Windows Azure Platform Readiness Assessment using MAP Toolkit 5.5

 We launched MAP 5.5 couple of weeks ago.  In the last blog, we explored on the Internet Explorer discovery scenario within the context of Windows7 deployment. In MAP 5.5, we extended the scope of MAP toolkit beyond the traditional server and desktop hardware readiness assessment and toward cloud deployment planning.  With MAP 5.5, now customers…

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Migration planning made easier with MAP Toolkit 5.5

We are pleased to announce the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit-version 5.5- is now available for download. Download MAP 5.5 Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better-with assessment for easier…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 now open!

We’re happy to announce that the beta for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now open. We encourage you to join the beta review program and help influence the development of the toolkit. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 at Microsoft Connect. The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an…

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Forefront Identity Manager & Active Directory Certificate Services Guidance (Beta) Now Available!

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) team is working on two new guides: Microsoft Forefront™ Identity Manager 2010 and Active Directory® Certificate Services.    The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 provides actionable guidance for designing a FIM 2010 infrastructure. Follow this guide’s step-by-step process to determine…

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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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[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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[NEWS!] Launch of the New Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Portal

The Infrastructrure Planning and Design Team is pleased to announce the new web portal that will help Microsoft customers and partners more easily find the IT guidance for different product and technology scenarios.  The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides (IPD) offers practical architectural guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Virtualization, SQL…

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[Beta News!] Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (Beta) for DirectAccess Now Available!

  Are you looking to deploy DirectAccess available from the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems?  And, are you planning to allow users to access corporate resources (such as e-mail servers, shared folders, or intranet Web sites) securely without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN) using DirectAccess? Good news!  The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD)…

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