System Center Cloud Services Management Pack RC Now Available

Posted by bink on January 31 2012, 4:59 AM.

The Cloud Services Management Pack is now available for download. It contains:

1) Model extensions for the SCSM CMDB to store additional types of data which are useful for managing a private cloud.

2) Views so that the cloud-related data can be easily viewed in the Configuration Items workspace in the SCSM console.

3) Service request templates for common scenarios related to private cloud management such as provisioning/deprovisioning VMs, allocating capacity pools, creating new projects, and so on.

4) Request offerings based on the service request templates that can be published to the Service Catalog on the self-service portal.

5) Automated workflows in SCSM to automatically fulfill some of the requests.

6) Runbooks for Orchestrator to automatically fulfill other types of requests which need to be executed on other System Center components such as Virtual Machine Manager

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RIM Launches BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 36

Posted by sumeethevans on January 31 2012, 3:20 AM. Posted in Office Live.

Research In Motion today announced general availability of BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 – a new service for business and government organizations that extends Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry® smartphones and allows customers to manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud. The service is available at no additional charge to current medium-sized or enterprise subscribers of the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans.

“RIM is pleased to launch BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. This new cloud-based option allows customers to cost-effectively support mobility across their organizations and easily manage and secure their BlackBerry deployments,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “We continue to build upon the end-to-end BlackBerry solution for our business and government customers with both on-premise and cloud-based solutions, a range of technical support options to suit any size organization, and a growing ecosystem of apps and services for users.”

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Microsoft France: no new Xbox in 2012

Posted by sumeethevans on January 31 2012, 3:20 AM. Posted in Xbox.

The next Xbox will not launch in 2012, Microsoft has gone on the record to say.

Cedrick Delmas, marketing director of Microsoft France, was asked by in a new interview (translated by Eurogamer's Oli Welsh): "Rumours indicate the presentation of a new Microsoft machine at E3 in June..."

His response:

"We're in an industry that talks a lot, that likes telling stories. I am not convinced that things will happen this year. The Xbox 360's cycle is not over at all. The proof is that we haven't price cut this year.

"Afterward, what will happen at E3, it's still too early to say. What's certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012. If we wanted to counter Nintendo, we would have to be in a position to release something immediately, and that is not at all the case.

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"Office 15" Begins Technical Preview

Posted by sumeethevans on January 31 2012, 3:18 AM. Posted in Office.

This morning, we reached an important development milestone:  the beginning of the "Office 15" Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time we share our work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements. These customers play a key role in our development process by testing early builds and providing feedback, which we incorporate into the final release.

At this early point in our development cycle, I'm not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before.  

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Microsoft Exchange PST Capture tool released

Posted by bink on January 31 2012, 3:06 AM.

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture is used to discover and import .pst files into Exchange Server or Exchange Online
File Name Size
PSTCapture.msi 10.4 MB Download
PSTCaptureAgent.msi 556 KB Download
PSTCaptureAgent_x86.msi 548 KB Download

PST Capture is used to discover and import Outlook Personal Folder (.pst) File Format files into Exchange Server and Exchange Online. PST Capture helps an organization that wishes to gain more control over their email data repositories by placing them into Exchange. By optionally installing PST Capture Agents on target machines, administrators can determine where .pst files are located and who their file owner is via the PST Capture Console. Administrators can import .pst files via Import Lists to Exchange Server or Exchange Online. Data can be directly imported into the primary mailbox or associated archive mailbox.

Cumulative update package 4 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Posted by bink on January 30 2012, 5:31 PM.


This update contains hotfixes for issues that were fixed after the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Note The build of this cumulative update package is known as build 10.50.2796.0.

