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Windows Server 2008 Beta Is Now Available for Download

The next generation of the Windows Server operating system gives you more control, greater flexibility, and increased protection for your server infrastructure while reducing time and costs. And when you download or order the beta software, you're automatically registered to access valuable beta resources assembled in one convenient Beta Central location.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6803651

Windows Server 2008 Scenario Voting and Feedback Tool

Use the Windows Server 2008 Scenario Voting tool to access a list of 380 validated scenarios for more than 43 different server categories for Beta 3. You can use this list to build test plans, access related technical documentation, and send feedback about Windows Server 2008 Beta 3. Scenario Voting enables you to establish a direct connection with the product teams by allowing you to try a list of featured end-user scenarios and easily "vote" on your experience.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6803652

TechNet Magazine: Inside Windows Vista User Account Control

Mark Russinovich explains that User Account Control (UAC) is one of the most misunderstood new features in Windows Vista. But its goal -- to enable users to run with standard user rights -- can solve many security issues. Get an inside look at the problems UAC addresses and see exactly how this new feature works.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6803653

Live Simulcasts from Tech·Ed

Take part in more than 20 breakout sessions from the comfort of your office, for free. We're simulcasting some of the most popular breakout sessions live from Orlando June 4-8. Also, look for our Best of Tech·Ed webcast series and access our library of pre-Tech·Ed webcasts, virtual labs, and podcasts.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6847939

Prepare for Longhorn and Ensure You Upgrade to Windows Server 2003 Certification

The upgrade exams from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 will retire early next year. Now is the time to strengthen your skills and upgrade your credential to Windows Server 2003 - the fastest growing server on the market. Act now for limited-time savings on training materials.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6838484
Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Beta

Download this cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering media and rich interactive Web applications.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6803675

Making Ecma Open XML an ISO International Standard - Sign the Petition Today
In today's connected world, interoperability is as important as security and reliability for IT professionals. To aid interoperability, XML-based file formats can unlock data in documents and help integrate front- and back-office processes. Recognising these benefits, Microsoft has implemented XML-based formats in successive releases of Office. Both public and private sector customers have expressed their preference for making Open XML an open standard so that they have broad rights to use, without cost, any Microsoft patents necessary to implement all or part of the format. If you agree that Open XML should be approved as an ISO standard please sign this petition, which we will send to the Chairman of the British Standards Institute to demonstrate broad support for this initiative in the UK.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6588007

Catch up with the Latest Architect Insight News

Following the successful Architect Insight Conference, which saw over 200 senior architects gather to debate a range of architectural topics, you can read about the latest news and views on the Insight blog.
http://blogs.msdn.com/architectinsight/
Is Your Application Platform People-Ready? Complete the Self-Assessment and Find Out

Take the Application Platform Infrastructure Optimisation assessment to measure the effectiveness of your current infrastructure in platform-agnostic terms, and compare your application platform infrastructure against industry best practices and the latest IT research.
http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/appplat/ac/apio.mspx
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

The SP2 update illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to continually creating software products with enhanced security, increased reliability, and simplified administration. Learn more about how to download the SP2 update, which can be applied to all Windows Server 2003 products and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx
Windows Vista TechCenter

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx

Documents


Free Subscription to Architecture Journal

Composite Applications is the topic under discussion in the current edition of the Architecture Journal with articles on 'Building Office Business Applications' and a profile of Scott Guthrie from Microsoft Corporation. Register today for your free print or online subscription.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6500756
Core Infrastructure Optimisation Implementer Resource Guide: Standardised to Rationalised

This is the second of three planned Solution Accelerators explaining key IT capabilities necessary to move from one of four defined levels of IT service maturity to the next. This guide will help customers learn how to move their infrastructure from "Standardized" level with some automation, enforced configuration standards, and best practice operations to the "Rationalized" level with zero-touch deployment and management, defined service level agreements, and enhanced security.
HPC Grid-Computing White Paper

