Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Beta Invites Out

Microsoft Connect sends out invites to select testers for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Windows Server Backup Management Pack, now availble allow to monitor the status of Windows server backup and recovery tasks scheduled on a server. And, Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud, document intended for IT professionals, system architects, and developers help understanding the various options for managing and using identities in their (hybrid) cloud environment based on the AD foundation and how to leverage the related capabilities.

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Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is finally getting Service Pack 2, the Redmondain is apparently sending out beta invites to select users to test out the Office 2010 SP2 and SharePoint 2010 SP2.

"You have been invited to participate in the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 Beta program on Microsoft Connect," reads the Microsoft e-mail.

Here is the e-mail that Microsoft Connect sent out:

You have been invited to participate in the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 Beta program on Microsoft Connect.

Microsoft Connect enables you to connect directly with Microsoft developers, product managers, and other team members to help us make our products the best they can be and meet your needs.

If you are already registered on Microsoft Connect, make sure to sign in with your existing registered Windows Live ID account to use this invitation. If you are not registered yet you will be prompted to do so.

Accept the Invitation or copy the following URL and paste it into your Web browser's address bar:

If you are already registered on Connect, another option to accept or decline your invitation is to access My Dashboard and click on My Pending Actions in the upper right corner. Accept and decline links will be available in the display.

If you do not see My Pending Actions, then you are not signing in with the Windows LiveID associated to the Connect account which has this invitation.

After accepting the invitation you may be asked to take a survey or submit further information. In some cases your status could be set to Pending in which case the product team will contact you only if you are chosen for participation. To report a problem, visit the help page.

If you are not interested in participating you need to take no action.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Program Administrator
Microsoft Connect

Also, released today Windows Server Backup Management Pack, that allow you to monitor the status of Windows server backup and recovery tasks scheduled on a server.

"Alerts are generated when an error or warning is reported in the scheduled backup/recovery operation. The health state is marked red when any action completes with an error. Similarly, the health state is marked yellow when an action completes with a warning," Microsoft stated.

Following events can be monitored using this MP: "Backup cancelled; Backup failed; Backup failed due to snapshot; Backup partially succeeded; Backup succeeded with skipped files; Recovery failed; and Recovery succeeded with warnings."

Grab the Windows Server Backup Management Pack here.

Microsoft also published a word document "Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud," that intended for IT professionals, system architects, and developers who are interested in understanding the various options for managing and using identities in their (hybrid) cloud environment based on the AD foundation and how to leverage the related capabilities.

"Active Directory (AD), AD in Windows Azure and Windows Azure AD are indeed useful for slightly different scenarios. This document is part of a series of documents on the identity and security features of Windows Azure AD/Office 365 (see the links below for the other available documents in the series)."

Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud is available from Download Center.