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Volume 14, Issue 10 | May 9, 2012

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Featured on TechNet: Lead the Way into the Future with New Cloud Skills

IT pros are now called upon to adapt existing skills and develop new skill sets to meet the demand for emerging cloud job roles.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Reinvented for the Cloud

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification helps make you indispensable to organizations moving to the cloud. Expand your skills, gain direct-from-the-source knowledge, and grow your career.

MVA Course: Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud

This track focuses on how the private cloud can help your business and your IT pro career. You will learn about cloud business drivers and business processes, be exposed to cloud computing at the business level, and learn how to extend that knowledge to the technical level.
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Last Chance to Register for 24 Hours in a Private Cloud
Register for Microsoft's free, virtual 24 Hours in a Private Cloud event May 10, starting at 8:00 A.M. GMT, sponsored by Dell, IEEE Computing Society, and the Cloud Security Alliance. While at the event, grab the "two-for-one" certification exam offer for our newly announced MCSE certification. Come listen to Jim Reavis, Executive Director from the Cloud Security Alliance, talk about the path to securing the private cloud; Dr. Dejan Milojicic, Senior Research Manager at HP Labs, talk about how IEEE is supporting the progress of the private cloud; and hear Kevin Smith, Senior Marketing Director from Dell, expose their Practical Path to the Cloud Velocitize Virtualization.

Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server "8" Beta
Get ready for Windows Server "8" Beta and stay on top of your compliance. Join the beta program and download the beta materials for the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server "8."

Security Intelligence Report Volume 12 Released
Hundreds of pages of new security intelligence are now available. The new SIR provides guidance on top threats facing enterprises, and more.

Announcing the 2012 Scripting Games Winners
It is time to announce the winners of the 2012 Scripting Games. This year's Scripting Games involved hundreds of contestants from dozens of countries who submitted thousands of scripts to twenty events.

TechNet Radio: Supporting the Consumerization of IT
Listen in as Microsoft IT provides a unique point of view from the desk of our Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Microsoft IT General Manager Nathalie d'Hers as they discuss how to protect your organization when employees use personal devices, applications, and identity for business needs.

TechNet Radio: An Introduction to Lync Mobile Features
Brian Crum, a Product Marketing Manager from the Lync team, joins us to discuss the recent release and features found in Lync Mobile. Tune in as we cover an array of topics from key features to how to get started, as well as deployment, management and security considerations.

Case Study: Easing SQL Server 2012 Administration Using AlwaysOn
Microsoft IT upgraded to the beta edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 to take advantage of new features, specifically AlwaysOn. Using AlwaysOn eased administration and aligned processes for local and remote high availability. This made the disaster-recovery process easy because the same overall process is being used.


TechNet Magazine: Create Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows PowerShell
If you need to create and configure virtual machines on a regular basis, using Windows PowerShell to do so can speed up the process.

TechNet Radio: Managing Hyper-V in PowerShell for Windows Server "8" Beta
Eric Bahna, Senior Program Manager from the Windows Server team, joins us to talk about managing Hyper-V environments using PowerShell in Windows Server "8" Beta. Tune in as we cover what's new and improved in this release, such as remote management capabilities, an increased number of cmdlets, and IntelliSense.

New Video: Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring
Microsoft IT deployed Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) which builds on BitLocker in Windows 7. MBAM offers an enterprise solution for BitLocker provisioning, monitoring, and key recovery. MBAM also helps to simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployments, improve compliance and reporting, and reduce support costs.

Webcast: Live Private Cloud Chat (Episode 7)
May 30, 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 this Q&A online discussion about the private cloud.

Virtual Lab: Creating Excel 2010 Reports Based on a SQL Server 2012 Tabular BI Semantic Model
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create an Excel Report based on a tabular BI semantic model, work with PivotTables, work with the Excel CUBE functions, work with slicers, sparklines and charts, publish an Excel Workbook to SharePoint Server, and interact with the published workbook in a web browser.

Webcast: Using the MOSDAL Support Toolkit 4.5 to Troubleshoot Office 365 and BPOS-S Issues
May 29, 2012, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this TechNet webcast, we explore the new features that have been added to version 4.5 of the Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) Support Toolkit. These new features allow MOSDAL to troubleshoot additional scenarios such as Microsoft Outlook connectivity, Microsoft Lync Online and Exchange Online DNS records, domain verification, and Exchange hybrid deployments.



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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Cloud Skills Move You to the Front of the Demand Curve

At the end of most days, you're still recognized more for what went wrong, or what broke, than for all the innovation and productivity you've delivered. But if one trait has defined IT as a profession over the decades, it is adaptability. It's a valuable quality. Staying current remains a top priority, as expectations shift to models where information assets travel on mobile devices and the information infrastructure is parceled out among on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid systems....

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Training and Books

Free SQL eBook Available Now
Download your free copy of the Microsoft Press eBook Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Written by Stacia Misner and Ross Mistry, this book explores enhancements and new capabilities, including improvements in operation, reporting, and management.

Free Online Training - Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment
May 15 and 17, 2012, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Register today for this free online series with Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus, and Microsoft MVP Johan Arwidmark.

Fast Track to the Cloud with Two-for- One Exams
To help you get current and get to the cloud, Microsoft is offering a limited time two-for-one priced exam pack. Purchase and take a qualifying exam at full price by June 30, 2012, and you'll receive a voucher valid for a complimentary MCSA or MCSE exam in the next version of the same technology path when it becomes available.

Reimage Restores Your Windows OS to Its Original Potential
Reimage can repair any damage, replace missing system files, and restore compromised settings and registry values to their original defaults.

Register for the Microsoft Private Cloud Summit
The day-long Microsoft Private Cloud Summit is coming to New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles this May. Sign up now for the event near you to hear directly from the Microsoft System Center 2012 product team and Microsoft technical evangelists as they present some of the best content from the Microsoft Management Summit, for free.

Why You Can't Miss TechEd Europe 2012
Don't miss this opportunity to fulfill your certification requirements. Free private cloud certifications are offered this year to TechEd delegates. TechEd Europe also features 12 technical tracks on application platforms that demonstrate how to use software and tools to build better solutions. Register today.

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