Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: NEW Windows Server "8" Beta Component Architecture poster is available !!

    The new “Windows Server “8” Beta Component Architecture Poster” on the download center - http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29189 This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server “8” Beta. This Hyper-V poster focuses on Hyper-V Replica...
  • Blog Post: System Center App Controller 2012 Beta

    System Center App Controller 2012 beta provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services. System Center App Controller 2012 beta provides a common self-service experience...
  • Blog Post: Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning(MAP) Toolkit v5.5 Beta

    Hi All, The Beta of the MAP Toolkit v5.5 is now available for download at the link below: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=23188&SiteID=297 If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll take a minute to learn about the exciting new features available in the MAP Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

    Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFX TM , to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops. · Dynamic Memory lets...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 - Online Services & Hosted Software in the Cloud

    http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/office365-beta.aspx We are pleased to announce the availability of a limited Beta for Office 365. Be one of the first customers to explore the cloud-based features and benefits of Office 365, and stay up-to-date on the latest Office 365 information and buzz. The Beta...
  • Blog Post: Newly released: Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline

    We’re pleased to announce that the first of the baselines included in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program is now available for download! The Windows Server® 2008 R2 Security Baseline is a new addition to the security baselines released earlier this year that can be used in combination...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta review program

    The latest release in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta review program is a new security baseline for Microsoft ® Exchange Server 2007. This resource is an exciting new addition to the security baselines released earlier this year that can be used in combination with the Security Compliance...
  • Blog Post: Public Beta Now Available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and Deployment Guides

    In case you missed Brandon's post on Monday (US Pacific Time) , the public beta is now available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1… Today, we announced at our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) the availability of the public beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: Apply MOF guidance to Microsoft products and technologies: Download new beta materials

    The latest beta releases from the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) team will provide organizations with the resources to apply MOF guidance to Microsoft products and technologies. This collection of reliability workbooks, diagrams, and companion guides will help IT pros provide services that run...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta Now Available for Download

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta. As we shared in Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1 in April, Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta incorporates a number of feature updates including: archiving and discovery enhancements, a faster Outlook Web App ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Service Pack 1 Announced

    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2010/06/07/virtualization-updates-at-teched.aspx Today, at TechEd in the US, we are pleased to announce that by the end of July we will be releasing the public beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. During our Desktop Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 - Now in Beta Release!

    If you’re making the move to Windows 7 and Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help deploy Windows and Office quickly—and do it right the first time. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 Beta includes new features like Office 2010 support, the ability for users to initiate and customize...
  • Blog Post: Latest MOF Reliability Guides—Now Available for Beta Review

    Earlier this year we released the first components of the MOF Technology Library. We’re now pleased to announce the beta release of the most recent additions to the library—the newest MOF Reliability Workbooks. Download the beta materials on Connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1

    The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the beta release of this updated version of the toolkit. Use the MAP Toolkit 5.0 to plan your right-sized infrastructure, accelerate IT planning, and assess multiple products and scenarios from a single tool—helping you and your organization save...
  • Blog Post: Simplify with the Volume Activation Management Tool

    There’s a new Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) available from Microsoft to help administrators manage Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The way MAK activation works is that the key must be installed on the end system (there are a number of ways...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 Available!

    The Beta 2 for Windows Server AppFabric is available for download today at http://msdn.microsoft.com/appfabric . We’re encouraging developers and IT professionals working with .NET 4 and Windows Server to download the Beta and provide feedback, as we prepare to release the final version of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: MOF 4.0 Foundation Course now available for beta download

    The MOF team is pleased to announce the beta release of the MOF 4.0 Foundation Course. Download the beta materials on Microsoft Connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/content/content.aspx?ContentID=10313&SiteID=14 . This training course is intended primarily for those who deliver service management...
  • Blog Post: Final MOF Management Reviews—Now Available for Beta Download and Review

    The MOF team is pleased to announce the final beta releases in a series of MOF Management Reviews. The beta package will include the remaining three management reviews in the series—Service Alignment, Project Plan Approved, and Policy and Control—as well as the new MOF Service Mapping guide. Download...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager - Beta Now Open!

    Hi All, The Security Compliance Manager provides centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities, and security baseline export flexibility to accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Application Compatibility Tools Beta Now Available

    Hi All, Today we are pleased to announce that a public beta of Office Environment Assessment Tool, a beta of Office Code Compatibility Inspector and a draft of the Assessment and Remediation Guide are now available for download at the new Office 2010 Application Compatibility resource page on MSDN. These...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 November - Now available

    Hi All, The latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008 R2 available to the general public. The new capabilities in the latest CTP include support for Windows Server 2008 R2 – including Hyper-V with Live Migration – as well as enhanced data compression with support for Unicode UCS-2...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) Now Available!

    Hi All, The Solution Accelerator team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Operational Framework Implementation Guide—Now Available for Beta Review

    Hi All, The MOF team is extending the MOF 4.0 core content with the release of additional guides, action plans, and supporting content. We’re pleased to announce the Beta release of the latest guide, Getting Started with MOF 4.0: An Implementation Guide . Download this Beta release today on Connect:...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 R2 Now Available!

    Hi All, In support of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 launch, Microsoft announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 this week the public release of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Series for Windows Server 2008 R2 - free best practice and guidance available to help Microsoft customers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 2 is now Available for Download

    Hi All, Getting ready to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2?  Check out the recently released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2. MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a free Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features...
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