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Microsoft Lync 2010 Resources to bookmark September 7th, 2012

Vinod Kumar

In continuation to the resources and links on other technologies, here is yet another set of links for Microsoft Lync. Lync is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office. More and more I work with this technology it just increases the productivity at work. Feel free to subscribe to the blog feed via email to get the latest updates.

Videos and Webcasts

Designing Lync Jump Start

Deploying Lync Jump Start

Lync 2010 Demos and Interview

Lync in an Enterprise Network

Lync Server 2010 Deployment Best Practices

Edge Show 12 – Enterprise voice and collaboration on any device with Lync

"How Do I" Videos

  1. Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 1 – Design a Site and Create a Topology
  2. Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 2 – Prepare Data for Import into Topology Builder
  3. Topology Builder: Create Your First Pool
  4. Topology Builder: Add an Edge Server
  5. Topology Builder: Deploy a Standalone A/V Conferencing Server
  6. Deploy Enterprise Voice (Part 1)
  7. Deploy Enterprise Voice (Part 2)
  8. Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010
  9. Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010
  10. System-Wide Troubleshooting: Lync Call Issues
  11. Monitoring and Managing Jitter for VoIP

TechNet Radio: An Introduction to Lync Mobile Features

Increase the value of your Lync environment by using monitoring, PowerPivot, and Power View

Unified Communications (TechNet Video)

What’s new in Microsoft Lync 2010

What’s New with Lync 2010

  1. What’s new in deployment in Lync 2010
  2. What new with voice in Lync 2010
  3. What’s new in Lync 2010 Server
  4. What’s new in Clients, Devices, Architecture & Interoperability in Lync 2010
  5. What’s new in Microsoft Lync IM and Presence
  6. What’s new in OCS 14 High Definition
  7. What’s new in OCS 14 Client Extensibility
  8. What’s new in OCS 14 Enterprise Voice

Introduction and UC Vision – Why Lync?

How to manage, migrate and maintain your Lync 2010 infrastructure & UC applications

Virtualization and Lync Server 2010

UC Managed API 3.0 with Lync Server 2010

How to secure remote access to your ocs/lync environment

Datacenter & Branch Resiliency in Lync

Unified Communications "14" Labs
  1. Session 1 – Getting Started with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010 Development
  2. Session 2 – Integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 Features with the Lync Controls
  3. Session 3 – Part 1 – Building Contextual Conversation Applications with the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
  4. Session 3 – Part 2 – Extending the Lync 2010 Conversation Window with the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
  5. Session 4 – Part 1 – Introducing the Lync 2010 Managed API
  6. Session 4 – Part 2 – Starting Microsoft Lync 2010 Conversations Using the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
  7. Session 4 – Part 3 – Using the Microsoft Lync 2010 Object Model
  8. Session 5 – Part 1 – Getting Started with the Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
  9. Session 5 – Part 2 – Working with Extended Properties Using the Exchange 2010 Managed API 1.0
  10. Session 5 – Part 3 – Working with the Exchange Free/Busy Service Using the Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
  11. Session 5 – Part 4 – Exchange Notifications Using the Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
  12. Session 6 – Part 1 – Introduction to the UCMA 3.0 SDK
  13. Session 6 – Part 2 – Anatomy of a UCMA 3.0 Application
  14. Session 6 – Part 3 – Call Control and Presence Events Using UCMA 3.0
  15. Session 7 – Part 1 – Introduction to the UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK
  16. Session 7 – Part 2 – Anatomy of a UCMA 3.0 Workflow
  17. Session 7 – Part 3 – UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK Speech and DTMF Grammars
  18. Session 7 – Part 4 – UCMA 3.0 Workflow Prompts, Events and Commands
  19. Session 8 – Part 1 – Building Advanced Communications Solutions with UCMA 3.0
  20. Session 8 – Part 2 – UCMA 3.0 Advanced Communications with Conference Services and Audio Routes
  21. Session 8 – Part 3 – UCMA 3.0 Advanced Communications Using Application Endpoint Draining
  22. Session 9 – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010: Architecture and Deployment
On-Demand Webcasts
  1. Business Insights Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft Lync 2010
  2. Business Insights Webcast: Making the Switchto Software-Based VoIP
  3. Business Insights: Voice, Video, and Data Conferencing with Microsoft Lync
  4. Deep Dive: Lync Server 2010 Conferencing
  5. Microsoft Lync 2010 High Availability and Resiliency
  6. Microsoft Lync 2010 Voice Deployment
  7. Lync Server 2010: Implementing Call-Admission Control
  8. Lync Server 2010 Architecture Topologies
  9. Lync Server 2010: Migration and Coexistence
  10. Lync Server 2010: Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  11. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Interoperability: Voice, Video, Conferencing, IM, and Presence
  12. Microsoft Lync Server 2010: Transforming the Way People Communicate

