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Volume 12, Issue 3 | February 10, 2010

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Windows 7
Windows 7 Release Candidate Expires June 1, 2010 -Shutdowns Begin March 1
If you are still running the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), beginning March 1, 2010, your PC will start to shut down every two hours in preparation for Windows 7 RC expiration on June 1, 2010. To avoid interruption, you will need to reinstall an earlier version of Windows, or the final, released-to-manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Application CompatibilityToolkit Connector for SCCM2007 Now Available
The Configuration Manager 2007 ACT Connector helps you inventory installed applications and determine their compatibility with Windows. It also retrieves device driver compatibility for installed devices and reports which device drivers will need to be updated to support Windows.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Preview the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant

Microsoft recently announced the first CTP of a SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL v1.0, which automates aspects of the migration process to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008, including SQL Azure Database.

Video: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 User Experience
Video: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6User Experience
The main delivery in App-V 4.6 is 64-bit support. The rest of the product features and functions are much the same as, if not identical to, those in App-V 5.1 SP1. The App-V user experience presented here is based on a server-based deployment scenario with a full, App-V infrastructure, with packages streamed in RTSPS over port 332.

Learn More - Windows Internet Explorer 8
Webcast: Migrating from Internet Explorer 6 to InternetExplorer 8 (Level 300)
Attend this demonstration-heavy webcast to learn what IT professionals do in real-world scenarios to configure, manage, deploy, and ensure the compatibility of their Web applications with Internet Explorer 8.

Windows Small Business Server 2008
Download the SBS 2008 Best Practices Analyzer

The Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) Best Practices Analyzer examines a server that is running SBS 2008 and presents a list of information and errors that administrators should review.

Olav Opedal
Securing Sensitive Information: How MSIT UsesADRMS + RSA DLP
Senior Security PM Olav Opedal presents an overview of how Microsoft IT secures sensitive information across the vast Microsoft network. In this video he discusses the basics of how RSA DLP, Microsoft AD RMS, and other Microsoft Forefront technologies work together to protect and secure HBI Data.

Microsoft Office + Microsoft SharePoint
Download the Virtual Machines for Evaluating Office2010 and SharePoint 2010
This set of virtual machines enables you to demonstrate and test Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 in a fully configured environment with sample data.

Get the Beta
Get the Beta: System Center Configuration Manager2007 Dashboard
The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets you track application and operating system deployments, security updates, the health status of computers, and IT compliance. The Dashboard is a free Solution Accelerator, and fully supported by Microsoft.

Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2 Quick Look Video:PowerShell V2

In this screencast, Senior IT Pro Evangelist Matt Hester shows the new output control called Gridview, which enables you to work with the sometimes complex output of PowerShell. He'll also walk through the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripted Environment feature, and the ability to run remote PowerShell commands on servers that are not in your environment.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
New Consolidated Updates for System CenterOperations Manager 2007 (R2 and SP1)
The Cumulative Update for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (localized for English, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Korean) and Update Rollup for Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (all available localizations) are now generally available via the Microsoft Download Center.

Workload Architecture Poster
Get the New Office Communications Server 2007 R2Workload Architecture Poster
This free poster gives you a visual of the different Communications Server 2007 R2 workloads, including how certificate requirements and DNS and firewall configuration come into play. It describes the traffic flow of protocols and ports used in each workload, including IM and Presence, Conferencing, Application Sharing, and Enterprise Voice.

New Guide to Data Governance for Privacy,Confidentiality, and Compliance
Read or listen in to a discussion about the concept and core process for data governance, and the key elements that must be in place to get started with this approach.

Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010
Evaluate Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway2010

Check out Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010, part of our identity and access managementsolution. You can also read the white paper on the DirectAccess feature of Forefront UAG and watch these videos to learn more: technical demonstration, technical deep-dive on UAG and DA.

Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Moving Apps into the Cloud

First the news: coinciding with the commercial launch of Windows Azure, Microsoft released the Azure Tools forMicrosoft Visual Studio 1.1 for creating, configuration, building, debugging, running, and packaging scalable Web applications and services on Windows Azure. And for getting your current Windows applications running in the cloud, the Windows Azure team released a beta of Windows Azure Drive....

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Webinar Sign-Up: Are your IT systems distributed? Or convoluted? 2/25 2pm EST

Training and Books

Save on Training and Software with a Windows 7 Career Package
This package from Microsoft Learning includes classroom training, a certification exam, and a free, fully licensed copy of Windows 7. Offer available through June 30, 2010 or while supplies last.

Discounted Training Offer: Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
Get the skills you need to support, deploy and develop for Windows HPC Server 2008, at special invitation-only pricing. Attend this training at the deeply discounted pricing of only US$75 per seat (retail price is US$1,500 per class). View full class schedule and use voucher code USA-HPC-LMS to receive US$75 pricing.

Free Webcast: FAST for SharePoint 2010 - What You Need to Know
Register by February 28, 2010, and save US$200.

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