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Volume 12, Issue 17 | August 25, 2010

 Top Stories 
The Role of IT in the Cloud

Cloud computing and virtualization are potential game-changers for your career. Find out how to adapt your skills and position yourself for success in the new edition of TechNet ON. Also find specific resources and training options to update your skills.

New IT Resource for Debunking Cloud Myths

There are currently many misconceptions surrounding the cloud and what it has to offer. Our new TechNet page, "Put the Cloud to Work for Your Organization," provides you with the resources you'll need to guide others to a better understanding of the next steps to take to enable your organization to reap its benefits.
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Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) 2010 Released
OMPM helps IT pros discover and assess the compatibility of existing Office documents for conversion from the binary document formats of Office 97 - 2003 (such as .doc and .xls) to OpenXML formats used by Office 2007 and later (such as .docx and .xlsx).

Download the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 RC
VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM. You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter.

New SQL Server Migration Tools Ready to Download
Looking to cut the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server 2008 R2? Microsoft yesterday rolled out two free migration assistants: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL v1.0 and Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access v4.2.

Video: Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 Collaboration
Learn what Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 has to offer with features such as Project Sites and Workspaces, version control, task synchronization between Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010, governance workflows, tagging, wikis, discussion boards, integration of connectivity with remote team members via the web and mobile devices, and business intelligence for dynamic reporting.

Find Out What Type of Cloud You Are with This Fun and Informative Quiz
Take our quiz to find out how Microsoft cloud services can help you offload commodity workloads, manage security capabilities and "shadow" IT applications, and generally give your department the freedom, agility, and flexibility to grow your business.

Three New White Papers on AppFabric

• An Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric for Developers
• A Developer's Guide to the Service Bus in Windows Azure AppFabric
• A Developer's Guide to Access Control in Windows Azure AppFabric


Windows Azure platform AppFabric helps developers connect applications and services in the cloud or on premises. Visit the AppFabric site to learn more.



Updated Preview Release of Windows Home Server Code Name "Vail"
Microsoft has unveiled an updated preview of the upcoming version 2 release of Windows Home Server, code-named "Vail," based on Windows Home Server 2008 R2. Test the latest beta and provide feedback via the Connect program.

TechNet Magazine: Track Software Usage with MAP Toolkit 5.0
Tracking software usage for large enterprise customers can be a challenge. This new tool helps provide more accurate assessments.

Video: Windows 7 Compatibility - Evaluation and Remediation
Explore the importance of application compatibility in a successful Windows 7 deployment. In this video, you'll learn about potential driver and application issues, then how to evaluate the compatibility of your applications using tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT).

New Exchange Server 2007 Security Baseline Available in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta
This baseline is the latest release in the Security Compliance Manager Beta. The baseline is formatted to easily import into the Security Compliance Manager tool; it takes advantage of automation based on Windows PowerShell to set, check, and monitor computers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 for compliance with organizational policies.

SIR v8 Spread the Word Contest
Spread the word about the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and win. Blog or post information about SIR v8 and you could be eligible to win a softbound copy of SIR v8. Registration required.




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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Does the Cloud Bring Opportunity or Obsolescence?

Most organizations are a few years away from "IT as a service," but even if yours is just getting its feet wet by testing some private cloud solutions, there's no escaping the fact that clouds are agents of transformation. At a strategic level, the business drivers of this change are here to stay. As we learn in the interview with Microsoft CIO Tony Scott, companies emerging from the economic downturn are eager for the next wave of productivity and efficiency....

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Training and Books

Free Windows Server 2008 R2 E-book Offer
Learn about the features of Windows Server 2008 R2 in the areas of virtualization, management, the web application platform, scalability and reliability, and interoperability with Windows 7. Download Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, written by industry experts Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker along with the Windows Server team at Microsoft.

Save on Microsoft Certification Exam Packs with Free Second Shots
Take your IT career to its next destination and save up to 20% with Microsoft Certification Exam Packs with free Second Shot.

Free VIPRE Enterprise Trial Download for TechNet Flash Subscribers
VIPRE Enterprise 4.0 delivers performance-optimized endpoint security in a single agent to protect against the ever-changing wave of malware. Try it free today!

Video: Countdown to Tech·Ed Europe
November 8 - 12
Berlin, Germany
Get a 10-minute behind-the-scenes peek from the planning committee at Microsoft headquarters. For our first act we cover the basics: the early registration discount - if you register by August 31 you'll save €200 - and the pre-conference workshops.

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