TechNet Flash - Volume 12, Issue 9: May 5, 2010

Top Stories

Get the New Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint Trial

Microsoft Forefront Protection for SharePoint provides essential building blocks for secure collaboration by helping to prevent users from uploading or downloading documents containing malware, out-of-policy content, or sensitive information to SharePoint libraries. Learn more...

Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 Has RTM'd - Download the Trial

SQL Server 2008 R2 includes new and enhanced capabilities for application and multi-server management, complex event processing, master data services, and end user reporting. Download now and gain access to technical resources. And check out the SQL Server 2008 R2 Digital Tour.

New System Center 2010 Trials Are Available
You can now download the evaluation versions of three new System Center 2010 products:

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 for backup and recovery

System Center Essentials 2010 for managing IT environments in midsized organizations

System Center Service Manager 2010 for automating IT service management best practices

Get the Public Beta for Windows Home Server Code-Named “Vail”
The beta release of the next version of Windows Home Server (code name “Vail”) recently became available, and the WHS team would like your feedback. Check out this blog post for where to download the software and to get a demo of the new features.

Windows 7 Deployment - Step 1: Gather Required Software (Screencast)
In this screencast, Sr. IT Professional Evangelist John Baker reviews the software required for Lite Touch Installation (LTI) deployments. Using MDT 2010 for the Lite Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy streamlines deployment and reduces support costs by providing a more consistent configuration with fewer support calls.

Windows 7 Deployment Screencast – Step 2: Prepare the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Environment
In this screencast, John Baker, Sr. IT Professional Evangelist from Microsoft, walks you through the installation of both the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 as well as the Windows AIK for Windows 7.

Join the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 Beta
Streamline the process of keeping offline virtual machines, templates and virtual hard disks updated with the latest operating system and application patches - at less cost, and without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure by using the new features in VMST 3.0.

New MOF Reliability Workbooks Added to the MOF Technology Library
Get guidance and best practices on how to use the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). The newest workbooks in the series address Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Active Directory Certificate Services, Internet Information Services, Network Load Balancing, and Windows Server 2008 DNS Server.

Evaluate Active Directory Federation Services 2.0
Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 provides essential building blocks for secure collaboration through simplified access and single sign-on for on-premises and cloud-based applications in the enterprise, across organizations, and on the web. Learn more.

The Get On the Bus Tour Is Coming with Free Swag
We are giving away 50 copies of Windows 7 Ultimate to the first 50 Get On the Bus event attendees through the door at every stop, plus some chances at some other great swag. Microsoft comes to you on its Get On the Bus Tour so spend some time with us as we dive deep into Windows 7 and Office 2010, along with a specific path on how to get certified.

Windows 7 Security Webcast: Networking Security and Application Control (Level 200)
May 21, 2010, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time  
In this second of three webcasts in the Windows 7 Security Talk series, Paul Cooke covers the networking components of the Windows 7 operating system, including DirectAccess, Network Access Protection, and how to deploy Windows 7 in a secure manner with AppLocker.

Video: How Microsoft Secures the Cloud Infrastructure
Learn how Microsoft secures its cloud infrastructure and take away some best practices for moving your own organization to the cloud from John Howie and Mark Estberg, who are a part of Global Foundation Services Online Services Security and Compliance group at Microsoft.

Building a Technical Proof of Concept for the Joint Deployment of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010
Walk through the process of creating a technical proof of concept to help you see how Windows 7 and Office 2010 - as part of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop - will work in your environment. The Microsoft Optimized Desktop comprises Windows 7, Office 2010, Internet Explorer 8, and the Microsoft Destkop Optimization Pack.

TechNet Radio: Windows Azure in Education
Patrick McDermott, IT Director of the San Juan School District in Utah, is looking to Windows Azure as a way to help education become more accountable and provide better services to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and U.S. state and federal governments.