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Volume 13, Issue 29 | December 14, 2011

 
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Download the SQL Server 2012 Express Release Candidate
SQL Server 2012 Express RC is a free data management system that delivers a rich set of features, data protection, and performance for embedded applications, lightweight websites, applications, and local data stores. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping, this download includes support for Sysprep, Microsoft's System Preparation Utility for Microsoft Windows deployment.




SharePoint Online November 2011 Update
This SharePoint Team Blog post announces new features and fixes, including Business Connectivity Services, external sharing, better connections, Recycle Bin, and more for SharePoint Online in Office 365.




Twelve Reasons to Love SQL Server 2012: Reason #6 - Managed Self-Service BI
Dashboards and controls help monitor end-user activity, data-source usage, and performance metrics with PowerPivot for SharePoint. Import PowerPivot models to SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services and enable end-user alerting from reports. Download the SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) today and try it for yourself.




Best Practices for Managing Many Resources in Project Server 2010
This article describes best practices for managing users in a Microsoft Project Server 2010 environment when you have projects that have lots of users.




Video: Your Three Winning Numbers of Cloud Computing
Although cloud computing is emerging as a main delivery vehicle for IT services, there is much confusion about what it is and how it works. This session brings clarity by examining the facts and common knowledge of IT, and builds an essential body of knowledge about cloud computing with three easy-to-remember numbers.




Webcast: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with SAP for Expense Management
January 17, 2012, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how Microsoft standardized on one global solution for employee expense management. Integrating Dynamics AX 2012 with SAP for expense management achieved greater policy enforcement, improved flexibility to react to changing business conditions, and reduced long-term maintenance costs while enabling future business capabilities.



 



 
 

Window 8 Platform Storage (Part1)
This blog post provides an overview of the rationale for our platform storage investments and begins a whirlwind introductory tour of some of the more significant platform storage enhancements being delivered. Don't miss Part 2.




Get the Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 RC
The release candidate for Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 is now available from Microsoft Connect.




Virtual Lab: Application Virtualization 4.6 SP1 Sequencing
After completing this lab, you will be better able to sequence 32-bit and 64-bit applications, perform a Virtual File System (VFS) installation of an application, create and consume Package Accelerators, perform an active upgrade of an application, and sequence a plug-in to an application.




TechNet Radio: Office 365 Deployment - Networking and DNS (Part 5)
In Part 5 of the Office 365 Deployment Readiness series, Senior Program Manager Mark Heneen discusses the importance of understanding your network environment when going through the planning and deployment stages for Office 365. He also demos the DNS records checks capability of the tool.




Video: Lync Server 2010 Interoperability
In this session we show the different scenarios in which Lync Server 2010 can co-exist with IM and presence systems, PBXes and leading video infrastructure, depending on the customer's requirements.




Virtual Lab: Internet Explorer 9 Application Compatibility
After completing this lab, you will be better able to collect data using the Internet Explorer Compatibility Test Tool (IECTT), upload Internet Explorer compatibility issues data to a database, analyze Internet Explorer compatibility issues data using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), use the Developer Toolbar to identify and analyze compatibility issues, and more.



 



 
 

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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Living Up to Expectations over the Holidays

As technology professionals, we play a multifaceted role during the holidays. It starts with the requests to recommend the best gadgets, games, devices, and software. Then it probably progresses to something like, "I'll bet uncle Mitch knows how to get a good deal on that gizmo." And then come the calls for help on setting up and troubleshooting whatever it is that you might or might not have recommended.

I have no advice for you on that front. That's our lot, it seems, so wear your cape with pride. But I can help keep the polish on your superhero boots and provide some advice for sorting out the hits and misses. ...

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Training and Books

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - December 2011 Update
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. Download the full training kit including the hands-on labs, demo scripts, and presentations.

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Events

Sign Up for Free Windows Azure Developer Camps
Windows Azure Developer Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you've learned. Find a camp near you.

Microsoft Management Summit 2012
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June 11 - 14, 2011,
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Tech·Ed 2012 will offer four days of 1,000+ learning opportunities and training across the full range of Microsoft products and solutions. Register now for the premier Microsoft technology conference and take advantage of super early-bird savings.
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