Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Microsoft HPC (High Performance Computing) Videos

Here are some video on HPC that I found on the Microsoft site

HPC R2 Demo:New heat map and Location –based node Management

In this short video (7 min.), Cathy Palmer, lead PM in the HPC team, demonstrates some of the new features for managing and monitoring large-scale clusters with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 1.

See it here

HPC R2 Demo: New diagnostics extensibility features

In this video, Rae Wang, a PM in the HPC team, demonstrates the new features for adding custom diagnostics tests to a cluster running the Beta 1 release of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2.

See it here


HPC R2 Demo: New job progress, job troubleshooting

Ryan Baker, UX Researcher in the HPC team, demonstrates the new UI changes in the Beta 1 release of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 for job progress and job troubleshooting. He also demonstrates how the new service-balanced scheduling policy works in this release. This demo was recorded during the SC 09 conference in Portland.

See it here

HPC Templates with Josh Barnard

HPC PM Josh Barnard discusses how to use templates in High Performance Computing. Job templates provide a way to control the job submission process—partitioning the cluster, prioritizing the jobs, and limiting the resources used by jobs. They let the IT administrator specify different handling for different types of jobs. For the user, job templates provide a way to easily submit a job without having to obtain an in-depth understanding of how the Job Scheduler works.

See it here


Microsoft HPC News: New beta & SharePoint Integration with HPC

I just found some new tools for integrating SharePoint and HPC (High Performance Computing) on Microsoft here, the docs are here.

HPC Pack 2008 Integration with SharePoint document.

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007, Windows HPC Server 2008

This section includes information about using the HPC Pack 2008 SharePoint Integration Sample. The sample includes Web Parts that a SharePoint Server 2007 administrator can install on the server. A SharePoint site administrator can use the HPC Web Parts to create a Web-based interface to a Windows® HPC Server 2008 cluster.

You can download the sample at HPC Pack 2008 SharePoint Integration Sample.

In this section:

    On the Microsoft download you can find the;

HPC Pack 2008 SP1 SDK Supplement: SharePoint Integration Sample includes a set of SharePoint Web Parts (in a SharePoint solution file) that adds a job submission interface for a Windows HPC Server 2008-based cluster. You can add the Web Parts to an existing site hosted in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to provide a Web-based interface for HPC users. The sample also includes the source code as an example for developers who want to modify the Web Parts or develop new Web Parts to access the cluster.
For detailed information about the sample Web Parts and system requirements, steps for deploying the solution file, specifying the head node, creating a SharePoint site that uses the HPC Web Parts, and troubleshooting

You can get it here

Download Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2

To download the Beta 2 release of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, you must be registered on the Microsoft Connect site for the Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta Program: After you join the program, you can download Beta 2.

On the HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta Program site, click Downloads on the left pane to go to the Downloads page. On the Downloads page, you can find:

  • Microsoft® HPC Pack 2008 R2 Beta 2: The high performance computing component of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2. It includes management tools, a job scheduler, and Microsoft Message Passing Interface (MS-MPI). HPC Pack 2008 R2 Beta 2 must be installed on a computer running Windows Server® 2008 R2 HPC Edition, or any other 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2. HPC Pack 2008 R2 can also be used to install the management tools on a client computer.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition : The evaluation version of the operating system.
  • HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK: The software development kit for writing applications that call the HPC scheduler APIs.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Security how banks are hurting themselves

I recently got a notice for a bank I deal with the they wanted to verify a charge I did, to protect my identify. But this is where it get stupid.


They send me a e-mail

test 1

If you look at the link

Transaction Authorized -  it links to https://

Note: Real sequence number has been changed to protect data

Upon clicking the link, the next site I see and then get redirected to


Note:Real sequence number has been changed to protect data

Who Is ??? and the web site has broken links on it !


