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Volume 12, Issue 21 | October 20, 2010

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There are many scenarios during an upgrade where you’ll want to migrate a SQL Server installation. We've collected a series of articles and resources that describes the processes and tools to make the task easier.

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Video: How the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Makes Your Life Easier
Get Windows 7 insider knowledge in this Bytes by TechNet interview. Keith Combs and Stephen Rose, Sr. Community Manager, walk through the process of creating a technical proof of concept to help you see how Windows 7 and Office 2010 - as part of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop - will work in your environment.

Microsoft's Private Cloud Principles
A discussion of the general rules and guidelines to support private cloud computing. These principles are often interdependent and together form the basis on which a private cloud is created.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 Now Available
VMST 3.0 helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches - without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure.

TechNet Radio Community Corner: DirectAccess and IPv6
In this episode, John Weston interviews Doug Spindler, founder and president of Pacific IT Pros. Listen in as John and Doug discuss a wide variety of topics such as why user groups are important for networking and career advancement. They also discuss alternatives to VPN using DirectAccess and IPv4 vs. IPv6.

Screencast: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0
Streamline planning and deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010 with hardware compatibility proposals from MAP 5.0. Watch the screencast and see how MAP can help you plan a more seamless migration.




Video: Accessing Local and Network Resources in Windows 7
Learn how to configure access to local and network resources in Windows 7. This video will discuss file and folder permissions, copying files versus moving files, encrypting files and folders with Encrypting File System (EFS), accessing shared resources such as folders and printers, configuring HomeGroup and User Account Control, configuring authentication and authorization, and configuring BranchCache.

Microsoft Reveals Availability of Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011
Microsoft announced that Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for midsize project-driven organizations, will be generally available in the second quarter of 2011 in English in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.

Download the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager
The first of the baselines included in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program is now available to download. This security baseline, in combination with the Security Compliance Manager tool, is designed to help your organization plan, deploy, and monitor the security of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Virtual Lab: How to Protect SQL Server with DPM 2010
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create Data Protection Manager 2010 protection groups for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005, create Data Protection Manager 2010 protection groups for SQL Server 2005 using DPM Management Shell, and perform disaster recovery and database restoration on computers that are running SQL Server.





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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

SQL Server 2008 R2 Migration Guidance
We've collected a set of articles and resources to help you evaluate a move to SQL Server 2008 R2, plan and execute your migration of existing services, and manage the database engine. But lest we get ahead of ourselves, you could still be deciding whether an upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2 is the right move for your organization. So we've also put together a set of articles and resources to help you understand the capabilities of SQL Server 2008 R2, including a free eBook from Microsoft Press.

For a limited time, you can download the 10-chapter eBook Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner....

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Training and Books

Video: Best Practices in IT Staff Skills Development
Keith Mayer, Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant, shares how enterprise organizations are successfully leveraging Microsoft training and certification resources to build structured IT skills development plans. Find more upcoming live meetings for managers.

Visit the Microsoft Learning IT Manager Portal
Find resources to help ensure that your IT team has the IT training and skills they need to make a direct impact on productivity, business efficiency, and the bottom line. You'll find special offers on Microsoft certification exams for teams, role guidance, Live Meetings just for managers, and more.

Red Gate SQL Compare, a Simple Way to Deploy Databases
Quickly and accurately deploy database schema changes with SQL Compare.

Attend PASS Summit 2010
November 8 - 11, 2010
Seattle, WA
PASS Summit 2010 is the largest and most renowned Microsoft SQL Server and BI conference in the world, delivering the most technical sessions, the highest-rated sessions and speakers, and the greatest access to the Microsoft SQL Server development, SQL CAT, business intelligence, and customer service and support teams of any SQL Server event.

Tech∙Ed Europe Returns to Berlin, November 8 - 12
November 8 - 12
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