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Volume 12, Issue 20 | October 6, 2010

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A Secure Approach to Protecting the Endpoints

A secure desktop environment starts with a holistic approach to reduce the attack surface and enables devices to continue performing while under attack. Learn how to create the foundation that can evolve with your networks.

SQL Server 2008 SP2 Available for Download

Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community, and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Updates 1 to 8.
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Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 Now Available
This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

Springboard Series Deployment Learning Portal
The Springboard Series Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal is designed to assess the level of skill and readiness an IT pro needs before deploying Windows 7. Based on the participant’s responses in various training modules, the portal provides personal self-paced learning recommendations, helping them to focus on specific training areas.

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 Security Setting Packs Now Available for Beta Download
The most recent releases in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta will help you define custom baselines, meet business-critical needs, and elevate the security of Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

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Install the Security Update MS10-070 for ASP.NET Vulnerability
This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of ASP.NET except Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 Service Pack 3. This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in ASP.NET.

Business Intelligence with PerformancePoint in SharePoint 2010
The fifth article in the series discusses how PerformancePoint becomes a set of services configured as a service application in SharePoint 2010.

Free Windows 7 E-learning
Whether you're interested in basic Windows 7 deployment, compatibility, or configuration, these free videos are likely to have your answers! Check out the entire Window 7 e-learning video series today.

TechNet Radio: Virtualization Best Practices
Join Keith Combs and Matt Hester as they discuss virtualization best practices with Microsoft Director, Edwin Yuen. Edwin was part of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) team for several years and has talked with thousands of customers about their virtualization problems and solutions.

Video: Data Security in Windows Azure (Part 1 of 2)
In this short video interview, Charlie Kaufman talks about various methods and tools for securing your application data in Windows Azure. The talk covers methods for securing your Azure Storage accounts and data while moving it to the cloud.




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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Develop Your Approach to Desktop Security
The best way to achieve a secure desktop environment is to start with the fundamentals and develop an ongoing approach to build and evolve your security foundation.

To guide that thinking, the latest edition of TechNet ON looks at the best way to approach and then implement desktop security. We start with a security philosophy in Joshua Hoffman's TechNet Magazine article Take the "Defense in Depth" Approach, which looks at protecting the computing environment from as many different potential vectors of attack as possible, from malicious software installations to lost or stolen mobile devices....

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