TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 1: January 13, 2010

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"Compatible with Windows 7"

Updated Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals
The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT professionals is an Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective Windows 7 compatibility information. Compatibility information has been verified by either the software publisher or by the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements.

Hotfix for the Office 2003 IRM Issue

Starting on December 11, 2009, customers using Office 2003 will not be able to open Office 2003 documents protected with the Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS) or Rights Management Services (RMS). This symptom affects Office 2003 products used in conjunction with RMS, including Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003 and Outlook 2003. It does not affect Office 2007.

TechNet Magazine: Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Single-Instance Storage
Are multiple and conflicting deployment images giving you a headache? Read this article to learn how to manage and consolidate multiple custom deployment images.

New Exchange Server Deployment Assistant for Upgrades or New Installations
The new Web-based tool walks you through various upgrade and deployment scenarios, including upgrades from Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010. Currently, the upgrade from Exchange Server 2003 is the first scenario available.

New System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Documentation
This download provides technical documentation for VMM 2008 R2. There are seven guides to help you deploy, operate, and maintain System Center Virtual Machine Manager VMM 2008 R2.

New One-Minute Demos for Windows Home Server
In just one minute, you can get a quick overview of Windows Home Server's capabilities. With these two demos, you will see the benefits of using Windows Home Server in a small office or business and also take a look at using it every day from a consumer's perspective.

Webcast: SQL Server Locking and Blocking Made Simple
In this webcast, we explore the SQL Server locking methodology and share techniques for enhancing query response times.

Virtual Lab: Windows 7 Test Drive for IT Professionals
These short virtual labs and supporting videos will give you a chance to explore Windows 7 by feature with no installation required.

Download Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 RC and Windows CardSpace 2.0 Beta 2 Refresh
Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 helps you deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations with automated federation tools. Microsoft Windows CardSpace 2.0 helps users navigate access decisions and helps developers build customer authentication experiences for users.

Thrive Live! Webcast: IT Professional Virtualization Tour
Join our IT pro evangelists Yung Chou, Dan Stolts, Blain Barton, and John Baker, as they show you how to create virtual machines in Hyper-V, explore VHD Native Boot, take advantage of Windows XP Mode, and manage virtual machines with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

White Paper: Optimize Your Core Infrastructure with EBS 2008
Learn how Windows Essential Business Server 2008 can help midsize businesses be more efficient and build an optimized foundation for future growth.

Webcast: Enabling the Foundation for Private Cloud
You can build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 using the Microsoft Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (availability scheduled in the first half of 2010).