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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 25: December 10, 2008
Note from the Editor
Mitch Irsfeld 
Greetings and Welcome to TechNet Flash,
Ah, the holidays. First, we give thanks before we overwork in order to overindulge, only to take stock and resolve to do it better next year. We do love our time-honored traditions.

Here’s your chance to take part in one of Microsoft’s traditions: The Customer Preview Program, where you can play an integral part in our development process. Check out the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. This is a traditional service pack release containing all cumulative security updates available since the Windows Vista SP1 release in March 2008; however, either Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 is a prerequisite for installing this service pack. What makes the Windows Vista SP2 release unique is that it is a single service pack for both client and server operating systems. Since the code base for Windows Vista is shared with Windows Server 2008, a single update can be deployed across your full infrastructure.

For a summary of the key highlights of Windows Vista SP2 for IT pros – including support for new types of hardware and emerging standards and capabilities to improve system performance – see the Springboard Series Blog and bookmark the Windows Client TechCenter for ongoing updates and announcements. For a full list of changes in SP2, visit the Windows Server Division Weblog for Windows Server 2008 and The Windows Blog for the Windows Vista client.

And just a reminder: If you’re the type who completes your holiday shopping before the rush, you’re probably the type who would prefer to get access to something as important as Windows vista SP2 prior to a CPP or general public availability. We have just the place for you. Swing by the TechNet Plus Subscription site. Vista SP2 Beta was made available to TechNet Plus subscribers on December 2. Already a TechNet Plus subscriber? Then go directly to your benefits and get the Windows Vista SP2 bits or the Windows Server 2008 SP2 bits.

Is HPC for You?
Would your server workloads benefit from high-performance computing (HPC)? Carl Claunch, Gartner Vice-President and distinguished analyst, pens a great synopsis on when enterprises should install Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 as the operating system for their computer clusters. Check out When to Choose Windows HPC Server 2008 for Your Computing Cluster. Then get a side-by side comparison of Windows HPC Server 2008 and its predecessor.

For more quick takes on HPC Server 2008, see the HPC Show on Channel 9:
New on TechNet Magazine: Tip of the Day
Check out the helpful new Tip of the Day feature on TechNet Magazine. December is Windows Vista month, with a new tip posted every business day. Here are some recent tips:
Round 2 of the Cloud Computing Survey
Thanks go out to those who participated in round 1 of this survey. Please give us your opinions in round 2. Do you have something to say about cloud computing? Click here, tell us more, and make your opinion count.
Mitch Irsfeld
Editor, TechNet Flash

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December 15, 2008, 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn the basics of Windows PowerShell, examine how the help system works, and review the Windows PowerShell command structure. See how to format output and some basic Windows PowerShell commands, and how to use the Microsoft .NET Framework to build a simple form using Windows PowerShell.
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Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2” RC delivers powerful self-service capabilities for Office end-users, rich administrative tools and enhanced automation for IT professionals, and .NET and WS-* based extensibility for developers.
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December 19, 2008, 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time
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Find out how to use and extend Microsoft SQL Server and Analysis Services to simplify the storage of KPI and metrics into an Analysis Services catalog that can support intuitive UI-agnostic content creation.
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January 12 - 16, 2008, main Microsoft campus, Redmond, WA
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Evaluation Center Updates
There’s no better way to experience System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 than to try it in your own environment. Try a fully functioning version of VMM 2008 for 180 days for free.

IT Management
Check out the demo in this Tech·Ed Online interview with the Group Product Manager behind the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool. Through the easy-to-use assessment process, you will find prioritized tasks with industry guidance, best practices, and recommendations to resolve security issues identified in the detailed reports.

Scripting for IT Pros
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Support and Troubleshooting
Knowledge Base Articles
See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.

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Featured Downloads
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Upcoming Webcasts
December 12, 2008, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
We look at what the new SMB 2 protocol does, how its performance is influenced by the new TCP/IP stack, and how other network parameters like Jumbo Frames contribute to overall network performance.

Find out how to assess whether your desktops are vulnerable to viruses and spyware with the new Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2. This free toolkit also assesses Forefront Client Security and Network Access Protection (NAP) readiness of your PCs.
The Security Development Lifecycle provides you and your team with corresponding levels of guidance and tools for strategy, assessment, and implementation of your security.

On Demand
In this webcast, we focus on showing you how to use ILM "2" to address self-service group management and password management scenarios, with an eye toward planning and deployment guidance for real-world production implementation.
In this webcast, we discuss current and future Intel VT technologies and describe the Intel vision of hardware-assisted virtualization. We also address installation, management, and high availability of the Hyper-V Server role on an Intel server chipset platform.

Virtual Labs
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