News

SharePoint

The following hyperlinks direct you to sources of information for planning and deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Servers (MOSS) 2007. Now that MOSS 2007 has released to market the official guidelines are starting to become available.

System Requirements
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101945391033.aspx

How to Buy
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/FX101865111033.aspx

See an Intro Product Demo
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101672721033.aspx

Select a Feature Demo
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/CH102066971033.aspx

Compare Features
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101978031033.aspx

MOSS Capacity planning Guidelines
http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/eb2493e8-e498-462a-ab5d-1b779529dc471033.mspx?mfr=true#

WSSv3 Capacity Planning Guidelines
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/0e13e879-0156-4e9f-b6d5-abddcf326d211033.mspx?mfr=true

These are just a selection of the links available on the SharePoint 2007 Products Web Site
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/FX100492001033.aspx

IIS

Microsoft is excited to announce a technical preview release of FastCGI for IIS
Microsoft is excited to announce a technical preview release of FastCGI for IIS, a new component for Microsoft's Web server platform. This release is available immediately for download to Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and previous versions of IIS including IIS 6.0 in Windows 2003 Server and IIS 5.1 in Windows XP.
http://www.iis.net/default.aspx?tabid=1000051

ISA

New Microsoft Forefront Security Products Help Protect Businesses against the Latest Threats
PressPass (November 14, 2006) New Microsoft Forefront client and server security products and new remote access features will help customers protect information and control access to IT infrastructure.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/nov06/11-14forefront.mspx

ISA Server 2004 Achieves Common Criteria Level EAL 4+ for Security
Certification is extended to Enterprise Edition.
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/commoncriteria/default.mspx

Downloads

SharePoint

Trial RTM Download of SharePoint 2007

http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT102104951033&Origin=HH102081821033&CTT=5

ForeFront Security for SharePoint 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/serversecurity/sharepoint/download.mspx

ISA

IsaBPA Version 4 -  (Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool)
The Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall health of their ISA Server computers and to diagnose current problems. The tool scans the configuration settings of the local ISA Server computer and reports issues that do not conform to the recommended best practices.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d22ec2b9-4cd3-4bb6-91ec-0829e5f84063&DisplayLang=en

Evaluate a Pre-configured Version of ISA Server 2006 in a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)
Download ISA Server 2006 and other Microsoft and partner solutions in pre-configured VHDs.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/try/vhd/default.mspx
ISA 2006 VHD
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=708e826a-9dd9-4327-bf49-5a8fa5e53ab3&DisplayLang=en

BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Documentation Update (CHM) - Updated 16th Nov 2006
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Documentation in CHM format.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3294DDAF-9F67-409F-A92D-2F6070DC0D1A&displaylang=en

BizTalk 2006 Adapters for Host Systems
Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for Host Systems offer efficient development tools and native runtime protocol engines that allow enterprise IT to connect BizTalk to existing line-of-business programs and data on IBM mainframe zSeries and midrange iSeries computers, preserving the integrity and performance of vital line-of-business systems, while extending those investments to new solutions.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C0D4B943-1786-4B74-A9A4-FDAA582F5FA2&displaylang=en

