Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November 2010

Posted by bink on November 5 2010, 2:10 PM.

Microsoft has just announced that for the November 2010 patch round they will be releasing three updates addressing 11 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Unified Access Gateway (UAG).

 

Microsoft Office Suites and Components

 

 

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

Critical

Important

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 (Important)

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Service Pack 3 (Important)

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (Important)

Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Service Pack 3 (Important)

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (Critical)

Not applicable

Microsoft Office 2010 (32-bit editions)

Microsoft Office 2010 (32-bit editions) (Critical)

Not applicable

Microsoft Office 2010 (64-bit editions)

Microsoft Office 2010 (64-bit editions) (Critical)

Not applicable

Microsoft Office for Mac

 

 

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

Important

None

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 (Important)

Not applicable

Other Office Software

 

 

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

None

Important

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer

Not applicable

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer Service Pack 2 (Important)

 

Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway

 

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 3

Aggregate Severity Rating

Important

Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (Important) Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Update 1 (Important) Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Update 2 (Important)

More details will be sent as Microsoft releases the bulletins and patches next Tuesday evening.

 

Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Add-in for Excel (CTP1)

Posted by bink on November 3 2010, 3:26 AM.

DataMarket Add-In for Excel is a free application that allows discovering and importing data from Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket into Microsoft Office Excel.

Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Add-in for Excel (CTP1) provides a simple experience allowing you to discover datasets published on the Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket right within Excel. Users can browse and search for a rich set of datasets from various content publishers within a tool they already use.

The add-in features a full buying experience that allows users to identify interesting data and purchase directly them from within the workbook.

With only a couple of clicks, the user can query their datasets and import the data as a table into Excel. Once in the workbook, the data can be visualized, joined with other data sources (including owned/on premise data) or exported to be used in other applications.

Installation

DataMarket Add-In for Excel is available as a ZIP archive. To run the setup extract the ZIP archive and execute the setup.EXE. This will ensure that all prerequisites and required components are being installed. The installer is targeted to run on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, e.g. Windows XP x86/x64 Edition, Windows Vista x86/64-bit editions and Windows 7 x86/x64 Edition.

  • DataMarket Add-In for Excel depends on components of the Microsoft Sync Framework 4.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office which are included in the setup. Installing DataMarket Add-In for Excel along with these dependent components requires the use of an account with Administrator privileges on the target machine.
Download details Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Add-in for Excel (CTP1)

Office 2010 guides for IT pro’s

Posted by bink on November 3 2010, 3:23 AM.

Deploy Multilanguage Packs for Office 2010

Describes and illustrates how to deploy multilanguage packs for Microsoft Office 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010 Performance

White Paper document providing overview of Office 2010 Performance and Hardware investments

Deployment Options for Office 2010

Describes and illustrates the client deployment methods for Microsoft Office 2010.

Volume Activation of Office 2010

Describes and illustrates how to manage Office 2010 Volume Activation methods: Multiple Activation Key (MAK) and Key Management System (KMS).

64-bit Client Installation of Office 2010

Describes and illustrates the 64-bit client installation of Office 2010.

Team Foundation Installation Guide 2010

Team Foundation Installation Guide 2010 includes instruction for installing Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Server Proxy and Team Foundation Build Services. After you download the installation guide, you cannot view its contents unless you right-click the .chm file, click Properties, and then click Unblock.

Configuring Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products

Describes concepts of identity in SharePoint 2010 Products, Kerberos authentication, and how to use it in various scenarios

Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011 editions

Posted by bink on November 3 2010, 1:32 AM.

Since we announced the availability of the beta version of Windows Small Business Server Code name “Aurora” and Windows Small Business Server “7”, both products have been downloaded more than 9000 times through bout our partner and customer community. Today as we move forward with these new releases, Microsoft is announcing the final names, pricing, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.

· Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM. SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users and requires no CALs for user access.

· Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (formally Windows Small Business Server “7”) is designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, delivering enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard helps protect business’ information from loss by performing automatic daily server backups and greater productivity through on-site features like e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, and file and printer sharing. Licensing for SBS 2011 Standard follows the previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required both a Server License, plus CALs for each user. Estimated retail pricing for SBS 2011 Standard is $1,096US, with CALs approximately $72US. SBS 2011 Standard will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and is expected to release in December 2010. Further availability through OEM’s and System Builders is expected starting February 2011.

· Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, consists of an additional server that provides support for SQL Server based LOB applications and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies in a cost effective solution for a small business environment. The SBS 2011 Premium Add-on includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business and can be added to both Small Business Server 2011 both Essentials and Standard editions. The Premium add-on provides the ability to run a vast number of line-of-business applications on an additional server and the capacity to make more informed business decisions with rich analysis and reporting technologies. It is ideal for role based deployments such as LOB application support, Remote Desktop Services, Backup domain controller, and Virtualization though Hyper-V. The decision to move to an add-on model was taken to provide our customers with more flexibility and deployment options providing the ability to purchase additional servers either up front or as needed. While access to the Windows Server components for the SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will be covered by the SBS 2011 CAL model, users will still require Premium Add-on CALs for access to SQL Server. Estimated retail pricing for SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is $1,604US, with CALs approximately $92US. SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will also be available with the release of SBS 2011 Standard in December.

To learn more about Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, download the datasheet.

To learn more about Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, download the datasheet.

To learn more about the Windows Small Business Server Family, download the family overview brochure.

To download previews of SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials you can visit here.

Breckenridge, a new Windows Storage Server for home?

Posted by bink on November 3 2010, 1:30 AM.

Mary Jo Foley reports:

Most of the soon-to-be-released servers have Colorado-themed codenames. There’s Vail (the next version of Windows Home Server); Aurora (the hybrid cloud/on-premises small-business server); and Colorado (the SDK/toolkit for these servers). There’s also SBS 7, the next version of Microsoft’s on-premises Small Business Server product.

It turns out, there’s one more member of the Colorado family that’s in the pipeline: Breckenridge.

Here’s a mention of Breckenridge from a privacy statement on the Microsoft Connect download site:

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I got a couple of tips earlier this year about Windows Server Breckenridge, but couldn’t find anyone who knew what it was. It turns out Breckenridge is a derivative of Windows Home Server Vail that is optimized to function as a storage server.

Full story at source: There's another new Windows Server in the Microsoft pipeline  ZDNet

Use Hotmail features without changing your email address

Posted by bink on November 2 2010, 3:02 PM.

COOL: read any of your pop email accounts in your hotmail mailbox, with all its new features and then sync it to your mobile our Outlook with Outlook connector. No IMAP support yet.

Today we begin rolling out a feature that makes it easy to use Hotmail with any existing email address. Just as you can use Microsoft Outlook with an address from any service, you can now do the same with Hotmail on the web.

Implementing this was fairly straightforward given the architecture of Hotmail, our POP aggregation support, and the "Send As" feature that lets you send mail from any validated email address. We just needed to tweak the way we store and look up email addresses, build the first-run experience, and we had it.

To try it out, you just need to register and validate your email address. Over 30 million people have already registered an email address from another service when signing up for a Windows Live ID to use Xbox, Zune, SkyDrive, or Messenger. If you've done the same, then go to www.hotmail.com and sign in with your Windows Live ID. If you don't have a Windows Live ID, you can sign up for a new Hotmail account now and use your own email address when registering.

Use Hotmail features with other email addresses

Hotmail will guide you through connecting to your old service and importing your existing email using POP, and then you can begin sending and receiving mail from Hotmail with your existing address.

Full story: Use Hotmail features without changing your email address

Microsoft releases connectors for enterprise search

Posted by bink on October 27 2010, 1:50 PM.

Federated Search Connectors allow a search solution based on Microsoft Search Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, or Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 to pass a query to a target system and accept and display results from that system. This connector returns results from the Bing search engine. See the Federated Search Connector Gallery for other connectors and instructions for using connectors with specific Microsoft Enterprise Search products.

 

Bing News Search Connector

Exposes search results from Bing News in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

YouTube Search Connector

Exposes search results from YouTube in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Yahoo Search Connector

Exposes search results from Yahoo in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Yahoo News Search Connector

Exposes search results from Yahoo News in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Yahoo Images Search Connector

Exposes search results from Yahoo Images in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Volume Licensing Program Guides

Volume Licensing documents, including program guides, datasheets, and FAQs

Wikipedia Search Connector

Exposes search results from Wikipedia in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Encyclopedia Britannica Search Connector

Exposes search results from the Encyclopedia Britannica in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Google Blog Search Connector

Exposes search results from Google Blog Search in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Flickr Search Connector

Exposes search results from the Flickr photo-sharing site in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Google News Search Connector

Exposes search results from Google News in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

MSDN Search Connector

Exposes search results from MSDN in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

The Register Search Connector

Exposes search results from The Register in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

TechNet Search Connector

Exposes search results from the TechNet website in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Business Week Search Connector

Exposes search results from the Business Week site in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Bing Local Search Connector

Exposes search results from Bing Local in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Bing Image Search Connector

Exposes search results from Bing Image Search in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Bing Search Connector

Exposes search results from Bing in a Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

Posted by bink on October 27 2010, 1:38 AM.

Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFXTM, to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops.

  • Dynamic Memory lets Hyper-V administrators pool available memory on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to any virtual machine(s) running on that host.

  • RemoteFX lets Windows Server 2008 R2 administrators provide a rich end user desktop virtualization experience by delivering vivid content, independent of any graphics stack, to server-hosted virtual and session-based desktops.

Businesses can take advantage of these innovations to help deliver new capabilities such as private cloud and VDI. To learn more about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC and the benefits it provides, read the documents, feature overview and FAQs below.

Dynamic Memory Overview

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V introduces a new feature, called Dynamic Memory, in the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC releases.  It allows customers to achieve increased density when they’re consolidating physical servers into a virtual realm, providing them with predictable performance and linear scalability.

With Dynamic Memory, IT administrators are able to pool available memory on a physical host and then dynamically dole that memory out to virtual machines running on the host, based on current workload needs.

RemoteFX Overview

RemoteFX, a key feature of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) lets IT administrators deliver a rich graphics experience to end-users through virtualized desktops.  Using new protocol enhancements between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, end users can now access virtual machines on a wide variety of target devices and still get a rich graphics experience with server-side graphics processing.

 

 

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Microsoft says Windows 8 roughly two years away

Posted by bink on October 25 2010, 2:06 PM.

In its most concrete comments yet about the next version of Windows, Microsoft said in a blog post on its Dutch Web site that Windows 8 is about two years from hitting the market.

Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows, the blog says in Dutch, but it will be about two years before Windows 8 is on the market.

Microsoft's Dutch subsidiary posted a blog Sunday that says the company is working on Windows 8 but that the new operating system is not due for about two years.

Windows 8 mention is now removed

Source: Microsoft says Windows 8 roughly two years away  Beyond Binary - CNET News

In the summer of 2011 we may see the 1st Windows 8 beta.

Windows 8 coming out in 2012 is not really news, MS had already stated to do a major release every 3 years. Also this will also  be a client AND server release, 64 bit only.

Free eBooks from Microsoft Press

Posted by bink on October 24 2010, 6:13 PM.

Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (10 chapters by by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines)

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner)

Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (6 chapters by Charles Petzold)

Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2) (newer than the ebook above; 11 chapters by Charles Petzold)

Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft (8 chapters by Katherine Murray)

Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) (6 chapters by Mitch Tulloch)

Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 (14 chapters by Katherine Murray)

Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips (short ebook by Mitch Tulloch)

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 (9 chapters by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker)

Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance (10 chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and 6 TechNet articles)

Windows 7 Office 2010 Proof of Concept Jumpstart Kit v1.5

Posted by bink on October 24 2010, 6:11 PM.

The PoC Jumpstart provides resources to deploy a desktop PoC with Windows 7, Office 2010, Internet Explorer 8, and Application Virtualization with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack technology.

This self-contained, self-service kit will help you complete a Proof-of -Concept (PoC) at your organization, allowing you to quickly evaluate the new Microsoft desktop technologies, including Windows 7, Office 2010 Pro Plus, Internet Explorer 8, and Application Virtualization with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack technology App-V. It will also familiarize you with some of the important deployment tools provided by Microsoft to assist with your broader deployment efforts. This PoC is not meant to be comprehensive training mechanism but rather an introductory set of modules to familiarize you with tools and technologies.

• Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition – A platform that helps IT Professionals increase the flexibility and reliability of their server infrastructure.

• Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) – A tool to assess your hardware readiness for Windows 7 and Office 2010.

• Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) – A tool to assess your software readiness for Windows 7 and Office 2010.

• Microsoft Office Migration and Planning Manager (OMPM) – A tool to assess and upgrade Office versions and files.

• Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – A tool to create, configure, and deploy custom images, applications, and components.

• Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial image – This evaluation edition forms the base image for deployment on client computers.

• Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 – This system is the best productivity experience across the PC, Phone, and Web.

• Office 2010 with Application Virtualization – This system is deployed virtually to streamline and centralize operations.

• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition – This database system is used to store image and task sequence data for MDT Deployment Workbench and Microsoft Office assessment data for the ACT and OMPM tools .

• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Evaluation Edition – This database system is used to store hardware assessment data for the MAP tool.

The PoC Jumpstart is intended to show you that an upgrade to new Microsoft Optimize Desktop technologies can be seamless, feasible, easy and cost-effective. The PoC Jumpstart will also shed light on the deployment process (tools and technologies) and give your organization confidence for undertaking a broader deployment motion.

After completion of the PoC, you should have a test environment setup that will allow you to evaluate the various features of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop and help you make informed decisions to meet your business needs.