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Vol 14-3 | February, 2012
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During my time at Microsoft, few activities that we have undertaken have been received as well as the IT Virtualization Boot Camps. The Mississauga and Vancouver events sold out within a few days and the Ottawa , Calgary and Montreal events look to be heading that way as well.

An IT Virtualization Boot Camp provides a fun and collaborative environment where you will get hands-on experience with the tools.

Attendance at each IT Virtualization Boot Camp event is limited to 40 attendees each day. Register today for the events in Ottawa , Calgary and Montreal . Proceeds from each event go directly to your local user group to allow them to continue to provide great programs and networking opportunities.

For those of you in the Prairie Provinces, you should check out Prairie IT Pro & DevCon taking place March 13-15 in Calgary. Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con Wes t brings Microsoft TechDays content as well as independent experts together for three days of fantastic sessions. Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West registrants also get free access to the IT Pro Virtualization Boot Camp on March 12 as part of their conference pass!

Can’t make it to these events? Check out great online resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and TechNet . Also, don’t forget about the TechNet Eval Center where you can download many of our products for a free trial (usually 180 days) and get familiar with the latest offerings like System Center2012 and others.

There is no reason to not get started with these technologies today. I hope to see you at an IT Virtualization Boot Camp and Prairie IT Pro and DevCon!

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Did you know that Prairie Developer Conference in Calgary is loaded with IT Professional content too?

Prairie Developer Conference, March 13-15, is the conference event for IT professionals in the Canadian prairies! Featuring presentations by technical experts on Virtualization, System Centre, SharePoint, and SQL Server, Prairie Developer Conference is an exceptional learning opportunity for IT Professionals too! Register today !
Saskatoon IT PRO Users Group presents: Microsoft SQL Server 2012-March 22

Part 1: Indexes and Query Plans in SQL Server: In this session, we will take a peek under the hood and see how SQL server answers the questions you ask of it. This is an introductory session, but it will be jam-packed with demos and useful tips that you will be able to use to make your applications more responsive. Part 2: New Features in SQL Server 2012: We will also take a quick look at SQL Server 2012. This is a major release with some great new features like AlwaysOn Availability groups, Apollo and FileTable. Be sure to stay until the end if you want to see the latest news on the imminent SQL release.
Virtual Lab: System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Advanced Software Distribution

After completing this lab, you will be better able to install the site systems required for users to access the Application Catalog; configure the primary device for a user; create applications from .msi files; modify properties for an application, including creating multiple deployment types and requirement rules; and more.
Go Further. Forward. Faster. with Microsoft SQL Server 2012!

On March 7th, 2012 this online event will allow you to immerse yourself in the exciting New World of Data with SQL Server 2012. Engage not only Microsoft product teams, but with our partners and our most ground breaking customers. SQL Server 2012 is part of the broadest Data Platforms in technology today. Discover how it enables mission critical confidence, blazing fast performance, and stunning interactive data visualizations.
The Future of Productivity, Today and Tomorrow: Now On-Demand!

Discover how the power of a business productivity platform enables organizations to harness their people, relationships, and vast knowledge base to drive innovation and manage risk in today's increasingly demanding environment.
Cloud Computing — How It Can Work For You

There's a lot of confusion out there about what the cloud is and what it can do for your organization. When it comes to cloud computing, you may already be using it without knowing. As consumers we use the cloud every day with services like Hotmail or other web-based email service, social media like Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as the ability to view, edit and share document on Windows Live SkyDrive using Office Web Apps . Read more .
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