Exchange Server Deployment Assistant now includes a “Cloud Only” scenario

Posted by sumeethevans on August 30 2011, 3:29 AM. Posted in Exchange.

For many companies, the robust messaging and calendaring features offered by Office 365 for enterprises presents an opportunity to transition all messaging functionality from the on-premises organization into the cloud. Office 365 for enterprises includes a full suite of e-mail migration tools.

However, there are dependencies and restrictions on the migration tools that you may be able to use with Office 365. Variables such as your on-premises Exchange Server version, the number of mailboxes you want to move, and how you want to handle user identity will dictate the tools and processes you can use to migrate to the cloud.

Screenshot: Cloud-only scenario in Deployment AssistantFigure 1 : A screen shot from the new "Cloud Only" scenario in the Deployment Assistant

To help you sort through the available options and plan your migration to the cloud, we’re happy to announce the “Cloud Only” option in the latest release of the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant. Like the other scenarios in the Deployment Assistant, the “Cloud Only” option allows you to step through a wizard that asks you questions about your current infrastructure and your migration goals. The Deployment Assistant will provide a migration solution that is based on your answers.

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Visio 2010 downloads

Posted by bink on August 26 2011, 2:38 PM.

Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Microsoft Visio Professional 2010 for IT Tasks

This document highlights the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Visio Professional2010 for IT tasks.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Product Overview Guide

This is an overview of Microsoft Visio 2010. The topics include the features of Visio 2010, version comparison, edition comparison, and system requirements.

Microsoft Visio 2010: Democratizing Business Process Management

This document highlights how Visio 2010’s advanced diagramming tools help users to organize and simplify business process complexity with pre-defined process templates, subprocesses, dynamic, data-driven visuals and new ways to share on the Web in real-time.

Visio 2010 IT Datasheet - The Diagramming Solution for IT Professionals

This document highlights the unique features of Visio Premium 2010 for IT professionals.

Microsoft Visio 201 BI Datasheet

This document explains how Microsoft Visio 2010 helps users to gain valuable business insights using Visio 2010 and Visio Services.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Developer Training

This is a three-volumne training series for Microsoft Visio 2010 developers. The trainings cover Shapes and ShapeSheet...publishing for process management, and programming with the Visio object model. Each volumne describes the new features and provides...

Microsoft Visio 2010 for Network Sample Diagram

The following template illustrates a network sample diagram for IT infrastructure.

Microsoft Visio 2010 for Space Planning

This template maps out the space planning for facility management.

Microsoft Visio 2010 for Improving SOX Compliance

The following template illustrates an example for improving SOX compliance using Microsoft Visio 2010.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Template: Audit Process Diagram

This Visio template illustrates a typical process diagram for an audit.

Microsoft Visio 2010 for Help Desk Flow

The Visio template maps out the help desk flow process and customers call data.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Template for Data Center

The template illustrates a typical IT diagram for data center.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Template: Application Architecture Pivot Diagrams

This is a downloadable template for an application architecture pivot diagram.

Microsoft Visio 2010 for Process Improvement

This template is an example of how a group manages its business process based on a specific customer need.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Template for Enterprise Server Design

The following template illustrates a typical IT diagram for enterprise server design.

Microsoft Visio 2010 for Change of Address Process

This Visio template is an example of BPMN flowchart diagram.

Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted by bink on August 26 2011, 2:35 PM.

This Solution Accelerator is designed to help enable an organization to identify, classify, and protect data on their file servers. The out-of-the-box classification and rule examples help organizations build and deploy their policies to protect critical information.

The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is designed to help enable an organization to identify, classify, and protect data on their file servers. The out-of-the-box classification and rule examples help organizations build and deploy their policies to protect critical information in a cost-effective manner. This release includes sample classification rules for PCI DSS and NIST 800-53. Note: Use of the Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 does not constitute advice from an auditor, accountant, attorney or other compliance professional, and does not guarantee fulfillment of your organization’s legal or compliance obligations. Conformance with these obligations requires input and interpretation by your organization’s compliance professionals. Successful data classification programs require proper planning around these key critical areas:

  • Identification of applicable IT GRC authority documents
  • Definition of appropriate classification policies
  • Implementation and evidence of appropriate controls
When used with the Microsoft System Center Service Manager IT GRC Process Management Pack, organizations can easily map classification requirements from various authority documents, such as PCI DSS and NIST 800-53. In addition, they can build and deploy their data classification policies, implement controls through Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure, and provide evidence of data classification policies to auditors. The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 includes the following components:
  • Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit.msi – Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 Installer
  • Data Classification Toolkit for WS2008R2 - Release Notes.rtf – Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Notes



Microsoft® SQL Server® code name 'Denali', Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP 3)

Posted by sumeethevans on August 25 2011, 2:30 AM. Posted in SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft SQL Server code name 'Denali' enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence.SQL Server code name 'Denali' enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence:

  • Deliver required uptime and data protection with AlwaysOn
  • Gain breakthrough & predictable performance with Project Apollo
  • Help enable security and compliance with new User-defined Roles and Default Schema for Groups
  • Enable rapid data discovery for deeper insights across the organization with Project Crescent
  • Ensure more credible, consistent data with SSIS improvements, a Master Data Services add-in for Excel, and new Data Quality Services
  • Optimize IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with Data-tier Application Component (DAC) parity with SQL Azure and SQL Server Developer Tools code name “Juneau” for a unified dev experience across database, BI, and cloud functions

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Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP1

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2011, 9:24 PM. Posted in Exchange.

