Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 Beta Now Available!

          The Microsoft Solution Accelerator team has recently announced the first public beta of the MAP 5.5 toolkit.  I’ve been a big fan of this tool for quite some time now and this latest version adds a host of new options–with assessment for easier migration to Windows Azure and SQL Azure,…

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta available end of July

Announced at TechEd North America: “Public beta of service pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 coming by end of July. The new virtualization tools in SP1 will help Windows Server 2008 R2 users prepare for cloud computing, Remote FX provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users, and Dynamic Memory…

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System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Beta 1 - now available

From the The System Center Team Blog: System Center Configuration Manager v.Next is uniquely positioned to provide for powerful and flexible user-centric client management, allowing users to be able to seamlessly access their data from virtually anywhere, across multiple device types while providing IT with unified management tools and centralized control. This next release of…

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Get your hands on Exchange 2010 Beta today

Exchange 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products and is the first server in a new generation of Microsoft server technology built from the ground up to work on-premises and as an online service. This release of Exchange 2010 introduces a new integrated e-mail archive and features to help reduce costs…

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Windows Server 2008 Online Resources

Here are some Online Resources for Windows Server 2008 (the artist formerly known as Longhorn).WebcastsTechNet Webcast: Achieving High Availability with Windows Server “Longhorn” Clustering (Level 200) TechNet Webcast: Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server “Longhorn” (Level 300)TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of Windows Server “Longhorn” (Part 2 of 2) (Level 300)TechNet Webcast: Windows Deployment Services…

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Windows Vista: Beta 2, RC1, and RC2 Set to Expire

On May 31, the pre-release versions of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1, and RC2) will expire. Starting April 24, those who are still running a pre-release version of Windows Vista will receive multiple notifications about the expiration so that they will have ample time to back up data and migrate their PCs to the final…

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Take part in the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Beta Program

The Windows Vista Hardware Assessment is an assessment and inventory tool designed to help customers and partners quickly assess their PCs’ readiness for Windows Vista upgrades network-wide with a single networked PC. It is designed to remotely connect to PCs on a network, assess their hardware and device compatibility with Windows Vista, and automatically create…

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