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From the Editor
Dear IT Managers,
Today's issue is all about recognizing and rewarding outstanding IT Professionals and celebrating what it means to be an IT Pro in Canada. We’re putting the top 5 teams and top 5 individuals up on the web to recognize their efforts and congratulate them on getting this far. Now it is up to YOU to decide who takes home the prize. There are two categories: team and individual. Who do you think should win the grand prize of $4000 for the best team submission, plus $1000 charity donation and $2000 for the best individual submission, plus $1000 charity donation.

“Wait a second – why am I not up there?” you ask? You had to be nominated (or you could have nominated yourself) to be considered for the top 5. We asked for submissions back in the October TechNet Flash and we’ve blogged about the program as well. Recognition of things IT Pros have done to make a difference in their customers lives is something that needs to be embraced and celebrated by everyone in the IT Community. A big thanks to all those who submitted entries – we hope to do this again next year, so keep your eyes open!

The Innovation Awards Finalists in each category are:
Team
Individual
1. Sharon Miller (team leader)
1. Paul Adams
2. Lizet Pena de Sola (team leader)
2. Aaron Fleming
3. Jacques Vandrey (team leader)
3. Mark Erlenmayer
4. Vicki Mains (team leader)
4. Lyle Ralph
5. Yong Hu (team leader)
5. Kurtis Krill
VOTE NOW for your favourite team and individual today by learning more about these outstanding IT Professionals. The number one thing to remember is your vote counts in determining the winner of the grand prize. The winner will be announced in April 2008.

Vote Now

After you vote for your top pick, we encourage you to check out and register for something going on at the same time as our Launch 2008 Activities: The Community Connection Events taking place in 14 cities across Canada. These are a celebration of things IT Pro and Developer that provides you with networking opportunities to connect with Technical Professionals and Experts that are local to you. It will be a really cool event with debate and discussion and insight into 5 topics that are on the top of minds of IT Pros across Canada. There will also be some light refreshments and recognition of local “heroes” that have made a difference in the local IT community. Come on out and support your local IT Community and take advantage of networking with other local resources. We’ve partnered with CIPS and ICTC to put these events on and we're looking forward to participating in the discussions! Here’s a blog post talking more about them and direct links on how to register – we’ve had some comments that they are not that discoverable on our registration site. Or you can register right now below.
Register Now for Community Connection Events coming to 14 cities across Canada!
City
Date
Venue
February 26th 2008
Microsoft Canada
March 3rd 2008
Four Seasons Hotel
March 5th 2008
Ambrosia Catering & Event Centre
March 10th 2008
Westin Hotel
March 12th 2008
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
March 18th 2008
Queensbury Convention Centre
March 19th 2008
TCU Place
March 25th 2008
Norwood Hotel
April 2nd 2007
Doon Campus
April 3rd 2008
Ramada Hotel
April 7th 2008
McGill Faculty Club
April 9th 2008
Carleton University
April 15th 2008
Mount Saint Vincent University
April 16th 2008
Four Points Sheraton
Enjoy the issue,
The Canadian TechNet Team

