Microsoft releases Alpha version of IIS streaming for Silverlight and Apple devices

Posted by bink on June 11 2010, 5:24 AM.

IIS Transform Manager 1.0 (Alpha)

Runs encoding tasks to convert media files to on-demand Smooth Streams for Silverlight clients and Apple mobile digital devices.

IIS Transform Manager 1.0 (Alpha) provides an extensible media transform engine for IIS Media Services 4.0 that enables "watch folder" job submission, queuing, management, integrated media transcoding / transmuxing, and batch-encryption of on-demand audio and video files. It facilitates the execution of transform tasks after media arrives at a watch folder. Examples of such transforms include transcoding existing content in Windows Media or MP4 format, or transmuxing Smooth Streaming files encoded with H.264 (AVC) video and AAC-LC audio codecs into MPEG-2 Transport Stream (MPEG-2 TS) format for delivery to Apple devices.


Download details IIS Transform Manager

DPM 2010 backup non trusted domain members

Posted by bink on June 10 2010, 9:38 PM.

In System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 there is a new feature that enables you to backup non-domain members, like workgroup computers. This is a great addition, but even better you can also use this feature to backup machines in non-trusted Windows domains!

So say you are supporting different customers in your datacenter, but there is no trust releation between their domain and your (management) domain you can still use DPM to backup those customers. Excellent!

Microsoft Exchange 2007 Operational Configuration Pack

Posted by bink on June 10 2010, 8:52 PM.

This configuration pack contains configuration items intended to manage your Exchange Server 2007 server roles. The settings contained in this configuration pack are based on the results of service engagements by the IT Operational Excellence Organization, a part of the Microsoft Services division.

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Operational Configuration Pack is designed to be used for managing the configuration of Exchange 2007 servers. This configuration pack defines recommended configurations based on a limited number of settings affecting the configuration of Exchange 2007 servers, these settings should not be considered a complete list of what should be managed. Once imported into Configuration Manager 2007, this configuration pack and its included configuration items can be targeted to collections of systems which are then audited for compliance with the recommended configurations. When settings are detected to be out of compliance, events will be generated and sent to the Configuration Manager server where the data is available for reporting. This enables early detection of potentially detrimental configuration changes and allows the administrator to correct the settings before they may cause downtime events. Feature Summary The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Operational Configuration Pack includes configuration items for the following:

  • Client Access Server (CAS)
  • Exchange Core
  • Gateway
  • Hub Transport
  • Mailbox
  • Unified Messaging


Download details Microsoft Exchange 2007 Operational Configuration Pack’s Raymond Comvalius Presenting @ Teched 2010 USA

Posted by bink on June 10 2010, 8:31 PM.

Wow, I’m now in a session where Raymond Comvalius is presenting an excellent session on customizing Windows 7 for the enterprise. So corporate branding of your Windows 7 clients.

I’ll make sure he’ll post some tips about it on soon.


New Phones and Exchange

Posted by bink on June 9 2010, 9:42 PM.

You may already know this, but the upcoming Windows phone 7 and the upcoming iPhone 4 will both have support for multiple Exchange accounts Smile Just like Outlook 2010 has.

Apple iPhone 4 even will have a universal inbox for where all your messages from all mail accounts will arrive. I don’t know (yet) if Windows Phone 7 will have that feature.

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

Posted by bink on June 9 2010, 9:24 PM.

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.6 contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7®, Windows Vista®, a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer® in your environment.

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6 helps customers understand their application compatibility situation by identifying which applications are compatible with the Windows 7® and Windows Vista® operating system and which require further testing. ACT helps customers lower their costs for application compatibility testing, prioritize their applications, and deploy Windows more quickly. You can use the ACT features to:

  • Verify an application's compatibility with a new version of the Windows operating system, or a Windows Update, including determining your risk assessment.
  • Become involved in the ACT Community, including sharing your risk assessment with other ACT users.
  • Test your Web applications and Web sites for compatibility with new releases and security updates to the Windows Internet Explorer® Internet browser.



Download details Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit

June 2010 Security Bulletin Release

Posted by bink on June 9 2010, 1:11 AM.