Articles and Documentation

Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    1. Glossary
    2. Introduction to Lync Server 2010
    3. New Server Features
    4. New Client Features
  • Planning
      1. Planning Primer: Planning for Your Organization
      2. Determining Your Infrastructure Requirements
      3. Capacity Planning
      4. Planning for IM and Presence
      5. Planning for Conferencing
      6. Planning for External User Access
      7. Planning for Enterprise Voice
      8. Planning for Monitoring
      9. Planning for Archiving
      10. Planning for Virtualization, Management, and Other Features
      11. Planning for Group Chat Server
      12. Planning for Clients and Devices in Lync Server 2010
      13. Planning for Remote Call Control
      14. Planning for Metropolitan Site Resiliency
      15. Planning for Mobility
  • Supportability
      1. Active Directory Support
      2. Supported Lync Server 2010 Topologies
      3. Supported Server Collocation
      4. Supported Migration Paths and Coexistence Scenarios
      5. Supported Hardware
      6. Server Software and Infrastructure Support
      7. Additional Server Support and Requirements
      8. Client and Device Software and Infrastructure Support
  • Deployment
      1. Preparing Active Directory Domain Services for Lync Server 2010
      2. Deploying Lync Server 2010
      3. Deploying Edge Servers
      4. Deploying a Stand-alone A/V Conferencing Server
      5. Deploying Enterprise Voice
      6. Deploying Mobility
      7. Configuring Dial-in Conferencing
      8. Configuring Call Park
      9. Configuring Response Group
      10. Configuring Announcements for Unassigned Numbers
      11. Deploying Branch Sites
      12. Deploying Monitoring
      13. Deploying Archiving
      14. Deploying Group Chat Server
      15. Deploying Clients and Devices
      16. Updating From the Evaluation Version of Microsoft Lync Server 2010
      17. Deploying Remote Call Control
      18. Deploying Lync Server 2010 in a Multiple Forest Environment
  • Migration
      1. Migration from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010
      2. Migration from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010
      3. Migrating Group Chat Server
  • Operations
      1. Lync Server Administrative Tools
      2. Lync Server Control Panel
      3. Lync Server Management Shell
      4. Administering Group Chat Server
      5. Administering the Address Book Service
      6. Configuring Federation Support for a Lync Online 2010 Customer
      7. Managing and Troubleshooting Devices
      8. Enabling Quality of Service (QoS)
      9. Using Monitoring Server Reports
      10. Monitoring Mobility for Performance
      11. Backing Up and Restoring Lync Server 2010
      12. Troubleshooting Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
      13. Uninstalling Lync Server 2010 and Removing Server Roles
  • Security
      1. Key Security Enhancements in Lync Server 2010
      2. Common Security Threats for Lync Server 2010
      3. Security Framework for Lync Server 2010
      4. Addressing Threats to Your Core Infrastructure for Lync Server 2010
      5. Addressing Threats at Your Internet Boundary for Lync Server 2010
      6. Addressing Threats to On-Premises Conferences for Lync Server 2010
      7. Addressing Threats to Group Chat
      8. Addressing Threats to Lync Web App
      9. Addressing Threats to Enterprise Voice for Lync Server 2010
      10. Securing Clients for Lync Server 2010
      11. Additional Security Resources for Lync Server 2010
  • Troubleshooting
      1. Troubleshooting Clients
      2. Troubleshooting Devices
      3. Troubleshooting Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
  • Reference
      1. Call Detail Recording (CDR) Database Schema
      2. Quality of Experience (QoE) Database Schema
      3. Group Chat Database Schema
      1. Lync Server 2010 Logging Tool
      2. Using Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer
      3. Lync Server 2010 Stress and Performance Tool
  • Microsoft Lync 2010 Dev Center
      1. Lync 2010 SDK Documentation
      2. Lync Server 2010 SDK Documentation
      3. Lync Server 2010 Group Chat SDK Documentation
      4. Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas for Lync Server 2010 Documentation
      5. Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Core SDK Documentation
      6. Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Workflow SDK Documentation
      7. Technical Articles

    Virtual Labs

    TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice Configuration

    TechNet Virtual Lab: New Enterprise Voice Features of Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    TechNet Virtual Lab: Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging and Lync Server 2010 Integration

    TechNet Virtual Lab: The Microsoft Lync 2010 Unified Client

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Advanced UCMA 3.0 Development

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the EWS Managed API 1.0

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 Functionality

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to the Unified Communications Managed API 3.0

    MSDN Virtual Lab: Launching Contextual Conversations from the Lync Controls

    Other links and resources

    Lync Samples: Learn Through Code

    Lync for developers

    Microsoft Lync Homepage

    Microsoft Lync Partner Network

    Lync Adoption and Training Kit

    The Lync Team Blog

    The Microsoft Lync Blog

    DrRez: Microsoft Lync Server Technical Reference Hub

    Microsoft Lync Server Documentation Hub

    Lync Server 2010 PowerShell

    SIP Stories

    Lync Server Forums

    Downloads

    Lync 2013 Preview

    These resources are provided "as is" since at the time of this writing Lync 2013 has not yet been released.

    Articles and Documentation

      1. Accessibility for People with Disabilities
      2. Getting Started
      3. Planning
      4. Supportability
      5. Deployment
      6. Migration
      7. Operations
      8. Lync Server Hybrid Deployments
      9. Schema Reference
      10. Glossary
  • Microsoft Lync 2013 Dev Center (Preview)
      1. Lync 2013 Preview SDK Documentation
      2. Lync Server 2013 Preview SDK Documentation
      3. Lync Server 2013 Preview Persistent Chat SDK Documentation
      4. Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas for Lync Server 2013 Preview Documentation

    Downloads

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    Page Restore Dialog in SQL Server 2012 August 30th, 2012

    Vinod Kumar

    If you are a SQL Server DBA then in the previous versions there were interesting scenario’s you never wanted to get into. A corrupt DB state is always a night mare and there weren’t well documented way of recovery from this state. One needs to understand some of the nuances of what has gone wrong and then based on this the recovery steps would vary. From metadata corruption, index corruption, page corruption etc the variations are many.

    I am a big time supporter of enabling CHECKSUM on databases because these corruptions of 823, 824 can be easily caught at query time. And doing a page level restore was a delicate process yet there were points where mistakes can happen. Especially, if you forget to restore the tail :).

    Setting up the environment

    For the demo I have gone ahead and done the following. You are free to do the same.

    1. Create database (CorruptDB) and populate a table.
    2. Take Full Backup.
    3. Take it offline.
    4. Corrupt a Page
    5. Brought it online

    Once this was done. We just access the table, an 824 error is got as below.

    Msg 824, Level 24, State 2, Line 1
    SQL Server detected a logical consistency-based I/O error:
    incorrect checksum (expected: 0x7ddd3463; actual: 0x6dcd3473).
    It occurred during a read of page (1:274) in database ID 7 at offset
    0×00000000224000 in file ‘C:\Temp\CorruptDB.mdf’. 
    Additional messages in the SQL Server error log or system event log may provide more detail. This is a severe error condition that threatens database integrity and must be corrected immediately.
    Complete a full database consistency check (DBCC CHECKDB). This error can be caused by many factors; for more information, see SQL Server Books Online.

