Microsoft Web Matrix

WebMatrix is a free web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. It’s all-inclusive, simple and best of all free. Developing websites has never been easier. Create your website To get started creating websites, just…

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Windows Intune–Free Trial

Can be used on up to 25 PCs—each PC requires a qualifying Windows professional license or higher. The 30-day trial only includes the cloud service. If you are interested in evaluating Windows 7 Enterprise, please look into the 90-day trial. Get it at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/try-and-buy.aspx Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture…

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Recommended Windows Hotfix for Database Availability Groups running Windows Server 2008 R2

In early August of this year, the Windows SE team released the following Knowledge Base (KB) article and accompanying software hotfix regarding an issue in Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clusters: KB2550886 – A transient communication failure causes a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to stop working This hotfix is strongly recommended for all…

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Windows Disk Timeouts and Exchange Server 2010

A few months Bruce Langworthy wrote an excellent article regarding some new recommendations for setting the Windows Disk Timeout value – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/san/archive/2011/08/15/the-windows-disk-timeout-value-understanding-why-this-should-be-set-to-a-small-value.aspx. This post got me thinking about Exchange and how we deal with I/O problems. If you haven’t read Bruce’s article, it explains that the default disk timeout of 60 seconds means that Windows…

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Capacity Planning – Yes Transaction Log Space is Critical to Keeping your Databases Healthy and Mounted

The other day I was chatting with one of our Supportability Program Managers, Nino Bilic, and he mentioned something that was rather alarming  – the number one reason why our Premier customers open Exchange 2010 critical situations is because Mailbox databases dismount due to running out of disk space on the transaction log LUN.  I’ll…

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What does digital citizenship mean to you?

Digital citizenship is usually defined as the "norms of behavior with regard to technology use." It encompasses digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, online safety, norms, rights, culture and more. Microsoft recognizes that good digital citizenship, when you use computers, gaming consoles, or mobile devices, promotes a safer online environment for all. The visual whitepaper, "Fostering Digital…

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Download the Microsoft® Office 365 Integration Module Beta for Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Today!

This week marks the beta release of the highly anticipated Microsoft Office 365 Integration Module (OIM) for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. The OIM allows small businesses to seamlessly combine the cloud-based productivity tools of Office 365 with the infrastructure provided by SBS 2011 Essentials, a first-server designed and priced especially for small businesses with…

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Introducing Office Web App Integration with Outlook Web App in Exchange Online

On the Exchange team, it’s always important to us to get feedback from our customers on what we’re doing well and what we could be doing to make the experience better for you. In Exchange 2007, in response to one of the biggest Exchange 2003 OWA feature requests, we introduced WebReady Document Viewing. This let…

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