News

Tech•Ed 2010 is coming

Get ready for the go-to event for gaining IT knowledge and networking with peers. Register by February 28th and save $200

http://www.microsoft.com/events/techednorthamerica/?CR_CC=100276539&mtag=MSCOM

 

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals

The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective Windows 7 compatibility information. Compatibility information has been verified by either the software publisher or by the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=890e522e-e39e-4278-aebc-186f81e29173

 

Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z

Documents how to perform an enterprise-scale desktop deployment project—starting with Windows XP and moving to Windows 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=dfafb346-97dd-4fca-947e-3d9149834da6

 

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

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  

 

Remote Desktop Services Blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/rds   

 

The Hot Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/hot  

 

 

Downloads

Windows Server 2008 R2 e-Book Available as Free Download

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 is a deep-dive work, that'll get you up to speed on how R2's new features and capabilities work, including Hyper-V and RDS virtualization, management, IIS and the new web application platform and, of course, all the synergistic goodness between Windows Server and Windows 7. Free for a click, so don't miss out.

http://co1piltwb.partners.extranet.microsoft.com/mcoeredir/mcoeredirect.aspx?linkId=12975473&s1=0fff8a30-7b25-67dc-c0b4-0bda456fd9b4  

 

Planning and Design Guidance for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services

Streamline your planning and design process for implementing Remote Desktop Services infrastructure by using the simple nine-step process presented in the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/solutionaccelerators/ee395429.aspx?SA_CE=VIRT-IPD-NWSLR-TNETFLASH-2009-12-02   

 

Linux Integration Components

A set of drivers that enable synthetic device support in supported Linux virtual machines under Hyper-V.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c299d675-bb9f-41cf-b5eb-74d0595ccc5c

 

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Performance Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Learn about how performance has improved in RDP 7.0 compared to RDP 6.1, and analyze and understand the impact of these improvements on your current network infrastructure and end-user experience.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e4d25d08-ae40-4c5c-ac81-eaacdc9923d3

 

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals

The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective Windows 7 compatibility information. Compatibility information has been verified by either the software publisher or by the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=890e522e-e39e-4278-aebc-186f81e29173

 

Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z

Documents how to perform an enterprise-scale desktop deployment project—starting with Windows XP and moving to Windows 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=dfafb346-97dd-4fca-947e-3d9149834da6

 

DPM 2010 PowerShell Script - Hyper-V Auto-Protection

sample PowerShell scripts for enabling DPM 2010 auto-protection of Hyper-V

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=46d51b5a-5827-43f6-84f5-ce33f4a8e6c3

 

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

 

Tech·Ed 2010 - June 7-10, 2010

New Orleans, LA

Attend Tech·Ed 2010 and you will return to your office with the expertise only four days at Tech·Ed can offer. Learn about cutting edge trends to help make life easier while making personal connections with Microsoft experts and peers.

http://www.microsoft.com/events/techednorthamerica/

 

TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Activation Issues with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Level 300)

Product activation is a critical part of Windows operating system deployment. Do you know how to ensure that your Key Management Service (KMS) is working before deploying? What about troubleshooting issues with activation?

2/26/2010 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)- 2/26/2010 11:00 AM | Duration:60 Minutes

Primary Language:   English

Primary Target Audience:   IT Generalist

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032438706&culture=en-US

 

Unlocking the Value of Windows 7 

Join Microsoft’s Technology Solution Specialists for this briefing to discuss the short and long term savings around optimizing the desktop. You will learn how Windows 7 Enterprise, with greater control over desktops, accelerated application deployments, and improved asset tracking and compliance — can lead to decreased total cost of ownership. This briefing will cover the following topics: Access Anytime|Anywhere. Learn how to provide end-user connectivity to resources behind the firewall without initiating a VPN connection, saving time for your end users. Enhanced security, control, and compliance. With BitLocker To Go™, you can ensure that sensitive data is protected in your organization, right out of the box. Reduced cost by streamlining IT management.  Microsoft’s platform helps organization to identify problems and resolve PC issues quicker and easier, minimizing disruption for you and your users. In addition, we will also discuss technologies that enhance manageability while reducing the complexity and cost of the IT infrastructure: · Application Virtualization. Deploy software applications that are never installed and never require regression testing, yet follow users anywhere, on demand. ·   Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). Extend the life of legacy Windows applications using enhanced deployment and management of Virtual PC images on a desktop running the Windows operating system. MED-V allows you to seamlessly provide a Windows 7 application experience while running applications in a native Windows XP virtual environment. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear more about Windows 7 and the Optimized Desktop. 

Presenter: Jeff Bates Microsoft Corporation  ...

2/24/2010 10:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada)- 2/24/2010 11:30 AM | Duration:90 Minutes

Primary Language:   English

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439394&culture=en-US 

 

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Security Talk (Part 1 of 5): A Secure Platform (Level 200) 

In this installment of the Windows 7 Security Talk webcast series, we cover the core security technologies that make the Windows 7 operating system the most secure version of Windows to date. We discuss technologies like Data Execution Prevention, Mandatory Integrity Levels, Windows Biometric Framework, and many more. Presenter: Paul Cooke, Director of Enterprise Security, Microsoft Corporation As the director of enterprise security in the Windows Client group at Microsoft, Paul Cooke is responsible for product management of the enterprise security technologies in the Windows client platform. Paul has more than seventeen years of experience in the areas of information system security, including security architecture, secure operating system design and development, secure application development, penetration testing, security policy development, intrusion detection design and management, systems security standard development and enforcement, secure system operations and maintenance, and security threat mitigation. View other sessions from Windows 7: Increase Productivity, Improve Security, and Streamline PC Management

