Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

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

· DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide

· 64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 968802

· Update for Windows XP (KB969085)

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook Standards Documentation

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta Protocol Documentation

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta and Outlook Standards Documentation

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol Documentation

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 Help

· DirectAccess Design and Deployment Guides

· Hosted BlackBerry Service Onboarding Guide

· Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop (WDRAP) – Scoping Tool v1.0

· Active Directory Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

· Exchange Management Shell Quick Reference for Exchange 2010

· Microsoft Online Dedicated Service Descriptions

· Exchange Server 2010 Help

· Internet Explorer 8 Improving Business Productivity

· System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Package (KB976542) (x86 & x64)

· Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Beta

· Windows 7 - Delivering Business Value _Demo Showcase

· Unified Communications Phones and Peripherals Datasheet

· Exchange Server 2010 Delivering Productivity_Demo Showcase

· Risk and Health Assessment Program for Exchange Server – Scoping Tool v1.0

· Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Management Pack (Beta) for SC OpsMgr 2007

· MOSDAL (Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging) Support Toolkit

· WS08 Whitepapers

· System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Documentation

· Update Rollup for Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB971541)

Solutions & Solution Development

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

· Building a Zune Website with Expression Blend 3 StarterKit

· SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1 - October 2009

· Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 Update Rollup

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Transport Agents SDK November 2009

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Web Services SDK November 2009

· Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Backup and Restore SDK November 2009

· Getting Started: Create Silverlight Experiences with Expression Blend 3 Course

· Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Feature Community Technology Preview 2

· Developing SharePoint Applications–August 2009

· Update Rollup 7 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (KB 971782)

· Microsoft .NET Services White Paper (November 2009 CTP)

· Microsoft .NET Services SDK (Nov 2009 CTP)

· Windows Identity Foundation Release Candidate

· Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement (No Patents) for Development and Product Distribution

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

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

· Microsoft Silverlight 3 Offline Documentation

· Identity Developer Training Kit (November 2009)

· Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 2.0 for IIS 7 - RC (x64)

· Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 2.0 for IIS 7 - RC (x86)

· Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation

· Microsoft Application Request Routing Version 2 for IIS 7 (x64)

· Microsoft Application Request Routing Version 2 for IIS 7 (x86)

Security, Policy & Compliance

· Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 7 (January - June 2009)

· Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1.1 (for IT Professionals)

· Forefront for Office Communications Server License File Update

· Geneva Whitepapers and Datasheet

Other

· Acquiring and Optimizing IT Portfolio Management as a Strategy –Public Sector as an Example

· Getting Started with Digital Marketing using the Microsoft Web Platform

· Fact Sheets

· Xbox.com Support

· SEGWednesday2009

Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

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

Brief Description

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

Overview

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

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

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

DirectAccess allows remote users to connect directly to intranet servers, which means organizations can reduce costs and simplify their network edge by reducing the number of application-specific front-end servers that are currently deployed. By implementing DirectAccess, your organization is deploying the foundation for connectivity and security that will carry it into the future. 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 for Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate.

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

64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010

Brief Description

Describes and illustrates the 64-bit client installation of Office 2010.

Overview

This model describes and illustrates the 64-bit client installation of Microsoft Office 2010. Elements include setup overview, processes, requirements, deployment considerations, and supported scenarios.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=600c2142-abc3-4fea-9271-0c326c45dc8f

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 968802

Brief Description

This download includes all available updates for Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

Overview

This hotfix download for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is described in the Knowledge Base article 968802.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b3b02475-150c-41fa-844a-c10a517040f4

Update for Windows XP (KB969085)

Brief Description

The Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update enables you to use the new Remote Desktop Services features.

Overview

The Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update enables you to use the new Remote Desktop Services features. These features are introduced in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 and are available for computers that are running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a4895bf6-f022-4b4c-8852-dd28978f72d2

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook Standards Documentation

Brief Description

The Exchange Server and Outlook Standards Documents describe Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook support for industry messaging standards and Requests for Comments (RFCs) related to iCalendar, IMAP4, and POP3.

Overview

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook Standards documentation is intended for use in conjunction with publicly available standard specifications and network programming art, and assumes that the reader either is familiar with the aforementioned material or has immediate access to it. A protocol specification does not require the use of Microsoft programming tools or programming environments in order for you to develop an implementation. If you have access to Microsoft programming tools and environments you are free to take advantage of them.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=6fa94dc9-d4b6-402b-8c22-8a52acea2284

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Microsoft Exchange Server protocols documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) used by Microsoft Exchange Server to communicate with other Microsoft products.

Overview

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products.
The documentation is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior.
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?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d2e6d2b0-ffe9-41d6-a48f-6d84cf17e235

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta and Outlook Standards Documentation

Brief Description

The Exchange Server and Outlook Standards Documents describe Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta and Outlook support for industry messaging standards and Requests for Comments (RFCs) related to iCalendar, IMAP4, and POP3.

Overview

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook Standards documentation is intended for use in conjunction with publicly available standard specifications and network programming art, and assumes that the reader either is familiar with the aforementioned material or has immediate access to it. A protocol specification does not require the use of Microsoft programming tools or programming environments in order for you to develop an implementation. If you have access to Microsoft programming tools and environments you are free to take advantage of them.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4e36dc0e-5d48-47f2-8acc-155b556c95b3

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Microsoft Exchange Server protocols documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) used by Microsoft Exchange Server to communicate with other Microsoft products.