  • MS10-033 is a remote code execution vulnerability in both Quartz.dll and Asycfilt.dll and is rated Critical on all supported versions of Windows. Specially crafted media files could trigger the vulnerability when a user visits a web page or opens a malicious file.
  • MS10-034 is a cumulative update for ActiveX Kill Bits and is Critical on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. There are two Microsoft controls we are applying Kill Bits for. Those are the Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools control, and the Data Analyzer ActiveX control. The latter control is not installed by default. In addition, there are Kill Bits for four third-party controls. Please review the bulletin for additional details.
  • MS10-035 is a cumulative update for Internet Explorer. Of the six vulnerabilities addressed in the bulletin, only one, an information disclosure vulnerability, is publicly known. This issue was identified in Security Advisory 980088. We remain unaware of any active attacks against this vulnerability.
  • MS10-032 is an elevation of privilege issue in the affected Microsoft products. There is a potential remote vector if applications fail to properly request the length of the buffer when calling the affected API. All Microsoft applications make this call properly but there may be applications out there that do not. Regardless, installing this update addresses the issue for all vectors. See our Security Research & Defense (SRD) blog for more details on this one.
  • MS10-036 is a COM validation update. The issue could result in an attack through ActiveX in Office applications. This is not a new attack vector but the underlying vulnerability is and the bulletin addresses it. For additional clarification, I want to point out that Office XP does not have the architecture needed for the update. However, for customers running Office XP on Windows XP or newer operating systems, we have made a shim available that protects against the vulnerability. The shim can be installed via a Microsoft FixIt which can be downloaded from KB983235.
  • MS10-039 is a SharePoint related update, closing out Security Advisory 983438 which addressed an elevation of privilege vulnerability. We are not currently aware of any attacks against this issue.
  • More at: June 2010 Security Bulletin Release - The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) - Site Home

  • Windows Media Video (WMV)
  • Windows Media Audio (WMA)
  • iPod Video (MP4)
  • MP3 Audio
  • High Quality WMV (2.5 Mbps)
  • Zune Video (WMV)
  • Exchange 2010 SP1 archiving

    Posted by bink on June 8 2010, 11:40 PM.


    Here are some notes from the Exchange 2010 SP1 session on Archiving I’ve just been.

    I’m trying to get hold of the PowerPoint deck for more info.


    PST import directly to Archive

    Collect PST’s using 3rd party tool PST finder:

    Create mailbox archive on same database as mailbox, but since SP1 also on separate mailbox OR put just the Archive in the cloud (MS online) or both in the cloud

    Only 1 archive per user, research shows that users got confused with multiple PSTs connected

    Already archive on Ex2010 RTM, now move separately to other database.

    “2 years of hard work to develop this solution”

    Search index of archive is stored with Database or Cloud

    Webservice access to archive and show retention policy

    Office is now live on SkyDrive!

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 8 2010, 11:59 AM. Posted in Office Live.

    Over the last few months, we've gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview.  We’ve been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps on SkyDrive are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. We’ll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010 + SkyDrive + Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser.

    In the meantime, if you live in the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, you can head over to today to start viewing and editing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote documents right in your web browser – and share them with your friends.

    If you don’t live in one of those regions, you can still get access – just click here. You might not get the Web Apps in your favorite language yet, as we are still rolling out updates to different regions. Note that people you share documents with may also need to visit the link above before they can access the documents you share with them.

    There’s more to come

    You might be asking, when do I get access to all the cool Office features in Hotmail that were announced recently? We’ll have more to share on the new Hotmail updates very soon.

    And of course, you get even more cool features  when you combine Office Web Apps with Office 2010, for example, enabling you to edit offline,  and to co-author documents using revision marks, comments, and other rich features in Word and PowerPoint. You can learn more about Office 2010 here.

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    Tech•Ed 2010 Keynote Reports

    Posted by bink on June 8 2010, 4:14 AM.


    Bob Muglia, President, Server and Tools Business, and Tony Scott, Chief Information Officer New Orleans, Louisiana June 7, 2010

    Great photo made by Sandro Villinger


    So here is the full transcript of the TechED US 2010 Opening Keynote from this morning:

    Bob Muglia and Tony Scott Tech•Ed 2010 Keynote

    My friends at Inovativ have put up an excellent report of the Keynote:

    TechEd North America Keynote the highlights - inovativ  Blogs

    And of course Paul Thurrott did a Live Blog:

    TechEd 2010 Live Blog (Day 1) - SuperSite Blog

    View the video coverage of the Keynote: Keynote Day 1  2010  North America  Microsoft TechEd