This paper explains the benefits of integrating Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 with Platform Computing's LSF grid-enabled solution, and describes the architecture and configuration of this integrated high-performance computing (HPC) solution.
HPC Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Solution Brief

FLUENT 6.3 running on the Windows Compute Cluster Server operating system yields a cost-effective parallel processing solution for CFD analysis. FLUENT 6.3 users running simulations on Windows can exploit the larger memory address space provided by 64-bit systems to run more detailed FLUENT simulations.
CCS 2003 Partner White Papers
Learn more about compute clusters, today's applications, and options available to you from CCS Partners.

Podcasts: How Microsoft IT Manages Security Knowledge for Better Application Risk Management

The process of threat modeling is built on a simple principle: To build a feasibly secure system, one must understand all the threats in that system. The challenge, however, is in making threat modeling more accessible to non-specialists.

Corportate Datacenter and Windows Server x64

There are few reasons why most IT enterprises would not benefit from the move to Windows Server 2003 R2 x64.

ISV Support for Windows Server X64 White Paper

The time is right for ISVs and developers to make the move to supporting their existing applications and developing new native applications for Windows Server x64 Edition.

Network Access Protection Policies in Windows Server 2008

You configure NAP health requirements and enforcement behaviors with Network Policy Server in Windows Server 2008.

User-Based, Self-Service Password Change Solution Guide for MIIS 2003

This Guide describes how to plan and implement a user-based, self-service password change solution using IIS, a Web-based password management application, and WMI. The Step-by-Step document shows how to install, configure, and use IIS, ASP.NET, and the Web-based application.

MIIS 2003 Getting Started Collection

The Getting Started Collection introduces users to various features and functionality of MIIS 2003

ADFSStepbyStep-SiteMinder.doc

This ADFS Step-by-Step Guide walks you through the set up of a test lab for ADFS and CA SiteMinder FSS interoperability.

Work smarter using the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista
These simple, easy-to-use customizable job aids created by Microsoft IT help employees get started with something new, learn more about using a technology or product effectively, select the right product or service, or review best practices.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5637db0a-3436-4607-bf01-3a812dd8fdc0&DisplayLang=en


 

Downloads


Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.04
This is the latest version of the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator enables connection of a Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP host to an external iSCSI storage array. The Microsoft iSCSI software initiator makes it possible for businesses to take advantage of existing network infrastructure to enable block-based Storage Area Networks without having to invest in additional hardware.
Windows Server 2008 Beta Is Now Available for Download

The next generation of the Windows Server operating system gives you more control, greater flexibility, and increased protection for your server infrastructure while reducing time and costs. And when you download or order the beta software, you're automatically registered to access valuable beta resources assembled in one convenient Beta Central location.

Windows Server 2008 Scenario Voting and Feedback Tool

Use the Windows Server 2008 Scenario Voting tool to access a list of 380 validated scenarios for more than 43 different server categories for Beta 3. You can use this list to build test plans, access related technical documentation, and send feedback about Windows Server 2008 Beta 3. Scenario Voting enables you to establish a direct connection with the product teams by allowing you to try a list of featured end-user scenarios and easily "vote" on your experience.


Outlook 2007 Sample: Ribbon Extensibility Add-In

The Outlook 2007 Ribbon Extensibility Add-In, available in both Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET versions, is a learning tool that will help you understand how to customize the Ribbon for Outlook Inspector windows.

Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista

Download these four programs to add fun and functionality to your Tablet PC.

Windows Easy Transfer Companion (Beta)

Windows Easy Transfer Companion enables you to automatically transfer your most important programs from your Windows XP-based PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. This way you can become productive on your new PC as soon as possible. Easy Transfer Companion is designed to be used in addition to Windows Easy Transfer—which transfers your data and settings.
VAMT 1.0 (x86)

The Volume Activation Management Tool enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). VAMT v1.0 is only available as a US-EN (x86) release.