So I call Chase and they do not know who is  but they say contact Abuse @  so i do

and this is the best part

the reply is



Thank you for forwarding your recent e-mail to our Abuse mailbox. We have reviewed the message and it is a valid notification from us regarding Urgent Chase Confirmation ?

Recent transaction for account ending in xxxx. If you have any questions or concerns about this e-mail, please contact us at 1-877-CHASEPC. Thanks for choosing Chase.

Thank you,

Email Customer Service Representative

email address


So not I get reply from not Chase but another company and they do not understand why I think their security stinks.

I then call Chase and after speaking to 20 people i get—you guessed, it no it not a issue.


Why the Chase Bank does not understand is it not good to deal with a bank you redirects you to 3 different domains and they think that fine.

My warning is to deal with banks who understand security and practice it. Do not use a bank if they do not understand on-line security. Sorry Chase you lost me as a customer.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mobile Bots – Smartphones beware


At the RSA Conference a talk / case study about MOBOTS: A Pocketful of Pwnage was presented.

The idea was to create a application that would be downloaded to an Iphone or  Android. The application which seamed harmless had the opportunity to demonstrate how they could control lots of smartphones. This was a concept not a real attack but proves it very possible to read the full article please go to

 TippingPoint Digital Vaccine Laboratories blog and look for

MOBOTS: WeatherFist Exposed By Daniel Tijerina

or you can click here

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Microsoft Learning Content Development System Free tool

The Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is a free tool that enables the Microsoft Learning community to create high-quality, interactive, online courses. It is the same tool Microsoft Learning uses internally to (also check out the beta of SnackBox where we can host your LCDS-created Learning Snacks

The LCDS allows anyone in the Microsoft Learning community to publish e-learning courses by completing the easy-to-use LCDS forms that seamlessly generate highly customized content, including interactive activities, quizzes, games, assessments, animations, demos, and other multimedia.


Rapidly Create Online Courses

What does the LCDS offer?

- With the LCDS, the Microsoft Learning community can:

- Develop and deliver content quickly, while it is timely and relevant.

- Deliver Web content that conforms to SCORM 1.2, and which can be hosted in a learning management system.

- Upload or attach existing content. (LCDS supports multiple file formats.)

- Choose from a wide variety of forms for authoring rich e-learning content and Silverlight-based interactive components.

- Develop course structure and easily rearrange it at any time.

- Download sample courses (LCDS must be installed)

Highlights of this release

New v2.4 features for learners and for authors of E-Learning courses and Learning Snacks include:

• E-learning courses are Firefox 3.5–compatible • LCDS authoring is Windows 7–compatible • LCDS authoring and e-learning courses are Microsoft Silverlight 3.0–compatible • Indexing, spell check, and print are compatible with Microsoft Office 2007 and Office 2010 • Refreshed thumbnail user interface is available, including for the single SCO package option • Community authors get packaging options (SCORM 1.2 and single SCO options) for the first time • Minimum topic limit is now 1 instead of 4 • Kazakh language added for the viewer

Also available on the site are 7 localized LCDS v2.3 versions: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Russian, Hindi, Polish, Turkish, and Spanish.

Get it here



Monday, March 22, 2010

Interesting stats on Telemetry on Windows 7

I heard that Microsoft collected lots of information during Windows 7 beta process, A few weeks ago i went to a talk about the process Microsoft uses to track and look at bugs. ‘They share the following information with me.



What else was interesting it to understand how Windows error reporting works. (WER).

Windows Error Reporting (WER) is a set of Windows technologies that capture software crash data and support end-user reporting of crash information. Through Winqual services, software and hardware vendors can access reports in order to analyze and respond to these problems. WER technologies are implemented in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and later.

  • Broad-based trend analysis of error reporting data shows that across all the issues that exist on the affected Windows platforms and the number of incidents received:
  • Fixing 20 percent of the top-reported bugs can solve 80 percent of customer issues.
  • Addressing 1 percent of the bugs would address 50 percent of the customer issues.

