TechNet Flash - Volume 15, Issue 8: April 3, 2013

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New online MVA course: Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration & Migration


Hands-on lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

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Matt Graven

Editor's Note

Matt Graven

TechNet Flash Editor

Getting hands-on with new technology

Over the past few months, we’ve seen some significant changes in the IT landscape. Microsoft has released a variety of products and made a stronger commitment to the cloud. Many IT pros are busy getting up to speed with new technologies, deciding what solutions they want to implement, and planning these deployments. Fortunately there are plenty of opportunities to delve into these products and get hands-on experience to see how these new solutions can fit into your organization....Read more

Live discussion and Q&A: New Office real-world adoption tips, tricks, and secrets

Join the Garage Series for a special episode featuring a live discussion and Q&A with well-known technology analyst, author and blogger, Paul Thurrott, and other special guests, including early-adopter customers and top Office engineers. The show will include unique demos of Office touch and Lync experiences across multiple devices. Tune in to

Windows 8 deployment options - part 2

Kevin Remde

and Senior Product Manager Michael Niehaus are back for Part 2 of their Deploying Windows 8 series. In this latest episode, they dive even deeper into some of the more advanced tools to support complex Windows 8 deployment scenarios.

TechEd 2013 content catalog is now live

TechEd 2013 will take place June 3 - 6 in New Orleans. Check out our catalog, which boasts 400+ sessions and labs that offer deep exploration of and experience with the latest solutions and technologies from Microsoft. Take advantage of our planning tool and customize your 2013 TechEd experience today!

ESG Lab report: Virtualizing tier-1 application workloads with confidence

ESG Lab performed hands-on testing of a virtualized tier-1 Exchange 2013 application workload. The results confirm that the improved IOPS performance efficiency of Exchange 2013 and the manageably low IOPS overhead of Microsoft Server 2012 with Hyper-V can be used to consolidate tier-1 email application workloads with confidence. The workload was designed to emulate thousands of Exchange users performing typical activities, such as sending and receiving messages, making calendar entries, updating contacts, and managing to-do lists. The storage activity of up to 48,000 typical Exchange users was tested using a single physical server hosting up to twelve Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V virtual machines. You can test this yourself using the Windows Server 2012 Evaluation.

Get ready with the Office 365 Deployment Center

If you are getting ready to move your enterprise or midsize organization to Office 365, check out the Office 365 Deployment Center for a trial, research and advice from Microsoft for planning an agile cloud deployment.

Office Garage Series: Identity, activation, and data access with a user-based Office

This week, the hosts answer your questions about the user-based Office service, how identity and services are provisioned, where data and passwords are stored, and what the user experiences look like. They also catch up with cyber security expert and author, Mark Russinovich, to discuss the security model for online services with Azure AD.

Hands-on labs online: Windows 8 - controlling access with AppLocker

Attend this live, hands-on training event on April 4 where Evangelist Yung Chou will discuss how you can create an AppLocker policy for your Windows 8 apps. You'll learn how this can help to prevent malware and enforce compliance requirements in your organization. Join App Builder for additional Windows Store App tools and resources.

New MVA Jump Start: Using VDI to enable new workstyles

Join Microsoft's virtualization experts on April 18 to learn the latest approaches to desktop virtualization. Register for free to delve into the Microsoft-Citrix v-Alliance solution, view live demos, and get architectural guidance for building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Edge Show: New Windows Azure PowerShell + demos interview

Learn about the newly updated Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets straight from the program manager responsible for creating them! You'll see cool things you can now do like site-to-site VHD copies and saving VHD files.

TechNet Radio: ITProGuru vs. Hyper-V live (part 1)

Are you up to speed on Hyper-V Live? Dan Stolts welcomes Microsoft MVP Rob McShinsky to the show as they discuss the new "Live" features found in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012. Tune in for part one of their two-part series as they demo the Live Add Memory and Live Snapshot Merging capabilities. Sign in with your Windows Account to download Hyper-V 2012 and evaluate Windows Server 2012.

Try a flexible solution for managing your data center

Experience application management made simple using Intellitrace and TFS integration in System Center 2012 SP1. Download System Center 2012 SP1 and start your trial today.

IT Time - get certified! Why Microsoft certification matters

In this episode of IT Time, Blain Barton and the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, discuss the importance of Microsoft Certifications. Tune in as they chat about how getting certified directly affected their careers, get some tips for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012, and check out the free "Early Experts" challenge for preparation materials. Sign in with your Windows Account to evaluate Windows Server 2012.

Windows Intune: Cloud-based management for Windows PCs and tablets

Kevin Remde

welcomes Technical Specialist Susan Smith from the Windows Intune team to discuss Intune's cloud-based approach to managing PCs and mobile devices. They'll cover Intune's capabilities and look at how Intune can help support your mobile workforce while ensuring a better managed and more secure environment. You can sign up here to try Windows Intune free for 30 Days.

Training and Books

New MVA Jump Start: Using VDI to enable new workstyles

Join Microsoft’s virtualization experts on April 18 to learn the latest approaches to desktop virtualization. Register for free to delve into the Microsoft-Citrix v-Alliance solution, view live demos, and get architectural guidance for building a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Join the 90 Days to MCSA program

Join the 90 Days to MCSA program and get a plan of action to get certified for the cloud with Windows Server and SQL Server. The 90-day program gives you a roadmap, tools, and community support designed to help you achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) goal. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today.


Hands-on lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

On April 11, get hands-on with Windows Azure by attending this upcoming Hands-on Labs Online (HOLO) training session. Join Technical Evangelist Matt Hester as he provides an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and is available to assist as you work through lab exercises. Be sure to sign-in to download the free Windows Azure 90-day trial for the hands-on portion of this training.

Don’t miss the PASS Business Analytics Conference

April 10 - 12, Chicago, IL

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