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Volume 13, Issue 4 | February 23, 2011

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Get Service Pack 1 Now

Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 is ready with new virtualization tools, web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration. You can also evaluate the SP1 edition with the  Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 trial. Also, see the  Service Pack 1 evaluation resources.

Cloud Security Is More Than a Leap of Faith

IT administrators will continue to play an active role in security and risk management, even when leveraging cloud services as a utility. This edition of TechNet ON collects key guidance and resources to help address the security requirements in your cloud migration.

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SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 Unveiled
Fast Track Data Warehouse is a set of reference architectures that help reduce time-to-solution and cost, and increase performance and scale through pre-tested and pre-tuned configurations.

Demo: Using MAP to Simplify Your Windows 7 and Internet Explorer Migrations
Learn how you can use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 to streamline and simplify your migration to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9.

New Office 2010 Top Task Page: Application Virtualization
Learn how to use Application Virtualization to deploy applications on Office 2010 client computers without installing applications on each computer.

Video: Riding the Windows 7 and Office 2010 Wave
Stephen Rose will show you how to weave technologies including Windows 7, Office 2010, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), and desktop virtualization technologies into a coherent desktop strategy.

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Battling the Zbot Threat
Learn how the Zbot threat was detected and removed by Microsoft antimalware products and services.

Get the Lync Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer
The Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer gathers configuration information from Lync Server 2010 components to determine the overall health of a Lync Server environment.



TechNet Revamps Business Intelligence Center
The Business Intelligence Center is now a content hub featuring six end-to-end scenarios that highlight cross-product integrations for BI solutions. This collection of BI scenarios provides guidance on how to implement these solutions in your organization.

New Resource Center for Excel 2010
Learn about new features, performance, security, and more in Excel 2010 with resources for IT professionals, developers, and end users.

Best Practices for Maintaining Office 2010
Learn how to use the Office Customization Tool (OCT), config.xml file, and Setup command-line tool to maintain and customize an Office 2010 installation.

Video: Implementing a Power Management Strategy with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
Microsoft IT deployed a client power management solution to 165,000 desktop and laptop computers and realized cost savings through new tools that enable centralized management, powerful reporting, and a deep understanding of current power settings and power saving opportunities.

New TechNet Radio Series: IT Time - Office Questions Answered 
Join Senior IT Pro Evangelists Blain Barton and John Baker as they kick off their new series by interviewing Andy O' Donald - a Product Manager with the Microsoft Office team. Listen in as they discuss a wide variety of topics such as Office 2010 planning, deployment tools such as the Office Deployment Toolkit, migration strategies, virtualization, Office Web Apps, plus a little preview of Office 365.




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Get Past the Security Crossroads in Your Cloud Migration 
Windows Azure implements an array of security controls that customers can use to achieve their unique level of security. The  Windows Azure Security Overview white paper describes these controls. Then see how Microsoft provides a trustworthy environment for its own cloud services in the executive strategy brief  Securing the Cloud Infrastructure.... 

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Training and Books

Microsoft Announces Cloud Training and Certifications
Available certifications include the new MCPD: Windows Azure Developer. With Windows Azure, the technology and how it is used will be changing frequently. To address this issue, candidates who earn the MCPD: Windows Azure Developer certification will be required to take a recertification exam every two years in order to maintain the certification. Over the next year, we'll introduce new cloud-related certifications and update many of our current certifications to include cloud-related skills.

Take Advantage of the Career Pack Offer Extension
Now you have even more time to save up to 20 percent and purchase packs of two to five exams on every exam purchased. If you obtained your Exam Pack voucher code before January 1, 2011, you have until June 30, 2011 to complete your exams and any retakes. If you obtain your Exam Pack voucher code on or after January 1, 2011, you have until June 30, 2011 to schedule and take your first exam. The remaining exams in any purchased Certification Pack must be taken by December 31, 2011.

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Registration Now Open for the 2011 Microsoft Management Summit
March 21 - 25, 2011
Las Vegas, NV
With over 150 sessions this year, Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 provides you with the technical learning, insight, and networking opportunities to succeed in your job today while preparing you for tomorrow. 

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