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9 to 13 November 2009, Berlin: Tech.Ed Europe

The sooner you sign up, the more you save.

http://www.microsoft.com/europe/teched/

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 delivers updates to corporate environments from Microsoft Update. Some of the features and improvements include integration with Windows Server 2008 R2, support for the BranchCache feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients and Compliance Report. Additionally, Windows Update Agent (WUA) offers a collection of performance enhancements, user experience improvements and bug fixes.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=a206ae20-2695-436c-9578-3403a7d46e40&displaylang=en

Windows 7 Podcast Series

Learn more about DirectAccess, planning and deployment tools, data protection and desktop optimisation with free podcasts.

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetwindows7.aspx?tab=podcasts&topic=&audience=&view=&pageId=x4826&seriesID=series-acd4d6bf-efe0-4f7e-a1f6-13eecb0b28d6.xml

Other

Windows Virtualization Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization

The World Simplified is a Virtual World

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld

The App-V Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid

The Official MDOP Blog : MDOP 2009 R2: What's New in MDOP for Windows 7

http://blogs.technet.com/mdop

Ask the Directory Services Team

http://blogs.technet.com/askds

Ask the Performance Team

http://blogs.technet.com/askperf

Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team

http://blogs.technet.com/networking

Ask the Core Team

http://blogs.technet.com/askcore

Ntdebugging Blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/ntdebugging

RDS Team Blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/ts

The Hot Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/hot

Downloads

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466

Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP

Internet Explorer 8. Faster, Easier, More Private, and More Secure.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b

Update for Windows XP (KB932823)

Install this update to resolve an issue in which a user is unable to use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to download files on a computer that is running Windows XP with IME enabled.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=28e2fdb2-1aa5-4c84-8255-b3142ca2fe85

DirectX End-User Runtime

The Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime provides updates to 9.0c and previous versions of DirectX — the core Windows® technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=2da43d38-db71-4c1b-bc6a-9b6652cd92a3

.NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)

The Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 (x86) redistributable package installs the .NET Framework runtime and associated files required to run applications developed to target the .NET Framework v2.0.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=0856eacb-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5

Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP

Download the latest version of the world's most popular Web browser.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=9ae91ebe-3385-447c-8a30-081805b2f90b

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC to see if it's ready for Windows 7, and tells you about any known compatibility issues.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15

Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable

The Microsoft® Windows® Installer is an application installation and configuration service. WindowsInstaller-KB893803-x86.exe is the redistributable package for installing or upgrading Windows Installer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=889482fc-5f56-4a38-b838-de776fd4138c

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356

Windows Media® Components for QuickTime

With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=915d874d-d747-4180-a400-5f06b1b5e559

Windows® Defender

Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Windows Defender no longer supports Windows 2000 as mainstream support ended in June 2005.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=435bfce7-da2b-4a6a-afa4-f7f14e605a0d

Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP (KB940157)

Windows Search 4.0 is an updated component of Windows that enables instant search on your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=55c18cb3-c916-4298-aba3-5b98904f7cda

.NET Framework 3.5

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0, and includes .NET Framework 2.0 service pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.0 service pack 1.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=333325fd-ae52-4e35-b531-508d977d32a6

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Service Pack 2 provides the latest updates to the 2007 Microsoft Office suite.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=b444bf18-79ea-46c6-8a81-9db49b4ab6e5

.NET Framework 3.5 Service pack 1

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is a full cumulative update that contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and includes cumulative servicing updates to the .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0 subcomponents.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers

This installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers downloading and installing on multiple computers on a network. If you're updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update at http://update.microsoft.com .

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=5b33b5a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4

2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=4d951911-3e7e-4ae6-b059-a2e79ed87041

PowerPoint Viewer 2007

Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007 lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=048dc840-14e1-467d-8dca-19d2a8fd7485

Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

Internet Explorer 8. Faster, Easier, More Private, and More Secure.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=79154fb4-c610-4a1e-811d-dfe0f1dd84d1

.NET Framework Version 1.1 Redistributable Package

The .NET Framework version 1.1 redistributable package includes everything you need to run applications developed using the .NET Framework.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=262d25e3-f589-4842-8157-034d1e7cf3a3

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 supports deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3bd8561f-77ac-4400-a0c1-fe871c461a89

