

Microsoft BizTalk Server RFID 2009 Documentation Update

Brief Description

Download the updated documentation for BizTalk Server RFID 2009

Overview

This documentation update contains the latest BizTalk Server RFID 2009 documentation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=11c7179f-2a19-4a91-9614-9fde46e9733b

Microsoft BizTalk RFID 2009 Mobile Documentation Update

Brief Description

Download the updated documentation for BizTalk RFID Mobile 2009

Overview

This documentation update contains the latest BizTalk RFID Mobile 2009 documentation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3e82e3ce-86ce-4460-85e9-38f323782867

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Implementation Guide

Brief Description

This guide contains comprehensive information about how to plan, install, and maintain Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Overview

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Implementation Guide consists of the following documents:

  • Planning Guide: This guide gives you the information and tools that help you get your organization ready for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. It includes two main aspects of planning for a customer relationship management (CRM) system:
    • Technical: These topics focus on such areas as the supported topologies, system requirements, and technical considerations to address before you install.
    • Implementation methodology: These topics cover the business management, CRM requirements, and project management aspects that are needed when you deploy a CRM system.
  • Installing Guide: This guide provides the information that you need to install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, such as step-by-step instructions for running Setup, command-line installation instructions for silent installations, and guidance about how to remove Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
  • Operating and Maintaining Guide: This guide gives you information about how to back up, restore, and provide data recovery for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Additionally, this guide provides troubleshooting steps for known issues.
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Implementation Guide Compiled HTML Help (CHM) includes the contents of all three of the guides and provides a comprehensive index and full-text search.

The Planning Tools are 43 template, project, and worksheet Microsoft Office documents that can be used to help plan your implementation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1ceb5e01-de9f-48c0-8ce2-51633ebf4714

Security, Policy & Compliance

Internet Explorer 8 Desktop Security Guide

Brief Description

Guidance for Enhancing Internet Explorer Security for Desktop Users
This white paper examines new features and settings that you can modify to provide a more "locked down" security configuration for Internet Explorer 8.

Overview

Internet Explorer 8 offers users more protection than previous versions of the browser through a combination of new security and privacy features, and changes for more secure default settings. In keeping with the need to balance security and usability, the default values for these new features and settings have been configured to offer the best choice for a broad range of users.
This white paper examines some of these new features and settings that you can modify to provide a more "locked down" security configuration. This paper does not provide a complete review of all settings, nor is the guidance in it specifically equivalent to the Enhanced Server Configuration for Windows Server® 2003 or Windows Server® 2008. The settings and features this paper discusses offer additional security guidance for the broadest impact on most users and administrators.
This paper discusses both the Windows Vista® and Windows® XP versions of Internet Explorer. Administrators and system owners can use the guidance in this paper to tighten security settings in the browser to meet their specific needs. The document is structured to provide a description and review of the settings and features the paper discusses. Microsoft recommendations for enhancing the default security settings in some common deployment scenarios are also provided.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=44405777-51b4-4376-9cef-f0341b13fcde

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) - Version 4.1

Brief Description

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle v4.1 Process Guidance

Overview

As part of its commitment to a more secure and trustworthy computing ecosystem, Microsoft releases the SDL process guidance v4.1. IT policy makers and software development organizations can leverage this content to enhance and inform their own software security and privacy assurance programs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=967389d8-6ed0-4751-a8d2-9c2fad39adce

Microsoft SDL Process Template for Visual Studio Team System

Brief Description

The SDL Process Template is a downloadable template that integrates the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) directly into your Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) software development environment.

Overview

The SDL Process Template is a downloadable template that integrates the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) directly into your Visual Studio Team System 2008 software development environment. This version of the SDL Process Template is specific to the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle version 4.
After installation, the SDL Process Template automatically integrates the core components of the SDL into your Visual Studio Team System environment making it easier to adopt the SDL into your new team project, providing auditable security requirements and status, and demonstrating security return on investment.
Features of the SDL Process Template include:

• Pre-populated requirements/recommendations

• SDL-based security check-in policies

• Final Security Review reports

• Customized security bugs and queries

• Extensive related how-to and guidance documentation

• Easy integration of third-party security tools (including the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=79866b28-b03b-4bbb-91d2-0ed3f966dede

Forefront Identity Manager 2010 RC0 Demo Virtual Hard Disk Image

Brief Description

This package contains a Hyper-V-based demo of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 RC0 (formerly code-named ILM "2").

Overview

This download consists of a Hyper-V based virtual hard disk image that contains a pre-installed demonstration version of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM 2010) RC0. The image includes all components needed to experience the full integration of FIM 2010 with Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2007.
The image uses evaluation software and will only continue to work as expected until September 30, 2009. A replacement image will be available before that date.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4bb23110-94cd-4ad4-84e0-955d3e6ecb13

The Business Value of Extended Validation SSL Certificates

Brief Description

Understand the Business Value of EV Certificates
Learn about the business value of EV Certificates, and the process for obtaining the certificates for your websites.

Overview

Deceptive e-mail and malicious web sites are increasingly compromising users’ personal information, damaging their online trust and confidence, and tarnishing brand’s online reputation. Microsoft has responded to these threats with several solutions incorporated into Internet Explorer 8, focusing on the support for Extended Validation SSL Certificates (EV Certificates).
This paper is designed to help businesses understand the business value of EV Certificates, describe how their use fits into a broader Internet defense and breadth strategy, and offer a review and outline of the process for obtaining the certificates for their websites.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9948298f-1586-4cda-bee1-47b2ade78245

Increasing Your Organization’s Security and Privacy with Internet Explorer 8

Brief Description

Guidance for Enhancing Internet Explorer Security for Desktop Users
Learn about the emerging threat types on the web today and how Internet Explorer 8’s new security features help protect against them.

Overview

The Web browser is the main interface a company’s users have to the web. As such it is constantly under attack. Internet Explorer 8 provides significant new security protections that can help companies protect their valuable information and reduce costs.
This paper provides an overview of the new threat types and how Internet Explorer 8’s new security features help protect against them.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=198d40a4-6896-49b3-b8f2-c151e9797634

Other

EMEA case study resources

Brief Description

EMEA case study resources

Overview

Word and PowerPoint for GCRP programme

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=76cb47e0-546a-4212-9b4a-c58959427b0d

MicrosoftSmartSaverGuide

Brief Description

15 great ways financial services enterprises can cut business operating costs, reduce risks, and grow in the new economy

Overview

Microsoft's Smart Savers Guide to Success: 15 great ways financial services entreprises can cut business operating costs, reduce risks, and grow in the new economy

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a3b468c9-2d02-481e-8dfb-919ea1b85a65

MicrosoftSmartSaverGuide - English

Brief Description
Overview

Microsoft's Smart Savers Guide to Success: 15 great ways financial services entreprises can cut business operating costs, reduce risks, and grow in the new economy

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0313be7a-fcc3-4ffd-9317-9b5c4593c4f7

Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) User Guide

Brief Description

Download this user guide to see step-by-step instructions for the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

Overview

This user guide shows step-by-step instructions for how to register, view account details, download products and more from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). It also includes screenshots, technical support information, and a glossary.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d75e4c02-e38c-4a22-b7f7-69f9706c5240

Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement (All IP) for Development and Product Distribution

Brief Description

This is the Work Group Server Protocol Program (WSPP) License Agreement (All IP) for Development and Product Distribution

Overview

This is the license agreement for all IP for the Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program (WSPP) that allows for development and product distribution under the WSPP.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=32420e6c-a93a-424c-a983-22d67643eefb

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