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Volume 11, Issue 15: July 1, 2009
Top News
  Windows 7 Professional Upgrade 
Pre-order your Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional upgrade and pay half of the regular retail price. Available while supplies last through participating retailers.
 
Just a reminder that the Windows 7 Beta trial is winding down fast. The trial period ends July 1, 2009, at which time your beta will start to reboot every 2 hours and expire completely on August 1, 2009. There is still time to get the Windows 7 RC download. The program closes on August 15, 2009.
 
The Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 supports monitoring of Windows Server Hyper-V systems. This includes monitoring coverage of Hyper-V host servers, including critical services and disks, and Hyper-V virtual machines, including virtual components and virtual hardware.
 
The new version of this solution accelerator updates both the guide and tool to reflect the additional functionality provided by Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It includes the following components:

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Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios Assessment v1.1 (a guide)
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Windows Optimized Desktop Scenario Selection Tool v1.1
 
Download this comparison chart that shows the features that IT pros care about across the three latest versions of the client operating system. This handy chart categorizes the features around file organization and search, remote access, security and compliance, management, and deployment.
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Live Migration and other great new Windows Server 2008 R2 features are now supported by System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC. Read the RC release announcement.
 
Reporting IT service level information through Microsoft SharePoint, the SLD 2.0 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 allows you to quickly see which IT services are delivering expected levels of service, or which components of an IT service may be drifting from their service level targets.
 
July 8, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we focus on the Direct Access feature in the Windows 7 operating system, which provides secure anywhere access on the network.
 
July 15, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we explain how Windows 7 security features provide the foundation for a secure and reliable desktop platform.
 
New HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center provides seamless integration of unique HP ProLiant and BladeSystem manageability features into System Center to deploy servers quickly, manage health proactively, optimize power confidently, and take complete control from anywhere.
Get the New Series of Framework Comparison Companion Guides
These guides will help organizations understand how Microsoft Operations Framework aligns with and compares to the leading service management and governance frameworks.
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During the summer of 2009, Microsoft will offer a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2. Sign upnow to receive an e-mail notification of the availability of the CTP.
 
Learn how customers have embraced the Cisco and Microsoft branch office offering that combines Windows Server 2008 with Cisco WAN Optimization – Windows Server on WAAS – to reduce IT costs and increase branch performance and flexibility.

New Videos for IT Pros
  Exchange 2010 Updates for Windows Mobile 
11 minutes, 41 seconds
Adam Glick shows us the newest Exchange 2010 features for Windows Mobile 6.1/6.5 and explains the goals the team had for the client mobile experience.
  How Do I: Backup Hyper-V with Windows Server Backup? 
With virtualized workloads, data backup and recovery become even more critical. In this video, Mark Wilson takes a look at backing up a Hyper-V deployment using the Windows Server Backup utility provided with Windows Server 2008.

Featured Downloads
 
Service Pack 2 for Configuration Manager 2007 delivers new platform support for Windows 7 client, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 SP2. In addition, Service Pack 2 delivers continued innovation with Intel vPro technology, support for Branch Cache-enabled environments, and continued development for 64-bit architectures.
 
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 enables IT pros to efficiently and cost-effectively deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 by unifying tools and best practices into a common deployment console and collection. Already a member? Bookmark this link to get the latest project details.

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IT Management
 
Help protect your organization’s assets and sensitive information against cyber-attacks by using this guide’s easy-to-understand, proactive method to develop threat models for IT components.
 
Simplify desktop user requirements gathering and automate desktop technology selection. This new version (v1.1) includes new features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 such as BranchCache, DirectAccess, BitLockerToGo, and AppBlocker.
 
To stay updated on the next installment for IT Managers, visit the IT Management Hub.

Upcoming Webcasts
 
July 9, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this session, we will examine Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server 2008 R2.
 
July 13, 2009, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Attend this webcast and learn how we’ve enabled new levels of storage flexibility in Exchange 2010. Find out the technical details that will help you select the right storage for your Exchange 2010 environment.

Identity and Security
 
Simplify the security experience and manage compliance with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager. With Microsoft Forefront solutions, including Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager and Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling,” you can more efficiently manage your enterprise and maintain compliance.
 
Improve protection for Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server by downloading the Microsoft Antigen 9.0 with SP2 releases. New features include visibility of all actively published engines, alerts and notifications of new engine availability, improved anti-spam detection through integration of Cloudmark engine, and rollup of software fixes.

On Demand
 
We explore the features, installation, and use of Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Tools in this webcast.
 
In this webcast, we explore how Windows PowerShell 2.0 automates desktop administrative activities to improve productivity and how Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences enhancements and AppLocker make it easier for IT professionals to manage desktop systems.

Virtual Labs
 
In this lab, you will install your first Exchange Server 2010 server.
 
After completing this lab, you will be able to use the SCCM 2007 Administrator Console to verify the site configuration, identify the Software Distribution and Maintenance Windows feature of SCCM 2007, and more.

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Free Learning Snack: Unified Messaging in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Discover how unified messaging works and get an overview of its architecture. You’ll also learn about the voice mail integration feature of Exchange Server 2010.

See What’s New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals
In this free online clinic you’ll get an overview of the new and enhanced deployment, security, manageability, and performance features in Windows 7. This clinic describes how these features meet the day-to-day needs of IT professionals.

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