Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Reduces Operational Risk through Business Continuity Management

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of How Microsoft Reduces Operational Risk through Business Continuity Management , which discusses how Microsoft IT implements BCM frameworks to minimize adverse impacts to Microsoft employees, customers, partners, and stakeholders.  Business...
  • Blog Post: Download new MOF materials and apply MOF guidance to Microsoft® products and technologies

    The MOF/Microsoft products companion guide bridges the gap between high-level service management processes and real-world application by clearly outlining how to apply MOF concepts using Microsoft products. The best practices outlined in this guidance will help facilitate collaboration between IT process...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Approaches Organizational Change Management

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of How Microsoft IT Approaches Organizational Change Management , which discusses how Microsoft IT drove organizational change management.  Understand how Microsoft IT created an organizational change management framework to drive an organization...
  • 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: New MOF resources available for download

    This combination of resources—designed to facilitate organisational improvement—builds upon the guidance offered in MOF 4.0, providing specific examples of the application of MOF concepts. Download new MOF resources: Continuous Improvement: A MOF Companion Guide: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId...
  • Blog Post: MOF Reliability Workshops

    If you’ve ever wondered, “ What are the daily, weekly, monthly tasks I should be thinking about to ensure the health of my Microsoft infrastructure? ” then please read on as these are some excellent resources for you. The MOF Reliability Workbooks present hands-on tasks that you can fine tune to meet...
  • 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: New Series of MOF Reliability Workbooks—Now Available for Download

    Hi All, Download the MOF Reliability Workbooks now: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/5/4/C54EFAA7-117E-44FE-8776-9ABF03CE1210/Reliability%20Workbooks%20-%20All.zip This series of workbooks provides the knowledge, specific tasks, and schedules needed to keep technologies running smoothly so you...
  • Blog Post: MOF Management Reviews—Now Available for Beta Download and Review

    Hi All, Thank you for your continued participation in the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) beta review program. The MOF team is pleased to announce its first beta release of 2010—a series of MOF Management Reviews. The beta package will include the first three management reviews in the series: Operational...
  • Blog Post: New Series of MOF Reliability Workbooks-Now Available for Beta Review

    Hi All, This guide will show you how to fine-tune the Reliability Workbook task lists that are used to monitor and maintain the health and reliability of specific Microsoft® technologies. This guide can be used with any of the technology-specific Reliability Workbook task lists (Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets...
  • 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: Leveraging Microsoft Operations Framework in a COBIT/Val IT Environment

    Data Governance helps minimize the risks that come with handling and storing data and helps organizations comply with an increasingly complex array of statutes and regulations that surround data. Data Governance is the application of policies and processes that: Maximize the value of data within an organization...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008

    SQL Server 2008 provides the highest levels of security, reliability, and scalability for your business-critical applications. To take advantage of new opportunities in today's fast-moving business world, companies need the ability to create and deploy data-driven solutions quickly. SQL Server 2008 reduces...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta Released!

    Hi All, Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment.  This agentless and scalable toolkit has the ability...
  • Blog Post: MOF Framework Comparison Companion Guides for ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 now available!

    Cross Reference ITIL® V3 and MOF 4.0 and Using MOF for ISO/IEC 20000 The MOF team has released a new series of framework comparison companion guides. Download them now: Download— Cross Reference ITIL® V3 and MOF 4.0 Download— Using MOF for ISO/IEC 20000 The MOF team continues to extend MOF’s core content...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta download

    Hi All, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) is a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center, enabling increased physical server utilization, centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator...
  • Blog Post: Beta available for Planning for Virtualization and Planning for Software-plus-Services- MOF Companion Guides

    Hi All, The Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) team is extending the MOF 4.0 core content with a new series of MOF Companion Guides for the Plan Phase. We're pleased to announce the beta of the first two guides, Planning for Virtualization and Planning for Software-plus-Services . Visit the Connect...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8

    Hi All, I wanted to forward off this recently released information regarding the Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 8 as a high-priority update through Automatic Updates for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher, Windows...
  • Blog Post: IPD for Windows Server 2008 File and Print Services

    Hi All, The Infrastructure Planning and Design series for Windows Server 2008 has been updated with File Services and Print Services guides. Download the entire IPD series of guides or download an individual guide here. Download now . These guides provide you with key information to bring your infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 – Admin tips

    Hi All, For those of you lab’ing, testing, and deploying IE8 Beta 2 , here’s a number of resources that you should find useful, as well as provide some answers to typical IT Pro and Dev questions. IE8 Group Policy IE8 Tab Grouping Statistical Validation of the IE8 XSS...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update package 1 for SQL Server 2008 released

    Hi All, This week Microsoft released Cumulative Update package 1 for SQL Server 2008 containing hotfixes for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 issues that have been fixed since the release of SQL Server 2008. CU1 contains almost 80 fixes including fixes for intellisense, replication, and clustering. The...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 IPD Guide - Now Available for Download

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has been working on a new guide - Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 with R2 . Get the beta guide here . This guide targets key information to bring your infrastructure up to date, thereby enhancing user experience and delivering business...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Best Practices Analyzers

    Hi All, Administering large corporate environments is an important and sometimes challenging job. With the release of Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer tools, network administrators now have new utilities to help them proactively maintain the health and optimal performance of Microsoft Technology within...
  • Blog Post: Compliance Management Series BETA is NOW AVAILABLE!

    Hi All, Managing compliance issues imposed by regulations and statutory requirements can be difficult to reconcile with regulations and standards such as PCI DSS, ISO 27002, AICPA GAPP, and COBIT. An additional challenge is the lack of a single source of compliance configuration guidance for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint Administration Toolkit v2.0 (w/User Profile Replication engine)

    Hi All, I thought I’d share the following information, as a lot of customers has been asking for it in the last few months. The Profile Sync Tool has finally been release as the User Profile Replication engine, part of the new v2.0 release of Sharepoint Administration Toolkit. You can download the new...
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