Vendors can use WER to view error reports at no charge. This service is available for all products, even those that do not qualify for the "Windows hardware" logo—although Microsoft  recommends that you submit your products to the Windows Logo Program.

For vendors to join the WER site and be able to, view error reports:

  1.  Establish a Winqual account.
    To protect companies from impersonation and to ensure that the error reports go to a representative from the correct company, the Winqual Web site requires your company to have a valid VeriSign ID. Check with your Legal Department; your company might already have a VeriSign ID (also called a Software Publisher's Digital ID for Authenticode).
  2. Check on Winqual to see if your company already has an account.
  3. Accept the Windows Error Reporting Agreement.
  4. Sign in to the Winqual site.
  5. Click Windows Error Reports.

If you do not see your company's error reports, users of your products might not have submitted error reports to Microsoft. However, it might also be because Microsoft does not have sufficient information to match your company with error reports related to your products.

FYI all personal data,  i.e. Who you are are scrubbed form these reports.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Microsoft Trainer event open to all

72 Hours of Non-Stop Geekiness – Free to All Educators!

Put simply: if you spend any time at all teaching others to use Microsoft technology—even if you’re not an MCT—you really ought to attend our upcoming MCT & Educator Readiness Virtual Summit, happening around the clock from April 7 through April 9th.

It’s technical, it’s instructional, it’s fun, and it’s free—you can’t ask for much more than that!


Among the many sessions to look forward to are:

  • Train-the-trainer sessions led by course authors
  • Deep dives and tips & tricks sessions led by expert MCTs, MVPs, and Microsoft Evangelists
  • Technical sessions for IT Pros, Developers, Dynamics users, and Office power users
  • Presentation and teaching skills sessions
  • Inside looks at Microsoft certifications
  • Business opportunities for content developers

…not to mention a ton of interactive expert chat sessions!

Okay, so maybe 72 consecutive hours is a bit too much for any one person to devote to their professional development (maybe). Luckily, all sessions will be recorded for your future viewing pleasure—in fact, once you register for the April event, you can immediately view sessions from last year’s summit and our monthly “Third Thursday” readiness mini-conferences.

Register today—and please help us spread the word: the more people we reach with this event, the more we can justify investing for next year! :-)

This is a post by  Ken Rosen on Posted 15 Mar 2010 1:10 PM

That I am reposting here.

Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Training Kit


Windows Phone 7 Series promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful and immersive software platform, and a new marketplace to attract developers and provide easy access to applications, consumer demand for Windows Phones will be high, and developers will quickly adopt the Windows Phone platform to capitalize on this growing mobile marketplace. This Training Kit will give you a jumpstart into the new Windows Phone world by providing you with a step-by-step explanation of the tools to use and some key concepts for programming Windows Phones.

get it here


Free eBook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

Programming Windows Phone 7 Series. This preview eBook contains six chapters in three parts (153 pages total):

Part I   Getting Started

Chapter 1   Phone Hardware + Your Software

Chapter 2   Hello, Windows Phone

Part II   Silverlight

Chapter 3   Code and XAML

Chapter 4   Presentation and Layout

Part III   XNA

Chapter 5   Principles of Movement

Chapter 6   Textures and Sprites

Here’s a quick excerpt from the ebook:

Chapter 1
Phone Hardware + Your Software

Sometimes it becomes apparent that previous approaches to a problem haven’t quite worked the way you anticipated. Perhaps you just need to clear away the smoky residue of the past, take a deep breath, and try again with a new attitude and fresh ideas. In golf, it’s known as a “mulligan”; in schoolyard sports, it’s called a “do-over”; and in the computer industry, we say it’s a “reboot.”

A reboot is what Microsoft has initiated with its new approach to the mobile phone market. On February 15, 2010, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series and promised a product introduction in time for year-end holiday shopping. With its clean look, striking fonts, and new organizational paradigms, Windows Phone 7 Series not only represents a break with the Windows Mobile past but also differentiates itself from other smartphones currently in the market.

