TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 19: September 22, 2010

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Realizing the Full Value of Virtualized Environments

The move from physical to virtual has become a sure bet for IT organizations, and with more payoff to come, it's time to make sure your infrastructure is aligned for maximum value.

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Download Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 RC ushers in a new connected experience. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability, and connect with them.

Announcing the Springboard Series Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal
Think you know everything about deploying Windows 7? Find out with the Springboard Series Deployment Learning Portal, an online assessment and learning tool, designed to help IT pros identify their knowledge strengths and information gaps around Windows 7 deployment.

New White Paper: Plan, Implement, and Support SQL Server Virtualization
It is now possible to virtualize heavy SQL Server workloads and move virtual machines between Hyper-V hosts within a failover cluster without downtime.

Security Talk Video: Azure Federated Identity Security Using ADFS 2.0
We explain how to create an Azure application using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0 Security Token Service (STS), previously known as Geneva Server, for back-end authentication.

Virtual Lab: Install Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010
After completing this lab, you will be better able to install Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server, perform the initial configuration of the Forefront UAG server using the Getting Started Wizard, configure Active Directory as the authentication repository, and more.

Free Windows Server 2008 R2 E-book Offer
Learn about the features of Windows Server 2008 R2 in the areas of virtualization, management, the web application platform, scalability, reliability, and interoperability with Windows 7. Download Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, written by industry experts Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker along with the Windows Server team at Microsoft.

Office 2010 Security Baseline Beta Now Available for Download
This latest release in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program is designed to help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security of Microsoft Office 2010. This beta release also includes a setting pack for Office 2010. Join the beta, and influence the development of this new resource.

Cloud Cover on Channel 9
Join Ryan and Steve as they cover the Windows Azure platform, digging into features, discussing the latest news and announcements, and sharing tips and tricks. Current episode: Deploying and Upgrading.

Windows Azure Security Notes
A collection of notes and lessons from exploring the cloud security space and working through Windows Azure security scenarios.