News.com says "Analyst firm Directions on Microsoft, which last week published its list of Microsoft's top 10 challenges for 2006, cited the cites the marketing of Windows Vista as its top concern.
"Windows Vista could offer large organizations improvements in software development, security, reliability, systems management and user interface," according to the report. "However, public demonstrations have been full of cool graphics effects and consumer features that probably turn off more IT staff than they attract."
System Center Capacity Planner 2006 (SCCP 2006), known as "indy" before MMS 2005, will be available to Technet Plus subscribers next month (January 2006).
SCCP 2006 gives IT Professionals the guidance they need to plan a deployment of Exchange Server 2003 and MOM 2005, including extensive ability to model "what-if" scenarios for future planning. You input the details of your IT environment in the interview wizard, and get back customized:
System Center Capacity Planner 2006: Frequently Asked Questions
System Center Capacity Planner 2006 (Beta Refresh) Overview
About System Center: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/systemcenter/default.mspx
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We launched blogs.technet.com in April 2005 with about 80 bloggers. Today we have over 300
Google hits for “Technet blogs” 5/2/05 =45,800. Google hits for “Technet blogs” 12/22/05 =1,770,000
Links in to blogs.technet.com as of today according to:
How are we doin' so far? What would you like to see change for CY 2006? Leave comments.
Problems with good backup and restore is a root cause of *many* IT security and customer sat issues. People do strange "sub-optimally secure" things when they are not assured that if they make a mistake, they can easily restore back to know good state. Getting people to that state requires good people, process and technology.
Check out this TechNet webcast on Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape Backup with Data Protection Manager and CommVault. You will be glad you did.
DPM team now has a blog.
DPM stuff here.
Read the paper on how Microsoft IT uses DPM.
Download the Beta.
You can maintain control of information once you’ve shared it with people outside your network, using Rights Management Services built into Windows Server. For the client-side there’s a free plug-in for Windows XP and it’s built into Microsoft Word Powerpoint Excel and Outlook.
Check out this webcast. Read about how we deployed RMS inside Microsoft.
Read the planning and deployment guide. Here is the tech reference.
Check out the new RMS SP1 virtual lab.
(THE SMALL PRINT: In Internet Explorer on Windows XP SP2, you will have to temporarily allow ActiveX in order to install the ActiveX plug-in for the lab. There is also a one-time setup in which you must choose a username and password to register with the virtuallab site).
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Infoworld reports "Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition with Service Pack 1; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1; and Windows Datacenter Edition with Service Pack 1 have achieved Common Criteria (CC) Evaluation Assurance Level 4, Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification, said Mario Juarez, senior product manager in the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft. The certification is more commonly known as EAL 4+, with the "+" denoting the addition of the ALC_FLR.3 certification."
Read more here, and in the white paper.
Here is the press release, if you like that sort of thing.
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Check out the new Moving to SQL Server 2005 at Microsoft Technical White Paper from IT ShowcaseGet the insider IT Pro information on SQL Server 2005 deployment from folks who have doneit inside Microsoft IT.The paper includes discussion on how Microsoft it moved its line-of-business applications to SQL Server 2005. Additionally, this paper also discusses a number of details and best practices that Microsoft adopted to move its applications on SQL Server 2005 that may help other organizations successfully plan and roll out SQL Server 2005.
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The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer is a diagnostic tool that automatically performs specific tests on configuration data collected on the local ISA Server 2004 computer from the ISA Server hierarchy of administration COM objects, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, the system registry, files on disk, and the Domain Name System (DNS) settings. The resulting report details critical configuration issues, potential problems, and information about the local computer. By following the recommendations of the tool, administrators can achieve greater performance, scalability, reliability, and uptime.
Also check the BPAs for Exchange Server and SQL Server, and recently released Performance Troubleshooting and Disaster Recovery analyzers for Exchange Server.
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