Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, October 2011 (Exchange 2010 SP2)

Posted by bink on October 18 2011, 2:39 PM.

This download includes the Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed.

This download includes the Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed. The Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Changes Reference includes changes made by Exchange Server 2010 SP2, Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007, and Exchange Server 2003.


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Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

Posted by bink on October 18 2011, 2:37 PM.

iSCSI Software Target is an optional Windows Server component that provides centralized, software-based and hardware-independent iSCSI disk subsystems in storage area networks (SANs).

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI
The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targets, see This download package includes the following items: Root:
  • x64:
    • iSCSItarget_public.msi: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 service component for Windows Server 2008 R2.
    • iSCSITargetClient_public.msi: Virtual Disk Service (VDS) provider, Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) provider, and high-performance computing (HPC) providers to support diskless boot in HPC clusters.
  • x86:
    • iSCSITargetClient_public.msi: VDS provider, VSS provider, and HPC providers to support diskless boot in HPC clusters.
  • Documentation:
    • iSCSItarget_Gstart_R2.doc: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Getting Started Guide
    • iSCSI_33_relnotes.doc: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Release Notes
  • Autorun.inf: Automatically starts Index.htm to display install options
  • Index.html: Main menu page for installing software.
  • Bkgd-page-servers-dynagrid.jpg: Used by Index.html.
  • Copyright.jpg: Used by Index.html.
  • Wsr2logo.bmp: Used by Index.html.
Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - iSCSI Software Target

A fix for the interoperability issues between Exchange 2007 and 2010 EMC and IE9 is now available

Posted by bink on October 18 2011, 4:05 AM.

We are happy to report that a fix for the Exchange Management Console (EMC) issues when Internet Explorer 9 is installed is now available. To be specific, we have talked about this in a previous blog post:

Exchange 2007 or 2010 EMC might fail to close with "You must close all dialog boxes before you can close Exchange Management Console"

How does this fix need to be applied?

In order to install the fix, a released version of IE9 needs to be installed on the machine first. Then:

  • MS11-081: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer: October 11, 2011 needs to be installed. This can be obtained from Windows Update or - if you need to download it for local network installation, the packages can be obtained here. Please note that the packages for client and server OSes might be different, depending on what you need. The installation of this package is REQUIRED for proper operation of the EMC hotfix.

Then download the hotfix here:



The Next Release of Windows Intune Now Available

Posted by sumeethevans on October 17 2011, 10:05 PM. Posted in Windows Intune.

Today on the Windows For Your Business blog, we announced the next release of Windows Intune is available.

If you are already running Windows Intune, the best part is, in order to get the new features, you don’t need to do anything. The new features will automatically show up in your console. What are the some of the key new features we have added?

  • Software Distribution: Deploy most Microsoft and third-party updates or applications to PCs nearly anywhere over the Internet to Windows Intune managed PCs.
  • Remote Tasks: You can now easily and remotely perform the following tasks on Windows Intune managed PCs from the administration console: Full scan, Quick scan, Update Malware Definition, and Restart.
  • Read-Only Access: You can now can give select administrators read-only access to the administration console so they can view PC information as needed, but not perform any configuration tasks if you choose to.
  • Enhanced Reporting: You can easily create hardware reports based on new hardware filters for common hardware characteristics. Additionally, you can now create and save report parameters to make it easy and efficient to run a report again in the future.
  • Alerts & Monitoring: You can now configure alert types to be reported according to a specified threshold, frequency, or percent of computers affected.

Want to learn more about these new features and all the other updates to Windows Intune? Check out the following content:

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Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype

Posted by bink on October 14 2011, 5:43 PM.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) has closed its acquisition of Skype Global S.à r.l. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.

The Internet has changed video calling for millions of people. Explore some of the numbers and stats showing the scope and impact of how Skype is helping people stay connected.

Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division of Microsoft.Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.

“Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “We look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues — anytime, anywhere.”

Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Skype Division of Microsoft immediately, reporting directly to Ballmer. The Skype division will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally. Longer term, Skype will also be integrated across an array of Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and accelerate its growth as a fundamental way people communicate online. Skype employees will continue to be located around the world in offices including Estonia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United States.

“By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways,” Bates said. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s goal to reach 1 billion users daily,” Bates said.

Founded in 2003, Skype was acquired by eBay in September 2005, and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype has made impressive progress, developing new products and revenue streams, strategic acquisitions, acquiring the intellectual property powering its peer-to-peer network, and recruiting an outstanding senior management team.

Source: Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype Microsoft and Skype will empower people and businesses t

The Windows 8 Task Manager

Posted by bink on October 14 2011, 2:38 PM.

