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Volume 12, Issue 8 | April 21, 2010

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The TechNet Wiki Is Now Live

The beta of the TechNet Wiki is now available for your contribution. This is TechNet's new home for community-generated content about Microsoft technologies, and you're invited to jump in and edit or create your own page. For more on this community platform service, check out Keith Combs' blog post.

Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial Extended

The availability of Windows 7 Enterprise (Eval) 90-day Trial is being extended to Dec 31, 2010. Intended primarily for IT pros, the 90-day trial is the full-featured Enterprise SKU that will enable any organization to explore, test hardware and applications, perform pilot activities, and develop deployment scenarios.
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Screencast: Windows 7 Deployment Tools (Part 2 of 8)
In this screencast, John Baker, Sr. IT Professional Evangelist from Microsoft, will recommend free tools to help simplify Windows 7 deployment and make your job easier.

Webcast: Online Collaboration with Windows Azure (Level 200)
April 28, 2010, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Engage in a question-and-answer discussion and learn how Windows Azure can help you take advantage of a combination of on-premises resources and cloud services to deliver services and solutions to customers more quickly and throttle resources on demand.

TechNet Radio: Preparing for SharePoint 2010 from a SQL Server Perspective
In part two of the SQL Server and SharePoint series, John Baker interviews Quest Software's Joel Oleson on key considerations when planning for and deploying SharePoint 2010. Learn about new database requirements, high availability options, and enhancements made through SQL Server for SharePoint customers.

Screencast: MDT 2010 Deployment Process (Part 3 of 8)
10 min 42 sec
In this screencast, John Baker, Sr. IT Professional Evangelist from Microsoft, will walk through automating your Windows 7 deployment process using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. Using the toolkit will help reduce support costs by providing a more consistent configuration.

Webcast: Publishing SharePoint and Exchange with Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Level 200)
April 22, 2010, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to use Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway UAG 2010 to securely publish Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and other applications to your remote users - employees, partners, vendors, and others. Download the UAG 2010 trial .

Download Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 delivers unified data protection for Windows servers and clients as a best-of-breed backup and recovery solution from Microsoft, for Windows environments. Download now and receive resources from the experts.


Visual Studio 2010 Is Here
All developers can now try out the new Visual Studio 2010. Experience multiple monitor support; new support for SharePoint development, including numerous templates; and enhanced multi-targeting support. See how Visual Studio 2010 simplifies building standards-based Web applications with improved AJAX frameworks, core IntelliSense support for JavaScript, and jQuery.

Download Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2
Windows Server AppFabric is a set of integrated technologies that makes it easier to build, scale, and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS.

Download the SQL Server Migration Assistant
The SQL Server Migration Assistant helps lower the effort and risk in moving your Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, and Access databases to SQL Server 2005 and 2008. Freely download SSMA today.

Video: Exploring What's New in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 Archiving
Get a first look at what’s coming later this year in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) archiving. In this video, the Exchange team’s Ann Vu and Ian Hameroff talk about the investments we’ve made in archiving in Exchange 2010 SP1.

Webcast: How to Migrate from Your POP E-Mail Account to Exchange Online (Level 200)
April 27, 2010, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join us for the fifth webcast in this migration series. Learn about the workflow for POP and IMAP migrations, the availability of Microsoft partner tools for migration, and how to use the Microsoft Online Migration Tools to help you move to Exchange Online.

Webcast: Forefront Unified Access Gateway and DirectAccess - Better Together (Level 200)
April 26, 2010, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Attend this webcast to learn about the additional manageability, scalability, and security Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) brings to DirectAccess deployments. Download the UAG 2010 trial.

Launch 2010 Technical Readiness Series, the Next Wave of Business Productivity (Level 200)
April 29, 2010, 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join us for a full day of training from Microsoft engineers, evangelists, and partners and see how Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 work together as an integrated platform. Register to attend live event.


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Whether it's a launch event on Office 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2, a seminar on Optimized Desktop or a webcast on Exchange Server 2010, these events are hosted by experts at a Certified Partner for Learning Solutions center. It is easy to search and register for an event conveniently located near you.

Free Webcast - SharePoint and FAST Search Technical Deep Dive
This free webcast offers a deep dive into the new scale-out architecture of SharePoint and FAST Search 2010.

"Get On the Bus" Is Back in North America
The Get On the Bus Tour is back and Montreal marks our first location on a 10-city North American road show en route to Tech·Ed in New Orleans, June 7. We'll tour the East Coast for a deep dive into both Windows 7 and Office 2010, along with a specific path on how to get certified. Find a stop near you.


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