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is a tool to help reduce software piracy. This tool will confirm that the copy of Windows installed on the PC is genuine and properly licensed. If it is not genuine, the tool will provide periodic reminders to help you take the appropriate action.
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is designed to help Windows XP users identify whether their PCs are ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista, which edition of Windows Vista meets their needs, and which features of Windows Vista will be able to run on their PCs.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=42b5ac83-c24f-4863-a389-3ffc194924f8&DisplayLang=en

 

Events/WebCasts

Live Simulcasts from Tech·Ed

Take part in more than 20 breakout sessions from the comfort of your office, for free. We're simulcasting some of the most popular breakout sessions live from Orlando June 4-8. Also, look for our Best of Tech·Ed webcast series and access our library of pre-Tech·Ed webcasts, virtual labs, and podcasts.

TechNet Webcast: "The Network is Slow": Identifying the Cause of Slow Network Communications (Level 200)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

MCP Live Meeting: Introducing the Windows Server "Longhorn" Certification Roadmap (Session 1)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 7:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

MCP Live Meeting: Introducing the Windows Server "Longhorn" Certification Roadmap (Session 2)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

HPC in Financial Services - Platform Symphony on Windows CCS with Excel Services

Thursday, June 14, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Microsoft Webcast: Overview of Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 200)

Monday, June 25, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Designed and Deployed Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

TechNet Webcast: The New Server Core Installation Option in Windows Server 2008 (Level 300)
Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

TechNet Webcast: What Is New in Windows Server 2008

See the new and enhanced features of Windows Server 2008 including Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.0, Server Core, the Active Directory directory service, Terminal Services, and Server Manager.

Live Webcasts:
Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx

Interactive Webcast Calendar
The interactive calendar will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule as well as on-demand webcasts to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone and filter this list by audience, webcast series, product or topic, and presenter.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/calendar/monthview.aspx

Monthly Archived Webcasts:
http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/library/default.mspx

New KB’s

Error message when you use the Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup component to install Windows Vista on a computer: "Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934308

Error message when you use a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller to join a Windows XP-based client computer to a domain: "Not enough storage is available to complete this operation"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935744

A Windows Server 2003-based computer that uses the Storport storage driver stops responding when you try to restart or shutdown the computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935919

Recommended hotfixes for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2-based server clusters

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935640

Error message when you try to log on to a Windows Server 2003-based terminal server: "Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935649

When you start a Windows Server 2003-based computer, you may experience  a delay of up to 10 minutes before you see the logon dialog box

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935917

You receive an error message when you update the schema to enable BitLocker Drive Encryption recovery information in an Active Directory forest

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936121

Error message when you try to view certain Windows Server 2003 components and snap-ins: "error code 80040153 - Invalid value for registry"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934701

FIX: 100 percent of CPU resources are used and SUA stops responding on Windows Server 2003 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923511

The Offline Crash Diagnostic tool for Windows XP is available

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923800

Two windows appear when you double-click two shortcuts to the same folder in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=914437

On non-English versions of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, some text in the print dialog box unexpectedly appears in English after you install the .NET Framework 3.0

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934238

FIX: You may receive a script error when you try to run a script on a computer that has Internet Explorer 7 installed

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=933873

A Windows XP-based portable computer cannot use the Wireless Zero Configuration service to connect to a wireless network

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935432

BUG: An HTML file or an XML file that you archived to a secondary storage device may appear without an icon in Windows Explorer on a client computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935774

Error message when you try to view the effective permissions for a domain-migrated user account on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer: "Windows cannot calculate the effective permissions for <User_Name>"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934161

You cannot access a shared network resource that is hosted by a Windows Vista-based computer if the SMB request packet exceeds the MTU size

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935755

You cannot use a remote access server to apply DHCP options to a Windows Vista-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=933340

Network Map is not displayed correctly in Windows Vista when you use DBCS characters in the SSID for the network name