Overview

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products.
The documentation is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior.
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?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a9aae935-ad23-4117-a3d9-9ed6093d6d7f

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 Help

Brief Description

This download contains a standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Help.

Overview

The Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Help can help you in the day-to-day administration of Exchange. Use this information to guide you through Exchange Server 2007 SP2 features, tasks, and administration procedures.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=85c5ef71-6a1f-4eb0-9ff3-3feee6057e96

DirectAccess Design and Deployment Guides

Brief Description

These guides provide information about advantages, disadvantages, requirements, recommendations, and design considerations for deploying DirectAccess and instructions to confgure DirectAccess servers and other infrastructure servers.

Overview

This document contains both the Design Guide and the Deployment Guide for DirectAccess in Windows Server® 2008 R2. These guides help you to design and deploy DirectAccess servers, DirectAccess clients, and infrastructure servers on your intranet. Use the Design Guide to answer the “What,” “Why,” and “When” questions a deployment design team might ask before deploying DirectAccess in a production environment. Use the Deployment Guide to answer the “How” questions a deployment team might ask when implementing a DirectAccess design.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=647222d1-a41e-4cdb-ba34-f057fbc7198f

Hosted BlackBerry Service Onboarding Guide

Brief Description

Instructions for purchase, order and deployment of the Hosted BlackBerry service for Exchange Online Standard

Overview

Instructions for purchase, order and deployment of the Hosted BlackBerry service for Exchange Online Standard

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a89c2b05-13a5-4321-a194-1d928514a98a

Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop (WDRAP) – Scoping Tool v1.0

Brief Description

This download package is intended for Microsoft Premier Customers Only. This package includes all of the scoping tools necessary to prepare and qualify your environment to receive a Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop (WDRAP).

Overview

This download package is intended for Microsoft Premier Customers Only. This package includes all of the scoping tools necessary to prepare and qualify your environment to receive a Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop (WDRAP).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9e4e81e0-fae9-4578-898c-0ad2170b31ef

Active Directory Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

Brief Description

The Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) monitors Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers.

Overview

ADMP provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Active Directory deployment. It monitors events that various Active Directory components and subsystems place in the Application, System, and Service event logs. It also monitors the overall health of the Active Directory system and provides alerts for critical performance issues.
The monitoring that this management pack provides includes monitoring of domain controllers and monitoring of health from the perspective of clients that use Active Directory resources. To monitor domain controllers, ADMP provides a predefined, ready-to-run set of processing rules, monitoring scripts, and reports that are designed specifically to monitor the performance and availability of domain controllers.
Because client computers in your Active Directory environment can experience connectivity and service issues even when domain controllers appear to be operating correctly, ADMP includes the Active Directory Client Management Pack, which can help you identify such issues. The Active Directory Client Management Pack monitors the services that domain controllers provide. It provides information—in addition to the information that is collected directly on the domain controllers—about whether domain controllers are available by running transactions, such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) binds and pings, against the directory service.
Feature Summary

  • Replication
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Domain Controller Locator (DCLocator)
  • Trusts
  • Net Logon service
  • File Replication Service (FRS)
  • Intersite Messaging service
  • Windows Time service
  • Key Distribution Center (KDC)
  • Service availability monitoring
  • Key performance data collection
  • Comprehensive reports, including reports about service availability and service health, plus reports that you can use for capacity planning

Release History

  • 3/23/2007 - Initial Release, version 6.0.5000.0
  • 1/15/2008 - Updated Guide - same version
  • 03/17/2008 - QFE, version 6.0.6278.3
  • 03/26/2008 - QFE, version 6.0.6278.10
  • 11/7/2008 - Initial release for 2000/2003/2008, version 6.0.6452.0
  • 11/3/2009 - Updated release, version 6.0.7065.0, with added Windows Server 2008 R2 support

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=008f58a6-dc67-4e59-95c6-d7c7c34a1447

Exchange Management Shell Quick Reference for Exchange 2010

Brief Description

This download contains a quick reference sheet that can be used to access frequently used Exchange Management Shell cmdlets and syntax in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

Overview

The Exchange Management Shell provides a powerful command-line interface for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 that enables automation of administrative tasks. This quick reference guide provides a list of frequently used cmdlets, important conventions, and useful tips. The information is presented by feature area, such as recipient, transport, and database administration. This quick reference guide applies to Exchange 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=6a516cc0-c337-40c5-adda-3e8f023870e1

