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  • MOF: An Actionable and Prescriptive Approach to ITIL

    This white paper on TechNet summarizes the content of Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and explains how MOF builds on and extends the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, commonly known as ITIL, to provide IT managers with an actionable...
  • Updated SMS 2003 Device Management Feature Pack Now Available

    The updated SMS 2003 Device Management Feature Pack (DMFP) is now available at: http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/downloads/2003/dmfp.mspx . The feature pack now allows SMS 2003 to manage mobile devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile Pocket...
  • TechEd: Eric's Swag Report - Days 1 & 2

    The TechNet Guy's right-hand man, Eric B., wants to share his Swag report with you. Please keep in mind that his report does not reflect the views of The TechNet guy (however, if they're good, I'll take it). Eric's Swag Report Welcome to Boston...
  • Tools to Manage IIS Log Files

    Q : I have a fairly large shared IIS server at my company. We are trying to locate areas where we can simplify some management of the log files since handling over 1000 log files is somewhat tedious. We are running Windows Server 2003 with the latest...
  • TechEd: Eric's Swag Report - Day 6

    Eric's TechEd 2006 Swag Report #6 Thanks Boston! Friday, June 16 : This event could not have happened without the great city, facilities, and people of Boston. And I want to especially thank Boston’s finest, the men and women of BPD. For their...
  • TechEd: Eric's Swag Report - Day 4

    T-Shirts Rock! Wednesday, June 14 : These walking billboards of cotton and poly blend are extremely popular with everyone, not just the hard core swag grabbers. I have yet to see someone turn one down or give it back because it's the wrong size. My...
  • Launched: Manageability TechCenter

    We're pleased to announce the launch of the Manageability TechCenter ( http://technet.microsoft.com/manageability/default.aspx ) on Microsoft TechNet. Here, you will find task-based and best-practices guidance on how to effectively manage an IT environment...
  • Launched: Windows Mobile TechCenter

    We're pleased to announce the launch of the Windows Mobile TechCenter at: http://technet.microsoft.com/mobile/default.aspx . Windows Mobile works with your existing Microsoft technology and infrastructure, delivering a scalable, familiar platform for...
  • The TechNet Guy's Diary at TechEd 2006 - Day 4

    Day 4 was a quieter day...except for the attendees who were still flooding the hallways of the Boston Convention Center to watch World Cup soccer. I had the opportunity to attend Bryan K.'s Systems Management Server 2003 R2 presentation. He did a good...
  • The TechNet Guy's Diary at TechEd 2006 - Day 2

    On Day 2 of TechEd 2006 (in Boston), we were flooded with all the Hands-On labs, compelling breakout sessions, and this one big barnyard full of sales pitches left and right (otherwise known as the Expo Hall). One shameless pitch I'd like to make is the...
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    The biweekly TechNet Flash IT newsletter delivers the latest IT news, security bulletins, product updates, event announcements, and more, making it easy for you to stay in the know. Sign up now for either HTML or text format. When you subscribe , or if...
  • Announcing Microsoft Certificate Lifecycle Manager Beta 2

    Microsoft Certificate Lifecycle Manager (CLM) Beta 2, a policy- and workflow-driven solution that helps organizations manage the lifecycle of digital certificates and smart cards, is now housed on TechNet with a new Web design (compared to Beta 1). Take...
  • Announcing DPM Version 2 Beta 1

    We're pleased to announce the availability of Data Protection Manager (DPM) version 2.0 Beta 1 and DPM's new location on the microsoft.com web site. More information can be found on the web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/dpm/default.mspx...
  • Announcing System Center Essentials 2007!

    Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE 2007) is a new management solution in the System Center family of IT management products, which is specifically designed for midsized businesses. SCE 2007 provides proactive management and a unified experience...
  • Put It On My IIS "Tab"

    In IIS 6.0, the "Operators" tab in Web Sites Operator Properties was removed (as compared to IIS 5.0): The reason being (outlined in the Knowledge Base article 298969 ): A Web site operator is not permitted to change the identification of Web...
  • WPA2 Support in Windows XP with Service Pack 2 Now Available

    The IEEE 802.11i standard formally replaces Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and the other security features of the original IEEE 802.11 standard. WPA2™ (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) is a product certification available through the Wi-Fi Alliance that certifies...
  • SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack Update Available

    The Systems Management Server 2003 OSD Feature Pack Update is now available (English version only at the moment). Other language versions will soon follow, along with the ICP. This update adds support for SMS to create and deploy images of Windows OS...
  • Systems Management Server TechCenter Launched

    The TechNet team is pleased to announce that the Systems Management Server TechCenter launched today, Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at 9:00 AM Pacific. In coordination with the TechCenter launch, the Systems Management Server product Web site has been...
  • Announcing SMS 2003 Service Pack 3 Open Beta

    Providing hardware and software asset intelligence, Service Pack 3 enables better Windows Vista migration planning, software license management, and full Windows Vista manageability in addition to providing the latest Systems Management Server (SMS) hot...
  • Web Launch: Commerce Server 2007

    In coordination with the general availability of Microsoft's premier server for creating eCommerce solutions, I'm pleased to announce the Web update of Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 product site and the TechNet site. Commerce Server 2007 enables IT professionals...
  • The TechNet Guy's Diary at TechEd 2006 - Day 5

    I spent most of Thursday attending the breakout sessions and a few hours here and there to get my regular day job done. Then I stowed away my backpack full of DVDs, tech magazines, and swags, at my hotel room. Around 6:00pm, we had to get on a school...
  • Launched: System Center Configuration Manager TechCenter

    The System Center Configuration Manager TechCenter has launched today as the product is in the Release Candidate (RC) stage. You can download and try the RC software (on Microsoft Connect), read the preliminary version of the online documentation, try...
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) Data Encryption and Integrity

    The August edition of The Cable Guy article describes the details of the WPA2 implementation of AES CCMP for encryption, decryption, and data integrity validation of 802.11 wireless frames. Check it out.
  • Data Protection Manager 2006 Service Pack 1 Has Released

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2006 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has released. SP1 broadens the protection capabilities with support for protecting file server clusters, support for SIS (single-instance storage) enabled servers and support for X64 Windows...
  • TechEd: Eric's Swag Report - Day 3

    Report from Eric B. SWAG saturation? A kinder gentler day has dawned Tuesday, June 13 : I had the chance to engage in some really interesting conversations with many IT heroes today... Gone is the frantic mob that during the expo hall break yesterday...