Deploying Remote Desktop Gateway Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by bink on May 20 2011, 2:09 PM.

Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway), formerly Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway), in the Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating system, provides technologies that enable authorized remote users to connect to resources on an internal corporate or private network, from any Internet-connected device that can run the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client. In this guide, we will set up an RD Gateway server to use for connecting to a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server by using a Remote Desktop client computer.

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Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta

Posted by bink on May 18 2011, 2:37 AM.

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 continues to simplify and improve endpoint protection while greatly reducing infrastructure costs.

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 continues to deliver on the promise of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, simplifying and improving endpoint protection while also greatly reducing infrastructure costs. It builds on System Center Configuration Manager, allowing customers to implement endpoint protection as part of a unified infrastructure for securing and managing physical, virtual, and mobile client environments. This shared infrastructure lowers ownership costs while providing improved visibility and control over endpoint management and security. New features in the beta release include:- Support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012- Role-based administration- More efficient delivery of security updates


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Microsoft Web Application Configuration Analyzer v2.0

Posted by bink on May 18 2011, 2:36 AM.

Web Application Configuration Analyzer (WACA) analyzes server configuration for security best practices related to General Windows, IIS , ASP.NET and SQL Server settings.

Web Application Configuration Analyzer (WACA) is a tool that scans a server against a set of best practices recommended for pre-production and production servers. It can be used by developers to ensure that their codebase works within a secure / hardened environment (although many of the checks are not as applicable for developers). The list of best practices is derived from the Microsoft Information Security & Risk Management Deployment Review Standards used internally at Microsoft to harden production and pre-production environments for line of business applications. The Deployment Review standards themselves were derived from content released by Microsoft Patterns & Practices, in particular: Improving Web Application Security: Threats and Countermeasures available at: It uses an agent-less scan that requires the user to have admin privileges on the target server, as well as any SQL Server instances running on that machine. This release of WACA we included some new features. They include:

  • Suppressions – you can now suppress any rule you feel is not appropriate for your scan.
  • Saving of suppression files – once you set up a suppression list you want to use you can save it off for future uses.
  • You can change the suppressions and regenerate the report without needing to re-run the scan.
  • Reporting – Updated the reporting section to include suppression information so you know what passed, failed, was not applicable and what was suppressed.
  • Multiple reports – you can view multiple scans of the same machine or view a single machine’s scan and compare it to other machines.
  • Export to the Microsoft RED format.
  • Scan multiple systems and SQL instances in one bulk scan.
  • Additional rules – we’ve added in additional SQL rules.
  • And of course bug fixes that were missed in the last release.
Download details Microsoft Web Application Configuration Analyzer v2.0

Windows Phone 7 Connector Beta for Mac sync iTunes

Posted by bink on May 18 2011, 2:21 AM.

Sync music, photos, videos and podcasts from your existing iTunes and iPhoto libraries to your Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is a new software application that enables you to synchronize your favorite music*, videos*, photos* and podcasts* from iTunes and iPhoto.

This software is not part of the Zune experience. In order to enjoy the Zune experience on Mac, you will need to install a Windows OS (XP or higher). Zune delivers music and video entertainment across Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live and Windows PC’s. *DRM Protected content will not be able to be synchronized with Windows Phone 7

The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac 1.0 is now available via the Mac App Store. For more details go here

Microsoft Announces New Business Features in Windows Phone 7.5

Posted by bink on May 17 2011, 4:54 AM.

Microsoft announced a handful of new business-oriented features for the next major version of Windows Phone during Monday's TechEd 2011 keynote address. These features will be included in a release of the mobile OS, codenamed Mango and to be branded as Windows Phone 7.5, that Microsoft hopes to ship by the end of 2011.

"At TechEd we're highlighting a number of new capabilities designed to help you stay productive on the go," Microsoft's Paul Bryan wrote in a blog post announcing the features. "Mango is designed to make you even more productive right out-of-the-box—helping you quickly and easily stay connected with the people and information that are most important to you."

