Lync Server 2010 Visio Stencil

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 11:35 PM. Posted in Office.

Creating visual representations of your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 topology is a helpful way to communicate your Lync Server 2010 deployment. Using standard Microsoft Visio stencils helps those in your organization to better understand how you architect your Microsoft Lync 2010 by experiencing your deployment visually. Together, Lync Server and Lync 2010 can be powerfully represented by standard and expressive Visio artwork.

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Windows Virtual PC

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 11:34 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology. You can use it to run more than one operating system at the same time on one computer, and to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a computer running Windows 7.Windows Virtual PC supports the following Host and Guest Operating systems:
  • Host: Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
  • Guest: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional, Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
Note: Virtual application feature not supported on Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 7 Professional edition

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Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 5:35 PM.

IE9 RC download links have gone live early. 

You can download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate in the language that matches your version of Windows or choose the English version, which works with all versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Direct Links:

 

Internet Explorer Standards Documentation

The Internet Explorer standards support documentation provides information about certain final approved web standards supported by Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate – New Features Summary

Feature updates in Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate.

Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate Product Guide

This product guide outlines new features in Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate.

Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate for Windows 7

Windows Internet Explorer 9 lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Windows Internet Explorer 9 lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate for Windows Vista 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 64-bit Edition

Windows Internet Explorer 9 lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate for Windows 7 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Edition

Windows Internet Explorer 9 lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Internet Explorer Platform Preview

Test drive the new Internet Explorer 9 Platform via the Internet Explorer Platform Preview

Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate Language Packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Download the latest version of Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate Language Packs.

Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate Language Packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Download the latest version of Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate Language Packs.

Headers and Libraries for Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

This package contains header files and libraries to help you develop Windows applications that use Windows Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

Microsoft Announces Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:56 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

This week I had a chance to sit down with Anthony (A.J.) Smith, the product manager for the new MBAM tool. As many IT Pro’s know, with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate there is a security feature called BitLocker which focus on full volume encryption of operating system partitions, fixed data partitions, and removable drives. MBAM builds on BitLocker in Windows 7 and offers IT Pro’s an enterprise solution for BitLocker provisioning, monitoring and key recovery. MBAM will help them simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment independent or as part of their Windows 7 migration, improves compliance and reporting of BitLocker, and reduces support costs.

Stephen – A.J., thanks for taking time to chat with me. Let’s jump right in. Many IT pros are looking to make BitLocker part of their deployment process. How does MBAM help simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment.

A.J.- Let’s start with provisioning since IT Pro’s need to think about how they want to configure MBAM and BitLocker. Decisions like what level of encryption, what protectors to use, what volumes they want to protect, and many others should be considered. The Springboard Windows Client Security and Control page has some great BitLocker documentation to help with making the right choices for their organization. Once they understand how they want to configure BitLocker, they can use the additional group policies that MBAM provides to setup their BitLocker configuration.

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IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:56 AM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft just sent out invitations to an event in San Francisco on February 10:

IE in San Francisco (2/10)

Members from the Internet Explorer team (and some special guests) will be visiting San Francisco in two weeks to share some important news. I know it’s an extremely busy news week already, but we’re hoping you can join us.

No further details, but it’s logical to assume that this will mark the public release of the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. I’ll be there and will have a full report.

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Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:54 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

I want to touch on some updates designed to help you effectively manage your IT environment. You’ve shared with me the need to get the most out of your current infrastructure and how you’re turning to desktop virtualization to make this happen while using it to accelerate your Windows 7 deployments. We have some updates based on your feedback and aimed at simplifying the process:
  • A while back, we lowered VDI licensing costs by making desktop access rights a Software Assurance (SA) benefit.
  • When we released our application virtualization solution, App-V 4.6, we also reduced storage costs for VDI, making it possible to store a single copy of virtual applications on a SAN while deploying them to multiple virtual machines.
  • Now, with SP1, we are working to lower the operational expenses of VDI by optimizing VM density through the new Dynamic Memory functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. More info here..
  • We are also pleased to announce Windows Thin PC (WinTPC), an upcoming SA benefit. WinTPC is a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7, designed to allow customers to repurpose their existing PCs as thin clients. PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops. WinTCP is expected to be available for download from the Microsoft Connect Site in Q1 2011.