2/23/2010 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)- 2/23/2010 2:00 PM | Duration:60 Minutes

Primary Language:   English

Primary Target Audience:   IT Generalist

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032441263&culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know About Windows 7 Deployment in 90 Minutes (Level 200) 

In this 90-minute webcast, Microsoft evangelist and senior program manager Keith Combs takes you on a whirlwind tour of the tools and methods used to deploy the Windows 7 operating system. We look at deploying Windows 7 manually and automating light-touch or zero-touch installations. Presenter: Keith Combs, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation View other sessions from Windows 7: Increase Productivity, Improve Security, and Streamline PC Management

2/22/2010 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)- 2/22/2010 12:30 PM | Duration:90 Minutes

Primary Language:   English

Primary Target Audience:   IT Generalist

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439613&culture=en-US  

 

Momentum Webcast: Windows 7 Enterprise Return on Investment: New Forrester Study and Model (Level 100) 

On the fence with Windows 7 operating system adoption? In this challenging economic climate, every IT investment needs to show a strong, tangible financial return. To help organizations assess the business value of migrating PC infrastructures to Windows 7, analysts Ben Gray and Jeffrey North of Forrester conducted an in-depth study of 12 enterprise early adopters. This informative webcast details the results from these industry thought leaders and illustrates how the new Forrester Total Economic Impact model can be used to estimate Windows 7 savings in a variety of organizations. We discuss the impact Windows 7 has on operating costs, client manageability, help desk calls, remote PC management, power consumption, management automation, and compliance; and we show you how to use the Total Economic Impact model. Presenters: Benjamin Gray, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research and Jeffrey North, Principal Consultant, Forrester Research Benjamin Gray is a leading expert on business-class PCs and desktop operating systems, and he researches business-class mobile devices, mobile operating systems, and mobile device management solutions at Forrester. Benjamin helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy around client hardware and client operating systems. Benjamin's research and analysis have been widely cited in the press, including business media outlets such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal and industry media outlets such as Computerworld, eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and NetworkWorld. Jeffrey North is a principal consultant with the Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) consulting practice. The TEI methodology focuses on measuring and communicating the value of IT and business decisions and solutions, as well as providing a return-on-investment business case based on the costs, benefits, risk, and flexibility of investments. View other sessions from Momentum: Drive Your Midsize Business Forward If you have questions or feedback, contact us. In addition to Momentum webcasts, Microsoft offers a complimentary e-newsletter with real-world examples of how to align IT with your business strategy. You get tips and techniques on using Microsoft technologies and straight talk about solutions that work for mid-sized businesses. If you would like to receive the Business Insights newsletter, click here.   Regardless of any contact preferences you might have previously made on this Microsoft site or on other Microsoft sites or services, by registering for this webcast or virtual lab, you consent and agree to allow Microsoft or one of its third-party agents to contact you no more than three (3) instances for the purpose of soliciting feedback on the webcast or virtual lab or to supply you with special discounts and offers related to products and services presented in the webcast or virtual lab.  Any other use of the personal information in your Microsoft Passport profile is subject to the Microsoft Privacy Statement. You can learn more about the privacy and security of Microsoft Passport Network at www.Passport.net        ...

2/22/2010 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)- 2/22/2010 10:00 AM | Duration:60 Minutes

Primary Language:   English

Primary Target Audience:   Non-Tech Influencing BDM

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032438714&culture=en-US

 

New KB's

Windows Client

Win Vista Business 32bit AL: Group Policy preferences client-side extension hotfix rollup for Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977983/EN-US  

 

Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: A black screen is displayed in Vista during the Windows Media Center Setup process

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978862/EN-US  

 

Win Vista SP2 AL: Windows Automation API 3.0 release notes

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976779/EN-US  

 

Win Vista SP2 AL: Error message on a blue screen when encryption software is installed on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008: "STOP: 0x000000E3"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977426/EN-US  

 

Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: FIX: A memory leak may occur when you use the Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects Library in Windows Vista, in Windows 7, in Windows Server 2008, or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978042/EN-US  

 

Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: You cannot delete READ-ONLY files hosted on a Unysis MCP server from a Microsoft client Operating Systems

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979233/EN-US  

 

Windows Server

Windows Svr 2008 Dtctr  AL: The DFS Replication service crashes randomly in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978538/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: AD RMS clients cannot authenticate federated identity providers

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977624/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: The Lsass.exe process exits unexpectedly on a domain controller that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 after a password is synchronized in Identity Management for Unix (IDMU)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977692/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: The MS DTC issue that is fixed in Windows Server 2008 R2 MS DTC Hotfix Rollup Package 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978476/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: VDS Basic Provider event ID 1 is logged on a Hyper-V guest operating system

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979391/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: User password is set to NULL when you use Group Policy Preferences to create a user account

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971357/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: The Licensing Diagnosis tool incorrectly reports that there are no available Terminal Services client access licenses in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977686/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Std R2 AL: Stop error after you upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2: "STOP 0x0000007B Inaccessible Boot Device"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976320/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr 2008 Std R2 AL: A memory leak occurs when an ADO Recordset object calls the UpdateBatch method

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978155/EN-US  

 

Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: The DFS Replication service exits unexpectedly on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977211/EN-US