    Something’s that I like about the error message is – it surely guides you to the next steps. Perform a DBCC CHECKDB to see the level of damage. I prefer to use the following command as it suppresses informational messages.

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    From this we can see it is a single page (1:274) that has got damaged and the CHECKDB also suggests another option of repair_allow_data_loss. I highly caution you NOT to use this option as your first option but as a last resort. Understand using that option can make your database values in an inconsistent state. Please read the BOL for more details.

    Page Restore – SQL 2012 way

    In SQL Server Management Studio 2012, you will now have access to a Page Restore Dialog to allow easy database page restores through a simple user interface.

    The goal of a page restore is to restore one or more damaged pages without restoring the whole database. Page restore is intended for repairing isolated damaged pages. Restoring and recovering a few individual pages might be faster than a file restore, reducing the amount of data that is offline during a restore operation.

    Right click on the database in question, go to Tasks, then select Restore and you will see the Page… option.

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    Once the Restore Page dialog is open you can check for page corruption (click Check Databases Page button) and have dialog create the restore plan for you to be run later (script options) or run immediately.

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    Check Database Pages: This will execute DBCC CHECKDB … WITH PHYSICAL_ONLY on the selected database. This is a long running operation based on your DB size and its progress can be tracked and cancelled by the Progress Monitor on the dialog’s framework.

    This grid of FileID and PageID is populated from the msdb.suspect_pages and the user can manually add and remove pages.

    DONOT do this step now: If you click OK now, the page restore starts and you will see the following confirmation with 100% green on the status in the top left.

    At this point, I highly recommend you to script using the Script dropdown from top to understand the exact steps. A typical steps will be:

    1. It restores the corrupt page. (WITH NORECOVERY MODE)
    2. It backs up the tail of the log.
    3. It restores all necessary log backups
    4. Finally, it restores the tail of the log.

    Personally, if you don’t have SQL 2012 then these are the steps anyways. You can see in the UI the Tail-Log Restore mention. In the above UI, I don’t have any Log backup’s taken since the full backup. This UI in SQL Server 2012 really impresses me.

    Final thoughts

    There are surely restrictions and special cases for using Page level restore and we highly recommend taking some time reading it. One thing is sure, with SQL Server 2012 Management Studio the process for Page restore has surely been simplified and most importantly, the basics still remain the same.

    If you don’t understand the nuances of Page restores, please don’t try to mess around with the DB’s or this dialog on production environments. The basis of Page restore is on the fact that there is a backup to start with. So please make sure your backup strategies are in place and you are on Full recovery model.

    Credits: Thanks to Balmukund Lakhani (Technical Lead with Customer Support Team)  for helping me with Page Corruption. And he is also a blogger at: http://sqlserver-help.com/

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    Microsoft Project 2010 Resources to bookmark August 27th, 2012

    Vinod Kumar

    The Office System product line up has tons of productivity tools that we use day-in-day-out. Some of the products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote have become consumer products there are others that are used by the enterprises heavily. One such product that I talk with a lot of customers is the Project Server and MS Project. In this blog post let me give you a glimpse of resources that you can use to work with Microsoft Project 2010. If you want regular updates, feel free to add yourself to the subscription via email on latest blogs posts.

    Videos and Webcasts

    Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010: Focus on Collaboration

    TechNet Simulcast

    1. Part 1: The Future of Productivity Today
    2. Part 2: A Day in the Life with Office 2010
    3. Part 3: Planning for Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010
    4. Part 4: Deploying Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010
    5. Part 5: Configuring and Managing Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010
    6. Part 6: Success Stories for the Next Wave of Productivity

    Align IT: IT Manager Podcast #34 – The Importance of Project Management

    MS Project 2010 "Ignite to Digital"

    1. Introduction
    2. Planning Design and Deployment
    3. Upgrade and Migration
    4. Demand Management
    5. Portfolio Strategy
    6. Timesheet and Statusing
    7. Reporting – Part 1
    8. Reporting – Part 2
    9. Administration
    10. Operations
    11. Extensibility
    12. Conclusion

    Project 2010 Demos

    1. Simple and Intuitive
    2. Unified Project and Portfolio Management
    3. User Controlled Scheduling and Project Professional 2010
    4. Team Planner and Project Professional 2010
    5. SharePoint 2010 and Project Professional 2010
    6. Shifting from Excel to Project 2010

    Project Server 2010 IT-Professional Webcasts

    1. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 – Performance Part 1: Setup, Execution, and Results
    2. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 – Performance Part 2: Architecture, Sizing, and Capacity
    3. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 Upgrade and Migration
    4. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 – Backwards Compatibility Mode
    5. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 – Coexisting with SharePoint Server 2010
    6. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 – Backup and Restore
    7. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 – Operations

    Project 2010 MVP Webcast Series

    1. TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Project 2010 Overview
    2. TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Project Server 2010 for IT Professionals
    3. TechNet Webcast: Managing the Project Life Cycle with Demand Management
    4. TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Project 2010 Portfolio Analysis
    5. TechNet Webcast: Resource Management in Microsoft Project 2010
    6. TechNet Webcast: Project Professional 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 Better Together
    7. TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Project 2010 Enhanced Project Management
    8. TechNet Webcast: User-Controlled Scheduling in Microsoft Project 2010
    9. TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop: Tips and Tricks
    10. TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010 Project and Portfolio Management Reporting

    Project Server Security

    1. Part 1 – Permissions
    2. Part 2 – Groups
    3. Part 3 – Categories
    4. Part 4 – RBS

    What’s New in Microsoft Project 2010?

