Archive for the ‘Windows 7’ Category

Help reduce the cost and complexity of compliance with the IT Compli­ance Management Series for Windows


Download the Beta releases, and take advantage of this opportunity to provide valuable feedback on these new compliance guides and resources for Win­dows® 7, Windows Server® 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Download the IT Compliance Management Series for Windows – Beta at:

The Compliance Solution Accelerators team has just released valuable extensions to the IT Compliance Management Series. And with “Companies now spend(ing) about 8.5 percent of their IT budgets on compliance needs," says French Caldwell, an analyst at Gartner (CIO Magazine, Sept 2007), these couldn’t be more timely. These new offerings provide spe­cific technical guidance and resources for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

The IT Compliance Management Series will help you shift the burden of your IT gov­ernance, risk, and compliance (GRC) efforts from people to IT systems and implement controls to address IT GRC requirements that apply to your organization. This series is intended for IT managers and IT professionals who must plan, implement, or configure Microsoft products and who want to ensure that IT GRC requirements are addressed efficiently and effectively.

During this Beta period, reviewers are being asked to provide feedback on guides, re­sources, and compliance baselines that provide direction on how to enable Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 to support your organization’s key IT GRC initiatives by taking advantage of features and technology inherent in the operating systems. Successful implementation of these recommendations will allow or­ganizations to simplify the enforcement and management of their IT GRC objectives.

Looking for other Windows 7 resources from the Solution Accelerators team? Check out the Windows Desktop Solution Accelerators page.

Want more Windows Server 2008 R2 resources? Visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 So­lution Accelerators page.


Solution Accelerators for every stage of Windows Server 2008 R2 migration


Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides
Streamline the design processes for Windows Server 2008 roles and Hyper-V server virtualization.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 4.0
Generate custom proposals and reporting for Windows Server 2008 R2 hardware compatibility and Hyper-V virtualization.


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010
For faster, cost effective, automated Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment.

Windows Server 2008 Security Compliance Management (SCM) Toolkit
Meet security and compliance requirements.

Operate/ Manage

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool
Keep offline virtualized servers up to date, protected from security threats.

Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
Keep mission-critical applications available and running at peak performance.

Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)
Gain a competitive advantage through increased efficiency and lower costs.

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement


Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement

Windows Server Virtualization

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these virtualization products.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server Virtualization takes the reader through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the Hyper-V™ server hosts required is presented in easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to design and plan virtual server datacenters.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager assists readers in the design and implementation of SCVMM architecture, thus enabling centralized administration of physical and virtual machines. Identification of the VMM server instances required is one of the simple, seven-step design processes presented in this guide.

Download the IPD Guides for Virtualization at
Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

  • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
  • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
  • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.
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