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Volume 14, Issue 3 | February 1, 2012

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SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event

March 7, 2012 - Register now for the online event with more than 30 sessions, access to Microsoft product teams, and a who's who of industry experts and executives.

Celebrate 20 Years of Microsoft Certification by Helping Aspiring IT Pros

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Meet ReFS: The Next Generation File System for Windows
The Resilient File System (ReFS), being introduced in Windows 8, will replace the venerable NTFS file system.

Cloud Fundamentals Video Series: The Benefits of Industry Collaboration to Cloud Computing Security
The Cloud Fundamentals Video Series continues with Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance.

Video: From End to Edge and Beyond - Episode 14
In this biweekly talk show, Tom and Yuri discuss hot security topics, interview experts, and answer questions from the audience. Each episode is packed with tips, tricks, and key information to help you enhance your IT security. View other episodes.

Jump Start Virtual Classroom: Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
February 21 - 22, 2012, online
Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you this two-day, free event to help you learn what you need to know to deploy, manage, and maintain Microsoft's private cloud solution based on System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Webcast: Private Cloud Chat (Episode 4)
February 29, 2012, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Have you built a private cloud lab with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and need to have some questions answered? Join our IT pro evangelists for tips and tricks about these products and get your questions answered about Microsoft's private cloud solutions.




Building Windows 8 Blog: Engineering Windows 8 for Mobile Networks
Billy Anders, a group program manager on Microsoft's devices and networking team, digs into the details of how we have re-engineered the wireless networking stack to optimize it for both mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

Webcast: Hyper-V: The Base of a Private Cloud
February 22, 2012, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we cover the fundamentals of Microsoft technologies that support the private cloud. We'll overview Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology and then dive deeper into the features of this hypervisor-based server virtualization technology. This webcast is heavily focused on demonstrations and has a Q&A session at the end.

Virtual Lab: System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Advanced Software Distribution
After completing this lab, you will be better able to install the site systems required for users to access the Application Catalog; configure the primary device for a user; create applications from .msi files; modify properties for an application, including creating multiple deployment types and requirement rules; and more.

TechNet Radio: Building Your Cloud Infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager 2012
Learn how you can use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to streamline network and storage resources that are allocated to virtual machines as well as how to create new Hyper-V hosts and host clusters.

Twelve Reasons to Love SQL Server 2012: Reason #9 - Scale on Demand to Cloud
Scale on demand with flexible and hybrid deployment options on your terms: server to cloud with private and public cloud optimization built into SQL Server 2012. Download the SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) today and try it for yourself.




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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Virtualize Your Way to the Cloud with Hyper-V

Virtual machines are computing environments implemented in software which abstracts the physical resources so that multiple operating systems can run simultaneously. But not all virtual machines are created equal.

If you are new to the concept of server virtualization, may we suggest some overview resources, including a great offer to download the free e-book from Microsoft Press, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions...

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Register for Microsoft Project Conference 2012
March 19 - 22, 2012,
Phoenix, AZ

Microsoft Project Conference 2012 is your only opportunity this year to see over 90 sessions focused on Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010, in addition to other key products that integrate with our Microsoft Project and portfolio management, such as SharePoint, Office 365, Dynamics, Team Foundation Server, and more.

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