Archive for October 31, 2011

IEAK – Internet Explorer Administration Kit


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

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 history for
    simplified software asset management
  • PC security assessment and migration to Microsoft Forefront Client Security

The beta of the MAP Toolkit v6.5 is now available for download at the link below:

Download the MAP Toolkit v6.5 Beta now and find out about the new features:
Enhancements to the MAP user experience which streamline tasks and improve overall usability

- Server virtualization and consolidation feature enhancements including:
- The ability to customize Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Configurations
- The ability to set utilization thresholds for virtualization hosts and infrastructure
- Enhanced UI controls that allows users to quickly find, filter, and select the list of machines targeted for virtualization
- Additional in-depth migration analysis of applications to the Windows Azure Platform
- Software Usage Tracking for Forefront Endpoint Protection servers
- Discovery and reporting of “active devices” running the Windows Operating System
- Discovery and reporting of SQL Server “Denali”
- Discovery and reporting of Oracle Instances on HP-UX-based Itanium servers


Interview from Microsoft Feed

Microsoft Feed, a website by Ali Raza Shaikh, MVP from Paskitan published an Interview with me conducted a few weeks ago. Learn more about me on:


TechDays Online UK Presentations

Last Thursday, October 27th I had the pleasure to present 2 sessions at the Microsoft Techdays Online.
On the first session I covered the enterprise features of Windows 7 and why it is a good time to migrate away from Windows XP.


On my session I talked about Why Internet Explorer 9 is awesome for the enterprise. Also had the opportunity to demo Cross-site scripting and Group Policies for IE.