SQL Server – Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Our purpose in Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is to point out both the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server. Because this version is Release 2 (R2) of SQL Server 2008, you might think the changes are relatively minor—more than a service pack, but not enough to justify an entirely new version. However, as you read this book, we think you will find that…

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SharePoint 2010 – User profile service still in ‘starting’ mode – follow up

Following my previous post regarding the User Profile services (SharePoint 2010 – User profile synchronization still ‘starting’) – many other have also the issue, here is an update. After a lot of time of work to make it work, here is what I did: after the first initialization (which failed), I delete the SA instance (with all data) for the synchronization services – which stopped the 2 related services I…

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BPOS – Exchange BPOS and iPhone

If you plan to use or already are using Microsoft Online Services for your messaging system, you have to know that iPhones don’t totally support complex password. Indeed, while working on a project to migrate to Exchange Online, we discover that password which contains ‘real’ exotic characters (such as €)are not supported by iPhone. We were able to successfully configured the Exchange Active Sync service to iPhone BUT during the…

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Security – In the cloud too…

Microsoft has opened a new beta program for security… in the cloud; everything is going to the cloud. This new solution/product/offer is called Microsoft Intune. This is a new PC management and security solution in the cloud.   To test the beta version, sign in at http://www.microsoft.com/online/windows-intune.mspx More details about the solution at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsintune/ Video overview at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff628789.aspx?ITPID=flpbook

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SQL Server – SQL Server 2008 R2 now in RTM

Microsoft has released the R2 edition of SQL Server 2008. You can download it from: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 – Management Tools Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio Express (SSMSE) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server Express. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 End User License Agreements The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 End User License Agreements provide the…

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Windows 7 – Office 2010 – PoC kit

The PoC Jumpstart provides resources to deploy a desktop PoC with Windows 7, Office 2010, Internet Explorer 8, and Application Virtualization with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack technology. This self-contained, self-service kit will help you complete a Proof-of -Concept (PoC) at your organization, allowing you to quickly evaluate the new Microsoft desktop technologies, including Windows 7, Office 2010 Pro Plus, Internet Explorer 8, and Application Virtualization with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack…

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System Center Essentials 2010 – Available to evaluate

System Center Essentials 2010 provides IT professionals a unified physical and virtual management experience. Microsoft® System Center Essentials 2010 provides IT professionals in mid-sized organizations, a unified physical and virtual management experience. It enables you to better secure, update, monitor, and troubleshoot from a single console, so you can efficiently and proactively manage your IT environment. Feature Summary By providing a single solution with a single console for managing your…

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SharePoint 2010 – User profile synchronization still ‘starting’

As SharePoint 2010 is released as RTM since few days, there is already an issue with the user profile synchronization service. When you try to start this service to enable and manage user profile synchronization, the service will stay in ‘starting’ mode for a while. This ALREADY a known issue on SP 2010 – according to few information from ex-colleagues at Microsoft. The service will stay in starting mode for…

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ForeFront UAG – First update for Microsoft ForeFront UAG

Microsoft has released his first update for Microsoft ForeFront UAG. This update contains: Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Update 1 is an update to Forefront UAG that provides a number of functionality updates and other improvements. The following is provided by Forefront UAG Update 1: • Remote Desktop access from Windows Vista and Windows XP: Client endpoints running Windows Vista and Windows XP can now access RemoteApps and Remote…

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Exchange 2010 – SP1 details

Today, Microsoft has provided details on the coming Exchange 2010 SP1 through the product blog. A beta version will provided during the TechEd US, in June. Here is an extract: archiving and discovery enhancements, Outlook Web App (OWA) improvements, mobile user and management improvements, and some highly sought after additional UI for management tasks Archiving and Discovery Enhancements With the release of Exchange Server 2010 last November, we introduced integrated…

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ForeFront Protection – ForeFront for Exchange best antispam solution

According to Virus Bulletin, ForeFront Protection for Exchange is the best antispam solution with a blocking rate at 99,86%. This can be explained with the high integration of ForeFront with Exchange. ForeFront is the only solution with is fully integrated with Exchange, and doesn’t apply on top of Exchange. See the ‘magic’ quadrant More details at http://www.virusbtn.com/index

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