    Overview of Project Portfolio Management Using Project Server 2010

    Project Server and Team Foundation Server 2010 Integration Technical Preview

    Project Financial Intelligence for Microsoft Project Server 2010

    Microsoft Project 2010 – Tracking

    Microsoft Project 2010 – Communicating

    Project 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK) Drilldown

    Information about Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1

    Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Programmability

    Building Integrated Applications on the Project Server 2010 Platform

    Understanding Project Server Interface (PSI) in Project Server 2010

    Implementing Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack

    Successfully Deploy Project Server on VMWare with Shared Infrastructure

    Deploy Project Server

    Create a Project Web App Site

    Add an Application Server to a Project Server Farm

    Deploy Project Server 2010 to a Test Environment

    1. Hyper-V Quick Start
    2. Setting up a Domain Controller
    3. Adding a Virtual Machine to the Virtual Domain
    4. Setting Up a SQL Server
    5. Install SharePoint Server 2010
    6. Installing and Configuring Project Server
    7. Creating a PWA Site
    8. Configuring Reporting

    How Reporting in Project Server 2010 Works

    Project Server 2010 Reporting Tour

    Configure Reporting

    Up to Speed with Project Web App

    1. Part 1: The Basics
    2. Part 2: Proposing and creating a new project
    3. Part 3: Selecting projects for your portfolio
    4. Part 4: Plan your project
    5. Part 5: Manage your project

    Create a Custom Enterprise Project Type

    Create an Analysis

    Prioritize a Project

    Create the Approval Process for a Proposal

    1. Part 1
    2. Part 2
    3. Part 3

    Define the Phases and Stages of a Project Life Cycle

    Create or Edit a Project or Proposal

    1. Part 1
    2. Part 2

    Articles and Documentation

    Project Server 2010

    • Project 2010 Ignite Training Slide Presentation
    • Time and Task Progress Workflow Diagrams (Project Server 2010)
  • Product Evaluation
    • What new for IT Pros in Project Server 2010
    • Project Server 2010 with SharePoint Server 2010 architecture (overview)
    • Project 2010 Ignite on-demand training videos
    • Project Server 2010 IT-Professional TechNet Webcasts
    • Project 2010 MVP Webcast Series
    • Project Server 2010 Demand Management Webcast Series
    • Project Management Comparison: Project Professional 2010 and Project Web App
    • "From the Trenches" white papers (Project Server 2010)
  • Planning and Architecture
    • Plan hardware architecture in Project Server 2010
    • Plan for Deployment
    • Plan for authentication
    • Project Server and SharePoint Server security
    • Plan for performance and capacity
    • Plan groups, categories, and RBS
    • Project Server 2010 upgrade overview
    • Plan for upgrade
    • Hardware and software requirements
    • Project Server 2010 architecture
    • Plan browser support
    • Plan for Project Server 2010 Web Parts
    • Plan for disaster recovery in Project Server 2010
    • TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010: Performance, part 1: setup, test, execution, and results
    • TechNet Webcast: Project Server 2010: Performance, part 2: architecture, sizing, and capacity
    • Project Server 2010: A financial management solution for projects, programs and portfolios (white paper)
    • Technical diagrams (Project Server 2010)
  • Development
    • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack
  • Deployment
    • Deploy Project Server 2010 to a server farm environment
    • Testing Project Server 2010 deployments
    • Deploy Project Server 2010 to a test environment
    • Install Project Server 2010 to a stand-alone computer
    • Deploy language packs
    • Deploy Project Server 2010 with Exchange Server
    • Upgrade to Project Server 2010
    • Deploy Project Server 2010 updates
    • Book excerpt: Post-installation configuration (Project Server 2010)
  • Operations
    • Project Server 2010 Administrator’s Guide
    • Microsoft Project Server 2010 Project Manager’s Guide for Project Web App
    • Server Settings
    • Back up and restore databases
    • Project backup and recovery
    • Database maintenance plans for Project Server 2010
    • Database management
    • Use Project Web Apps
    • Add or remove Project Web App Web Parts for a site in the Project Web App site collection
    • Add Project Web App Web Parts to a site not within the Project Web App site collection
    • Best practices for managing a large number of resources in Project Server 2010
  • Security and Protection
  • Technical Reference
    • Windows PowerShell for Project Server 2010
    • Project Server 2010 global permissions
    • Project Server 2010 category permissions
    • Microsoft Project Server 2010 default categories
    • Project Server 2010 default group permissions
    • General reference
    • System Center Operations Manager knowledge articles (Project Server 2010)
    • Accessing Project Web App and Project Professional from a Macintosh-based computer
    • Microsoft Project Server 2010 integration with SAP (white paper)
    • Conformance statement A-level
    • Conformance statement AA-level
  • Video demos and training
  • More links and Resources

    Microsoft Project Server 2010 – Resources

    Project 2010 – Tips and Tricks

    1. Easier Planning with User-Controlled Scheduling
    2. Enhanced Copy & Paste
    3. Intuitive Access with the Ribbon
    4. Add Key Milestones to the Timeline View
    5. Add a New Column & Save As a Custom Table
    6. Effectively Manage Resources with Team Planner View
    7. Add Project Summary Tasks & Outline Numbers
    8. Make Smart Scheduling Decisions with Task Inspector
    9. Sync with SharePoint
    10. Focus on Data with AutoFilter

    Customer Success

    1. What Project Managers Need to Know About Strategic Planning
    2. Lean Agile PM: Applying Agile and Lean Practices to Managing Projects
    3. Negotiating Realistic Estimates and Schedules: Maximizing Your Power to Reach Win-Win Results
    4. Critical Chain Project Management—Estimating and Scheduling
    5. Six Sigma Can Help Project Managers Improve Results
    6. Boxed In
    7. Seven Fallacies That Delay Project Management Maturity
    8. Risk-Tolerance Based Schedule and Cost Estimates
    9. Kicking It Off

    Project Management Resources

    • Using Project 2010 as an Effective Project Management Tool for Public Sector
    • Effective Project Management in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sectors: Using Microsoft Project 2010
    • Project Management in Manufacturing Environments: Using Microsoft Project 2010

