News

Windows Vista Upgrade Offers - OFFER NOW CLOSED

With the festive season fast-approaching, we've teamed up with some of the UK's leading retailers to provide some very special offers that will make upgrading to Windows Vista even more rewarding. So whether you're treating yourself or buying gifts for friends and family, there's never been a better time to turn the PC you've got into the PC you've always wanted! But hurry, offers end 30 October 2007.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623430

Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 3.0

The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) is a risk-assessment application designed to provide information and recommendations about best practices for security within an information technology (IT) infrastructure.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623431

Start your Microsoft Windows 2008 Readiness Right Here

Focus on readiness for Windows Server 2008 now, and you can be the one who stands out when initiatives happen - and when promotion decisions are made. Let Microsoft Learning resources give you the head start you need to transition your skills and credentials to the latest Windows Server technologies - from free elearning clinics and free ebook downloads.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623432

Get an Extra Shot at Microsoft Certification

For a limited time, you can get an extra chance to pass any Microsoft IT Professional, Developer or Microsoft Dynamics Certification exam - free. Register for this offer before your first exam and you'll get two shots at success. Register now!

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623434

The Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Exam Is Coming

Update your skills and get ready for the Windows Server 2008 certification exam with special offers on e-learning collections and classroom training.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623435

Documents

Windows Server 2008 Technical Overviews

These technical overviews provide IT Professionals with information about how a Windows Server 2008 technology works. They may also cover design and planning considerations and basic setup and operating instructions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=46dc26d6-af47-43f0-b3de-521831fe09d6&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

These step-by-step guides help IT Professionals learn about and evaluate Windows Server 2008. These documents are downloadable versions of guides found in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=86808)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang=en

Managing Virtual Server Host Clustering using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007

Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2007 manages a virtualized data center running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and provides unified management of physical and virtual machines, consolidation of underutilized physical servers, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines. This document provides an introduction to the methods and concepts that Information Technology (IT) professionals can use to manage Virtual Server clustered hosts using VMM. Virtual Server host clustering allows you to use a small number of physical servers to provide a wide variety of services, while maintaining the availability of the services that you provide. If a physical host server requires scheduled or unscheduled downtime, another host server is able to quickly begin supporting services.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=75bd4642-b731-42a2-9770-ff8aeff9eed9&DisplayLang=en

Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines

Use this page to download a preliminary draft of the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines (or UX Guide). These guidelines contain information on what’s new in Windows Vista, design principles, and guidelines for controls, commands, text, interaction, windows, aesthetics, and the Windows environment. They help designers and developers create high-quality Windows Vista applications with a consistent “look and feel.“

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e49820cb-954d-45ae-9cb3-1b9e8ea7fe8c&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: Virtualization From the Datacenter to the Desktop

White Paper: Virtualization From the Datacenter to the Desktop

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec5b0718-114c-474d-be01-8a1186eb3cdb&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: The Road to Desktop Optimization

White Paper: The Road to Desktop Optimization

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=90e5f13d-f48d-4f94-9032-58af7550fde2&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: Optimizing Your Server Infrastructure

White Paper: Optimizing Your Server Infrastructure

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5cb2a9ba-d830-4510-9729-78b43208f498&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: Remote Infrastructure Optimization

White Paper: Remote Infrastructure Optimization

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e5f186fa-3cfe-477a-89c3-abd5f75d6eb7&DisplayLang=en

Hypervisor Functional Specification

Microsoft Windows Server 2008. This document is the top-level functional specification (TLFS) of the first-generation Microsoft hypervisor. It specifies the externally-visible behavior. The document assumes familiarity with the goals of the project and the high-level hypervisor architecture.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=91e2e518-c62c-4ff2-8e50-3a37ea4100f5&DisplayLang=en

Downloads

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 7

Internet Explorer 7 Administration Kit (IEAK 7) enables the most efficient way to deploy Internet Explorer 7 and manage Web-based solutions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=36b932c2-a356-4ae5-8c09-1bac9f7a4fe9&DisplayLang=en

SyncToy v2.0 Beta

SyncToy 2.0 Beta for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 VHD (Full Installation)

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta 3.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9aa65956-4a13-46a3-9711-82939a041792&DisplayLang=en

WS-Management v1.1

WS-Management v1.1 delivers WS-Management functionality on Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 Server R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=845289ca-16cc-4c73-8934-dd46b5ed1d33&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server 2008 RC0 Enterprise

Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate helps IT professionals to increase the flexibility and reliability of their server infrastructure while offering developers a more robust web and applications platform for building connected applications and services.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0818d425-cd47-4279-be8d-24aba14530a3&DisplayLang=en

Events/Webcasts

Momentum Webcast: Introductory Session to Microsoft Core Infrastructure Optimization Model and Virtualization (Level 100)

Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586057

TechNet Webcast: Optimize Your Data Center Using PlateSpin Solutions, Dell Servers, and Microsoft Virtual Server (Level 200)

Thursday, November 01, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586058

Configuring Windows Compute Cluster Server clusters for ANSYS software; Guidelines and Current Hardware Solutions

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 7:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586059

TechNet Webcast: Storage Best Practices for Virtual Server (Level 200)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586060

Microsoft Webcast: Overview of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (Level 100)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586061

