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Volume 14, Issue 8 | April 11, 2012

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SQL Server 2012 Hits General Availability

Microsoft is excited to announce the general availability (GA) of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download.

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TechNet Feature: SQL Server 2012 - the New Mission-Critical

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Standards-Based Management in Windows Server "8"
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Webcast: Lync for Mobile Devices
April 19, 2012 10:00 A.M., Pacific Time
Watch this webcast to hear about enabling the mobility service on the server, deployment considerations, management, and security. We demonstrate the key types of communication that Lync 2010 supports, such as instant messaging, presence, audio conferencing, and phone calls. Additionally, we discuss security, management, and deployment considerations.

Virtual Lab: Develop a SQL Server 2012 Tabular BI Semantic Model
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a tabular project, load data in the model designer, enhance the model design with calculated columns and hierarchies, define measures to aggregate and transform the tabular data, explore and test the model using Excel, define perspectives, define and refresh table partitions, define a security role, and deploy the project to a tabular instance of Analysis Services.

Video: Office Productivity on Any Device
Jeremy Chapman, Senior Product Manager for Office, talks about ways you can be productive with Office and Office 365 on various devices, such as iPads, Android slates, iPhones, Windows Phones, Windows PCs, and Macs.



Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server "8" Beta
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What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?
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Five-Part Series: PowerShell Essentials for the Busy Admin
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Webcast: New Capabilities in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services

April 13, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time SQL Server 2012 Integration Services adds new features to the user interface to improve the learning curve for new developers, and adds new functions that will be a hit with experienced ETL developers. This webcast covers many of the new features in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services, such as shared connection managers, new parameter capabilities, improved ways for the data flow pipeline to handle changes to metadata, and the new deployment features that make it easier for administrators to manage Integration Services packages on the database server.

IPD Guide for System Center 2012 Service Manager
Download the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for System Center 2012 - Service Manager to help your organization more quickly benefit from this platform for automating and adapting IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

IT Camp: The Future of Virtualization: What's new with Hyper-V in Windows Server "8"
As virtualization continues to grow, Microsoft is continuing to grow our capabilities in this space. This session will focus on some key enhancements in Hyper-V in the upcoming version of Windows Server "8."



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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Your Path to Cloud-Ready Data

SQL Server 2012 is now generally available, with new features that form the foundation of a cloud-ready information platform. With this milestone, we've collected the resources you'll need to get you up to speed on the new capabilities, facilitate your evaluation, and learn how you can extend data across your datacenter as well as private and public cloud environments.

Just starting your exploration of the new data platform? A good place to begin is the SQL Server 2012 What's New White Paper for an overview of the new features, benefits...

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Sign Up for Free Private Cloud Beta Exams at MMS 2012
April 16 - 20, 2012
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If you're registered for the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2012), sign up now to take the beta version of the exams for the private cloud certification while you're there. You'll help us develop the most relevant exams to build a private cloud on Microsoft technologies, and a passing score counts toward your private cloud certification. Beta exams will be limited, but they will be free to registered MMS attendees.

See Technologies to Be Covered at TechEd 2012
June 11 - 14, 2012
Orlando, FL

Whether you're an IT professional or developer, TechEd 2012 has learning opportunities that fit your personal and professional interests. Choose from sessions covering technologies like PowerShell, System Center, Visual Studio 11 and SQL Azure - to name just a few. See the full list of sessions and start building your perfect TechEd experience with the TechEd Schedule Builder.

Upcoming IT Camps: The Future of Virtualization
Find an IT Camp in a location near you to learn about Hyper-V enhancements in Windows Server "8." IT Camps are semi-structured, no-fluff events exclusively designed to serve IT professionals. They are a free, in-person learning event for anyone seeking professional development as it applies to IT professionals.

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