[RTM News] Security Baselines for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8!

  The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team is very pleased to announce the release of new security baselines for Windows® 7 and Windows® Internet Explorer® 8. These new baselines are now included with the Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series. Over the past few months, our team has collaborated with Microsoft security experts, multiple government agencies worldwide,…


RTM News – Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for DirectAccess Now Available!

With the new DirectAccess feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 you’ll now have the ability to allow remote users to seamlessly access enterprise shares, websites, and applications without the need to connect to virtual private network (VPN) systems.  DirectAccess also gives IT managers the ability to update remote PCs anytime they are…


7 Deployment Tools for Windows 7

  Today, Windows 7 is released to cities around the world. Are you thinking about migrating your PCs to Windows 7 for your organizations?  To help you with deploying Windows 7 successfully and quickly, Microsoft has been developing lots of great tools and best practice (available on Microsoft.com). Here’s a list of my 7 favorite deployment…


Win Zune HDs Now – Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Case Study Contest

  Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team is currently looking for deployment stories around the use of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Series.  Winners chosen by the IPD Team will each receive a Zune HD music player. Infrastructure Planning and Design Series gives you architectural guidance for deploying Microsoft infrastructure products such as Windows Server 2008…


Don’t Compromise Your IT! Modernize It!

  Here’s my latest blog post on the “Because It’s Everybody’s Business” site on Microsoft.com.  The article titled “Don’t Compromise Your IT! Modernize It!” lays out a few key challenges and solutions to help you save IT costs while maintaining agility and operational efficiency.  Check it out! Baldwin


Windows 7: The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7

  Are you getting ready for Windows 7?  Read the latest TechNet Magazine article, The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7, by Bill Boswell.  Learn from the expert on how you can use tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) for Windows 7, Application Compatibility Toolkit, Key Management Server, and more…


[Video Demo] Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Demo #3 – Server Migration and Virtualization Assessments

Have you considered consolidating your datacenter servers down to a more manageable number?  Are your servers taking up too much of your IT budget simply to power and cool them?  Did you know that many organizations like yours may have under-utilized servers lying around that ought to be virtualized? Try using the Microsoft Assessment and…


[NEWS!] Two New Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for System Center Operations Manager and Windows Deployment Services

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Team from Microsoft Solution Accelerators recently released two new IPD guides to help customers with deployment planning for these Microsoft products: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Windows Deployment Services (WDS) as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 You will find these 2 IPD guides key to shortening your planning…


[News!] Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 In Development (Beta Program Now Open)

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta Program is now open for registration.  This upcoming release of MAP Toolkit will offer new areas including potential scenarios such as desktop migration assessment to Office 2010 and server migration assessment from Linux platforms to Windows Server 2008 R2. If you are not a current beta group member of MAP Toolkit, join the…