TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 22: November 3, 2010

Top Stories

Accelerating Windows 7 Deployments

In the new TechNet ON feature package, find guidance, resources, and tools to simplify and streamline your Windows 7 deployments. It's much easier than you might imagine.

Productivity in the Cloud with Office 365 - Get the Beta

Discover a new service that brings your familiar Office software together with SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in the cloud. Available worldwide next year, Office 365 will replace the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business, and Live@edu services.

Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC)

Register for the download and guided evaluation.

Introducing the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal
Created by the group that developed the Windows 7 certification exam, the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal offers a free online assessment that covers key areas of the deployment process such as preparing for deployment, configuring a Windows 7 image, migration, and compatibility testing.

SharePoint Online Resource Center Launched
The newly launched SharePoint Online Planning and Administration resource center provides key resources for planning, administration, and operation of SharePoint Online, a cloud-based service that helps businesses provide collaboration, business intelligence, and information management capabilities.

New Springboard Top Task: Office 2010 Security
Find guidance and resources for using the security controls in Office 2010 that make it easier for IT professionals to build a robust defense against threats while maintaining information worker productivity.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Screencast Series: Software Usage Tracking
Simplify software license management and compliance processes with MAP 5.0. In this screencast you'll see how MAP's usage tracking feature can help streamline software asset management of key Microsoft server products: Windows Server, SharePoint Server, System Center Configuration Manager, Exchange Server, and SQL Server.

Video: Remote Management of Windows 7 with Windows PowerShell
In this video, learn how to set trust relationships, establish a remote shell connection, create connection objects for servicing multiple clients, and execute Windows PowerShell commands.

New Security Baselines for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Now Available for Beta Download
The most recent releases in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta will help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. Join the beta and influence the development of these new resources.

Download: Security Intelligence Report v9
Microsoft has released the latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR). The ninth volume of this comprehensive report covers evolving threat landscape trends (January-June 2010) and battling botnet intelligence.

TechNet Library: Deploy Office 2010 by Using Microsoft Application Virtualization
Find detailed technical guidance on the processes and procedures for using Microsoft Application Virtualization to deploy Microsoft Office 2010 in a medium-sized organization.

TechNet Radio: Preserving Data Privacy and Confidentiality in the Cloud
Join John Baker and Javier Salido, Senior Program Manager with the Trustworthy Computing Group here at Microsoft, as they discuss challenges and solutions organizations may face when trying to maintain the privacy and security of their confidential data, if they decide to migrate their infrastructure to the cloud.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Working with ATOM Data Feeds in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
After completing this lab, you will be better able to generate an ATOMSVC document to identify the parameters required for URL access of an ATOM data feed, create an HTTP Connection Manager for URL access of an ATOM data feed, create a Script Task to use the HTTP Connection Manager to retrieve the ATOM document and store it as a local file, use an XLST transformation to modify the ATOM document for use as an XML source in a Data Flow Task, and create an XML source object for a modified ATOM document.