M. Omer Siddiqui's Blog

Infrastructure pieces on the web

January, 2012

  • 800 Days Until Windows XP End of Support

    It takes 18-24 months to plan for and deploy a new operating system. If you haven’t started planning to migrate your Windows XP PCs to a modern OS, or if your migration plan have stalled here are some great tools to help you. First of all, start by downloading ...
  • Released: Update Rollup 6 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

    This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of RU5. See KB 2608656 : Description of Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3' for more details. We would like to specifically call out...
  • Security Compliance Manager 2.5 now available for beta download

    For those not familiar with the Security Compliance Manager, SCM is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers, traditional data center, and private cloud using Group Policy...
  • Mobile Clients for Microsoft Lync

    Lync mobile clients enable you to stay connected, communicate and conference on the go . Mobile clients for Microsoft Lync 2010 take the power of unified communications mobile—including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling...
  • FREE - Microsoft Private Cloud Training

    Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn...
  • Custom (aka. Extension) attributes in Exchange 2010 SP2 and their use

    Some of sharper readers of our documentation talking about schema changes that Exchange makes (see Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, November 2011 ) have noticed that in Exchange 2010 SP2, we have added several things that sound...
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Release Candidate

    System Center 2012 helps you manage your IT environments across traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management capabilities, you can become a trusted service provider...
  • Office 365 ROI Case Studies - Small and Medium Sized Businesses

    Read how small and medium sized companies are realizing financial returns from their investments in Office 365. Read how several of our Office 365 customers are seeing direct and indirect benefits to their business from their move to cloud based services...
  • Migrating Exchange from HMC 4.5 to Exchange Server 2010 SP2

    This file contains a white paper and PowerShell scripts to provide the recommended and supported migration path from HMC 4.5 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2. The steps in this guide may also be helpful when migrating from non-HMC environments that...
  • Fostering Digital Citizenship

    Digital citizenship is usually defined as the "norms of behavior with regard to technology use." It encompasses digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, online safety, norms, rights, culture and more. Microsoft recognizes that good digital citizenship...
  • Trustworthy Computing : 10 years now

    Trustworthy Computing focuses on creating and delivering secure, private, and reliable computing experiences based on sound business practices. Our goal is a safer, more trusted Internet. The security of our customers' computers and networks is a top...
  • Privacy in the Cloud: Office 365

    Read about Microsoft’s practical approach to safeguarding information in the cloud, and discover the benefits that have resulted for Office 365 customers. Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping them to...
  • Demonstration: Windows 7 Hardware Assessment with the MAP Toolkit : VIDEO

    Learn how to use the MAP Toolkit to determine if your existing PCs are ready to be upgraded to Windows 7 from a hardware and device compatibility perspective. Need tools and guidance to help your organization migrate to Windows 7? Learn how to use the...
  • Microsoft Exchange Online

    I have recently seen many customers interested in Exchange online, here is a quick review of the pricing and features available in the different “"Microsoft Exchange Online” plans. http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/en-us/pricing-exchange-online-email...