Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft® Forefront™ Unified Access Gateway Now Available!

The Solution Accelerator team has released a new guide:  Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway.  This free guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are key to the successful implementation of Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Forefront UAG).  The logical three-step process presented in this guide includes selecting the Forefront UAG features required, determining the number…

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Updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization!

The Solution Accelerators team has released two updated guides to further assist organizations in selecting the right virtualization technologies for their business needs: •             Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology •             Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services To select an appropriate virtualization technology,…

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IBM Hardware Pack for Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, v1.1.

  Our friends at IBM have been working hard to provide customers direct insight into IBM Hardware, and guidance for consolidated workloads for IBM System X and Blade servers using MAP 4.0.  Take a look at the announcement.     I am very proud to announce that the IBM Hardware Pack for Microsoft Assessment and…

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IPD Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway.

Interested in Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway? Check out the new beta Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway, and learn a logical three-step process for selecting Forefront UAG features required, determining the number of instances, and designing the infrastructure.   Download the IPD Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Beta).   If…

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Learn more about MAP 4.0

Check out this great article on MAP v4   This article explains the new features in MAP v4 including instructions on how users can fine tune their hardware assessments for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to their own hardware profiles.  Additionally, it provides insight into the new features included in the server virtualization…

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MAP 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) – Now Open!

  Get an early peek at the next release of MAP (version 5.0) when you sign up for the MAP 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). One of the cool new features of MAP 5.0 is further support for heterogeneous environments.   Traditionally, MAP had the ability to perform inventory and assessment of IT environments running…

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[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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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