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Volume 10, Issue 14: July 2008
From the Editor
Dear IT Managers,
Summer is here! Time to kick back, relax and enjoy some downtime. Maybe downtime isn’t the right word.

Summer is often the time where things slow down a little and we have a chance to catch up. It is also a great time to brush up on some of our technical skills and review some of the things we learned over the last while. We thought we’d help by introducing TechNet On Demand. What is this you ask?

TechNet On Demand offers a rotating roster of the most recent Canadian events and activities available for download whenever you want. You no longer have to search previous archived Canadian TechNet tour pages, or webcast or podcast pages to find key resources to keep your IT skills up to snuff. With videos, event presentations, podcasts, and connections to colleagues and experts via the community blogs, TechNet On Demand is the closest thing to being at the event, bringing you the opportunity to explore the latest technological advancements and build your IT skills. Share and leverage ideas from TechNet On Demand with your employees, colleagues or other tech-friends – they will find something valuable there too!

Take advantage of your summer. Take advantage of TechNet On Demand.

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you out at our upcoming fall TechNet and Microsoft events.

If you’re interested in some great resources to keep your skills sharp, check out:

Featured Content: Learn Best Practices for Deploying Windows Vista
On Demand Webcast: Forefront Security for Exchange Deployment Best Practices (Level 300)
 Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Failover Clustering

Thanks for reading,
Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada
Rodney.buike@microsoft.com
Blogs.technet.com/canitpro

Your Featured Content
Microsoft LICENSING 101: Do you have burning Licensing questions you’d like answered? Ask them now.
Licensing is a major pain point for Microsoft customers. Let’s face it. It’s complex, always changing and based on feedback, it’s not very flexible either. You’ve shared with us through the spring Microsoft Customer and Partner satisfaction survey that it’s an area you wish Microsoft would improve on. To address your feedback, we invite you to ask us questions you’d like answered on licensing. Based on your top questions, we’ll work with a Licensing specialist to get your questions answered. In confidence, we’ll share your questions and answers with the broader TechNet Flash audience so readers like you can learn more about Microsoft Licensing. Send your simple or complex questions to cdntnlic@microsoft.com. Stay tuned in future TechNet Flash editions, as well as our TechNet home page for more information on getting your top questions answered!
 
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As a popular entertainment site with an advertising-based revenue model, Break.com must support high traffic volumes while enticing visitors to spend time on the site. The company handles up to 35 million page views per day with only two Web server computers.
Far too often, people who are not trained database administrators somehow end up responsible for a database. They lack the proper training and knowledge to maintain their database, and problems begin to develop. Here’s a primer for all those involuntary DBAs who need a crash course in database maintenance best practices.
Microsoft Application Virtualization is a virtualization solution that can deliver applications that are never installed, yet securely follow users anywhere, on demand.
Get tools and resources to reduce the time, cost, and complexity of addressing application compatibility.
Monitor the security compliance state of your IT environment for computers running Windows.
This document outlines deployment scenarios to support wireless networking with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
This toolkit provides information to help you establish security baselines and use compliance industry best practices from Microsoft. This guidance then demonstrates how your organization can efficiently monitor the implementation of security baselines for three of the most widely used Microsoft operating systems.
Key recommendations and best practices to help administrators of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 plan and monitor their SQL Server storage requirements to support optimal performance and operation of their server farms.
This article provides information for farm administrators about Batch Site Manager and the updatealert operation for the Stsadm command-line tool, which are available in the April 2008 release of the administration toolkit for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies.
IT pro evangelist Jeff Alexander found Windows Search 4.0 came with some unexpected performance benefits.
Join network specialist Stephen Rose as he discusses Windows Vista deployment, and offers tips and tricks based on real IT pro deployment experiences. Stephen talks about BitLocker and other laptop tools, secure deployment, improvements in SP1, and his thoughts on Windows Vista over Windows XP.
InformationWeek - July 2, 2008
Coming to IE8 is a set of cross-site scripting defenses to defeat hackers looking to steal cookies and browser history, logging keystrokes, stealing credentials, or just evading phishing filters.
July 29, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Microsoft IT is developing a system-of-record for key customer information, but also as a meta-directory, holding references to customer data in other business applications, helping Microsoft realize over US$200 million in revenue and cost savings.
Microsoft IT empowers the mobile workforce, but in doing so, secures mobile devices to protect corporate assets and resources.
With Excel Services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you can now distribute workbooks or parts thereof, seamlessly and easily protecting the IP in the workbook, ensuring that security is maintained, and keeping a single version of the workbook so that everyone has the right numbers.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a configuration item for compliance, import pre-created configuration items, create baselines for assignment, assign baselines to collections, and verify compliance for the assigned baselines.
The key to successfully scaling an ASP.NET application is having a collaborative effort between developers and network administrators, starting at the beginning of the application’s lifecycle. Find out what factors are necessary to scale an application, and see how this collaboration can help ensure the application will run as intended.
Help protect your computing environment by keeping up to date on Microsoft technical security notifications. Notifications are available in RSS, instant message, mobile device, or e-mail format, and are always available online at TechNet on the Security Bulletin Search Web page.
Ensure that the content most relevant to you is presented in this section.

Evaluation Center Updates
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, and helps reduce corporate liability by blocking instant messages containing inappropriate content.
Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 is the integrated edge-security gateway that helps protect IT environments from Internet-based threats while providing users with fast and secure remote access to applications and data.

Scripting for IT Pros
Hey Scripting Guy...
See previous comics in the TechNet Flash Web-based archive.

Support and Troubleshooting
How-to Articles
Hotfixes
Knowledge Base Articles
See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.

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Featured Downloads
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 enables large enterprises and upper mid-market organizations to improve their entity’s performance by integrating monitoring, analysis and planning capabilities into one comprehensive solution.

Upcoming Webcasts

Security
This toolkit provides you with best practices for planning, deploying, monitoring, and remediating a security baseline for your organization. The toolkit offers a proven method that you can use to effectively monitor the compliance state of a security baseline for the Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 operating systems.

On Demand
In this webcast, Craig Wiand, lead support engineer on Microsoft Forefront Client Security, answers your technical questions about Forefront Client Security and reviews common troubleshooting tips for the product.
Now you can access most TechNet and IT Manager on-demand webcasts even faster! We have simplified the registration - just enter your name, e-mail, and company name and you can start streaming or downloading a webcast today. To get started, choose a series by product or topic.

Virtual Labs
After completing this lab, you will be better able to use the Configuration Manager Console to verify the site configuration and identify new features of the Configuration Manager including software distribution and maintenance windows, software updates and WSUS integration, operating system deployment of Windows Vista, desired configuration management, and other miscellaneous Configuration Manager features.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to install the System Center Updates Publisher, create a catalog for a custom update, import a catalog for a synthetic application, publish custom catalog information to Configuration Manager for scanning, perform a scan for custom updates, analyze required updates, and distribute an update using Configuration Manager.

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