Microsoft System Center 2012 titles (Free)

  Microsoft Press released several Microsoft System Center free ebooks in 2013 in waves. Bookmark this page and check back for titles as we release them.


Office 365 Service Descriptions

Office 365 Service Descriptions provide comprehensive details about features and functionality available in different Office 365 subscription plans. Now there’s a quick way to compare features in different plans. The Office 365 service descriptions Excel web part allows you to see the features available in the selected plan by: Selecting a service or on-premises scenario. Selecting…


Exchange Transaction Log Generation Statistics Analysis Script

When designing a site resilient Exchange Server solution, one of the required planning tasks is to determine how many transaction logs are generated on an hourly basis. This helps figure out how much bandwidth will be required when replicating database copies between sites, and what the effects will be of adding additional database copies to…


Microsoft Message Analyzer

Microsoft Message Analyzer is a new tool for capturing, displaying, and analyzing protocol messaging traffic and other system messages. Message Analyzer also enables you to import, aggregate, and analyze data from log and trace files. It is the successor to Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 and a key component in the Protocol Engineering Framework (PEF) that…


Lync 2013 Standard Edition Detailed Design Calculator

Lync 2013 DDC is a simple low-level design calculator based on Excel, for a Lync 2013 Standard Edition deployment. Fill in hostnames and IP addresses, and it will calculate DNS, certificates and firewall requirements.This is an initial version covering a standardised deployment with Lync Standard Edition, and most design elements set at standard or best-practice….


Onramp readiness check tool

The new “Onramp readiness check tool” which replaces the older “Office 365 readiness check tool” helps determine your organization Active Directory readiness for Office 365 among other tests.   Check it out here.


Office365 Outlook Connectivity Troubleshooter

Microsoft just released the Outlook connectivity guided walkthrough (aka Troubleshooter). The goal of this guided walkthrough is to enable you to isolate and resolve any connectivity or performance issues that you are experiencing when you connect your Microsoft Outlook client to an Office 365 mailbox. The purpose of this walk through is to assist you…


New Azure Active Directory Sync tool with Password Sync is now available

The Active Directory tool has been updated to allow for the synchronization of local Active Directory passwords to Azure Active Directory. in addition to the syncing of users, groups and contacts.  This new feature will allow for Same Sign In with Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365 Education powered by Azure Active Directory since…


The Hybrid Free/Busy Troubleshooter

As customers move their organization into the Cloud or choose to coexist, there is a need to ensure that some of the basic functionalities users have grown accustomed to, continue to work. While some of you will move all of the users in a cutover fashion which reduces complexity, others will choose a more gradual…


Deploying Office 365 Single Sign-On using Windows Azure (aka Office 365 Adapter)

Microsoft released a document that is intended for system architects and IT professionals who want to understand the architecture and deployment options for extending the on-premises Active Directory infrastructure with Windows Azure Virtual Machines to implement directory synchronization and single sign-on for Office 365. Download from Source.