Download – Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Title: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
Published: 02/10/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 9.6
File size: 144 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations.

Personally, I prefer the abbreviation MAPT instead of MAP (because of confusion with the Microsoft Action Pack), but Microsoft makes the rules up as they go.

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. Learn more

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Software Assurance Benefits Chart – Jan 2017

Title: Microsoft Software Assurance Interactive Benefits Chart
Published: 01/13/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: January 2017
File name: SA_InteractiveBenefitsChart.pdf
File size: 2.0 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

Microsoft software licensing is one of the most confusing, often frustrating, things clients and IT Pros have to deal with. In fact, there’s even a Microsoft Certification Exam (74-678) just for licensing.

SA_InteractiveBenefitsChart

Use this chart to compare program benefits available through Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing. Chart data includes descriptions and eligibility summaries for all Software Assurance benefits including New Product Versions, 24×7 Problem Resolution Support, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, Deployment Planning and Training services amongst others.

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Download – ADMX Templates for Win 10 and Server 2016

Title: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
Published: 01/08/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 2.0
File name: Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 ADMX.msi
File size: 8.1 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. This download includes the Administrative templates released for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, in the following languages:

  • cs-CZ – Czech
  • da-DK – Danish
  • de-DE – German
  • el-GR – Greek
  • en-US- English
  • es-ES – Spanish
  • fi-FI – Finnish
  • fr-FR – French
  • hu-HU – Hungarian
  • it-IT – Italian
  • ja-JP – Japanese
  • ko-KR – Korean
  • nb-NO – Norwegian
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Download – Group Policy Settings Reference

gpo1Title: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server
Published: 01/03/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: October 2016
File name: Windows10andWindowsServer2016PolicySettings.xlsx
File size: 0.7 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

These spreadsheets list the policy settings for computer and user configurations that are included in the Administrative template files delivered with the Windows operating systems specified. You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy Objects.

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OneNote 15.24 for Mac OS X Finally Offers Pen Support

Title: Microsoft OneNote
Published: 07/21/2016
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 15.24
Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later
File size: 449 MB
Cost: FREE from the Mac App Store
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION
This month (July 2016) OneNote on the Mac is finally catching up to some of the features long-enjoyed by Windows users of OneNote: 

  • OneNote Web Clipper
  • Preview
  • YouTube and Vimeo Support
  • Highlight text
  • Clip multiple regions in one go
  • Use your own title
  • Articles your way
  • Grid or Lined Page Backgrounds
  • Sharing Notifications Email service
    …and the big one…
  • Inking in OneNote for Mac (finally)!

INSTALLATION
The odd thing I noticed is that even though I’ve got OneNote already installed on my MacBook, the 15.24 update didn’t show up automatically under Updates in the App Store; I had to search for it.

Once I clicked the Get button in the App Store and verified my Apple ID credentials, the upgrade was smooth and flawless. Now, if we could only get OneTastic for OneNote on the Mac.
😉

PRO-TIP
After you install OneNote 15.24 for Mac, enable the web clipping extension:
Open Safari | click the Share icon | click More | scroll down in the Share Menu and enable the OneNote extension.

Source: Microsoft Office Blog

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Download – Microsoft Visio 2016 Viewer

Title: Microsoft Visio 2016 Viewer
Published: 02/22/2016
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 2016
32-bit: visioviewer_4339-1001_x86_en-us.exe (12.1 MB)
64-bit: visioviewer_4339-1001_x64_en-us.exe (22.9 MB)
File size: 2.1 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

By using Microsoft Visio 2016 Viewer, Visio users can freely distribute Visio drawings (files with a .vsdx, .vsdm, .vsd, .vdx, .vdw, .vstx, .vstm, .vst, or .vtx extension) to team members, partners, customers, or others, even if the recipients do not have Visio installed on their computers. Internet Explorer (versions 8-11) also allows for printing, although this is limited to the portion of the drawing displayed.

NOTE
Visio Viewer is implemented as an ActiveX control that loads and renders Visio drawings inside Internet Explorer; sorry Chrome and Opera users.
🙁

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Download – Office 2016 Deployment Tool

Title: Office 2016 Deployment Tool
Published: 07/20/2016
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Version: 2016
Files name: officedeploymenttool_7213-5776.exe
File size: 2.1 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

The Office 2016 Deployment Tool allows the administrator to customize and manage Office 2016 Click-to-Run deployments. This tool will help administrators to manage installations sources, product/language combinations, and deployment configuration options for Office Click-to-Run.

ADMINISTRATOR TASKS

  • Download an Office installation source to a network share location (use MS Office for Australians, if necessary)
  • Configure an installation to use a network share as the installation source instead of the Internet
  • Configure an installation to suppress all UI
  • Configure whether Office will automatically update or not
  • Configure which products and languages to install
  • Remove Office Click-to-Run products
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Download – Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview

Today Microsoft announced the publicly-available preview of Office 2016.

The download is available by signing up for the Office 2016 Preview program on the Microsoft Connect site.

Note: You will need a Windows Live ID / Microsoft Account to sign up.

After logging into the Connect site you’ll fill out a self-nomination survey. Fill that out and then you’ll have access to the four files for the March 2015 preview:

  • Admin_OfficePreview.zip (2.27 MB)
  • Office 2016 Preview What’s Next.docx (687 KB)
  • Installation Guide for Office 2016 Preview – Business (External).docx (138 KB)
  • Known Issues for Preview – February Refresh – Business External.docx (24 KB)

Where’s the ISO?

There is no spoon.

The ZIP file contains a tiny Setup.exe file (2.42 MB) that leverages XML and BAT files to stream the installation bits to your PC in the background:

Office 2016 Preview setup screen

As you can see from the screenshot above, the bits are available in x86 ands x64 flavors.

Here are the new programs:

Office 2016 Preview

As you can also see, this *is* beta / preview level software.

Excel 2016 fail-o-rama

And if you click the Help button, the support site is *also* in beta:

Help site fail-o-rama

So – word to the wise, don’t install this in production.

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Download – New Office Visio Stencil

Title: New Office Visio Stencil
Published: 10/03/2014
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
File name: OfficeSymbols_2014.zip
Size: 3.19 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

This stencil contains more than 500 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

Note: This is a (yet again) updated version with the ever-confusing same name of “New Office Visio Stencil”.

The zip file contains 10 individual .vss files:

CLOUDS – s_symbols_Clouds.vss
(11 stencils)
s_symbols_Clouds.vss

COMMUNICATIONS – s_symbols_Communications.vss
(65 stencils)
s_symbols_Communications.vss

CONCEPTS – s_symbols_Concepts.vss
(117 stencils)
s_symbols_Concepts.vss

DATABASES – s_symbols_Databases.vss
(45 stencils)
s_symbols_Databases.vss

DEVICES – s_symbols_Devices.vss
(50 stencils)
s_symbols_Devices.vss

SECURITY – s_symbols_Security.vss
(51 stencils)
s_symbols_Security.vss

SERVERS – s_symbols_Servers.vss
(95 stencils)
s_symbols_Servers.vss

SERVICES – s_symbols_Services.vss
(25 stencils)
s_symbols_Services.vss

SITES – s_symbols_Sites.vss
(23 stencils)
s_symbols_Sites.vss

USERS – s_symbols_Users.vss
(41 stencils)
s_symbols_Users.vss

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Download – New Office Visio Stencil

Title: New Office Visio Stencil
Published: 04/22/2014
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
File name: FLEX_Stencil_121412.vss
Size: 3.9 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

Note: This is an updated version (April 22, 2014) of the old Office Visio Stencil

NEW VERSION

New Office Visio Stencil

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