Infrastructure Planning and Design

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ad3921fb-8224-4681-9064-075fdf042b0c

BDD and MDT Archive

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the recommended process and toolset to automate desktop and server deployment. The support status of earlier versions is outlined here.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=02a2605d-51e8-469f-be4a-1dd2af580502

Windows Easy Transfer for transferring from Windows Vista (32 bit) to Windows 7

Use Windows Easy Transfer to copy your files, photos, music, e-mail, settings, and more from a computer running Windows Vista to a computer running Windows 7. You can transfer data using an Easy Transfer Cable, removable media, or across a network.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=09d80814-2a73-4245-a63b-8e780d0430cb

Events/Webcasts

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

Windows 7: Build Innovative Applications Using Familiar Tools

Webcasts, Videos, and Podcasts

Test drive Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and learn how to build a next-generation user interface. Also, see how you can create custom shell and driver components as well as applications from end to end.

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/msdnwindows7.aspx

2 October 2009, 11.00 a.m.: Server 2008 R2 and Why it Matters to Your Business

Windows Server 2008 R2 is focused on helping you as an IT Manager reduce some of the costs of running IT in your company, particularly around server and desktop virtualisation, improving the remote user’s experience in a branch office, or giving mobile users secure controlled access to your corporate network without having to buy and manage a VPN. This session will run through these benefits and talk about other UK customers who are using them already. Join us after the presentation for a live online Q and A.

02 October 2009 11:00 GMT, London

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032423286&EventCategory=4&culture=en-GB&CountryCode=GB

7 to 8 October 2009, Earls Court, London: Microsoft at IP Expo

Register free for IP Expo 09 and visit us at stand 434 for a keynote from Ward Ralston.

http://www.ipexpo.co.uk/IP-Expo/Register-for-the-Events/?WT.mc_id=IP09415MSFWS

9 to 13 November 2009, Berlin: Tech.Ed Europe

The sooner you sign up, the more you save.

http://www.microsoft.com/europe/teched/

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010 - Part 1: Building the Deployment Environment

(9 minutes, 56 seconds)

Learn how to build media that will automatically migrate computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 with user data, customised applications and drivers. This demonstration will walk you through the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Deployment Workbench and how it works.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/ee410767.aspx

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010 - Part 2: Initiating the Installation and Migrating the PC

(9 minutes, 33 seconds)

Explore the user experience for migrating the Windows XP computer to Windows 7 and how brief - or '"lite touch' - interaction is required up-front to automate the entire process of data migration, OS installation, driver and application customisation and domain joining.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/ee410769.aspx

New KB's

Windows Client

Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: Description of the Platform Update for Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971644/EN-US

Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: Your computer may freeze or it may restart to a black screen that has an 0xc0000034 error message after you install a Windows Vista service pack

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975484/EN-US

Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: When a user, belonging to Network Configuration Operators group, installs a networking component, bindings that involve filter drivers may not be created.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975608/EN-US

Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: IPv6 network adapters are reinstalled when network connectivity is restored on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960670/EN-US

Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: On a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista, you cannot add one or more servers to the securelist of a DNS service instance that is hosted on a server that is running Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973245/EN-US

Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: Write error when you upload files into a shared folder that is hosted on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973246/EN-US

Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: 0x80004005 (E_FAIL) error is returned when you call the IFsiDirectoryItem::AddTree method in Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974209/EN-US

Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: A computer that is running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Vista SP2 stops responding when an application uses the NTFS sparse files

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974646/EN-US

Win Vista SP2 AL: PhysicalDisk counters contain invalid and duplicate entries when you use Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO) to control one or more storage devices

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974878/EN-US

Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Cannot uninstall software updates on a computer that is running Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967764/EN-US

Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: The Printbrm.exe command-line tool restores printers that are associated with USB ports as FILE ports on computers that are running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971428/EN-US

Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Stop error message on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008: "STOP: 0x0000007F"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972907/EN-US

Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: How to enable waking of a Windows Vista computer using Bluetooth HIDs

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975182/EN-US

Windows XP Professional EN: Error message when you try to access a DFS Namespace from a Windows XP-based computer: "Configuration information could not be read from the domain controller"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975440/EN-US

Windows XP Professional EN: A non-administrator user can schedule a task that runs under another user's account by using Task Scheduler

