August 11, 2011 News Thursday: Microsoft & Intuit Partnership, SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide, and more Server and Tools news!

by STB Blogger


Intuit and Microsoft Expand Partnership with Latest Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform

Yesterday, Intuit announced that the company is increasing its investment to more tightly integrate the Intuit Partner Platform with Windows Azure. This will provide developers and channel partners the tools to deliver solutions that reach the millions of people that use QuickBooks and other Intuit financial software.

This move demonstrates a few really exciting opportunities for developers:

  • Simplified Process: If you are already writing QuickBooks based solutions, targeting the cloud just got easier. Intuit will soon release version 2.0 of Intuit’s Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform, providing support for one-click publishing & authentication of federated IPP and Intuit Anywhere apps hosted on Windows Azure.
  •  Reduced costs: Most developers want to focus on building innovative apps, rather than dealing with the infrastructure costs that prohibit these apps from reaching market quickly. Using Windows Azure means there are no up-front expenses and developers pay only for the resources they use.
  • Expanded reach: For small business developers, the ability to expand your reach is just as important as the ability develop a quality app. Developers looking to expand the solutions to reach small and medium businesses have a well-established channel along with a terrific and easy way to build the apps that they envision for their users. Intuit’s 26 million and growing SMB customers represent a great opportunity to provide value added services.

For more information, visit the Windows Azure Team Blog.

SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide

Yesterday, the Analysis Services and PowerPivot Team Blog announced the availability of the CTP3 Product Guide, including datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running demonstrations, hands-on lab previews, technical presentations, and other useful links to evaluate SQL Server Code Name ‘Denali’ CTP3. We encourage you to visit the Microsoft Download Center and check it out.

For more information, click here.

Operations Manager 2012 Beta Community Evaluation Program Schedule

This week, the Operations Manager 2012 Beta Community Evaluation Program (CEP) kicked off, with a presentation and overview of the product by Justin Incarnato and Adam Hall.

Running through November 1, 2011, the CEP will provide a guided tour of the Operations Manager 2012 Beta, with presentations from the Product Group and guidance on how to evaluate the different features.  This is a great opportunity to engage directly with the team.

To enroll, visit the CEP signup page, enter your details and meeting information will be provided, along with access to the Connect site. For more information, visit the System Center Team Blog.

Windows 7 Professional Pack for SBS Essentials Add-in Completed!

Last week, Microsoft announced that the Windows 7 Professional pack for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Add-In has been completed. To download, please visit the Microsoft Download Center tomorrow, Friday August 12, 2011.  In this new release, Windows 7 Professional and Windows SBS 2011 Essentials work together, offering customers a cutting edge solution to help safeguard the security of their information and the control of their PC’s.

The Windows 7 Pro Pack is a free add-in designed exclusively for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials to improve the interoperability between these two products, thus providing small organizations with a best of class solution for IT security and protection. Some of the most exciting new features include:

  • Quick deployment from the “Computers and Backup” tab in the Dashboard, allowing administrators to deploy pre-configured security settings, folder redirection and offline files.
  • Pre-configured security settings across several different areas like allowing Windows Update to install the latest security patches and critical updates, using Windows Defender to protect against malware attacks and preventing users from exposing the network to attack by enforcing the use of Windows Firewall.
  • Folder redirection helps small businesses protect the data stored on their client computers by allowing users to continue working, but reduces the risk of data loss by having the most important data on a particular computer automatically redirected, stored and protected on the server.

For more information, please visit The Official SBS Blog.

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and SP1 now support SQL Server 2005 SP4

This week, Microsoft announced that System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now support SQL Server 2005 SP4. Overall, the installation of Operational, Data Warehouse, and Audit Collection databases is simple. However, please visit the System Center Operations Manager blog for more information, and instructions on how to install the Operations Reporting Role.