TechNet Flash - Volume 11, Issue 15: July 1, 2009

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Save Now When You Pre-order Windows 7

Pre-order your Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional upgrade and pay half of the regular retail price. Available while supplies last through participating retailers.

Still on Windows 7 Beta? Time to Move to the RC

Just a reminder that the Windows 7 Beta trial is winding down fast. The trial period ends July 1, 2009, at which time your beta will start to reboot every 2 hours and expire completely on August 1, 2009. There is still time to get the Windows 7 RC download. The program closes on August 15, 2009.

Get the Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

The Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 supports monitoring of Windows Server Hyper-V systems. This includes monitoring coverage of Hyper-V host servers, including critical services and disks, and Hyper-V virtual machines, including virtual components and virtual hardware.

Download Version 1.1 of Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios

The new version of this solution accelerator updates both the guide and tool to reflect the additional functionality provided by Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It includes the following components:

" Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios Assessment v1.1 (a guide)

" Windows Optimized Desktop Scenario Selection Tool v1.1

Compare the Features of Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3

Download this comparison chart that shows the features that IT pros care about across the three latest versions of the client operating system. This handy chart categorizes the features around file organization and search, remote access, security and compliance, management, and deployment.

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VMM 2008 R2 Release Candidate Is Here

Live Migration and other great new Windows Server 2008 R2 features are now supported by System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC. Read the RC release announcement.

Service Level Dashboard (SLD) 2.0 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 Now Available

Reporting IT service level information through Microsoft SharePoint, the SLD 2.0 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 allows you to quickly see which IT services are delivering expected levels of service, or which components of an IT service may be drifting from their service level targets.

Webcast: Connect Remotely Using Windows 7 Direct Access (Level 300)

July 8, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

In this webcast, we focus on the Direct Access feature in the Windows 7 operating system, which provides secure anywhere access on the network.

Webcast: Windows 7 Enhanced Security and Control (Level 300)

July 15, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

In this webcast, we explain how Windows 7 security features provide the foundation for a secure and reliable desktop platform.

HP Launches Insight Control for System Center

New HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center provides seamless integration of unique HP ProLiant and BladeSystem manageability features into System Center to deploy servers quickly, manage health proactively, optimize power confidently, and take complete control from anywhere.

Get the New Series of Framework Comparison Companion Guides

These guides will help organizations understand how Microsoft Operations Framework aligns with and compares to the leading service management and governance frameworks.

" Cross Reference ITIL V3 and MOF 4.0

" MOF to COBIT/Val IT Comparison and Cross-Implementation Guide

" Using MOF for ISO/IEC 20000

Sign Up for the SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP (Coming Soon)

During the summer of 2009, Microsoft will offer a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2. Sign upnow to receive an e-mail notification of the availability of the CTP.

Case Study: Cisco and Microsoft Branch Optimization Success

Learn how customers have embraced the Cisco and Microsoft branch office offering that combines Windows Server 2008 with Cisco WAN Optimization – Windows Server on WAAS – to reduce IT costs and increase branch performance and flexibility.

New Videos for IT Pros

Exchange 2010 Updates for Windows Mobile

Exchange 2010 Updates for Windows Mobile

11 minutes, 41 seconds

Adam Glick shows us the newest Exchange 2010 features for Windows Mobile 6.1/6.5 and explains the goals the team had for the client mobile experience.

How Do I: Backup Hyper-V with Windows Server Backup?

How Do I: Backup Hyper-V with Windows Server Backup?

With virtualized workloads, data backup and recovery become even more critical. In this video, Mark Wilson takes a look at backing up a Hyper-V deployment using the Windows Server Backup utility provided with Windows Server 2008.

More “How Do I?” Videos

Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Beta Is Available for Download

Service Pack 2 for Configuration Manager 2007 delivers new platform support for Windows 7 client, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 SP2. In addition, Service Pack 2 delivers continued innovation with Intel vPro technology, support for Branch Cache-enabled environments, and continued development for 64-bit architectures.

Join the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 2

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 enables IT pros to efficiently and cost-effectively deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 by unifying tools and best practices into a common deployment console and collection. Already a member? Bookmark this link to get the latest project details.

Scripting for IT Pros

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" Prize Winners List for the 2009 Summer Scripting Games

" How Can I Work with the Offline Files Feature in Windows?

" Why Should I Use Windows PowerShell with SQL Server 2008?

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Support and Troubleshooting


" A hotfix is available to resolve some problems with the Forefront Client Security anti-malware client

" FIX: Error message when you send an e-mail by using a private Database Mail profile in SQL Server 2005: "profile name is not valid"

" FIX: An assertion failure occurs when you switch the schedule of a report subscription between a shared schedule and a custom schedule in SQL Server 2005 Report Services

" FIX: Error message when you run a report in SQL Server 2005 SP2 Reporting Services by using a URL from a subscription: "Object reference not set to an instance of an object."

Knowledge Base Articles

" Post-installation behavior on client computers after you install the DNS update

" Microsoft Security Advisory: Update for DNS devolution

" A smart card logon to a terminal session stops responding on a terminal server that is running Windows Server 2008

" The content of a printout is different when you print a PDF document by using Terminal Services Easy Print in a Terminal Services (TS) session in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

" When you use the Active Directory Lookup feature for Microsoft Services for NFS the ownership information of the files and folders in an NFS share is missing after several minutes

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IT Management

IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide Available for Download

Help protect your organization’s assets and sensitive information against cyber-attacks by using this guide’s easy-to-understand, proactive method to develop threat models for IT components.

Version 1.1 of Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios

Simplify desktop user requirements gathering and automate desktop technology selection. This new version (v1.1) includes new features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 such as BranchCache, DirectAccess, BitLockerToGo, and AppBlocker.

Download the Newest Platform Solution Blueprint Poster on Unified Communications

To stay updated on the next installment for IT Managers, visit the IT Management Hub.

Upcoming Webcasts

Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Technical Overview (Level 300)

July 9, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

In this session, we will examine Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Storage in Exchange 2010 (Level 300)

July 13, 2009, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Attend this webcast and learn how we’ve enabled new levels of storage flexibility in Exchange 2010. Find out the technical details that will help you select the right storage for your Exchange 2010 environment.

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Identity and Security

Evaluate Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 RC0

Simplify the security experience and manage compliance with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager. With Microsoft Forefront solutions, including Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager and Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling,” you can more efficiently manage your enterprise and maintain compliance.

Microsoft Antigen 9.0 with Service Pack 2 Now Available

Improve protection for Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server by downloading the Microsoft Antigen 9.0 with SP2 releases. New features include visibility of all actively published engines, alerts and notifications of new engine availability, improved anti-spam detection through integration of Cloudmark engine, and rollup of software fixes.

Security Center

On Demand

Using the Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Tools (Level 300)

We explore the features, installation, and use of Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Tools in this webcast.

Windows 7 Manageability Solutions (Level 300)

In this webcast, we explore how Windows PowerShell 2.0 automates desktop administrative activities to improve productivity and how Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences enhancements and AppLocker make it easier for IT professionals to manage desktop systems.

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Virtual Labs

Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) Setup and Deployment

In this lab, you will install your first Exchange Server 2010 server.

Introduction to System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007

After completing this lab, you will be able to use the SCCM 2007 Administrator Console to verify the site configuration, identify the Software Distribution and Maintenance Windows feature of SCCM 2007, and more.

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