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Volume 10, Issue 19: October 2008
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You’ve seen our blog posts, and you might have even seen some early posts from D`Arcy and Miguel and you might have even peaked at the landing page and must be wondering what’s up! What is TechDays and why are we doing this? Well it all comes down to your feedback. Over the past years you have asked for more technical content, less marketing. You want to learn new skills, improve your position within your organization or move on to bigger and better things. All over the world Microsoft runs a similar event you know as TechEd. TechEd has been wildly popular and gotten bigger each year but one piece of feedback you have also given us was to make it local, so we did, and TechDays Canada was born.

We have been working on TechDays 2008 for over a year, and we are pretty excited. We are heading out to seven cities across Canada with 5 tracks and 6-8 sessions per track. That is anywhere from 30 to 40 sessions per city and we are bringing in the best experts from your local area to teach you the skills you need to succeed. Whether it is SQL Server, Infrastructure or my favorite, virtualization, there are bound to be sessions you want to see. Heck there are even two developer tracks if that is your game. Learn more at

Are you registered yet?

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

P.S. Want to keep track of when TechDays is coming to your area? Download the TechDays Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista and start counting down today!

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
Adapting to the upcoming generation of digital native employees
October 14th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Ignite Your Career Webcasts for Architects
An Introduction to the Microsoft Operations Framework
October 21st, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 8 Beta simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customized packages of Internet Explorer 8 packages. IEAK 8 can be used to configure the out-of-box experience of Internet Explorer 8 experience or to manage user settings after deployment of Internet Explorer 8 deployment. You must have Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 installed on your computer in order for IEAK 8 Beta to run successfully.
Kai Axford, CISSP and Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group, dispels the top three virtual security myths and offers a few observations for those considering the virtual route.
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You can now try Forefront Security solutions for FREE and without any installation. Experience and see for yourself how Forefront can provide greater protection and control for your IT infrastructure. Forefront is a comprehensive solution helping to protect protecting your client operating system, application servers and network edge. Please click here to run your free Virtual labs for Forefront Virtual labs now!
Learn how Microsoft IT upgraded a 30-terabyte database from SQL Server 2005 to a pre-release version of SQL Server 2008. Hear how the multi-terabyte database upgrade was planned, tested, and implemented without a database backup by following a structured, organized, and methodical approach.
Are you ready to virtualize your datacenter but don’t know where to start? Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 to get a jump start. Also view the latest TechNet Magazine article on how to use the MAP Toolkit.
Are you looking to virtualize your datacenters and desktop infrastructure? Look to the Virtualization Solution Accelerators to help you jump start the various phases of your IT projects. You will find the latest guidance and tools very useful in helping to save saving you time and money. Download the new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for App-V, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Hyper-V , and more.
The Big Easy Offer gives you choices on Microsoft products and solutions that fit your customer needs – and their budget. Now customers can find the right solution for their organization while earning money back on their purchase in the form of a partner subsidy to help make their solution more complete.

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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October 15, 2008, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to assign costs to project tasks with the new cost resources feature. The new budget tracking feature will be covered, which provides users with an efficient way to assign budgets to projects and programs, and to allocate funds and track costs, work, and materials against the budget quickly and easily.


Learn how to automate the most common management tasks, how to create a delegation model using Windows Authorization Manager, and how the power of WMI can pick up where Virtual Machine Manager leaves off.
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This TechNet Radio session features an overview that highlights the new features and architectural changes in the VSTS 2008 Database Edition GDR. We also have our tip of the week.

Visit our Ignite Your Career webcast series site and check the “Manage” tab for webcasts specifically for IT Managers.

Adapting to the upcoming generation of digital native employees
October 14th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Tips on selecting technology partners to ensure help with successful projects
November 11th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

IT Service Management – Standards for Aligning with Business Objectives
November 18th, 2008
3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Project Management for the IT Manager – when to bring in help
December 9th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
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.
In the spring, a number of Canadian IT professionals came together to explore environmentally conscious and economically sound technology solutions at the Energize IT event in Toronto. Our podcast series host, Ruth Morton, was on hand to discuss subjects ranging from ‘The first steps towards developing a Green IT Environment’ to ‘Helping to reduce data centre usage and energy costs’ with today’s Green IT experts.
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Download the September security updates, including updates for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.
With data gathered from more than 450 million computers worldwide, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report offers a unique insight into the IT threat landscape.

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