In anticipation of the pending release of Office 2010, Microsoft has posted the Group Policy setting reference spreadsheet (XLSX) for download.  This reference is designed to be used in conjunction with the Office 2010 Administrative Template file and Office Customization Tool.

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Also available in Beta is the Office 2010 Resource Kit which has a section on Group Policy.

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If you are installing Exchange 2010 and looking for a little help building some guide templates for your deployment Microsoft has released some new templates.

Overview

You can use these templates as a starting point for formally documenting your organization’s server build procedures for servers that will have Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 server roles installed on them. Templates are provided for the Client Access, Hub Transport, and Mailbox server roles, plus a template for the Mailbox role configured for a database availability group.

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With ISA, configuring protection for Exchange remote services required the use of a second servers for ISA.  More servers were required for high availability.  In a true HA environment a company would be looking at four or more servers.  ISA would only protect services such as Outlook Anywhere, OWA, POP, IMAP and so on.  SMTP protection still needed to be configured and managed on the Exchange Edge services.  This setup often required the use of three different management consoles and in large environments, was a lot of work to manage.

With the introduction of Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010, you can now install Exchange, FPES (Forefront Protection for Exchange Server) and TMG on the same computer.  Management of the Exchange, FPES  and TMG services are all integrated into the TMG Management console greatly reducing management overhead.

Now if you missed that.  Exchange, FPES and TMG can now be installed onto the SAME server.
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I supposed it was only a matter of time before someone took up this challenge.  The new Group Chat service that comes with Office Communication Server 2007 R2 is a great tool however it is strictly a Windows only tool.  Clients are not available for any other platform and this can be a major roadblock to a large deployment among most organizations.

Enter WebChat by Formicary…

Formicary WebChat integrates real-time group discussion forums and private, one-to-one instant messaging
sessions within other thin-client applications and/or portals; including Microsoft Offce SharePoint Server
WebChat also provides advanced intelligent message management, real-time notifcation and alerts capabilities
that already exist within OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat; enabling easy connectivity to key external customers and
business partners.

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