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Volume 15, Issue 1 | January 9, 2013


TechNet Feature: Grow your skills for the new era of IT


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New free Windows 8 courses on MVA



Dev Pro: Taking Windows Azure virtual machines for a test drive


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Free Windows Intune training

Windows Intune training is now available on Microsoft Virtual Academy. We have added 3 new courses to help IT professionals plan, deploy, manage, and operate Windows Intune.


Get to know Window Server 2012 with this new virtual lab

Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation required. Learn about the open application platform for both today's software applications and tomorrow's hybrid cloud solutions.


Windows Server 2012 wins the 2012 CRN Tech Innovator and Enterprise App Awards for Virtualization

Some of the Windows Server 2012 values highlighted by CRN are: Migration of an established LAN and its users from behind a company's firewall to the cloud using drag-and-drop with virtually no user downtime; deployment and management of virtualized applications, full desktops, servers, and orchestrated web services with its data-center abstraction layer; and simple, core-based pricing. See for yourself by downloading the free trial of Windows Server 2012.


New guidance to mitigate determined adversaries' favorite attack: Pass-the-Hash

The Pass the Hash (PtH) white paper discusses PtH attacks against Windows operating systems, how the attack is performed, and recommended mitigations for PtH attacks and similar credential theft attacks.


Accelerate your journey to the cloud with MAP 8.0

Accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0. Included in MAP 8.0 are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure virtual machines, readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Lync.


Where is the best virtualization and cloud technical content?

Microsoft is supporting VTUG (Virtualization Technology User Group) in an effort to support the virtualization community with outstanding technical content. Submit your best content and earn the chance to win a prize. Only one rule: Your content should focus on virtualization and associated solutions and technologies. Content sources could be existing blogs, articles, webcasts, presentations, etc.


TechNet Radio: Managing mobile devices with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and Windows Intune

Keith Mayer and Wally Mead continue their System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 series with a look at mobile device management. Tune in as they discuss which mobile device operating systems will be supported, what level of management functionality will be available, how Windows Intune fits into this equation, and support for Windows Embedded devices.


Edge Show: Learn more about unified mobile device management

Watch a demo-heavy Edge Show video on the new enhancements in SCCM 2012 SP1 and the December 2012 release of Windows Intune to support user-centric management for mobile devices and PCs in a single unified console across premises and the cloud.


Quick Reference Guide: Delivering a Robust Remote Access Solution

Microsoft IT deployed an out-of-the-box remote access solution based on Windows Server 2012. DirectAccess provides remote access from trusted, fully managed corporate devices, and VPN provides remote access from consumer-based devices.


TechNet Radio: How to manage VMs with System Center 2012 App Controller in Windows Azure

Yung Chou shows us how to use System Center 2012 App Controller to easily configure, deploy, and manage virtual machines and services across private and public clouds. In Part One of this series he demos how to connect App Controller to Windows Azure.


TechNet Radio: An overview of the Cloud Security Readiness Tool

Technical Evangelist Brian Lewis and Senior Product Marketing Manager from the Trustworthy Computing Group, Frank Simorjay, discuss the Cloud Security Readiness Tool. Tune in as they show how it works, why you would want to use it, and where you can find it. Evaluate Microsoft private cloud software today.


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Editors Note


Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor

2012 launch wave = 2013 training wave

No time for a collective "whew!" Following the most extensive launch wave in Microsoft's history, it's tempting to look back and enjoy the accomplishment. But now the fun begins.

In the TechNet feature packages, we've moved through introduction and deployment topics for Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows 8, SQL Server 2012, and Windows Azure. But we also realize that these new releases represent major upgrades, and that you will also want to upgrade your knowledge and skills....

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Training and Books

MCSE Messaging Certification and exams
A Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Messaging Certification validates the ability to move a company's communications to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for an organization. Find out about MCSE Messaging and its required exams, 70-341 and 70-342, now available in beta through Prometric test centers worldwide.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Communication
Announcing the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Communication, validating your expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for your organization and connecting your colleagues to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Learn more about this certification and its exams, which are now live and available through Prometric test centers worldwide.
Register for MVA office hours
Boost your IT skills with interactive Q&A sessions with Microsoft technical evangelists. Our January 15 audience-led discussion will focus on advanced topics relating to Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.


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