Microsoft TechNet Biweekly Newsletter
Let us know what interests you, and we'll customize your TechNet Flash newsletter with additional reports on topics such as desktop operating systems, server technologies, or security. And please let us know what you think of TechNet Flash.

Volume 10, Issue 16: August 2008
From the Editor
Greetings New TechNet Flash Subscriber,
The wait is over!! As I recently posted on the Canadian It Pro Blog, SQL Server 2008 has been released and is ready to deliver a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data, such as query, search, synchronize, report, and analyze. Many of you have been evaluating the SQL Server 2008 CTP releases and may be ready to try out the RTM version. TechNet Plus subscribers can find RTM versions now available for download.

TechNet Magazine recently published an overview of the key changes and what you can expect from SQL Server 2008. You can also get a rundown of the various editions and components of SQL Server 2008 or take the free eLearning clinic available online to experience it for yourself. Also check out demos and videos of SQL Server 2008 for an idea on how the new features work, or get a little deeper with the 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 for IT Professionals and 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 for Developers webcast series.

You may be wondering about what you need to do to upgrade to SQL Server 2008. You can find guidance for upgrading to SQL Server 2008 or migrating to SQL Server 2008. If you are upgrading, be sure to check out Upgrade Advisor to Prepare For Upgrades.

If you want to test SQL Server 2008 out in a lab or sandbox environment, Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 is a great way to do so. In fact, SQL Server 2008 is supported running in a virtualized environment under Hyper-V so give it a try. The combination, in my opinion, is phenomenal. Additional resources to help you install and configure SQL Server 2008 that you may find useful include
Planning an installation of SQL Server
Installing SQL Server 2008
Quick Start Installation
Installation How-to Topics
Locating Previous Versions of SQL Server for SQL Server 2008 migration using Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
Configuring SQL Server 2008

And finally, if you have a project that you think SQL Server 2008 would be great for, or are in the process of using it in your organization today, send me an email. I may be able to get you some additional help and resources in to smooth the path or case you run across any issues along the way.

Cheers,
Damir Bersinic
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada Co.
damir.bersinic@microsoft.com
http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro

Your Featured Content
This seven part series will help educate you on Microsoft licensing and enable you to discover the advantages that Volume Licensing can offer your business.
Sign up for our first Tech•Ed Newsletter to stay connected with the latest updates about the 2009 event. You’ll get session and speaker information, pre-registration details for early-bird pricing, and other special incentives available only to subscribers. Don’t miss out—sign up now.
Currently we're offering a no-obligation technology assessment for small and mid-sized businesses with a certified Microsoft Partner. Register* for your evaluation and you'll get the chance to discuss the technology you need to help drive productivity, work more effectively while mobile, and build better connections with your customers. * You hereby covenants not to sue and do release, acquit, and forever discharge Microsoft and its affiliates and its and their successors, officers, directors and employees from all claims that you or your affiliates, successors, officers, directors and employees, or permitted assignees may have against Microsoft and its and their affiliates, successors, officers, directors or employees arising out of, or in connection with, the provision of the assessment you have requested.
Find out how Microsoft®--based BI solutions can help your people get an in-depth look at your organization’s business performance. Request your copy of the latest Microsoft® Business Intelligence Resource Kit, featuring demos, whitepapers, webcasts, case studies and more. Quantities are limited, so get it now!
On the go? Let your information find you. Save time-get local headlines, scores for your teams, stock quotes, traffic for your commute-just about anything that is happening right now.
Ensure that the content most relevant to you is presented in this section.
See how to create a revenue forecast model and input forecast values.

Evaluation Center Updates
Windows Essential Business Sever 2008 is an integrated and affordable solution that offers the Microsoft software midsize businesses require - preconfigured, integrated, manageable from a single administrative console, and at a significant discount compared to standalone products. When you download the latest public preview, you're automatically registered to access valuable public preview resources assembled in one convenient location.
Designed for small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2008 is an affordable, integrated server solution that helps you protect your business data, increase productivity, and present a more professional image to customers – giving you the tools you need to help grow your business capacity. Once you have registered, you will have access to valuable public preview resources assembled in one convenient location.

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.

Also available via RSS RSS

Featured Downloads
The Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) includes several new Enterprise Search features for SharePoint Server 2007 and the latest performance updates and fixes for the Microsoft Office Servers listed in the system requirements section.
App-V 4.5 offers dynamic virtualization, extended scalability for enterprise deployments, increased support for local language applications, improved reporting, new manageability tools, and much more.

Upcoming Webcasts
November 14, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
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.

Security
Gain great insight into where your security issues lie and get detailed reports with prescriptive guidance to help you reduce security threats that can impact your business. Download the free Microsoft Security Assessment Tool.
Are your organization’s desktops vulnerable to security attacks? Do they have anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed? Are their Windows Firewall settings turned off without your approval? Use the network-wide Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and discover these PC security vulnerabilities now.
Dynamic response, an innovative feature of the “Stirling” integrated security system, helps save IT staff considerable time by automatically responding to incoming threats.

Received TechNet Flash from a Friend?
The TechNet Flash is full of pointers to in-depth technical information that we encourage subscribers to forward to friends and co-workers. If you've received this issue from someone via e-mail and would like to receive the free TechNet Flash newsletter biweekly, all you have to do is register.

SQL Sever 2008
Try out the RTM Version

In This Issue:
Your Featured Content
Evaluation Center Updates
Scripting for IT Pros
Support and Troubleshooting
Featured Downloads
Upcoming Webcasts
Security
Received TechNet Flash from a Friend?
Training & Books
Microsoft Learning: Forefront Online Technical Training
Free two-hour Microsoft Learning eClinics are offered online that cover the technical aspects of Forefront Client and Server training.
Browse the Learning Catalog to find the training that works best for you.
Manage your learning experience with the Microsoft Learning Manager.
New & Upcoming Books
Microsoft Canada Webcast & Events Calendar
Find a TechNet Event or Webcast in your Area
Resources
Community News
Solution Accelerators
Case Studies & White Papers
How Microsoft Does IT
Support News
TechNet Flash Archive
TechNet Magazine
MSDN Flash Newsletter
Security Newsletter
Learning Paths for Security
IT Manager Connections Newsletter
TechNet Plus Direct
Full library of Microsoft software for evaluation without limits
Immediate access through subscriber downloads
Two Professional Support incidents
Access to beta software before public beta releases
Exclusive tools and utilities
Personalize Your Flash
Let us know your technology interests. When you personalize your Flash experience, additional content for your selected topics can be found in every edition in Your Featured Content.
To unsubscribe from the TechNet Flash newsletter, click here. You can manage all your Microsoft.com communication preferences from this page.

If you have any concerns regarding Microsoft privacy policies, please write to us at Microsoft Canada Co., Attention: Privacy Compliance Officer, 1950 Meadowvale Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 8L9.

Legal Information.

This newsletter was sent by Microsoft Canada
1950 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
L5N 8L9

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Sign up for other newsletters | Unsubscribe | Update your profile
© 2008 Microsoft Corporation  Terms of Use | Trademarks | Privacy Statement
Microsoft