Volume 11, Issue 25: November 18, 2009
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November has been a big month on the identity and security front. In addition to the release of the
Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Release Candidate
Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server
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Forefront Online Protection for Exchange 9.3
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Test out the new release of Exchange Server, and don’t forget to check out the
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SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers several capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations, improve IT and developer efficiency, and enable highly scalable and well-managed business intelligence on a self-service basis for your users.
Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server is now available for testing, and you’ll find new resources on the
Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server home page
. Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective protection against malware and spam by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners.
Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG) provides multiple layers of continuously updated protections – including URL filtering, antimalware inspection, intrusion prevention, application- and network-layer firewall, and HTTP/HTTPS inspection - that are integrated into a unified, easy-to-manage gateway.
Begin testing your organization’s software and hardware by downloading the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Evaluation. Designed just for IT pros, this limited-time trial offer lets you begin developing your organization’s best practices for configuration and deployment.
Take a guided tour through the new and enhanced features of Windows Server 2008 R2. Important stops along the way include Windows PowerShell cmdlets, tools for remote management, core parking options for processors, Active Directory changes, and branch caching.
Windows Home Server is designed for up to 10 PCs and used by families or small and home offices for storing and organizing files in a central location, along with providing data recovery, automatic backup, remote access, and document management.
Ensure your IT environment is healthy and up-to-date before you migrate. Designed for administrators of small or medium-sized networks, this tool takes a few minutes to scan your IT environment, perform more than 100 separate checks, and collect and analyze information.
Educate yourself and your organization on how to build more secure applications. The SDL Developer Starter Kit offers content, labs, and training to help you establish a standardized approach to rolling out the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) in your organization.
Review the latest Security Intelligence Report (SIRv7) to find deeper analysis and recommendations based on data input from over 450 million computers worldwide to help you successfully plan and manage protection technologies.
IIS Application Request Routing (ARR 2.0) is an extension for IIS that enables Web server administrators, hosting providers, and content delivery network (CDN) providers to increase Web application scalability and reliability through rule-based routing, client and host name affinity, load balancing of HTTP server requests, and distributed disk caching.
Part 1 in a 3-part series focuses on the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services. In these videos, Partner Technology Specialist Matt McSpirit, from Microsoft U.K., walks through configuring Microsoft VDI.
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