TechNet Flash - Volume 13, Issue 21 - September 21, 2011

Top Stories

Windows 8 Unveiled at BUILD

Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky shows off the "reimagined Windows" with the preview release of Windows 8 during the Day 1 keynote. Also see how Hyper-V will be enabled in Windows 8 and check out the Windows 8 Fast Startup Mode.

Windows Server 8 Preview, Visual Studio 11, Windows Azure and More

Server and Tools Business President Satya Nadella introduced Windows Server 8, the new management features, development tools, and new capabilities on the Windows Azure platform that enable a cloud-optimized infrastructure.

Twelve Reasons to Love SQL Server Code Name "Denali"

Discover the top 12 reasons to love the newest version of SQL Server Code Name "Denali," currently available for download in Beta CTP3. Without further ado, here's Reason # 1: Get the Required 9s and Data Protection You Need for Mission-Critical Confidence.

AlwaysOn is a new high availability and disaster recovery solution that provides redundancy within and across datacenters to help enable fast application failover. It delivers a suite of new capabilities including AlwaysOn Availability Groups, Failover Cluster Instances, Active Secondaries, and more.

System Center VMM 2012 RC Released
The release candidate for the next version of Virtual Machine Manager, a key element of private cloud creation, is now available. Download the trial.

System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta Released
The public beta for DPM 2012 is now available for download. Try out the new centralized management built on the System Center Operations Manager platform.

Time Almost Up for the "Denali" Deal: Submit a Bug, Get a US$30 Gift Pack
We will send gift packs valued at US$30 to each person who goes to the Connect site to submit bugs or provide feedback on how we can improve SQL Server Code Name "Denali" through September 23, 2011 (or to the first 300 respondents).

Video: September 2011 Security Bulletin Release Overview
Jerry Bryant hosts the overview of the September 2011 Security Bulletin Release.

A Malware and Firewall Solution for the Private Cloud
The V-Firewall for Microsoft Hyper-V consists of a management console and one agent per host that helps enable you to apply important security policies based on your requirements. It also includes other features, such as a Heartbeat Service and Bandwidth Throttling.

Next Release of Windows Intune Set for Next Month
The next release of Windows Intune, the cloud service for PC management, will be available on October 17, 2011 and include the new features and updates of the July 2011 beta. The beta program will conclude on November 17, 2011.

Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing
Starting in October, our Mac customers will be able to experience the integrated communications experience for presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and voice, working with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online.

Use Software Assurance Planning Services for Private Cloud
Migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2? Moving to a private cloud? Get no-cost, expert planning guidance based on Microsoft best practices, and a detailed migration roadmap tailored to your organization.

Best Practices for Search in SharePoint Server 2010
This article is one of a series of best practices articles for SharePoint Server 2010 and describes the best practices for enterprise search.