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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 12: June 3, 2009
Note from the Editor
Mitch Irsfeld 
Greetings, and Welcome to TechNet Flash.
We’re moving into summer and that means we start to see the sun as often as a couple times a week here in the Northwest. For us soggy Seattleites, that’s nothing to complain about. Sightings of that strange yellow orb traditionally portend a slight slow-down in the volume of announcements, giving us time to go scrape the moss off, well, everything! The moss may have to wait this year.

Here’s an example:

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Available for Download
Service Pack 2, the latest service pack for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, is now available for public download. SP2 supports new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, and simplifies deployment for consumers, developers, and IT professionals. For more details, see the TechNet page for Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.
Microsoft also announced that within 30 days of the May 11 release of Windows Server 2008 RC revealed at Tech·Ed, the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Release Candidatewould be available. VMM 2008 R2 RC builds on the new platform enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 such as Live Migration, Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV), hot addition and removal of storage, network optimization, and remote desktop services (RDS).

And for you app developers, Microsoft has released Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4, and it’s now time for customer feedback.

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Your Featured Content
 
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June 10, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we explore virtual hard disk (VHD) image management and deployment, dynamic driver provisioning, and multicast multiple stream transfer functionality that is used with Windows Deployment Services for operating system deployments.
 
June 17, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
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.
 
June 16, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
You're invited to join us for this live webcast to see how you can use MAP 4.0 Beta to determine the readiness of your infrastructure for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This webcast will also include a live demo and Q&A session.
 
June 17, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join us for a Windows Server 2008 File Services deep dive, in a session full of technical insight.
 
The System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP allow organizations to use Configuration Manager 2007 to scan computers for compliance with the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) mandate issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These extensions enable Configuration Manager to consume Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) data streams, assess systems for compliance, and generate report results in SCAP format. Already a member? Get the latest project details.
 
Discover end-to-end service management of applications and IT services running across your datacenter fabric, providing you greater control and insight into the health and performance of your Microsoft, UNIX, and Linux servers, and the workloads running on them. Download the Evaluation Version of Operations Manager 2007 R2.
 
June 4, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we identify architectural design considerations, provide prescriptive guidance, and discuss best practices.
 
June 4, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
This session will provide attendees 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.

New Videos for IT Pros
  Create a Report with Visual Studio 2008 and Deploy It to SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 
9 Minutes 7 seconds
This demo shows how to create a report project in Visual Studio; create shared data sources; design a report; add interactive sorting; change the project settings to deploy the report; deploy the report; and run the report in SSRS.
  Synchronize Active Directory with Microsoft Online Services 
13 Minutes 7 seconds
This demo shows how to download and install the MOS Directory Synchronization tool; synchronize Active Directory with MOS; edit an Active Directory user and synchronize with MOS; and enable a synchronized account to use MOS.

Featured Downloads
 
Explore how Windows 7 helps IT organizations like yours to better manage and secure a client infrastructure, and learn about the key new features that improve IT pro productivity. Discover the tools and resources you'll need to test, pilot, and deploy Windows 7 in your organization. Also remember to mark your calendar for the July 1, 2009 Windows 7 Beta expiration.
 
Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is designed to help reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies while providing enhanced management control over resources across the enterprise.

IT Management
 
June 4, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
If improving security is critical, but you believe security is tied to overwhelming administrative costs or have other security concerns, then join us for this webcast and experience security as a business enabler.
 
Hear about the latest trends impacting IT and the resources and guidance available to help you plan and deploy the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies.
To stay updated on the next installment for IT Managers, visit the IT Management Hub.

Scripting for IT Pros
 
Join the Microsoft Scripting Guys and more than 1,000 beginning and advanced scripters at this year’s Scripting Games. This year’s Scripting Games are focused on learning and not on competition. This year’s theme is the decathlon, so strap on your best scripting shoes and we’ll see you soon. Follow us on Twitter to find out about Scripting Games details as they are announced.
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Support and Troubleshooting
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See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.

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Upcoming Webcasts
 
June 8, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Learn how we’ve made the Exchange Management Console more powerful, extended the reach of PowerShell, and made it easier to delegate management tasks.
 
June 10, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we’ll take a look at the centralized console for DPM 2007 that Bocada has created, as well as look at the seamlessly integrated monitoring of DPM and non-DPM backups within the Bocada solution.

Identity and Security
 
With Geneva and Active Directory federation technologies, enterprises can more efficiently deploy and manage new applications, establish a consistent security model to consolidate access management, and facilitate easy collaboration between organizations. Learn more about Active Directory technologies.
 
Find out how Microsoft Forefront Client Security can help you reduce vulnerabilities and lower total cost of ownership. Download the datasheet on Forefront Online Security for Exchange. 

On Demand
 
In this webcast, we detail how the Windows 7 operating system helps improve energy efficiency through new power management innovations.
 
Tight budgets put all purchasing decisions under the microscope. Nonetheless, security professionals must keep up with ongoing regulations and new threats to sensitive data while ensuring the security of their systems. The good news is that the Microsoft Forefront security suite of products can help.

Virtual Labs
 
Learn about the installation and configuration options such as installing a new farm, configuring global workflow settings, configuring incoming e-mail, administrative tasks, farm topology, provisioning new Web applications and configuring alternative forms-based authentication.
 
In this lab you will learn how to use new Group Policy features and settings introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 as well as learn to create a group policy central store.

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Your Featured Content
New Videos for IT Pros
Featured Downloads
IT Management
Scripting for IT Pros
Support and Troubleshooting
Upcoming Webcasts
Identity and Security
On Demand
Virtual Labs
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Training & Books
Free E-Learning Clinic: Introduction to Exchange Server 2010
This one-hour clinic describes Exchange Server 2010 features, deployment scenarios, and development platform options. It also contains descriptions of tools used for managing 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.

More Training & Books
 
National and Global Events
Microsoft Connected Health Conference
June 10 - 12, 2009
Bellevue, WA
Use registration code CHCREG.
Join us for compelling sessions delivered by healthcare industry leaders, and learn about the importance of liberating data across the entire healthcare system. You will also have the opportunity to interact with Microsoft executives and key leaders in healthcare.

Partnering Power at Worldwide Partner Conference 2009
July 13 - 16, 2009
New Orleans, LA
Get the latest information and insights about Microsoft strategies and technologies directly from Microsoft leadership. Connect with other partners to explore opportunities and share best practices, and learn about the tools and resources to grow your business.

TechNet Events Presents: Integrate your IT Environment 
Get your integrated environment up and running with this roadshow from TechNet Events. You’ll learn how to authenticate and manage non-Windows operating systems, while exploring Active Directory extensions, management tools, security, file sharing and more. These sessions will help you enhance your business and efficiency in a heterogeneous IT environment. Find an event near you.
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