[EN] SharePoint 2010 Productivity Hub is available

LOGO__SharePoint2010A month and day before The Eve – 23rd November – Microsoft published one of most interesting xmass gift for SharePoint End Users. The Productivity Hub which is a site collection that offer training materials. It is very interesting tool, with many features like (based on Microsoft Download site):

  • Format: Pre-loaded SharePoint site collection, optimized for Web 2.0 functionality and easily deployed within SharePoint 2010 SP1 environment
  • Content: Convenient end user productivity training in a variety of formats (documents, videos, podcasts, etc.). Receive free periodic updates of content that you will learn about through the Productivity blog.
  • Blog: The Productivity blog offers tips and tricks for end user productivity. Use it as is, or your training staff can use the posts as their own to help them get started in running an internal blog.
  • Train the trainer: Includes IT/Manager section to aid with deployment of the site collection, and guidance to develop the Coach program
  • Products: Office (2007 & 2010), SharePoint (2007 & 2010), Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Project (2007 & 2010), Visio (2007 & 2010), Publisher (2007 & 2010), Live Meeting 2007, Communicator 2007, Groove 2007 and Lync 2010

With five files (in total 1688 MB) You can deply all of those on Windows 7 Desktop system. The minimum system requirements are very simple (almost): Windows 7, 2007 Office System, SharePoint Server 2010 SP1 with August 2011 CU, Silverlight 4. Almost because installation of SharePoint Server on Windows 7 is not easy (I’ll write how You can do that in my Monday Series). But all af those files:

ContentPack2010SP1-1.exe | 460.0 MB || ContentPack2010SP1-2.exe | 441.4 MB
ContentPack2010SP1-3.exe | 470.4 MB || ContentPack2010SP1-4.exe | 303.6 MB
CoreInstall2010SP1.exe | 14.0 MB

waiting for Your download HERE. Enjoy!

[EN] Visual Studio 2010 VHD learning pack

LOGO__VisualStudio2010About two weeks ago Microsoft released very helpful learning environment: Visual Studio 2010 VHD Pack. As almost always – better use virtual than physical labs, so don’t wait and grab it.

You should know more before grabing: This virtual machine is pre-configured with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010. Three versions of the image are available, one each for the three current Microsoft virtualization platforms—Virtual PC 2007 SP1, Windows Virtual PC, and Hyper-V >> but Hyper-V is highly recommended.

You need:

  • about 12 GB for downloaded files
  • about 50 GB free place for extracted Virtual Hard Disk
  • minimum Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role
  • minimum 2 GB of available physical RAM. Those is the list:

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As always it is limited offer – environment will be available for work until April 2012. Which software You receive with this virtual labs? Look below (software and lifecycle):

Software

Expiration Notes

SQL Server 2008 Evaluation Edition

Expires April 9, 2012

Office 2007 Enterprise Evaluation

Requires registration after 25 launches

Project Professional 2007 Evaluation

Requires registration after 25 launches

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

Expires April 9, 2012

Team Foundation Server 2010

Expires April 9, 2012

Really nice pack, isn’t? But it’s not all. You can grab labs with those excercises:

Introduction to Platform Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010
Using the Architecture Explorer in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate to Analyze Your Code
Using Code Analysis with Visual Studio 2010 to Improve Code Quality
Understanding Class Coupling with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
Planning your Projects with Team Foundation Server 2010
Introduction to Test Planning with Microsoft Test Manager 2010
Introduction to Test Case Management with Microsoft Test Manager 2010
Introduction to Quality Tracking with Visual Studio 2010
Introduction to Exploratory Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010
Introduction to Coded UI Tests with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
Debugging with IntelliTrace using Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
Code Discovery using the Architecture Tools in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
Branching and Merging Visualization with Team Foundation Server 2010
Authoring and Running Manual Tests using Microsoft Test Manager 2010
Working with the Visual Studio 2010 RTM Virtual Machine

Last important thing: PLACE for DOWNLOAD