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935260

You experience problems when you try to obtain Group Policy objects, roaming profiles, and logon scripts from a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935638

Sysprep removes some files from system folders when  you use it to upgrade a computer by using Mini-Setup or the "Out of Box Experience" (OOBE)

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935921

Error message when you try to apply a policy setting to Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers and to other domain clients: "Configuration information could not be read from the domain controller"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935918

Error message when you use Computer Management after you upgrade the computer to Windows Server 2003: "Snap-in failed to initialize"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935641

You cannot use Computer Management to delete multiple local user accounts

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935944

A Windows Server 2003-based computer takes longer to start than expected after you apply the 916048 hotfix

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935226

The "File Control Byte/sec" counter of the System performance object displays values that are larger than expected on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935987

An access violation occurs in an Itanium-based edition of Windows Server 2003 when a program uses structured exception handling

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935925

The user interfaces of the Active Directory directory service management tools display "Serbia and Montenegro" as one country instead of as two countries in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1 Administration Tools Pack

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932284

Detection and deployment guidance for the May 8, 2007 security release

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936981

In Windows Vista, the Multiple Provider Router calls the "NPPasswordChangeNotify" function to notify the credential manager DLL of a password change event, even though the password change is unsuccessful

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936183

The DFS service and the Lsass.exe process appear to jointly consume more than 80 percent of system resources on a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935741

Replicated files are copied over the network when you use the Distributed File System (DFS) Replication feature on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931685

MS07-029: Vulnerability in Windows DNS RPC interface could allow remote code execution

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935966

You receive an error message and changes that you make to the default domain policy GPO are not saved to the Gpttmpl.inf file

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936483

Documents are faxed to the wrong destination if several fax clients call the "FaxSendDocument" API at the same time in Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=933804

Error message and the terminal server roaming profile is not loaded when you log on to a Windows Server 2003-based terminal server

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935642

How to edit a Windows Imaging Format file on a Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computer that is running Windows Deployment Services

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936922

You receive a Stop 0x000000D1 error when you remove a USB storage device from a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935696

Sysprep removes some files from system folders when  you use it to upgrade a computer by using Mini-Setup or the "Out of Box Experience" (OOBE)

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=835786

FIX: The SQLState section and the NativeError section of an error message are missing when you receive the error message in an ADO application in Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934719

Fibre Channel RAID device support for Windows XP Professional

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935430

FIX: The SQLState section and the NativeError section are missing when you receive an error message in an ADO application on a computer that is running Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934720

Error message when you try to play the World of Warcraft game in Windows Vista: "Display driver stopped responding"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936653

A computer that is running Windows Vista may not perform as expected when you use a version of Quicken that is earlier than Quicken 2007 R4

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936651

Error message when you try to start a Windows Vista-based computer that is running Roxio or Sonic Solutions software: "The Sonic Solutions DLA Driver is blocked due to compatibility issues"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936652

You receive an error message when you try to install or to use Apple iTunes software on a Windows Vista-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936648

When you try to remotely administer a DHCP server from a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot find the DHCP scopes

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935988

The Windows Media Digital Rights Management system may not work after you perform a system restore operation

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936621

When you try to perform a task that requires elevated user rights, you do not receive a response in Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=937170

StorPort may not delete zombie LUN objects when a storage adapter is surprise-removed by software in Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935561

You cannot determine Group Policy security settings on a Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932461

A task does not run in certain months when you use the Schtasks command-line tool on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936627

When you try to connect to a DNS server by using the DNS snap-in (Dnsmgmt.msc) on a  Windows Server 2003-based computer, the connection fails

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936243

The private data of the DEVMODE data structure may be corrupted when you use raw mode to print a document in a 32-bit application on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of Windows

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930627

Hotfix for Windows XP that adds support for SDHC cards that have a capacity of more than 4 GB

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934428

Symantec AntiVirus cannot detect viruses after you install a hotfix on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=933215

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