TechNet Flash - Volume 13, Issue 14: June 29, 2011

Top Stories

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 Is Here; Get the Trial

We are pleased to announce the global launch of the Office 365 service, offering affordable, secure, pay-as-you-go productivity services. Administrators should also check out these new resources:
Introduction for Office 365 Administrators
Office 365: SharePoint Online Administration

Windows Home Server 2011
Windows Home Server 2011 Windows Phone 7 Connector Release Candidate

The Windows Home Server team announced the release candidate of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011 (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server). The purpose of this add-in is to enable remote server management tasks and relay media streams for WHS 2011.

TechNet ON: System Center 2012 Deep Dive
An Integrated Fabric of Control

Controlling the seemingly out-of-control landscape of connected devices and platforms requires a shift in approach, and System Center 2012 makes that shift.

Sign Up for the System Center Orchestrator Beta
System Center Orchestrator has begun its beta evaluation program. Sign up to get structured evaluation of Orchestrator and Lync calls with the product team every two weeks so you can provide your feedback.

Download System Center Updates Publisher
System Center Updates Publisher is an application that enables independent software vendors or line-of-business application developers and IT administrators to import software update catalogs, create and modify software update definitions, export update definitions to catalogs, and publish software updates information to a configured update server.

New Scenario: Enable 3-D Applications to Run in Hyper-V Remote Clients
Physical servers usually don't come with powerful video adapter cards. Hence, virtualization technologies limit virtual desktops to run only applications with simple 2-D user interfaces. However, by physically installing a capable video adapter card in the server running Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1, this problem is solved.

Hands-on Labs: Configuring a BI Infrastructure
This series of articles gives you hands-on experience configuring the various business intelligence services available in SharePoint Server 2010.

Bytes by TechNet Interview: Migrating Exchange to the Cloud
Senior Technical Product Manager for Exchange Server Jim Lucey covers the ways IT pros can migrate Exchange from on-premises to the cloud, based on company size. Jim shares tips on "cut over" Exchange migration options that can take place in just one weekend, to hybrid deployments for longer migrations.

Active Directory Best Practices: Ten Years Later
Dan Holme, who has led Active Directory designs and redesigns for Fortune-caliber clients, shares the best practices that you may have missed in this Active Directory design and management "rapid fire" session. Find out what has worked and what has failed in the "real world," and why.

Mark Russinovich's Tech·Ed Sessions Available Online
See Mark's top-rated sessions from this year's Tech·Ed North America conference on demand. Sessions include the crowd favorite Case of the Unexplained, Mysteries of Windows Memory Management, and Inside Windows Azure: The Cloud OS.

New Resource Center: Best Practices for SharePoint Server 2010
Learn how to keep your SharePoint Server 2010 environment available and performing well by following best practices based on real-world experience.

Download Free Tools and Apps for Microsoft Lync
Choose from six handy tools and applications for Microsoft Lync 2010, including social networking and IM tools, an information dashboard, and a deployment tool.

White Paper: Deployment Guidance for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0
When you are planning for deployment and then deploying MED-V, there are three areas to consider: distribution, installation, and configuration. Each of these is discussed in detail.

Microsoft Posts Videos on YouTube About Recent Malware Threats
Watch these four Security Intelligence Report videos highlighting recent threats around rogue security software, the consumerization of IT, and the sophistication of attacks and social engineering.

TechNet Radio: What's New in SQL Server Code Name "Denali"
Mouli Gopalakrishnan, a program manager with the SQL Server team from the Microsoft Hyderabad campus in India, takes us through the core features of SQL Server Code Name "Denali" - including AlwaysON, its high availability, disaster recovery capabilities, the Apollo column store, user-defined roles, and contained databases.