Hierbij weer een collectie van links naar alle nieuwsberichten, product publicaties en blog berichten van de verschillende Microsoft product teams.
Dit keer met o.a.: Security, How Microsoft does IT, Microsoft Development, Windows 7, Virtualization, SQL Server, System Center, SharePoint, Office System, Forefront Security
Microsoft news and product information from microsoft.com and product team blogs
- Action Required by Dec. 1, 2009: Keep your Protection Current! As we announced on July 1, 2009, Microsoft is revising its engine mix on Dec. 1, 2009 for the Forefront and Antigen products. This change will allow customers to utilize a set of engines that help optimize detection, while also allowing us to invest in new areas for increasing overall protection for customers.
- Security Intelligence Report v7 is Now Available Twice a year we put together a report detailing trends that we see which are threat related in the computer security environment. Today we have released our seventh report which you can find at www.microsoft.com/sir.
- Microsoft Security Essentials – Week One Now that Microsoft Security Essentials is generally available to consumers in 19 countries, we’ve had a chance to go over the data, and there are some very interesting results. Computers reporting detections up to October 6: almost four million detections on 535,752 distinct machines. The detections are eight times the machine count because many computers are infected with multiple threats.
How Microsoft does IT
- Streamlined PC Procurement Improves Productivity While Controlling Costs Do you manage a PC procurement system? Learn how Microsoft IT closely manages the PC configurations available to its employees. Specific computer procurement guidelines allow Microsoft employees to easily purchase supported PCs. In turn, providing a limited set of supported PC configurations enables the corporation to improve application compatibility, hardware compatibility and provide an improved user experience.
- Maturing Deployment Methodology Yields Streamlined Windows 7 Deployment Windows 7 deployment goals have been exceeded and Helpdesk call volume is below anticipated levels. Microsoft IT delivered on a Windows 7 deployment plan that minimized end user disruption. Investments in communications and productivity materials support a prepared end user population.
Windows Desktop and Server – 7 / 2008 / Vista / 2003 / XP
- Mark Russinovich: The Machine SID Duplication Myth On November 3 2009, Sysinternals retired NewSID, a utility that changes a computers machine Security Identifier (machine SID). I took a step back to understand how duplicate SIDs could cause problems, a belief that I had taken on faith like everyone else. The more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that machine SID duplication – having multiple computers with the same machine SID – doesn’t pose any problem, security or otherwise.
- Windows Management Framework is here! Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. IT Professionals can now easily manage their Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines through PowerShell remoting.
- Announcing several technologies to enable Windows Server 2008 customers to run certain applications designed for Windows Server 2008 R2 Following the tremendously successful launch of Windows Server 2008 R2, a lot of software developers are eager to begin writing applications and drivers that take advantage of some of its new technologies. To help developers transitioning to Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is proud to announce the release to Web (RTW) of the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008. This set of runtime libraries makes it easy for developers to target Windows Server 2008 R2 without sacrificing their customer base running Windows Server 2008.
- How to run a Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence From MDT 2010 This blog will cover how to run the new Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence included with MDT 2010.
- The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth In my quest to better understand the interworking of how NTFS stores information on disk, I have been researching what happens to a file as it grows in size and complexity. The reason I’m after this knowledge is so I can better troubleshoot certain storage issues.
- Windows 7: MDOP 2009 R2 for Windows 7 is now available! If you are an MDOP customer, you can download MDOP 2009 R2 through Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS). For others who wish to evaluate MDOP products, the MDOP software is available at MSDN and TechNet (in accordance with your MSDN or TechNet agreements, except for AIS). See also: MDOP 2009 R2: What’s New in MDOP for Windows 7
- Deep dive into UAG DirectAccess (IPv6 and DirectAccess) A little introduction to IPv6, how and why DirectAccess leverages that, and some drill down into how and why IPv6 prefixes are configured when you configure DirectAccess. See also: Deep dive into UAG DirectAccess (Certificates).
- Performance: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Problem Steps Recorder I want to talk today about a really cool tool included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 called Problem Steps Recorder. I am sure we have all had situations where we needed to be able to reproduce a complex issue and just can’t seem to get it. Often we work with end users, who may be across the country (or planet) from us, and need to be able to understand what they are doing that results in something that we need to fix.
- Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: AppLocker We’re going to provide a really quick overview of AppLocker, which is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. AppLocker replaces the Software Restriction Policies (SRP’s) that many of you are probably familiar with. With AppLocker, an administrator has the ability to control how users run all types of applications – scripts, excecutables, Windows Installer files (.msi and .msp files) and Dynamic Link Libraries (DLL’s).
