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Volume 11, Issue 13: June 17, 2009
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Evaluate your IT infrastructure readiness for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta. MAP 4.0 Beta also conducts server virtualization assessments for Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Download the MAP 4.0 Beta today. (Live ID and registration required.)
 
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  System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC 
R2 is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008 and enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning of new virtual machines, and unified management of physical and virtual infrastructure through one console. VMM 2008 R2 now manages many of the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The bits are available via Connect.
 
New TechNet Magazine article by Mark Russinovich
Mark Russinovich of Windows Sysinternals fame covers the motivations behind UAC’s technologies, revisits the relationship between UAC and security, describes the two new UAC operating modes, and explains how exactly auto-elevation works. Also new from Sysinternals, check out these updates:

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VMMap v2.0, which now breaks out information on memory used by the .NET CLR, enabling detailed memory analysis of managed applications.
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ClockRes v2.0, a system utility that reports the frequency of the system clock, now shows the upper and lower resolution of the system clock.
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June 18, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Get your questions answered, discuss the most common challenges around application compatibility, and find methods for getting incompatible applications to run on Windows 7. We’ll share tips and tricks, anddemonstrate free tools to analyze and fix applications. Feel free to submit questions in advance.
 
Microsoft in the second half of 2009 will offer a community technology preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2. Sign up now to receive an e-mail notification of the availability of the CTP and, while you are there, check out the new features planned for the R2 release.
 
Exchange 2010 provides an easy way to verify that important messages are delivered to every recipient with a new feature called Delivery Reports. See what Delivery Reports can provide for users in this in-depth explanation on the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog. Evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta.
 
The dashboard automatically displays application or system availability and performance in near-real time, across the entire organization. The dashboard also lets you create role-specific dashboards to support different departments, such as HR, finance, or operations.
 
Developed in close collaboration with virtualization subject-matter experts, the resource guide helps infrastructure ISVs as well as business applications ISVs to learn, build, test, and market their solutions on the Microsoft virtualization platform.
 
Picking the right server configurations for a Hyper-V virtual server system is critical for getting the most out of hardware. See the two extremes of virtualization: one of the largest servers (Intel Nehalem-EX) and the littlest servers (Via Nano).
 
June 23, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to use Microsoft “Geneva” and the claims-based identity model to enable single sign-on, strong authentication, federation, and the ability to flow user identity among applications.
 
The SDL Process Template for Visual Studio Team System 2008 enables you to automatically experience the benefits of the Microsoft SDL – discovering security issues early in your development lifecycle and reducing the total cost of development – without having to be a security expert.

New Videos for IT Pros
  Migrate Exchange Mailbox Content to Microsoft Online Services  
9 minutes, 48 seconds
This video shows how to activate synchronized MOS accounts, download and install the MOS Migration Tools, and use the Migration Tools to move mailbox content.
  How Do I: Using Group Policy in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 
18 minutes, 6 seconds
In this video, Kyle Rosenthal looks at the new format of Group Policy templates, the central store, and multiple local group policies, then drills down into device management using Group Policy.

Featured Downloads
 
If you are considering an online solution for your organization’s collaboration services, this new guide presents a clear comparison of SharePoint collaboration technologies across on-premises, standard hosting, and dedicated hosting scenarios.
 
Forefront Identity Manager 2010 RC0, formerly known as Identity Lifecycle Manager “2,” delivers an integrated identity management solution with powerful self-service capabilities for Office end-users, rich administrative tools and enhanced automation for IT professionals, and .NET- and WS-based extensibility for developers.

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IT Management
 
Watch this short live interview with the driving force behind the community hub for IT managers as she walks you through the useful areas in this online resource.
View Video Interviews, Keynotes, and Blog Posts at Tech•Ed North America 2009
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Upcoming Webcasts
 
June 18, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast we explore the features, installation, and use of Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Tools.
 
June 22, 2009, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how federation enhances the capabilities of Exchange 2010 and enables advanced coexistence between Exchange Server and Exchange Online.

Identity and Security
 
This white paper provides architecture and design guidance for building an information rights management (IRM)-aware application using Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services. The IRM Application Patterns Reference Implementation, available on MSDN, implements the patterns discussed within this article.
 
Find out how Microsoft Forefront Client Security can help you reduce vulnerabilities and lower total cost of ownership.
 

On Demand
 
Learn from Kevin Remde and his colleagues at IT Management Community Talk as they answer questions and help simplify your understanding of Microsoft security solutions.
 
This session provides an in-depth review of new connection filtering and content filtering technologies in the recently released beta 2 version of the next generation of Forefront Security for Exchange Server. Learn how it will integrate with the Microsoft Forefront integrated security suite codenamed “Stirling.”

Virtual Labs
 
After completing this lab, you will be able to identify a Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 SP2 site. You will use the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) prerequisite check program to validate that a site is ready for updating, as well as upgrade SMS 2003 advanced clients to SCCM 2007 clients.
 
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, identify the software updates and WSUS integration feature of SCCM 2007, and more.

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Training & Books
Download Sample Chapters of Windows 7 Books
Download free sample chapters of upcoming Microsoft Press books, including Windows 7 Resource Kit and Windows 7 Step by Step, along with new sample chapters from Windows 7 Inside Out and Windows 7 for Developers.

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