Earlier today the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 to the Download Center.

This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of SP1. See 'KB 2582113: Description of Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1' for more details.

We want to let you know this rollup contains the Exchange 2010 SP1 version of the change described in this KB article:

    2543879 PDF attachment from a Mac Mail client is not displayed when you use Outlook 2010 to open the email message in an Exchange Server 2007 SP3 environment

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

  • 2556352 MoveItem returning empty ChangeKey
  • 2555850 Unable to delete a folder whose name has a particular character code
  • 2490134 OWA's zip-download does not work for some messages due to invalid chars in the subject

Some of the above KnowledgeBase articles are not replicated/live at the time of writing this post. Please check back later in the day if you can't reach them.

Availability of this update on Microsoft Update is planned for late September. Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 is currently scheduled to release in October 2011.

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New copy features in Windows 8

Posted by bink on August 24 2011, 9:20 PM.

Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting are far and away the most heavily used features within Windows Explorer, representing 50% of total command usage (based on Windows 7 telemetry data). For Windows 8, we want to make sure that using these core file management commands, which we collectively refer to as “copy jobs,” is a great experience.

We know from telemetry data (which is based on hundreds of millions of individuals opting in to provide anonymous data about product usage), that although 50% of these jobs take less than 10 seconds to complete, many people are also doing much larger jobs, 20% of which take more than 2 minutes to complete. Prior versions of Windows Explorer can handle these kinds of jobs, but Explorer isn’t optimized for high-volume jobs or for executing multiple copy jobs concurrently.

Usability studies confirm what most of us know—there are some pretty cluttered and confusing parts of the Windows 7 copy experience. This is particularly true when people need to deal with files and folders that have the same file names, in what we call file name collisions. Lastly, our telemetry shows that 5.61% of copy jobs fail to complete for a variety of different reasons ranging from network interruptions to people just canceling the operation.

In Windows 8, we have three main goals for our improvements to the copy experience:

  • One place to manage all copy jobs: Create one unified experience for managing and monitoring ongoing copy operations.
  • Clear and concise: Remove distractions and give people the key information they need.
  • User in control: Put people in control of their copy operations.

Based on these goals, we made four major improvements to the copy experience. Here is a short video demo of these improvements: High quality MP4 | Low quality MP4

First, we’ve consolidated the copy experience. You can now review and control all the Explorer copy jobs currently executing in one combined UI. Windows 8 presents all pending copy jobs in this single dialog, saving you from having to navigate through multiple floating dialogs looking for the one you need.

Figure 1 - Consolidated copy (fewer details view)

Next, we’ve added the ability to pause, resume, and stop each copy operation currently underway. This gives you control over which copy jobs will complete first. You can also click any of the source or destination folders while the copy operation is taking place and open up those folders.

Figure 2 - Pause (fewer details view)

To support this new ability to prioritize and decide, we’ve added a detailed view with a real-time throughput graph. Now each copy job shows the speed of data transfer, the transfer rate trend, and how much data in left to transfer. While this is not designed for benchmarking, in many cases it can provide a quick and easy way to assess what is going on for a particular job.

Here you can see three copy jobs underway:

Figure 3 - Consolidated copy (more details view)

Conflict Resolution

Our new design is much more clear, concise, and efficient, providing a much more visible and actionable approach to conflict resolution. All the files from the source are on the left. All the files in the target location with file name collisions are on the right. The screen layout is easy to understand and shows you the critical information for all the collisions, front and center in one dialog.

Figure 6 - Conflict (more details) The new Windows 8 Conflict Resolution dialog

Full story: Improving our file management basics: copy, move, rename, and delete

Now available: Zune 4.8

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2011, 1:48 AM. Posted in Zune.

Today we’re releasing the next version of the Zune software. As one of the Zune program managers, I wanted to provide a brief look at what’s new in the 4.8 release, which you can download here. To update your current version, click Settings > Software > General, and then click Check For Updates.

If you already have a Windows Phone, you probably know that the Zune software is a key companion for your device. It allows you to update your phone software, sync photos and videos, shop for apps, and more.

You probably won’t notice too many differences in how Zune 4.8 looks: Most of the changes were designed to pave the way for the next release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango. Our primary goal with this release was to make the Zune software the best companion for your Mango phone, so the team implemented a few new features and made a bunch of under-the-hood refinements and fixes, including several based on your feedback.

