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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 21: October 15, 2008
Note from the Editor
Mitch Irsfeld 
Greetings and Welcome to TechNet Flash,
First up, we’ll bring you up to speed on several of the new offerings around Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows Client. You’ll be hearing more about Windows 7 later this month, especially if you’re attending the Professional Developers Conference, where the pre-beta bits will be distributed. In the meantime, bookmark the Engineering Windows 7 Blog, where the engineering team discusses the thinking that went into a range of features.

For those of you interested in what’s ahead for Windows Vista speech recognition capabilities, sign up for the Windows Speech Recognition Macros Technical Preview 2 and see how you can create powerful macros that are triggered by voice command to interact with applications.

Also just released, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Beta Program is now open, with new assessment scenarios such as SQL Server 2008 migration inventory, Microsoft Online Services inventory and migration surveys, virtualization infrastructure reporting of host-guest relationship, and readiness assessment for Microsoft Forefront Client Security and Network Access Protection. The popular Windows Vista Hardware Assessment readiness tool has now been replaced by this platform.

And if you’re looking for tips on addressing Windows Vista performance issues, common misconfigurations and how to fix them, you won’t want to miss Mark Russinovich hosting the Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable: Windows Vista Performance... Need Answers?

Got BI?
Microsoft recently unveiled new managed self-service analysis capabilities (code-named “Project Gemini”) and self-service reporting in the next release of Microsoft SQL Server focused on BI — code-named “Kilimanjaro.” Read more about what’s coming up for pervasive business intelligence, and check out the Network World article “ Next Version of SQL Server to Redefine BI.”

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The Microsoft Web Platform Installer lets you create a Web platform on your server. The Microsoft Web Platform is a reliable, high-performance Web stack that is capable of hosting both ASP.NET and PHP applications on a single server, and can scale to run the largest sites on the Web.
 
Attend the free event near you that lets you touch, discuss, and experience Microsoft virtualization solutions in a setting that’s focused on you. You’ll get a day of intensive hands-on experience with a well-designed virtualization strategy—one that can help you control costs, improve service levels, and drive business agility.
 
Take our partner assessment and get a free copy of DPM for your organization. Register today and learn how you can protect your SQL Server 2008 database and how to provide data protection in a virtualized environment. DPM 2007 is designed to provide disk-to-disk-to-tape protection for infrastructures that depend on Microsoft technology.
 
This month, Henrik Walther looks at configuring Windows Server 2008 to work with Outlook Anywhere, testing remote connectivity, deploying standby continuous replication, and more.
 
Customers who purchase at least 10 licenses of Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 or Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 through a new or true-up Enterprise Agreement or Select License Agreement with Microsoft Software Assurance can earn up to 15% back on ERP* in Microsoft partner subsidy funds. These funds can be used toward purchasing future hardware, software or services from their Microsoft Partner of choice.
*Estimated Retail Price. Expires March 27, 2009.
 
In this series, we present in detail key aspects to consider when you evaluate, plan, deploy, and operate Project Server 2007. We discuss the main considerations when planning high-availability deployments—when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.
 
Raymond Chen explains why Windows can but chooses not to replace a file that is currently in use.
 
Join Baldwin Ng, Senior Product Manager with Microsoft’s Solution Accelerators team, as he discusses the new version the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator.
 
Listen as Jeremy Chapman, Senior Product Manager with the Windows Product Management Group, discusses the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and offers guidance and strategies for remediating application conflicts.
 
Jim Wilson demonstrates how to configure your development environment so that the device Connection Manager ignores the ActiveSync connection and instead uses the cellular or Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to debug the associated application code.
 
If you are managing a mid-market-sized IT environment, and looking for a solution to using multiple tools and processes, watch this video with David Mills, Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, to find out how System Center Essentials can benefit your IT department.
Register Now for the SQL Server 2008 Roadshow
Learn more about the new enhanced capabilities of SQL Server 2008. Explore security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence. Don’t miss this half-day event that will give you a better understanding of what SQL 2008 has to offer and how you can best put it to use at your company. Roadshows run from 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 noon.

IT Management
 
November 6, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
The goal of Platform Solution Blueprints is to help IT managers plan their technology investments by focusing on reusable capabilities such as next-generation Web, business intelligence (BI), service-oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization, security, and others that are critical to the success of their business.

Evaluation Center Updates
 
SQL Server 2008 is here, and it’s time to download a free, fully functional 180-day trial version today. Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for SQL Server and it’ll find all the SQL instances and database servers for you in just a few hours.
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What’s New for TechNet Plus Subscribers
TechNet Plus Single User subscribers receive SQL Server 2008 Enterprise, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 with Service Pack 1, and System Center Operations Manager 2007 with Service Pack 1 with October DVD shipment.

Get Windows Small Business Server 2008 RTM TodayWindows Small Business Server 2008 and the new Essential Business Server 2008 are the solutions that work for small and medium-sized business. Both these solutions don’t officially launch until November, and until then only the public preview will be available. But TechNet Plus subscribers can find the RTM version of Small Business Server 2008 on TechNet Plus today through the subscriber-only downloads portal.

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Upcoming Webcasts
 
October 22, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we describe the elements of the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution (Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Application Server, and Microsoft SQL Server), and we cover data flow components and key areas for scalability.
 
November 6, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
The goal of Platform Solution Blueprints is to help IT managers plan their technology investments by focusing on reusable capabilities, such as next-generation Web, business intelligence (BI), service-oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization, and security. If you are taking a “best-of-breed” approach to your IT strategy, you do not want to miss the information presented in this introduction.

Security
 
Are your PCs using Security Center? Do they have anti-virus or anti-malware software already installed? If not, wouldn’t you want to know? Download the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and it will report the Security Center assessments to you in just hours.
 
After completing this lab, you will be able to explore the user interface of ISA Server, explore how ISA Server uses multiple networks and a single list of firewall rules, as well as how ISA Server uses monitoring.
 
Download the October security updates, including updates for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.

On Demand
 
Learn how to effectively use the new group policy objects in Windows Vista to improve manageability and strengthen security with this podcast by Derek Melber, author, IT consultant and Microsoft MVP for Group Policy.
 
In this webcast, we describe the elements of the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution (Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Application Server, and Microsoft SQL Server), and we cover data flow components and key areas for scalability. This webcast is part of a webcast series targeted at IT professionals.

Virtual Labs
 
After completing this lab you will be better able to provide hands-on experience with Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2,” provision new users within ILM “2” and see the user data flow out to Active Directory. Additionally, you will be able to use the ILM “2” self-service password reset facility, and use the ILM “2” self-service group management features integrated into Microsoft Office 2007.
 
This lab has a laundry list of new features in Active Directory. It is intended to demonstrate some of the ways that Active Directory management and operations have been improved in Windows Server 2008. It addresses all scenarios that Active Directory is used in, including management, security, and remote infrastructure.

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Your Featured Content
IT Management
Evaluation Center Updates
Scripting for IT Pros
Support and Troubleshooting
What’s New for TechNet Plus Subscribers
Upcoming Webcasts
Security
On Demand
Virtual Labs
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Training & Books
" Second Shot Offer Gets Even Better
Second Shot allows you a free retake if you fail a Microsoft Certification exam. Now you will also be rewarded for passing the exam. From October 15 – December 31, 2008, get 25% off a future exam if you pass the first exam using the Second Shot offer voucher.
" Get Windows Server 2008 Skills – and Free Software
Don’t miss out on this offer; it won’t be available much longer. Take select instructor-led Windows Server 2008 courses and get the Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition free. Offer available through December 31, 2008 or while supplies last.
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November 10 - 13
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More than 250 in-depth sessions on Microsoft Exchange, Windows, SQL Server, SharePoint and .NET. Exciting content and panels delivered by 150 Microsoft architects and industry experts. Every attendee receives SQL Server 2008 standard with 1 CAL. This event sold out last fall; be sure to register today.

Register for PDC2008
October 27 - 30
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Pre-cons October 26, 2008
This year’s Professional Developers Conference is the place to see the coolest new technology and get your hands on the latest pre-beta bits (including Windows 7). Attendees will also receive a 160-GB drive loaded with all PDC bits.

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