The "Mango" update to Windows Phone 7 will include the following business-related enhancements, Microsoft says:

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TechEd 2011 Microsoft Announces New Business Features in Windows Phone 7.5

Bing Now Helps You Make Decisions With Your Facebook Friends

Posted by bink on May 17 2011, 4:49 AM.

Decisions just got easier with the addition of new social features to Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft Corp. By bringing together the power of search and Facebook, people can now receive personalized search results based on the opinions of their friends simply by signing in to Facebook. New features, available today, make it easy to see what people’s Facebook friends like across the Web, incorporate the collective IQ of the Web into their decision-making and conduct conversational searches.

Looking for recommendations in your destination city? Consult easily with friends who live near your travel destination.

Looking for recommendations in your destination city? Consult easily with friends who live near your travel destination.

Decisions now can be made not just with facts, but with the opinions of trusted friends and with the collective wisdom of the Web, resulting in smarter, faster decisions. Also available today is the new Bing Bar, which includes the first universal Like button, making it easy for people to like any page on the Web.

“The best decisions are not just fueled by facts, they require the opinions and emotions of your friends,” said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president, Bing. “Search is now more than a fact finder — we’re marrying fact-based search results with your friends’ street smarts to combine the best data on the Web with the opinions of the people you trust the most and the collective IQ of the Web.”

According to a recent survey conducted by Bing and Impulse Research, 90 percent of people surveyed seek advice from family and friends before making decisions. This “friend effect” is apparent in a majority of decisions and often outweighs other facts because people feel more confident, smarter and safer with guidance from their trusted circle. Today’s search engines don’t solve for this phenomenon, and 80 percent of people surveyed said they will delay making a decision until they can get a friend’s stamp of approval. This decision delay, or the period of time it takes to hunt down a friend for advice, can last anywhere from minutes to days, whether a person is waiting for a call back, text, email or tweet.

Bing aims to help people make decisions by surfacing the stories, content and sites friends have "liked" right in the search results.

Bing aims to help people make decisions by surfacing the stories, content and sites friends have "liked" right in the search results.

The decision delay can be shortened by combining the technology of Bing with Facebook, to incorporate the friend effect into search. Bing now uses the interests shown by friends on Facebook to deliver a personalized search experience. With more than 30 billion pieces of content shared each month on Facebook alone, there is power in the collective know-how of the Web, and Bing is the first search engine to harness this information in a useful way.

How the Features Work

Microsoft data shows that nearly half of people surveyed say seeing their friends’ likes within search results could help them make better decisions, and who better than a group of trusted friends to guide everyday decision-making? The new features of Bing make this possible:

Liked results, answers and sites. Cut right to the good stuff, by seeing what stories, content and sites friends have liked right in the search results. Planning a trip to Napa Valley, for example, can be overwhelming with hundreds of wineries to choose from — luckily, the likes of friends can narrow the choices on which vineyards are must-sees.

Personalized results. Bing personalizes the search experience by surfacing content friends have liked from deep within search results to the top of the page. Because most people don’t go beyond page one of the results, they might be missing the best information.

But it’s not just friends who can help out. There’s also value in the larger brain trust of the Web. Bing now brings the collective IQ of people to decision-making online when friends may not have the right expertise or a person may not know exactly what they’re looking for:

Popular sites. See collective like results related to trending topics, articles and Facebook fan pages to find the most popular content. When searching a recipe site, for example, see what articles on the site people have liked to help find the perfect recipe for dinner.

Social messages. Searchers also can benefit from knowing what major brands and companies are sharing on Facebook. For example, when planning a vacation and searching for a rental car, Bing will show recent Facebook posts alerting people to a new deal at the top of the results.

Many decisions require a discussion with friends. By combining Facebook’s communication tools with Bing, search can become conversational — taking decision-making on Bing from a passive experience to an active dialogue. The vision of Bing is to combine the power of discovery with the empowerment of conversation:

Expanded Facebook profile search. Sometimes people need a friend right away, and Bing now lets them hit the fast-forward button to the right Facebook friends. Now when people search for a specific person, Bing provides a more in-depth bio snapshot, such as location, education and employment details, to help them find the person they’re looking for more quickly.

Friends who live here. Traveling to a new city and looking for recommendations on where to eat or stay? Easily find and consult friends who live or have lived near a destination.

