News

IT Showcase on: Windows Azure

Microsoft IT is “all in” for cloud computing and Windows Azure. Learn how Microsoft IT is using Windows Azure to move existing applications to the cloud and creating new applications for the cloud

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d5ba4e0-6ae2-4310-bf51-5aac2bf9b27f

Blogs

Windows Virtualization Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization

The World Simplified is a Virtual World

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld

The App-V Product Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/appv

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

The Hot Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/hot

TRM

http://blogs.technet.com/trm/default.aspx

Documents

Windows Server

IT Showcase on: Windows Azure

Microsoft IT is “all in” for cloud computing and Windows Azure. Learn how Microsoft IT is using Windows Azure to move existing applications to the cloud and creating new applications for the cloud

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d5ba4e0-6ae2-4310-bf51-5aac2bf9b27f

Microsoft IT Enterprise Architecture and the Cloud

Migrating an IT department to the cloud impacts more than just IT architecture, business processes, applications, employees, and facilities. Microsoft IT has the experience to tell what it means to its customers based in its ongoing experiences

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=124ced80-e070-4eed-9827-bd76da4429fb

Windows Client

Windows HPC Server & Windows Azure

High Performance Computing in the Cloud

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=aef90fcc-4270-414a-acee-32008ef6ca07

Group Policy for Microsoft Office 2010

How to use Group Policy to deploy and configure an installation of Microsoft Office 2010

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=66a6848c-6c28-4b61-9c12-a8cad4b380a4

Downloads

Windows Client

Update for Windows 7 (KB976902

Install this update to enable future updates to install successfully on all editions of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b0f523c-1b08-4b9e-87c8-887a5ef8797e

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals

Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 compatibility information.

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

DXVA for Windows Media Video Decoding

Defines extensions to DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) to support decoding of Windows Media Video.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=8792dfdb-8459-4cb7-adb4-fef30b609b31

DXVA for H.264/AVC Decoding

Defines extensions to DirectX® Video Acceleration (DXVA) to support decoding of H.264/AVC video.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=3d1c290b-310b-4ea2-bf76-714063a6d7a6

Viewers for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 - Microsoft Office 97, 2000, 2003, XP and 2007 file format support

Viewers are a 3rd party component for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3. This release provides document viewing capabilities for Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, as well as PDF file formats, enabling a mobile productivity experience for Windows Embedded CE 6.0

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=32d56e70-76f7-4c4b-866b-c8baf392bd5f

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Monthly Update December 2010

Download this set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 environment released during the period of December 1 - December 31, 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=01ad0ae6-31fb-4b58-9313-068fba9290d5

Windows CE 5.0 Monthly Update December 2010

Download this set of updates for Windows CE 5.0 released during the period of December 1 - December 31, 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=5a335b78-ae2a-43d4-ab51-b1c5a7dfae0f

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Cumulative Product Update Rollup Package (through 12/31/2010)

Download the full set of updates for Windows Embedded CE 6.0

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=9f21200c-dfd7-4f7a-8383-0b891764923c

Windows CE 5.0 Cumulative Product Update Rollup Package (through 12/31/2010)

Download the full set of updates for Windows CE 5.0.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=732970f0-095f-4458-bbf3-7337ba8e5024

Windows Embedded NavReady - Cumulative Product Update Rollup Package (through 12/31/2010)

Download the full set of updates for Windows Embedded NavReady.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=3a042798-b51f-42b1-be55-33733e3cd68d

Microsoft Assessment and Planning

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=67240b76-3148-4e49-943d-4d9ea7f77730

Windows Server

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 RTW

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 helps IT enable users to collaborate across organizational boundaries and easily access applications on-premise and in the cloud, while maintaining application security.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=118c3588-9070-426a-b655-6cec0a92c10b

Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition (KB976902)

Install this update to enable future updates to install successfully on all editions of Windows Server 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=03905c5d-b0bc-45aa-9490-ff1c88680bda

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/en/details.aspx?familyid=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64

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/en/details.aspx?familyid=585d2bde-367f-495e-94e7-6349f4effc74

SDL Threat Modeling Tool 3.1 and 3.1.6 Beta

The Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool allows for early and structured analysis and proactive mitigation and tracking of potential security issues.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=a48cccb1-814b-47b6-9d17-1e273f65ae19

Moving Applications to the Cloud – Hands on Labs

This series of Hands-On Labs is related to the guide "Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform" available from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728592.aspx.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=d802b75a-7059-47b4-b206-cb89e2481dfb

Developing Applications for the Cloud – Hands on Labs

This series of Hands-On Labs is related to the guide "Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform" available from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff966499.aspx.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=bd89a4f3-b0ff-4277-b042-e2d0ac08e9a8

Events/Webcasts

Tech Days online – Live webinars for IT professionals

Tech.Days online will be bringing you IT insights and debates most Tuesdays from February to June, between 2 and 3pm.