    White Papers

    1. Microsoft Project for the masses
    2. SharePoint 2010 Lifecycle Management with Project Server 2010
    3. Microsoft Project Server 2010: Get the Most for Your Organization, Now and for the Future
    4. Project Portfolio Management: Doing the Right Things Right
    5. Microsoft Project and SharePoint Server 2010 — Better Together
    6. Microsoft Project Server 2010, A look at Portfolio Strategy
    7. Portfolio Analysis with Microsoft Project Server 2010, A Guide for the Business User
    8. Microsoft Project Server 2010, A look at Demand Management
    9. Reporting with Microsoft Project Server 2010
    10. Reconciling the Agile Team with Enterprise Project Management
    11. Project and Work Management with Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010

    Developer Resources

    Project 2010

      1. Welcome to the Project 2010 Developer Reference
      2. Getting Started
      3. What’s New
      4. Object Model Maps
      5. Reference
  • SDK Documentation
      1. General Reference
      2. Class Library and Web Service Reference
  • Technical Articles
      1. Getting Started with Development for Project 2010

    Project 2010 for Developers – TOC

    • Essentials

      • View the Project 2020 SDK Online
      • Download the Project 2010 SDK
      • Solution Starters for Project 2010
    • Working with Project 2010
      • When to Wait, and When Not to Wait for the Queue
      • Create a Project Server Event Handler
      • Use the Updated ProjTool Test Application
      • Develop a Project Server Web Part
      • Use Managed Code to Modify the Ribbon in Project 2010
      • Modify the Project Web App Ribbon
      • Develop a Project Server Workflow
    • Learn about Project 2010
      • Get Started with Project 2010 Development
      • Project 2010 Product Site
      • Project 2010 "Ignite"
    • Community downloads
      • Code gallery
      • CodePlex
    • Forums
      • Project Professional 2010 General Questions
      • Project Server 2010 General Questions
      • Project Server 2010 Setup, Upgrade, Administration and Operation
      • Project 2010 Customization and Programming
    • Support
      • Help for Project 2010, 2007, and 2003
      • Project Solution Center

    Virtual Labs

    Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 Overview

    Microsoft Enterprise Project Management – Project and Portfolio Management with Project 2010

    Links, Samples and Resources

    Developer Code Samples

    Script Center

    Script Resources for IT Professionals

    Microsoft Project 2010 Homepage

    Project for Developers

    Support for Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project Server

    Microsoft Project 2010 – The Official Blog of the Microsoft Office Product Development Group

    Microsoft Office Project Support Weblog

    Project Programmability

    Christophe Fiessinger’s Blog

    Downloads

    Getting Started with Microsoft Project 2010

    Microsoft Project 2010 "Ignite" (a.k.a. "Quick Start 2010 Training")

    1. Introduction
    2. Operations
    3. Extensibility
    4. Conclusion
    5. Planning, Design and Deployment
    6. Upgrade and Maintenance
    7. Demand Management
    8. Portfolio Strategy
    9. Timesheet and Statusing
    10. Reporting – Part 1
    11. Reporting – Part 2
    12. Administration

    Microsoft Project for the Masses

    SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010

    Microsoft Project 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide

    Microsoft Enterprise Project Management 2010 Licensing Guide

    Microsoft Project 2010 – Enterprise Project Management Solution Demo

    Download Project Software

    Project 2010 Software Development Kit

    Project 2010 MVP Webcast Series slide presentations

    Microsoft Project 2010 Demonstration and Evaluation Installation Pack

    Ribbon Customization for Project 2010 – Favorites Tab

    Microsoft Project Server 2010: Get the Most for Your Organization, Now and for the Future

    Web-Based Schedule Management Comparison‎

    Setting up the Host Machine for the SharePoint, Office and Project 2010 Virtual Machines

    Virtual Migration Environment (VME) for Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010

    Microsoft Project Server 2010 Technical Library in Compiled Help format

    Microsoft Project Server 2010 Resource Kit

    Project Server 2013 (Preview)

    Recently Published Content

    Downloadable Content

    Video Demos and Training

    Explore

    • What’s new for IT Pros in Project Server 2013 Preview

    Plan

    • Hardware and software requirements
    • Plan for performance and capacity
    • Plan user access
    • Plan for deployment

    Develop

    Install and Configure

    • Deploy Project Server 2013 Preview to a server farm environment
    • Upgrade to Project Server 2013 Preview
    • Install Project Server 2013 Preview to a stand-alone computer
    • Configure site mailboxes in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

    Operate and Maintain

    • Server Settings (SharePoint Central Administration)

    Use

    • Security
    • Enterprise Data
    • Database Administration
    • Operational Policies
    • Add SharePoint task list data to Project Server 2013 Preview

    Security and Protection

    Technical Reference

    • Windows PowerShell for Project Server 2013 reference
    • Global permissions in Project Server 2013 Preview
    • Category permissions in Project Server 2013 Preview
    • Default categories in Project Server 2013 Preview
    • Default group permissions in Project Server 2013 Preview
    • SharePoint Permissions Mode default permissions for Project Server 2013 SharePoint groups

    This I think completes a long list of resources for Microsoft Project. Please feel free to add your comments and pass this via your social networks. I surely welcome comments.

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    System Center 2012 Resources to bookmark–Part III August 9th, 2012

    Vinod Kumar

    The list of links and components when it comes to using System Center doesn’t seem to stop. This post is continuation to the two list we posted earlier – Part I, Part II. In this post will add a bunch of links around the Orchestrator, Service Manager, Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager.

    The interesting part of System Center is the vast amount of components that get part of this that it makes almost humanly impossible to keep track and know all of them. Atleast these bunch of links and resources will help you get closer I suppose.

