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Volume 15, Issue 4 | February 20, 2013

Top News Worldwide


New MVA course: Learn about System Center 2012's SP1 Capabilities


Download Microsoft Security Compliance Manager 3.0


Forrester Consulting ROI study: benefits of Windows Server 2012


Your Featured Content


The new Office is here and so is the new Garage Series for IT Pros

Join our seasoned desktop specialist hosts every Wednesday in the Microsoft Garage. Watch weekly as they: push the limits with XStream Installs of Office from the Air, Land and Water; inform you with never before seen demos; and answer your toughest questions -including commentary from Office engineers and Mark Russinovich. Check out the show trailer for more on what’s in store.


New MVA course: Learn about Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the applications you need to run your small business and helps you to connect to the cloud services that you need. Learn to deploy, manage, and use the powerful features and technologies of Windows Server 2012 Essentials with a free course from MVA.


Download the free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

Whether you're coming from a previous version of Office and just want to see what's changed, or you're entirely new to Office and want a quick overview of how to get to the most important things, each guide provides helpful information that we've based directly on feedback from customers just like you.


ESG report validates performance, efficiency, and scalability of Windows Server 2012

The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) recently published its storage and networking analysis of Windows Server 2012 based on expert, independent, hands-on testing. The results highlight the flexibility, efficiency, and agility of Windows Server 2012, prompting ESG to label Windows Server 2012 a "no-brainer for small and large businesses alike." Read the full report.


Windows 8: Client Hyper-V and why it matters (video)

Technical Evangelist Kevin Remde welcomes Microsoft MVP Mitch Garvis to the show to discuss how Windows 8 now includes Microsoft Hyper-V. Tune in as they discuss why you would want to use Hyper-V virtualization on your desktop, laptop, or tablet running Windows 8 Enterprise.


Database management in System Center 2012: New interactive demos and software trials

Build self-service capabilities to enable users to request their own VMs, provision their SQL Server instances, and set up active and backup secondaries. Learn how, using SQL Server 2012 with System Center 2012. View the new interactive demos and try out the software today.


From End to Edge and Beyond (Episode 25): An interview with Mark Russinovich

Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes chat with Windows Azure Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich about his books (Zero Day and Trojan Horse), his perspective on the current state of cybercrime and his vision about cloud computing security and the benefits of this platform.


TechNet Radio: Real World Azure - Implementing RemoteApp for client/server applications on Windows Azure

In part 4 of their Real World Azure series, Blain Barton and Don Noonan discuss how you can implement Remote Desktop applications on Windows Azure. Tune in as Don demos how you can easily connect to your VM in the cloud via the internet as he offers some tips and tricks along the way. Sign in for a free 90-day Windows Azure trial.


Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café: Hyper-V Backup

In this episode of TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café, Harold Wong is joined by Chris Henley, Product Strategy Specialist with Veeam, to chat (and demo) about their backup solution that can make backing up numerous VMs across numerous Hyper-V hosts a much simpler task. Sign in to download Hyper-V.


New TechNet Resource Center: Identity management for SharePoint 2013 IT pros

Find IT pro resources for identity management capabilities in SharePoint 2013. Identity management content for SharePoint 2013 includes topics in authentication (claims), authorization (permissions), and how user identity information is displayed and synchronized (user profiles).


Technical white paper: Optimizing Lync 2010 Enterprise Voice Performance

As part of practicing continuous service improvement, Microsoft IT initiated an Enterprise Voice quality improvement project to investigate upstream and downstream root causes of Enterprise Voice performance issues, and systematically improve the quality of user experiences for more than 100,000 users.


Work Smart Guide: Creating a Portable Windows 8 Environment with Windows To Go

Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise Edition that enables you to provision a USB drive with a complete, managed Windows 8 system image. You can insert the USB drive (known as a Windows To Go workspace) into any Windows 7 or Windows 8 host computer to boot and run a managed Windows 8 system without installing any software on the host computer.


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Editors Note


Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor

MVA curriculum expands for 2013

When it comes to training for IT professionals, Microsoft offers a range of opportunities, from free webcasts and virtual labs to very in-depth, in-person instruction. One training program in particular has been gaining momentum since its launch almost two years ago. The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) now has more than a million users of its free cloud-based technical training on technologies like Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Office 365, System Center 2012, and more. In all, more than 300 courses are offered in 11 languages....

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Training and Books

Employers are seeking IT staff with cloud-related skills - could that be you?
IDC predicts 7 million new cloud jobs worldwide by 2015 (IDC, "Climate Change: Cloud's Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing," Nov 2012). Prove your expertise in managing and implementing Microsoft private cloud computing technologies by earning your MCSE: Private Cloud Certification. Purchase an exam bundle and save up to 15%, plus get free retakes if you don't pass the first time.
Windows Server 2012 Upgrade Certifications: Get Exam 417 for free plus free training and second chances to pass the exams
Eighty-four percent of IT hiring managers say that IT certifications are used as a measure of a person's ability to work hard and achieve goals. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan. 2011). Microsoft is offering discounts of 15% off exam packs, exam 70-417 for free, and access to a free jumpstart for customers planning to upgrade selected certifications. Prepare for your certification by downloading the Windows Server Evaluation.
Tech Showcase: Discover the Power of SQL Server 2012
As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence. Register for a Tech Showcase event to learn about new features.


New Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition
New Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition turns every leading public storage cloud into an easy-to-use data repository for your backups.
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Register for the PASS Business Analytics Conference

April 10 - 12, Chicago, IL
If you are a business analyst, data scientist, architect, or BA/BI practitioner, you cannot afford to miss the PASS Business Analytics Conference. With more than 60 sessions covering data discovery, data exploration and visualization, predictive analytics, content management and architecture, collaboration, information strategies, and more, you will learn how to capture the value of business analytics for your organization.

Early bird registration extended for SDC 2013

Early bird pricing (a US$400 savings) has been extended for the Security Development Conference 2013 to March 1st. SDC is offering sessions in three tracks, Engineering for Secure Data, Security Development Lifecycle and Data Security, and Business Risk and Data Security.



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