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Why you should attend TechEd in Boston this June 11-16

Windows Vista for Developers

Windows Vista Development Center:
This is the starting point for information on Windows Vista development.  

Understanding Windows Vista Development:

Links to guides outlining the various key features/pillars around Windows Vista development: Security, Reliability, Integration, Discover info/data, etc.

WinFX Developer Center:

WinFX, the set of next-generation managed APIs provided by Microsoft, information and development tools are going to be positioned here.  There is currently info on developing applications with WinFX, links to documentation, code samples and the SDK are all available from this site.

Windows Presentation Foundation:

WPF provides the foundation for building applications and high fidelity experiences in Longhorn, blending together application UI, documents, and media content. The functionality extends to the support for Tablet and other forms of input, a more modern imaging and printing pipeline, accessibility and UI automation infrastructure, data driven UI and visualization, as well as the integration points for weaving the application experience into the Windows shell.

 Windows Presentation Foundation Hands-On-Labs:

The Hands-On-Labs are a set of tutorials that introduce key features of Windows Presentation Foundation. Each lab guides you step-by-step through the process of developing a complete Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application using Visual Studio 2005, the WinFX SDK and the Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WinFX.

 Windows Communication Foundation (formerly code-named "Indigo"):

A set of .NET technologies for building and running connected systems. It is a new breed of communications infrastructure built around the Web services architecture. Advanced Web services support in Windows Communication Foundation provides secure, reliable, and transacted messaging along with interoperability.

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.2.3 Update released

After you install this update, you can use Mac OS X Sync Services and Spotlight searches to sync and find Entourage items, use smart cards with Entourage 2004, and enjoy improved overall security and stability when using Microsoft Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004, and Entourage 2004. This update also includes all of the improvements released in all previous Office 2004 updates.

Make sure to read the Exchange Users section - data loss is possbile if you move MBs.

Microsoft TechTalks for Education in April

April 5th:  Virtualization with Virtual Server R2:
We will discuss how Virtual Server with Virtual Server R2 improves hardware utilization and assists software deployments by consolidating your server networks.

April 12th: Using Digital Media to Improve Presentations:
Making an impact with presentations will be easier with the appropriate digital media add-ons. Microsoft will demonstrate how to utilize the many capabilities of digital media to make any presentation you deliver memorable.

April 19th : Microsoft Office 12: Classroom Productivity for the Future:
Come learn about the exciting new capabilities that will be part of the next release for Microsoft Office products, currently code-named Microsoft Office “12”. You will be among the first to get an actual glimpse of the next desktop productivity suite. Roxie Mitchell will be focusing on how Office 12 will help you increase your productivity and efficiency inside and outside of the classroom.

April 26th: The Education Desktop: Office, OneNote, Encarta, Student and Windows:
Microsoft makes an effort to engage every student in the best, most effective technological learning environment available. Learn more about our solutions for today’s student and how to utilize these in your school setting.

Free Microsoft E-Learning Courses SQL Server 2005

Extreme Tech - Why Windows Vista won't suck

Good Vista technical details:,1697,1931914,00.asp

Watch this for something cool for Higher Education

Windows Mobile Feature Pack LiveMeetings

Occurs every Tuesday and Thursday effective 2/23/2006 until 4/19/2006 from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM  Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Level 200 slides on current and future options for mobile messaging with Exchange Server 2003 and the Windows Mobile platform, including device photos and availability.

Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: PUSH
Audio Conferencing (Toll-free): +1 (866) 500-6738 Participant Code: 530493


Education March TechTalks 2006

Live Meeting details will be sent with registration confirmation.  See below for details and registration links.
March 1st:  Introducing System Center Data Protection Manager
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Event Code: 1032284997
March 8th: Streamline the Collection and Processing of Academic Data with Microsoft InfoPath 2003
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Event Code: 1032287976
March 15th: Business Intelligence Solutions in Education
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Event Code: 1032285065
March 22nd: Classroom Learning Tools: Microsoft Student and Learning Essentials for Office
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Event Code: 1032291302

March 29h: Effective Computer Lab Management with the Shared Computer Toolkit
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Event Code: 1032291305

Windows Vista Step by Step Guides

Windows Defender Beta 2 is goes public

Windows Defender (Beta 2) helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected, and a new streamlined interface that minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive.

Improvements in Windows Defender (Beta 2)
• Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine.
• Streamlined, simplified user interface and alerts.
• Improved control over programs on your computer (using enhanced Software Explorer).
• Multiple language support with globalization and localization features.
• Protection technologies for all users, even those who do not have administrator rights on the computer.
• Support for assistive technology for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities.
• Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
• Information about the most recent spyware threats that Microsoft has identified.

Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor (ExMon)

ExMon is free tool that  allows an Exchange administrator the ability to see in detailed performance of an Exchange server.  Shown on a user by user basis, ExMon allows you to see how much CPU, latency, network traffic, and disk each user on an Exchange server consumes.  It captures data sent back to the Exchange server from Outlook 2003 and higher about the user's actual experience, showing the actual RPC (network+server) latency and even the name of the process talking to the Exchange server (so you can see ActiveSync usage and other 3rd party MAPI applications).

Using an external display with Vista 5270

Connect the projector with the computer off, then boot the system.  After you log on, change the display properties to Extend your desktop to monitor #2 and make it the primary display.  Turn off the display for Monitor #1.  Unfortunately, this means no dual display.

Windows Server 2003 R2 availability

The Windows Server R2 media is available Feb 1st, 2006 on the MVLS website for download. The media will be in the February Media Fulfillment kits and update kits.

IE 7 Beta 2 Preview now public

Running WSS and SQL RS on the same box


Bad things can happen when you install WSS on a MOM box or any server running SQL Reporting Services.  404 Page not found badness.  Here is a nice find to get things working again:

Cool MOM utilities

The SharePoint Web part for MOM is pretty cool.  The WP renders a customized, filterable view of the MOM alerts inside a WSS site.  Attached is the updated code that works with MOM 2005 SP1.  Thanks to Mike Reilly at the Waltham MTC for the help.


I also love the Op Console notifier.  It's a systray utility that pops toast when configurable MOM alert levels change.

Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

The Threats and Countermeasures guide provides you with a reference to all security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Microsoft® Windows® operating systems. This guide is a companion to two other Microsoft publications: The Windows Server 2003 Security Guide, which is available at, and the Windows XP Security Guide, which is available at


Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP

Ideal for shared computers

RSS Feeds Available from

Did you know that Microsoft offers a series of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds that you can access and leverage for your organization?

Here is a quick list:
Security Bulletins
Updated KB Articles
Microsoft Communities
SQL Server

And many, many more.  If you would like to learn more about RSS, please visit

If you are using Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, you can get RSS feeds delivered to your SharePoint site by using add-ins like Tim Heuer's RSS FeedReader Web part <>. The RSS FeedReader can be placed on a Web Part Page in a Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 portal site or a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services site.


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