TechNet Flash - Volume 10, Issue 18: September 3, 2008

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Just Released
Windows Small Business Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing. As announced on the Small Business Server blog, both SBS Standard and Premium have RTM’d, and will be widely available by our November 12 launch. Stay tuned for more information about the launch.

Also just released, the Service Level Dashboard for Operations Manager 2007 v1.1 is an updated Solution Accelerator with new reports and an attractive graphical display of the service level compliance of your line-of-business (LOB) applications.

Easing the Path to Virtualization
Microsoft recently updated its software licensing terms for 41 server applications, and updated its technical support policy for 31 server applications so that customers can receive technical support when deploying those applications on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, or any validated third-party virtualization platform.

With the new licensing terms, Microsoft is waiving its previous 90-day reassignment rule, allowing customers to reassign licenses from one server to another within a server farm as frequently as needed. For scenarios around how the licensing terms might work for you, check out the Virtualization Team blog.

With the new support policies, customers get the same level of product support in a virtualized environment that they are accustomed to with non-virtual environments. To enable this support policy, Microsoft launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program in June 2008. The program is open to any software vendor to test and validate its virtualization software to run Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of Windows Server. More information is available on the Microsoft Support Web site.

And don’t forget, on September 8, Microsoft will launch its new virtualization products. Register to attendthe launch event in Bellevue, WA and receive a free Microsoft Virtualization evaluation software kit.

Speaking of evaluations, Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is now available. Download IE8 Beta 2 and get access to the IE Deployment Guide and the Application Compatibility Toolkit. Why should an IT pro care about IE8 Beta 2? Watch an interview / screencast / demo on TechNet Edge and find out, or read the InformationWeek article to find out about the new security features.

A quick note on a couple new additions to your TechNet Flash this issue: On the right rail we are now highlighting TechNet Magazine content from the current issue. You will now find links to premium technical content in this location in every newsletter. We also have a new IT Management section with higher-level content that couples the technology and business considerations of IT planning.

And finally, read about the upcoming availability of the new social bookmarking application for the TechNet, MSDN, and Expression sites in the ComputerWorld article Microsoft Details Plans for New Social Bookmarking Tool. Then try out the Social Bookmarks Preview for yourself. For more on how Microsoft is opening up its technical sites to the community, read John Martin’s blog.

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Video: Windows PowerShell Introduction

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Video: Vista Shims and Application Compatibility

Chris Jackson talks about best practices for running the application compatibility portion of a Windows Vista migration, how to fix applications using shims, and how shims may impact security.

Video: Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters

J. Peter Bruzzese talks about where the secrets came from for his latest book, and shares a couple of his favorites.

Operations Manager 2007 Cross-Platform Extensions and Interop Betas Now Available

The Cross-Platform Extensions Beta extends the monitoring and management capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 to non-Microsoft platforms. The Interop Connectors Beta allows Operations Manager 2007 to interoperate and share information with different enterprise management systems and helpdesks.

Download the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers 
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This update includes several new enterprise search features for SharePoint Server 2007, and the latest performance updates and fixes for the Microsoft Office Servers.

On-Demand Webcast: ClickOnce with Visual Studio 2008 (Level 200)

Learn to publish Windows-based applications to a Web server or network file share for simplified installation. See how ClickOnce can make your life easier.

MSDN Magazine: Build a Robust EDI Solution with BizTalk Server

We introduce you to the EDI functionality in BizTalk Server 2006 R2, illustrating schema creation, document mapping, EDI delivery and transmission, and exception handling.

SQL Server 2008 Migration Assistants Now Available for Access, Oracle and Sybase

To help make migrating data easier, SQL Server is happy to announce that migration assistants are now available to help streamline the process of migrating data from Access, Oracle, and Sybase to SQL Server 2008.

Download the SQL Server 2008 Trial Software

Download the fully functional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Evaluation Edition and try the latest features of SQL Server 2008 free for 180 days.

Download the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack

Download the June 2008 Feature Pack RC0 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008, a collection of stand-alone installer packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008.

Update on Licensing and Virtualization Support for SharePoint Products

Check out the Microsoft SharePoint Team blog and find out more about SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 running under Hyper-V.

On-Demand Webcast: How Microsoft IT Uses Exchange Hosted Services to Protect the Messaging Environment

This session describes Microsoft IT deployment, including server configuration and implementation, collecting server evidence, and lessons learned from deployment. Exchange Hosted Services is an enterprise service offering that currently serves over 10,000 customers and processes 3.5 billion messages across the EHS global network.

Green IT and Virtualization

Learn how virtualization compliments green IT practices that can lead to more-efficient energy use and cost savings.

Security Advice for IT Pros from Tech·Ed

Join this discussion on security tips and measures you should consider when implementing virtualization in your environment.

Deploying Windows Mobile 6 Devices with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Download this guide to find best practices and procedures for implementing a mobile messaging system with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6-powered devices and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

On-Demand Webcast: How Microsoft IT Secures Mobile Devices

Microsoft IT fully integrates Windows Mobile features and applications, with both established hardware and infrastructure, and future plans support master security policy migrations, such as complete two-factor authentication operations.

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Webcast: Taking Control of Your Services with Service Virtualization (Level 200)

Service virtualization enables you to overcome some of the limitations of today’s service implementations by managing endpoints, operations, and policies. Join us to learn about the Managed Services Engine (MSE) that facilitates service virtualization by applying Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Microsoft SQL Server.

Evaluation Center Updates

Try SQL Server 2008 - Your Data, Any Place, Any Time

SQL Server is a comprehensive platform that can store and consume any data type, from anywhere, while reducing development complexity with data abstraction and an environment integrated with Visual Studio and the .NET Framework.

Evaluate Microsoft Forefront Client Security

By delivering simplified administration through central management and providing critical visibility into threats and vulnerabilities, Forefront Client Security helps you protect your business with great confidence and efficiency. Forefront Client Security is now available.

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System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 4.0

SCUP 4.0 allows customers to import software update catalogs, create, modify, and export software update definitions, and publish software updates.

Operations Manager 2007 Cross-Platform Extensions Beta 1 Refresh Now Available

Extend the monitoring and management capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 to non-Microsoft platforms including Solaris, HP-UX, Red Hat, SUSE, and now (with this beta refresh) AIX.

Support and Troubleshooting

How-to Articles

" How to correct "disable Autorun registry key" enforcement in Windows

" How to implement a PST override handler to bypass the PSTDisableGrow policy in Outlook 2007


" Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 post-2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 1 hotfix package: July 23, 2008

" A Scalable Networking Pack (SNP) hotfix rollup package is available for Windows Server 2003

" FIX: You receive an error message and the application fails when SAP Adapter 2.0 generates a proxy by using ECC 6.0 in BizTalk Server 2006

Knowledge Base Articles

" An update is available that integrates Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 into Server Manager in Windows Server 2008

" Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running on a virtual machine in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment

" The Monitoringhost.exe process may consume all the CPU resources when a large amount of performance data is created by using a managed data source module in System Center Operations Manager 2007

See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.

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