Launch 2008 – Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008
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Windows Home Server is an exciting new consumer product based upon proven Windows Server 2003 R2 technology. On February 4th at the BCIT, Burnaby Campus, BC Kevin Beares (WHS Community Lead) will give a presentation on the technology behind Windows Home Server and demonstrate its numerous features. This presentation should appeal to both those who would simply like to know more about WHS and to those with more technical interests. Register Now 
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Learn about the technologies and best practices for a successful migration to Windows Vista® and 2007 Microsoft® Office system. Attend a Free Microsoft Desktop Deployment Briefing Session. Visit www.microsoft.ca/deploynow/events for more details.
Microsoft’s MIX conference is returning to The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on March 5 – 7, 2008. If your Web developer, designer, or just want to know how to make the most of an online strategy then this is a must event for you this year. Registration is open and filling up fast . . . time is running out.
Ensure that the content most relevant to you is presented in this section.
Try out Windows Server 2008 instantly by simply logging onto our test-drive environment using your Web browser and experience Windows Server 2008 first hand.
Tune in for these short (5–10 minute) videos by Microsoft IT Pro Evangelists demonstrating different features of Windows Server 2008.
With the new Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool, you have the ability to conduct network-wide assessment and determine readiness for migration to Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Virtualization, Microsoft Application Virtualization, Terminal Services, and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
Find out what to do before updating your computers running Windows Vista.
Check out this brand new article from the Springboard Series for five important ways that the Windows Deployment toolkit has been improved to make the process of deploying Windows Vista in your organization an easier one.
Now available to the public, the SP1 RC contains changes to address specific reliability and performance issues, support new types of hardware, and add support for several new technologies.
SearchSeverVirtualization.com judges awarded Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 its Gold award in the data protection category for its 2007 Products of the Year. Judges like Data Protection Manager 2007 because it offers a vertical, end-to-end, managed solution for virtualization deployments and because it's the easiest to manage and integrate with existing data center software.
Network Access Protection (NAP) is a policy enforcement platform built into Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that allows you to better protect your private network by enforcing compliance with computer health requirements. Use the resources in this learning path to set up NAP so you can create customized policies and limit access for unhealthy devices.
In this hands-on-lab, you will work with the new date data type, implement a Declarative Management Framework (DMF) policy and look at new features added to database mirroring. You will also implement and work with table valued parameters and look at database changes using change data capture (CDC).
Declarative Management Framework is a policy-based system for managing one or more instances of Microsoft SQL Server 2008. In this hands-on-lab you will implement a DMF policy and implement that on the server level, including filtering.
Thursday, January 24, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
In this session, we walk through administering and managing the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service. We cover creating and managing user accounts, storage management, managing a Live Meeting Conference Center -- including setting roles, policies, and preferences -- and generating administrative reports.
Friday, January 25, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this session, we cover some new client access features introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and explore improvements to calendaring functionality, the new Unified Messaging, and the Exchange Server Web services and programmatic access to messaging data. We conclude the webcast by looking at Exchange Server ActiveSync improvements.
This service pack delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. It also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Microsoft Office system servers prior to December 2007. Get a more complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936984.
View this interactive video demo to learn how Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager can help you deliver robust device management, security and authenticated network access to mobile workers. Mobile Device Manager helps reduce the support time, costs, and complexity of providing mobile devices throughout your enterprise.
Interested in tips from Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) who are Windows Mobile power users or developers? Do you have tips you’d like to share with others? Visit the Windows Mobile TechCenter Community site to exchange ideas, information, knowledge, and expertise about Windows Mobile and Microsoft products and services.
This guide helps you to plan and carry out a corporate deployment of Silverlight. The guide describes the system requirements and deployment methods, as well as the techniques to maintain and support Silverlight after deployment.
Monday, February 4, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
In this session, we illustrate how the new features of Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 can be used to create a more centralized method of Web server management and configuration.
Read this book to discover how to design workflows and projects for SharePoint sites, manage design teams and source control, use cascading style sheets, and more. A companion CD is included.
The Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update, now available to consumers via the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update, will be offered to IT Professionals through Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) in February. This update addresses customer feedback by removing the Windows Genuine Advantage check, displaying the menu bar by default, and providing an MSI installer package via the updated Internet Explorer 7 Administration Kit.

Evaluation Center Updates
Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console allows administrators to easily manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, and Microsoft Antigen. Download the 120-day trial software and receive valuable resources delivered at strategic intervals throughout the software evaluation period.
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is a comprehensive solution optimized for the management of Windows Server operating systems running in the virtualized data center. Download the 120-day trial software and you will automatically be registered to receive valuable resources delivered at strategic intervals throughout the software evaluation period. You can also order the trial software on DVD--free to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine. And here are additional resources to help optimize your evaluation of Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate.

Scripting for IT Pros
As part of our countdown to the 2008 Winter Scripting Games, the Profiles in Perfection feature spotlights competitors who received at least one perfect score in the 2007 Games.
Hey Scripting Guy...
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Support and Troubleshooting
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Featured Downloads
The Forefront Client Security Enterprise Manager tool extends the Forefront Client Security management console to enable centralized management and reporting across multiple Forefront Client Security deployments. Need Client Security? Download the free Forefront Client Security trial software and start your evaluation.
Data Protection Manager 2007 is the new standard for Windows backup and recovery, delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media. Find out more about the Data Protection Manager 2007 evaluation.

Upcoming Webcasts

Security
Get up to 30 percent discount on Forefront Security for Exchange Server if you purchase or renew Forefront Security for Exchange Server before January 31, 2008. Contact your Microsoft account team or reseller today for the exact discount offered. Offer available worldwide under Open Value and Select licensing programs.

On Demand
Watch a webcast and get ready for the next release of Microsoft SQL Server. We show you how to consolidate servers with multiple databases, consolidate data services through virtualization, and migrate databases easily.
During these webcasts, we show you how you can use the new features in Windows Server 2008 to improve your organization's networking infrastructure and security, server performance and reliability, remote resource access, and client deployment. Our subject matter experts break down what these upgrades mean for your environment and how to take advantage of them.

Virtual Labs
These virtual labs give you a chance to test drive the new features of Windows Server 2008, which include improvements to management, network protection, and Terminal Services. Sign up for a free 90-minute block of time, download a manual, and step through a lab today.
SQL Server 2008 supports several new data types. In this hands-on-lab, you will compare the new DATE/TIME data types to the SQL Server 2005 data types and implement the new data types in table definitions and T-SQL batches.

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TechNet Flash
Volume 10, Issue 2

February 2008
In This Issue:
Launch 2008 – Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008
Your Featured Content
Evaluation Center Updates
Scripting for IT Pros
Support and Troubleshooting
Featured Downloads
Upcoming Webcasts
Security
On Demand
Virtual Labs
What’s New with TechNet Plus Subscriptions
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TechNet Beta Central
Canadian User Groups
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IT Manager Blog
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