Now available: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5

The new MAP toolkit is now available for download. What’s New The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 includes the following new features for simplified IT infrastructure planning: Windows Azure platform assessment for easier migration to the cloud Heterogeneous database discovery for accelerated migration to SQL Server Microsoft Internet Explorer migration assessment for migration…

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TechNet Virtual Lab: Introduction to Opalis

There is a 90-minute introductory virtual lab available at: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032454353&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US Lab description: Opalis Integration Server allows you to automate IT operations. It provides orchestration, integration and automation of IT processes, enabling companies to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency. With Opalis Integration Server, you can connect different systems from different vendors together…

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Connector for Microsoft Dynamics

Op Convergence 2010 Den Haag waren een aantal nieuwe zaken te zien en te horen. Een daarvan, de Connector, is al beschikbaar voor Dynamics GP en komt nu ook voor Dynamics AX en NAV. Ervaring leert dat als de connector na een uur configureren eenmaal loopt er geen omkijken meer naar is. De verwachting is…

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Announcement: Hyper-V Linux Integration Services v2.1 Now available

This offers: Driver support for synthetic devices Fastpath Boot Support Timesync Integrated Shutdown Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP) Support Heartbeat Pluggable Time source For more information see “Linux Integration Services v2.1 Now Available” on the Windows Virtualization Team Blog.

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“Opalis Grant Request Process for SMSE/D Customers” on Microsoft Connect

The Opalis grant is available to existing System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD) customers with active Software Assurance. The grant will include use rights for the Opalis Integration Server, Integration Packs, and Process Catalogue software and the right to manage server devices licensed for SMSE or SMSD. For…

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Whitepaper: Deploying a Virtualized Session-Based Remote Desktop Services Solution

The “Deploying a Virtualized Session-Based Remote Desktop Services Solution” is finally available. See: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8d454921-72d6-45b4-b6ba-ac1c26d337bd Also see the original post on the “Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog”.

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System Center’s Datacenter Management and Virtualization Enablement Kit for SIs Released

The first version of Microsoft’s Datacenter Management and Virtualization Enablement Kit for System Integrators is now available. The datacenter kit contains resources for SI partners to build datacenter practices deploying Microsoft products. Materials are structured so partners can ramp up their consultants in relevant technologies and deliver POC engagements. It also showcases the integration with…

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Important changes to SMSE/D licensing and pricing

Licensing: Two important new server management capabilities will be available through purchasing Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD) licenses. System Center Service Manager 2010 will be a new component of SMSE & SMSD when it is released in the first half of calendar 2010. Opalis software will be granted by…

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Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, 2nd Edition

This is a free 450-page downloadable e-book offering from MS Press. The new version includes updates for Windows Server 2008 R2, Cloud Infrastructure, and more content around Desktop Virtualization. We’ve also added the best practice guidance for virtualizing Microsoft workloads – SQL, SharePoint and Exchange. A new edition of this FREE ebook is now available…

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Forefront Identity Manager 2010 RTM

Forefront Identity Manager 2010 has finally reached RTM! FIM is an important deliverable of the Business Ready Security strategy. See the Forefront team blog for the official announcement @ RSA: http://blogs.technet.com/forefront/archive/2010/03/02/rsa-conference-2010-identity-at-the-forefront.aspx Announcement with links to Technet webcasts: http://blogs.technet.com/identitymanagement/archive/2010/03/02/forefront-identity-manager-2010-has-rtm-ed.aspx Read the “Understanding Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010” whitepaper: http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/identitymanager/en/us/white-papers.aspx Download the evaluation version at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc872861.aspx

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