Important notes about this cumulative update package\

  • SQL Server 2008 hotfixes are now multilingual. Therefore, the cumulative update package is not specific to one language and applies to all supported languages.
  • One cumulative update package includes all the component packages. However, the cumulative update package updates only those components that are installed on the system
KB number Description
955850    Error message when you try to use the binaries from the SQL Server System CLR Types package (SQLSysClrTypes.msi): "Unable to load DLL 'SqlServerSpatial.dll': This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect"
970198    FIX: You receive an incorrect result when you run a query that uses the row_number function in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2159286    FIX: The Remote Registry service crashes when an application tries to retrieve performance counter data from an instance of SQL Server on another computer
2445812    FIX: A column that uses the DATETIME data type does not replicate to an Oracle subscriber by using a transactional replication in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2510788    FIX: Success message is incorrectly logged when a distributed transaction of an SSIS 2005 package, of an SSIS 2008 package or of an SSIS 2008 R2 package is aborted
2515286    FIX: "There is no function '{urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-sql}:variable()" error for an XQuery query that updates the value of an XML column in SQL Server 2005, in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2550375    FIX: Deadlock might occur in sys.dm_database_encryption_keys DMV in SQL Server 2008 R2 when you run log shipping from many databases to one secondary server
2562753    FIX: Slow performance when an MDX query uses unary operators on parent/child hierarchy members in SSAS 2008 R2 if you define a scope calculation on these members and if the query accesses multiple dates in a time dimension
2567366    FIX: Slow performance when you restore a database in SQL Server 2008 R2 if CDC is enabled
2580224    FIX: Incorrect results when you commit the Unpivot transformation to a SSIS package in SSIS 2008 or in SSIS 2008 R2
2583994    FIX: SSIS Checkpoint restores an incorrect variable value for an Execute SQL Task item of a For Loop Container item in SSIS 2008 or in SSIS 2008 R2 if an SSIS package executes again after it fails or stops
2588506    FIX: SQLGetDiagRec function does not return errors in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2 if more than 2100 query parameters are sent
2588970    FIX: "Server: Msg 7359" error when you run a distributed query in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2 if a schema version is updated more than five times
2591461    FIX: "Unexpected error from SE OLEDB interface" error when you run a full-text search query in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2597229    FIX: Report Builder 3.0 stops responding if SSRS 2008 R2 uses forms authentication
2598903    FIX: SQL Server Agent job randomly stops when you schedule the job to run past midnight on specific days in SQL Server 2005, in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2603910    FIX: Backup fails in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2 if you enable change tracking on the database
2606301    FIX: High memory usage when you run Replication Snapshot Agent in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2606918    FIX: NULL value in the Retention column in sysmergepublications table and effects on the metadata cleanup process when you set up a merge replication environment in a republishing topology in SQL Server 2008 R2
2616117    FIX: Incorrect mail profile is displayed in the Alert System page in SQL Server 2008 R2
2616718    FIX: Poor performance when you synchronize the data from a SQL Server 2008 R2 publisher to a SQL Server compact 3.5 subscriber
2618676    FIX: Transaction log backup is created even though the full backup is canceled in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2618680    FIX: "Not registered correctly" error when you use a pull subscription and the Replication Interactive Conflict Resolver
2620762    FIX: Acknowledgement messages are not sent by a SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Broker target
2622668    FIX: Error message when you delete some records of a table at the publisher if the schema name of the table is not [dbo]
2622823    FIX: ghost_record_count values keep increasing in SQL Server 2008 R2
2624272    FIX: Error 9013 when you try to start the SQL Server services after you apply SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 for SQL Server 2008 R2
2624527    FIX: Clustered index is not used in the execution plan in SQL Server 2008 R2 if a query uses two or more partitions
2626637    FIX: DRILLTHROUGH statement does not work if it is run against some attribute members whose values contain one or more double quotation marks in SSAS 2008 R2
2628126    FIX: "Fulltext index error during compression or decompression" error when you create a full-text index in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2 if the primary key is set to a BIGINT column
2628712    FIX: An infinite loop occurs in a hierarchy that contains a circular relationship in SQL Server 2008 R2
2629168    FIX: Internal error when you update a cellset that is returned after you run a query against a perspective in SSAS 2008 R2
2629456    FIX: Access violation when you insert a record into a new empty partition in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2632021    FIX: A SSRS 2008 R2 report that has toggle items is not paginated
2633271    FIX: SQL Server services cannot be stopped on a computer that has SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition installed
2634571    Improvements for the DBCC CHECKDB command may result in faster performance when you use the PHYSICAL_ONLY option
2635827    FIX: Access violation when you run a DBCC CHECKDB command against a database that contains a table that has a spatial index in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2638216    FIX: Error message when you run a query that uses an MDX reserved keyword as a parameter name in SSAS 2008 R2
2638448    FIX: Access violation when a query is compiled or recompiled in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2
2639301    FIX: Error message when you review a SSRS 2008 R2 report that has a tablix data region if the region contains some chart or gauge or map items
2641923    FIX: Incorrect custom color distribution when you use numeric values for the Start Value and the End Value of custom color distribution buckets in SSRS 2008 R2
2641971    FIX: "Error: Data conversion failed" error when you use multiple characters as the column delimiter in Flat File Connection Manager in SSIS 2008 R2
2643340    FIX: Action property does not work when you view an SSRS 2008 R2 report in Report Manager
2644396    FIX: Merge replication changes are missing on a SQL Server Compact subscriber when they subscribe to a partition in SQL Server 2008 R2
2645648    FIX: Export procedure fails when you export a 64-bit SSRS 2008 R2 report that contains multiple levels of document map to the PDF format
2646224    FIX: Query plan is displayed as an XML document incorrectly when you set the SHOWPLAN_XML option to ON in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
2647120    FIX: Incorrect page numbers are displayed when you export a SSRS 2008 R2 report into PDF format
2648158    FIX: "The process could not execute" error message when you set a nonzero value in the MaxCmdsInTran parameter of the Log Reader Agent in SQL Server 2008 R2
2649359    FIX: An access violation occurs in the "sqlservr!CSbMsgDispatcher::CSbReceivedDialog::AppendMsg" class in SQL Server 2008 R2
2651629    FIX: Error message when you use DTA to tune one or more queries against a database that contains many objects in SQL Server 2008 R2
2652582    FIX: "Invalid authorization specification" error message when you run the SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Deployment Wizard by using the SQL Server Authentication mode
2653893    FIX: It takes a long time to restore a database in SQL Server 2008 R2
2633151    The SQL Server database transaction log file does not grow by the configured file growth value


