Re-enabling creation of Linked IDs

Posted by sumeethevans on August 19 2011, 8:15 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

Today we are beginning to re-enable the ability to create new Linked IDs. This change is rolling out in the next couple days and should be complete this week.

For some customers – particularly power users – you’ve told us that it’s essential to be able to juggle multiple accounts. Over the last year we’ve added several powerful new ways to do this – specifically aliases and email aggregation (“POP aggregation), on top of existing features like “plus addresses”. Each of these is a great solution designed to help a different scenario:

  • Aliases and plus addresses are a great way to create unique email addresses – great to manage a particular event (shopping for a car or planning wedding for example) or to manage mail from marketing sites.
  • Email aggregation is a great way to take multiple accounts from different email providers and consolidate them all in your Hotmail inbox.

As we have made these changes, we looked at how most people use Linked IDs and found that, for the most part, they were used to solve exactly these problems – managing multiple email addresses and accounts. In our major update last month, one of the things we did is turn off the ability to create new Linked IDs, instead encouraging use of our new features. However it became clear from listening to your feedback that there were many people who used Linked IDs for other reasons, and so we are making a change today to re-enable the creation of Linked IDs.

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Windows Intune 2.0 beta Now Available

Posted by bink on July 13 2011, 1:22 PM.

You can go to Windows Intune Springboard site for information on signing up for your beta subscription. Once you have completed the sign-up process and activated your account, you can go to to begin evaluating the beta. A beta subscription will allow you to deploy to up to 10 PCs, which should allow you to evaluate the improvements we’ve made.

Here are the highlights of what’s new:

Software Distribution

  • Package applications, upload them to the cloud for distribution, and deploy them to your Windows Intune-managed PCs. For the beta we have provided 2 gigs of storage for this purpose. Packages can be normal applications in the form of MSIs or EXEs or third party updates. Deploying packages leverages BITS to ensure data transfer is efficient.

Better Hardware Reporting and Filters

  • We do a great job of collecting hardware data, but we want to ensure we also present this information in a way that is most useful to you. To assist with this, we have introduced the hardware dashboard along with reports, which will help you view and export your hardware more easily.

Third Party License Management

  • Upload and track your 3rd party and Microsoft retail or OEM license agreements - in addition to Microsoft Volume License Agreements – all in one place.

User Interface Enhancements

  • Many new enhancements have been made to the user experience. In general, we made numerous changes to improve navigability. We are also introducing the ability to right-click, which will display a list of context-sensitive actions you can perform. We have also added a new administrator role, so you can now have ‘read-only’ administrators.

Remote Actions

  • Execute a number of tasks on remote unattended PCs. You can invoke malware definitions to install, you can initiate a malware scan to run immediately, and you can remotely reboot a PC.

Improvements to Alerts Workspace

  • We’ve introduced the ability to configure thresholds on alerts so you can filter out less important events, and focus on the ones that matter to you. We also improved the way you set up recipients for these alerts.

Support for images

  • The Windows Intune client is ‘image-friendly’ and can be set up prior to image deployment. Previously, the Windows Intune client required an internet connection before it could install.
Windows Intune beta Now Available - The Windows Intune Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Outlook Hotmail Connector now with HTTPS support

Posted by bink on July 13 2011, 4:05 AM.

With Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 64-bit, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 64-bit to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!

Note: This latest update (14.0.6106.5001) includes several stability and reliability fixes and supports the HTTPS protocol for all communication between Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Hotmail, Calendar and Contacts. With Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free! Outlook Hotmail Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail..
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook.
If you use the Outlook Hotmail Connector with Outlook 2010 you gain these additional benefits:
  • Your Safe Sender List/Blocked sender list/Safe Recipient lists are synchronized between Outlook and Hotmail.
  • Send/receive works like your other Outlook accounts.
  • Your Hotmail account status appears in the Outlook status bar.
  • Rules work with the Hotmail account in Outlook even if it’s not your primary account.

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Posted by bink on July 13 2011, 4:01 AM.

