TechNet Subscriptions retirement

WTF? #Microsoft #TechNet


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Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service.

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RIM / BlackBerry buyout

Number of interesting articles in the news over the last couple of days, with the likes of Amazon and Microsoft / Nokia looking at buying RIM.

Could be interesting to see where this goes, especially with the fact that RIM licences ActiveSync from Microsoft already and the new BBx devices may or may not ;-) natively support the ActiveSync protocol.

Think it would be good for Microsoft / Nokia to takem, Nokia with the devices and Microsoft with the server products .. Let’s see … Wonder if you can get Windows Phone 7 ported to a playbook?

AVIcode Acquired by #Microsoft

I know it’s a bit late, but Interesting:

… It is with great pleasure that I announce AVIcode, Inc. has today been acquired by Microsoft. Both AVIcode and Microsoft share a common vision about the evolution of application performance management and monitoring and the ever- growing need for organizations to gain 360-degree visibility into both application behavior and user experience.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft, AVIcode will continue to support our worldwide base of users. AVIcode will fulfill its commitments to these customers and assist them in the transition to Microsoft’s systems and processes. Moving forward, our customers and the larger application performance management (APM) market will benefit greatly from the strength of the pairing of Operations Manager with AVIcode’s technology. Critical datacenter applications and services will be more reliable and more available than ever before, driving business success and user satisfaction.


AVIcode is the leading provider of application monitoring solutions for the Microsoft .NET Framework. With its award-winning technology and innovative products, AVIcode delivers the industry’s most complete suite of application monitoring solutions used throughout the full application lifecycle.

AVIcode’s products are designed to protect software investments by simplifying maintenance and troubleshooting, dramatically reducing defect resolution time. Its flagship product, Intercept Studio, detects crashes, critical exceptions (both handled and unhandled) and performance degradations of production applications. These runtime event details and associated root cause information are collected immediately and presented to the personnel responsible for the health and management of production applications.

A Month in #Exchange and #OCS: June 2010: Part 2


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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol Documentation
The Microsoft Exchange Server protocols documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) used by Microsoft Exchange Server to communicate with other Microsoft products.

Microsoft Outlook Live Connected Campus using Exchange Web Services API
Provide your school or university with seamless integration of campus applications, information systems and portals to Outlook Live using the Exchange Web Services (EWS) API and PowerShell. This whitepaper details a scenario of integrating a course registration system with Outlook Live using the EWS Managed API and explains the EWS Managed API with code snippets so that you can plan for a similar implementation.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta Protocol Documentation
The Microsoft Exchange Server protocols documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) used by Microsoft Exchange Server to communicate with other Microsoft products.

Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folder DAV-based Administration Tool
Use the Exchange Server Public Folder Distributed Authoring and Versioning (DAV)-based Administration tool (PFDAVAdmin) to perform various management tasks related to public folders and mailboxes. The tool checks the permissions status of each public and mailbox folder and corrects any problems found. The ability to bulk export/import the permissions and replica lists make this tool invaluable in achieving greater productivity in managing public folders. The program can also reports content information of each public folder and mailbox folder such as the number of items in each folder, size of folder and most recent modification date of any item in the folder.

Infrastructure Planning and Design
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.
Updated! SQL Server

Amazon, Microsoft in cross-licensing deal with Kindle

More interesting news .. not sure about the Linux stuff :-|


Amazon and Microsoft tonight agreed to a cross-licensing deal for each other’s patents. The deal gives Microsoft special access to technology behind the Kindle reader as well as Amazon’s implementation of Linux on servers. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, including what technology Amazon would get, but the online retailer will pay Microsoft an unmentioned sum as part of the transaction.

Microsoft to ship IE with Windows 7 in Europe

This is good news for us in Europe!


SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Microsoft said it would not separate its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser from versions of Windows 7 shipped to the European Union when the new operating system launches worldwide in October.

Microsoft said it had abandoned plans to strip IE from the package to avoid breaching EU competition rules, but would instead present customers with a “ballot” option, allowing them to choose whether to install IE or another browser.

Exchange 2007 Self Signed Certificate

Couldn’t work out why my Outlook stopped working, then i worked it out .. the damm self signed cert has expired … (has it been a year already!)

So my thanks Bharat for this: but I had to add some stuff to get it work properly!!!

[PS] C:PS>Get-ExchangeCertificate

Thumbprint                                Services   Subject
———-                                ——–   ——-
B21AF4199919173F7A4D836ECE00F484EFD2E270  …W.,…
5C31EA83FC2FFE67B2BAB2136B7BC471B1C74038  IP…      CN=MSX, DC=flaphead, DC…
417E5CED6161B185A122839911E13FB4CCD82C24  IP..S      CN=msx

[PS] C:PS>Get-ExchangeCertificate -DomainName

Thumbprint                                Services   Subject
———-                                ——–   ——-
B21AF4199919173F7A4D836ECE00F484EFD2E270  …W.,…