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Update Rollup 6 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

Posted by sumeethevans on January 28 2012, 4:48 AM. Posted in Exchange.

Earlier today the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 to the Download Center.

Note: The post title erroneously referred to Update Rollup 3. It has been updated to reflect the correct rollup number.

This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of RU5. See KB 2608656: Description of Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3' for more details.

We would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release:

  • DST Cadence Release for Dec 2011 - Exchange 2007
  • 22656040 An Exchange Server 2007 Client Access server may respond slowly or stop responding when users try to synchronize the Exchange ActiveSync devices with their mailboxes
  • 2498852 "0x80041606" error message when you perform a prefix search by using Outlook in online mode in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 22653334 The reseed process is unsuccessful on the SCR passive node when the circular logging feature is enabled in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 22617784 Journal reports are expired or lost when the Microsoft Exchange Transport service is restarted in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
  • 2289607 The week numbers displayed in OWA do not match the week numbers displayed in Outlook for English users and French users in an Exchange Server 2007 environment

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WP7 - Sync multiple Google calendars, search more Gmail

Posted by sumeethevans on January 28 2012, 4:47 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

If you plan your days using Google Calendar, you’ll be happy to know that the company’s Sync team has now made it possible to show appointments from multiple calendars on your Windows Phone 7.5 (thanks, fellas!).

To add them, just go to on your phone. Once you’ve logged in, select your device and the calendars you want to sync (you can choose up to 25—if you’re really that organized). Tap Save and you’re done! Note that your new calendars won’t show up until your phone’s next sync with Google’s servers—every 30 minutes by default. To make them show up sooner, you’ll need to do a manual sync. We’ve put together some detailed instructions here.