Files in this download

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

File Name Size
SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe 155.0 MB Download
SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe 153.0 MB Download
SQLServer2008R2SP1-KB2528583-IA64-ENU.exe 296.0 MB Download
SQLServer2008R2SP1-KB2528583-x64-ENU.exe 309.0 MB Download
SQLServer2008R2SP1-KB2528583-x86-ENU.exe 201.0 MB Download

What’s New in SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 ?

  • Dynamic Management Views for increased supportability:
      sys.dm_exec_query_stats DMV is extended with additional columns to improve supportabilities over troubleshooting long-running queries. New DMVs and XEvents on select performance counters are introduced to monitor OS configurations and resource conditions related to the SQL Server instance.
  • ForceSeek for improved querying performance :
      Syntax for FORCESEEK index hint has been modified to take optional parameters allowing it to control the access method on the index even further. Using old style syntax for FORCESEEK remains unmodified and works as before. In addition to that, a new query hint, FORCESCAN has been added. It complements the FORCESEEK hint allowing specifying ‘scan’ as the access method to the index. No changes to applications are necessary if you do not plan to use this new functionality.
  • Data-tier Application Component Framework (DAC Fx) for improved database upgrades:
      The new Data-tier Application (DAC) Framework v1.1 and DAC upgrade wizard enable the new in-place upgrade service for database schema management. The new in-place upgrade service will upgrade the schema for an existing database in SQL Azure and the versions of SQL Server supported by DAC. A DAC is an entity that contains all of the database objects and instance objects used by an application. A DAC provides a single unit for authoring, deploying, and managing the data-tier objects. For more information, see Designing and Implementing Data-tier Applications.
  • Disk space control for PowerPivot:
      This update introduces two new configuration settings that let you determine how long cached data stays in the system. In the new Disk Cache section on the PowerPivot configuration page, you can specify how long an inactive database remains in memory before it is unloaded. You can also limit how long a cached file is kept on disk before it is deleted.
  • Fixed various issues: For a detailed list of new features and improvements that are included in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, review the What's New Section in Release Notes.
  • Coming Soon: Microsoft PST Capture Tool

    Posted by bink on July 6 2011, 11:00 PM.

    Exchange Team Blog: We're excited to announce that later this year we'll be adding a new tool to our already rich portfolio of planning and deployment tools. This new tool, PST Capture, will be downloadable and free, and will enable you to discover .pst files on your network and then import them into both Exchange Online (in Office 365) and Exchange Server 2010 on-premises. PST Capture will be available later this year. It doesn’t replace the New-MailboxImportRequest cmdlet that exists already for importing known .pst files into Exchange Server, but instead works in parallel to enable you to embark on a systematic search and destroy mission to rid yourself of the dreaded .pst scourge.


    Coming Soon PST Capture Tool - Exchange Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    No clear Service Pack indication in Office 2010 (Updated)

    Posted by bink on June 29 2011, 3:31 AM.

    So I just installed office 2010 Service Pack 1 and when you look in the Help screen in backstage pane, it doesn’t show Service Pack 1 is installed, only the build number is higher.

    Why does Microsoft do this, why make it hard for end users, administrators, support personnel to determine the Service Pack level. Now you need to puzzle with buildnumbers Steaming mad

    Also my office seems activated twice?? Sarcastic smile



    UPDATE, thanks to commenters “just click on the "Additional Version and Copyright Information" and it will show the traditional Help --> About screen”


    Watch Office 365 launch event with Steve Ballmer

    Posted by bink on June 28 2011, 8:59 PM.


    Steve Ballmer will announce news detailing the latest on Office 365 on Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EDT / 7 a.m. PDT. Watch the webcast here.

    Watch This Morning’s Office 365 Webcast

    …available in 40 markets. Introduced in beta last year, more than 200,000 organizations signed up and began testing it. Businesses testing Office 365 are already reporting impressive results, reducing IT costs by up to an estimated 50%, while boosting productivity.

    Office 365 offers a wide range of service plans for a predictable monthly price from $2 to $27 per user per month. With Office 365 for small businesses, customers can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and an external website in minutes, for $6 (U.S.) per user, per month. These tools put enterprise-grade email, shared documents, instant messaging, video and Web conferencing, portals and more at everyone’s fingertips.

    Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices, from simple email to comprehensive suites to meet the needs of midsize and large businesses, as well as government organizations. Customers can now get Microsoft Office Professional Plus on a pay-as-you-go basis with cloud-based versions of the industry’s leading business communications and collaborations services. Each of these plans come with the advanced IT controls, security, 24x7 IT support and reliability customers expect from Microsoft.

    Today, more than 20 service providers around the globe also shared plans to bring Office 365 to their customers this year. Bell Canada, Intuit Inc., NTT Communications Corporation, Telefonica S.A., Telstra Corp. and Vodafone Ltd., among others, will package and sell Office 365 with their own services — from Web hosting and broadband to finance solutions and mobile services — and bring those new offerings to millions of small and midsize businesses globally.

    Office 365 Announcement.

    Office 2010 SP1 to be released today

    Posted by bink on June 28 2011, 3:46 PM.

    Microsoft will announce and release Office 2010 Service Pack 1 on Tuesday.

    The software giant is readying the Office 2010 SP1 release alongside the general availability launch of Office 365. Microsoft had previously promised Office 2010 SP1 “by the end of June.” WinRumors understands, from sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, that the SP1 download will be made available at 9AM PST on Tuesday June 28. SP1 releases for both Office client suites and SharePoint server products will be made available. All language versions of SP1 will release at the same time. Service Pack 1 will be offered as a manual download from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update.

    Microsoft will include the following important fixes in SP1:


    • Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments.
    • The default behavior for PowerPoint “Use Presenter View” option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor.
    • Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery.
    • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
    • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
    • The Word Web Application extends printing support to “Edit Mode.”
    • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
    • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
    • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
    • Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application
    • Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server
    • Visio Fixes scaling issues and arrowhead rendering errors with SVG export
    • Proofing Tools improve spelling suggestions in Canadian English, French, Swedish and European Portuguese.
    • Outlook Web Application Attachment Preview (with Exchange Online only)

    Microsoft plans to include the following security and non-security related fixes:

    Office 2010 SP1 to be released this week  WinRumors

    Update Rollup 4 for Exchange 2010 SP1

    Posted by bink on June 23 2011, 4:51 AM.

    Earlier today the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 4 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 RU1. See 'KB 2509910: Description of Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1' for more details. In particular we would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release:

    • 2519359 Unable to Create a 'Reply With' Rule on Public Folders Even With Owner and Send As Permissions
    • 2394554 Generating DSN fails if original mail uses non-support encoding charset.
    • 2490134 Outlook 2007 does not deliver "Delayed Delivery" Messages against an Exchange 2010 Server in Online mode with any additional Transport loaded in the Outlook Profile

    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.

    Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 is currently scheduled to release in August 2011.

    General Notes

    Note for Exchange 2010 Customers using the Arabic and Hebrew language version: We introduced two new languages with the release of Service Pack 1, Arabic and Hebrew. At present we are working through the process of modifying our installers to incorporate these two languages. Customers running either of the two language versions affected are advised to download and install the English language version of the rollup which contains all of the same fixes.

    Note for Forefront users: For those of you running Forefront Security for Exchange, be sure you perform these important steps from the command line in the Forefront directory before and after this rollup's installation process. Without these steps, Exchange services for Information Store and Transport will not start after you apply this update. Before installing the update, disable ForeFront by using this command: fscutility /disable. After installing the update, re-enable ForeFront by running fscutility /enable

    System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta

    Posted by bink on June 18 2011, 2:28 AM.

    The System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta product provides the capability of automation of workflows (Runbooks) across other System Center and 3rd party products.

    The System Center Orchestrator Beta product provides the capability of automation of workflows (Runbooks) across other System Center and 3rd party products. These runbooks are created in the Runbook Designer, deployed via the Deployment Manager and run and monitored locally or remotely via the Orchestrator Console. Feature Bullet Summary:

    • Management Server
    • Orchestrator Console
    • Runbook Designer
    • Deployment Manager
    • Web service for reporting


    Download details System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta