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Volume 13, Issue 6 | March 23, 2011

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Windows Internet Explorer 9 Released to Web

You can now download Internet Explorer 9. Check out the latest features for IT professionals, and get guidance to help you pilot and deploy this enterprise-ready browser in your organization with the Springboard Series for Internet Explorer 9.

Download Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created.

Aligning Tech and Business Today Requires Cloud Skills

Developing cloud expertise now means job security and career growth in the future. This edition of TechNet ON takes a look at the changing requirements and provides resources to develop the new skills.
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Microsoft App-V 4.6 Service Pack 1 and MED-V 2.0 Released
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2011, featuring Microsoft App-V 4.6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and MED-V 2.0, is now available. App-V 4.6 SP1 makes App-V packaging easy, fast, and predictable, and MED-V 2.0 is easier to use than ever, with no dedicated infrastructure required.

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Guide Now Available
Walk through the decisions you'll make when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. This guide provides assistance on migration - from gathering information about your environment to deploying the operating system. You'll learn about the tools and resources available from Microsoft and make the best decisions for your environment.

Highly Virtualized Computing vs. Private Cloud Explained
You are already running a highly virtualized environment; do you still need a private cloud? Virtualization and private cloud are not the same - find out what the key differences are.

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Demo: Simplify Your Office 2010 Migration with the MAP Toolkit
Discover how you can streamline and simplify your organization's migration to Microsoft Office 2010 using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5.

New Microsoft Cloud Hub Goes Live
Keep up with the pace of change in the cloud. This newly launched site offers the latest cloud news, videos and community content, plus an in-depth look at Microsoft's cloud solutions. Check out the new videos featuring Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Management and Security Brad Anderson discussing the choices IT pros can make in building their own clouds with Microsoft technology.



Virtual Roundtable Event: Windows Intune Technology Tune-up
March 31, 2011, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich and a panel of IT pros for the Windows Intune Technology Tune-up, a virtual roundtable event showcasing Microsoft's cloud-based PC management solution, Windows Intune. This event is designed to jumpstart your trial of Windows Intune and includes product demonstrations, how-to tips and tricks, and live Q&A.

Poster Available: Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses
Explore the different options for deploying Windows 7 in a small or midsize organization. This print-ready poster from the Springboard Series for Windows 7 features an overview of each method, details on advantages and limitations, basic requirements, and helpful links to additional tools and guidance.

Download the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Edge Server Reference Architecture Diagrams
Download the zip file, which contains diagrams for the Single Consolidated Edge, Scaled Consolidated Edge (DNS Load Balanced), and Scaled Consolidated Edge (Hardware Load Balanced) topologies. You must have Microsoft Visio installed to view these files.

Download the Attack Surface Analyzer Beta
The tool allows you to take snapshots of your system and compare them, enabling you to detect changes such as additional files, registry keys, services, ActiveX controls, listening ports, access control lists, and other parameters that affect a computer's attack surface. Find more information under the Verification tab on the SDL tool site.

New Content Page for Office 2010 in the TechNet Library
Visit the newly published content page in the TechNet library and subscribe to the RSS feed for the latest new and updated content.

Let the Scripting Games Begin - April 4, 2011
The 2011 Scripting Games begin April 4, 2011 and run through April 15, 2011. Preparation for the 2011 Games is already underway, with a learning guide, step-by-step tutorials, videos, and other new resources added on a daily basis.



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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Think Outside the IT Box to Expand Your Cloud Opportunities

Developing cloud expertise now can mean job security and career growth in the future. But the newer, emerging skills are evolving as fast as the market, and to remain relevant and competitive, IT pros are being challenged to keep their skills current. Microsoft can help you keep up with the pace of change. Check out TechNet's newly-launched Cloud home page, featuring five new videos with...

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Training and Books

New Microsoft Virtual Academy for IT Professionals
Microsoft has launched a new virtual training portal aimed at IT professionals who want to learn new skills and enhance existing ones for cloud computing environments. The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers no-cost training for IT professionals with 100- and 200-level content.

Save Big on Virtualization Training
Microsoft Learning Partners are offering training specials on course 10215A, Implementing and Managing Microsoft Server Virtualization. Learn to manage and implement server virtualization technologies on your network (Windows Server 2008 knowledge required). This offer is good through March 31, 2011 or while supplies last.

Get a Second Chance to Pass Your Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Certification Exam
Whether you are just beginning to explore the benefits of Microsoft certification, or need to pass just one more exam to achieve a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential, the Second Shot offer (regular exam price plus 15 percent) allows you to retake a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 certification exam if you do not pass it on the first attempt.

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