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Here’s a not so subtle reminder that the price for the //build conference goes up in a couple of weeks. Be sure and register now if you plan to go.  September in Anaheim should be wonderful.


Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 – Server farms Planning Guide

This book provides information and guidelines for making decisions about system architecture for a deployment of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Subjects include system requirements, authentication, and business continuity management. Capacity planning information is provided in a separate book (link follows). The audiences for this book are business application specialists, line-of-business specialists, information architects, IT generalists,…


Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit – now available for download

The Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit is the technical reference for the product. This book extends the product planning, deploying, and managing documentation in the Lync Technical Library. This book serves as a companion to the product documentation to learn how the product works under the hood. Get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8c64a1e1-f0b3-479c-a265-e480875c61d8.

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Office 2010 AdminTemplate files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool

This download includes Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool files for use with Office 2010 applications. It also includes an \Admin folder with an Office Customization Tool, and ADMX, ADML, and ADM versions of Office 2010 system Administrative Template files. For administrative template files, you may use the ADM files for any…


Phone updates: process and timing

Eric Hautala, General Manager of Windows Phone Customer Experience Engineering posted a blog post today about the Windows Phone 7 update.  Here’s and excerpt: “Who doesn’t love presents? Luckily, my new job at Microsoft is to deliver them to you. My name’s Eric, and I run the team responsible for sending software updates with new…

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Office Deployment – get some answers at Talk TechNet on 2/23/2011 at 9am PST

Talk TechNet is all about discussing topics and trends in the world of IT Professionals.  In this show we’ll have guest Jeremy Chapman. Jeremy is a Microsoft Senior Product Manager and popular speaker at the various IT Professional conferences like Tech Ed and MMS. Jeremy has been focused on deploying Windows and is now doing…


Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) SP1 – now available for download

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and deployment of Windows® operating systems. By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate…

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Service Pack 1 Docs Now Available

Microsoft® continuously collects feedback on Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available in the form of regular updates delivered via Windows Update and, in some cases, the Microsoft…


Office Web Apps – Guide for IT Pros – now available for download

Office Web Apps gives users a browser-based viewing and editing experience by providing a representation of an Office document in the browser. When a user clicks on a document stored in a SharePoint document library, the document opens directly in the browser. The document appears in the browser similar to how it appears in the…


The Office Resource Kit (ORK) – updated download now available

Are you an expert on all facets of deploying Office 2010?  If so, you’re a rare bird.  If you are like the rest of us, you are probably looking for help.  The Office Resource Kit (ORK) is an invaluable resource for planning and deploying this product.  It has four major sections described as follows: An…