For programmers, the news from Barcelona was certainly intriguing but hardly illuminating. Exactly how do we write programs for this new Windows Phone 7 Series? Developers detected a few hints but no real facts. The really important stuff wouldn’t be disclosed until mid-March at MIX 2010 in Las Vegas.

Silverlight or XNA?

Intelligent speculation about the application platform for the Windows Phone 7 Series has gravitated around two possibilities: Silverlight and XNA.

Since about 2008, programmers have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of a mobile version of Silverlight. Silverlight, a spinoff of the client-based Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), has already given Web programmers unprecedented power to develop sophisticated user interfaces with a mix of traditional controls, high-quality text, vector graphics, media, animation, and data binding that run on multiple platforms and browsers. Many programmers thought Silverlight would be an excellent platform for writing applications and utilities for smartphones.

XNA—the three letters stand for something like “XNA is Not an Acronym”—is Microsoft’s game platform supporting both 2D sprite-based and 3D graphics with a traditional game-loop architecture. Although XNA is mostly associated with writing games for the Xbox 360 console, developers can also target the PC itself, as well as Microsoft’s classy audio player, the Zune. The 2009 release of the Zune HD particularly seemed to suggest a mobile future built around the device’s revamped graphics and multitouch navigation. For many Zune HD users, the most disappointing feature of the device was its inability to make phone calls!

Either Silverlight or XNA would make good sense as the application platform for the Windows Phone 7 Series, but the decision from Microsoft is:


The Windows Phone 7 Series supports programs written for either Silverlight or XNA. And this we call “an embarrassment of riches.”


WinPhone_v3 (2)

You can download the ebook in XPS format here. Here it is in PDF format. And the zipped code samples for this draft preview are here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Microsoft Desktop Virtualization News

Microsoft outlined improvements that make it easier to access desktop virtualization. More information on today’s announcement and Microsoft’s virtualization strategy is available here.

New VDI promotions available for qualified customers to choose from today. Microsoft and Citrix Systems are offering the “Rescue for VMware VDI” promotion, which allows VMware View customers to trade in up to 500 licenses at no additional cost, and the “VDI Kick Start” promotion, which offers new customers a more than 50 percent discount off the estimated retail price. Eligibility and other details on the two promotions can be found at

Improved licensing model for virtual Windows desktop. Beginning July 1, 2010, Windows Client Software Assurance customers will no longer have to buy a separate license to access their Windows operating system in a VDI environment, as virtual desktop access rights now will be a Software Assurance benefit.

New roaming use rights improve flexibility. Beginning July 1, 2010, Windows Client Software Assurance and new Virtual Desktop Access license customers will have the right to access their virtual Windows desktop and their Microsoft Office applications hosted on VDI technology on secondary, non-corporate network devices, such as home PCs and kiosks.

Windows XP Mode no longer requires hardware virtualization technology. This change simplifies the experience by making virtualization more accessible to many more PCs for small and midsize businesses wanting to migrate to Windows 7 Professional or higher editions, while still running Windows XP-based productivity applications.

Two new features coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack 1. Microsoft Dynamic Memory will allow customers to adjust memory of a guest virtual machine on demand to maximize server hardware use. Microsoft RemoteFX will enable users of virtual desktops and applications to receive a rich 3-D, multimedia experience while accessing information remotely.

New technology agreement with Citrix Systems. The companies will work together to enable the high-definition HDX technology in Citrix XenDesktop to enhance and extend the capabilities of the Microsoft RemoteFX platform.


Announcing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1


Today, Microsoft is announcing Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Detailed information regarding SP1 will be released over the next several months; but today Windows Server 2008 R2 is announcing that SP1 will deliver two important new features that directly affect Microsoft’s desktop virtualization stack: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

Dynamic memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V in R2 and allows IT administrators to pool all the memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines running on that host as necessary. That means based on changes in workload, your VMs will be able to receive new memory allocations without a service interruption. For a deeper look at Dynamic Memory check here.