[PS] C:PS>Get-ExchangeCertificate -DomainName | fl

AccessRules        : {System.Security.AccessControl.CryptoKeyAccessRule, System
CertificateDomains : {}
HasPrivateKey      : True
IsSelfSigned       : False
Issuer             : CN=MSX, DC=flaphead, DC=local
NotAfter           : 17/01/2009 10:46:55
NotBefore          : 17/01/2008 10:36:55
PublicKeySize      : 1024
RootCAType         : Registry
SerialNumber       : 610843C8000000000002
Services           : IIS
Status             : DateInvalid
Subject            :, OU=Flaphead, O=Flaphead, L=London,
                      S=London, C=GB
Thumbprint         : B21AF4199919173F7A4D836ECE00F484EFD2E270

So you need to find the old cert and create a new one

[PS] C:PS>Get-ExchangeCertificate -DomainName | New-ExchangeCertificate –PrivateKeyExportable $True

Overwrite existing default SMTP certificate,
‘417E5CED6161B185A122839911E13FB4CCD82C24’ (expires 02/12/2008 20:22:37), with
certificate ‘581F669862218D36C2209DE47C899D4C758B352C’ (expires 17/01/2010
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help
(default is “Y”):a

Thumbprint                                Services   Subject
———-                                ——–   ——-
581F669862218D36C2209DE47C899D4C758B352C  …..      C=GB, S=London, L=Londo…

Now you need to enable it

[PS] C:PS>Enable-ExchangeCertificate -Thumbprint 581F669862218D36C2209DE47C899D4C758B352C -Services IIS

Sweet, now test.  I had to log on to OWA to check the cert.  I then added it to my trust root via IE.  After this Outlook worked okay!

Once your happy you can remove the old one BUT As I am a cheap skate, I need to upload the cert to my windows mobile device too … maybe I should look at getting a proper cert :-| to the theory goes that you need to export the cert

[PS] C:PS> Export-ExchangeCertificate -Path c:export.pfx -Thumbprint  AA7368BEC3BCEED86308B0EDE73368F71A02DD06 -BinaryEncoded:$true -Password:(Get-Credential).password

But this didn’t work when I added the cert to my WM6 device, agggggggghh :-o so using IIS admin I checked the Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync virtual directory and made sure the cert was okay (I had to import the exported cert to the certificate root).  Then I went to the default website and exported the cert to disk and imported that to my WM6 device.  Result at last, back to normal …. just need to remember these steps next year!!!

Note to self, install isa and get a commercial cert!

Microsoft Virtualization and Licensing Announcements



Today Microsoft announced some significant changes to its licensing and support policies for applications in hardware virtualization environments. There are two key parts of the announcement worth highlighting for Exchange customers:

  1. Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running Hyper-V or hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
  2. Microsoft is waiving its 90-day license reassignment policy to enable customers who virtualize Exchange to move their licenses between servers within a data farm as often as necessary.

AstraSync – Activesync for Blackberry

I saw this on Jason’s Blog .. AstraSync is scheduled to be released in July 2008 at $49 for a one mailbox 12 month subscription. You can register your interest by filling in the form below. Once you have submitted your details our sales team will contact you to provide further information on the product and release date.

Could be an interesting “cure” to all the users having OoO issues with BES & Exchange 2007 .. as long as the price is right!  Would be good to see it in action


AstraSync™ is a new software plug-in for BlackBerry® Smartphones that performs two-way over-the-air synchronization of email, calendar and contact data with a Microsoft Exchange 2007 or MailSite Fusion server.

AstraSync does this by implementing the Exchange ActiveSync and DirectPush protocols.

AstraSync can be downloaded over-the-air and runs silently in the background on the BlackBerry® Smartphone.

Users can configure the name of the ActiveSync server, their username and password and can select which data they wish to synchronize.


  • Synchronizes email, calendar and contacts over-the-air
  • Supports Exchange ActiveSync
  • Supports Exchange DirectPush
  • Supports secure https connection
  • Works with Microsoft Exchange 2007
  • Works with MailSite Fusion
  • Over-the-air download
  • Requires a simple one-time configuration

Microsoft Launches Consumer Subscription Offering That Combines Microsoft Office and Windows Live OneCare

Interesting .. wonder if it will make it over the “pond”? and to the rest of the world.  Looks like a “budget” way of getting office to people .. still not “cloud” computing is it?


REDMOND, Wash. — July 2, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Microsoft Equipt, an all-in-one security and productivity software subscription service for consumers. In one easy installation, the service delivers award-winning anti-malware protection technology and features to simplify PC management and help improve performance, the productivity tools people use to organize their lives, and online services that help make it easy to keep in touch with friends and family.

Initially code-named “Albany,” Microsoft Equipt offers consumers Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, giving them the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for their personal and school projects; Windows Live OneCare, the all-in-one security and PC management service; Windows Live tools, such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Photo Gallery so they can connect and share with people they care about most; and Office Live Workspace, a new service from Microsoft that makes it easy to save documents to a dedicated online Workspace and share them with friends and classmates. Anytime a new version of Office or Windows Live OneCare is released, Microsoft Equipt customers will get the version upgrades as part of their subscriptions.

… Microsoft Equipt is $69.99 (U.S.) estimated retail price for a one-year renewable subscription. Each subscription will be good for three home PCs, making Microsoft Equipt ideal for families and individuals with one or several computers.