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August, 2009

  • Now Available: Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables IT administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates and fully manage the distribution of updates that are released through Microsoft Update to computers in their network. Windows Server Update...
  • Reasons to upgrade to Exchange Server 2007 SP2

    Not only does it make deploying Exchange Server 2010 easier, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) also includes several new and improved features. But first, the Exchange Server 2010 migration: once all of the client access servers in your...
  • Application Virtualization 4.6 Beta ready for download

    As 64-bit computing becomes more commonplace in the enterprise, the MDOP team has announced that App-V 4.6 be the first version of App-V to support both x64 and x86 Windows platforms and the primary focus of the release is to enable App-V to take advantage...
  • Upgrade your mobile device with Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2

    The 2007 R2 version of Office Communicator Mobile , t he client for mobile devices connected to the Microsoft Office Communications Server, extends your work identity, as well as IM presence information, to mobile devices. It has a similar look and feel...
  • Microsoft ForeFront Client Security passes independent security test

    Of the 35 anti-malware products tested in Virus Bulletin ’s latest test, 23 products-- including Microsoft ForeFront Client Security--passed for detecting all of the 3,000 samples of malware while not detecting false positives. Twelve products failed...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation software is ready for download

    The operations team is happy to announce that Windows Server 2008 R2 eval bits are now available . The evaluation is good for 180 days and you’ll have a 10-day grace period once you install before you’ll be required to activate. That said, while this...
  • Download the Release Candidate of Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server

    The Forefront team has announced the Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server RC (FSE) build, an important milestone which adds significant UI improvements, antispam backscatter support, hybrid antispam configuration from within the UI, integration...
  • Get the Microsoft SQL Server StreamInsight and SQL Azure Database August CTPs

    We’re excited to announce that SQL Server StreamInsight is officially shipping as a component of SQL Server 2008 R2, which is scheduled to be available in H1 2010. StreamINsight brings a low-latency complex event processing (CEP) platform to SQL Server...
  • Don’t miss the upcoming roundtable--Windows 7 Application Compatibility Part 2: Virtualization

    Mark your calendar for September 24, 2009 at 9:00 am Pacific Time. That’s when the Springboard Series resumes with Part 2 of the Windows 7 Application Compatibility roundtable . In this segment, a panel of experts will discuss how virtualization tools...
  • Download the MDT 2010 Release Candidate

    Released yesterday, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 RC contains numerous bug fixes since MDT 2010 Beta 2. It has also been tested and will work with Windows 7 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM as well as all previously supported operating systems...
  • Get 25% off new TechNet Subscriptions

    If you haven’t tried it, here’s your chance to experience the value of a TechNet Subscription. What’s in it for you? How about access to full-version software? These versions are licensed for evaluation but they don’t time-out like other eval licenses...
  • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Released

    You can now download Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 , which enable IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows...
  • Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    Want to simplify the creation of customized graphical dashboards for Operations Manager 2007? Check out the free Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 . You can visually show the health of an environment by quickly rendering diagrams...
  • Get a peek at SharePoint 2010

    It’s still early and there are not a lot of details made public yet, but the SharePoint Product Group is offering a sneak peek at the upcoming SharePoint 2010 . And since SharePoint 2010 will only be available in a 64-bit version, they also have some...
  • New on TechNet’s Script Center: The Script Gallery

    Hey, if you’re a fan of the TechNet Script Center (and who isn’t), check out the new Script Gallery , which contains more than 4,000 scripts for Windows and Windows Server. And now, for the first time, you can upload your own scripts directly to TechNet...
  • Get your ideas heard (and seen) for making Microsoft Office better

    Recently launched, the new MakeOfficeBetter.com site is the place to go if you’ve got a great idea for Microsoft Office. You can also vote on the ideas that others have submitted. Take a look. There are already plenty of ideas, displayed by Office product...
  • Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Videos

    These are very useful and short videos that walk you through a potentially important aspect of your Windows 7 deployment: the migration from Windows XP. In Part 1 of Window XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010: Building the Deployment Environment...
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP available tomorrow

    The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 August Community Technology Preview will be available tomorrow, August 12. Download the SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP and see new capabilities for application and multi-server management, complex event processing, master...
  • Evaluate the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RTM

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing and, according to the System Center team blog, general availability via volume licensing is set for October 1, 2009. You can already access the 180-day evaluation version...
  • IT Pro at Home Demonstrations

    Working from home is a necessary part of an IT professional’s life, if you want to have a life. Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 can help make your online time at home more efficient. Check out the Springboard Series IT Pro at Home: Tips and Tricks series...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate ready to download

    Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate is now feature complete and available for download here . New in the RC release is support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, co-existence with Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2003, and...