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March, 2009

  • Internet Explorer 8 tops NSS Labs’ Socially Engineered Malware test

    In its first comprehensive test of web browser protection against socially engineered malware , NSS Labs found that Internet Explorer 8 (RC1) was best among the six browsers tested. More than 154,000 individual tests were run during 12 days of 24x7 testing...
  • Enterprise coolness: DirectAccess and other Windows 7 benefits

    With so many talked about new features in Windows 7, I have to point out a feature for enterprises that is near and dear to my heart: Direct Access . Anyone who has spent much time accessing their corporate network via a VPN will appreciate this. Direct...
  • Getting in touch with Windows 7: a Windows Touch deep dive

    By now, you’re probably aware of key improvements to the user interface in Windows 7 which optimize for touch. And you realize that it will be an ongoing effort among hardware suppliers and application developers to build touch support into their technologies...
  • Guidance: Help Protect Windows from Conficker

    This page was recently updated with more guidance about Conficker that you can use to protect your systems and with which to recover systems that have been infected. The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) is continually monitoring Conficker and...
  • Get the Virtualization Self-Assessment Kit

    Want to understand Virtualization’s Impact on Your Business? Download the Virtualization Self-Assessment Kit . It brings together some of our best resources to help you understand the specific impact virtualization will have on your business. You will...
  • The month of daily Exchange Server 2007 tips continues with some gems

    TechNet Magazine has really elevated the notion of tech tips. When you think of such of a feature, what comes to mind? A few tips that stagnate over time; perhaps a top 10 list, if it’s a really hot topic. Not TechNet Magazine . It’s Tip of the Day updates...
  • Windows Home Server users get Power Pack 2 today

    I know from past interest in Home Server content in TechNet Flash that many IT Pros have Windows Home Server . Not surprising, I guess. Who would better understand the value of server software for anywhere access and sharing, backup and restore, and the...
  • Get the new Windows Sysinternals updates

    The good folks at Windows Sysinternals recently updated several of their invaluable utilities for managing, troubleshooting and diagnosing your Windows systems and applications , including: · Process Monitor v2.04 This update shows file mapping operations...
  • New utilities from Windows Sysinternals

    If you haven’t dropped by the Windows Sysinternals site recently, there are a couple updated utilities to check out. First off, version 1.6 of the Sigcheck utility adds checking for .NET signatures, among other extensions. Sigcheck verifies that images...
  • How you—IT professionals—are helping build Windows 7

    Once again, big props to Gavriella Schuster for her level of detail on Windows 7 development for enterprise customers. In her latest post on the Windows Team Blog , she explains exactly how our enterprise customers and partners have helped us focus on...
  • Update on Windows 7 application compatibility

    Here’s a topic on everyone’s mind when it comes to preparing for Windows 7: application compatibility. Every time Microsoft begins rolling out a new version of Windows, this is huge for our enterprise customers, and I’m happy to report that it is huge...
  • A month of Exchange Server 2007 tips on TechNet Magazine

    Find a new Exchange Server 2007 tip every business day. TechNet Magazine has kicked off its next monthly theme for its Tip of the Day. Discover useful tips like how to Use the Exchange Management Shell to Create New Mail Users and Mailboxes , Quickly...
  • Fast Track Data Warehouse is available starting today

    As previously reported, Fast Track Data Warehouses offer a solid roadmap to large-scale enterprise data warehousing on SQL Server. Data warehouses built on Fast Track configurations today can be fully integrated SMP “spokes” in a hub-and-spoke architecture...
  • Windows Vista SP2 RC and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC now available

    Another milestone was reached yesterday on the timeline for the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 release. The release candidate (RC) was made available to the general public as part of the Customer Preview Program (CPP...
  • Microsoft kicks off Skills Week

    Microsoft kicks off Skills Week Today marked the launch of more than 175 partner-led events in North America designed to help IT professionals and developers develop and validate their skills, network with industry leaders and achieve Microsoft...
  • A look at the Windows 7 beta-to-RC changes

    For the legions of IT pros current testing Windows 7, the Windows team blog, Engineering Windows 7 has posted details on some of the changes from the beta version to the release candidate. This is not the exhaustive list of changes, but some of the more...
  • Download the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta

    The beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now available via Microsoft Connect . VMM 2008 R2 beta supports new Windows Server 2008 R2 beta features such as Live Migration and Hyper-V host management. It also supports multiple VMs per...
  • Why you should consider the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Beta

    You may have heard that the MDT 2010 beta, the next version of the solution accelerator for operating system and application deployment, is ideal for deploying the Windows 7 beta in your test environments. What you may not know is that is also very useful...
  • Commerce Server 2009 now available

    Microsoft has released Commerce Server 2009 , the out-of-the-box e-commerce platform that enables businesses to create consistent user experiences across e-commerce channels. Whether you’re a developer, IT professional, designer, marketing manager, merchandiser...
  • Evaluate Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server

    P rotect your Office Communications Server 2007 instant messaging environment against malware and out-of-policy content with the newly released Forefront Security for Office Communications Server . The on-premise solution includes multiple scanning engines...
  • IE 8 is now ready, but are you ready for IE8?

    It’s official. Internet Explorer is available for download ; in itself great news and great advances in safety, speed and ease of use. And as IT professionals, you’ve no doubt heard about the new deployment, administration and network management capabilities...
  • Try out the Silverlight 3 beta (developer release)

    Just announced during MIX09 in Las Vegas this week, the Silverlight 3 beta is a preview release which introduces more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video performance and quality...
  • Download the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 beta

    The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and keep up-to-date with the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express...