Microsoft training partner New Horizons is offering HEAVILY subsidised training courses to TechNet Flash/blog readers! The courses include Windows 7, Windows Server Hyper-v, SQL Server 2008 and Exchange 2010. Now’s the time to get certified!
The course titles New Horizons are currently offering at discounted rates are:
• Windows 7 • Exchange Server 2010 • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V • Windows Small Business Server 2008 • SharePoint Portal Server 2010 • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 • SQL Server 2008 • Microsoft Office Communications Server • Systems Centre 2008 • Visual Studio 2008
Deploying and Managing MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Course 6331)
Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments (Course 6294)
What's new in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (Course 10134A)
Workshop on OCS - Implementing in a PBX Telephony Environment
Planning, Deploying and Managing MS SCCM 2007 (Course 6451)
Applications in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (Course 8913)
Implementing and Administering Windows SBS 2008 (Course 6445)
System Center Client Bootcamp
Today is a very important day for the Information Worker business! The Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 betas are being released today for Technet subscribers.
Microsoft® Office 2010 gives you rich and powerful new ways to deliver your best work - whether you’re at work, home, or school - on a computer, Web browser, or Smartphone. Grab your audience’s attention and inspire them with your ideas using enhanced tools, customizable templates, and photo editing capabilities. Work with multiple people from different locations at the exact same time using new co-authoring capabilities. By offering more ways to access your files from virtually anywhere, Office 2010 puts you in control.
I have been using Office 2010 for some time now, as many of you have seen as a result of my PowerPoint presentations running on it. My favourite new features are spread across the office suite. Email is the main application most of us use on a day to day basis so Outlook is the application I turn to for most of my day. Outlook 2010 brings some great new features
You can easily manage e-mail messages from multiple mailboxes. Synchronize multiple types of e-mail accounts from services such as Hotmail, Gmail or just about any other provider to Outlook 2010. Improved connectivity with Microsoft Exchange Server supports the use and management of multiple Exchange Server e-mail accounts in one location.
The Conversation View in Outlook 2010 improves the tracking and managing of e-mail conversations while saving valuable inbox space. Compress your long e-mail threads into a few conversations that can be categorized, filed, ignored or cleaned up with a few clicks.
With Quick Steps in Outlook 2010, you can save time by creating and defining multistep tasks that you can execute with a single click, including reply with a meeting request, move to a specific folder, create a new e-mail to assigned groups and more.
Conveniently and efficiently schedule appointments, share your calendar availability and manage your work schedule. With the e-mail calendar feature, you can send your schedule to others so they can quickly find time for your next appointment. If you’re using Outlook 2010 on Exchange Server, you can use the new Group Scheduling View to see multiple calendars side by side or save frequently used groups of calendars together from one place.
With Outlook 2010, you can easily sort through high volumes of data. The enhanced search tool lets you quickly find and manage large quantities of e-mail, calendar items and contact files.
Dynamic graphics and picture editing tools are not just for Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office PowerPoint anymore. With Outlook 2010, you can grab your readers’ attention by using compelling visuals such as pre-built SmartArt Graphics, Themes and Styles. You also can more easily bring your ideas across to your readers by inserting and formatting screenshots in Outlook.
Now you can stay connected to your work and personal connections by taking the new Outlook experience with you. Enjoy the new features and benefits from Outlook 2010 on your Windows Mobile-based Smartphone or the Web by using Outlook Web Access.1
For business users, sending unnecessary e-mail messages to out-of-office contacts, accidentally replying to a large distribution list and distributing confidential information outside the company are frequent concerns. With the new MailTips feature, you’re alerted when you are about to send e-mail to a large distribution list, to someone who is out of the office or to individuals outside the organization.2
With Outlook 2010 and new technology in Exchange Server 2010 you can have voice mail and faxes sent directly to your inbox, making them capable of being accessed from almost anywhere using your computer, Outlook Mobile or Outlook Web Access.1
Keep in touch with your contacts. By using Office Communicator with Outlook 2010, you can see your Communicator buddy list. Hover over a name, see their availability and then easily initiate a conversation directly through instant messaging, voice call or video.3
see for yourself by downloading and trying the whole Office 2010 Suite and find more information at http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/
At TechEd EMEA in Berlin we announced the official release and availability of Exchange 2010. As we showcased on the Windows 7 Community Launch Tour in Ireland, Exchange 2010 brings a number of new features and enhancements to an already rock solid, industry leader.
Exchange Server 2010 includes a host of new features customers will benefit from, including new integrated e-mail archive and discovery functionality, new user features to battle inbox overload, voice mail management enhancements, and improvements that simplify administration.
For businesses, highlights include:
New integrated archiving and discovery capabilities.
New unified mailbox resilience model that provides high availability, disaster recovery, and back up capabilities.
Ability to easily delegate administration to specialized users, such the help desk or a compliance officer.
Comprehensive information protection capabilities—from e-mail moderation to automatic e-mail encryption.
The choice to run Exchange on-premises, as a service hosted by Microsoft or as a hybrid of both.
For users, highlights include:
A consistent inbox, calendaring, and contacts experience across the PC, browser and phone.
Integrated conversation view bringing together information across all folders, inbox and sent and deleted items.
Ability to remove (or "mute") themselves from irrelevant conversations with the click of a button.
Text preview of voice mail messages in the inbox.
New Call Answering Rules to easily create customized voice mail rules, such as call transfer options.
Mail Tips to notify users about potential mistakes before they send e-mail.
A couple of free eBooks are available, written by MVP’s. This again amplifies the value that Microsoft MVP’s to the general IT Pro community.
First up is an eBook from Canadian Mitch Tulloch, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and lead author of the just-published (and hot-selling) Windows 7 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN: 9780735627000; 1760 pages). Mitch has created a short 11 page eBook called “What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support.” Here are the opening paragraphs:
Your sound card has stopped working, your computer seems sluggish, the network is down, your hard drive is clicking, you can’t view a website, your monitor is hard to read, your new webcam isn’t working, your favourite program won’t run, and a funny burning smell is coming from your computer. What can you do on your own to try to troubleshoot the issue before you pick up the phone to call tech support?
If you’re running Windows 7, quite a lot. Microsoft has included a lot of self-support tools in Windows 7 that you can try using before you seek the help of others, and we’ll examine these in a moment. Then there are the tools you were born with—your five senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch) and most importantly your brain. And by brain I’m including your memory, experience, and capacity for logical reasoning. Finally, there is ancient and sacred lore passed on in secret from Master to Disciple over the millennia. We’ll see shortly how your brain, your senses, and the secrets of the Wise Ones can be very helpful for troubleshooting computer problems. But first let’s look at what troubleshooting tools are built into Windows 7.
You can download the eBook in XPS format here and in PDF format here. Enjoy!
The next book is written by Jaap Wesselius , a Microsoft MVP’s for Exchange Server from the Netherlands. With only 5 chapters, you might think it is light on content but each chapter has quite a few subchapters so don’t think the book is light. It’s not.
Section 1.6 Exchange Server 2010 Server Roles, for instance, is particularly interesting in explaining the roles – especially for folks like me that still have the old 2003 architecture & server roles in mind.
Section 2.1 Installing the Exchange Server 2010 Prerequisites, reads like a to do list which is particularly useful if you’re new to the new “Exchange Server 2007+” world.