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Microsoft Appoints Satya Nadella as President of Server and Tools Business

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:53 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft today promoted Senior Vice President Satya Nadella to president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business.

“We’re already making strong traction across our Server and Tools Business by embracing cloud services,” said Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. “Satya has deep experience in both our server business and online services, which will help accelerate our momentum while setting the course to deliver the cloud computing scenarios of the future.”

As president of the Server and Tools Business, Nadella will oversee the overall strategy, engineering, marketing and product development for Microsoft’s server, tools and cloud platform efforts. This includes developing the technology road map and vision to drive adoption of the company’s products, tools and services, and delivering the company’s next generation of cloud solutions for business customers.

“Our server and tools business is one of the fastest growing and most profitable businesses at Microsoft,” Nadella said. “I see great opportunity for Microsoft to grow the business and also lead the way in the transformation of enterprise IT. I’m excited to work with such a high-caliber team to chart the path for our continued success today and growth in the future.”

Nadella, 43, has been with the company for 19 years and most recently led the engineering efforts in the Online Services Division, which includes overseeing the technical strategy for one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world, spanning the company’s Search, Portal and Advertising platforms.

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Microsoft announces Office 2010 Service Pack 1

Posted by bink on February 10 2011, 2:42 AM.

Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 also provided an update regarding SP1 timing today. Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 have experienced double-digit growth since their May 2010 launch.

Microsoft typically releases a service pack 12 to 18 months after a product is launched and you can expect that same timeframe for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The upcoming SP1 will consist of minor updates, including all previously released public updates.

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 RTM’ed

Posted by bink on February 10 2011, 2:35 AM.

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 will Release to Manufacturing (RTM) today. On February 16, both will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program, as well as subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet. On February 22, both will be available to all customers through Windows Update and will also come preinstalled on new servers ordered.

A couple quick things to call out relative to this milestone:

  • As part of Microsoft’s broader desktop virtualization strategy, two new virtualization capabilities are now enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. Both features provide customers easy to use solutions that drive efficiencies and build upon the virtualization functionality already in the Windows Server operating system.
  • From a Windows 7 perspective, SP1 includes minor updates including some made previously available through Windows Update.

Microsoft also has some updates regarding Windows 7 momentum and new technologies in development designed for customers to get the most out of their Windows 7 experience. This includes:

  • Windows Thin PC (WinTPC): Microsoft is announcing an upcoming software assurance benefit called Windows Thin PC (WinTPC), which is a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7, designed to allow customers to repurpose their existing PCs as thin clients. PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops. WinTCP is expected to be available for download from the Microsoft Connect Site in Q1 2011.
  • Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM): IT pros gave Microsoft feedback that they needed an easier way to manage BitLocker, the security feature included in Windows 7. In response, the company is in the process of developing MBAM, which will help customers manage and provision BitLocker. The beta is expected to be available in March.
More on Win7 sp1: Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck

As part of Microsoft’s broader desktop virtualization strategy, two new virtualization capabilities are now enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. Both features provide customers easy to use solutions that drive efficiencies and build upon the virtualization functionality already in the Windows Server operating system

The first new feature, Dynamic Memory, takes Windows Server’s Hyper-V feature to a whole new level. Dynamic Memory lets you increase virtual machine density with the resources you already have—without sacrificing performance or scalability. In our lab testing, with Windows 7 SP1 as the guest operating system in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenario, we have seen a 40% increase in density from Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM to SP1. We achieved this increase simply by enabling Dynamic Memory.

This increased density does not come at the expense of security, as is the case with other offerings in the industry. Dynamic Memory preserves Windows 7 security without compromising density. My colleague Jeff Woolsey goes into detail in a recent post on this topic at the virtualization blog.

In addition, you get immediate benefit from the moment you turn on the virtual machine. There’s no waiting for memory management algorithms to work. Nor do you have to tweak the hypervisor with custom settings for specific workloads to maximize density. It’s an awesome out-of-box experience for all your virtualization workloads.

The second new feature, RemoteFX, is a first-to-market technology that we have demonstrated at multiple events. In fact, I was honored to be the first to show it publically at the Desktop Virtualization Hour last March.

