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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 8: April 16, 2008
Note from the Editor
 
Greetings New TechNet Flash Subscriber,
The Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative now extends to security and privacy on the Internet. At the RSA Conference last week, we unveiled a vision for an industry call-to-action called End to End Trust. To learn more about this vision, read the white paper ”Establishing End to End Trust”, by Scott Charney, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing. You can also join Microsoft's End to End Trust forum and let your voice be heard.

With last week’s public beta release of Microsoft Forefront code name “Stirling,” you can now begin evaluating the next-generation integrated security system. Download the beta and you will automatically get access to valuable beta resources throughout the evaluation experience.

Speaking of security, the Windows Vista One Year Vulnerability Report analyzes the vulnerability disclosures and security updates for the first year of Windows Vista in the context of its predecessor, Windows XP, along with other workstation operating systems, including Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Apple products. Also check out the side-by-side comparison chart of first-year vulnerabilities for Windows Vista and other operating system products.

New from Sysinternals
The Sysinternals team has updated its Process Monitor utility, an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity. The Process Monitor 1.30 update adds support for importing and exporting filters, records system information in log files, presents more information about specific operations, includes translation of additional operation error codes, and tracks CPU and memory activity that it displays in a revamped process summary. Also check out Mark’s Blog: The Case of the System Process CPU Spikes, where Mark Russinovich shows how he used Process Monitor to track down a device driver causing CPU spikes.

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Thanks for reading,

Mitch Irsfeld
Editor, TechNet Flash

Your Featured Content
 
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The Windows Automated Installation Kit was designed primarily for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. But did you know that it can also help you deploy Windows XP and Windows Server 2003? Here's what you need to know to get started.
 
This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista to more efficiently maintain your computer and safeguard your privacy when you're online.
 
Before you can effectively protect your Personally Identifiable Information, you must know where it's stored on your PC. Here's a look at how to write scripts that will locate personal data stored on your computer. You just might be surprised at what these scripts uncover.
 
April 30, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Join us for this webcast, in which we walk through new features of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2006 Supportability Pack and Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 Service Pack 1. We also talk about support provided by the Windows Vista operating system, pre-authentication with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), smart-card only authentication with Kerberos Constrained Delegation (KCD), and other performance improvements.
 
In this video, Keith Combs discusses a general overview of Windows Server 2008 Virtualization including how you create and manage virtual machines.
 
April 25, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
In this webcast, 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 Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and provide a live demonstration of the product. Do not miss this chance to get a sneak peek at the new Microsoft virtualization management offering.
 
Web logs and traffic analysis can give you a good idea of the kind of traffic you can expect over time. But how can you determine what your infrastructure can handle? The free Web Capacity Analysis Tool can help you to see how your systems will perform under stress.
 
April 17, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
In this session, we address how Windows Mobile devices make it possible for mobile employees to access their Microsoft Office Outlook e-mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks. See how, with the integration with Microsoft Exchange Server (hosted or on-premise) or Microsoft Small Business Server, you can open and edit Microsoft Office Mobile documents and access files via Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies.
 
April 18, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Attend this session to hear a feature- and scenario-level discussion of two different mobile communications solutions: one using Windows Mobile with Microsoft Exchange Server, Direct Push, and Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager, and the other using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server infrastructure with BlackBerry Connect.
 
April 18, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this discussion, we talk about the speech recognition feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging, how grammar files are generated, and how the speech engine uses grammar files for speech recognition. We also briefly discuss regular expressions that are used to customize grammar files.
 
Proofing Tools enable users to edit documents in more than 50 languages and, for some languages, include spelling and grammar checkers, thesauruses, and hyphenators.
 
Search doesn’t have to be complicated. Deliver search solutions to your organization quickly and easily for free with Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express.
 
With this online collection of learning resources, IT professionals and developers can learn about the new features in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
 
Learn to use the 2007 Microsoft Office System to extend the Office client and integrate PeopleSoft business data into the context of an information worker’s everyday experience.
 
May 29, 11:00 AM Pacific Time
In this webcast, Microsoft IT’s Application Consulting and Engineering team discusses the state of the industry, application security challenges, and how application security fits into the development life cycle for IT.
 
Join BDPA-NY on April 17 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join PSSBS on April 17 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join WSTPA on April 17 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join ISSA-SVC on April 17 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join NTPCUG on April 19 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join CFCS on April 20 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join BUG on April 22 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join DevGuild on April 22 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join WSUG on April 22 for its monthly meeting.
 