    Top-level link for System Center 2012 is always: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter

    Microsoft Virtual Academy

    System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 1)

    System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 2)

    Best Practices for Monitoring and Operating the Datacenter and the Private Cloud

    System Center 2012 Data Warehouse and Reporting

    System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 1)

    System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 2)

    Best Practices for Monitoring and Operating the Datacenter and the Private Cloud

    System Center 2012 Data Warehouse and Reporting

    TechNet Radio: IT Time – Microsoft Virtual Academy – System Center VMM 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012 Course Preview

    MVA System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012:

    1. Introduction & ESX Management
    2. Fabric & Demo

    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    1. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 – Overview
    2. Using VMM 2012 to Configure a Private Cloud
    3. Modeling and Maintaining Virtualized Services in VMM 2012

    Videos/Webcasts

    Bytes by TechNet – Richard Campbell and Harold Wong

    System Center Orchestrator 2012 Overview

    System Center Orchestrator 2012:

    Introduction to Opalis and a Sneak Peek at System Center Orchestrator

    Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 7 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

    Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza 8: Create an Orchestrator Runbook and Integrate with Service Manager with System Center 2012

    SCSM 2012 Request Fulfillment with Orchestrator

    TechNet Radio IT Time – A Preview of System Center Configuration Manager 2012

    Sean Christensen Discusses how Service Manager 2012 Offers Easy Customization of Processes and Decisions

    System Center Service Manager 2012 Overview

    Automated Remediation with System Center 2012

    SCSM 2012 Request Fulfillment with Orchestrator

    SCSM 2012 Portal & SharePoint Integration

    Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 6 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Service Manager

    Virtualization Jump Start (06): Automation with Opalis, Service Manager & PowerShell

    Incident and Change Management with System Center Service Manager?

    Extending Microsoft System Center Service Manager with a new Activity Class and form??

    System Center 2012 Unified Installer

    1. Part 1
    2. Part 2
    3. Part 3

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Technical Overview

    System Center VMM 2012 Overview

    Learning to do the Basics in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Provision for Productive Infrastructure with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Microsoft IT Discusses Strategies for Making Operations, Cloud Ready

    How Microsoft IT Uses System Center Virtual Machine Manager to Manage the Private Cloud

    From Virtualization to Private Cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Managing your Fabric with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    90 Seconds to the Cloud: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta with Kenon Owens

    (Part 3 of 8): Clustering Hyper-V and Installing a Highly Available Virtual Machine Manager Cluster

    (Part 4 of 8): Configuring System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

    Infrastructure Management with System Center 2012

    Deploying the Fabric with Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    TechNet Radio

    Virtual Lab Insider: Building Your Cloud Infrastructure with System Center 2012

    Virtual Lab Insider: Building Your Cloud Infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Virtual Lab Insider: Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012

    Virtual Lab Insider: Building a Service Template in Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Virtually Speaking with Yung Chou: "What is Cloud?"

    Virtually Speaking with Yung Chou: "What is Private Cloud?"

    Virtually Speaking with Yung Chou: Understanding Cloud Computing

    Virtually Speaking with Yung Chou: "How Does Cloud Computing Apply to Me?"

    Virtually Speaking with Yung Chou: Become the Next Private Cloud Expert

    Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza

    Virtualization Jump Start

    Podcasts

    Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 1)

    Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 2)

    Bare metal to Private Cloud (Part 7 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

    Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 1)

    Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 Orchestrator & Service Manager – Overview (Part 2)

    Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 6 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Service Manager

    Virtualization Jump Start (06): Automation with Opalis, Service Manager & PowerShell

    From Virtualization to Private Cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    How Microsoft IT Uses System Center Virtual Machine Manager to Manage the Private Cloud

    Learning to do the Basics in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Provision for Productive Infrastructure with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Articles/Documentation

    Orchestrator

    1. Release Notes for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    2. Getting Started with System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    3. Deploying System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    4. Administering System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    5. Using the Orchestration Console in System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    6. Using Runbooks in System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    7. Runbook Activity Reference for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    8. Privacy Statement for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

    Integration Packs for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

    1. Active Directory Integration Pack
    2. HP iLO and OA Integration Pack
    3. HP Operations Manager Integration Pack
    4. HP Service Manager Integration Pack
    5. IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus Integration Pack
    6. VMWare vSphere Integration Pack
    7. Integration Packs for System Center

    Importing Runbooks from System Center Orchestrator 2012

    1. How to Create an Orchestrator Console
    2. How to Synchronize an Orchestrator Connector
    3. How to Disable and Enable an Orchestrator Connector

    Orchestrator Integration Toolkit

    1. Overview of Orchestrator Integration Toolkit
    2. Installation
    3. Command Line Activity Wizard
    4. Integration Pack Wizard

    Orchestrator SDK

    1. What’s New in the Orchestrator SDK
    2. Migrating QIK API Custom Activities
    3. Getting Started with the Orchestrator SDK
    4. Taking an Imperative Approach
    5. Creating a Custom Resource File
    6. Orchestrator SDK Reference