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Security Compliance Manager 2.5 Beta

Posted by bink on January 25 2012, 4:21 PM.

The latest version the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool—version 2.5—is now available for beta download and review!

NEW baselines include:

  • Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Security Baseline
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Security Baseline
  • Updated client product baselines include:
  • Windows 7 SP1 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Windows Vista SP2 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Windows XP SP3 Security Compliance Baseline
  • Office 2010 SP1 Security Baseline
  • Internet Explorer 8 Security Compliance Baseline

SCM 2.5 enables you to quickly configure and manage your desktops and laptops, traditional data center, and private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

Get the beta download from Microsoft Connect at

After you download and become familiar with updates in SCM 2.5, please provide us with your feedback.Your opinion is very important to us. We would especially appreciate your feedback in the following areas:

  • Relevance.How relevant is the information for your organization?
  • Usefulness.How will you use these product baselines? How does the SCM 2.5 tool provide value?
  • Usability. Is the baseline configuration information easy to follow? Can you easily find key content?
  • Consistency. Is the content in the security guides consistent with the setting recommendations and vulnerability information?
  • General Quality. Please provide us with your opinion on the general quality of the product baseline content. Would you recommend SCM 2.5 to colleagues?

No Mix 2012

Posted by sumeethevans on January 25 2012, 3:19 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

At the beginning of each year, many of us assess how we (and our developer community) might want to invest our respective time and resources for the year ahead, and we’ve devoted some of that energy in the past few months toward thinking about the various developer conferences we host.

As part of that reflection, we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year. I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear… there will be no MIX 2012.

For context, the idea to create MIX was conceived in the fall of 2005, literally as the PDC05 main stage was being disassembled after the final keynote. While we reflected on that PDC, there was a lot of discussion around our engagement with the web community, and how we needed a more focused effort around our upcoming plans for Internet Explorer, the roadmap for our web platform, the work we were starting on web standards (we were shipping IE6 at the time), and so on. MIX06 was held about four months later in Las Vegas, and has been there ever since. A lot of great things subsequently happened in and around MIX in the six years that followed, but there have been a couple of slow and steady trends that have brought us to this point.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 launch March 7th

Posted by sumeethevans on January 25 2012, 3:17 AM. Posted in SQL Server 2008.

On March 7th, 2012 this online event will allow you to immerse yourself in the exciting New World of Data with SQL Server 2012. Engage not only Microsoft product teams, but with our partners and our most ground breaking customers. SQL Server 2012 is part of the broadest Data Platforms in technology today. Discover how it enables mission critical confidence, blazing fast performance, and stunning interactive data visualizations.

Join us on March 7, 2012 and be a part of the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event. You will have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about the new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 at your own pace, in your own schedule. This event brings together a who’s who of industry experts and executives to tell the SQL Server 2012 story in this unique online launch event. You will also “meet” with partners, experts, and peers in a virtual “Expo Hall” to discuss SQL Server 2012 one-on-one.

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Why the coming beta is likely to be labeled the 'consumer preview'

Posted by sumeethevans on January 25 2012, 3:16 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

Is Microsoft going to position the coming Windows 8 beta as a “consumer preview”? And if so, why?

Microsoft officials have repeated recently that the Windows 8 beta release is on track for late February 2012. But one public relations official with the Windows team provided a slightly different message — and one that escaped notice by most of those who read her quote — during the Consumer Electronics Show.

As reported by Pocket Lint, Windows Director of Consumer PR, Janelle Poole, stayed on message regarding Microsoft’s continued reluctance to talk about its release-to-manufacturing/ship targets for Windows 8. But, as Windows SuperSite’s Paul Thurrott noted last week, part of Poole’s message deviated from the usual script. Poole called the coming Windows 8 beta “the consumer preview.” Here’s her quote:

“We haven’t talked about the release date and we generally don’t. We are talking milestone to milestone, so for us right now we’re talking about the next milestone being the consumer preview happening in late February.”

If you know anything about the Windows org, you know words matter. This wasn’t a random throw-away.

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