RemoteFX is the latest addition to Microsoft’s desktop virtualization stack. Using this new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll be able to deliver an even richer and more user-transparent desktop virtualization experience. RemoteFX functions independently of any graphics stack and supports any screen content, including rich content like Silverlight or Flash. Because it uses virtualized graphics resources, RemoteFX works on a wide array of target devices, which means you can deploy it over both thick and thin client hosts and a wide variety of network configurations. For some more information on RemoteFX check here.


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MED-V RC version

MED-V also has an RC version of its upcoming MED-V v1 SP1 release available for download.  The official announcement for that is on the MED-V blog at

The download is from Microsoft connect and self registration is required. 


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Video on Med-v

Video:Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 SP1 User Experience This screencast demonstrates running a MED-V workspace using a V1 SP1 client in the Windows 7 environment. In V1 SP1, MED-V continues to employ Virtual PC 2007 as the virtualization vehicle to run a MED-V workspace, and it does not require hardware-assisted virtualization

To better understand desktop virtualization and MED-V, additional information is available below:

See the video here


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Four-Part Video Series: IT Pro Virtualization Tour

IT Pro Evangelists show how to create virtual machines, use VHD Native Boot as the running operating system, run Windows XP apps from a Windows 7 PC, and manage the virtual infrastructure.

Part 1: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

Part 2: VHD Native Boot

Part 3: Windows XP Mode

Part 4: System Center Virtual Machine Manager


Application Virtualization tools & templates

Here some resources for you to use

Application Virtualization Administrative Template

Use the Application Virtualization Administrative Template to administer Application Virtualization client settings via Preferences

Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool

Use this tool to edit the Open Software Descriptor (.osd) file associated with a virtual application package to create the inter-package dependencies

Application Virtualization Application Listing Tool

Use this tool to display a list of virtualized applications that are currently running

Application Virtualization SFT Parser Tool

Use this tool to extract information from SFT files


SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit

SQL Server 2008 R2 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2008. The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to take advantage of the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 in their applications, as well as for developers who are new to SQL Server. The training kit is brought to you by Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism.
Overview and Benefits
The training kit offers the following benefits:

  • Learn how to build applications that exploit the unique features and capabilities of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.
  • Provides a comprehensive set of videos, presentations, demos and hands-on labs
  • Contains new content for developers who are new to SQL Server.
  • Contains new content for SQL Server 2008 R2.
  • Contains all of the existing content from the SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit.
  • Easy to download and install.

Intended Audience
The training kit is designed for the following technical roles:
  • Developers who build applications for the Microsoft platform.
  • Microsoft evangelists, technical specialists and consultants.