    Service Manager

      1. Planning for System Center 2012 – Service Manager Deployment
      2. Preparing for System Center 2012 – Service Manager Deployment
      3. Planning for Performance and Scalability in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
  • Deployment Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Before You Deploy System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      2. Turkish Language Collations
      3. Prerequisite Checker for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      4. Deployment Scenarios for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      5. Guidance for Installing System Center 2012 – Service Manager on Virtual Machines
      6. Configure Windows PowerShell to Run in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      7. Registering with the Service Manager Data Warehouse to Enable Reporting
      8. Deploying Additional Service Manager Management Servers
      9. Deployment Considerations with a Disjointed Namespace
      10. Self-Service Portal for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      11. Guidance for Load Balancing System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      12. Completing Deployment by Backing Up the Encryption Key
      13. Indexing Non-English Knowledge Articles
      14. Troubleshooting System Center 2012 – Service Manager Deployment Issues
      15. Deploying Service Manager from a Command Line
      16. Appendix A – Command-Line Option Error Codes
  • Administrator’s Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Using Management Packs in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      2. Using Connectors to Import Data into System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      3. Configuration Items in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      4. Configuring Incident Management in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      5. Configuring Service Level Management in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      6. Configuring Workflows in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      7. Configuring Change and Activity Management in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      8. Configuring Release Management in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      9. Configuring Desired Configuration Management to Generate Incidents in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      10. Configuring System Center 2012 – Service Manager Notifications
      11. Using the Service Catalog in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      12. Using Groups, Queues, and Lists in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      13. Using Runbooks in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      14. User Interface Customization in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      15. Managing User Roles in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      16. Managing Run As Accounts in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      17. Managing Knowledge Articles in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      18. Configuring and Using the System Center 2012 – Service Manager Cmdlets for Windows PowerShell
      19. Managing the Data Warehouse in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      20. Managing the System Center 2012 – Service Manager Self-Service Portal
      21. Using Service Manager Tasks to Troubleshoot Computer Problems
      22. To Configure System Center 2012 – Service Manager CEIP Settings
      23. Appendix A – List of User Role Profiles in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      24. Appendix B – Mapping Active Directory Domain Services Attributes to Properties in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      25. Appendix C – Mapping System Center 2012 – Service Manager Properties to Configuration Manager Database Views
      26. Appendix D – System Center 2012 – Service Manager Registry Keys
  • Operations Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Searching for Information in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      2. Managing Incidents and Problems in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      3. Managing Changes and Activities in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      4. Managing Service Requests in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      5. Managing Release Records in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      6. Using Data Warehouse Reporting and Analytics in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
  • Authoring Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Introduction to the Service Manager Authoring Guide
      2. Management Packs: working with Management Packs
      3. Classes: Customizing and Authoring
      4. Forms: Customizing and Authoring
      5. Workflows: Customizing and Authoring
      6. Sample Scenario: The Woodgrove Bank Customization
      7. Views Sample Scenario: How to Customize a Column Title in a View
      8. Reports Sample Scenario: How to Include Dashboards and Reports in Custom Views
  • Disaster Recovery Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Disaster Recovery Scenarios Overview
      2. Prepare for Service Manager Disaster Recovery
      3. Implement Service Manager Disaster Recovery
  • Cmdlets in System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Cmdlet About Topics for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      2. Administrator Cmdlets for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      3. Data Warehouse Cmdlets for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
  • Upgrade Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      1. Upgrade Planning for System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      2. Setting Up a Service Manager 2010 Lab Environment with Production Data
      3. Upgrading to System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      4. After Upgrading to System Center 2012 – Service Manager
      5. Failed Upgrade in System Center 2012 – Service Manager

    Unified Installer

      1. System Requirements for System Center 2012 – Unified Installer
      2. Preparing an Installer Computer for System Center 2012 – Unified Installer
      3. Preparing a Target Computer for System Center 2012 – Unified Installer
      4. Running the System Center 2012 – Unified Installer
      5. Log Files in System Center 2012 – Unified Installer
    • Installing System Center 2012 using the Unified Installer

    Virtual Machine Manager

      1. Overview of System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
      2. What’s New in System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
      3. Glossary for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
      4. Evaluating System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager by Using a Pre-Configured VHD
      5. Resources for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
      6. Release Notes for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
  • Deploying Virtual Machine Manager
      1. System Requirements for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
      2. Installing System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
      3. Installing a Highly Available VMM Management Server
      4. Upgrading to System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
  • Administering Virtual Machine Manager
      1. Configuring Fabric Resources in VMM
      2. Deploying Virtual Machines and Services in a Private Cloud in VMM
      3. Monitoring and Reporting in VMM
      4. Performing Maintenance Tasks in VMM
  • Configuring Virtual Machine Manager
      1. Configuring Run As Accounts in VMM
      2. Creating User Roles in VMM
      3. Ports and Protocols for VMM
  • Scripting in Virtual Machine Manager
      1. System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Scripting Guide
      2. System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Cmdlet Reference
  • Logo Certification for Windows Server 2008 R2
      1. Custom Actions in Virtual Machine Manager
      2. Windows Server 2008 R2 Logo Certification Issues with Virtual Machine
  • Microsoft Server Application Virtualization
      1. Server Application Virtualization Overview
      2. Installing Server Application Virtualization
      3. Packaging Applications With Server Application Virtualization
      4. Server Application Virtualization Sequencer Technical Reference
      5. Troubleshooting Server Application Virtualization
      6. Server Application Virtualization Privacy Statement

    TechNet Wiki

    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager evolution

    News, Requirements and Installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    The Service Concept in VMM 2012

    SCVMM 2012 – The Main Tool for your Infrastructure and Clouds

    SCVMM 2012 Ports Communications for Firewall Configuration

    Create

    Capability Profiles in SCVMM 2012

    Using Service Templates in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Managing XenServer with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012

    How to Create and Configure a Private Cloud in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 – Part 1

    Private Cloud in system Center Virtual Machine Manager – Part 2 – Delegate Control

    How to Improve the Virtual Machine Creation Using a VM Template

    Load Balancing and Cloud Computing (SCVMM 2012)

    Sorting Things Out in the SCVMM Library

    How to Create a Cloud in VMM 2012

    Private Cloud Security Operations Principles

    Patching Your Fabric with SCVMM 2012

    Green IT and VMM – How to User the Dynamic Optimization to Save Energy in VMM 2012

    System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Error Codes

    1. [0-499]
    2. [500-999]
    3. [1000-1499]
    4. [2000-2499]
    5. [2500-2999]
    6. [3000-3499]
    7. [3500-3999]
    8. [10000-10999]
    9. [11000-11999]
    10. [12000-12999]
    11. [13000-13999]
    12. [19999-20999]
    13. [21000-21999]
    14. [22000-22999]
    15. [23000-23999]
    16. [24000-24999]
    17. [25000-25999]
    18. [26000-26999]
    19. [27000-27999]
    20. [28000 and above]

    Other Useful Links and Resources

    Increasing Maximum Concurrent Policy Instances on Orchestrator 2012

    System Center 2012 Service Delivery & Automation

    System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog

    System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Component Add-ons and Extensions

    Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

    System Center 2012 Cloud & Datacenter Management

    System Center: Service Manager Engineering Blog

    System Center 2012 Service Manager – Exchange Connector 3.0 Release Candidate

    System Center 2012 – Service Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions

    System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 – Service Manager

    Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Service Manager

    Application Approval Workflow

    Infrastructure Planning and Design

    Steve Rachui’s Manageability blog

    Kevin Remde’s IT Pro Weblog

    Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Unified Installer

    Microsoft Private Cloud: Evaluation Guide (PDF)

    Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

    Hyper-V: Scripts

    System Center 2012 Capabilities Overview

    System Center 2012 Application Management

    System Center: Virtual Machine Manager Engineering Blog

    The Microsoft Server Application Virtualization Team Blog

    System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

    SCVMM 2012 Storage and Load Balancer Provider Downloads

    VMM Troubleshooting Tools: SCVMM2012_MPSReports

    System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions

    Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

    System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

    Whew, that is a long list and resources to read atleast for couple of months. I think I will try to start adding other products in the future. Your comments are welcome.

