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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 11: May 28, 2008
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Mark’s Blog -- Guest Post: The Case of the FrontPage Error
Mark Russinovich’s latest blog entry highlights how one IT pro used Process Monitor to quickly solve a perplexing FrontPage error message.
Speaking of Mark Russinovich, be sure to see Mark’s in-depth technical articles in TechNet Magazine. The magazine also features a special security issue this month. Don’t miss The Great Debate: Security by Obscurity or Michael Murgolo’s New Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista for a discussion on the enhanced Run as Administrator functionality that works with third-party scripting tools, a way to replace a handy Windows XP feature removed from Windows Vista, and many more useful tools.

Finally, watch Bill Gates at Microsoft’s 12th annual CEO Summit as he demonstrates the Touch Wall and talks about what’s changing over the next 10 years.

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InformationWeek, April 26, 2008
The author of this article sets out to determine whether Windows PowerShell is usable, and learnable, for the masses of Windows admins who prefer to point and click their way through daily tasks.
 
May 30, 9:30 AM Pacific Time
Join the Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2.
 
Deliver search to your organization quickly and easily. Microsoft Search Server Express is free. Try out a search solution that allows you to deliver the simple, easy-to-use experience your users expect, while meeting the security and manageability requirements that your IT environment demands.
 
Windows PowerShell V2 CTP2 introduces several significant features to Windows PowerShell 1.0 and Windows PowerShell V2 CTP that extends its use, improves its usability, and allows you to control and manage the Windows environment more easily and comprehensively.
 
Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization feature of Windows Server 2008 is now available for download. RC1 has support for additional guest operating systems and a simplified install process for Windows Server 2008 integration components. Download RC1 or receive it through Windows Update to provide feedback and to begin planning and testing the end-deployment scenarios.
 
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available for download and installation via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.
 
This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3, and how to deploy the service pack.
 
InformationWeek, May 16, 2008
Interviews with Sam Ramji and Tom Robertson reveal that Microsoft is strong on building open source business models and community as well as interoperability and industry standards.
 
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1, the end-to-end service management solution, adds improved console performance, increased scale limits, and a disaster recovery solution for all Operations Manager roles.
 
Security MVP Ronald Beekelaar provides insight on Microsoft Forefront products for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway 2007.
 
May 29, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Join us for in-depth training on the new developer tools in Windows HPC Server 2008. The developer tools landscape changes dramatically with the emergence of multicore/many-core systems. Get an exciting look at what parallel programming in the twenty-first century looks like.
 
Acceleration Workshops are hands-on training sessions for professional embedded developers that help you streamline your development process and bring your next-generation embedded device to market faster.
 
TechWeb, May 9, 2008
Nifty new Silverlight-enabled search Web parts are among several capabilities that FAST brings to the SharePoint world, including content spotlighting, multimedia search, and taxonomy management.
 
Read excerpts from this Wrox Press book, written by the most well-known SharePoint experts in the field and with in-depth information about the critical areas within the platform.
 
See firsthand how Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 with Windows Mobile 6.1 can help improve mobile device security, simplify management and lower costs. Download the 120-day Trial Evaluation software. Download the Windows Mobile 6.1 Device Emulator Kit.
 
Are your applications ready to take advantage of the new features, capabilities, and screen resolutions provided by Windows Mobile 6.1? One of the most important changes affecting Windows Mobile application developers is the addition of support for five new screen resolutions. Download Windows Mobile 6.1 emulators, and start testing your Windows Mobile applications today.
 
After completing this lab, you will be able to configure Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 to allow: outbound Web access for client computers on the internal network, Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) network traffic used by the Ping command from client computers on the internal network, and outbound access from the ISA Server 2006 computer. You will also be able to block a large number of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections from the same IP address.
 
Throughout the 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 series, we use Contoso, a fictitious shipping company that delivers all kinds of items around the globe, as our scenario customer as we explore the features that make Microsoft SQL Server 2008 a productive data platform.
 
Find best practices and automated tools to help strengthen the security of computers that run either Windows Vista or Windows XP SP2 and the 2007 Microsoft Office suite of applications.
 
See guidance on a variety of interoperability scenarios for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, including links to white papers on integration with SAP and Lotus Notes.
 
Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 is a top-down portfolio management solution that helps your organization realize its potential by identifying, selecting, and delivering a set of investments that best align with your business strategy.
 
June 18: Washington, D.C.
This one-day immersion style event will help you get the technical information you require to start deploying and developing HPC solutions by using Windows HPC Server 2008.You will experience how Windows HPC Server 2008 platform is simple to deploy, operate, and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools.
 
June 23: Chicago, IL
This one-day immersion style event will help you get the technical information you require to start deploying and developing HPC solutions by using Windows HPC Server 2008.You will experience how Windows HPC Server 2008 platform is simple to deploy, operate, and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools.
 
June 24: Mountain View, CA
This one-day immersion style event will help you get the technical information you require to start deploying and developing HPC solutions by using Windows HPC Server 2008.You will experience how Windows HPC Server 2008 platform is simple to deploy, operate, and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools.
 
Join DACS on June 2 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join Pac IT Pros - SF on June 3 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join BAWSUG on June 4 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join NHSSUG on June 4 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join WiNSUG on June 5 for networking and a lecture.
 
Join CTSMUG on June 6 for its summer meeting.
 
Join APCO SBS on June 6 for its monthly event.
 
Join the Tech Users Group on June 10 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join ISSA-SVC on June 10 for its Tech Nite.
 
Join PBIT on June 10 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join STLSSUG on June 10 for its SQL Server 2008 Launch Event.
 
Join HuNTUG on June 10 for its INETA speaker.
 
Join WSTPA on June 11 for its cocktail reception.
 
Join SoCal IT Pro on June 11 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join AUG on June 11 for its AX development Tips & Tricks.
 
Join CITPG on June 11 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join LexMUG on June 11 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join MISBS on June 11 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join WinSBSUG on June 11 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join TW-SBS on June 17 for its monthly meeting.

Evaluation Center Updates
 
Designed for small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2008 is an affordable, integrated server solution that helps you protect your business data, increase productivity, and present a more professional image to customers -- giving you the tools you need to help grow your business capacity.
 
Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006 is the integrated edge security gateway that helps protect IT environments from Internet-based threats while providing users with fast and secure remote access to applications and data. Register to download the free 180-day trial software and you will receive valuable resources assembled to address the challenges specific to each stage of evaluation.

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Featured Downloads
 
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 is the end-to-end service management solution that is the best choice for Windows.
 
The Windows Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator 2008 is a sample line-of-business application that showcases the latest design principles and technologies in the mobile space. Install it today, and find out why it has served as the foundation for some of the largest and most important Windows Mobile projects in the world.

Upcoming Webcasts
 
May 29, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this review of the new version of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, we cover management of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 clusters, and VMware ESX Server. We give a technical overview of the new features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager and provide a live demonstration of the product.
 
June 16, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Join us to learn everything you need to know about remote access and how the Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 provides a highly customizable and easy-to-use solution for secure remote access for all users.

Security
 
Check out the most frequently downloaded security-related tools, service packs, and software.
 
From now until June 30, 2008, every time you download a different Microsoft Forefront product trial, you'll increase your chances of winning great prizes, including a new quad-core server system with 16 GB RAM, a 24" widescreen monitor, and much more -- a U.S.$10,000 value. You could also instantly win a Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 rechargeable mouse and ultrathin keyboard, or a $50 Best Buy gift card.
 

On Demand
 
Learn how you can take advantage the benefits of the Windows Live platform for your organization. We discuss Windows Live ID; Microsoft Silverlight Streaming; and the Windows Live Admin Center, which allows you to manage a slice of Windows Live.
Get More Security and Control with Mobile Device Manager
In this TechNet Radio session, learn how you can improve secure access to corporate data and line-of-business applications and simplify management of Windows Mobile powered devices. We discuss how System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 provides integration into Active Directory, rich inventory and reporting tools, secure virtual private network (VPN) access, and more.
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Virtual Labs
 
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create an Intelligent Application Gateway portal Web site, add Outlook Web Access to the IAG portal Web site, configure Endpoint policies, add a non-Web application to the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-based portal Web site, and configure an SSL VPN connection using an IAG network connector.
 
Get hands-on experience installing the Enterprise Manager server component, configuring and deploying down-level components, troubleshooting the Enterprise Manager, and an overview of the Enterprise Manager interface.

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