Events/WebCasts

SharePoint

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: An In-Depth Look at Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 200)
Tune in to this webcast for a technical overview of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. We look at the goals of Office SharePoint Server 2007, explore the functional architecture, and examine each of the new feature areas in detail. We also demonstrate the new portal design and features. Join us to see how the latest releases of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services handle collaboration, communication, and business intelligence (BI).
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317841%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 ISV Profitability: the 11 Key Criteria for Measuring Business Success
Running a profitable software business in today’s global marketplace isn’t always easy. Attracting new customers, keeping development costs down, and training a highly skilled team add to the challenge. If this sounds familiar or you want to better understand new ways to drive business performance, the Microsoft ISV Profitability Webcast is a must attend.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317250%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Planning for and Deploying Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)
We provide a detailed overview of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 architecture in this webcast, including the concepts behind the topology, server roles, network conditions, and security topics. Learn about the three-tier administration model and how each of the three components: central administration, shared services, and site settings are commonly used. Find out your SharePoint Server 2007 deployment options and the considerations for determining the correct topology to use for your installation. We include scenarios that illustrate four different topologies, progressing from deployment of a single server to various server farm options.   
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032318443%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Planning for and Deploying Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)
Proper planning is required to determine the resources, time, and tasks needed to successfully install and maintain Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. In this second webcast in our series, we move beyond the architectural overview provided in Part One to discuss SharePoint Server 2007 advanced settings, scripting tips, and other considerations for installing the product. Web load balancing, password management, and authentications settings are a few of the specific topics that are covered. We also discuss ways to perform disaster recovery once you have your SharePoint Server 2007 solution installed. From the basic Recycle Bin to the SharePoint Server 2007 backup/restore utility to SQL backup/restore, join us to learn the options available to secure your organization’s data.               
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032318445%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 MSDN Webcast: Office SharePoint Server 2007 Business Data Catalog (Part 2 of 2): Developing Web Services (Level 200)
Beyond giving you the ability to integrate portals with enterprise data and applications with minimal code, the Business Data Catalog (BDC) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 also introduces several specific development opportunities. In the second half of this two-part webcast, we show you how to create Web services that are fully optimized for the BDC. We also show you how to use BDC-registered metadata to create your own automatically-generated custom user interfaces.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032316741%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Integrating the Business Data Catalog and Business Applications Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 200)
In this webcast, we show you how the Business Data Catalog, a new feature in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, enables you to present business data from a variety of data sources and applications throughout your organization, without the need for complex coding. We discuss some key concepts behind the Business Data Catalog, examine the business issues the Business Data Catalog helps to solve, and explain how it does so. We also walk you through designing and deploying Business Data Catalog applications.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317853%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Real-Time Collaboration and Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 200)
In this session, we explore how real-time collaboration solutions that use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2007 enable you to bring customers, coworkers, and suppliers closer together and make it possible for you to be more productive.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317845%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: An In-Depth Look at Search Technology in Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 200)
Join this webcast to discover the new search features available in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. In this session, we look at the challenges IT professionals face when trying to support disparate information repositories and illustrate how SharePoint Server 2007 can help address these issues. We also explore the other new features and the enhanced architecture of SharePoint Server 2007, including a look at some specific usage scenarios.            
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317856%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Excel Services Technical Overview (Level 200)
In this webcast, we look at the new Excel Services, which is part of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. We show how Excel Services extends the capabilities of Microsoft Office Excel 2007 by allowing broad sharing of spreadsheets, in addition to improved manageability and security. Attend this session to learn how Excel Services enables you to reuse spreadsheet models through a scalable server-based calculation service and an interactive Web-based user interface. We illustrate how Excel Services provides a Web-based user interface for browser-based access and a Web services API for programmatic access, both of which have robust options for controlling what data is available to users and applications. Excel Services also takes advantage of the other capabilities of SharePoint Server 2007, including enterprise content management features like check-in/check-out, auditing, and versioning capabilities.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032318455%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery Strategies for SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 200)
In this session, learn about the tools and methods available to help protect your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployments. We discuss content recovery and offer proactive strategies for disaster recovery planning. We also provide recommendations for achieving and maintaining high availability with your SharePoint Server 2007 farm.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032319573%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Manages the World's Largest Windows SharePoint Services Deployment (Level 300)
For more than six years, Microsoft IT has been hosting different versions of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. Join this webcast to learn about the best practices, processes, and challenges of hosting the newest version of the product concurrently with older versions. Topics we cover in this discussion include operational process, service definitions, and lessons learned from Microsoft IT's experiences in hosting Windows SharePoint Services in a large-scale deployment scenario.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032316542%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Developing, Deploying, and Maintaining Forms Solutions (Level 200)
In this webcast, we provide best practices for effectively developing a forms solution in an organization. Deploying an application is a vital part of the development process, and it is often overlooked. Join us as we look at the different strategies for deploying forms solutions and explore how deploying a forms solution requires thorough testing and refinement. We discuss how applications need maintenance once they are deployed in a production environment. We also explain how to update a forms solution application based on change management requests and how to ensure continual stability within an application through regression testing.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317858%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 TechNet Webcast: Compliance and Records Management (Level 200)
In this webcast, we consider records management and its challenges. We review the enterprise content management (ECM) features in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and examine how these features can make records management easier. Learn about collaborative spaces and records spaces, and find out how e-mail records management can be critical to any records management solution. We also discuss the hold capabilities in SharePoint Server 2007 that enable IT administrators, lawyers, and records managers to place holds on specific items to help ensure that they remain unchanged during litigation, audits, or other investigations.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032317860%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

BizTalk

MSDN Webcast: Accelerate Your Supply Chain with a Hybrid Approach to Business-to-Business Integration (Level 200)
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?eventID=1032317731&Culture=en-US
Thursday, December 7, 2006
11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Join this webcast to learn how a hybrid approach to business-to-business (B2B) integration can fit easily into your IT environment, help you reduce the cost of operations, improve customer service, and increase your business results.

MSDN Webcast: Enabling a New Generation of Dynamic Applications Through Service-Oriented Architecture (Level 200)
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?eventID=1032317743&Culture=en-US
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
10:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Tune in and learn how you can use your existing systems, line-of-business (LOB) applications, and data and expose them as services (using the .NET Framework and adapters).

New KB’s

ISA

How to Configure Client Proxy Server Settings by Using a Registry File (819961)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/819961

Error message when you try to back up or export the configuration in ISA Server 2006 or in ISA Server 2004: "There is not enough memory to complete the operation" (926218)http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926218

The Microsoft Firewall service does not start, and event ID 11002 is logged on a member of an ISA Server 2004 array (927027)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927027

Error message when you re-install ISA Server 2004 and CSS in replication mode on a computer that is a member of an ISA Server array (925883)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925883

An ISA server requests credentials when client computers in the same domain use Internet Explorer to access Web sites that contain Java programs (925881)http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925881

How to configure an ISA Server computer for a very large number of authentication requests (326040)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326040

Description of the ISA Server 2006 hotfix package: October 02, 2006 (925289)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925289

ISA Server 2006 includes the host header together with the port number of the Web server after you publish a Web site (925287)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925287

The installation fails and you receive error events in the Application log when you try to install ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 2 (924146)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/924146

Cookies from a published Web site are randomly lost after you publish an application that uses forms-based authentication in ISA Server 2004 (927778)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927778

Description of the ISA Server 2004 hotfix package: September 20, 2006 (925232)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925232

Error message when internal SecureNAT client computers access a Web site that is published by ISA Server 2004: "Cannot find server or DNS Error" (925230
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925230

BizTalk

Summary of operating systems and SQL Server versions supported by different versions of BizTalk Server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926628

FIX: Some context properties may be unavailable in BizTalk Server when you use Microsoft BizTalk Adapter 2.0 for mySAP Business Suite to receive messages
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=925852

FIX: BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT no longer examines the user who signs for an InfoPath form after you install BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT 2.3 Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926614