Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 released!

Downloading the bits right now (while watching Ray Ozzie’s keynote here: http://www.visitmix.com/ 🙂  Today Microsoft released Windows Server Update Services version 3.0 to our website for download.  Below are links to where you can get it as well as read more about it: Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e4a868d7-a820-46a0-b4db-ed6aa4a336d9&displaylang=en&tm Overview: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1b5eac37-bd48-41fd-869b-f9b06fa64a61&displaylang=en&tm Readme: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=093f89c5-a887-4fcd-9b98-47d898b5295f&displaylang=en&tm Step-by-Step Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c8fa2fd1-72f6-4f19-a1b0-f689dae14be6&displaylang=en&tm Operations Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=66d250fa-670f-4a49-95ec-2ffda7691f55&displaylang=en&tm Deploying…

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System Center Operations Manager 2007 Performance and Sizing Guide

I wonder if I could fit more words into the title if I put a little effort into it 😉 On the MOM Product Team Blog, they have announced the release of the Performance and Sizing Guide for OpsMgr 2007, covering: Capacity Planning and Best Practices – covers RMS, OpsDB, Data Warehouse, Management Server, Gateway…

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What ports do I need to open for (insert product here) to work?

Are you setting up a router or a firewall, perhaps setting up a domain trust, connecting some Forests, or remotely managing your environment, and you need to know what ports must be opened for (Active Directory, MOM, SMTP, whatever…) to work? We have a KB article for that: KB 832017Service overview and network port requirements…

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Is There a Guide for That?

So you have just been tasked with setting up Active Directory, or creating a Backup Plan, or setting up a PKI infrastructure for your company. There’s no need to start from scratch!!! We’ve already done the heavy lifting for you: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/solutionaccelerators/wssra/raguide/default.mspx Introduction to Architecture Blueprints Network Architecture Blueprint Storage Architecture Blueprint Application Architecture Blueprint Management…

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How do I do that in Vista?

The Windows Vista Documentation team has been super busy compiling and releasing a huge collection of Step-by-Step guides. If you have always wanted to know how to manage group policy with the new ADMX files, or how to implement User Account Control (UAC), the following guides are exactly what you need. Enjoy! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&displaylang=en (Originally noted…

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Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) beta available

What server(s) do I need to run Exchange ?  That is a loaded question that I hear several times a week.  The answer, of course, is: “It depends”.  It depends on MANY factors, and Exchange Server Sizing is as much art as it is science. Exchange 2003 Server Sizing and Tuning Exchange 2007 Planning Processor…

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Windows Vista Resource Kit released

Just saw this on the Windows Vista Team Blog.  The Windows Vista Resource Kit is THE definitive guide to all things Vista.  Weighing in at 1,568 pages (and 5.3 lbs), this book weighs more than many notebook computers.  Good Times! The official MS Press site for the book (linking to resellers) is: http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/9536.aspx  What’s Included?…

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Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

If you work in an organization that utilizes laptops, and has data that you do not want to fall into the wrong hands (be they competitors or foreign agents), you will want to take a look at the new laptop Data Encryption Guide released by the TechNet Solution Accelerators Team.  Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile…

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Windows Server Longhorn Tech Overview

I see that Keith Combs has posted the slide decks from his recent presentations on Longhorn Server to his blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2007/04/02/windows-connections-conference-slides-posted.aspx Decks include: Windows Server code name “Longhorn” Tech Overview Part 1 Windows Server code name “Longhorn” Tech Overview Part 2 Windows Server code name “Longhorn” Network Access Protection (NAP) Windows Deployment Services Keith…

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Computer Forensics according to Microsoft

As an IT Professional, have you ever been tasked with setting up a new process or technology at your company?  Didn’t have a clue where to start?  Sure… you may have read a book on the topic a year ago, and have a general idea as to how it works, but unless you have already…

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