To let you know that Microsoft offers a wealth of resources through TechNet and MSDN to help you with key resources to make your life easier and keep your systems performing efficiently.  These resources include product news, downloads, support forums, webcasts, events, online magazines, product evaluations and much, much more!

I hope you find the information useful.

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·         TechNet: A great resource for technical information, wiki, news, downloads, webcasts, events and more for IT professionals

·         TechNet Magazine: A monthly published magazine articles created by the most recognized experts on infrastructure for helping to make the job easier for IT Professionals

·         TechNet Flash: A bi-weekly newsletter delivers the latest alerts of new resources to help you be more successful with Microsoft products and technologies. You can customize your own version to receive the information that's most important to you

·         Talk TechNet: A twice weekly, one hour radio show for IT Professional.  Each episode focuses on a specific product or technology.  Listeners are encouraged to call in and discuss the topic for the day, or ask questions to help unblock a deployment or solve a pressing problem

·         TechNet Blogs: Provide personal perspectives of industry experts on new technology developments and emerging technical trends

·         TechNet Evaluation Center: Allows you to download and test drive some of our latest products and technologies

 

·         MSDN: A great resource for exploring Desktop, Web, Cloud and Phone Software Development.  Includes technical information, downloads, forums, webcasts, events and more for Developers

·         MSDN Magazine: Provides programming information and code samples for developers interested in Windows platform development

·         MSDN Flash: A newsletter that delivers critical developer news to you in one information-dense, compact format. Stay up to date with the latest development news from Microsoft

·         MSDN Blogs: Provide perspectives from Microsoft’s Developers to the Developer Community

·         MSDN Evaluation Center: Allows you to download and evaluate some of our latest development products and technologies

 

Also, below is a list best practice analyzers that are available for most Microsoft Enterprise products which can be used to determine the overall health of your platform.

The tools perform read only scans against your environment’s servers and identify items that do not conform to Microsoft best practices. They should be run on a regular basis as part of your standard operations maintenance plan.

 

-       Windows Server (includes PAL, DHCP, Hyper-V, WSUS, Active Directory, Remote Desktop, File Services, DNS)

-       SQL

-       Exchange & Unified Communications

-       Sharepoint, Project Server and Office System

-       Forefront, ISA and Security

-       Developer

-       Miscellaneous (Small Business Server, Mobile Device Manager, Commerce Server, Biztalk)

 

Windows Server (includes PAL, DHCP, Hyper-V, WSUS, Active Directory, Remote Desktop, File Services, DNS)

-       Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool (reads performance monitor counter logs and analyses it using known thresholds)

-       Best Practices Analyzer for Network Policy and Access Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition (NPAS)

-       Best Practices Analyzer for DHCP Server for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Best Practices Analyzer for HYPER-V for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Best Practices Analyzer for Application Server for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server Update Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Best Practices Analyzer for Active Directory Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Remote Desktop Services Best Practice Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Best Practices Analyzer for File Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition

-       Microsoft DNS (Domain Name System) Model for Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0

 

SQL

-       SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

-       SQL Server® 2008/R2 Best Practices Analyzer

 

Exchange & Unified Communications

-       Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer v2.8

-       Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

Sharepoint, Project Server and Office System

-       Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System (Includes Project Server 2007)

 

Forefront, ISA and Security

-       Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool

-       Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Best Practices Analyzer Tool

-       Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway Best Practices Analyzer Tool

-       Microsoft Forefront Client Security BPA

Developer

-       Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools with TFS BPA

-       Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 Best Practices Analyzer

-       Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.NET

-       Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

-       Extended Security Update Inventory Tool

 

Miscellaneous (Small Business Server, Mobile Device Manager, Commerce Server, Biztalk)

-       Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Anaylzer

-       Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Best Practices Analyzer

-       Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Resource Kit - Best Practices Analyzer

-       Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

-       BizTalk Server Best Practices Analyzer