TN Blogs Year End Thoughts

We launched blogs.technet.com in April 2005 with about 80 bloggers. Today we have over 300 Google hits for “Technet blogs” 5/2/05 =45,800. Google hits for “Technet blogs” 12/22/05 =1,770,000 Links in to blogs.technet.com as of today according to: Google = 4,200 Yahoo! = 17, 084 MSN Search = 93, 713 How are we doin’ so…

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Find What You Need

Find what you need on TechNet with the new Microsoft.com search – powered by MSN Search. Go to search.microsoft.com and check it out. Try your next TN search headsup – once with an alternate engine, and once with search.microsoft.com and compare. Here are the rules that the search engine follows when it processes your query….

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System Center Capacity Planner 2006 arrives in January

System Center Capacity Planner 2006 (SCCP 2006), known as “indy” before MMS 2005,  will be available to Technet Plus subscribers next month (January 2006). SCCP 2006 gives IT Professionals the guidance they need to plan a deployment of Exchange Server 2003 and MOM 2005, including extensive ability to model “what-if” scenarios for future planning. You input the…

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IT Pros Have a Jaundiced View of Vista

News.com says “Analyst firm Directions on Microsoft, which last week published its list of Microsoft’s top 10 challenges for 2006, cited the cites the marketing of Windows Vista as its top concern. “Windows Vista could offer large organizations improvements in software development, security, reliability, systems management and user interface,” according to the report. “However, public…

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Windows Platform Wins CC EAL 4+ Certification

Infoworld reports “Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition with Service Pack 1; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1; and Windows Datacenter Edition with Service Pack 1 have achieved Common Criteria (CC) Evaluation Assurance Level 4, Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification, said Mario Juarez, senior product manager in the…

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All About RMS

You can maintain control of information once you’ve shared it with people outside your network, using Rights Management Services built into Windows Server. For the client-side there’s a free plug-in for Windows XP and it’s built into Microsoft Word Powerpoint Excel and Outlook. Check out this webcast. Read about how we deployed RMS inside Microsoft. Read…

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Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape Backup with Data Protection Manager and CommVault

Problems with good backup and restore is a root cause of  *many* IT security and customer sat issues. People do strange “sub-optimally secure” things when they are not assured that if they make a mistake, they can easily restore back to know good state. Getting people to that state requires good people, process and technology. Check out…

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Improve OWA with ISA BPA

The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer is a diagnostic tool that automatically performs specific tests on configuration data collected on the local ISA Server 2004 computer from the ISA Server hierarchy of administration COM objects, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, the system registry, files on disk, and the Domain Name System (DNS) settings. The resulting…

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Spend Less Time Searching

You asked, we listened. Check out the new webcast notifications: Sign up for Event and Webcast Notifications, and each month we will send you a customized e-mail newsletter that notifies you of upcoming live webcasts available for the products and topics you have selected and upcoming in-person events in your state. Note: Microsoft Event and…

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Insider Tips on SQL 2005 Migration

Check out the new Moving to SQL Server 2005 at Microsoft Technical White Paper from IT ShowcaseGet the insider IT Pro information on SQL Server 2005 deployment from folks who have doneit inside Microsoft IT.The paper includes discussion on how Microsoft it moved its line-of-business applications to SQL Server 2005. Additionally, this paper also discusses a…

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