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 the September 2009 Update—This document describes the new features and capabilities available in the September 2009 Update of Microsoft Online services and products.
Microsoft Exchange Online Dedicated Service Description—The Microsoft® Exchange Online Dedicated service is an enterprise-class, remotely hosted e-mail messaging solution that uses the power of Microsoft Exchange Server to provide the mission-critical messaging services that businesses today require. This document provides information technology (IT) professionals who are interested in dedicated services from Microsoft Online Services with a description of the Exchange Online service offer.
Microsoft SharePoint Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated is a managed collaboration solution from Microsoft Online Services that provides your organization's employees with a way to efficiently work together, quickly locate organizational resources, search for experts and corporate information, manage content and workflow, and gain business insight to make better-informed decisions. This document describes the services and features that are included with the dedicated version of SharePoint Online and is intended for company decision-makers and IT professionals.
Microsoft Office Communications Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® Office Communications Online Dedicated is a hosted, enterprise-class communications solution based on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Office Communications Online provides your organization with real-time communications services including instant messaging (IM) and multiparty audio and video. It also provides presence, meaning that you can see at a glance whether someone is available online and contact that person with a click using IM or an audio conference. This document, intended for IT professionals, describes the services and features that are included with the Dedicated offering of Office Communications Online.
Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service Description—Microsoft® Office Live Meeting is an enterprise-class Web conferencing service. With Live Meeting, companies and organizations can engage customers through real-time meetings, training sessions, and events that are presented over the Internet. This document provides IT professionals with a description of the Live Meeting service offer available to organizations that are using dedicated products and services from Online Services.
Microsoft Online Services Continuity Management—Service continuity management focuses on the ability to restore services for Microsoft® Online Services customers in a predetermined timeframe during a significant service outage. Achieving restored services requires preparation, planning, technical implementation, exercises that simulate outages, and execution at the time of an incident. This document describes the common approach to service continuity management that is taken by Microsoft Online Services across all of its dedicated services.
Microsoft Online Services Change Management Service Description—The Microsoft® Online Services Change Management team directs the process and procedures related to approval, scheduling, testing, and deployment of changes in the pre-production and production Microsoft Online Services infrastructure environments. The approach used in this service management function is built on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) standards, which aligns with the change management process in most customer organizations.
Microsoft Online Services Identity and Provisioning Service Description— Although the dedicated products offered by Microsoft® Online Services provide separate dedicated servers and storage for each customer, they also share certain infrastructure components and a common set of management services that provide high reliability, exceptional performance, and enhanced security. This document describes the following shared identity and provisioning components and processes that support delivery of Microsoft Online Services.
Microsoft Online Services Network Service Description—This document describes the Microsoft® Online Services networking infrastructure components and features that support delivery of Microsoft Exchange Online Dedicated, Microsoft SharePoint Online Dedicated, and Microsoft Office Communications Online. The document is intended for network engineers and system integrators who work with Microsoft Online Services customers.
Microsoft Online Services Support and Service Management Service Description—The Microsoft® Online Services support teams are committed to helping customers quickly and efficiently resolve service-related issues that end users may encounter when using Microsoft Online Services. This document describes the support services that are provided. The Microsoft Online Services service level management team works to ensure continued improvement and customer satisfaction with Microsoft Online Services technical and non-technical support services. The team promotes effective and efficient issue resolution by monitoring and evaluating service metrics and internal processes.
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. This document provides a description of Microsoft® Online Services support for custom solution development and deployment in the Microsoft SharePoint® Online Dedicated environment.

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

Exchange Server 2010 Help

Brief Description

This download contains a standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Help.

Overview

Use Exchange Server 2010 Help content to help you plan, deploy and manage your Exchange 2010 organization.
Note: This Help content is also available online from the Exchange 2010 TechCenter.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8071c31f-45be-48dc-bfca-e1fb51f544d2

Internet Explorer 8 Improving Business Productivity

Brief Description

Discover and demo how IE 8 can improve company productivity

Overview

Chris McGurk, the IT Manager at the Contoso company, has been tasked with updating all their workstations to run Internet Explorer 8. In this demo you will experience how Chris uses the IE Administration Kit and the Group Policies features to easily manage the installation of IE to workstations across the company. Once installed the users show how to take advantage of Web Slices and Accelerators to better manage their time and stay more informed of company activities. Use this demo to learn about how IE8 can improve business productivity and then take this demo and show customers how they can succeed by combining Microsoft's technology with your services and solutions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=27e5da51-aceb-4d23-8096-d83b6b44d97d

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Package (KB976542) (x86 & x64)

Brief Description

This package contains fixes for multiple issues, as described by KB976542.

Overview

The Hotfix Package for DPM 2007 (KB976542) addresses the issues as summarized in KB976542 - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;976542.
This Data Protection Manager Update Package consists of three separate updates. Note: Depending on your configuration, some updates may not apply. Please see “Installation Instructions” for details.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=74ac7461-dbfe-4bc1-85a2-4d2948f30e42

Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Beta

Brief Description

This is the download page for Microsoft® System Center Essentials 2010 Beta

Overview

Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 provides IT professionals in mid-sized organizations, a unified physical and virtual management experience. It enables you to better secure, update, monitor, and troubleshoot from a single console, so you can efficiently and proactively manage your IT environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=983b3a97-4f5d-4bb0-8b92-57c15ffeb50f

Windows 7 - Delivering Business Value _Demo Showcase

Brief Description

This demo showcases how Windows 7 provides significant business value using features such as easy install and migration, application control policies, app locker and more.

