Group Policy for Microsoft Office 2010

Posted by sumeethevans on October 19 2010, 9:40 PM. Posted in Office 2010.

This book contains information about how to use Group Policy to deploy and configure an installation of Microsoft Office 2010. The audience for this book includes IT generalists, IT operations, help desk and deployment staff, IT messaging administrators, consultants, and other IT professionals.

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Infrastructure Planning and Design

Posted by sumeethevans on October 19 2010, 9:40 PM. Posted in .NET.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

Each guide leads the reader through critical infrastructure design decisions, in the appropriate order, evaluating the available options for each decision against its impact on critical characteristics of the infrastructure. The IPD Series highlights when service and infrastructure goals should be validated with the organization and provides additional questions that should be asked of service stakeholders and decision makers.Updated! Exchange Online—Evaluating Software-plus-ServicesUpdated! SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

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Docs.com; Search Improvements, PDF, User Generated Templates

Posted by sumeethevans on October 19 2010, 9:38 PM. Posted in .NET, Office Labs.

In August, we released tagging and search to improve the basic discoverability of people, pages, and documents. Thank you everyone for your positive feedback and suggestions. I’m happy to announce that we’ve taken another step forward.

Full Text Search & Social Document Ranking

In August, we released the ability to search for People, Pages and Tags. Today, we’re releasing full text document search with social document ranking.

Searching docs.com for “Economics” will now reveal not only all documents tagged with the term, but all docs containing “economics” as well. This will return a much more comprehensive set of results and will help you find the documents you’re looking for.

Support for PDF files

We want to help you share rich and meaningful content with your friends.

Starting today, you may now upload PDF files directly to docs.com to share with your Facebook friends.

User-generated templates

Sometimes you don’t want your friends to edit your doc. You want them to copy it and create their own.

Bulk Silverlight document uploader

It’s now significantly easier to share several documents at once. Simply drag and drop them onto the new Silverlight uploader.

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Exchange Server 2010 Architecture Poster

Posted by bink on October 19 2010, 1:55 PM.

Aside from showing the high-level architecture, this poster highlights the feature set of Exchange Server 2010. Sections include:

  • Management and Monitoring
  • High Availability
  • Mailbox Server Role
  • Client Access Server Role
  • Unified Messaging Server Role
  • Hub Transport Server Role
  • Edge Transport Server Role

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Ray Ozzie leaving Microsoft

Posted by bink on October 19 2010, 1:51 PM.

From: Steveb Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 To: Microsoft – All Employees Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition

This past March marked a significant milestone for the company when, in a speech at the University of Washington, I sent a message to the world that we’re ‘all in’ when it comes to the cloud. In that speech I noted that Ray’s Internet Services Disruption memo nearly five years ago, and his work since, stimulated thinking across the company and helped catalyze our drive to the cloud.

As a company, we’ve accomplished much in the past five years as we look at the cloud and services. Windows Live now serves as a natural web-based services complement to both Windows and Office. SharePoint and Exchange have now decidedly embraced the cloud. And by conceiving, incubating and shepherding Windows Azure, Ray helped ensure we have a tremendously rich platform foundation that will enable app-level innovation across the company and by customers for years to come.

With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization - bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business. Following the natural transition time with his teams but before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments. We have tremendous opportunities in the entertainment space overall, and I’m excited about what we can accomplish. Beyond that, Ray has no plans at this time. While he’ll continue to report to me during the transition, the CSA role was unique and I won’t refill the role after Ray’s departure. We have a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market.

While Ray will be onboard for a while, I’d like to thank him today for his contributions to Microsoft, both as a leader and as a long-time Microsoft ISV. As an early ISV, Ray contributed significantly to the early success of Windows. Since being at Microsoft, both through inspiration and impact he’s been instrumental in our transition toward a software world now centered on services. He’s always been a ‘maker’ and a partner, and we look forward to our continuing collaboration as his future unfolds. Ray has played a critical role in helping us to assume the leadership position in the cloud, and positioned us well for future success.

Please join me in thanking Ray and wishing him well.

Steve

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Released

Posted by bink on October 15 2010, 1:18 AM.

Today marks the release and availability of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3!  R3 includes a complete set of power management tools for more Green IT, mobile device management capabilities, and other enhancements.  

Below are a few key points on what’s new with R3.  Go here to download the evaluation software, view demonstrations or try R3 via Microsoft’s virtual labs.

