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Volume 10, Issue 18: September 2008
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Normally you find editorials and resources focused on IT Professionals and Developers with the TechNet and MSDN Flash newsletters. Our team regularly puts on events and activities aimed at supporting your technical skills development and supporting your career growth as well as trying to connect with you and answer questions as best we can on whatever topics you throw our way. We use both online activities with Webcasts, blogs, live and recorded streams and in person activities whenever we go to professional associations, user groups or our regular touring activities. Here’s something you may not know - we also have similar resources for IT Managers as well.

I’ve quietly taken responsibility for the Canadian IT Manager Blog while Ruth Morton is off on maternity leave. I am recording two episodes for the IT Manager Podcast the first week of October on Search and SQL Server. I am helping Damir put together the AlignIT national tour for IT Managers and Planners. One thing that I am particularly excited about is a monthly webcast series under our Ignite Your Career banner - targeted at IT Managers, Architects (both Developer and IT Pro) and ISV shops. The IT Manager webcast series portion kicks off the 3rd week of September, Attracting & Retaining Talent to your Organization is our September 23rd webcast. The monthly series will run throughout the year. I’m producing and hosting the monthly Talk Radio format episodes for the IT Managers on a variety of topics focused on developing their professional skills and talking about issues that are top of mind for IT Managers across Canada. I’ve teamed up with CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society) to help source speakers for the series as well as pulling in industry experts and peer IT Managers from all sizes of organizations. The talk show format gives you time to ask your questions online and hear them answered in real time by our panel of experts. I can’t wait to connect with you on the webcast to get your questions answered!

It’s a busy time of year – we’re getting ready to support your development – both by going on the road to talk with you and your managers personally as well as connecting online when it’s more convenient. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered - regardless of your current role in the IT world. Does your Manager know about our “IT Manager” activities this year? You might want to drop him or her a snippet of this article in an email – who knows, it might earn you some bonus points.

Rick Claus | Senior IT Pro Advisor | Microsoft Canada
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The Ignite your Career webcast series was a huge success last year. We have broadened the topics and are reaching out to all sorts of audiences - it doesn't matter if you manage infrastructure, development, or architects. This is your opportunity to connect and engage with your peers and Microsoft on your own time. Join us monthly for webcasts for Architects, Implementers (IT pros and Developers) and Managers of IT. Book mark and check back regularly for new webcasts.

Ignite Your Career Webcasts for IT Managers
Attracting & Retaining Talent to your Organization
September 23rd, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Adapting to the Upcoming Generation of Digital Native Employees
October 14th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Help your end-users find the information, people and expertise they need with a search solution that’s quick-to-deploy and easy-to-manage.
On Wednesday, September 24th, Mark Russinovich will host a virtual roundtable for IT pros on the topic of the Performance of Windows Vista. Mark will be joined by Microsoft MVPs and real customer IT pros, and together they will discuss “top of mind” performance issues as well as common “misconfigurations” and tips on how to fix them. From boot times and applets to disk performance and battery life, IT pros can learn how to optimize Windows Vista and what they can do to help improve overall system performance. Save the date and join the discussion LIVE on Wednesday, September 24th at 9:00am Pacific Time by visiting
Windows PowerShell is one of the most important tools for administrators. In this screencast, Jeff Alexander goes through the basics to get you started.
The Cross-Platform Extensions Beta extends the monitoring and management capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 to non-Microsoft platforms. The Interop Connectors Beta allows Operations Manager 2007 to interoperate and share information with different enterprise management systems and helpdesks
To help make migrating data easier, SQL Server is happy to announce that migration assistants are now available to help streamline the process of migrating data from Access, Oracle, and Sybase to SQL Server 2008.
Learn how virtualization compliments green IT practices that can lead to more-efficient energy use and cost savings.
Check out the Microsoft SharePoint Team blog and find out more about SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 running under Hyper-V.
Download this guide to find best practices and procedures for implementing a mobile messaging system with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6-powered devices and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

SQL Server can store and consume any data type, from virtually anywhere, while reducing the development complexity with data abstraction and integration with Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Download it today.
By delivering simplified administration through central management and providing critical visibility into threats and vulnerabilities, Forefront Client Security helps you protect your business with great confidence and efficiency. Forefront Client Security is now available.
Designed for small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2008 is an affordable, integrated server solution that helps you protect your business data, helps 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.

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SCUP 4.0 allows customers to import software update catalogs, create, modify, and export software update definitions, and publish software updates.
Extend the monitoring and management capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 to non-Microsoft platforms including Solaris, HP-UX, Red Hat, SUSE, and now (with this beta refresh) AIX.

September 17, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Using a case-study-based approach, Cognizant technology and business leader Sai KrupaSagar describes how to develop and implement a strategy for extracting continuous value from efficient and adaptable systems on Microsoft .NET.

After completing this lab, you will be better able to deploy an Agent, import a Management Pack, create and use Views, create and use Tasks, monitor and override, create rules and use the web console.
This lab will walk you through the basics of an Exchange Server 2007 installation, and will demonstrate how a standard installation will work, as well as how to add a server role to an existing installation, via a scripted install in PowerShell.

Windows Server 2008 adds improvements and innovations to Terminal Services that facilitate better integration of remote and local applications on client computers, access to these same remote programs via a Web browser, and a means to access remote terminals and applications across firewalls.
See a business and technical overview of the activation and validation changes in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. We also cover changes to Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK), Volume License Keys (VLKs), notification versus reduced functionality mode (RFM), activation grace periods, and re-arms.

Visit our Ignite Your Career webcast series site and check the “Manage” tab for webcasts specifically for IT Managers.
The Canadian IT Manager Blog is continuously updated with posts from our local team, along with experts in the community. Check it out and connect with your peers.
The latest release of Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 has many IT managers discovering new virtualization capabilities, Web resources, and security and management enhancements. This month, Kevin McCully (WebFeat) and Loïc Calvez (Lafarge North America) join our hosts Ruth Morton and Rick Claus to discuss the IT benefits of Windows Server 2008, keys to a successful deployment, and migration best practices. Tune in now!

Designed to help IT managers and their staff navigate the ever-changing security threat landscape, these pages can help map online resources to specific challenges involved with planning and evaluating your organization’s core IT infrastructure.
Service virtualization enables you to overcome some of the limitations of today’s service implementations by managing endpoints, operations, and policies. Join us to learn about the Managed Services Engine (MSE) that facilitates service virtualization by applying Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Microsoft SQL Server.

Forefront Client Security SP1 provides new support for roles in Windows Server 2008 and the ability to run both the FCS agent and management console on Hyper-V. Customers of Forefront Client Security will be automatically prompted to install Forefront Client Security SP1 via Microsoft Update. New customers who download the evaluation software will be prompted to upgrade to SP1 after installing.
Discover a free security assessment tool that leads you through a series of questions to help you confidently harden your security.

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