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Twice a year, every autumn and spring, we send out a survey called the Global Relationship Study to a number of IT Professionals across Canada. It’s not a Hoax - we use the feedback from this survey to make changes and adjustments within the company and how we engage with you — our customer.

One of the areas we got feedback on was ease in finding resources to help with your migration projects. As a result, The Springboard site was created. A one stop shop for finding all things related to Exploring , Piloting / deploying and Managing your environment for a migration from XP to Windows 7.  I still find myself directing people there for help to find technical articles, videos and information on what Windows 7 Advantages are and how it can make your life easier than managing Windows XP.

If you get an email from "Microsoft Feedback” with the subject line “Help Microsoft Focus on Customers and Partners” from now until October 21st — it’s not a hoax or phishing email! Please open it and take a few minutes to tell us what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Collection 10215: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Server Virtualization . This collection of six courses teaches IT professionals how to deploy and manage a server virtualization environment that leverages Microsoft technologies. The content in this course supports the certification Exam 70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization.
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Virtualization Challenge - Get Certified Free of Charge

The Virtualization Challenge is the opportunity for IT professionals who have taken training from a Microsoft Partner with Learning Competency to register and take Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, free of charge. If they do not pass the exam, then they may take additional training offered by the Learning Partner. At the end of the training, they can retake Exam 70-659 at no additional charge.
12 Reasons to Love SQL Server Code Name "Denali"

The public beta for DPM 2012 is now available for download. Try out the new centralized management built on the System Center Operations Manager platform.
Use PowerShell and WMI to Get Processor Information

The Scripting Guy shows how to get the number of processor cores via WMI and Windows PowerShell when performing an audit that requires CPU information.
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*No purchase necessary.  Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding province of Quebec)  from October 3, 2011 and end at 11:59:59PM ET on November 30, 2011. There is one prize available to be won consisting of:   There will be one (1) Grand Prize (the "Tech-Tastic Prize Pack") available to be won, consisting of; (1) Dell XPS 15" Laptop with Windows 7 ($1,000); (1) Office 2010 Home and Business ($350); (1) Arc Touch Mouse ($60); (1) Arc Keyboard ($60); (1) LifeCam Studio ($120); (1) Xbox 360 250GB with Xbox Kinect and Kinect Adventure Game ($400); (1) Xbox 360 Game Pack ($250); (1) Samsung 40" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV ($750); and (1) Gift Card to Future Shop for ($100), which is subject to any terms and onditions printed on the gift card. Contest closes November 30, 2011.  Skill testing question required.  Full contest rules can be found here .
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