Volume 10, Issue 7: April 2, 2008
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With all the recent launches, including the SP1 update for Windows Vista, it’s time to start talking about the “D” word. That’s right, deployment
, and here’s a great place to start: The
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008
is now Windows Vista Service Pack 1-ready. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 is the next version of Microsoft Business Desktop Deployment 2007, adding integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and automated installation of desktops and servers.
You can also
deploy the 2007 Microsoft Office system with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
To access guidance, resources, tools, and straight-talk articles to help address your Windows Vista adoption questions anytime, visit the
for Windows Vista.
If you missed the Windows Vista Virtual Roundtable with Mark Russinovich, do yourself a favor and
watch the on-demand replay
. Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich hosted a panel of independent industry experts and IT pros from organizations around the world that have already deployed Windows Vista. They openly discussed known challenges, solutions, and workarounds, plus they provided tips and tricks based on their real-world deployment experiences. Also find
video and audio download options
on TechNet Spotlight. Don’t believe it’s worth your time? Check out this
this month focuses its sights on Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Check out
what’s new for database administrators
, explore some of the most important
, and get an in-depth look at
the seven new built-in data types
. For more, watch “
24 Hours of SQL Server 2008
.”Cool Stuff Update
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Join our technical experts for this webcast series and discover how the Windows Mobile platform integrates with your existing IT infrastructure, so you can deploy and manage mobile devices and applications from a centralized location using familiar management tools to provide a secure, scalable, and affordable solution.
Download this software development kit (SDK) console, to build automation scripts for batch processing to the SMS Provider, and to manipulate System Center Configuration Manager 2007 client settings.
Author Gary Olson describes the capabilities that make Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 “definitely worth evaluating for a true enterprise solution, especially when combined with OEM storage server products like NAS and even SAN products."
Get important customer-requested stability and performance improvements and incorporate further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Microsoft Office system servers prior to December 2007.
The 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1 delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Office suite prior to December 2007.
Check out the top 10 compelling reasons to move to Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology.
This white paper introduces Hyper-V as a key component of the Microsoft datacenter-to-desktop virtualization strategy. It shows how new and enhanced features in Hyper-V help relieve enterprise customer pain points in common scenarios: server consolidation, business continuity and disaster recovery management, testing and development, and the dynamic data center.
Learn about the advantages of using Windows Server 2008 with Windows Vista, and find information on how Windows Server 2008 interoperates with other applications and platforms.
Protect your organization from attacks with the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide. You'll get comprehensive security guidance, preconfigured security settings, and automated tools that reduce security policy deployment times by up to 80 percent.
April 24, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
In this one-hour webcast, we present an overview of XFRAME, a powerful mainframe migration and re-hosting platform that companies can use to move mainframe workloads to the Windows Server platform. XFRAME is one of the only complete mainframe re-hosting environments currently available that supports the Windows Server environment.
April 7, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
In this webcast, we look at high-availability options in SQL Server 2008 that help ensure that these systems are there when they are needed -- regardless of what component has failed.
April 3, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this webcast, we look at Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit tools and how they provide a set of deployment and technical reference information for Office Communications Server 2007. We discuss a few tools in depth, and provide scenarios and demonstrations of when and how to use these tools.
May 13, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this webcast, we look at how to set up archiving for Office Communications Server 2007, and discuss how to enable Call Detail Records. We also show you how to pull data out of the SQL Server database in relation to archiving, and we look at manipulation of the Call Details Records data.
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers Information
Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers is the newest release of the Internet Explorer Web browser including advancements in Web standards that enable developers to build interoperable sites faster and easier.
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Evaluation Center Updates
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is a comprehensive solution optimized for the management of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 servers running in the virtualized data center.
Register to download the free 120-day trial software
and you will receive valuable resources assembled to address the challenges specific to each stage of evaluation.
With its built-in server and presentation virtualization technologies, Windows Server 2008 enables you to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, and accelerate and extend application deployment and access, while improving server and application availability. Also see the
Top 11 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008
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The Software Updates Synchronization SuperFlow is a dynamic, interactive dataflow model that provides all of the information needed to understand the software updates synchronization process in System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator is the expanded version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator tool that was released in early 2007. New features include Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hardware assessment, virtualization candidacy recommendation for Virtual Server 2005 R2 (this release) and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (future release), and more.
Sweepstakes prizes include:
One Xbox 360
Ten $100 Amazon.com gift certificates
Ten Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 copies
April 23, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
In this webcast, we discuss what is in store for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.
May 30, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
In this webcast, we discuss the high-performance computing (HPC) in Windows compared with a Linux solution.
For a limited time, get up to 35 percent off the estimated retail price of Microsoft Forefront Client Security. Find out more and download the trial software.
April 9, 11:00 AM Pacific Time
On April 8, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the April security bulletins. The intent of this Webcast is to address your concerns. Therefore, most of the time will be devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.
Explore the advantages of an infrastructure based on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Join us as we discuss the processes and tools that make the adoption process smoother, as well as provide prescriptive guidance and best practices.
On-demand webcasts include:
These virtual labs give you a chance to test drive the new features of Windows Server 2008, which include improvements to management, network protection, and Terminal Services. Sign up for a free 90-minute block of time, download a manual, and step through a lab today.
Test drive SQL Server 2008 and see how it can provide a scalable, high-performance database engine for mission-critical applications that require the highest levels of availability and security. Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation required. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module.
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