TechNet Flash - Volume 10, Issue 21: October 15, 2008

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Greetings and Welcome to TechNet Flash,

First up, we’ll bring you up to speed on several of the new offerings around Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows Client. You’ll be hearing more about Windows 7 later this month, especially if you’re attending the Professional Developers Conference, where the pre-beta bits will be distributed. In the meantime, bookmark the Engineering Windows 7 Blog, where the engineering team discusses the thinking that went into a range of features.

For those of you interested in what’s ahead for Windows Vista speech recognition capabilities, sign up for the Windows Speech Recognition Macros Technical Preview 2 and see how you can create powerful macros that are triggered by voice command to interact with applications.

Also just released, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Beta Program is now open, with new assessment scenarios such as SQL Server 2008 migration inventory, Microsoft Online Services inventory and migration surveys, virtualization infrastructure reporting of host-guest relationship, and readiness assessment for Microsoft Forefront Client Security and Network Access Protection. The popular Windows Vista Hardware Assessment readiness tool has now been replaced by this platform.

And if you’re looking for tips on addressing Windows Vista performance issues, common misconfigurations and how to fix them, you won’t want to miss Mark Russinovich hosting the Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable: Windows Vista Performance... Need Answers?

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Microsoft recently unveiled new managed self-service analysis capabilities (code-named “Project Gemini”) and self-service reporting in the next release of Microsoft SQL Server focused on BI — code-named “Kilimanjaro.” Read more about what’s coming up for pervasive business intelligence, and check out the Network World article “Next Version of SQL Server to Redefine BI.”

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Download the New Microsoft Web Platform Installer

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer lets you create a Web platform on your server. The Microsoft Web Platform is a reliable, high-performance Web stack that is capable of hosting both ASP.NET and PHP applications on a single server, and can scale to run the largest sites on the Web.

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Become a System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) Partner Hero

Take our partner assessment and get a free copy of DPM for your organization. Register today and learn how you can protect your SQL Server 2008 database and how to provide data protection in a virtualized environment. DPM 2007 is designed to provide disk-to-disk-to-tape protection for infrastructures that depend on Microsoft technology.

TechNet Magazine: Exchange Queue & A

This month, Henrik Walther looks at configuring Windows Server 2008 to work with Outlook Anywhere, testing remote connectivity, deploying standby continuous replication, and more.

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TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: Solution Overview and System Elements (Level 300)

In this series, we present in detail key aspects to consider when you evaluate, plan, deploy, and operate Project Server 2007. We discuss the main considerations when planning high-availability deployments—when to scale up and out, points of failure, and software/hardware boundaries.

TechNet Magazine: Windows Can but Won’t

Raymond Chen explains why Windows can but chooses not to replace a file that is currently in use.

Springboard Series Podcast: MAP Toolkit

Join Baldwin Ng, Senior Product Manager with Microsoft’s Solution Accelerators team, as he discusses the new version the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator.

Springboard Series Podcast: Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit

Listen as Jeremy Chapman, Senior Product Manager with the Windows Product Management Group, discusses the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and offers guidance and strategies for remediating application conflicts.

Video: How Do I Successfully Debug Application Code that Establishes a Cellular or Wi-Fi Connection?

Jim Wilson demonstrates how to configure your development environment so that the device Connection Manager ignores the ActiveSync connection and instead uses the cellular or Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to debug the associated application code.

TechNet Edge: Video Introduction to System Center Essentials

If you are managing a mid-market-sized IT environment, and looking for a solution to using multiple tools and processes, watch this video with David Mills, Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, to find out how System Center Essentials can benefit your IT department.

Register Now for the SQL Server 2008 Roadshow

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Learn more about the new enhanced capabilities of SQL Server 2008. Explore security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence. Don’t miss this half-day event that will give you a better understanding of what SQL 2008 has to offer and how you can best put it to use at your company. Roadshows run from 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 noon.

IT Management

IT Manager Webcast: Introduction to Platform Solution Blueprints (Level 200)

November 6, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
The goal of Platform Solution Blueprints is to help IT managers plan their technology investments by focusing on reusable capabilities such as next-generation Web, business intelligence (BI), service-oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization, security, and others that are critical to the success of their business.

Evaluation Center Updates

Evaluate SQL Server 2008 and Run the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

SQL Server 2008 is here, and it’s time to download a free, fully functional 180-day trial version today. Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for SQL Server and it’ll find all the SQL instances and database servers for you in just a few hours.

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Support and Troubleshooting

How-to Articles

" How to Configure Certificate Based Authentication for OWA - Part I


" Description of the Outlook 2007 post-Service Pack 1 hotfix package: September 24, 2008

" Stop error message on a Windows Server 2008-based computer that has the Hyper-V role installed: "STOP 0x0000001A"

Knowledge Base Articles

" Windows Server System software not supported within a Microsoft Virtual Server environment

" Error message when you call the OpenCluster function against a Windows Server 2008 cluster from Windows XP or from Windows Server 2003: "The RPC Server is unavailable"

" After a user is deleted from a role in the Authorization Manager in an Active Directory domain environment, the user can still unexpectedly access that role from a Windows Vista-based or Windows Server 2008-based client computer

" You cannot perform NetSH commands by using a user account that belongs to the "Network Configuration Operators" security group on a Windows Vista-based computer or on a Windows Server 2008-based computer

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Upcoming Webcasts

Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: Solution Elements and Data Flow (Level 300)

October 22, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we describe the elements of the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution (Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Application Server, and Microsoft SQL Server), and we cover data flow components and key areas for scalability.

IT Manager Webcast: Introduction to Platform Solution Blueprints (Level 200)

November 6, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
The goal of Platform Solution Blueprints is to help IT managers plan their technology investments by focusing on reusable capabilities, such as next-generation Web, business intelligence (BI), service-oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization, and security. If you are taking a “best-of-breed” approach to your IT strategy, you do not want to miss the information presented in this introduction.

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Conduct a Security Center Assessment of Your PCs with the New Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1

Are your PCs using Security Center? Do they have anti-virus or anti-malware software already installed? If not, wouldn’t you want to know? Download the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and it will report the Security Center assessments to you in just hours.

Virtual Lab: Introduction to ISA Server 2006

After completing this lab, you will be able to explore the user interface of ISA Server, explore how ISA Server uses multiple networks and a single list of firewall rules, as well as how ISA Server uses monitoring.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2008

Download the October security updates, including updates for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.

Security Center

On Demand

Springboard Series Podcast: Advanced Group Policy

Learn how to effectively use the new group policy objects in Windows Vista to improve manageability and strengthen security with this podcast by Derek Melber, author, IT consultant and Microsoft MVP for Group Policy.

Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: Solution Elements and Data Flow (Level 300)

In this webcast, we describe the elements of the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution (Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Application Server, and Microsoft SQL Server), and we cover data flow components and key areas for scalability. This webcast is part of a webcast series targeted at IT professionals.

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Virtual Labs

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 2

After completing this lab you will be better able to provide hands-on experience with Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2,” provision new users within ILM “2” and see the user data flow out to Active Directory. Additionally, you will be able to use the ILM “2” self-service password reset facility, and use the ILM “2” self-service group management features integrated into Microsoft Office 2007.

Managing Active Directory – Directory Services

This lab has a laundry list of new features in Active Directory. It is intended to demonstrate some of the ways that Active Directory management and operations have been improved in Windows Server 2008. It addresses all scenarios that Active Directory is used in, including management, security, and remote infrastructure.

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