TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 6: March 24, 2010

Top Stories

Download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview

Check out the new capabilities of the next Internet Explorer, with the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview. Find demos of HTML5 and the hardware-accelerated performance with background compiled JavaScript. You can also download the Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview user guideand release notes.

TechNet Magazine: Using Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010 as a Secure Web Gateway

Learn how to use TMG 2010 to enable safe Internet access and to enhance the end-user experience.

Join the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. Join the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1, and help the development team build this toolkit to best meet your needs.

Video: an Overview of Cloud Computing
IT Pro Technical Evangelist Joey Snow and Senior Architect Evangelist Brian Prince describe what SaaS, software plus services and cloud computing are, and point out types of applications that are best-suited for the cloud. Brian reveals how IT professionals move up the value food chain and do more of what they aspire to as they begin to leverage cloud computing.

Watch the 8-Part Online Services Video Series
Watch these free videos to learn how to protect your data, access Business Productivity Online Services, perform e-mail migration and Active Directory coexistence, and administer Microsoft Exchange, Office Communications, and Office Live Meeting Online.

SuperFlow for Troubleshooting Forefront TMG Installation Now Available
SuperFlow for Troubleshooting Forefront TMG Installation helps you to troubleshoot issues including failure to run the Forefront TMG Preparation Tool and Forefront TMG Setup. Some steps contain links, while others open new windows with information, or sample log entries.

URL Rewriter 2.0 RTW Now Available
IIS URL Rewriter 2.0 is an extension for IIS that makes Web addresses simple for customers to remember and search engines to find. URL Rewriter will help Web administrators implement simple and consistent Web addresses, generate customer and search engine-friendly results, and leverage seamless integration with existing IIS features.

Video: the IT Professional's Role and Windows Azure
Senior Architect Evangelist Brian Prince describes the Windows Azure architecture and answers questions about the IT pro's role. He describes the Windows Azure Platform Application Fabric and touches on SQL Azure, storage elements, blobs, queues, and tables.

New Virtual Lab: Implementing XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V R2
This lab is intended for IT professionals who would like to deliver virtual desktop computers using Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and Citrix XenDesktop. Users will work through the steps to simulate deploying multiple virtual desktops, and will first capture a reference image using the Citrix Provisioning Server for Desktops.

TechNet Radio: Large Scale Planning of SQL Server and Optimization for SharePoint
Find out what considerations you should make around large-scale SQL Server deployments with SharePoint. Get an in-depth look at SQL Server Enterprise edition, database sizing, backup methodology and SharePoint recovery.

Video: Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Access Protection
Learn how Forefront Threat Management Gateway provides Web access protection and dive into HTTPS inspection (privacy concerns and how it works), how TMG protects unmanaged clients against malware, and the basics of URL Filtering and NIS. Download a trial of TMG and check out the TMG book.

New SBS 2008 Virtual Labs for Hands-on Experience
Get hands-on experience with Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008). Three virtual labs walk you through the Administration Console, migration from SBS 2003, and working with clients.