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Volume 13, Issue 26 | November 16, 2011

 Top Stories 

Operations Manager 2012 RC Is Now Available

Download the latest System Center 2012 pre-release software, including Configuration Manager, Endpoint Protection, Operations Manager, Data Protection Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager, Service Manager, and App Controller.

New TechNet Feature: Making Windows 7 Shine

Learn how to quickly take advantage of the value, performance and features of Windows 7 to make it the best it can be for your users.

Free eBook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, 2nd Edition

Learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies.
Your Featured Content

New: Office 365 Integration Module Beta for SBS 2011 Essentials
The Office 365 Integration Module allows small businesses to combine the productivity tools of Office 365 with the infrastructure provided by Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

Screencast Series: How to Build a Private Cloud
In this three-part series, learn how to download and build virtual machines, and how to install and configure System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC.

Twelve Reasons to Love SQL Server 2012: Reason #4 - Peace of Mind Through Real-World Application Testing
SQL Server 2012 includes Distributed Replay for scalable real-world application testing. This multi-threaded replay utility provides the ability to simulate production workload scenarios testing after upgrade or configuration changes, ultimately leading to protected performance during changes. Additionally, integration with SQL Server Upgrade Assistant can help customers assess the impact of future SQL Server upgrades. Download the SQL Server 2012 Product Guide today for technical content on Distributed Replay and all the great features of CTP3.

Windows, iPad, and Android - Managing and Using Your Office Assets in a Tablet World (Part 3) - Accessing Office from the Browser
In this article, Jeremy Chapman discusses the Office Web Applications as part of the SharePoint 2010 or Office 365 service.

Webcast: The Public Cloud - What It Is and Why You Should Care
November 22, 2011, 11:00 A.M., Pacific Time
This webcast demonstrates how to employ the public cloud, letting information workers do their jobs while IT realizes benefits on a daily basis. We cover topics that include the Windows Azure platform as a service (PaaS) and the next version of our online services, Microsoft Office 365.

Video: Collaboration with Microsoft Word and Office 365
In this screencast, Matt Hester shows how easily Word 2010 can connect to and work directly with Office 365. SharePoint online is extremely well-integrated with Office 365. This allows you to fully leverage SharePoint team sites to share and manage documents.



Catch "The Cloud on Your Terms" Series
Microsoft evangelists take you through 30 days of cloud discussion, from public to private to hybrid clouds, covering the technical aspect and stories from their own experiences working in their remote data center.

Quick Reference Guide: Server Virtualization
At Microsoft, server virtualization has become a primary way to address data-center power consumption, to address space issues, and to rationalize server utilization. To optimize deployment and management of thousands of virtual machines, Microsoft IT has developed standards and best practices for configuring host servers, storage, and network infrastructure.

TechNet Wiki: Windows PowerShell Survival Guide
Be successful with Windows PowerShell. This article points out the best content, from PowerShell fundamentals to guidance on specific tasks and community resources.

Malware Protection Center Threat Report - Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy is a malware family whose primary objective is to allow complete control of infected computers in corporate environments. This Threat Report examines the background and functionality of Poison Ivy and provides telemetry data and analysis covering the year 2011 until publication. The Report also discusses how the threat is detected and removed by Microsoft antimalware products and services.

Microsoft Lowers Windows Azure Storage Cost
Effective immediately, Microsoft is lowering the price of Windows Azure Storage from US$0.15 to US$0.14 per GB per month. We are also adding commitment volume discounts, which will give high-volume customers additional savings.




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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Optimizing Windows 7 Across the Enterprise

Since the Windows 7 launch two years ago, we've naturally focused on getting our IT customers the best possible resources to assist with their Windows 7 pilot and deployment projects. For the most recent TechNet Feature, we took a little different approach. We wanted to highlight the resources and features that help you make Windows 7 the best it can be once it's implemented across your organization.

Let's begin by dispensing with the topic that seems to be on everyone's mind: Windows 8....

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Get the Latest SQL Azure News from SQL PASS Summit
Review all of the latest session on SQL Azure from the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit. Announced at SQL PASS Summit 2011: Upcoming Increased Database Limits and SQL Azure Federation; Immediate Availability of Two New SQL Azure CTPs.

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