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    Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 Resources August 2nd, 2012

    Vinod Kumar

    Migrating_to_Windows7

    Migration is an very important topic and often there are tons of resources that administrators carry as part of the exercise. It is one of the most calculated, tested procedure before the jump can be made. With Win XP support to go away soon from Microsoft, thought this set of links and resources will help organizations make this move easy if to Windows 7. Yes, I agree the RTM of Win8 done today, I will post links and resources to move to Win8 for sure. These are some of the useful links that come to my mind and have been bookmarked. Please feel free to add additional resources which you might have used in the past.

    Deploying Windows 7

      1. Windows 7 Deployment Methods and Technologies
      2. Preparing the Environment for a Windows 7 Deployment
      3. Create a Windows 7 Image
      4. Update a Windows 7 Image
      5. Deploy a Windows 7 Image
      6. Migrate Computers to Windows 7
      7. Configure and Manage Application Compatibility
      8. Light Touch Installation using Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
      9. Deploy using System Center Configuration Manager
      10. Create and Manage Windows PE environment
      11. Manage Deployments with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
      12. IE 9

    Videos and Webcasts

    Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration

    Windows XP Migration to Windows 7 RC using MDT Beta 1

    Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

    User State Migration Tool (USMT) Videos

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Building Install Media for Windows 7

    Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

    Windows 7 Deployment

    TechNet Simulcast: Automating Your Windows 7 Deployment with MDT 2010

    Deploying Windows 7 with Windows Deployment Services

    Basic Windows 7 Deployment

    Bare Metal Installation of Windows 7

    Windows XP to Windows 7 Using a USB Drive

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit Demo:

    Using MDT to Quickly and Efficiently Deploy Windows 7 Across Your Organization

    Articles and Documentation

    Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Guide

      1. Application Compatibility
      2. Desktop Virtualization
      3. Licensing and Volume Activation
      4. Networking
      5. Performance and Hardware Compatibility
      6. Security and Control
      7. Training and Certification
    • Application Compatibility
    • Getting Started with Application Compatibility in a Windows Deployment
      • Understanding the Application Compatibility Problem
      • Gathering an Application Inventory
      • Analyzing Application Compatibility Data
      • Next Steps
      • Additional References
    • Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.6
      • Introduction to the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.6
      • Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
      • Application Compatibility Toolkit Technical Reference
      • Customer Support and Documentation Resources
      • Troubleshooting ACT
      • Software and Hardware Requirements for ACT 5.6
    • Addressing Application Compatibility when Migrating to Internet Explorer 8
      • Benefits of Internet Explorer 8
      • Understanding the Application Compatibility Challenge
      • Web Standards and Application Compatibility
      • Browser Changes from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8
      • Application Compatibility and Migration Process Overview
      • Inventory and Prioritization of Critical Web Sites and Add-ons
      • Testing Web Application and Add-on Compatibility
      • Migration Strategies and Solutions
      • Appendix 1: Benefits of Internet Explorer 8
      • Appendix 2: Tools for Debugging Web Applications and Add-ons
      • Appendix 3: Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8 Browser Changes
    • Managing Shims in an Enterprise
    • Understanding Shims
    • Deciding When to Use Shims as a Compatibility Mitigation
    • Custom Shim Database-Management Strategies
    • Custom Shim Database Deployment
    • Summary and Resources

    Upgrade and Migration

    Desktop Deployment

    • Windows 7 Desktop Deployment Overview
      • Improved Application and Hardware Readiness
      • Enhanced Imaging and File Delivery
      • Streamlined Installation and File Migration
      • Conclusion
    • Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z
      • Migrating User Files and Settings from Windows XP to Windows 7
      • Application Management and Preparing for a Windows 7 Deployment
      • Choosing and Image Strategy and Building Windows 7 System Images
      • Automating the Migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 End-to-End
    • Windows 7 Deployment FAQ
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7
      • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User’s Guide
      • Windows Automated Installation Kit Scenarios
      • Preinstallation Phases
      • Deployment Tools Technical Reference
      • Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme
    • Unattended Windows Setup Reference
      • Changes in Settings from Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
      • Changes in Settings from Windows XP
      • Settings to Use for an Unattended Installation
      • Automate Windows Welcome
      • Best Practices
      • Configuration Passes
      • Language Packs
      • Components
      • Packages
      • About This User’s Guide
    • Windows Deployment Guides
      • Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployments for IT Professionals
      • Step-by-Step: Multilingual Image Creation
      • Sysprep and Windows Media DRM Workaround for Windows 7
      • Sysprep Provider Developer’s Guide for Windows 7
      • Maintain Driver Configurations When Capturing a Windows Image

    Other Useful Links

    Windows 7 Virtual Labs

    Application Compatibility Resource Center

    Windows Client

    Windows 7 Support Center

    Windows Developer Center

    The Springboard Series Blog

    The Deployment Guys

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog

    Engineering Windows 7

    Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings

    Planning a Windows 7 Deployment? Here is your survival guide

    Script Resources for IT Professionals

    Script Center

    Hey, Scripting Guy! (Blog)

    Windows PowerShell Self-Study Guide (Blog)

    If you have links and resources on this very topic, please feel free to drop a line and this can be a great value to the post. Your practical insights and resources are important to complete and compliment this post.

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