Flight Deals. Perhaps the best conversation is one that helps save money. Flight Deals will automatically send people airfare deals via Facebook for cities they have liked, enabling them to find out about the latest deals.

Shared shopping lists. For shopping purchases, easily build, share and discuss shopping lists with friends, getting them to weigh in on purchases — before buying.

More detailed information about the new features is available on the Bing blog at

The Bing Bar is available for download at

What’s new in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2

Posted by bink on May 17 2011, 3:53 AM.

In the second half of this year Exchange 2010 SP2 will be released, this will not only include bug fixes but also new features. It will also requires a schema update.

There are about 500 bugfixes currently planned to be fixed in this SP. Nice fact Exchange contains 20 million lines of code in C, C# and other languages.

The new features are:

OWA mini,

Hybrid Configuration wizard

Address Book Policy

OWA auto site redirection

OWA mini

OMA is back Smile, it is a browser based HTML mailbox access for mobile devices.

Why? Some countries like Japan users prefer browser based access on their mobile devices.

It is based on OWA, in affect it is a view of OWA

OWA mini inherits OWA settings and policies, so if Calendar access is restricted in OWA it is also in OWA mini.

OWA mini includes access to tasks

As it is based on OWA, Active Sync policies are not relevant

All OWA languages are also available for OWA mini

URL looks like This may change though when release gets closer.

Hybrid Configuration wizard

Designed to ease up co existence between Exchange on premise and Office 356, this is currently not much fun. This wizard reduces steps needed from 49 to 6

Address Book Policy

By default in Exchange, the GAL contains every mail enabled object

Gal segmentation means dividing up the GAL and Address Lists

Address Book policy is a feature that replaces the GAL segmentation, this was not a feature but a white paper with steps to take. This segmentation method does not work in 2010, infact it may break your AD.


  • Legal or compliance reasons
  • Optimization, split huge GAL in to smaller logical units
  • Hosting: multiple org on 1 platform

Address Book Policy (ABP)= directly assigns an address lists to a user

For ABP Exchange 2010 SP2 required is on CAS and it works only for mailboxes hosted on 2010

When ABP is impacted

  • Open address lists picker
  • Search the GAL
  • Resolve name or alias
  • Add rooms
  • Search directory from Outlook Voice Access
  • Query directory from mobile device

View DL memberships, you only see members you are allowed to see, meaning the mailtips maybe lying Surprised smile 

Custom attributes is the best way to scope address lists, company does not work because than  you miss Distribution lists

Building Offline address books based on custom GAL now actually works with SP2, currently you can select a custom GAL, but it will actually use the default GAL.

Know this about ABP:

  • ABP does not legally separate users
  • ABP is not designed for Hosted Exchange, this scenario should use /Hosting Exchange installation
  • LDAP queries will bypass ABP
  • ECP uses get-group and not get-distribution group and so ignores ABPs
  • Don't mix ABP with ACL


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OWA auto site redirection

My laptop battery went flat when this topic was discussed so the name may be different.

Currently when logon to Outlook Web Access, but  your mailbox is hosted on a mailbox server in another Active Directory site, you will be presented with an message telling you you need to connect to OWA over  another URL “for best performance” When you click on it you need to logon again. Not so nice experience.

With this feature this redirection is automated Party smile



Tomorrow the Exchange Team blog will post more detailed information on SP2

Announcing Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, release in June

Posted by bink on May 17 2011, 3:28 AM.

Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June.

SP1 releases for both Office client suites and SharePoint server products will be made available. All language versions of SP1 will release simultaneously. Initially, Service Pack 1 will be offered as a manual download from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update, and no sooner than 90 days after release, will be made available as an Automatic Update.

SP1 will include many interesting changes. Across the client suites and server products, SP1 offers a sprinkling of improvements to make a strong 2010 release wave even stronger. During TechEd and beyond, teams on will update their blogs with more specific details of 2010 Service Pack 1 contents.