Overview

The Contoso company has decided to upgrade all their desktops to Windows 7. Based on the new features that provide an increase in productivity and stability the company is migrating to the new operating system. This demo will show how easy it is for the Contoso IT department to install Windows 7 to desktops around the company. The team will then work with their users and take advantage of features like application control policies, Application Locker, using the Problem Step Recorder, XP Compatibility mode, Direct Access and with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, BranchCache will address some connectivity issues for their users. Use this demo to learn about the business value features of Windows 7 and then present this demo to customers to show that with your solutions and services and the power of Windows 7 companies can become more productive.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3d01792f-211e-44ad-b997-347a8f3ab2d7

Unified Communications Phones and Peripherals Datasheet

Brief Description

This datasheet lists all of the phone and peripheral devices that are qualified to display the "Optimized for Microsoft Communicator" mark.

Overview

The powerful communication devices that are listed in this datasheet are optimized to work with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, delivering communications solutions that are easy to deploy, use and manage.
The datasheet provides the following information about each device:

  • A thumbnail photo of the device
  • Hardware type
  • Name of the partner that produces the device
  • Product name
  • A brief description of the device
  • URL for the partner's Unified Communications landing page

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=74bd3ec0-c7dc-4111-a9b7-a9afbdc86aa9

Exchange Server 2010 Delivering Productivity_Demo Showcase

Brief Description

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 demonstrations showcase Anywhere Access, Protection and Compliance, and Flexible and Reliable solutions.

Overview

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 demonstrations showcase core business pillars for Anywhere Access, Protection and Compliance, and Flexible and Reliable solutions. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 enables you to achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that simplify your administration, help protect your communications, and delight your users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility. This latest release of Exchange can help your customers achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Demonstrate to customers how Exchange 2010 along with your services and solutions can solve critical business problems.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=26ec02b9-327b-4a80-bd65-ebbb088149b5

Risk and Health Assessment Program for Exchange Server – Scoping Tool v1.0

Brief Description

This download package is intended for Microsoft Premier Customers Only. This package includes all of the scoping tools necessary to prepare and qualify your environment to receive a Risk and Health Assessment Program for Exchange Server (ExRAP).

Overview

This download package is intended for Microsoft Premier Customers Only. This package includes all of the scoping tools necessary to prepare and qualify your environment to receive a Risk and Health Assessment Program for Exchange Server.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=23457155-7c8b-4355-8a57-d2c2a4d1da57

Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Management Pack (Beta) for SC OpsMgr 2007

Brief Description

The Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Management Pack monitors component health and performance of the FAST Search Server for SharePoint system (Beta release).

Overview

This Management Pack monitors the health state of the components in your FAST Search Server environment that affect performance and availability. When there is an issue that may cause service or performance degradation, System Center Operations Manager 2007 uses the Management Pack to detect the issue, alert you to its existence, and facilitate diagnosis and corrective actions.
The monitored objects include:

  • FAST Search Server for SharePoint services and processes
  • FAST Search event log entries
  • Performance counters and WMI data

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3e01806c-e586-4ff1-b61e-2a5179413cf1

MOSDAL (Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging) Support Toolkit

Brief Description

MOSDAL
Performs network diagnostics and collects configuration and logging information

Overview

MOSDAL Support Toolkit collects system configuration, network configuration, service-based applications' configuration and logging data along with performing network diagnostics. MOSDAL Support Toolkit can be used by anyone having issues with the Microsoft Online services. A KB article about the tool can be found over here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960625

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=457e0786-1bec-40a2-95ab-06428f53b5cc

WS08 Whitepapers

Brief Description

WS08 Whitepapers

Overview

WS08 Whitepapers

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/results.aspx?displaylang=en&period=30&nr=50&sortCriteria=Date&sortOrder=Ascending&stype=s_adv

System 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

Update Rollup for Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB971541)

Brief Description

This update rollup contains all previous post SP1 hotfixes (See KB971541 for exceptions) together with additional fixes and support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008.

Overview

The Update Rollup for Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) combines previous hotfix releases for SP1 with additional fixes and support of SP1 roles on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This update also provides database role and SQL Server Reporting Services upgrade support from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008.
The Update Rollup includes updates for the following Operations Manager Roles:

  • Root Management Server, Management Server, Gateway Server
  • Operations Console
  • Operations Management Web Console Server
  • Agent
  • Audit Collection Server (ACS Server)
  • Reporting Server

The following tools and updates are provided within this update which may be specific to a scenario:

  • Support Tools folder – Contains SRSUpgradeTool.exe and SRSUpgradeHelper.msi (Enables upgrade of a SQL Server 2005 Reporting Server used by Operations Manager Reporting to SQL Server 2008 Reporting Server)
  • Gateway folder – Contains a MSI transform and script to update MOMGateway.MSI for successful installation on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • ManagementPacks folder – Contains an updated Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.mp which requires manual import

For a list of fixes and tools addressed by this update rollup, see KB971541.
This update is supported for application on System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 only.
Feature Summary:
The System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Rollup 1 contains:

  • All binary hotfixes released since Service Pack 1 release
  • Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Operational and DataWarehouse database support on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Additional stability hotfixes

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=05d7785d-fe69-48bc-8dfa-72a77c8936bf

