Saturday, June 30, 2007

Solution Accelerators

Did you know Microsoft had a website dedicated to Solution Accelerators?

Solution Accelerators provide:
Prescriptive guidance and automation for cross-product integration
Proven tools and content so you can plan, build, deploy, and operate with confidence

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Interoperability TechCenter for MOSS 2007 goes live!

Have you ever wondered how to connect MOSS 2007 to ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle Financials, or Siebel? Do you want to know how to setup Search to crawl Lotus Notes data sources? Wondering what WSRP and iViews are? Well, wonder no more! Check out the new SharePoint Interoperability website on Technet at

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I am presenting at TechEd South East Asia 2007 in Kuala Lumpur

Here are my breakout session. I think this is my 3rd or 4th year presenting at TechEd SEA.

Session : Choosing the Right Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Track : EDM
Synopsis : SQL Server 2005 is available in a number of editions to best match the demands of business applications. But, one of the common mistakes is choosing the wrong edition of SQL Server to support your business. In this session, you can learn about the differences between various editions of SQL Server along with a detailed description of the exclusive features in each edition. This session provides practical usage scenarios and benefits of each edition along with demos. Learn how to choose the right edition of SQL Server to support you data requirements; whether it is a small personal database, a large enterprise application, a scalable solution or a mobile application.

Session : Why Upgrade to SQL Server 2005
Track : EDM
Synopsis : Do you know what benefits you can deliver to your organization just by upgrading to the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database engine? Attend this session to find out. Even if you do not use any of the new features in SQL Server 2005, such as database mirroring and table partitioning, or writing stored procedures in Microsoft .NET languages, you can still reap great benefits. This session introduces the many new features in SQL Server 2005 that you can utilize, without rewriting your applications or undertaking any new development efforts. We provide many examples where you can improve your system's performance, concurrency, and availability simply by upgrading.

Session : ISA 2006 – Publishing Exchange 2007 and SharePoint 2007 using ISA 2006 new Features.
Track : OFC
Synopsis : Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 is the security gateway that helps protect your mission-critical applications from Internet-based threats. ISA Server enables your business to do more, with secure access to Microsoft applications and data. Secure your Microsoft application infrastructure by protecting your corporate applications, services, and data across all network layers with stateful packet inspection, application-layer filtering, and comprehensive publishing tools.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 VHD (i.e. Virtual Machine) now available for download!

The virtual machine includes a copy of the MOSS 2007 Product Evaluation Guide (right on the Windows Desktop) and is configured so that the functional walkthrough at the end of the Eval Guide works hand-in-hand with it. That's just brilliant!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Community Kit for SharePoint 2.0 Pre-Release announcement

This CKS 2.0 Pre-Release contains the following:
Enhanced Blog Edition Beta 1
Enhanced Wiki Edition Alpha
ChatterBox AJAX Beta
Tag Cloud

Prescan.exe Download and Information.

Before you can upgrade to Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you must run the Prescan.exe utility against your existing Web sites. This pre-upgrade scan tool scans your sites and reports issues, allowing you to fix any errors before you perform an upgrade. If you have not successfully run this tool and you attempt to upgrade your environment, when you attempt to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration wizard, the wizard will exit and prompt you to run the tool. We highly recommend that the server administrator run the pre-upgrade scan tool before the upgrade and resolve any problems that can be resolved before scheduling the upgrade.

Latest updates in documentation:

· Operations Manager 2007 Design Guide is now available at

· MP guides now include: SharePoint Portal Server, Information Worker, and SharePoint Services. Authoring guidance is also included. See the “Management Pack Guides” section below. For the latest list of 2007 MPs and guidance go to

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bill Gate's speech at Harvard

I left campus knowing little about the millions of young people cheated out of educational opportunities here in this country. And I knew nothing about the millions of people living in unspeakable poverty and disease in developing countries.

It took me decades to find out.

Hands On Labs from MMS 2007 are live on TechNet

System Center Operations Manager 2007: Advanced Topics Virtual Lab

System Center Operations Manager 2007: Introduction Virtual Lab

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

System Center Operations Manager 2007 Technical Walkthrough

Want to get a better understanding of how to architect, deploy, administer, and operate Operations Manager 2007? Walk through this online course designed to help you get ramped on using Operations Manager 2007.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

All about Ops Manager and MOM

MOM 2005
The Windows Server Base Operating System MP 05.0.3500.0010 finally re-released and is available via the download site!

Operations Manager 2007
First hotfixes released to resolve the following issues have been released
1) Reporting setup fails in a disjointed namespace has been released, and the KB article is still awaiting publication. KB article reference is 936481.
2) Memory leak in the backwards compatibility script module which affects converted MP’s. KB article is still awaiting publication. KB article reference is 935896. (Hotfix also applies to Essentials)

Need to know
If a customer upgrades from Operations Manager 2007 RC2 to EVAL RTM, and then attempts to run the Licensing wizard to upgrade to the volume license, the upgrade will fail with the error “The Licensing Wziard was unable to successfully apply the license. Please check the log for more details”.
A private hotfix is available and should only supplied to customers who did install RC2->EVAL RTM. An internal KB article will be available shortly detailing the location of an updated Licensing Wizard which will correct the problem. If you should have a customer experience the problem in the mean time, please contact me.

The following MP’s have now released:
Microsoft Print Service Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 -
Microsoft Windows File Replication Service 2000/2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 -
Microsoft Windows Group Policy 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 -
Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 DHCP Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 -
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 -
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 -
All rely upon the following backward compatibility MP update to be applied first:

Essentials 2007
Hotfix for Essentials install failure when installing Reporting feature where the DNS suffix is differs from the domain FQDN. KB article reference
Note: A secondary problem has been found with customers experiencing the same issue attempting to install Essentials using a remote database server. A QFE request is currently active (MOM Escalation 3164)

The following documentation for Essentials has now been released to the Web
Operations Guide
Migration Guide