Task Manager is one of the most widely used apps, and it has a long history. It showed up in early versions of Windows as a simple utility to close and switch between programs, and has had functionality added to it through several releases to make it what it is today.

Windows 3.0 Task List, with buttons: Switch To, End Task, Cancel, Cascade, Tile, Arrange Icons.

Figure 1: Windows 3.0 Task List

Windows NT 4.0 Task Manager with buttons: End Task, Switch To, New Task; and 3 tabs: Applications, Processes, and Performance Figure 2: Windows NT 4.0 Task Manager (now with “new task”)

Windows XP Task Manager with new Networking and Users tabs Figure 3: Windows XP Task Manager (with new Networking and Users tabs)

Windows 7 Task Manager with tabs for Applications, Processes, Services, Performance, Networking, Users; and buttons: End Task, Switch To, New Task. Figure 4: Windows 7 Task Manager

New Windows Task Manager in More details view, with arrow indicating “Fewer details” button.

Windows 8 Task Manager

Read the extensive blogpost on thye new taskmanager, explaining the heatmap, friendlynames and more:

The Windows 8 Task Manager - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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Microsoft Codenamed "Social Analytics" Services

Posted by bink on October 13 2011, 7:08 PM.

Microsoft published a privacy statement for a service running on “the Site” codenamed “Social Analytics” I can not find anything other than this privacy statement. It seems to be coming from the SQL Server team, as comments on the statement can be given to “SQL Server Privacy” address. Also I found SQL Azure Labs and “Project Vancouver” mentioned.

As you can see in the statement this Site has twitter integration, so not sure what, where, how and when this product will see the daylight.



Microsoft Codenamed "Social Analytics" Services Privacy Statement Last updated: October, 2011

Microsoft is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy statement applies to the data collected by Microsoft through the Microsoft Codenamed "Social Analytics" Services (the “Site”); it does not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.

Collection of Your Information

We will ask you when we need information that personally identifies you or allows us to contact you. The personal information we collect may include

  • email addresses,
  • Twitter usernames (users may provide a Twitter username and authorize the Site application to send and receive data from Twitter on their behalf.), and
  • classifications and annotations about individual posts (The Site allows you to mark content items important, to notify others about content items, to correct sentiment on content items, and to remove tags from content items. These actions are also visible to other users of the system).

We may also collect information about your visit to the Site. For example, we may use Web site analytics tools to retrieve information from your browser, including the site you came from, the search engine(s) and the keywords you used to find our Site, the pages you view within the Site, your browser add-ons, and your browser's width and height. Additionally, we collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every Web site you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring Web site addresses.

In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with Microsoft, information collected through one Microsoft service may be combined with information obtained through other Microsoft services. We may also supplement the information we collect with information obtained from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies that enable us to derive a general geographic area based on your IP address in order to customize certain services to your geographic area.

To sign in to the Site, you will be asked to enter an e-mail address and password, which we refer to as your Windows Live™ ID. After you create your Windows Live ID, you can use the same credentials to sign in to many different Microsoft sites and services, as well as those of select Microsoft partners that display the Windows Live ID logo. By signing in on one Microsoft site or service, you may be automatically signed in when you visit other Microsoft sites and services. To learn more about how your credential information is used when you sign in to participating sites, please read the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement at http://privacy/

Use of Your Information

The information collected on this Site will be used to operate the Site and to provide the service(s) or carry out the transaction(s) you have requested or authorized. Information collected during a session may also be used to personalize your advertising experience during that session. In support of these uses, Microsoft may use your information to provide you with more effective customer service, improve the Site and any related Microsoft products or services, perform statistical analysis, and make the Site easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information or by customizing the Site to your particular preferences or interests. We may use your information to provide you with important information about the product or service that you are using, including critical updates and notifications. Additionally, with your permission, we may send you information about other Microsoft products and services, and/or share your personal information with Microsoft partners so they may send you information about their products and services.

Microsoft occasionally hires other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as Web site hosting, packaging, mailing, and delivering prizes, answering customer questions about products and services, and sending information about our products, special offers, and other new services. We will only provide those companies the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

We may access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, in order to: (a) comply with the law or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of the services; or (c) act on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers or the public. We may also disclose personal information as part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets.

Information that is collected on the Site may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers maintain facilities. Microsoft abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland. Control of and Access to Your Information Except as otherwise described in this statement, personal information you provide on the Site will not be shared outside of Microsoft and its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates without your permission. You can update or remove your Twitter profile at any time by logging into the Site, navigating to the Engagement Client, and navigating to the User Profile Icon, then click on the Remove Account icon next to the account you want to remove. To update your e-mail address or leave the Site, please contact us via the contact details below. We will remove all personal information from the Site should you delete your account, but your classifications and annotations on individual posts, as described above, will remain in the Site in a manner that is no longer associated with you. Please be aware that this privacy statement and any choices you make on the Site will not necessarily apply to personal information you may have provided to Microsoft in the context of other, separately operated, Microsoft products or services.