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Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Release Candidate

Posted by sumeethevans on August 23 2011, 6:56 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices. This download is the Release Candidate (RC) and provides a ‘Go Live’ license that enables you to develop and publish applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace

Files in this download

The links in this section correspond to files available for this download. Download the files appropriate for you.

File NameSize
Release Notes - WP SDK 7.1 RC.htm52 KBDownload
vm_web2.exe3.0 MB

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Building Windows 8 - Building robust USB 3.0 support

Posted by sumeethevans on August 23 2011, 3:26 AM. Posted in Windows.Next.

One of the important roles Windows plays as part of a broad ecosystem is developing support for new hardware. This is a pretty involved process and so for this post we wanted to take a look at supporting USB 3.0, something we know everyone is anxious to be using because of the improvements it brings. This is also our first video post – we aimed for "engineering" videos and not high production values but I think we make our point (note videos are embedded in HTML5 and available for download). If you're like me when looking at the video, you might think that those file copy progress indicators are looking a bit dated…stay tuned. This post was authored by Dennis Flanagan, the Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group. –Steven

With throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and improved power management that results in longer battery life, USB 3.0 introduces compelling reasons to improve the world’s most popular PC interface. By 2015, all new PCs are expected to offer USB 3.0 ports, and over 2 billion new "SuperSpeed" USB devices will be sold in that year alone.

Demonstration video

Perhaps the most important aspect of USB 3.0 is the expectation that customers have of USB: it’s just USB3 so it should just work, right? Each and every USB device, low, full, high, and SuperSpeed, has to work in Windows 8. That's our focus while also delivering the most robust and reliable USB stack.

Let's take a look at USB 3.0 in action as it takes on some pretty significant copy tasks and races against USB 2.0.

<video style="width: 292px; height: 219px;" poster="" controls="controls" width="480" height="270"></video>If you don't see a video here or can't play it, download it here: High quality MP4 | Low quality MP4

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Skype acquires Microsoft BizSpark partner GroupMe

Posted by sumeethevans on August 23 2011, 3:25 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Skype — a company which is in the midst of being acquired by Microsoft — announced on August 21 that it is acquiring GroupMe.

GroupMe offers a messaging and conference call service, which it launched about a year ago. GroupMe officials referred to the service as “your real-life network,” and offers users a private chat room on their phones. GroupMe enables users to chat within their groups while circumventing SMS (and thus, not deducting from users’ SMS balances).

GroupMe allows users to have multiple “disposable” groups, and works on a variety of phones, including iPhones, Blackberries, Android phones and feature phones. When I talked with company backers a couple of months ago, they were porting their application to Windows Phones, and had big plans for the “Mango” Windows Phone release (allowing users to pin groups to their start menus and obtain real-time notifications).

Skype and GroupMe are not disclosing terms of the deal, but estimates have the deal valued at more than $50 million.

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Update on the issue of ‘supercookies’ used on MSN

Posted by sumeethevans on August 23 2011, 3:24 AM. Posted in MSN.

In response to recent attention on "supercookies" in the media, we wanted to share more detail on the immediate action we took to address this issue, as well as affirm our commitment to the privacy of our customers. According to researchers, including Jonathan Mayer at Stanford University, "supercookies" are capable of re-creating users' cookies or other identifiers after people deleted regular cookies. Mr. Mayer identified Microsoft as one among others that had this code, and when he brought his findings to our attention we promptly investigated.

We determined that the cookie behavior he observed was occurring under certain circumstances as a result of older code that was used only on our own sites, and was already scheduled to be discontinued. We accelerated this process and quickly disabled this code. At no time did this functionality cause Microsoft cookie identifiers or data associated with those identifiers to be shared outside of Microsoft. We are committed to providing choice when it comes to the collection and use of customer information, and we have no plans to develop or deploy any such "supercookie" mechanisms.

Microsoft has strong privacy standards that govern the development and deployment of our products and services. We work hard to build privacy into products, and we also engage with government, industry, academia and public interest groups to develop more effective privacy and data protection measures.

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Introducing the “We’re In” app from Bing

Posted by sumeethevans on August 19 2011, 9:07 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

Today we're happy to announce the release of the "We're In" app for Windows Phone.

We’re In makes organizing get- together’s, carpooling and trying to find people in a crowd a breeze. Any time you want to see where your friends are—We're In can help you. It's simple, invite your friends, and when they join, they'll see your location and you'll see theirs. When the invite expires, so does the shared location – no complicated process to worry about.

We’re In is a great way to save time and frustration when planning your roadtrip or meeting your friend at the mall – helping you connect with your friend faster. Let’s take a closer look at the new We’re In product features and how they work.

We’ve made We’re In super simple to use – all you need is your phone number to sign up. Simply invite your friends (via your contacts) to start sharing location info with each other including who, why, and how long:


Pick your friends from the contact list or enter their phone number, tell them what the plan is. At this point you can choose how long you want to share location info.

Your friends receive a text message with these details. They can use the app to join you or, for friends that don't have a Windows Phone, they can join from the mobile website via the invite.

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