RemoteFX is an exciting technology that lets you virtualize the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) on the server side and deliver next-generation rich media and 3D user experiences for VDI. RemoteFX is also enabling new low cost ultra-thin client devices to enter the market. Together, these technologies will drive down the end-point cost and reduce endpoint power consumption to as little as a few watts.

Customers have already been successful with Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, in early adopter deployments. Case studies, like the one we partnered with Sporton International on, show how using both RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory delivers real business value.

More on Dynamic Memory:

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Add New Virtualization Innovations - Windows Virtualiza

Report: Microsoft management changes in the works

Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:39 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft is said to be on the brink of another shuffle among its senior management.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to make changes to the company's senior management in order to improve the company's competitive edge in Web services, smartphones, and tablet computers, according to a Bloomberg report that cites unnamed sources.

Those changes, Bloomberg says, will be announced "this month."

What remains unclear is whether the changes will bump out any of the existing division heads, in place of talent from within or outside of the company, versus changing the number of business units and their executive make-up. Bloomberg did say that a central part of the company's plan was to "promote managers who have engineering chops and experience executing on product plans," which would imply moving someone at the top to make way for that promotion.

A Microsoft representative declined to comment.Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20030938-75.html#ixzz1DNlJNnJS

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Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Planning Tool

Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:37 PM. Posted in Office.

The Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Planning Tool asks you a series of questions about your organization and the features that you are interested in. The planning tool will then use your answers to recommend a topology based on the tested Microsoft Lync Server 2010 user model. Your organization may have a different user model. If so, you should adjust the recommended topology as necessary to fit your organization’s needs. What’s New in the Planning Tool for Lync Server 2010?

  • You can select virtualized server roles for your topology.
  • The Planning Tool offers more granular capacity guidance than in earlier releases.
  • You can customize individual branch site information.
  • The topology pages display site information, such as number of users and number of enabled users for various modalities.
  • The Planning Tool invites you to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), helping make the planning tool better.
  • You can view your edge network diagram and enter FQDNs and IP addresses and view the certificates, DNS settings, and firewall settings for your edge network in the central sites when using DNS Load Balancing or Hardware Load Balancing for Edge Servers. You can also import this information to Topology Builder. You can also export the diagram and the data to the Microsoft Visio drawing and diagramming software.
  • You can export your topology file to Topology Builder for a faster, easier Lync Server setup experience.
  • You can export the global topology, with its corresponding branch sites, as well as the number of concurrent calls connecting each central site, to the PSTN into Visio. The Visio output contains improved drawings for each of the site topologies.
  • The Planning Tool exports a list of the hardware for all sites, including branch sites, to a Microsoft Excel worksheet.
  • The Planning Tool accommodates more supported topologies for Enterprise Voice and dial-in conferencing.
  • Navigation between topologies and server information has been improved.
  • You can resize or maximize the Planning Tool window to better accommodate your screen resolution.
  • The Planning Tool provides a menu bar and a toolbar for available actions.
  • The Planning Tool incorporates new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 features and topology recommendations.
  • Users are now evenly distributed among the Front End pools.

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USMT 4 Update Released to Support Office 2010 Migrations

Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:36 PM. Posted in Office 2010.

Microsoft has created an update for USMT 4.0 that adds support for Office 2010. USMT 4.0 migrations of Office 2010 are now supported .

You can get the update here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2023591

Here are some things you should be aware of:

  • Certain settings and customizations in MS Word won’t migrate from any version to Word 2010, because of with the way Word is designed and how data is stored in “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Office\<OfficeVersion>\Word\Data".
  • Many Office settings (across all Office apps) won’t migrate when going from 32-bit Office to 64-bit Office. This is due to the way that the settings are stored in 64-bit Office installations.
  • If you’ve launched Office on the destination PC as a user before doing the migration of that user’s profile, most of your settings won’t migrate. This happens because Office relies on some code that only runs the first time that an Office app is launched to migrate settings.
  • This update isn’t a magic bullet. You may still need to do some customization to make USMT fit your particular configuration.

The update also fixes a couple of issues around hard-link migration performance when copying a folder with a huge number of files and an issue that affected certain time zones.