8th February – The Modern Desktop

15th February – Microsoft cloud for the IT professional

22nd February – What is Hyper-V cloud

http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2011/01/13/tech-days-online-live-webinars-giving-you-all-the-it-pro-info-you-need.aspx

Using Azure to your greatest Advantage

Thursday February 10th 2011

12:00PM Pacific time

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032476213&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Hosting Partner Community Call

We are now taking pre-registration for our hosting community call.

Thursday February 17th 9:00am Pacific time

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032474248&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Microsoft Technology Roadmap Live Simulcast

Hear Microsoft’s technology vision of how you as leaders can help save costs, spur innovation, and drive growth in your business.

Wednesday April 6th 08:30am Pacific time

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032476625&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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

Windows Client

Windows 7 Enterprise: A performance and functionality update for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 is available

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2454826/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Loading and starting a graphics Mirror driver over RDP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2473255/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Event error 3006 - Unable to read the performance counter strings on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2480023/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: High CPU usage and window flickering after using Disk Management in Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2483124/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Display corruption may be seen in Windows 7 while using Magnifier if the display has been rotated.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2486146/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Enabling Windows Media Player plug-ins while in full screen mode may have no effect or restart video playback

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2489680/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Auto-hiding the Windows 7 taskbar is not supported on Tablet PCs

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2495079/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: Windows 7 hangs at a black screen on shutdown when printing to a Bluetooth printer.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2495636/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: After you apply a WMI filter, the GPO does not take effect on a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979383/en-US

Windows 7 Enterprise: A warning message is displayed immediately after you upgrade to Windows 7 on certain LG notebooks: "Consider replacing your battery"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981200/en-US

Windows 7 Home Basic: MS11-002: Description of the security update for Windows Data Access Components 6.0: January 11, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2419640/en-US

Windows 7 Home Basic: MS11-002: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Data Access Components could allow remote code execution

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2451910/en-US

Windows 7 Home Basic: The Microsoft System Information (Msinfo32.exe) tool reports an unexpected value for the Display Adapter RAM when the graphics adapter has 2 GB or more of dedicated video memory

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2495801/en-US

Windows 7 Starter: “Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware” Windows installation error occurs on Windows 7-based and Windows Server 2008 R2-based computers

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2466753/en-US

Windows 7 Ultimate: Increased Interrupt & DPC time streaming Isoch data to or from an IEEE 1394 device

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2450963/en-US

Windows Server

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: You receive the error message "virtual machine could not start because the hypervisor is not running" in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2490458/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: SYSVOL Migrations from FRS to DFSR may fail when migrating on Windows Server 2008 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2492852/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: The update for Forefront Client Security (update 952265) may not be installed on a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 when you use Windows Update

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955884/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: The WDS server may not start, and an error is logged in the System log when you start the WDS server

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954410/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: Files that are copied into replicated file shares may not be replicated for an unexpectedly long time when antivirus software is installed on the originating server

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956123/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: How to generate a kernel or a complete memory dump file in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969028/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: Robocopy may report error 1338 "The security descriptor structure is invalid" or error 87 "The parameter is incorrect" when copying data from CIFS file servers.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2459083/en-US

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: List of currently available hotfixes for the File Services technologies in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2473205/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Some I/O requests to a storage device fail on a fault-tolerant system that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 when you perform a surprise removal of one path to the storage device

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2406705/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: You are unable to make remote desktop connection with the error message: "Remote Desktop Connection could not find the destination computer"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2469649/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: You receive a Share warning popup when deleting a folder which has modified ACL's

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2493924/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Office 2003 or Office 2007 application may terminate unexpectedly on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Server

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2498855/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: The security principals and the services that use only DES encryption for Kerberos authentication are incompatible with the default settings on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977321/en-US

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise: Beep may not be heard in a Remote Desktop session in Windows Server 2008 R2.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2495012/en-US

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2: Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2010

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2492172/en-US