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Volume 10, Issue 12: June 2008
From the Editor
Dear IT Managers,
Thanks to all who came out and attended the EnergizeIT event in Toronto. It’s really the great community and gathering of like-minded people from all over the country for one day that makes this event the tremendous success that it is. IT professionals and developers came from Vancouver to Halifax and if people weren’t giving presentations or being interviewed about their Green IT practises by yours truly, they were answering questions at the Ask the Experts booth, helping out on stage in the crazy demo competition or just sharing their knowledge and getting to know their IT counterparts. It was great to walk around and hear and see the conversations that were happening. Now that’s community!

If you want to take a look at the presentations that were given, check out Click on any of the tracks to view the presentations in PowerPoint for those sessions. Video recordings for each of the sessions will also be posted shortly.

Along with warmer temperatures and longer days comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning in many homes across the country. Spring signifies an “out with the old and in with the new” type of attitude. Well, might I suggest that this is the perfect time to put that same sentiment towards your training – it’s the perfect time to spring clean your IT skills!

To help you out with your ongoing skills development, here is a list of resources. Take your laptop out to the back patio, grab yourself a cold drink and get started.

Microsoft Virtual Labs – free online labs of all the newest products
Microsoft Events and Webcasts – watch and listen to free webcasts and podcasts, either live or on-demand; also find in-person events in your area
Trail Software – download trial software for tons of Microsoft products
Microsoft Canada Learning Site – find training, certification information, and 30 question skills assessment plans
Exam Preparation Tip Sheet – you can also find this linked off the Learning Site, but thought it was worth the trouble to list it separately as well
• Practice tests at MeasureUp and Self Test Software – these test providers offer free demo versions of their practice tests plus a full range of products for a fee

Thanks for reading,

Ruth Morton
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

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The Cross Platform Extensions Beta extends the monitoring and management capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 to non-Microsoft platforms, including HP-UX, Sun Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server environments. With Operations Manager 2007 Interop Connectors Beta for HP and IBM Tivoli, Operations Manager 2007 can interoperate and share information with different enterprise management systems and help desks.
See how Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) Hypervisor compare to one another.
Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2” Beta 3 is now available! This product delivers powerful self-service capabilities for end users via the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and also provides rich administrative tools and enhanced automation for IT professionals, plus Microsoft .NET connection software and WS-* based extensibility for developers. To learn more, visit the ILM “2” product page.
In this video designed for IT professionals, Michael Palermo demonstrates some of the advanced features of the Windows Vista operating system. You will see how to take advantage of advanced search capabilities, how to understand the health of your PC, and how to optimize it for performance.
In this video, Kyle Rosenthal shows you how to use available resources to examine the applications on your network to determine whether they are compatible with Windows Vista. He also shows you how to use the application compatibility tools to create solutions for non-compatible applications.
June 16, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this webcast, we install and configure Microsoft Forefront Client Security on server and client computers. We start with a short review of the hardware and software prerequisites for Forefront Client Security. After installing Forefront Client Security on the server computer and completing some post-installation configuration, we install some prerequisite software packages on the client computers before installing Forefront Client Security on these systems.
June 18, 9:30 AM Pacific Time
Get the information you need to deploy Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 in conjunction with TDM or IP PBXs by using the “standalone” and “co-existence” deployment scenarios and various options such as gateways and dual-forking. We discuss interoperability scenarios for various PBX manufacturers like Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, and Siemens.
Microsoft SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) are highly scalable, on-demand data storage and query processing Web services. Businesses use storage resources as needed when transforming large upfront capital and operations expenditures into much smaller, on-demand costs.
Download and watch four easy-to-understand sessions in which Rafal Lukawiecki helps to demystify data mining from the perception that it is complex, untested, or only for specialists. Learn what data mining and business intelligence can do for you, how to deploy, manage, and use this technology, and how to make it available to other parts of your IT environment.
Wednesday, June 11, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Learn how people, processes, and technology can help you to manage the life cycle of developing or tuning management packs in support of System Center Operations Manager 2007. In this webcast, we discuss the consideration of roles and responsibilities, the approach to managing overrides, developing custom management packs, version control, and much more.
Learn how Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 helps to ensure that computers that connect to or communicate on the network meet your organization's requirements for system health. See how the IT staff at Microsoft is able to enforce security and compliance and to target policies to specific forests and domains within Microsoft.
Use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to customize an installation of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The OCT is part of the Setup program and is the recommended tool for most customizations.
Parallel Extensions simplifies development by providing library-based support for introducing concurrency into applications that are written with any .NET language. It includes updates to the Task Parallel Library (TPL), which provides imperative data and task parallelism, and to Parallel LINQ (PLINQ), which provides declarative data parallelism. The all new Coordination Data Structures (CDS) provide support for work coordination and for managing shared state.
The Microsoft Silverlight 2 SDK Beta 1 contains documentation, online samples, libraries, and tools for developing Silverlight 2 applications.
Discover how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 can help you to improve productivity, manage change, compete globally, and simplify compliance.
Towers Perrin Press Release (May 21, 2008).
Learn about the rich feature sets in the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system that create powerful, convenient management for IT professionals and that offer business advantages such as increased productivity.
Expression Web 2 gives you all the tools you need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites. Built-in support for today’s Web standards, sophisticated CSS-based layout and formatting, and integration with either Microsoft ASP.NET or PHP means you can design, develop, and maintain exceptional sites with a lot less time and effort.

