Volume 10, Issue 24: November 26, 2008
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Receive a free copy of SQL Server 2008 when you attend select SQL Server 2008 courses with Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions. This is a limited-time offer.
Quantify the environmental benefits and cost savings of virtualization technology by building a simple environmental savings report for virtualization projects you are considering, and get to the set of tools (including a deeper scenario-based ROI analysis and infrastructure assessment) that can help you get started on realizing that value.
This popular Solution Accelerator for Virtual Machine Servicing has been updated to support Hyper-V and the latest versions of Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and System Center Configuration Manager. You can obtain this free accelerator on
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Read how VMM 2008 measures up against the competition and how virtualization will help you manage your IT environments. Also find out what VMM 2008 can do for you.
Jeff Wettlaufer, technical product manager in System Center marketing, chats with Brad Anderson, GM of the Management Services Division, about the latest desktop virtualization innovations that are a part of the R2 release of System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
To help you make the best technology choices for your desktop users, Microsoft has classified user needs in five different scenarios based on user profiles. This new accelerator helps you choose the right scenario for your organization. Try it out on
In this webcast, we explore how to take advantage of the advanced capabilities in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008, and the Microsoft System Center application suite to reduce disruption, minimize help desk calls, and ensure maximum uptime for desktop users.
Discover the important upgrades in Operations Manager 2007 and find out why it may be time for you to upgrade from MOM 2005.
Find out about the important updates to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager in the upcoming DPM 2007 SP1 release.
December 3, 2008, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we present network considerations when deploying Project Server and Project Professional 2007, including an overview of the Project Professional Active Cache mechanism.
TechNet Radio: Migrating from SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007
Hear Dan Lozovatsky answer some of the most common questions customers have asked about how Microsoft IT upgraded and migrated from Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. We also cover the November 2008 Microsoft Security Bulletins.
By using Expression Blend to quickly create compelling application interfaces for Windows and Web applications, the user interface designs created in Expression Blend can be directly associated with development code. As a result, non-technical users can deliver graphical mockups of applications to software developers.
Manage your company's mobile devices the same way you manage the rest of your technology infrastructure. Download the trial and see how easy it can be.
Save documents to the Web for free and stay productive no matter where you are. Sign up for the free beta experience.
Use this learning path to help you take security into consideration when developing a business intelligence strategy.
During December, on the Redmond campus, Microsoft’s User Research Team will share prototypes of the new Essential Business Server Admin Console. Your feedback will help shape the look, feel, and behavior of the new product.
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December 3, 2008, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we discuss how the platform capabilities of Microsoft’s virtualization solutions enable organizations to expand their infrastructure options without sacrificing existing investments. If you need to do more with less, tune in to this webcast.
Get the “how to” licensing information you need, from the basic concepts to the product specific details, each less than 15 minutes. These webcasts will help you learn about the tools and resources available to help you track your Microsoft software licenses, purchasing strategy, and the Software Asset Management processes.
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The Beta announced at TechEd EMEA is now available for download. This release includes cross-platform monitoring and service-level monitoring capabilities.
MED-V provides an enterprise solution for desktop virtualization, enabling customers to upgrade to the latest OS while supporting legacy applications in a previous version of Windows. MED-V Beta will be publicly available in Q1 2009. The product is targeted for final release in the first half of 2009.
December 3, 2008, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
We cover many new features included in Windows Server 2008 that reduce the cost of ownership, and we take a close look at specific technologies that improve administration, data center, and branch office deployments.
December 8, 2008, 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to automate client administrative activities in the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista operating systems. We explore the features and capabilities of Windows PowerShell, describe customer scenarios, and discuss command-line syntax usage.
Download the November security updates, including updates for Microsoft Windows.
It isn't quite released yet, but still tracking really well for December. So, to get a taste of what’s in SP1, check out this video. And look for a weekly podcast on Edge, each showing one new SP1 feature between now and the end of the year.
Learn about the history of the partnership and integration between HP and Microsoft. Then hear about the new System Center announcements at TechEd EMEA – Pro management packs and HP patching catalog.
After completing this lab, you will be able to browse a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services cube by using Microsoft Office Excel 2007, use Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) formulas in Office Excel 2007, and display Analysis Services Key Performance Indicators in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to provide a hands-on experience on Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, demonstrate the potential usage scenarios of the product, and use ILM 2007 to also provision certificates as part of the ID lifecycle process using the certificate lifecycle management features.
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