  • Centralized Power Management: Allows IT organizations to centrally manage the power settings of Windows 7, Vista and XP computers, helping reduce energy consumption and costs.  Detailed reports of trends and settings help IT pros make smart power management choices, and also validate Green IT projects with summaries of power, money and CO2 savings.  Learn more here.
  • Mobile Device Management: Licenses for System Center Mobile Device Manager allow users to run comprehensive asset inventories, deploy software, manage settings and enforce password policies for Widows phones. 
  • Enhanced Scalability and Performance: Configuration Manager R3 is more scalable than ever, increasing the number of supported clients to 300,000 per site.  R3 is also more efficient in the way it communicates with Active Directory, helping you discover user or machine changes more quickly and allowing custom queries to define user, system or group attributes.

Additionally, just like Configuration Manager R2, R3 will be the foundation for the upcoming Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010.  By bringing endpoint security into overall endpoint management, users can reduce costs and inefficiencies, and also improve security and compliance

MED-V 2.0 Beta available

Posted by bink on October 13 2010, 3:53 PM.

MED-V 2.0 beta is available to download today. Karri blogged about it over at the Windows team blog [here]. Here's an excerpt from Karri's blog:

With MED-V 2.0 Beta, we have been listening to customer feedback to further simplify the MED-V experience by enabling one-time sign on to the MED-V workspace. The only time you ever re-enter your password is when you change your Windows password.  In addition, we recognize that more infrastructure is not always better so we’ve enabled you to leverage your existing software distribution system as the delivery mechanism for the MED-V workspaces. This means that System Center Configuration Manager integration was a priority for us as we want to extend the value of the infrastructure you already have. Last but certainly not least, customers told us that they are moving toward virtualization of their applications as their primary strategy for the future. Naturally, they want to be able to use App-V in conjunction with MED-V so that they have a consistent packaging methodology, regardless of the target. Now, App-V and MED-V are fully tested together and virtual apps can be deployed and managed within the MED-V 2.0 Beta workspaces.

For more information about other features, and there are many more, please visit the MDOP Blog. For more on how Harbor Wholesale and other customers are taking advantage of MED-V in their environments, check out the case studies.

Source: MED-V 2.0 beta is available - for Windows 7 migrations - Windows Virtualization Team Blog - Site

October Patches: 16 updates addressing 49 vulnerabilities affecting Windows, IE, Office, and the .NET

Posted by bink on October 13 2010, 2:35 AM.

Looking at the number and type of updates this month, we have a fairly standard number of bulletins affecting products like Windows and Office. This month we also have a few bulletins originating from product groups that we don't see on a regular basis. For example, SharePoint, the Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library (which is an application framework for programming in Windows), and the .NET Framework. It's worth noting that only six of the 49 total vulnerabilities being addressed have a critical rating. Further, three of the bulletins account for 34 of the total vulnerabilities. 

  • MS10-071 (Critical) Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer. Note: Internet Explorer 8 is only affected by one RCE listed and IE 9 beta is not affected.
  • MS10-076 (Critical) Vulnerability in the Embedded OpenType Font Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution.
  • MS10-077 (Critical) Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution. Note: this affects .NET Framework 4.0.
  • MS10-075 (Critical) Vulnerability in Media Player Network Sharing Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

Below is the aggregate risk and impact for October and the overall deployment priority information to further aid in prioritization:

October 2010 Security Bulletin Release - The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) - Site Ho

Windows Phone 7 Europe Hardware

Posted by sumeethevans on October 11 2010, 9:53 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 hardware models for Europe. Here they are.

More information on the Windows Phone 7 website here. (select your country)

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Zune software version 4.7 is now ready to receive your Windows Phone 7

Posted by sumeethevans on October 11 2010, 8:58 PM. Posted in Zune, Windows Phone 7 Series.

Microsoft has taken care of a little bit of T-crossing and I-dotting this morning by updating its Zune desktop software to v4.7. The code should now be fully equipped to welcome incoming Windows Phones, and our tipster's screenshot above seems to indicate the app marketplace will be up and running on time as well.

There's an additional note to say that app purchases will be accessible from up to five separate phones sharing the same Windows Live ID -- clever Microsoft, encouraging people to buy in bulk. As to the Zune HD, we're hearing there's no firmware update at this time, it's still on v4.5.

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Source: Engadget