The training kit includes the following content:
  • Presentations (11)
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Overview Part I - SQL Server 2008 Review
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Overview Part II - Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2
    • SQL Server 2008: Filestream
    • SQL Server 2008: Spatial
    • SQL Server 2008: T-SQL
    • SQL Server 2008: Date and Time Types
    • SQL Server 2008: SQLCLR
    • SQL Server 2008: Reporting Services
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Introducing Application and Multi-Server Management with SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Working with Data Tier Application Projects in Visual Studio 2010
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Managing Change in Data Tier Application Projects with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Demos (17)
    • SQL Server 2008: AdventureWorks Racing All-Up Demo
    • SQL Server 2008: Spatial Demo
    • SQL Server 2008: Spatial Types
    • SQL Server 2008: Introduction to Filestream
    • SQL Server 2008: SQL CLR Nullable Types
    • SQL Server 2008: Programming with Filestream
    • SQL Server 2008: Reporting Services Web Application Integration
    • SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Date and Time Support
    • SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Table-Valued Parameters
    • SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Row Constructors
    • SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Grouping Sets
    • SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Merge
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Creating a Utility Control Point
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Enrolling a Managed Instance
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Creating Data-Tier Applications
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Data-Tier Application Deployment
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Managing Change in Data Tier Application Projects in Visual Studio 2010
  • Hands-on Labs (10)
    • SQL Server 2008: How to build your first Web Application with SQL Server and ASP.NET
    • SQL Server 2008: Using Spatial Data in TSQL
    • SQL Server 2008: Using Spatial Data in Managed Code
    • SQL Server 2008: Using SQL CLR in SQL Server 2008
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Introduction to PowerPivot
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Introduction to Reporting Services Improvements
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Introduction to StreamInsight and Complex Event Processing
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Introduction to Data-tier Applications
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Creating and Deploying a Data-Tier Application
    • SQL Server 2008 R2: Managing Change in Data-Tier Application Projects in Visual Studio 2010
  • Videos (17)
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Overview Part I - SQL Server 2008 Review
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Overview Part II - Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2
    • Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight
    • Demo: Real Time Analytics with SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight
    • Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2 Application and Multi-Server Management
    • Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
    • Introduction To SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight and Complex Event Processing
    • Introducing PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010
    • Presentation: Introducing Application and Multi-Server Management with SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010
    • Demo: Creating a Utility Control Point
    • Demo: Enrolling a Managed Instance
    • Presentation: Working with Data Tier Application Projects in Visual Studio 2010
    • Demo: Creating Data-Tier Applications
    • Demo: Data-Tier Application Deployment
    • Presentation: Managing Change in Data Tier Application Projects with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 (Part I)
    • Presentation: Managing Change in Data Tier Application Projects with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 (Part II)
    • Demo: Managing Change in Data Tier Application Projects in Visual Studio 2010

Get this free training here

Free windows 7 E-book

Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment? Check out what the industry's leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatibility, to name a few.  As an added bonus,  you'll also get six new articles on Windows 7 from industry experts on migration, running Windows 7 in mixed environments, Certification and more.

Get it here

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Security News from Microsoft

Don’t fall for phony phone tech support

Here’s another form of Internet fraud that combines a variety of other common scams—social engineering, fake security software, and phishing.

Cybercriminals have started calling people on the telephone, claiming to be from Microsoft, and offering to help solve their computer problems. Once cybercriminals have gained a victim’s trust, they can do one or more of the following:

  • Trick people into installing malicious software on their computer.

  • Take control of a victim’s computer remotely and adjust settings in order to leave the computer vulnerable.

  • Request credit card information so that cybercriminals can bill for the phony services.

Microsoft will not make unsolicited phone calls to help you with your computer. If you receive a phone call like this, hang up.

If you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it. For more information, see What to do if you’ve responded to a phishing scam.

For more information about how to recognize a phishing scam, see Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently.

Notice this is a reposted from this site


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Microsoft Application Virtualization

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 RTM and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) SP1 RC are now available with the release of the Managed Desktop Optimization Pack 2010


In Remote Desktop Services deployments, application conflicts can lead to silos of remote desktop session host servers. To avoid application conflicts, applications typically must undergo significant testing to determine which applications will collide and, therefore, must be separated and run on different session host silos—a time-consuming and costly process. Separating out multiple remote desktop session hosts to accommodate specific applications routinely results in servers being underutilized because each one is locked into a specific configuration, capable of serving only a limited set of non-conflicting applications. Often, 20 servers are required to support 1,000 users.
Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6 helps consolidate remote desktop session host servers by offering the following features and benefits:

  • Reduce app-to-app and multi-user application conflicts and hence the need for regression testing
  • Accelerate application deployment by reducing the deployment risk
  • Simplify profile management
  • App-V for RDS 4.6 now supports 64-bit operating systems.

Download App-V 4.6


Windows Mobile 7 Development tools

At MIX  it was announced how to build games and apps for the Windows phone, developers at the conference are being introduced to the Windows Phone 7 Series development tools and given a tour of the platform, which uses both XNA Game Studio and Silverlight.

