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Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 9: April 30, 2008
Note from the Editor
Greetings New TechNet Flash Subscriber,
Are you managing large and distributed IT infrastructures and looking to consolidate physical servers onto a virtual infrastructure? Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides support for consolidating as well as rapid provisioning and deployment of new virtual machines. And now you can try out the beta version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which offers multi-vendor virtualization support and Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) for dynamically managing virtualized IT infrastructure. For more on this comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center, see:
Speaking of virtualization, check out the beta of a new Solution Accelerator on Microsoft Connect. The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines Windows Workflow with Windows PowerShell to automate the update process of virtual machines (VMs) stored in a Virtual Machine Manager library. VMs that are offline for extended periods need to be kept current with the latest operating system updates to maintain good network security. For more details, see the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Executive Overview. 

And finally, a reminder that the beta of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is now available. With this new hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, you can consolidate server roles as separate VMs running on one physical server.

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Thanks for reading,

Mitch Irsfeld
Editor, TechNet Flash

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Windows Server 2008 operating system and the new Windows Server Backup utility bring many changes and welcome enhancements to backing up. Read an in-depth guide to backing up and restoring Active Directory service in Windows Server 2008.
Too many Windows administrators underestimate the importance of having a well-designed Organizational Unit structure. Find out why having a sound OU strategy is important and determine the best OU structure for your organization.
Cooling costs for your data centers have just gone up. Your IT admin just told you that you are about to run out of rack space. What should you do? Get the help you need with the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool. It helps you determine if your existing servers can be consolidated using Microsoft server virtualization technologies.
Get ready to build a more agile and cost-effective virtualized infrastructure with latest suite of Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators.
May 8, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
In this session, we identify the tools, technologies, and best practices that have been used successfully by Microsoft services and partners to minimize or eliminate many of the perceived (and real) challenges that customers experience with both independent software vendors (ISVs) and internally developed applications running on Windows Vista.
You can now get Windows Vista SP1 by visiting Windows Update or the Microsoft Download Center.
Learn how the System Center family of products can integrate into typical data center-related tasks such as planning, consolidation, deployment automation, updating and patch management, health and performance monitoring, data backup and protection, and regulatory compliance. Also learn about the role of virtualization.
May 19, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
See how the System Center family of products can help you deploy and manage data centers quickly and easily, reducing the total cost of ownership, improving service levels, and increasing organizational agility.
In this first installment of TechNet Magazine’s new SharePoint column, we give an overview of the SharePoint architecture and show you how to set up a basic SharePoint infrastructure with Windows SharePoint Services.
Should you wait to upgrade your operating system before deploying the 2007 Microsoft Office system? Should you upgrade or perform a clean install? Mike Jorden from Microsoft answers these questions and more.
May 1, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
LUA Buglight (version 2.0 currently in the works) is a tool designed to help both developers and IT professionals (system administrators) identify the specific causes of least-privilege user account (LUA) bugs in desktop applications running on the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista operating systems.
This webcast will cover the steps to install the necessary additions to both the Apache Web Server and IIS to support the Web applications that use either Perl or PHP.
Ron Sha of Glu Mobile talks about the importance of a strong content management platform.
See firsthand how Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 with Windows Mobile 6.1 can help improve mobile device security, simplify management and lower costs. Download the 120-day trial evaluation software.
Join our technical experts as they provide comprehensive insight into how Windows Mobile smartphones/PDAs and System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 can help improve mobile work-force productivity, enhance mobile device security, simplify management and lower costs.
Microsoft Forefront code name "Stirling" is an integrated security system that delivers comprehensive, coordinated protection, making it easier to manage and control security across an organization’s IT infrastructure.
May 20, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Get an overview of the new features of Forefront code name “Stirling,” including a single management console and dashboard for security configuration and enterprisewide visibility, plus new versions of Forefront Client Security, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, and Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server.
May 9, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Within Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, you are required to deploy servers with appropriate DNS records, ports configured, and possibly load balancers depending on what type of topologies are selected. In this webcast, we address all three in advanced topology configurations and also provide examples of global type deployments with these settings.
May 12, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Attend this session to learn how to incorporate the new features in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to manage large-scale data warehouses that can scale to larger numbers of users and growing volumes of data. In this session, we cover new technologies like Resource Governor, data compression, and enhanced indexed views.
Join WiNSUG on May 1 for its monthly meeting.
Join APCO SBS on May 2 for its monthly meeting.
Join IADNUG on May 3 for its Code Camp.
Join DACS on May 5 for the presentation “The Remote Desktop.”
Join SBS SIG CiNPA on May 7 for its monthly meeting featuring a Heroes Happen Here Windows Server 2008 Launch Event.
Join wmsbtug on May 7 for its monthly meeting.
Join BAWSUG on May 7 for its joint meeting with the Exchange Users Group.
Join NESQL on May 8 a meeting featuring SQL Server 2008 Data Compression.
Join DSSUG on May 8 a meeting featuring the changing role of the SQL Server database administrator.
Join SOFLSBS on May 8 for its monthly meeting.
Join NTPCUG on May 10 for its “Second Saturday” meeting.
Join NPA on May 12 for a lunch-and-learn meeting with roundtable discussions and spam filtering with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.
Join ISSA-SVC on May 13 for the May ISSA Tech Nite.
Join HUNTUG on May 13 for its monthly meeting.
Join NYSBS on May 13 for its meeting featuring a behind the scenes look at Exchange Hosting Services.
Join Users Group on May 13 for its monthly meeting.
Join Palm Beach IT on May 13 for its monthly meeting.
Join the Minnesota Small Business Server Users Group on May 13 for its monthly meeting.
Join SoCal IT Pro on May 14 for its monthly meeting.
Join WinSBSUG on May 14 for its monthly meeting.
Join LexMUG on May 14 for its monthly meeting.
Join BDPA-Philly on May 21 for its monthly meeting.

