TechNet Flash - Volume 14, Issue 4: February 15, 2012

Top Stories

BUILDING WINDOWS 8: Improving Power Efficiency for Applications in Windows 8

In this post, Sharif Farag and Ben Srour expand on significant innovations in power efficiency for Windows 8 PCs, specifically on minimizing the power usage of running apps on Windows 8.

TechNet Feature Package: Manage Desktops with Windows Intune

With the Windows Intune desktop management service, the only catch to making your life much easier is letting someone else host the headache.

Join the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2

New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever. For System Center Configuration Manager customers, MDT 2012 Beta 2 provides an improved, extensible wizard and designer for customizing deployment questions. Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes, and a smooth and simple upgrade process.

Get System Center Cloud Services Management Pack RC
System Center Cloud Services Process Pack offers a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

Exchange PST Capture Now Available for Download
PST Capture helps you search your network to discover and then import .pst files across your environment, all from a straightforward admin-driven tool.

New MVA Courses on Configuring and Deploying Microsoft's Private Cloud
The Microsoft Virtual Academy has just released four new private cloud courses covering infrastructure management, infrastructure components, service delivery and automation, and application services management. Visit MVA today to complete the no-cost online training, and gain the knowledge you'll need to build, deploy, and manage a Microsoft private cloud.

Learn Keyboard Tricks to Use the PowerShell ISE
The Scripting Guy continues the discussion about keyboard shortcuts in the Windows PowerShell ISE. Also see the 2012 Scripting Games Study Guide.

New SQL Server Baselines in the Security Compliance Manager
Version 2 of the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager includes baselines for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. SCM 2 provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported.

Twelve Reasons to Love SQL Server 2012 Reason #10 - Fast Time to Solution
Help reduce complexity and time to solution with high performance appliance and cloud offerings. Complete solutions from Dell, HP, and Microsoft are scenario-optimized to accelerate top organizational priorities with appliances for data warehousing of varying sizes, business intelligence, consolidation, and transaction processing. Learn more about the growing family of solutions.

Less Than 800 Days Until Windows XP End of Support
It takes 18 - 24 months to plan for and deploy a new operating system. If you haven't started planning to migrate your Windows XP PCs to a modern OS, or if your migration plans have stalled, here are some great tools to help.

Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.2 Released
SSMA 5.2 now supports conversion of Oracle %ROWTYPE parameters with NULL default, conversion of Sybase's Rollback Trigger, and better user credential security to support Microsoft Access Linked Tables.

Determine Readiness for Windows 7 and IE9 Migration
Simplify your organization's migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9 with MAP 6.5. The MAP Internet Explorer migration assessment - now updated for Internet Explorer 9 migration - inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal.

Video: From End to Edge and Beyond - Episode 15
Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes continue their interview with IT pro evangelist John Weston. John demonstrates how Office 365 works, some of the available security features, and gives an overview of different management areas within Office 365.

Video: From Virtualization to Private Cloud
For those who do not have virtualization experience, this webcast describes the fundamentals of Hyper-V while giving you a jump start to your virtualization or cloud career. Then we dive deep into the Microsoft hypervisor-based server virtualization technology. Professional Hyper-V and VMware administrators can learn how their existing virtualization knowledge can be leveraged to quickly move to the next layer of virtualization: the private cloud.