Making deployment of Office 2007 easier for both users and the IT guys

A lot of IT departments have been traditionally nervous about rolling out new end user applications due to the potential helpdesk impact if users are not 100% au fait with how to use the software. In my experience, the concerns have been largely unfounded as long as the rollout is planned thoroughly. Typically it takes…

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SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit

Written from the ground up to take full advantage of the new features of System Center Operations Manager 2007, the SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit helps you manage Microsoft® SharePoint® environments of all sizes with two new management packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007: Operations Management Pack for Windows® SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and Operations Management…

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What’s new in Exchange 2007 clustering

Most of you out there have of course heard about Exchange 2007 and maybe even have seen some demo’s. But I have a feeling very few of you have actually deployed it yet – not that you don’t want to of course but these things take time. In this blog I’m going to give you…

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Office 2007 SP1 now released

For techies/ITPros, check out the KB article for the full details. If you’d prefer to just download and install straight away, you can get it at this link.

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Using Visio to its full advantage

A lot of people use Visio for drawing network diagrams, design diagrams and process flowcharts. Most people aren’t aware of how you can take things a lot further by leveraging the data connector & data visualisation features of the product – for example integrating it with the MOM/OpsMgr or SMS/ConfigMgr databases to automatically display patch…

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Windows Vista BitLocker Feature – How to enable Full Disk Encryption for the Enterprise

Introduction BitLocker is a software-based Hard –Drive encryption solution which is built into the Windows Vista versions which are aimed at the corporate market, i.e. Enterprise and Ultimate. The solution works by using drive partitioning to separate the drive into a smaller active system partition (called a split-load configuration), and an encrypted partition in combination…

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Exchange 2007 SP1 has shipped

Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2007 has now been released. Over 250,000 customers were involved in testing the SP, 30,000 of whom were running Windows Server 2008.   As well as a rollup of relevant hotfixes, key improvements in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 include: Better “Anywhere Access”Integrated Exchange Unified Messaging functionality with Microsoft Office Communicator…

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Document your AD Topology (incl OU’s and Exchange 2000/2003) automatically in Visio

The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (ADTD) tool is now available for download for free from the Microsoft Web Site at the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb42fc06-50c7-47ed-a65c-862661742764&displaylang=en&tm#Overview This is a tool that up until recently was only available to engineers in MS Premier. Apparently, it was also available on the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 resource kit. To…

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Useful new Application Compatibility resources

Application compatibility is one the most important challenges faced by organizations when deploying new operating systems. It’s very important we provide the information and resources that people need to identify and resolve application compatibility challenges. With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has also provided many tools and resources to reduce the time, cost, and…

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Quickly get up to speed on how & why you should roll out Vista easily

We’ve just released a new TechCenter on Technet – www.microsoft.com/technet/springboard. This site is aimed at IT professionals and intended to help offer the right tools, processes and guidance to deploy Vista easily. There are monthly articles, links to all relevant collateral, and sharing of community best practices. It is all about helping remove the pain of…

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