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Volume 10, Issue 24 December 2008
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For the past three years our team at Microsoft Canada has held the TechNet Innovation Awards where we recognized outstanding innovation in Canada using Microsoft technologies. Over on the developer side, they held the MSDN Code Awards recognizing the same thing.

This year, the TechNet Innovation Awards and MSDN Code Awards program are now combined under one awards program, called IGNITE IT Awards. The spirit of the program is to recognize and give praise to the outstanding contributions, innovative and heroic work of Canadian technical professionals and the work they do at the office and in the community. You enable the technical solutions we all use daily to make our lives easier - so it's time to shine the spotlight and give you the recognition you deserve!

Now praise is one thing and fame is great but what about the other part of that saying? Fame and fortune? PRIZES!
• Two $5000 prizes will be awarded. One to an IT Professional individual or team, and one to a Developer individual or team
• PLUS 10 Runner ups will each receive a $1000 software kit from Microsoft. Learn more.

Submissions are being accepted on December 8th, so head over to to find out more about Ignite IT Awards, review last year's winning entries and start preparing your submission. I look forward to highlighting some truly innovative, made in Canada solutions!

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

P.S. Microsoft Canada is conducting a brief 10-15 minute online survey to better gauge and understand where and how you as a Technical Professional find IT ? As a token of our appreciation by completing the survey, your name will be entered into a random draw to win* one of five Microsoft Zunes® 4GB. Take the survey now.

Receive a free copy of SQL Server 2008 when you attend select SQL Server 2008 courses with Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions. This is a limited-time offer.
This fall, Microsoft is excited to present Tech•Days 2008, where the rich learning experience of Tech•Ed is brought to seven Canadian cities. With a customizable schedule and up to forty 200+ level sessions for IT Professionals and Developers alike, you can deep dive into a wide selection of the latest Microsoft-based technologies. And with Birds-of-a-feather lunches you can make connections with Microsoft experts, consultants and peers. Plus, all attendees receive a Learning Kit with an approximate value of $1,000 to keep the learning going after the event. Spark your passion for technology—buy your ticket to Tech•Days now.
Join us for Discovering Desktop Deployment briefing series. Find out how deploying Windows Vista® and Microsoft® Office 2007 can help increase productivity, improve organizational agility and enhance the security of your organization’s information.
Space is limited. All sessions are subsidized by Microsoft. All you need to do is register and attend. Register for Discovering Desktop Deployment today! Visit
Take advantage of a search solution that’s simple to deploy, easy to manage and provides your end-users with quick access to the assets they need. Discover Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, and download your free software today.
Quantify the environmental benefits and potential cost savings of virtualization technology by building a simple environmental savings report for virtualization projects you are considering, and get to the set of tools (including a deeper scenario-based ROI analysis and infrastructure assessment) that can help you get started on realizing that value.
This popular Solution Accelerator for Virtual Machine Servicing has been updated to support Hyper-V and the latest versions of Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server Update Services, and System Center Configuration Manager. You can obtain this free accelerator on TechNet.
InformationWeek, October 21, 2008
Read how VMM 2008 measures up against the competition and how virtualization will help you manage your IT environments. Also find out what VMM 2008 can do for you.
To help you make the best technology choices for your desktop users, Microsoft has classified user needs in five different scenarios based on user profiles. This new accelerator helps you choose the right scenario for your organization. Try it out on Microsoft Connect.
Discover the important upgrades in Operations Manager 2007 and find out why it may be time for you to upgrade from MOM 2005.
Find out about the important updates to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager in the upcoming DPM 2007 SP1 release.
Manage your company's mobile devices the same way you manage the rest of your technology infrastructure. Download the trial and see how easy it can be.
Save documents to the Web for free and stay productive no matter where you are. Sign up for the free beta experience.
Use this learning path to help you take security into consideration when developing a business intelligence strategy.

Canadian IT Pro Advisor Rick Claus is your host of this series. Tune in now to this episode as it focuses on tools used to manage data and one organization’s strategic decision to use SQL Server to standardize on a toolset in order to reduce complexity in their data environment. Learn more.
December 9, 2008 at 12PM. Register Now
Some individuals believe that project management knowledge is best kept in the realm of implementing projects with a fixed timeline and endpoint. Others believe that project management skills are invaluable in running day to day operations…learn more.
Videos & Presentation decks now available. In October and November, the Canadian IT Pro team went on the road to speak to IT Managers across Canada about how today’s competitive business organizations rely on their technology leaders to maintain a flexible, agile IT infrastructure to best align systems with their changing business objectives. The Microsoft Align IT Tour, featured real-world strategies for IT Optimizationmore.
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.
Get the “how to” licensing information you need, from the basic concepts to the product specific details, each less than 15 minutes. These webcasts will help you learn about the tools and resources available to help you track your Microsoft software licenses, purchasing strategy, and the Software Asset Management processes.

Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2” RC delivers powerful self-service capabilities for end-users of Office, rich administrative tools and enhanced automation for IT professionals, and .NET and WS-* based extensibility for developers. Learn more. Also catch this ILM 2 webcast series: Part 2: Expressing and Enforcing Business Policy (Level 300); Part 3: Extensibility and Provisioning with ILM "2" (Level 300).
Download the November security updates, including updates for Microsoft Windows.

The Beta announced at TechEd EMEA is now available for download. This release includes cross-platform monitoring and service level monitoring capabilities.
MED-V provides an enterprise solution for desktop virtualization, enabling customers to upgrade to the latest OS while supporting legacy applications in a previous version of Windows. MED-V Beta will be publicly available in Q1 2009. The product is targeted for final release in the first half of 2009.

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After completing this lab, you will be able to browse a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services cube by using Microsoft Office Excel 2007, use Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) formulas in Office Excel 2007, and display Analysis Services Key Performance Indicators in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to provide a hands-on experience on Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, demonstrate the potential usage scenarios of the product, and use ILM 2007 to also provision certificates as part of the ID lifecycle process using the certificate lifecycle management features.

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