TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 16: August 11, 2010

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How Much Can You Save by Moving Email to the Cloud?

Email has emerged as the one of the easiest workloads to move to the cloud, and the cost benefits can be surprising. The new edition of TechNet ON explores coexistence strategies and how to start realizing those benefits today.

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Set Up Domains and Users in Exchange Online
Our content cowboy at large, Keith Combs, recently subscribed to Exchange Online. He walks through the simple process of setting up domains and users in his Exchange Online Overview posting. There you will find two short Exchange Online screencasts: Part 1: Account Logon and Domain Setup, and Part 2: Adding and Testing Users.

See the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta FAQ
The TechNet Evaluation Center has started a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the recently released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta. Find out such things as when SP1 will be released, how long you can run the beta, upgrade policies, and more.

Download the Microsoft Forefront Protection Server Script Kit
This Solution Accelerator provides multi-server management for Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint. In addition to the ability to manage multiple Forefront Protection Servers from a single location, the kit provides easily extensible command-line scripts to enable server discovery, configuration, deployment, and integration with existing management technologies.

Download the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool
Now you can easily identify and analyze security threats to your software even when you are still in the design phase. The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Threat Modeling Tool finds potential issues early - when they are easier and less costly to resolve.

How Microsoft Deployed Office 2010
Microsoft IT (MSIT) developed a testing and deployment strategy to deliver Office 2010 to more than 100,000 desktop computers at Microsoft. Learn about the best practices that MSIT developed, the deployment tools that MSIT used, how MSIT tested line-of-business applications, and the key communications and training that MSIT created for the Microsoft user community.

Join the IT Compliance Management Series Beta
The IT Compliance Management Series helps you configure Microsoft products to address specific IT GRC requirements. This Solution Accelerator bridges the knowledge gap by translating auditor expectations into real IT tasks through the use of control activities that are specific to a particular technology or platform.

Bytes by TechNet Video: What is Windows Azure and why should I use it?
Join Mark Kottke, Principal Consultant at Microsoft, and Chris Henley, Senior IT Professional Evangelist with Microsoft, as they discuss early adopter customer experiences with Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Microsoft Cloud Services.

New Beta Guidance on Windows User State Virtualization
Check out the latest beta guide from the IPD team on Windows User State Virtualization (USV). This document offers guidance on core Windows USV technologies to help manage information securely and provide it to users - no matter where they work. Reduce time and planning costs by following the processes in this IPD guide to design a successful Windows USV strategy.

New Features for SQL Azure
Learn about the new features that are broadly available for SQL Azure today, such as expanded size supports up to 50GB per database, spatial data support for running location-aware applications, public preview of SQL Azure Data Sync Service, and Office 2010 support for native data connectivity support from Microsoft Office to SQL Azure databases.

New Demand Management in Project Server 2010 Resource Center
Just launched, the new Demand Management in Project Server 2010 Resource Center provides resources to help you get started with the Demand Management (also known as Project Lifecycle Management (PLM)) and Portfolio Strategy capabilities in Microsoft Project Server 2010.

Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2
Microsoft recently rolled out the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1, a set of drivers that enables synthetic device support in supported Linux virtual machines under Hyper-V.

Find Desktop Deployment Resources in the IT Pro Guide
The IT Pro Guide on Effective Planning for Desktop Deployment offers variety of resources available to help you assess your current environment and plan your Windows 7 deployment.