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Volume 12, Issue 25 | December 15, 2010

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Keep Your Windows Servers in Top Condition

In this edition of TechNet ON, we highlight the enhancements designed to make the job of managing and maintaining Windows servers, well… less of a job.

Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 RC

SCVMM 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate is now ready to download from the Microsoft Connect site. The release adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC, plus the necessary properties and controls to allow you to create and manage Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX-enabled VMs on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts.

Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 SP1 Now Available

Download UAG SP1, which includes key updates to the product, including: enhanced DirectAccess deployment and operation, improved monitoring and troubleshooting, as well as enhancements to publishing scenarios.
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Download the MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta
The beta review program is now open for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 5.5 Toolkit. Use this free Solution Accelerator to simplify planning for upgrade or migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies.

TechNet Edge Video: System Center Opalis 6.3 Demo with Adam Hall
In this show-and-tell demo of Opalis 6.3, Adam Hall shows the powerful new built-in IT workflow activities.

Download the Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions
Dig into the details of Office 365 Beta, from features of Exchange Online to the functionality of SharePoint Online and Office Web Apps, in a comprehensive set of product documents. Five downloadable white papers provide IT pros the information to assess this new service.

New Resource Center: Access 2010 Resources
Learn about Access 2010 with resources for IT professionals, developers, and end users.

Opalis 6.3 RTM'd - Download Trial Version
Opalis 6.3 with new Integration Packs for System Center Configuration Manager and support for Windows Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing. Download the 180-day trial.

Video: USB Installation of Windows 7
Walk through the process of installing Windows 7 from a USB source. In this video, you'll learn how to set boot priorities in the BIOS, configure USB hard-drive emulation, troubleshoot possible issues and implement solutions for images larger than 2GB, and perform the installation.

Video: Windows Azure Platform Security Essentials for Business Decision Makers
In this video, Graham Calladine, Security Architect with Microsoft Services, answers the most common security concerns CxOs and other business decision-makers have regarding the security of their data in Windows Azure cloud platform.

Silverlight 5 Unveiled
With beta availability scheduled for the first half of 2011, the next release of Silverlight sports more than 40 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications with desktop features in the browser, plus dramatic video quality and performance improvements.

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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Windows Server Maintenance: Take this Job and Simplify It
Keeping your Windows Servers in top condition shouldn't be a reactive manual exercise in frustration. If that's the case, chances are that you are not making the best use of the management and maintenance tools that come with Windows Server 2008 R2 or the abundant guidance available for free on TechNet or elsewhere from Microsoft.

In TechNet Magazine's Guide to Proactive Windows Server Maintenance, Joshua Hoffman focuses on the tools and techniques for addressing potential issues before they become problems....

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