Security of Your Information At Microsoft, we take the security of your personal information very seriously. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities. Additionally, if we transmit sensitive personal information (such as a credit card number) over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Use of Cookies We may use cookies on this Site to enable you to sign in to our services or to help personalize the Site. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a Web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the site's features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you are using Internet Explorer, search for “Cookies” in the Help menu to find detailed instructions. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to use interactive features of this or other Web sites that depend on cookies.

Twitter Authorization In order for the Site to post updates to a Twitter account on your behalf or display the home timeline for a Twitter account, you will be asked to allow Twitter access for the Site application. If you choose to allow this, the Site will request access to your account from the Twitter service, and you must log in to Twitter and grant access to the Site.

Twitter authorization uses the standard Open Authentication protocol through programming interfaces offered publically by Twitter. The Site does not request your password, and stores only a token provided by the Twitter service. This token does not contain any personally identifiable information. This token is used only to identify operations on your behalf to Twitter. When you authorize Twitter, the Site may store and present publically-accessible tweets that would appear in your home timeline. The Site will not access, present, or store protected tweets or direct messages.

Changes to this privacy statement

We may occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do, we will also revise the "last updated" date at the top of the privacy statement. For material changes to this privacy statement, we will notify you either by placing a prominent notice on the home page of our Web site or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. Contact Information

Microsoft welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us at SQL Server Privacy, One Microsoft Way, Redmond WA 98052, or via e-mail at To contact the Site team to remove Site access, please use the Contact Us link on the Site or e-mail us at


Download Project Vancouver Social Analytics Privacy Statement Final Oct 2011 (rtf)

Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program

Posted by sumeethevans on October 13 2011, 2:52 AM. Posted in Xbox.

At E3 we announced the new Xbox LIVE dashboard which will deliver intuitive navigation, increased responsiveness and improved engagement with Xbox experiences – all beginning this holiday. Now that our work on the dashboard is almost complete, we are announcing an open call for all Xbox LIVE members to register to participate in a preview program to help us test the system. This is an important program as we continually strive to ensure the reliability of a service that reaches tens of millions globally. We could not do so without the ongoing help of our great community.

Once this program is kicked off, an update will be pushed to your console that will contain select dashboard features, including:

  • New design with integrated Kinect voice and gesture controls
  • Beacons
  • Facebook Sharing
  • Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

Other features and entertainment partner apps may come into view during the program period.

Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program. (e.g. party chat will function)

Click here for the initial register for the Public Preview.

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Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2

Posted by bink on October 11 2011, 4:20 AM.

Microsoft® Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) introduces new functionality to Forefront TMG 2010 Standard and Enterprise Editions.

The service pack includes the following new functionality and feature improvements: New Reports • The new Site Activity report displays a report showing the data transfer between users and specific websites for any user. Error Pages • A new look and feel has been created for error pages. • Error pages can be more easily customized and can include embedded objects. Kerberos Authentication • You can now use Kerberos authentication when you deploy an array using network load balancing (NLB). To read the release notes, see the Forefront TMG Release Notes (SP2).


Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Forefront TMG 2010 Service Pack 2

Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Service Pack 1 (SP1) Update 1

Posted by bink on October 11 2011, 4:20 AM.

Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Service Pack 1 (SP1) Update 1 is an update to Forefront UAG that provides a number of functionality updates and other improvements.

The following is provided by Forefront UAG Update 1: • Lync web services publishing—Forefront UAG now supports publishing Lync web services • Dynamics CRM 2011 publishing—Forefront UAG now supports publishing Dynamics CRM 2011 • SharePoint 2010 with Office Web Apps—Forefront UAG now supports publishing SharePoint 2010 with Office Web Apps • Improved browser support—Forefront UAG now supports more web browsers than in previous releases


Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Forefront UAG Service Pack 1 (SP1) Update 1

Microsoft Exchange Server Protocol Documentation

Posted by bink on October 8 2011, 2:33 AM. Posted in Exchange.

Microsoft Exchange Server Protocol Documentation

The Microsoft Exchange protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for the Microsoft protocols that are implemented and used by Microsoft Exchange to interoperate or communicate with other products. It also provides technical specifications for extensions to industry-standard and other published protocols that are used by Microsoft Exchange.

Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook Standards Documentation

The Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook standards documentation describes how Exchange and Outlook support industry messaging standards and Requests for Comments (RFCs) documents about iCalendar, Internet Message Access Protocol – Version 4 (IMAP4), and Post Office Protocol – Version 3 (POP3).