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  • Blog Post: Cool stuff from Microsoft IT

    Microsoft IT usually deals with all Microsoft products and Technologies before they get the street. Because we are early adopters we also have the opportunity to develop good administration practices and we like to share those practices with our customers and partners. That's the main goal of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation - A few notes

    The last week we had some interesting notes related with the Virtualisation topic that I thought it would be worth sharing. First Microsoft IT Showcase has published its Guide to select loads candidates for virtualisation Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Identifying Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide – Final Release Now Available!

    Securely deploy Windows Server 2008 with the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide! Every day, adversaries attempt to invade your customers’ networks and access their servers—to bring them down, infect them with viruses, or steal information about customers or employees. Your customers are looking...
  • Blog Post: Event: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive

    At TechDays for IT Pro’s 2009 ( http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/technet/techdays.aspx ) there will be some sessions on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include some information and demonstrations on the new version of Hyper-V. However, due to time constraints, we won’t have time to get...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 4.5 has been released !

    HMC 4.5 brings together powerful Microsoft enterprise products such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, and now gives you Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, which manages all real-time communications such as instant messaging (IM) and audio and video conferencing...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Client TechCenter launched

    Microsoft has  launched the new Windows Client TechCenter, merging the Windows XP and Windows Vista TechCenters with the Springboard Series lifecycle approach to ease the adoption path and give desktop IT pros a one-stop source for all of the Windows Client guidance, downloads, and community resources...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft feature set posters. Windows 2008, Exchange 2007, SQL 2005

    We have produced a number of detail rich posters which provide a useful feature reference for new features and functionality in Windows 2008 (OS / AD), Exchange 2007, and SQL 2005. They are available for download in PDF format at the locations linked below. · Windows 2008 and Active Directory ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0-a Comprehensive IT Service Lifecycle

    We are pleased to announce that the MOF 4.0 Beta has been updated! We have updated the content based on customer and partner review and have added one new SMF (Team SMF). Beta members can download the content now. MOF 4.0 delivers practical guidance that connects concepts to everyday IT practices and...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows PowerShell workshops

    Just in case someone is interested in learning Windows PowerShell or in server administration examples (AD, SQL, .NET…) with PowerShell, the second workshop from me is now at MS Downloads. Grab your copy and spread the word, it’s free and can be reused from anybody to redeliver these workshops...
  • Blog Post: Office Interactive Developer Map

    Slightly off-topic but worth to know. Version 2 of the Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map was published last Friday, by the Office Developer Centr e. The new version includes lots of new stuff (new products and new interactive links) – such as VS2008, Communications Server, Performance...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld: Top 10 Improvements in Windows Server 2008

    This morning Tom Yager & Sean McCown posted a blog on InfoWorld outlining the “ Top 10 improvements in Windows Server 2008 .” Hyper-V made the top spot, followed by NAP and Terminal Services. Great to see these sorts of positive momentum pieces continue to surface, the full list is outlined...
  • Blog Post: Published: Improving Network Security Using Windows Server 2008 technical white paper

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Network Security Using Windows Server 2008 , which discusses how Microsoft IT utilizes NAP, Windows Firewall, and IPsec to provide a secure and compliant network of PCs. Securing the Network with Windows Server 2008 Microsoft IT...
  • Blog Post: IT LifeCycle Overview - Just published

      Brief Description IT LifeCycle Overview Microsoft IT has adopted the ITLC framework to enable standardized, repeatable process solutions, provide assurance, and identify best practices. Overview The Microsoft IT Lifecycle (ITLC) drives consistency and simplicity with a single set of standardized...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 from Microsoft IT Showcase

    New customer/partner-ready content from Microsoft IT Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the republication of Deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, which discusses all phases of the deployment.  Deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 By using a phased approach...
  • Blog Post: Today’s the day for the second Springboard Live! virtual roundtable: The topic? Windows Vista Security

    Let’s talk Windows Vista security begins 17:00 GMT. Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will again be hosting a live, interactive Springboard Series virtual roundtable—this time on the topic of Windows Vista security. As with the March roundtable on deployment, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection - Microsoft Forefront Integration Kit - Beta Now Available!

    Help your customers defend against malware with the Microsoft ® Forefront ™ Integration Kit for Network Access Protection Your customers have deployed anti-malware software, but hackers might still find new ways to attack and penetrate their defenses. And if malware infects a network, it can...
  • Blog Post: External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint – Final Release Now Available!

    Do your customers need tools to more easily and securely collaborate with others across the Internet? Every day, your customers collaborate on key projects with partners, suppliers, and others across the Internet.  To be successful, project teams must regularly share important documents with these...
  • Blog Post: Physical Security at Microsoft: Taking Advantage of Strategic IT Convergence

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Physical Security at Microsoft: Taking Advantage of Strategic IT Convergence , which discusses how building a strategy for physical security that relies on available technology and the existing network infrastructure, Microsoft has been...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - High Availability - Failover Clustering

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Windows Server 2008 - High Availability - Failover Clustering ,  which discusses how Microsoft IT uses failover clustering in the Windows Server 2008 operating system to support users worldwide. Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Developer Highway Code

    Hi All, DO YOU CARE ABOUT HELPING YOUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS WRITE MORE SECURE CODE? PLEASE READ ON... The Developer Highway Code , written by Paul Maher of DPE, is a concise handbook that captures and summarises the key security engineering activities that should be an integral part of the software...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Infrastructure Planning and Design Series and New Releases for Virtualization!

    The concept of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series is to distill down to the core decisions required for planning and designing the IT infrastructures necessary to support business services. The first wave of released guidance introduces the series and focuses on new virtualization technologies...
  • Blog Post: MOF v4 Published

    (Should have posted this much earlier....) The final version of MOF v 4.0 has been published. MOF 4.0 is practical guidance for IT organizations contained in a set of 23 documents. With this release, MOF now reflects a single, comprehensive IT service lifecycle—it helps IT professionals connect...
  • Blog Post: Irish Microsoft Technology Conference April 3rd/4th

    We are happy to recommend two excellent community events coming up in April and May where you can hear expert speakers on the three launch products and many more Microsoft technologies: The Irish Microsoft Technology Conference 2008 (April 3rd,4th - Dublin) - Now in its third year, the multi-day, multi...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services - Beta

      The Infrastructure Planning and Design guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. This series aims to clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, each addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. All guides...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide – Beta Release Now Available!

    Help your customers securely deploy Windows Server 2008 with the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide! Every day, adversaries are attempting to invade your customers’ networks and access their servers—to bring them down, infect them with viruses, or steal information about customers or employees...