TechNet Flash - Volume 13, Issue 23 - October 19, 2011

Top Stories

Announcing the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

Discover out-of-the-box virtualized database consolidation with the first appliance that manages thousands of databases, integrates hardware, software, support, and is scalable to meet your changing business needs. Install it in your datacenter, and have a database private cloud infrastructure.

Microsoft Codename "Data Explorer" CTP Coming Next Month

SQL Azure Labs is set to release a prototype that provides a way to easily discover, enrich, and share data to gain new insights from the data that you care about. "Data Explorer" provides capabilities for data curating, collaboration, classification, and mashup.

"Denali" Revealed as SQL Server 2012

Microsoft disclosed SQL Server 2012 as the final name of its upcoming release during the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit. See what customers are already saying about the value SQL Server 2012 will bring to their business. Download the SQL Server CTP3 beta and try it out.

Download SQL Server Connector for Hadoop
Microsoft SQL Server Connector for Apache Hadoop is a Sqoop-based connector that facilitates efficient data transfer between SQL Server 2008 R2 and Hadoop.

Announcing Service Pack 3 for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007
Read about timing for the third service pack release for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007.

Security Compliance Manager 2 Ready for Download
SCM 2 provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported. Our product baselines are based on Microsoft Security Guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats.

TechNet Wiki: Create Custom Libraries in Windows 7 and Deploy Them Through Group Policy
The library functionality was introduced in Windows 7 and provides users a single point of entry for specific data.

TechNet Wiki SQL Azure Data Sync Overview
This article lists content, articles, videos, and community resources that help you use SQL Azure Data Sync effectively for creating and scheduling regular synchronizations between SQL Azure and either SQL Server or other SQL Azure databases.

Download the Office 365 Forum Assistant
The Office 365 Forum Assistant is a free desktop gadget that offers a convenient way to read forum threads and the latest blog articles, and search the forum.

Extending "Windows 8" Apps to the Cloud with SkyDrive
Steven Sinofsky explains how accessing your data from almost anywhere will be possible with "Windows 8" by connecting your apps to the cloud via Windows Live ID.

Get SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3
SQL Server 2008 SP3 contains fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms, and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Update 1 through Cumulative Update 4. Service Pack 3 also includes supportability enhancements and issues that have been reported through Windows Error Reporting.

PowerShell Command Builder for SharePoint 2010 and Office 365
This Silverlight application enables you to visually assemble commands in the browser and then take those commands to their respective products.

Video: Learning the Basics in System Center VMM 2012
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM 2012) offers a new interface and new features for managing virtual machines, applications, and your cloud environments. In this video we are going to start with the basics - how to find and add a hypervisor host to the SCVMM interface, how to create hardware and software profiles, and finally, how to create virtual machines.

New Security Intelligence Report Puts "Zero-Day" Threat into Context
Security Intelligence Report volume 11 (SIRv11) found that less than one percent of exploits in the first half of 2011 were against zero-day vulnerabilities, a software vulnerability successfully exploited before the vendor has published a security update, or "patch." In contrast, 99 percent of all attacks during the same period distributed malware through familiar techniques, like social engineering and unpatched vulnerabilities.