Announce was  the availability of Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, which is specifically designed for building Windows Phone applications and is now available free in a single download at Visual Studio 2010 Express includes an emulator that will allow developers to build and test their applications directly on their PCs in a virtualized Windows Phone 7 OS environment. That means developers won’t need the phone hardware to get started at building phone apps.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Infrastructure Planning and Design; Dynamic Data Center Beta

Dynamic Data Center

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team is working on a new guide: Dynamic Data Center.

Delivering dynamically scalable IT resources can provide dramatic benefits to nearly all aspects of your organization’s IT environment. The design process in the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Dynamic Data Center allows your organization to strategically plan a Dynamic Data Center infrastructure that is designed for ease of manageability. Key benefits of the guide include:

· The infrastructure is designed using best practices to reduce the administrative burden of managing the Dynamic Data Center.

· A single set of requirements is tracked throughout the entire design process and then transferred to the appropriate supporting Infrastructure Planning and Design guides.

· The infrastructure design of the virtualization hardware and the management software includes determining the scaling and architectural limits of each component.

With this guide, you can design a Dynamic Data Center that will allow your organization to be responsive to changing market conditions by presenting new ways to develop, deliver, deploy, and manage applications and IT infrastructures.

Related Resources

Check out all the Infrastructure Planning and Design team has to offer! Visit the IPD page on TechNet,, for additional information, including our most recent guides.

Join the Beta

Get the beta by visiting the Connect Web site at


It Pro to the rescue

IT pros with kids should consider volunteering their talents to schools, suggests one consultant who overhauled the IT lab at his son’s elementary school in Mississauga. Why Windows 7 was the answer for PCs that took 20 minutes to boot

Dad performs IT makeover at son’s school

When Mitch Garvis asked his son’s elementary school teacher to print a document and the teacher asked him to come back and pick it up the next day, he realized something was wrong with the school’s IT system.

“I asked, ’Can’t you just print it up now?’ He said, ‘Well, it takes about thirty minutes to log on and open the program and get it printed,” said Garvis.

An independent IT consultant based in Oakville, Ont., Garvis decided to tackle the issue and volunteered to overhaul the school’s computer labs and network.

The IT makeover involved 30 computers spanning administration, classrooms and the computer lab at Meadow Green Academy’s south campus.

Well done Mitch, Mitch is a good friend who is involved in the user community as a APCUG, Board of advisor, Past president of ITProToronto, and a Microsoft MVP.

See the full article here


RC and Trial Versions of Microsoft Products

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that simplify your administration, protect your communications, and delight your users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility. And when you download the latest software, you're automatically registered to access valuable product resources assembled in one convenient location.

Evaluate Forefront Server Security Management Console            Forefront Server Security Management Console allows administrators to easily manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint and Microsoft Antigen, providing a web-based console to centralize configuration and operation, automate the download and distribution of signature and scan engine updates, and generate comprehensive reports. And when you download the 120-day trial software, you're automatically registered to receive valuable resources delivered at strategic intervals throughout the software evaluation period.                                          

Download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta                                                                                                   Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 empowers your people to do their best work from more places – whether they’re using a PC, phone or web browser. It can maximize existing investments and help people accomplish more by bringing server.

Download Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta                                  Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta is the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web that enables you to connect and empower people through an integrated set of rich features. Whether deployed on-premise or as a hosted service, SharePoint.

Download Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 RC             Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 RC provides IT professionals in mid-sized organizations a unified physical and virtual IT 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.

Evaluate System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2                                                                                                        Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 provides a comprehensive, cross-platform management solution for the virtualized data center that helps enable centralized management of virtual IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization of virtual IT infrastructure. And when you download the 180-day trial software, you're automatically registered to receive valuable resources delivered at convenient intervals.

Download the Windows® 7 eBook                                        Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment? Check out what the industry's leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, and Testing Application Compatibility.