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Volume 14, Issue 6 | March 14, 2012

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Download Windows Server "8" Beta

Try out the next release of Windows Server, for scalable, dynamic, multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. Find out what's new and get resources to guide your evaluation in the new TechNet feature package Windows Server "8," a Cloud-Enabled OS.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview FAQ: Managing the Windows Store
Get answers to frequently asked questions about managing end-user access to, and use of, the Windows Store within your organization.

Get the System Center 2012 Release Candidate
Learn how System Center 2012 helps you manage your IT environments across traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management capabilities, you can become a trusted service provider for your business. Download the evaluation software, train with a virtual lab, and learn about how you can receive a US$20 Microsoft Online Store promo code.

Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2012: Managing Rich Unstructured Data in SQL Server 2012
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create FileTables, create Fulltext Indexes with semantic extraction capabilities, retrieve information about document properties, and retrieve semantic information.

Download Visual Studio 11 Beta
Try out Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta and start preparing for the next generation of development.

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1
New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever.

Virtual Lab: Exploring SQL Server 2012 Integration Services
After completing this lab, you will be better able to introduce project connection managers, introduce parameters, create an SSIS Catalog, deploy an Integration Services project to the SSIS Catalog, execute packages from the SSIS Catalog, script package execution commands, and monitor the Integration Services environment and package executions.

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: 10-Year Review
This special edition of the SIR contains a look back at how the threat landscape has changed over the past ten years and includes trending data on vulnerability disclosures, exploit trends, malware and potentially unwanted software, regional malware infection rates, growth rates for Windows Update/Microsoft Update usage, and more.


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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Cloud-Optimize Your IT

While end users are certainly getting excited about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, IT organizations also have plenty to look forward to with the reimagined Windows Server "8," possibly the most significant release of Windows Server, well, ever. With hundreds of new features, it builds on the skills and investment you've already made to enable a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure....

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Training and Books

New at Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server "8" First Look
Attend this course to learn how to cloud-optimize your IT with Windows Server "8." We will show you how you can take advantage of the skills and investment you've already made in building a familiar and consistent platform.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Deploying Windows 7
The best way to prepare for Windows 8 is to deploy Windows 7. Get a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the Windows 7 deployment process, from application compatibility testing and volume activation to image creation and data migration with Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Celebrate 20 Years of TechEd North America
June 11 - 14, 2012,
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Join us for this year's conference as we celebrate 20 years of TechEd, Microsoft's premier training and education seminar for IT professionals and developers. Get four days of more than 1,000 learning opportunities and hands-on training. Connect with Microsoft and industry experts and share real-world IT solutions with like-minded peers. Get even more value from your TechEd experience by attending a pre-conference seminar.

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