Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal Now Live!

If you are looking to start your Windows 7 deployment project or you’ve already begun we have great resource that helps test your skills and determine any gaps you might have around Windows 7 Deployment.  The Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal is designed to take a structured approach by guiding you through a series of…

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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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New Security baselines and settings packs for Windows Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, Windows 7 and IE8

  The Microsoft Solution Accelerators team has recently released a new set of security resources that you can use in combination with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline and the Office 2010 Security Baseline, and setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Together with the tool,…

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New MS IT Showcase Content: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enhancements

      The Microsoft IT Showcase team has released some new content on how they are leverage new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 to enhance security and provide a more safer computing environment for their users.  One of the biggest of these that I use is Direct Access.  As someone…

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P2V Migration for Software Assurance: Download Now!

Here is another essential tool in your arsenal of Windows 7 deployment tools.  The P2V Migration for Software Assurance Tool is now available for download.  Yes it’s kind of a weird name but it’s an awesome tool.  This is what it does.  The tool automates the delivery of the Windows 7 operating system and at…

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: November 2010

        Today we are releasing three security bulletins that address 11 vulnerabilities.  Please see the details below for more information and links to find out more. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS10-087 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical Remote Code…

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New Content from MS IT Showcase: Power Management using SCCM 2007 R3

    Microsoft IT has ambitious goals to cut their carbon emissions by 30% in 5 years.  One of the ways they are working to achieve this is to use System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 R3 to enforce power plans on 165,000 laptops and desktops.  Personally I’ve been affected by this in that all my…

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New “Cloud Power” Campaign Announced

        Yesterday we announced a new “Cloud Power” global campaign to help IT pro’s better understand this fundamental shift going on right now in our industry.  The campaign is going to focus on 3 key business scenarios including private cloud, public cloud and cloud productivity.  There will be heaps of activities going…

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