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975551/EN-US

Windows XP SP3 AL: Files that are copied from a Windows Server 2008-based remote computer to a Windows XP SP3-based client computer by using the Remote Desktop Connection 6.1 client are corrupted

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972828/EN-US

Windows Server

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Users cannot open or create content that is protected by Active Directory Rights Management Services, and an error code 12057 is logged

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969608/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: FIX: You are incorrectly prompted to format the volume when a formatted volume is mounted on a NTFS folder that is located on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971254/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: You cannot assign a LUN device that is larger than or equal to 2 terabytes to a Failover Cluster by using the "Share and Storage Management" MMC snap-in window

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971365/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: The memory usage of the Svchost.exe process for Windows Deployment Services keeps increasing after you install hotfix 960489 or install Windows Server 2008 SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971372/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Error message when you create one or more network printers in a Windows Server 2008-based terminal server session: "Printers cannot be installed"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973356/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: An Automated System Recovery backup of the system state fails on a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster node if the database of an application is saved on a shared disk

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973553/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: The Fax Service crashes when a fax server receives a fax on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973640/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: You receive an error message when you try to remotely view the printer Security tab on a print server from x64-based client editions of Windows 7 or from x64-based or IA-64-based client editions of Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975274/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: The startup parameters of a generic service resource are wrong, and this prevents the resource from starting in a Windows Server 2008 cluster

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975383/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Error message when you try to upgrade an iSCSI-booted server from Windows 2008 to Windows 2008 R2: "There is not enough free space on partition (C:)"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975694/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: How to configure FTP 7.5 for IIS 7.0 in a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974603/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: Two warning messages are logged for the Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) data when you run the "gpupdate /force" command on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 Server Core

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967166/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: You may encounter an SIS data loss issue after SIS links that were backed up on a computer that is running Windows Storage Server 2003 are restored on a computer that is running Windows Storage Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971191/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: The memory usage of the DFS Replication service keeps increasing on a PDC emulator or on a writable domain controller that is running Windows Server 2008 during the SYSVOL share replication process

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971203/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: You receive a blank screen when you log on to a terminal server that is running Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971253/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: A hotfix is available that adds support for various models of Quantum LTO-3 tape drives, of Quantum LTO-4 tape drives, and of Quantum LTO-5 tape drivers for Windows Server 2003, for Windows Server 2008, and for Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971649/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: A hotfix is available that adds support for IBM LTO-5 tape drivers for Windows Server 2003, for Windows Server 2008, and for Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971650/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: The Distributed File System Replication service may stop responding in the initial replication on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973123/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: Stop error 0xD1 may occur on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973196/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: Only the first character appears for some strings in the event messages when you query the DFS Replication event log on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973275/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: The size of the Ntds.dit file becomes larger on one or more domain controllers that are running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 after you enable the credential roaming feature for the domain

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973502/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: Properties contain invalid characters when an application that uses the Cdosys.dll module sets these properties to DBCS characters on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973843/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std R2 AL: When a Stop error occurs on a Windows Server-based server that is connected to an iSCSI storage, no memory dump files are generated

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974922/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std R2 AL: An iSCSI image created by installing OS on a local disk first and then deploying to an iSCSI target may fail to boot.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975606/EN-US

Windows Svr 2008 Std R2 AL: Windows may fail to boot from an iSCSI drive if the drive is deployed with an image created by installing Windows on a local disk first or is configured post-Installation for iSCSI boot off of multiple network adapters.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976042/EN-US

Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: You cannot start transactions for an application that is running without Administrative privileges in a Windows Server 2003 cluster environment

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971013/EN-US

Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: A COM+ application crashes on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 that has hotfix 970659 applied

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973252/EN-US

Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: On a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 and that has the SMTP service installed, messages may be delayed after you set certain properties to a message to control the time that the message is delivered

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973760/EN-US

Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: An ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED error is returned in Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 when you call the DeviceIoControl function together with the FSCTL_LOCK_VOLUME control code

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974127/EN-US

Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: The applications that call the disk quota API functions may stop responding, may crash, or may encounter other function failure when the current user loads a roaming profile in a Windows Server 2003-based domain

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971387/EN-US

Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: The SNMP service does not respond to all SNMP requests on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 after the Group Policy settings are refreshed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972840/EN-US

Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: When you open Add or Remove Programs on a computer that is connected to one or more large hard disks, Add or Remove Programs seems to stop responding in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974172/EN-US