TechNet Magazine – October 2009


Windows 7: The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7

Getting ready for Windows 7 may seem like a Herculean job—but there are plenty of ways to maximize the OS’s new features while minimizing disruptions in your organization. This offer spells out 10 steps that can help streamline your efforts and smooth the transition. Bill Boswell

Windows 7: Groovy Security in Windows 7

Security enhancements in Windows 7 mean the OS is not only more securable, it’s more usable as well. Learn how the new features make life easier and more secure for both admins and users. Steve Riley

Windows 7: What’s New in Group Policy for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Explore the new and updated Group Policy features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. System administrators will find plenty of goodies, from new Windows PowerShell functionality to updated power options, task scheduling and software restriction policies. Jeremy Moskowitz

Windows 7: 77 Windows 7 Tips

Whether you’re upgrading from Vista or skipping it altogether and moving up from Windows XP, you’ll need to know how to make the most of Windows 7 in your environment. Here are 77 tips and tricks to get you there. Edited by Keith Ward

Forefront Protection Manager: Manage Forefront Security with Forefront Protection Manager

Forefront Security product management is being unified in a single management console known as Forefront Protection Manager (FPM). Here’s a peek at FPM’s

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Exchange 2010 Launch Slides



Harold Wong has released his Exchange 2010 Launch slides to slide share, the following is taken from his TechNet blog

For all those who attended my Exchange Server 2010 Sessions during the West Coast Launch Tour, I received approval to post my slide decks to SlideShare.  My main SlideShare page is:

The links to the individual presentations are below:

Introducing Exchange Server 2010

Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging

Exchange Server 2010 High Availability

Exchange Server 2010 Archiving and Retention

Let me know if you have any questions.

Harold Wong

Free eBook RoundUp


With the recent releases of Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7 and the future releases of Office and Exchange 2010, there are LOADS of free eBooks doing the rounds, here are two of the best in one handy location!

Exchange 2010 – A Practical Approach by Exchange MVP Jaap Wesselius

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 by Microsoft Press

In addition, the following chapters from recently published Microsoft Press books are now available.

From Windows 7 Inside Out:

  • Chapter 2, “Installing and Configuring Windows 7”
  • Chapter 11, “Backup, Restore and Recovery” (new)
  • Chapter 21, “Performing Routine Maintenance”

From Windows 7 Resource Kit:

  • Chapter 23, “Support Users and Remote Assistance”
  • Chapter 29, “Deploying IPv6”

From Windows 7 Step by Step:

  • Chapter 1, “Explore Windows 7”
  • Chapter 2, “Navigate Windows and Folders”

From Introducing Windows 7 for Developers:

  • Chapter 2, “Integrate with the Windows 7 Taskbar, Part 1”

From Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant:

  • Chapter 5, “Managing User Access and Security,” and Chapter 9, “Installing and Maintaining Programs” (new: a single download)

Source: Microsoft Press  Download ten free Windows 7 chapters

Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab


This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network.

Download details Step By Step Guide Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab

DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems that enables remote users to securely access intranet shared folders, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network using the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) and Release Candidate (RC) versions of Windows 7 and Window Server 2008 R2.


Other Direct Access Resources

Direct Access Solution Centre:

Direct Access TechNet Centre:

SharePoint 2010 in under a minute

A quick guide to the important information about SharePoint 2010.


MOSS is dead, it is no more. There are now two principle versions of SharePoint:-

MOSS 2007 maps to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 or ‘SharePoint 2010’

WSS 3.0 maps to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Server 2010 or ‘SharePoint Foundation 2010’

MOSS for Search maps to Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint


Suffixing some of the product versions is the phrases ‘for Internet Sites’ and ‘For Internet Business’ and also Standard and Enterprise.

These suffixes relate to the way in which the products are licensed and the SKUs more than the specific functions, details will be released soon.

64Bit Only!

Like Exchange 2010, SQL 2010 and most other server based products being released in 2010, SharePoint is now a 64Bit only platform.

The Beta

The Beta is to be released alongside the public beta of Microsoft Office 2010 in the next 6 weeks


Microsoft has a new technet site for SharePoint 2010 full on info at the following URL;

Check back at my blog or the Microsoft sites for further information

Windows 2008 R2 x64 VHDs Launched

Test Windows 2008 R2 the easy way by downloading the VHDs


(from Bink)

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.

The Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program provides customers a flexible, extensible and supported evaluation experience requiring minimal hardware and IT overhead. You can access the catalog of pre-configured Microsoft solutions in VHD format for test, evaluation, demonstration, training & education and proof of concept from

This download helps you evaluate the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2. You’ll have the opportunity to try new and improved features and functionality of Windows Server 2008 R2 free for 180 days. Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new features to enable IT professionals to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures. New virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and exciting Windows 7 integration help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center. Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to give customers greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.

To find out more about Windows Server 2008 R2, please visit the product homepage. Please note that this product is available for evaluation purposes only and should not be used in a production environment.

This is a preconfigured virtual machine set contained within the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, or the R2 versions of these products is required to use this virtual machine. Please refer to the system requirements section for more details.

Download details Windows Server 2008 R2 (Full Install) VHD

Download details Windows Server 2008 R2 (Core install) VHD

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