Register now for the High Performance Computing Summit on April 22 in McLean, VA.
 
Join BDPA-NJ on April 23 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join Agile-Carolinas on April 24 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join KCRSMUG on April 25 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join SLO STC on April 28 for its monthly meeting.
 
Join AZSMUG on April 28 for its monthly meeting.
 
April 28 - May 1: Urbana-Champaign, IL
 
April 28: New York, NY
 
Join BDPA-RMAC on April 29 for its monthly meeting.
 
April 30: Chicago, IL
 
May 6 - 8: Mason, OH
 
May 13 - 15: Las Vegas, NV
 
May 19 - 21: Santa Clara, CA
 
May 20 - 22: Detroit, MI
 
May 28 - 30: Los Angeles, CA

Evaluation Center Updates
 
Download the new Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint with SP2 to protect Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 from malware and inappropriate content. New features include support for Windows Server 2008 and installable key word lists for automatically blocking documents containing profanity and discriminatory words in eleven languages. Download the trial today, along with our new evaluation guide.
 
With Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console, administrators can easily manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, and Microsoft Antigen. Download the 120-day trial software and receive valuable resources delivered at regular intervals throughout the software evaluation period.

Scripting for IT Pros
 
Find out how what you can do with the Shell object. That might not sound exciting, but there’s some pretty cool stuff you can do with this object.
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Featured Downloads
 
Volume license customers can now download the slipstreamed version of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (English only) via the Microsoft Volume License Services (MVLS) Web site. Recently released for download were the evaluation and upgrade versions of Ops Mgr 2007 SP1 for French, German, Japanese, and Russian.
 
A number of new and updated System Center Operations Manager 2007 MPs were recently released to the System Center Pack Catalog for System Center Operations Manager 2007, including Windows System Resource Manager 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Windows 2003 Cluster (update), SQL Server 2000/2005 (update), and AD Server 2000/2003 (update).

Upcoming Webcasts
 
April 17, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Learn how the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) can be used to migrate applications to the new operating system. We cover the phases of the application migration process and include a demonstration of the ACT tools and features. Beyond migrating to a new operating system, ACT also helps enterprises assess the impact of Windows updates.
 
April 24, 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Find out how Microsoft IT Lifecycle drives consistency and simplicity with a single set of standardized processes based on the Microsoft Solutions Framework and Microsoft Operations Framework. Microsoft IT Lifecycle provides a structured approach that fosters cross-team collaboration and establishes a framework for standardized, repeatable process solutions and governance.

Security
 
As part of its commitment to a more secure and trustworthy computing ecosystem, Microsoft is making the details of the SDL process generally available online for the first time. IT policy makers and software development organizations can use this content to enhance and inform their own software security and privacy assurance programs.
 
For a limited time, get up to 35 percent off the estimated retail price of Microsoft Forefront Client Security.
 

On Demand
 
With the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on the way, the SQL Customer Advisory Team (CAT) team has been working hard preparing lists of best practices, recommendations, technical white papers, and technical end-to-end case studies on customer implementations.
 
Join this webcast to learn how Microsoft developed High Business Impact (HBI) information policy that complies with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.

Virtual Labs
 
At the end of this lab, you will be able to adjust the priority of network traffic based on application name, IP address, port, and protocol; implement Quality of Service (QoS) controls using Group Policy; and monitor QoS controls to ensure that they are functioning. Note that this lab is built using beta software. Some steps in this lab document may not function as expected at all times.
 
After completing this lab, you will be better able to manage event logs, subscriptions, and views; configure event subscriptions; and analyze system performance and reliability using reliability and performance reporting.

What’s New with TechNet Plus Subscriptions
 
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available in all 36 Windows Vista languages via the stand-alone installer and Windows Update. For TechNet Plus subscribers, the DVD image of Windows Vista with SP1 is available for download in some languages now, and will be available in all 36 languages by the end of April 2008. Not a TechNet Plus subscriber? Subscribe here.

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Microsoft Forefront Code Name “Stirling”
Beta release available for download
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Scripting for IT Pros
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Security
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What’s New with TechNet Plus Subscriptions
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Learn the benefits of maintaining a branch office network in Windows Server 2008. View a free Learning Snack.
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