- High Speed Networking Deployment Guide Released We wanted to inform you that an incredibly useful white paper was recently published from our friends in the High Speed Networking team titled “Networking Deployment Guide: Deploying High-Speed Networking Features.” The document covers concepts, deployment instructions, and diagnostic monitoring tools for high speed networking features available in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 such as TCP Chimney, Receive Side Scaling (RSS), netDMA, and virtual machine queue (VMQ).
- Directory Services: Auditing Password and Account Lockout Policy on Windows Server 2008 and R2 Let’s talk about auditing your domain for changes made to Password and Account Lockout policies. Frankly, it’s a real pain in the neck to figure out Password and Account Lockout auditing and there are legacy architectural decisions behind how this all works, so I’ll make sure to cover all the bases.
- How to Decommission an ADAM/ADLDS server and Add Additional Servers Recently I worked with a customer that was looking for a comprehensive document that outlined the steps for decommissioning a server that had an ADAM/ADLDS instance installed on it. I along with the customer realized there is no such document and you have to piece together multiple documents to get the steps.
- Windows Server 2008 R2 CAPolicy.inf Syntax I was reviewing Chris’ excellent blog post series on designing and implementing a PKI when I realized that it would be helpful to better document the CAPolicy.inf file. The information in this post relies heavily on the information published in the Windows Server 2003 Help File, but this information is updated to include information pertinent to Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Designing and Implementing a PKI: Part II In Part I of this series we covered design considerations for implementing a PKI. In this part of the series I will cover the steps required to implement a PKI. We will cover the steps and build the configuration files we will use for implementing the PKI.
- Cluster: PowerShell for NLB: Part 1: Getting Started NLB provides users with various methods to manage clusters. In Windows Server 2008, there are 3 ways to manage an NLB cluster.
- Clustered Hyper-V Upgrades from Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2 We’ve just published documentation describing the upgrade path for clustered VMs on 2008 Failover Clusters to 2008 R2 Failover Clusters.
- Remote Desktop Services: Explanation of the Remote Desktop Services CAL Upgrade behavior in Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 There has been a lot of confusion over the Remote Desktop Services (aka Terminal Server) client access license upgrade process in Windows and this posting is an explanation on how the behavior is actually supposed to function.
- Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Architecture There have been some design changes in RDS (remote desktop services) and in RDC (remote desktop client).
- Microsoft and Red Hat Complete Cooperative Technical Support Back in February we announced our work with Red Hat to enable cooperative technical support for virtualized environments. I’m excited to announce we’ve completed certification in each others’ programs! Customers now can deploy Microsoft Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux and a range of select applications, virtualized on Red Hat and Microsoft virtualization products, knowing that the combined solutions will be supported by both companies.
- Disk2vhd Released! Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell have created a ubba tool called Disk2vhd. Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs).
- App-V: App-V 4.5 for Terminal Services Whitepaper This whitepaper discusses the benefits, configurations and considerations when planning a TS (RDS) deployment that includes Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).
- Updated OS VALUE XML Tag Reference and Supported Client Versions The blog post lists the supported OS VALUE element options and the minimum supported client versions for Microsoft SoftGrid and Microsoft Application Virtualization. This element defines the required operating system.
- MED-V: Configuring the MED-V Server by manually editing the ServerSettings.xml file In most cases it is recommended to use the MED-V Server Configuration utility (%PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization\ServerSettings.exe) to make configuration changes to the MED-V Policy Server, but there are some circumstances in which you will have to make modifications to the configuration file that controls the server settings (serversettings.xml).
- MED-V Documentation – Now Available on TechNet!
- Windows Virtual PC: Understanding (and troubleshooting) Auto-Publishing in Windows Virtual PC One of the cool features of Windows Virtual PC is how applications that are installed into Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines automatically appear in the start menu on the host operating system – and can be launched directly without first needing to open the virtual machine in question.
- Using Smart Cards in Windows Virtual PC You can use smartcards in any VM created using Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) on Windows 7, just as you use smartcards on Windows 7.
- Using a Host Guest communication channel in Windows Virtual PC In this article, we will discuss in detail how such a guest host communication channel is designed and implemented in WVPC and how you can leverage it to add additional functionality. The communication mechanism is modeled as typical client server architecture with the Windows 7 host acting as the client and the VM acting as the server.
- TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SQL Server (Level 300). This session will focus on virtualizing SQL Server using Microsoft solutions, the benefits over key competitors such as VMware, and guidance for virtualizing SQL server for Production and Test/Dev scenarios focusing on consolidation, scale, load balancing, dynamic provisioning and high availability. We will go into technical details with best practices.
- Should I have a SNAC with my cumulative update? Do I need to apply the “SNAC” package that comes with some of the cumulative updates?
- How To: Share a Single EKM Credential among Multiple Users Some customers want to manage just one CREDENTIAL with the EKM authentication information and allow a group of users to access this credential.
- Introduction to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) in Gemini Excel PivotTables are not new, but Excel PivotTables that are based on multiple tables of data are new with the Gemini add-in for Excel 2010. This new capability in Gemini is a very powerful tool for data analysis when combined with our new DAX expression language.
- TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange Server (Level 300) This session will focus on virtualizing Exchange using Microsoft solutions, the benefits over key competitors such as VMware, and guidance for virtualizing Exchange for various Production scenarios. We will go into technical details with best practices.
- Programmatic Access via Remote PowerShell in Exchange Server 2010 The management experience given by Exchange 2010 through PowerShell has been moved all the way from Local to Remote. This will mean that enterprise Admins will have to adjust their regular scripts to connect to Remote PowerShell instead of creating a local session.
- Exchange 2010 and SLD / Disjoint / Discontiguous Namespaces In response to customer feedback, the Exchange team has updated their testing matrix and has determined that Exchange Server 2010 will be supported on Single Label Domains (SLD), Disjoint Namespaces, and Discontiguous Namespaces.
- Don’t put CAS in the Perimeter network! When discussing the fact that it is not supported to put CAS in the perimeter network, the next question is obviously “why?” If this was supported and documented for E2000/E2003 FE, why not for E2007/E2010 CAS?
- CM: TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 and R3 With the release of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems, new capabilities and usage scenarios are emerging for system management. Economic, regulatory, green IT, and security issues continue to be the challenges organizations face. In this webcast, we provide a technical update and overview for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. We focus on Service Pack 2 and R3 enhancements, market capabilities, and describe our near-term release road map.
- How to create custom Operating System Capture Media using ConfigMgr 2007 Recently I ran into a situation where I needed to customize the OS capture media in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 as the standard capture media created by ConfigMgr does not have any way to be modified or customized.
- OM: Client Operating System MP update released To follow the recent general availability of Windows 7, the updated Client Operating System management pack to support Windows 7 systems is now available.
Office SharePoint Technologies
- FAST meets SharePoint – What’s Coming in Search for SharePoint 2010 There are two main enterprise search options coming with the SharePoint 2010 release.
- October 2009 Cumulative Update Packages for SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 The server-packages of October 2009 Cumulative Update for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are ready for download.
- SharePoint 2010 Developer Center The SharePoint 2010 Developer Center is now live on MSDN. This new sub-site includes Getting Started modules, as well as a Beta version of the SharePoint 2010 SDK.
- SharePoint 2010 An overview of SharePoint 2010.
- Engineering SharePoint This blog post is about how the broader Microsoft Office team designs and builds SharePoint highlighting improvements for the 2010 cycle.
Microsoft Office System
- UI Extensibility in Office 2010 When introducing the Ribbon UI in Office 2007, we also introduced the RibbonX (Ribbon extensibility) model, a new way to programmatically customize the Office UI. RibbonX enables 3rd party developers and solution providers to build on top of the Ribbon by authoring custom tabs and groups, targeting scenarios unique to and optimized for their customers.
- The Magic of Background Removal Background Removal is a new feature in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook that makes the process of selecting and removing portions of an image quick and easy for any picture.
- Enabling password rules for Office 2010 This post introduces the new password rules feature in Office 2010.
- OCS: Office Communications Server Resource – User Forest Topology Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communications Server R2 have two multi forest topologies that have been tested by and are supported by Microsoft.
- Speech Server (2007) runtime support on Windows Server 2008 The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Speech Server (a.k.a. Speech Server (2007)) runtime is now officially supported on Windows Server 2008, in addition to the originally supported Windows Server 2003 Platforms(listed at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb813400.aspx).
- Configuring XMPP Gateway with Jabber XCP 5.4 This article walks you through setting up the XMPP Gateway and configuring it to work with Jabber XCP 5.4.