Solutions & Solution Development

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

Brief Description

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

Overview

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers. This SDK documentation contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies, and plug-ins. It provides an architectural overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the entity model, security model, and Web services. Sample code and walkthroughs are provided to guide you through the new features. It also contains information for developers customizing the Web client or Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, including scripting, integration of custom Web pages, sample code, and a detailed user interface style guide.
In addition to the documentation, this download package includes the projects for all sample code found in the documentation, and full featured samples that are not included in the documentation. The package includes a visual style guide you can use to make your customizations fit in smoothly, and a style sheet you can use as a basis for your work. There are also tools and helper code provided in this package. Look for regular updates to this SDK!
If you need assemblies or schema files prior to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Update Rollup 7 and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online November 2009 Service Update, you can download the SDK 4.0.9 from this location: http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/E/C/DECA6FF2-2683-4E7A-B9A2-1CEB8AF971AE/CrmSdk4.0.9.exe

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

Building a Zune Website with Expression Blend 3 StarterKit

Brief Description

In this lab you will learn how to use Expression Blend and Visual Studio to build a Zune mini-website

Overview

In this lab you will learn how to use Expression Blend and Visual Studio to build a Zune mini-website

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3308511a-fe8b-43b9-840f-02abc4bf6419

SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1 - October 2009

Brief Description

Download the SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1 - October 2009

Overview

Refer to the documentation that is installed with the driver for a description of the new features in this release. The SQL Server Driver for PHP download is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge. The SQL Server Driver for PHP is a PHP 5 extension that allows for the reading and writing of SQL Server data from within PHP scripts. The extension provides a procedural interface for accessing data in all editions of SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008.
Version 1.0 of the SQL Server Driver for PHP is available at SQL Server Driver for PHP v1.0.
Peer-to-peer support is available in the SQL Server Driver for PHP forum. To submit feedback on this release, visit the SQL Server Feedback Center.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ccdf728b-1ea0-48a8-a84a-5052214caad9

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 Update Rollup

Brief Description

Download this set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 environment.

Overview

This is a set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 environment. These updates are fixes for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 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_R3_2009_Update_Rollup.htm file below.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=18a0bc2b-35ad-4b04-bf80-3eb701ceaa2b

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Transport Agents SDK November 2009

Brief Description

This release of the Exchange 2010 Transport Agents Software Development Kit (SDK) provides new and updated documentation and samples for building applications that use Exchange transport agents. Use this SDK to help you develop collaborative enterprise applications for Exchange transport.

Overview

The Exchange 2010 Transport Agents SDK assists developers who are building Exchange transport agent applications for Exchange 2010. This release of the SDK provides new and updated information and sample code to help you develop collaborative enterprise applications for Exchange 2010. The Readme file contains installation instructions for and late-breaking information about the Exchange 2010 Transport Agents SDK.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0df5bdff-47e2-4444-8548-1d7b861529dd

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Web Services SDK November 2009

Brief Description

This release of the Exchange 2010 Web Services Software Development Kit (SDK) provides new and updated documentation and samples for building applications that use Web services in Exchange 2010. Use this SDK to help you develop collaborative Web services–based enterprise applications.

Overview

The Exchange 2010 Web Services SDK assists developers who are building Web services–based applications for Exchange 2010. This release of the SDK provides new and updated information and sample code to help you develop collaborative enterprise applications for Exchange 2010. The Readme file contains installation instructions for and late-breaking information about the Exchange 2010 Web Services SDK.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=155ab218-3cd5-439f-9ce3-5e6983ab6b79

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Backup and Restore SDK November 2009

Brief Description

This SDK provides information about how to create applications that back up, restore, and recover Exchange 2010 databases.

Overview

This SDK provides information about how to create applications that back up, restore, and recover Exchange 2010 databases. The SDK download also includes a 64-bit native-code library that can be used to verify the integrity of Exchange 2010 databases that are to be backed up.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=6093ae54-525a-4d86-820c-31bc0c63a238

Getting Started: Create Silverlight Experiences with Expression Blend 3 Course

Brief Description

Get started and learn the basics of creating a Silverlight experience with Expression Blend 3.

Overview

Get started and learn the basics of creating a Silverlight experience with Expression Blend 3.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d06a1adb-1117-45ba-b9f8-f4ae1b296a8a

Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Feature Community Technology Preview 2

Brief Description

Set of features that build on top of Entity Framework 4.0 Beta 2 (included in .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2)

Overview

This CTP is a an early preview of features that build on top of ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.0 Beta 2 (Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2).
The features included in this CTP are :

  1. Templates for Self-Tracking Entities (N-Tier support)
  2. Code-Only Programming Model that allows you to write Entity Data Model based applications without requiring external artifacts

Refer to the Readme and Getting Started for additional instructions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=13fdfce4-7f92-438f-8058-b5b4041d0f01

Developing SharePoint Applications–August 2009

Brief Description

Guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your LOB systems.
This guidance helps architects and developers design, build, and test intranet and enterprise-scale SharePoint applications. Two reference implementations demonstrate solutions to common issues, and a library provides reusable components that can help you with your own development projects.

