TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 11: June 2, 2010

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Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Results Are In

Check out the Cross-browser Test Results Summary for Internet Explorer 9. Take the IE 9 Test Drive, and then see Solutions for Virtualizing Internet Explorer to learn how to create a virtual operating environment in which you can run earlier versions of IE.

Try Out the Microsoft Desktop Player

The Microsoft Desktop player allows IT professionals to access technical content (videos, webcasts, podcasts, white papers, and more) and links to resources (such as IT evangelists, local training opportunities, and local user groups) in your area. You can either view it online or download the WPF application to view offline.

Join the Beta for System Center ConfigurationManager v.Next
The System Center team has announced the release of Beta 1 for System Center Configuration Manager v.Next, providing IT with unified management tools and centralized control across multiple PCs and device types.

Download the Virtual Migration Environment forMicrosoft Project 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010
The Virtual Migration Environment is a set of two virtual disks that provide Office Project Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 environments with sample content and scripts designed to assist customers upgrading from Office Project Server 2003 and Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.

BizTalk Server 2010 Beta Available for Download
The BizTalk Server 2010 Beta integrates with the newly launched Windows Server AppFabric. Windows Server AppFabric is a set of integrated technologies that make it easier to build, scale, and manage web and composite applications that run on IIS. Together with the already available Windows Azure AppFabric, Windows Server AppFabric and BizTalk Server 2010 form Microsoft's application infrastructure technologies.

Video: Deploy Windows 7 and Capture ReferenceComputer Image (Part 7 of 8)
How do I get to a standard operating system image? In this screencast, John Baker, Sr. IT Professional Evangelist from Microsoft, uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 to create and then deploy a custom Windows 7 image to a reference computer. Then the image is ā€¯Sysprepped" and captured, creating a custom, Windows image in the form of a .wim file.

TechNet Radio: Data Storage Solutions in the Cloud
In part 4 of our Microsoft Cloud Services series, Rodney Guzman, CTO of Interknowlogy, and Karen Forester from examine various approaches to storage in the cloud and the significance of practically unlimited storage capacity.

New Videos and Webcasts on Forefront OnlineProtection for Exchange
Forefront Online Protection for Exchange is a hosted service that provides a layer of protection to actively help protect inbound and outbound email from spam, viruses, phishing scams, and email policy violations. Watch these demonstration videos on TechNet Edge: Administration Center 101; activatingthe filtering service; encryption policy rules; and register to watch the upcoming webcast on deployment best practices.

Accelerate Your Windows 7 Pilot with the Proof ofConcept Kit
Whether you have 1,000 PCs or 100,000 PCs, if you want to successfully and more quickly roll out Windows 7 Enterprise, a pilot program is highly recommended. There are self-service resources to help organizations assess business value and build a plan for deploying a modern desktop environment with Windows 7 Enterprise, Office 2010 Professional Plus, Microsoft App-V, and Internet Explorer.

Join the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2
Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Beta 2, and try out the new features available to help you accelerate your IT infrastructure planning process. Office 2010 readiness assessment, Windows 2000 Server migration recommendations, and inventory of Linux-powered LAMP stacks are just a few of the features available to help you save valuable planning time and expense.

Get the Updated IPD Guide for SQL Server 2008 andSQL Server 2008 R2
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 helps technical decision makers identify the appropriate SQL Server roles needed and also determine the infrastructure components, server placement, and fault-tolerance configuration necessary to meet planning requirements.

TechNet Radio: Business Intelligence in the Cloud
Kevin Ashley, founder of CloudOlap, a cloud-based BI solution, chats with Karen Forester from about Business Intelligence (BI) in the cloud and specifically addresses business cases in the financial industry, giving examples from investment banks and hedge funds.

Video: How Do I Use the RoleManager Class to LogSessionIDs in SQL Azure?
Max Adams delves into using the assemblies and the Trace class to log application information within Azure storage. This video includes: connecting to SQL Azure and retrieving a SQL session id, and using the Diagnostics assembly in Azure to store logs to Azure storage.