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Microsoft Windows security tools, Server 2008 readiness, step-by-step guides, virtualisation updates, synctoy beta, VHDs and LOTS on the new Terminal Services

This is an extract from the TRM blog which can be found here http://blogs.technet.com/trm/.

I have removed the KB article list and some items which I don't think are relevant to small business / ISV partners, however the full info can be found on the blog page too.

News

Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 3.0

The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) is a risk-assessment application designed to provide information and recommendations about best practices for security within an information technology (IT) infrastructure.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623431

Start your Microsoft Windows 2008 Readiness Right Here

Focus on readiness for Windows Server 2008 now, and you can be the one who stands out when initiatives happen - and when promotion decisions are made. Let Microsoft Learning resources give you the head start you need to transition your skills and credentials to the latest Windows Server technologies - from free elearning clinics and free ebook downloads.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623432

Get an Extra Shot at Microsoft Certification

For a limited time, you can get an extra chance to pass any Microsoft IT Professional, Developer or Microsoft Dynamics Certification exam - free. Register for this offer before your first exam and you'll get two shots at success. Register now!

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623434

The Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Exam Is Coming

Update your skills and get ready for the Windows Server 2008 certification exam with special offers on e-learning collections and classroom training.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623435

Documents

Windows Server 2008 Technical Overviews

These technical overviews provide IT Professionals with information about how a Windows Server 2008 technology works. They may also cover design and planning considerations and basic setup and operating instructions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=46dc26d6-af47-43f0-b3de-521831fe09d6&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

These step-by-step guides help IT Professionals learn about and evaluate Windows Server 2008. These documents are downloadable versions of guides found in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=86808)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang=en

Managing Virtual Server Host Clustering using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007

Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2007 manages a virtualized data center running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and provides unified management of physical and virtual machines, consolidation of underutilized physical servers, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines. This document provides an introduction to the methods and concepts that Information Technology (IT) professionals can use to manage Virtual Server clustered hosts using VMM. Virtual Server host clustering allows you to use a small number of physical servers to provide a wide variety of services, while maintaining the availability of the services that you provide. If a physical host server requires scheduled or unscheduled downtime, another host server is able to quickly begin supporting services.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=75bd4642-b731-42a2-9770-ff8aeff9eed9&DisplayLang=en

Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines

Use this page to download a preliminary draft of the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines (or UX Guide). These guidelines contain information on what’s new in Windows Vista, design principles, and guidelines for controls, commands, text, interaction, windows, aesthetics, and the Windows environment. They help designers and developers create high-quality Windows Vista applications with a consistent “look and feel.“

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e49820cb-954d-45ae-9cb3-1b9e8ea7fe8c&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: Virtualization From the Datacenter to the Desktop

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec5b0718-114c-474d-be01-8a1186eb3cdb&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: The Road to Desktop Optimization

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=90e5f13d-f48d-4f94-9032-58af7550fde2&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: Optimizing Your Server Infrastructure

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5cb2a9ba-d830-4510-9729-78b43208f498&DisplayLang=en

White Paper: Remote Infrastructure Optimization

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e5f186fa-3cfe-477a-89c3-abd5f75d6eb7&DisplayLang=en

Hypervisor Functional Specification

Microsoft Windows Server 2008. This document is the top-level functional specification (TLFS) of the first-generation Microsoft hypervisor. It specifies the externally-visible behavior. The document assumes familiarity with the goals of the project and the high-level hypervisor architecture.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=91e2e518-c62c-4ff2-8e50-3a37ea4100f5&DisplayLang=en

Downloads

Internet Explorer Administration Kit 7

Internet Explorer 7 Administration Kit (IEAK 7) enables the most efficient way to deploy Internet Explorer 7 and manage Web-based solutions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=36b932c2-a356-4ae5-8c09-1bac9f7a4fe9&DisplayLang=en

SyncToy v2.0 Beta

SyncToy 2.0 Beta for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 VHD (Full Installation)

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta 3.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9aa65956-4a13-46a3-9711-82939a041792&DisplayLang=en

WS-Management v1.1

WS-Management v1.1 delivers WS-Management functionality on Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 Server R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=845289ca-16cc-4c73-8934-dd46b5ed1d33&DisplayLang=en

Windows Server 2008 RC0 Enterprise

Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate helps IT professionals to increase the flexibility and reliability of their server infrastructure while offering developers a more robust web and applications platform for building connected applications and services.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0818d425-cd47-4279-be8d-24aba14530a3&DisplayLang=en

Events/Webcasts

Momentum Webcast: Introductory Session to Microsoft Core Infrastructure Optimization Model and Virtualization (Level 100)

Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586057

TechNet Webcast: Optimize Your Data Center Using PlateSpin Solutions, Dell Servers, and Microsoft Virtual Server (Level 200)

Thursday, November 01, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586058

Configuring Windows Compute Cluster Server clusters for ANSYS software; Guidelines and Current Hardware Solutions

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 7:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586059

TechNet Webcast: Storage Best Practices for Virtual Server (Level 200)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586060

Microsoft Webcast: Overview of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (Level 100)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586061

TechNet Webcast: The Significance of the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Release to Market (Level 200)

Thursday, November 08, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586062

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Session Broker (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586063

Momentum Webcast: Windows Server 2008 - A Solid Foundation for Your Business Workloads and Security (Level 100)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586064

TechNet Webcast: Remote Desktop Protocol as a Presentation Remoting Platform (Level 300)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586065

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Licensing (Level 300)

Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586066

TechNet Webcast: The Virtues of Virtualization (Level 200)

Thursday, November 15, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586067

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services RemoteApp and Web Access (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586068

TechNet Webcast: Developing for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (Level 300)

Monday, November 26, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586069

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Is Providing an Improved Web and Applications Platform with Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server 2008 (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586070

TechNet Webcast: Terminal Services Easy Print (Level 300)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586071

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Security and Authentication (Level 300)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7586072


On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Managers

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7281008

On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Pros

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7281009

Live Webcasts:
Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx

Interactive Webcast Calendar

The interactive calendar will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule as well as on-demand webcasts to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone and filter this list by audience, webcast series, product or topic, and presenter.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/calendar/monthview.aspx

Monthly Archived Webcasts:
http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/library/default.mspx

New KBs (approx 40 this month listed on the blog)

 

This content is for informational purposes only. Microsoft makes no warranties express or implied, as to the information in this document. If you are a customer of Microsoft, please refer to the terms and conditions which cover the provision of support and consulting services to you/your organization.  If you are not corresponding in the course of, or in connection with a Microsoft contract or program with its own terms and conditions, please note that no liability is accepted by Microsoft for the contents of this document. 

TRM contributors this month were Justin Zarb

 

ttfn

David


Posted Thu, Nov 1 2007 8:11 AM by David Overton

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