TechNet Webcast: The Significance of the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Release to Market (Level 200)

Thursday, November 08, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586062

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Session Broker (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586063

Momentum Webcast: Windows Server 2008 - A Solid Foundation for Your Business Workloads and Security (Level 100)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586064

TechNet Webcast: Remote Desktop Protocol as a Presentation Remoting Platform (Level 300)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586065

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Licensing (Level 300)

Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586066

TechNet Webcast: The Virtues of Virtualization (Level 200)

Thursday, November 15, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586067

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services RemoteApp and Web Access (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586068

TechNet Webcast: Developing for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (Level 300)

Monday, November 26, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586069

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Is Providing an Improved Web and Applications Platform with Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server 2008 (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586070

TechNet Webcast: Terminal Services Easy Print (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586071

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Security and Authentication (Level 300)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586072


On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Managers

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7281008

On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Pros

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7281009

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 KBs

On a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot view the pop-up menu when you try to access a DVD-VR format DVD that was created by using a consumer electronics DVD recorder

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942365

Cumulative update rollup for USB core components in Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941600

You cannot view certificate information in Windows Internet Explorer 7 or in Certificate Manager if you use an unattended answer file to install Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942543

You may be unable to run an executable file or a script file from a UNC path when you have Windows Internet Explorer 7 installed on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942091

An IP address of 0.0.0.0 is assigned to a network adapter on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that uses two network adapters and that uses an iSCSI boot configuration

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942913

The ADAM store on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer always uses the NTLM protocol instead of the Kerberos protocol to perform user proxy authentication

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940448

If you load the Intel iSCSI Setup driver for an iSCSI disk during Windows Server 2003 installation, the installation program reports that no disk is detected, and the installation process fails

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=934848

Error message when a NetDDE application is running on a Windows Server 2003-based computer: "Stop 0x000000C2"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941004

A user in a trusted Windows Server 2003 forest cannot use a UPN to log on to a trusting Windows Server 2003 forest when UPN suffixes are not DNS-compliant

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942223

You do not receive an overload notification when the USB bus becomes overloaded on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and that is using an NVIDIA USB controller

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941716

A 32-bit application cannot access the System32 folder on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942589

An access violation may occur in the Telephony service that is run by Wvchost.exe when you run a Telephony API (TAPI)-related application on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942537

A domain name is resolved to an incorrect IP address when a third-party name service provider is installed on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=889019

Detection and deployment guidance for the October 9, 2007 security release

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943357

Stop error after the surprise removal of a device that is under I/O stress on a Windows Server 2003-based computer: "0x000000D1"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940505

MS07-055: Vulnerability in Kodak Image Viewer could allow remote code execution

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923810

Users cannot access resources that are federated by ADFS together with a third-party identity management system

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941308

Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers may incorrectly return the "NO_SUCH_USER (0xc0000064)" status code in response to logon requests

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942636

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 URL handling could allow remote code execution

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943521

Japanese characters appear as boxes when you use a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based printer server to print the characters

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941880

A hotfix is available to update the "(GMT-3:00) Brasilia" time zone and the "(GMT-4:00) Manaus" time zone for 2007 through 2008 in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943000

A Windows XP Service Pack 2–based computer that has an Intel processor may experience high power consumption when the processor is idle and when there is a discontinuity in the C-states that are reported by the BIOS

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941837

Some data on an NTFS partition may become corrupted after you restart a Windows XP-based computer that uses a SATA hard disk drive and a utility that calls the FSCTL_MOVE_FILE API

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941715

Windows background music does not play as expected when the OOBE Wizard is running after you use the Sysprep utility to distribute an image of Windows XP SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942603

Event ID 1 is logged after you install IBM Rescue and Recovery

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942912

Error message on a computer that is running Windows XP when you select a certificate for a Web site: "The page cannot be displayed"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943358

When you use a USB-to-Serial converter to connect a device to a Windows XP-based computer, the data transfer from the computer to the device is slower than expected

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943198

Exceptions do not work correctly when you enable Windows Firewall on a domain controller, and then you upgrade to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942697

How to implement URL validation in application development for Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943522

After you set the EnableDirectoryPartitions registry entry to 0 on a Windows Server 2003 DNS server, DNS scavenging fails, and event ID 2502 is logged

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942923

You randomly receive a "STOP 0x00000044" error message after you install a third-party program on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942528

Virtual machines on a computer that is running ESX Server may not connect to a computer that is running WSS 2003 R2 and Server for Network File System (NFS) or to a computer that is running any edition of Windows Server 2003 R2 and Server for NFS

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942868

You experience application performance issues after you install the update from security bulletin MS07-043 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943172

A Windows XP Service Pack 2-based destination computer may stop responding after you log on to it by using an RDP session and a third-party smart card

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942694

The Properties dialog box of a DFS share takes several minutes to appear on a Windows XP-based client computer

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941133

Error message on a Windows XP-based computer: "An access violation has occurred in Services.exe"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943303

Error message when you execute a Remote Assistance invitation file to connect to a novice’s computer on a Windows XP-based computer that has RDC 6.0 installed: “A Remote Assistance connection could not be established”

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941603

Description of Code 10-related errors that Device Manager generates on Windows XP-based computers

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943104