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Volume 14, Issue 9 | April 27, 2012

 
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System Center 2012 Released - Plan and Test a Private Cloud

A Microsoft private cloud, built on System Center and Windows Server, dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services. Download the Private Cloud Evaluation software, evaluate the System Center 2012 Client Management and Security solutions, and register for the Private Cloud Guided Labs.


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Watch the Keynotes from Microsoft Management Summit

Get an inside view of the latest private cloud offerings and device management by watching the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes from the Microsoft Management Summit. See how Microsoft allows you to manage resources and always-on services from the datacenter to the desktop.


TechNet Feature: System Center 2012 Is Private Cloud Ready

System Center 2012 is now available as the most cost-effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices. This new feature package offers the latest resources to evaluate Microsoft's private cloud platform and begin planning for the future.
Your Featured Content

Announcing the Windows 8 Editions
First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will be the names for PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors, and Windows RT will be the name of the newest member of the Windows family - formerly known as Windows on ARM or WOA.




Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Now Available
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2012 supports deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2, in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.




Get Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta 1
Script Explorer is an extension to the Windows PowerShell content and guidance experience, combining the vast amount of knowledge held in the community with resources that are available from Microsoft.




Virtual Lab Express: Exploring SQL Server 2012 Power View
After completing this lab, you will be better able to use the PowerPivot Gallery to create a Power View report, become familiar with the Power View designer, create a visually compelling Power View report based on various visualization types, save the Power View report to a document library, export the Power View report to PowerPoint, and browse to, and interact with, the Power View report.




Cloud Fundamentals Video Series: Cloud Security
Tim Rains discusses the importance of industry collaboration on cloud security with Philippe Courtot, the Chairman and CEO of Qualys, a corporate member of the Cloud Security Alliance.



 



 



 
 

Sign Up for the Windows Intune Beta
Sign up to access the beta for the next release of Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud service for managing and securing PCs through a single web-based console.




Windows Server "8" and System Center 2012 Reviewer's Workshop
In this Reviewer's Workshop we're talking about the latest features found in Windows Server "8" and System Center 2012. Paul Venezia from InfoWorld is here to offer his insights into how IT pros and organizations are using virtualization and cloud services in their IT environments.




Stay Connected with Lync 2010 for Mobile Clients
If your organization uses Lync, you can download a Microsoft Lync 2010 app for your mobile device to stay connected on the go.




Microsoft Unveils Translator App for Windows Phone
The free Translator app is now available on the marketplace. You can use your camera to translate printed text, voice recognition to translate spoken text, or the keyboard to enter text that you want to translate.




TechNet Radio: Setting up Windows Server "8" VDI in 13 Clicks and a Cup of Coffee
VDI in 13 clicks and a cup of coffee! Adam Carter from the Windows Server team is back for this episode where he demos for us the latest Virtual Desktop Infrastructure features found in Windows Server 8. Tune in as he covers initial setup, what the user experience looks like, and why it's the best value for your virtual desktop environment.




New and Updated Work Smart Guides from Microsoft IT Showcase
Seventeen Work Smart guides provide employees with scenario-based, best-use productivity aids on Microsoft products and technologies. Download customizable versions of Work Smart materials to use as samples and reusable templates that specifically address the scenarios and processes in your information worker environment.



 



 
 

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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Put a Private Cloud in Your Sandbox

With the public release of System Center 2012, there's no better time to start testing and building for two important scenarios: Planning and developing effective private cloud implementations to leverage your virtualized IT infrastructure, and to begin managing and securing a diverse set of consumer devices.

The TechNet Evaluation Center has made it easy to try it out, with a preconfigured experience that includes the System Center 2012 suite and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1....

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Training and Books

Take Your Career to the Cloud with the New MCSE Certification
There are more job postings in the cloud computing industry than there are qualified workers to fill the positions, according to an analysis of hiring trends by Wanted Analytics, reported by CIO.com. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the certification of choice for technology professionals who want to lead their company's journey to the cloud.

Redeem Special Offers on Exam 70-659 Before May 31
If you have received any promotional exam vouchers for Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, the time to redeem them is now. All offers for the exam will expire on May 31, 2012.

"Be the Next Microsoft Employee" Sign-Up Ends Soon
The deadline to enter Microsoft's new reality show, "Be the Next Microsoft Employee," is rapidly approaching - the deadline to enter is May 7, 2012. Contestants are already signing up, and we're going to announce the six finalists at TechEd in Orlando on June 11, 2012.
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Events

Second Keynote Speaker Announced for TechEd
Antoine Leblond, Corporate Vice President, Windows Web Services, will deliver a day-two keynote at both the TechEd North America and TechEd Europe events. Antoine joins a roster of other confirmed event keynoters including Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business; Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division; and Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio.

24 Hours in a Private Cloud Announces Two Keynotes
May 10, 2012, online
Come listen to Jim Reavis, Executive Director from the Cloud Security Alliance, talk about the path to securing the private cloud, and hear Dr. Dejan Milojicic, Sr. Research Manager at HP Labs, talk about how IEEE is supporting the progress of the private cloud for its members and the industry. During the 24 hours of this online event, top industry and technical professionals from around the world will help you better understand the Microsoft private cloud technology solutions that are available today.
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