TechNet Flash - Volume 14, Issue 11: May 23, 2012

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Featured on TechNet: Device Integration for a Flexible Workforce

The "consumerization of IT" challenges IT people to rethink systems management, shifting from a device-centric to a user-centric approach.

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Take the 60-Day Challenge
Microsoft Learning's "60-Day Challenge" makes it easy for you to get ahead of the curve. With sample 60-day study plans, free exam crams, and community-driven support forums, now's the time to get serious about certification. What will you accomplish in 60 days?

MAP Toolkit 7.0 Beta Now Available
Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Beta. Plan your journey to private and public cloud platforms with migration assessments for the Windows Azure platform, Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track, and more. The MAP Toolkit's new capabilities help you assess the readiness of your environment for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Beta.

New Baselines from Security Compliance Manager 2.5
Microsoft Security Compliance Manager 2.5 (SCM 2.5) is now available for download with new Windows Server baselines, including a Hyper-V baseline that addresses secure cloud deployment. SCM 2.5 provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported.

Cloud Datacenter Storage in the Windows Server 2012 Era
Learn about the different conceptual approaches for storage when building cloud infrastructure, and see how Windows Server 2012 presents new opportunities for improved datacenter efficiency on the storage front as well.

Video: Manage VMware with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
Symon Perrimon interviews Greg Cusanza, Senior Program Manager, about managing multiple hypervisors (VMware, Xen and Hyper-V) with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.

Video: Cert Talk - Calling all Microsoft Subject Matter Experts
Do you consider yourself an expert on one or more Microsoft technologies? If so, you may have what it takes to be Microsoft Subject Matter Expert! Tune in for this episode as your host J. Seymour welcomes Marcin Policht and Kyle Rosenthal as they walk us through a day in the life of a Microsoft SME.

TechNet Radio: Supporting the Consumerization of IT
Microsoft IT provides a unique point of view from our Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Microsoft IT General Manager Nathalie d'Hers. Listen in as they discuss how to protect your organization when employees use personal devices, applications, and identity for business needs.

Download Add-ons for System Center 2012 Service Manager
System Center 2012 Service Manager add-ons and extensions are available, including the System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool, System Center Cloud Process Pack, and the IT Governance Risk and Compliance Process Management Pack.

Let's Build a Cloud… with PowerShell
You can now use Windows PowerShell to automate all of the IT tasks around cloud datacenter management, starting from deploying your cloud infrastructure servers, through on-boarding virtual machines onto that infrastructure, and ending with monitoring your datacenter environment and collecting information about how it performs.

Cloud Fundamentals Video: Evolving Identity Requirements
Identity intersects three important trends: social networks, the proliferation of mobile devices, and cloud-based services. Tim Rains discusses the ramifications with Norm Barber, principal program manager in Microsoft Active Directory Engineering.

TechNet Radio: Using Windows Azure to Build Scalable Applications and Reduce Costs
The Microsoft Partner Network is an integral part of Microsoft's day-to-day operations. Tune in as Abel Cruz, Microsoft IT Principal Program Manager, and Cleve Littlefield, Microsoft IT Principal Architect, discuss how Microsoft uses Windows Azure to keep its partners connected through the Partner Velocity Platform.