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Volume 12, Issue 23 | November 17, 2010

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New TechNet ON Package: Business Intelligence

Integrating the data and the tools to deploy a pervasive and trusted enterprise business intelligence solution can make you an instant hero, and Microsoft can help.

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Introducing Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud
Microsoft now offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud, designed to help you build your own private cloud, get a pre-validated cloud configuration, or find a service provider.

Download Trial of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
The latest version of Forefront Endpoint Protection has launched. Download the free trial.

Open Beta: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center Service Manager 2010
Reduce planning time and costs, and ensure a successful rollout of Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010.

Video: The Value of the Security Intelligence Report for IT Pros
TechNet senior program manager Keith Combs, and Tim Rains, group product manager from the Trustworthy Computing Group, discuss the  Security Intelligence Report and its relevance to the IT professional. Tim also describes botnets - what they are, how computers get infected, and how to protect yourself and your organization.

Video: Configuring Devices in Windows 7
Topics discussed in this video include updating, disabling, and uninstalling drivers; signed drivers; configuring driver settings; conflicts between drivers; and resolving problem device drivers.

Unstick Windows Deployments with P2V Migration for Software Assurance
Migration always creates a few cases where appcompat issues are user-specific. Fixing isolated incidents can be a drag on resources, but now there is a solution - P2V Migration for Software Assurance. It's integrated with Microsoft's automated OS deployment tools.

TechNet Ramp Up: Implementing Forefront Identity Manager 2010
This course introduces and explains the features and capabilities of Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM), and provides an overview of the solution scenarios that FIM addresses. The course format includes presentation, discussion, demonstration, and many hands-on exercises.

Announcing the Windows Azure Data Market
Windows Azure Marketplace is an online marketplace to find, share, advertise, buy, and sell building block components, premium data sets, and finished applications. The section of Windows Azure Marketplace focusing on data-related transactions has been named DataMarket (previously Microsoft codename "Dallas").

Evaluate Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1
Register for the 120-day trial or download the Virtual Hard Drive for a 180-day trial. You'll also receive three emails with resources to help guide your evaluation.

Learn About Office Mobile on Windows Phone 7
Mobile productivity solutions enable you to communicate and collaborate from almost anywhere with a broad array of devices.

New Solution Center: Published Intranets in SharePoint Server 2010
Use this solution center to find end-to-end prescriptive guidance for setting up a published intranet site using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

Bytes by TechNet: How the Cleveland Browns Leverage Microsoft Technologies
Brandon Covert, Director of IT for the Cleveland Browns, discusses with Matt Hester how Windows Server, Windows 7, SQL Server 2008, SharePoint 2010, and Exchange 2010 are used to help with scouting, player evaluation, statistical reporting, player selection process, and ticket sales analysis.

Migration Planning Made Easier - Join the MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta
The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is now available in beta release. Join the program and test drive what's coming next - Windows Azure and SQL Azure readiness reporting, Internet Explorer 8 upgrade assessment, heterogeneous database discovery, and more.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Debuts
Bring the agility of a private cloud platform to your data center with the free System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0. It enables you to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service.

Preview of New Windows Azure Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities
Microsoft has delivered the community technology previews of new and enhanced services for Windows Azure AppFabric, our cloud middleware platform for developing, deploying, and managing business applications. In addition, we also announced the  SQL AzureReporting CTP, and updates to SQL Azure Data Sync.


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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Be an Instant Hero with Better BI 

The hard work of integrating the data and the tools used to deploy a pervasive and trusted enterprise business intelligence solution can make you an instant hero to business colleagues. As Joshua Hoffman points out in his TechNet Magazine article, " Empower Your Users with Business Intelligence," supporting your organization’s BI initiatives starts with the right data structure, and  SQL Server 2008provides that foundation by housing the data used for analysis.... 

Read more 


Troubleshooting enterprise WLAN issues can be a challenge. AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester makes wireless troubleshooting easy. Watch the video to see how.
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