Overview

The Developing SharePoint Applications guidance helps architects and developers design and build applications that are testable, extensible, and that provide the tools they need to maintain those applications and diagnose problems when they arise.
This release contains a written guide, an API reference, two reference implementations, a set of reusable components and QuickStarts. The reference implementations are named the Partner Portal application and the Training Management application.
The Partner Portal application uses Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It shows how to create an extranet for companies who are partners with Contoso Pharmaceuticals.
The Training Management application uses Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0. It shows how to build a single intranet site. It is less complex than the Partner Portal application and demonstrates how to implement many basic SharePoint capabilities such as accessing lists and creating workflows.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=91f3c22c-8be7-4721-9449-84f699337d55

Update Rollup 7 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (KB 971782)

Brief Description

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 7. 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 7 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Migration Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Language Pack, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router.
For more information about this release, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 971782:
Update Rollup 7 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
To maintain parity between the application components of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, this update rollup includes packages for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Migration Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a4893988-7804-4e23-ab58-740441cc696e

Microsoft .NET Services White Paper (November 2009 CTP)

Brief Description

Microsoft .NET Services White Paper (November 2009 CTP)

Overview

Access Control Service Roadmap. This paper provides a V1 roadmap for the Access Control Service (ACS). It summarizes the planned changes and is intended to serve as a form of guidance for early ACS adopters.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=6e06e043-8940-4a27-a8f8-36149e75d9d5

Microsoft .NET Services SDK (Nov 2009 CTP)

Brief Description

Microsoft .NET Services is part of the Azure Services Platform. Microsoft .NET Services includes two services: the Access Control Service and the Service Bus.

Overview

This SDK includes API libraries and samples for building connected applications with the .NET platform. It spans the entire spectrum of today’s Internet applications – from rich connected applications with advanced connectivity requirements to Web-style applications that use simple protocols such as HTTP to communicate with the broadest possible range of clients.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c80ebadf-7eb8-4a62-abcd-0b57fa3855f8

Windows Identity Foundation Release Candidate

Brief Description

The Windows Identity Foundation helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools.

Overview

Windows Identity Foundation helps .NET developers build claims-aware applications that externalize user authentication from the application, improving developer productivity, enhancing application security, and enabling interoperability. Developers can enjoy greater productivity, using a single simplified identity model based on claims. They can create more secure applications with a single user access model, reducing custom implementations and enabling end users to securely access applications via on-premises software as well as cloud services. Finally, they can enjoy greater flexibility in application development through built-in interoperability that allows users, applications, systems and other resources to communicate via claims.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=defd2019-a61f-4327-9332-6a4b6103527a

Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement (No Patents) for Development and Product Distribution

Brief Description

For Work Group Server Operating System Software
This is the Work Group Server Protocol Program (WSPP) License Agreement (No Patents) for Development and Product Distribution

Overview

This is the license agreement for no patents for the Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program (WSPP) that allows for development and product distribution under the WSPP. This agreement applies to work group server operating system software.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=09f7f6f2-a8e1-4a96-8b45-cc7af31bcf0b

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

Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement (Patent Only) for Development and Product Distribution

Brief Description

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

Overview

This is the Patent Only license agreement 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=a7589858-fb38-43a5-9c4b-4328083aa824

Microsoft Silverlight 3 Offline Documentation

Brief Description

This package contains the developer documentation for Silverlight 3.

Overview

This package contains the developer documentation for Silverlight 3.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0a9773a7-c854-41fa-b73d-535abfb73baf

Identity Developer Training Kit (November 2009)

Brief Description

The Identity Developer Training Kit contains a set of hands-on labs, documents and references that will help you to learn how to take advantage of Microsoft's latest identity and access control developer's products and services.

Overview

The May 2009 release of the Identity Developer Training Kit contains hands-on labs and resources: subsequent releases may contain presentations, samples and demos as well. The identity and access control products and services covered in this release are:

  • Windows Identity Foundation Release Candidate
  • Microsoft Federation Gateway

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c3e315fa-94e2-4028-99cb-904369f177c0

Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 2.0 for IIS 7 - RC (x64)

Brief Description

URL Rewrite Module 2.0 provides a rule-based rewriting mechanism for changing requested URL’s before they get processed by web server and for modifying response content before it gets served to HTTP clients.

Overview

Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 2.0 for IIS 7 RC is an incremental release that includes all the features from version 1.1, and adds support for rewriting of request and response headers as well as response content. More specifically, it can be used to:

  • Replace the URLs generated by a web application in the response HTML with a more user friendly and search engine friendly equivalent.
  • Modify the links in the HTML markup generated by a web application behind a reverse proxy.
  • Fix up the content of any HTTP response by using regular expression pattern matching.
  • Modify HTTP request headers and IIS server variables.
  • Modify HTTP response headers

The installation package includes several additional components and hotfixes required by URL Rewrite Module 2.0 Beta. Refer to the KB articles for the hotfixes to get more details. In order to apply the hotfixes correctly without restarting the server, it is recommended that the WAS service is stopped before installing URL Rewrite Module 2.0 Beta. The following hotfixes will be installed with URL Rewrite Module 2.0 Beta:

  • Update for IIS 7.0 FastCGI module (KB 954946);
  • Hotfix for IIS 7.0 SetUri function (KB 949172)
  • Hotfix for ASP.NET System.Web.dll (KB 957660)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1b8c7bd8-8824-4408-b8fc-49dc7f951a00

Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 2.0 for IIS 7 - RC (x86)

Brief Description

URL Rewrite Module 2.0 provides a rule-based rewriting mechanism for changing requested URL’s before they get processed by web server and for modifying response content before it gets served to HTTP clients.

