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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 2: January 28, 2009
Note from the Editor
Mitch Irsfeld 
Greetings and Welcome to TechNet Flash.
At CES early this month, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta 1, providing enhancements in virtualization, Web platform, management, scalability, and reliability. New features also ensure greater integration with Windows 7 for scenarios such security, remote access, and branch office infrastructure. You can learn more and download the beta today. And TechNet Plus subscribers can download the Windows Sever 2008 R2 beta bits.

Also released was the beta of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization V 1.0, an enterprise virtualization solution that helps your users run legacy applications on their Windows Vista desktops. The final version of MED-V 1.0 is slated for release in the second quarter of this year as a part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. Download the beta.

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Your Featured Content
 
Ensure that the content most relevant to you is presented in this section.
 
This short white paper provides an early first look focusing on details of interest to IT professionals, including advancements in manageability, security, and deployment.
 
Explore new and updated features in Windows 7 with these short screencasts. Subscribe to the Windows Client Videos for IT Pros RSS feed to be automatically notified as new walkthroughs are added.
 
This video shows you how you can install Win7 on netbooks - which do not normally come with a DVD drive - by preparing a USB drive with the installation bits and installing from it.
 
When the first person in a branch location requests a file over the WAN, it will be cached locally for any subsequent requests within the branch. Check it out.
 
Use these tools to analyze a wide range of performance problems including application start times, boot issues, deferred procedure calls and interrupt activity (DPCs and ISRs), system responsiveness issues, application resource usage, and interrupt storms.
 
Check out the new features and technologies that help improve the security of computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, increase productivity, and reduce administrative overhead.
 
The Windows Azure SDK provides developers with the APIs, tools, documentation, and samples needed to develop Internet-scale applications that run on Windows Azure.
 
Download Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, which extend Visual Studio to enable the creation, building, debugging, running, and packaging of scalable services on Windows Azure.
 
This article covers the Microsoft support policies and recommendations for running currently supported versions of Microsoft Exchange Server in a hardware virtualization environment.
 
Every workload that is protected by DPM 2007 received some enhanced functionality within SP1, including mirrored database support for Microsoft SQL Server, Standby Continuous Replication (SCR) protection with Microsoft Exchange, significant optimization of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server farm protection, and of course, Hyper-V protection.
 
February 2, 2009, 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Topics we cover include deploying the 2007 Office system with the Deployment Workbench, adding the 2007 Office system to the Deployment Workbench, performing multi-language integration, and the Office Customization Tool (OCT).
 
February 4, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we look at how to use Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to manage virtual environments and migrate to an environment based on Hyper-V.
 
Find out how to use and extend Microsoft SQL Server and Analysis Services to simplify the storage of KPI and metrics into an Analysis Services catalog that can support intuitive UI-agnostic content creation.
 
Tune in as we discuss how to centrally deploy and manage mobile devices and applications while safeguarding corporate data.
 
February 4, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
If you need better access to information about your business, then join this webcast and learn how the Microsoft BI and search solutions can help you find information about your business you never knew you had.

IT Management
 
This document discusses how Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is licensed when used with virtualization technologies like VMware’s ESX Server, VMware’s VMotion, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, or Parallels Virtuozzo.
InformationWeek: New Analytics Reports for IT Managers
InformationWeek surveyed its readers, and the results may help you align current business objectives with upcoming technology challenges. Download “ Virtualization: Facing IT and Business Realities” and “ Setting up Priorities for the Next-Generation Web Apps.”

Scripting for IT Pros
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Featured Downloads
 
This major update to ZoomIt, the Sysinternals screen magnification and annotation utility, adds a LiveZoom mode on Windows Vista and higher, allows you to change the typing and break timer font, adds the ability to copy the magnified screen to the clipboard with Ctrl+C, and introduces a new configuration interface.
 
Implementing virtualization can decrease your infrastructure’s power consumption and hardware needs. The free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 can help you better understand your IT infrastructure and determine whether your systems are ready for migration to Hyper-V server virtualization technology.

Upcoming Webcasts
 
February 11, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we discuss the three client-related virtualization technologies - application virtualization, desktop virtualization, and presentation virtualization - and explain when it is appropriate to use each technology.
 
January 30, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to use Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to move production servers into a virtual environment. We also cover the creation of a self-service provisioning environment that allows groups to create and manage their own virtual machines without the help of the IT department.

Security
 
View this short Silverlight video to see two experts from TwC discuss MSAT and how it helps customers establish a baseline for security in their enterprise and manage an action plan for resolutions.

On Demand
 
In this webcast, we cover some of the main file and storage features in Windows Server 2008, including Server Message Block 2 (SMB2), Distributed File System (DFS), Network File System (NFS), Offline Files, Storage Explorer, Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), Virtual Disk Service (VDS), Share and Storage Management, and File Server Resource Manager (FSRM).
 
Learn best practices for identifying server workload characteristics and mapping virtualized server workloads to the appropriate Intel processor families. Topics include Hyper-V server virtualization architecture, definition of common server workloads, Intel Xeon processor families, evaluating server workloads, sizing recommendations, and security and network considerations.

Virtual Labs
 
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a Microsoft Exchange Server model, analyze results, and edit an existing model.
 
After completing this lab, you will be better able to install and configure Exchange Server 2007 Standby Continuous Replication, simulate a database loss, and activate the Standby Continuous Replication copy.

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