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Volume 12, Issue 4 | February 24, 2010

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Preview the Upcoming TechNet Wiki

Later this year, TechNet and the Server & Cloud Division will partner to launch the new TechNet Wiki. Keith Combs provides a preview of how this technology will offer a better way to discover and participate in the creation of TechNet content.

Four-Part Video Series: IT Pro Virtualization Tour

IT Pro Evangelists show how to create virtual machines, use VHD Native Boot as the running operating system, run Windows XP apps from a Windows 7 PC, and manage the virtual infrastructure.

Part 1: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

Part 2: VHD Native Boot

Part 3: Windows XP Mode

Part 4: System Center Virtual Machine Manager
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Evaluate Release 10.1 ofForefront Online Protectionfor Exchange
The new release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) integrates the support request system with the Admin Console. See the New Features Guide and the 10.1 Admin Center Guide.

Webcast: TroubleshootingActivation Issues with Windows7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
February 26, 2010, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join us to learn the steps for troubleshooting the most common product activation and validation issues in enterprise environments. We provide proactive guidance and the latest updates on Volume Activation for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.

Video: Microsoft EnterpriseDesktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 SP1 User Experience
This screencast demonstrates running a MED-V workspace using a V1 SP1 client in the Windows 7 environment. In V1 SP1, MED-V continues to employ Virtual PC 2007 as the virtualization vehicle to run a MED-V workspace, and it does not require hardware-assisted virtualization.

Video Series: Learn How toManage Security andCompliance Processes
Security Compliance Manager, a free new tool from Solution Accelerators, is now in beta. Check out this series of short videos, and learn how this tool can help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows client and server operating systems and Microsoft applications.

Find Popular WebApplications in the WindowsWeb App Gallery
The Windows Web App Gallery provides instant access to the most popular free Web applications. CMS, blogs, wikis, e-commerce, and more can be installed with just a few clicks. Be up and running in just minutes.



Infrastructure Planning andDesign Guide for MicrosoftApplication Virtualization 4.6Now Available
Get the latest guidance for planning your application virtualization infrastructure. Updates now include support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, including such features as BranchCache, support for 64-bit clients, and server-sizing data.

Mark Your Calendar for theMicrosoft Desktop VirtualizationHour
March 18, 2010, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Looking at desktop virtualization including VDI? Thinking about Windows 7 migration, want savings, but wonder about ROI? Watch and interact live with Microsoft, industry experts, and IT leaders for a moderated televised discussion.

Forefront TMG 2010 CapacityPlanning Tool Now Available
The Capacity Planning Tool helps you understand what hardware you will need to support the number of users, wide-area network bandwidth, features and protections enabled in your Forefront TMG 2010 deployment.

"Are You Certifiable?"Certification Game DebutsNew Windows 7 Track
Pit your technology acumen against other IT professionals and developers from around the world in a battle for bragging rights and leaderboard domination. Test your tech IQ to find out if you are certifiable.




Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Clearing the Fog Around Cloud Computing

First off, a quick reminder to take the short TechNet FlashSubscriberSurvey. It will only a take a couple minutes and could mean a better experience for you. Many of the ideas for the recent changes to the newsletter came from subscribers. Tell us what you think of them and give us more ideas.

Describing the general concept of cloud computing, its promise and benefits, is fairly straightforward. But the varied approaches and emerging product offerings from a growing list of vendors create confusion, especially as you look at it from the standpoint of your existing infrastructure...

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Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Program: Recognizes, Develops, Certifies Technical Excellence
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Maximize PC and Server Speed and Efficiency
New Diskeeper 2010 with IntelliWrite tech increases system speed and efficiency beyond anything before possible. It prevents fragmentation before it happens. Try it now for free!

Last Chance for Tech·Ed Early BirdSavings

Tech·Ed is an IT tradition, the definitive venue for meeting and learning with your professional peers. This year, Tech·Ed North America will take place in New Orleans, June 7 - 10. You can still get Early Bird savings of US$200 on the full conference fee if you register by February 28.


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