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Get ready for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 with MAP 7.0!

0.0 00 The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to assess readiness for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Download MAP 7.0 on the Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?&id=7826 [http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?&id=7826] Thanks for your ongoing interest and participation in the MAP beta review program. We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 is now available for download. Get ready for Windows Server 2012 with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0. The latest version of the MAP Toolkit adds several new planning scenarios that help you build for the future with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Download MAP 7.0 and begin planning your server deployments today! New capabilities allow you to: Understand your readiness to deploy Windows Server 2012 in your environment Determine Windows 8 readiness Investigate how Windows Server and System Center…

Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment

0.0 00 With the release of Windows 8 approaching, many questions are still unanswered. One of them is “What are the changes on the deployment methods for Windows 8”? Well, the good news is that Microsoft is organizing 2 webcasts to talk about that. Don’t miss it!   TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 1) Registration URL:  http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9807963  or  http://bit.ly/JLTQLM Date/ Time:    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – 9-10am (Pacific) Abstract: In this demonstration-rich, question and answer webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru Johan Arwidmark. They discuss the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 release as well as tips and tricks from the experts about using the Windows Deployment Toolkit. __________   TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 2) Registration URL:  http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9807964   or …

Bitlocker Password Recovery Viewer for Windows Server 2003

0.0 00 Bitlocker was designed to work with Windows Vista and Server 2008 and newer versions, but unfortunately some companies are still administering their environments with back ends based on Windows Server 2003 and Helpdesk staff using Windows XP. In order to do a proper Bitlocker Administration, access to the Password Recovery keys for Bitlocker is critical. It took me a long time to gather all the information required to have access to the Bitlocker keys on Windows Server 2003, so I decided to share it with you! 1. The first step is to extend the Schema of your 2003 Domain to support the Bitlocker AD Attributes. If you enable Bitlocker on machines before extending the schema the key will not be stored on Active Directory. Configuring Active Directory to Back up Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption and Trusted Platform Module Recovery Information: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?DisplayLang=en&id=13432 This download includes a guide, the schema extention…

Path to Windows 7 – Part III. Application Compatibility

0.0 00 One of the main reasons why companies are delaying their migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 is the lack of compatibility with business critical applications, and sometime it can be a show stopper. There are a few tools and application delivery mechanism that can solve those issues. Now that we have a complete inventory and rationalized our applications with MAP and Centrix WorkSpace iQ, we are left with a list of application that will be delivered to the Windows 7 users. The next step is to assess the compatibility of those applications on Windows 7 and on the platform that will deliver the application. There are a few different options here. The first decision to make is “32 or 64 bit” version of Windows 7, this decision will imply changes on the application compatibility results. The recommended platform is 64 bit, and it is recommended to companies without…

Group Policy Management – Steve and Nick’s Tale

0.0 00 One of the main reasons why Windows is very well established as The Enterprise Operating System is the ease of centralized administration. Most of the credit goes to Group Policies. Group Policies are a set of rules that will be enforced on the workstations and on user profiles. Based on the rules, user experience will change. That means that a CEO will get a more flexible and open system than a call center user, which will get an OS restricted to the tools he needs to be able to perform his tasks. Group Policy is extremely powerful, and as Uncle Ben told Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spiderman) – ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. The reason I am bringing that up is that is that IT departments overlook the importance of controlling access to Group Policy management. Group Policies are live, as soon as you edit a setting it…

Fixing IPv6 issues caused by applications

0.0 00 A good friend of mine from Colombia is a great IT Enthusiast. Like me, he loves trying out all all different kinds of technologies and sometimes things go wrong. In this case he was using the Checkpoint SecureClient and it damaged the IPv6 configuration of his machine. Instead of fixing it and leaving the problem behind he did the right thing, created a tool that integrates with the windows troubleshooting engine to fix the problem and shared it on codeplex. His name is Ricardo Polo and he deserves al the credit! Download the IPv6 reset tool on codeplex.

IEAK – Internet Explorer Administration Kit

0.0 00 Internet Explorer Administration Kit, IEAK, provides administrators with powerful, easy-to-use options designed to save you time and money in deploying and managing Web solutions. IEAK allows you to: Establish version control across your organization. Centrally distribute and manage browser installations. Configure automatic connection profiles for users’ machines. Customize virtually any aspect of Internet Explorer, including features, security, communications settings, and other important elements. IEAK 9, and all you need to know about it can be found here

Microsoft Assessment and Planning – MAP Toolkit v6.5

0.0 00 The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V. MAP helps make the following IT planning projects faster and easier: Migration to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Office 2010 Migration to Windows 7 compatible versions of Internet Explorer Migration to cloud-based services Server virtualization with Hyper-V SQL Server consolidation and migration to SQL Server 2008 R2 Assessment of current software usage and client access…