Evaluation Center Updates
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 makes it possible for large enterprises and upper mid-market organizations to improve their entity’s performance by integrating monitoring, analysis, and planning capabilities into one comprehensive solution. Register to download the free 180-day trial software and receive valuable resources that have been assembled to address the challenges specific to each stage of evaluation.
Move to voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) without replacing your PBX hardware. Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 help you to bridge the gap between telephony and computing to deliver real-time messaging, voice, and conferencing to the desktop environment.

Scripting for IT Pros
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Support and Troubleshooting
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Featured Downloads
The Microsoft High Performance Computing (HPC) team is pleased to announce the release of Beta 2 of the Microsoft HPC Pack. While Beta 1 was a preview, Beta 2 contains all of the product's features. You'll find performance and scalability improvements, usability improvements, stability improvements, and features that have been completed.
The Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) release supports Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, integrates support for Intel’s vPro technology, and provides an update to the Asset Intelligence capability initially shipped in Configuration Manager.
This gadget makes it easier to find help for Microsoft System Center products because it uses Live Search macros to search specific sites instead of the entire Web. Search results are only returned from sites that are known to contain helpful information about System Center products.

Upcoming Webcasts
June 24, 9:30 AM Pacific Time
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system that provides information technology (IT) professionals with the tools and features that allow them to maximize control over their network while providing unprecedented operations and management capabilities. In this webcast find out how Windows Server 2008 delivers a radical change to the operating system architecture that can result in a significantly more manageable, reliable, IT infrastructure than ever before.

Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It also helps to reduce corporate liability by blocking IM messages that contain inappropriate content.
Download the June security updates, including updates for Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.

On Demand
In this webcast, we demonstrate the configuration and management capabilities of Server Manager and discuss how Server Manager takes advantage of the model-based management infrastructure provided by the SML environment. We also introduce some new features of Server Manager including integration of the virtualization role of Windows Server and Remote Server Administration Tools.
The Microsoft Director of Linux Interoperability, Tom Hanrahan, and Wharton's Kevin Werbach discuss the changing landscape of open source development.
This screencast looks at methods of creating new virtual computers in each operating environment and looks at the management tools and additional resources for each product.

Virtual Labs
This lab’s objective is to help you gain familiarity with installing the Enterprise Manager server component of Forefront Client Security and with configuring and deploying downlevel components. It also provides an overview of the Enterprise Manager interface, and provides tips for troubleshooting the Enterprise Manager.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to quickly create administration scripts with Windows Server 2008.
After completing this lab, you will be able to create decision tree and naïve bayes data-mining models, view mining accuracy charts, create a prediction query, and create a Time Series model.

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