Evaluation Center Updates
Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 is the integrated edge security gateway that helps protect IT environments from Internet-based threats while providing users with fast and secure remote access to applications and data. Register to download the free 180-day trial software today and you will receive relevant resources that address the challenges specific to each stage of evaluation.
Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 allows IT professionals to centrally and cost-efficiently manage Windows Mobile 6.1 devices like they do other managed computers, and it gives mobile employees security-enhanced, behind-the-firewall access to confidential information and applications.

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Featured Downloads
Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is a management solution specifically designed for IT professionals working in midsize businesses who often face IT challenges similar to those of larger enterprises: troubleshooting end user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems.
This new Solution Accelerator takes Web application SLA reporting to a new level by combining server side monitoring with reports on synthetic transactions initiated from the users' side of the network. This approach allows the SLA to take local conditions such as network and configuration into account. This accelerator supports Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Upcoming Webcasts
Friday, May 2, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Get an exciting look at what parallel programming in the twenty-first century looks like. Keywords and topics covered include Message Passing Interface (MPI), OpenMP, ClusterSOA,, Vampir, F#, Mathlibs, Optimization, Parallel Frameworks (TPL, Plinq), Debugging, Profiling, and much more.
Friday, May 2, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Learn how new features in Windows Server 2008 -- such as Windows Imaging Format (WIM) image format, Windows Deployment Services role, and the Windows Automated Installation Kit -- can reduce the cost for migrating to Windows Server 2008 and provide a lower cost of ownership.

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SharePoint administrators are looking for a better way to protect and recover their collaboration infrastructures. If your company relies on Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to manage and deliver information, who will you trust to maximize its protection and recovery? Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 is the answer.

On Demand
In this webcast, we show how to use the help system, format output, and manage Windows-based servers with Windows PowerShell. We also cover converting VBScripts for system administration to Windows PowerShell scripts. We then examine the improved manageability features of the Windows Server 2008 operating system, such as Windows Eventing and WinRM, and we look at how Windows PowerShell works with the manageability features of Windows Server 2008.
In this session, we look at high availability options in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 that help ensure that these systems are there when they are needed -- regardless of what component has failed.

Virtual Labs
Take part in a virtual lab for hands-on experience in simplifying and streamlining the way you deploy, manage, and secure desktops across your enterprise. You will learn how to make better use of your current assets and incorporate the latest technologies as they become available, through techniques such as automation, standardization, compatibility testing, and improved utilization.
Take part in these virtual labs and experience how the Microsoft Forefront line of business security products provides greater protection and control through integration with your existing IT infrastructure and through simplified deployment, management, and analysis.

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