TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 2: January 27, 2010

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Apply the Critical Security Updates for Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities
This cumulative security update resolves seven privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The more severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Internet Explorer.

TechNet Magazine: Create a Robust, Integrated Reporting Solution
Steve Rachui shows how combining SQL Server Reporting Services with System Center Configuration Manager creates a flexible and powerful reporting solution.

Office 2010 Application Compatibility Beta Resources Now Available
A beta of Office Environment Assessment Tool, a beta of Office Code Compatibility Inspector, and a draft of the Assessment and Remediation Guide are now available for download on TechNet.

Forefront TMG 2010 Hardware Recommendations
Learn how to properly outfit your Forefront TMG servers with the correct hardware configuration according to deployment scenario and user base.

Evaluate the Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 RC
Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 enables IT professionals in midsize organizations to proactively manage their IT environment. Features include monitoring computers, deploying software and updates, and virtualization management. Also, download the Deployment Guide.

Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant
SSMA 2008 for MySQL v1.0 CTP1
SSMA 2005 for MySQL v1.0 CTP1
A new addition to the SSMA family is the CTP version 1.0 for MySQL that provides an assessment of migration efforts and also automates schema and data migration from MySQL to SQL Server.

MOF Management Reviews Now Available for Beta Download
The Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) beta review program has released a series of MOF Management Reviews. The beta package will include the first three management reviews in the series: Operational Health, Portfolio, and Release Readiness.

Download the SBS 2008 Best Practices Analyzer
The Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) Best Practices Analyzer examines a server that is running SBS 2008 and presents a list of information and errors that administrators should review.

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Architecture Explained
IT Pro Evangelist Yung Chou explains the functions of the five key RDS architectural components and how they complement one another to process an RDS request.

Get New Microsoft Forefront Resources to Help Secure Exchange 2010
As you plan your move to Exchange 2010, watch a webcastintroducing the Microsoft Forefront secure messaging solution, then dive deeper with a technical demonstration video. See what people are saying about Forefront Protection products for Exchange Server and downloadthe Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange trial software.

Microsoft Windows Azure Platform TCO and ROI Calculator
Upon completion of the TCO and ROI Calculator profile analysis, you will be presented with a detailed report which shows estimated line item costs for an accurate TCO and a 1 to 3 year ROI analysis for you or your organization.

Webcast: Microsoft and HP Solutions for Disaster Recovery in Virtualized Environments
January 28, 2010, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join Microsoft and HP for architectural considerations and best practices in designing and deploying disaster recovery solutions. This session will focus on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, and Systems Center Management. Shared storage is an important component for end-to-end virtualization solutions; see how HP EVA, XP and P4000 storage solutions deliver end to end availability.

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TechNet Webcast: Creating Highly Branded, Rich User Experiences in SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 200)
February 10, 2010, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Attend this webcast to learn how to design rich user experiences for SharePoint Server solutions in order to align design and branding with the needs, behaviors, and values of your target audience.