- Excel: Introducing PowerPivot PowerPivot is the recently announced name of technologies this blog previously referred to by its codename, Gemini. This article describes why there is a need for such a tool, and briefly what PowerPivot provides.
- PivotTable Named Sets in Excel 2010 When working with PivotTables, you often come across scenarios where you want to work with the same set of items from the data over and over again.
- Outlook: Unified Messaging Improvements In Outlook 2010, we’ve added some cool new features to Unified Messaging, including Voice Mail Preview, protected voice mail, and Call Answering Rules to make the UM experience even more compelling. All of the features described below require an account on an Exchange 2010 server, and work with both Outlook Web App and Outlook 2010.
- Multiple Exchange Accounts in Outlook 2010 If you’ve worked with more than one Exchange account in Outlook 2007 or earlier, you may have resorted to using multiple Outlook profiles to access your additional accounts. No more, as Outlook 2010 supports connecting to as many as three Exchange accounts from a single profile.
- PowerPoint: PowerPoint on the Web: A New View of Your Presentation Today I’m going to give you a little background into the PowerPoint Web App Reading View.
- Introducing Broadcast Slide Show PowerPoint 2010 makes it easy to present on the fly to anyone, anywhere. Just send a link, and in one click everyone you invite will be watching a synchronized view of your slide show in their browser. You’ll never again need to email bulky attachments or make an announcement every time you change slides.
- Project: Project 2010: Introducing Web Based Project Editing Have you ever wanted to make edits to a project plan far away from your desktop installation of Project? Perhaps you were in a meeting and pulled up Project Web Access to show project status but hoped to capture updates directly in PWA as the meeting progressed. Maybe you have multiple stakeholders on a plan who want the ability to add tasks even if they aren’t responsible for the entire project schedule and don’t have Project on their desktop.
- Project 2010: Introducing User-Controlled Scheduling In Project 2010, we have introduced a new concept called “User-Controlled Scheduling”. It’s a collection of features designed to make Project a more flexible planning and schedule management tool. The idea is that you, as the project manager, can have complete control over when a task should happen.
- Visio: Introducing Visio Services At the SharePoint Conference, the Visio team unveiled Visio Services – a new feature of SharePoint 2010 that extends the reach of diagrams considerably.
- Using a Visio Process Repository We frequently speak with Visio users whose organizations need to manage collections of process diagrams. Many of these users are employing basic methods such as storing these documents on network file shares.
- Automatic Page Sizing in Visio 2010 When you start a new diagram, you typically begin with a single drawing page that is the size of a standard piece of printer paper. Many diagrams grow beyond the size of a single printed sheet. Visio 2010 adds a dynamic page sizing capability that responds as you draw, so you no longer have to manually adjust your page size to your diagram.
- Word: Introducing Word Automation Services We’ve heard from many customers trying to perform server side conversions of Open XML files (.docx) into fixed formats (PDF and XPS) using the Word desktop application, and that’s what motivated us to create Word Automation Services.
Forefront Security Products
- Forefront Server Protection and Support for Windows 2008 R2 We have been receiving questions about our support for Windows Server 2008 R2, so we would like to clarify the information about our support for the release.
- Forefront scores in VB100 Forefront Client Security (FCS) received its 10th consecutive VB100 award in the October 2009 Edition of Virus Bulletin. In order for a product to be awarded the VB100 award, it must detect 100% of the WildList malware samples and must not have any false positives (FP) on the Virus Bulletin clean file collection.
- Schedule and Strategy Update for Forefront Endpoint Protection Today we are announcing a schedule and strategy update for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, a component of the upcoming Forefront Protection Suite (previously codenamed “Stirling”).
- Windows Home Server grows as your needs grow Today, I will tell you a little more about Windows Home Server’s Drive Extender and how it can provide an unlimited amount of space for your large collection of recorded Family Guy episodes or the thousands or pictures that are sitting unprotected on your PC.
Monthly Reminders of Good Information Sources:
- Malware Protection Center The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) provides world class antimalware research and response capabilities that support Microsoft’s range of security products and services. With laboratories in multiple locations around the globe the MMPC is able to respond quickly and effectively to new malicious and potentially unwanted software threats wherever and whenever they arise.
- HotFix & Security Bulletin Search See also the Contact Us: Hotfix Request Web Submission Form
- Microsoft Solution Accelerators are free, authoritative resources to help IT professionals proactively plan, integrate, and operate IT systems.
- Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability at the time of product release.
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