TechNet Flash - Volume 15, Issue 6: March 6, 2013

Top News Worldwide

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 now globally available

Future of communications: Re-humanizing the experience from the living room to the boardroom

Microsoft tools for VMware integration and migration Jump Start March 14

This week on the new Office Garage Series for IT Pros: "Who moved my MSI?"

Join our adventurous desktop specialist hosts in the Microsoft Garage, as they show you where and how to get the new Office bits, as well as the differences between the MSI and Click-to-Run packages and activation types. Also, get ready for the first XStream install challenge of the season, skydiving with stuntman and co-host Yoni Kirsh. Also, see the show trailer for more on what's in store.

Office 365 Deployment Center is ready to help

Learn how to pilot, deploy, and extend Office 365 to meet your organization's needs, no matter how complex.

Project Professional 2013 Evaluation now available

The only project management system designed to seamlessly work with other Microsoft applications and cloud services. Preview and install the 60-day trial and learn how to simplify IT management with straightforward provisioning and enterprise-grade reliability.

Build a tabletop datacenter: Surface Pro meets Hyper-V

A new ESG report details the storage performance enhancements with Windows Server 2012. Read about how Windows Server 2012 can increase efficiencies in areas including SMB 3.0 running scale-up OLTP workloads in Microsoft SQL Server, de-duplication efficacy, offloaded data transfer (ODX) vs. traditional non-ODX systems, and more. Download the Windows Server 2012 Evaluation to test it yourself.

Identity infrastructure capabilities white paper: Identity management in the age of hybrid IT

To get a better understanding of the common identity infrastructure capabilities that either are now, or are anticipated to be, in big demand, we've put together this collection of capabilities that might be thought of as the identity management toolset.

TechNet Radio IT Time (Part 1): Deploying Windows Server 2012 using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Blain Barton welcomes Microsoft Deployment MVP Rhonda Layfield to the TechNet Radio show to kick off their three-part series on the tools you can use to deploy Windows Server 2012. Tune in as they discuss what's new in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 monitoring, remote operation, and group policy packs. Sign in with your Windows Account to try Windows Server 2012.

Real-World Azure: Provisioning storage for I/O intensive applications on Windows Azure

Concluding their Real-World Azure series, Blain Barton and Don Noonan show us how to provision storage for I/O-intensive applications, such as SQL Server, on Windows Azure. Tune in as Don demonstrates how he took a SQL workload and moved it to a Windows Azure Virtual Machine. Sign in with your Windows Account ID to try Windows Azure free for 90 days.

Enterprise management tools for Windows 8: Using System Center 2012 for deployment and management tasks

Technical Evangelist Kevin Remde welcomes Sr. Technical Product Manager Martin Booth to discuss enterprise management and how System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager can help deploy, work with, manage and secure Windows 8. In part 1 of their discussion, Kevin and Martin chat about the latest improvements made to System Center 2012 and how it relates to Windows 8.

Reading and reviewing using OneNote on your Surface with Windows RT

The portability and long battery life of your Windows RT device make it easy to carry with you. Use Microsoft OneNote throughout the day on your work PC to organize your reading, then sync your OneNote with your Windows RT-compatible device and take your reading with you on the plane, to the doctor's office, or wherever you find yourself with a little free time.

New Quick Reference Guide from Microsoft IT Showcase: Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Dynamics CRM is used in a variety of functions at Microsoft, such as with IT-to-business relationship management, and sales force automation among various sales groups. It is used online and on premises. Microsoft IT discusses how solutions have been implemented using the extensibility and interoperability of Dynamics CRM across different business workloads.

ITProGuru vs. Hyper-V Replica

Dan Stolts welcomes Clyde Johnson from the Boston Area Windows Server User Group to discuss and demo Hyper-V Replica found in Windows Server 2012. Tune in as they give an overview of what Hyper-V Replica is, why it's important for businesses as a disaster recovery solution, and how to get started implementing this free service in your IT environment. Sign in with your Windows Account to evaluate Windows Server 2012 and download Hyper-V 2012.

TechNet Radio: Exchange ideas - Exchange 2013 architecture FAQs

The Microsoft Exchange team kicks off its new series covering all things Exchange Server 2013. In today's episode, Ann Vu, Ross Smith, Jeff Mealiffe, and Todd Luttinen discuss the most frequently asked Exchange 2013 architecture questions. Tune in as they chat about key version differences, load balancing, database limit per mailbox changes, and much more.

Sign up for Microsoft IT Hands-On Labs

Here's your chance to learn about Windows Server 2012, heralded by industry analysts as the most impressive Windows Server update since Windows Server 2000. You'll work closely with new features and functionalities of this release, including Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Shared-Nothing Live Migration, Storage Pools, and Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

Windows 8: What IT pros should know

Learn about apps, virtualization, deployment, advances in security, managing devices, and more in this virtual roundtable featuring deployment experts from the IT community, IT pros who have deployed Windows 8, and members of the Windows product team. You'll also get valuable tips for deploying Windows 8 in the enterprise and a firsthand look at the latest Windows 8 devices.