There are far too many changes in SP1 to list here, but the list below is a sample of SP1 highlights to get things started. This is a list of things that you can do now that you couldn’t before, or things that are just better than they were with the original release:

  • 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)
  • Office client suites using “Add Remove Programs” Control Panel, building on our work from Office 2007 SP2

System Center Concero Roadmap

Posted by bink on May 16 2011, 10:19 PM.

Concero is a self-service portal for deploying and managing services across hybrid cloud environments It sits as a web portal above multiple instances of VMM, WAPA and Windows Azure.

Across all these cloud types (Azure, WAPA and VMM clouds) the concept of a service and it’s management is what the experience is focused on, it provides the key constructs for fulfilling this experience:

•Web portal for interacting with multiple hybrid clouds – providing a single panel for viewing capacity from underlying sources and ability to consume this capacity

•Library, where a service owner has compilation of services which can be deployed

•Access control and delegate access

•Enable IT organizations to make the transition to the public cloud using the management paradigms and constructs that they are familiar with inside the enterprise, by giving them visibility and control to cloud deployments. Give an example of how IT departments are seeing business developers bypassing them to get cloud capacity.

•Concero provides the tools for an IT organization to view it’s capacity from multiple clouds, assess needs and acquire capacity so they can expand/shrink the pool onto which they can deploy their services

•Deliver a differentiated competitive offering to Vmware’s vCloud Director which spans the various cloud types Azure, WAPA and partner clouds

•Provide an IT centric management view over Azure to increase it’s adoption by IT organizations.

•Provide a System Center experience for customers looking to deploy services into Azure. By doing so we make provide control to IT orgs about Azure

•Portability of services between their private clouds and Azure. This allows an IT org to dynamically expand and utilize capacity from external sources in a seamless manner.


UPDATE: OK roadmap was a poor choice of word for this article, but when you look at the architecture you see what 1.0 will do. 2.0 will show partner private clouds and Windows Azure appliences

VMM 2012 Community Evaluation Program

Posted by bink on May 16 2011, 10:12 PM.

Guided evaluation of Management & Security Products

Access to evaluation bits and VHDs

Access to product group at Virtual Chalk Talks

Community of Participants

Share feedback on product and documentation

Share best practices and experiences

Learn more about programs at


Session *

Session Date

Overview SCVMM 2012 Overview (Demo Installing Demo Evaluation VHD)


Adding Hyper-V Host, Deploying Bare Metal Hyper-V hosts


DPM - Disaster Recovery in a Hyper-V Environment


Overview of Networking


Overview of  Storage


Cluster Creation, Update Management, Dynamic Optimatization


Overview of Clouds (creation, SSU delegation)


Overview of Server App-V in VMM


Overview of Service Creation


Modeling virtualized services in VMM (creation and deployment)


Maintaining virtualized services


Importing/Exporting Service Templates


Overview of Concero


Overview of Multi-Hypervisor Support (XenServer/Vmware)


Wrap - up Customer success stories


New Path to Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Posted by bink on May 16 2011, 10:08 PM.

The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 helps provide the most experienced and talented IT professionals with worldwide validation and recognition of their in-depth technical expertise in using Exchange Server 2010. IT professionals certified as masters in using Exchange Server 2010 design and build customized messaging solutions. These MCMs have detailed knowledge and skills to successfully operate and manage an enterprise-class Exchange Server infrastructure.

In response to the growing worldwide demand to participate in the MCM program on Exchange Server, Microsoft has provided even more options for Exchange Server experts who seek an MCM certification.

More at: New Path to Microsoft Certified Master Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft and the Antitrust Myth

Posted by bink on May 16 2011, 10:06 PM.

Another nice opinion article from Paul Thurrott. Enjoy Smile


I've been an unwitting accomplice in a deception that has gone on for too long, and now I'd to apologize for that and set the record straight. I'm referring of course to the convenient story that Microsoft's antitrust woes in the United States--and then again later in Europe--were responsible for a lost decade in which the software giant abandoned its drive, its aggression, and its position of dominance over the tech industry, ceding the way for faster, smarter competitors like Apple and Google. Like other conspiracy theories, however, this story became common knowledge simply because it seems right. It makes sense. It's believable. But it's almost complete baloney. It's a myth.

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