Overview

Microsoft URL Rewrite Module 2.0 for IIS 7 RC is an incremental release that includes all the features from version 1.1, and adds support for rewriting of request and response headers as well as response content. More specifically, it can be used to:

  • Replace the URLs generated by a web application in the response HTML with a more user friendly and search engine friendly equivalent.
  • Modify the links in the HTML markup generated by a web application behind a reverse proxy.
  • Fix up the content of any HTTP response by using regular expression pattern matching.
  • Modify HTTP request headers and IIS server variables.
  • Modify HTTP response headers

The installation package includes several additional components and hotfixes required by URL Rewrite Module 2.0 Beta. Refer to the KB articles for the hotfixes to get more details. In order to apply the hotfixes correctly without restarting the server, it is recommended that the WAS service is stopped before installing URL Rewrite Module 2.0 Beta. The following hotfixes will be installed with URL Rewrite Module 2.0 Beta:

  • Update for IIS 7.0 FastCGI module (KB 954946);
  • Hotfix for IIS 7.0 SetUri function (KB 949172)
  • Hotfix for ASP.NET System.Web.dll (KB 957660)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c8d3e2a4-5d14-434b-a067-39a6fb8b9311

Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

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

Overview

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

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

Microsoft Application Request Routing Version 2 for IIS 7 (x64)

Brief Description

Microsoft Application Request Routing (ARR) for IIS7 is a proxy based routing module that forwards HTTP requests to application servers based on HTTP headers and server variables, and load balance algorithms. ARR Version 2 adds support for disk based cache.

Overview

Microsoft Application Request Routing (ARR) for IIS 7 is a proxy-based routing module that forwards HTTP requests to application servers based on HTTP headers, server variables, and load balance algorithms. ARR Version 2 is an incremental release that includes all of the features from Version 1, and adds support for disk-based cache.
ARR Version 2 can be used to:

The installation package includes several additional components and hotfixes required by Application Request Routing:

The ARR version 1 and ARR version 2 cannot be installed side-by-side.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ed922306-0d35-4764-8c2c-a378b54e90e1

Microsoft Application Request Routing Version 2 for IIS 7 (x86)

Brief Description

Microsoft Application Request Routing (ARR) for IIS7 is a proxy based routing module that forwards HTTP requests to application servers based on HTTP headers and server variables, and load balance algorithms. ARR Version 2 adds support for disk based cache.

Overview

Microsoft Application Request Routing (ARR) for IIS 7 is a proxy-based routing module that forwards HTTP requests to application servers based on HTTP headers, server variables, and load balance algorithms. ARR Version 2 is an incremental release that includes all of the features from Version 1, and adds support for disk-based cache.
ARR Version 2 can be used to:

The installation package includes several additional components and hotfixes required by Application Request Routing:

The ARR version 1 and ARR version 2 cannot be installed side-by-side.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=85fc3a02-5b38-4271-b590-ad91bb9a446b

Security, Policy & Compliance

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 7 (January - June 2009)

Brief Description

This is the seventh volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

Overview

Volume 7 of the Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report provides an in-depth perspective on malicious and potentially unwanted software, software exploits, security breaches and software vulnerabilities (both in Microsoft software and in third-party software). Microsoft developed these perspectives based on detailed analysis over the past several years, with a focus on the first half of 2009.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=037f3771-330e-4457-a52c-5b085dc0a4cd

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1.1 (for IT Professionals)

Brief Description

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations. MBSA 2.1.1 is a minor upgrade to add support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Overview

To easily assess the security state of Windows machines, Microsoft offers the free Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool. MBSA includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Microsoft Windows systems.
MBSA 2.1.1 builds on previous versions by adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. As with the previous MBSA 2.1 release, MBSA includes 64-bit installation, security update and vulnerability assessment (VA) checks, improved SQL Server 2005 checks, and support for the latest Windows Update Agent (WUA) and Microsoft Update technologies. More information on the capabilities of MBSA 2.1 and 2.1.1 is available on the MBSA Web site.
MBSA 2.1.1 runs on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems and will scan for missing security updates, rollups and service packs using Microsoft Update technologies. MBSA will also scan for common security misconfigurations (also called Vulnerability Assessment checks) using a known list of less secure settings and configurations for all versions of Windows, Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0, 6.0 and 6.1, SQL Server 2000 and 2005, Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 and later, and Office 2000, 2002 and 2003 only.
To assess missing security updates, MBSA will only scan for missing security updates, update rollups and service packs available from Microsoft Update. MBSA will not scan or report missing non-security updates, tools or drivers.
Choose the appropriate download below for English (EN), German (DE), French (FR) and Japanese (JA) for x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) platforms.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b1e76bbe-71df-41e8-8b52-c871d012ba78

Forefront for Office Communications Server License File Update

Brief Description

This download provides Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) customers to use the revised set of engines available as of 12/1/2009. It replaces the retired CA engine with the Authentium engine.

Overview

This download provides Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) customers to use the revised set of engines available as of 12/1/2009. It replaces the retired CA Vet engine with the Authentium Command engine. For more information, please visit the Antimalware Engine Notifications and Developments site.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7186126f-b8bf-4c3d-885e-f91cd2d10800

Geneva Whitepapers and Datasheet

Brief Description

Geneva Overview Documentation

Overview

"Geneva" Claims Based Access Platform
"Geneva" helps simplify access to applications and other systems with an open and interoperable claims-based model.
For developers: "Geneva" helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing access logic from applications via claims, and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools.
For IT professionals: "Geneva" helps IT efficiently deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, consolidating access management in the hands of IT, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations with automated federation tools.
For information workers and consumers: Users can benefit from help navigating logins, managing different personas, and controlling how personal information is shared.

  • "Geneva" includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims, and implements the industry Identity Metasystem vision for open and interoperable identity.
  • "Geneva" includes three components for enabling claims-based access. Beta 1 of the following components are now available for public evaluation:
  • "Geneva" Framework for building .NET applications that use claims to make user access decisions
  • "Geneva" Server security token service (STS) for issuing and transforming claims, enabling federations, and managing user access
  • Windows CardSpace "Geneva" for helping users navigate access decisions and for developers to build customer authentication experiences for users

Available Here for Download
"Geneva" Datasheet - Updated for Beta 2
Whitepaper: "Geneva" Claims Based Access Platform
Learn about Microsoft's new "Geneva" claims based access platform. Read about the three main components of "Geneva" and how they work together to help solve application access problems with a single simplified access model. Understand how claims can be used across a wide variety of scenarios including enterprise, federation and Web. In this paper new concepts and terminology are introduced to help architects, developers and IT professionals understand the benefits and concepts behind the claims-based model of identity. A background in developing, deploying or managing web applications and services that entail user authentication is expected. By David Chappell
Whitepaper: "Geneva" Framework - Updated for Beta 2
Get started building claims-aware applications using Microsoft code-named "Geneva" Framework. In this paper concepts and terminology are introduced to help developers understand the benefits and concepts behind the claims-based model of identity. Security expertise is not required but familiarity with ASP.NET or WCF programming is. A background in building web applications or services that care about authentication and authorization is expected. As such, the focus of the paper is on building relying parties using the framework. By Keith Brown

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9ca5c685-3172-4d8f-81cb-1a59bdc9f7e3

Other

Acquiring and Optimizing IT Portfolio Management as a Strategy –Public Sector as an Example

Brief Description

Acquiring and Optimizing IT Portfolio Management as a Strategy –Public Sector as an Example
Senior Consultant at Microsoft, Acer Maamoun publishes this paper as a continuation of an earlier work titled “Calculating the Value of IT infrastructure in Government” (TechNet Magazine, October 2007).

Overview

In an environment where IT investments are being scrutinized more than ever, Business and IT leader's top priorities are to deliver projects that maximize the business value. Aligning organization strategy, business objectives, and project delivery is a recognized need, but also identified as difficult to achieve over time. Portfolio Management is a foundational activity within that effort, and is the continuous process of selecting and managing the optimum set of projects to deliver maximum business value. Primary activities include obtaining the information required to rapidly evaluate, prioritize, and approve projects, enabling the selection of the right projects for implementation, and in-flight and post-project reviews to ensure that project objectives are being met and the desired business value continues to be realized over time.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=64a35ff8-653b-44bc-a1ec-2fd4f92a32c3

Getting Started with Digital Marketing using the Microsoft Web Platform

Brief Description

The Internet is a very powerful tool that helps you grow your business through globally scalable marketing. Learn how to do this easily and effectively using the Microsoft Web Platform.

Overview

This paper looks at what is involved with building a presence on the Internet and what you can do to market it and to understand how and where your customers are using it. You’ll look at the technologies involved in starting and maintaining a web presence, and how Microsoft technology and the Web Platform Installer makes getting and using this technology easy, as well as applications and frameworks that are available from other vendors and Open Source communities. The focus of this paper is on Digital Marketing, so it will focus on the key layers and mechanisms that may be used by businesses and marketing professionals, giving insights into why they are important to your overall marketing mix, and how you can leverage them using tools and software provided by the Microsoft Web Platform.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c7aaeca3-ea10-46fc-a8d7-29a6e4a7b514

Fact Sheets

Brief Description

Quick overview of the accessibility features of major Microsoft products.

Overview

Microsoft's accessible technology solutions enable people of all abilities to realize their potential.
Computer technology is an important and powerful tool for people with difficulties and impairments.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9f347d12-1d8c-4336-a5b5-0e4a08ba1e67

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?displaylang=en&FamilyID=08d9ed7b-69ea-4808-b41b-be1c0632e48f

SEGWednesday2009

Brief Description

Landmark, a brand of Halliburton, launched GeoGraphix Discovery 3-D software.

Overview

Landmark, a brand of Halliburton, launched GeoGraphix Discovery 3-D software. Working in tandem with Microsoft to leverage the 64-bit capabilities and performance of the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, developers hope users will have an immersive, game-like experience when developing their seismic and geologic interpretations. It also incorporates visualization tools from Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fa9e15ea-b89f-49c0-8cef-241134ea6f9f