New ‘Business Ready Security’ Demo Available for Download

The Microsoft Forefront Product Team just released an updated ‘Business Ready Security’ (BRS) demo environment for download. The BRS demo environment includes 14 Hyper-V virtual machines as depicted in the following Visio diagram (click to enlarge). As you can see there are plenty of Forefront products represented… along with Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, and System…

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Great Resources for Visual Learners

Not sure about you all… but I typically need to see something to completely understand it. Thankfully we publish Visio diagrams – typically referred to as Component Posters – to help visualize many of our products and features. A colleague put together a comprehensive list of all current Component Posters on his blog. Please jump…

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Remote Desktop Services Compatibility Center

The Remote Desktop Services* (RDS) team recently launched a site to aggregate community and vendor compatibility information. So far the site includes information on 190 applications from 98 different vendors. You can pivot on Windows Server version, software vendor, or category. Obviously the site’s success depends on the contributions of vendors and RDS administrators. So……

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Help End-Users Learn the Office 2010 Ribbon

When we introduced Office 2007 there was a lot of hand-wringing about the new Ribbon. People seemed to either love it or hate it. In an effort to ease the transition for those familiar with Office 2003 we provide interactive guides showing both old and new user interfaces. You can find all the Office 2010…

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Why Upgrade to Office 2010

I just ran across a post by Mark Minasi where he pontificates on the lack of innovation in Office 2010. Reading Mark’s blog gave me the extra encouragement I needed to post a list of TechEd 2010 sessions that address this topic. And speaking of TechEd 2010… I just learned that all post-event sessions are…

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Microsoft Training Options

Over the past few months I’ve fielded quite a few questions about training options for our products. Based on this trend I figured a training blog post was in order. After a few days of research and writing I’m finally ready to post this 1000-word essay for your viewing pleasure. Since I’m still fairly new…

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Office 2010 Available via Home Use Program

Good news for those of you who own Microsoft Office with Software Assurance – Office 2010 is available from the Home Use Program web site. Starting June 1st your employees can order Office 2010 Professional Plus for $10 to use on their home PC. Aside from new version rights, the Home Use Program (HUP) is…

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I’m Not Dead… Just Busy

My blog post drought is embarrassing. Heck, I even put my blog URL in my Outlook signature to remind me to blog early and often. Regardless, I’m looking forward to a long weekend to clear my head and get the blog juices flowing again. In the meantime – and on the heels of this week’s…

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Kansas City SharePoint 2010 Conference Knowledge Gems

I’m attending the KC SharePoint 2010 Conference today… picking up a number of knowledge gems from the various presenters. The presenter from AvePoint is particularly good. For example, while discussing SharePoint 2007 to 2010 upgrades he mentioned that the free 30-day trial of DocAve Backup and Recovery can be used to quickly create a test…

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(Supported) Solutions for Virtualizing Internet Explorer 6

The question “How do I virtualize IE 6 for legacy web apps?” is common when discussing a Windows 7 rollout. There are quite a few interesting solutions floating around the Interwebs. However, not all of them are recommended or supported. If you need IE 6 compatibility for your Windows 7 deployment, please read Solutions for…

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