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Volume 10, Issue 3: February 2008
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Great news if you are a TechNet Plus Subscriber: Windows Server 2008 RTM is now live and available to all TechNet Plus subscribers from TechNet Plus Subscriber Downloads. Not a subscriber yet? Check out the TechNet Plus Overview to discover all the benefits available, including early access to other important software releases.

On February 12, 2008 Microsoft will release the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability update to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update is a complete installation package that will upgrade machines running Internet Explorer 6 to Windows Internet Explorer 7. Customers who have configured WSUS to "auto-approve" Update Rollup packages will automatically upgrade machines running Internet Explorer 6 to Windows Internet Explorer 7 after February 12, 2008 and consequently, may want to read Knowledge Base article 946202 to manage how and when this update is installed. For more on the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update, read Knowledge Base article 940767.

It's really no secret. The runaway success of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 owes largely to its ability to integrate disparate data formats in a standard content management engine that facilitates information sharing and collaboration. As noted in the current edition of TechNet Magazine, SharePoint makes it possible to standardize many aspects of content and lifecycle characteristics through content types. In the article Standardize Data Management with Custom Content Types, learn how to use the SharePoint content model introduced with Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and MOSS 2007 to build hierarchies for enterprise content based on general characteristics. In the same issue, pop over to A Smart Approach to Gathering Data in the Enterprise for a discussion on build flexible data-gathering solutions using InfoPath 2007, Office SharePoint Server 2007, and Forms Services. And another aspect of MOSS 2007 is that it can be combined with WSS 3.0 and InfoPath 2007 to build a complete and flexible survey architecture for collecting data.

If you haven't got your hands on MOSS 2007 yet, download the 180-day trial and discover a breakthrough content management solution for yourself.

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The Canadian TechNet Team

Launch 2008 – Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008
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Explore the customer stories and case studies on this page to learn how companies across the world are using Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 to help drive their business forward.
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Space is limited at this informative event—don’t be left out! Register now to take part in the launch of Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio® 2008, and Microsoft® SQL Server®, three products that can help you be the hero to your organization. Meet technical experts, experience these exciting products and learn how their new features and functionality can help you achieve a dynamic IT environment and position your organization—and career—for success.
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Take a sneak peek of the Virtual Launch Experience and get a taste of what’s to come. Although we’re not quite finished yet, we’d like to invite you in to check out the Partner Hall, where platinum sponsors have provided us with a little taste of their upcoming content.
When you visit the Springboard Series this month, you’ll find a familiar face: Microsoft Technical Fellow and IT guru Mark Russinovich. Each month, Mark will introduce new straight-talk articles and provide detail on new resources available in the series. If you’ve been waiting to adopt Windows Vista, check out this month’s feature article, “Still on the Fence with Windows Vista?" to learn about the top things to consider with Windows Vista SP1 and what this latest milestone brings to the table.
Take advantage of free online training tools and resources to make the 2007 Microsoft Office 2007 system deployment straightforward. Check out webcasts, virtual labs, case studies, and even live events, and learn how you may qualify for up to 15 days of free consulting services.
Check out the new improvements made to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator, with new features that help streamline communications, lay the foundation for software-powered VoIP, and integrate seamlessly into your existing telephony infrastructure.
Find out which update management solution best meets your needs: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, System Center Essentials 2007, or Systems Management Server 2003.
Download the complimentary Forrester Best Practices Report, "Defining a Mobile Enterprise Policy," for essential insight on how to define and implement an effective enterprisewide mobile policy. This report covers the three main elements of a mobile policy: mobility framework, security policies, and device management.
To ensure long-term success and maximize return of the mobility investment, organizations need to provide a set of services focused on delivering fully configured devices to users. Watch this webcast to learn how a well-planned and executed solution can maximize the mobility return on investment (ROI) and drive user satisfaction.
We’d like you to be the first to know when exams for Windows Server 2008 are available, helping you to be among the first to certify. Register with us to receive same-day notification of exams and a 40 percent savings voucher to use on select exams in your track for Windows Server 2008. Learn about certifications for Windows Server 2008.
Read the Harvard Research Group Assessment on Microsoft's HPC solution.
One of the design goals of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is to manage not only relational data, but also non-relational data. Find out about the various new feature sets and enhancements. And find other useful tips at IT Pro Tips.
After completing this lab, you will be able to launch the Report Designer Preview, create a data source and a data set, design a new report using the Report Designer of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (in Community Technology Preview 4 called Report Designer Preview), preview your report, enhance your report layout by working with Tablix functionality, and enrich your report using charts.
Gain a better understanding of the Microsoft Worldwide Security Operations and how they protect Microsoft assets in a manner consistent with corporate culture. Through the strategic deployment of security systems, the Microsoft Corporate Security group is improving the way it protects Microsoft assets, information, and employees.
February 7, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
We’ll take a look at two Web servers, comparing the architectures and process models. We cover common management scenarios and tools, and talk about managing Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 with Windows PowerShell compared with Apache's management process.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create an Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) portal Web site, add Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access to the IAG portal Web site, configure Endpoint policies, add a non-Web application to the SSL-based portal Web site, and configure an SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network) connection using an IAG network connector.
Tune in to this six-part series on demand and learn how you can use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to support your intranet, extranet, and Web applications while managing and sharing business processes and information. Our TechNet presenters discuss Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment, records management, disaster recovery, and security.
See how Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can help corporations improve their business performance process by integrating monitoring, analysis, and planning capabilities into one application. Learn how to deliver performance management capabilities broadly by providing an application that is easy to use and less costly to deploy than traditional solutions.
Learn about using Windows PowerShell for administration and customization of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. You will create a Web application and provision a new Site Collection. Additionally, during this lab, walk through adding users, creating a site structure, working with lists and document libraries, and collecting site information.
Microsoft IT partnered with Microsoft Research to create a Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2005 extension that counts lines of code and predicts system defects. In the software development environment, insight into the volume of code being produced, and the changes applied to that code, provide measurements of productivity and quality.
Learn how to effectively use the power of Microsoft Office Project in three instructor-led live webcasts: Planning, Tracking and Analyzing, and Communicating.
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Evaluation Center Updates
The new capabilities of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 deliver the advanced protection that your company demands, the anywhere access people throughout your organization want, and the operational efficiency you need.
Forefront Security for Exchange Server integrates multiple scan engines from industry-leading security firms integrated in a single solution to help protect your Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 messaging environments from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content.
Try out a SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (CTP) and provide your feedback directly to the development team for SQL Server. The team uses your feedback from CTPs to help refine and enhance product features. This release offers many new product enhancements, including Transparent Data Encryption, Plan Freezing, Backup Compression, Spatial Data Support, Install/Uninstall capabilities, and much more. For more information on SQL Server 2008, check out the product overview of SQL Server 2008, webcasts, and resources page.

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By exploring this demo, you can learn how Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 offers continuous data protection for Windows-based application and file servers, rapid and reliable data recovery, and advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes. We will also tell you about the new features in Data Protection Manager 2007 and how you can get started enjoying the benefits of Data Protection Manager 2007 today.

Upcoming Webcasts
Tune in to this series of podcasts, sponsored by Microsoft, to get information and advice on a range of virtualization topics from industry experts. Topics include: Virtualization Licensing: Myth Busters; Using Virtualization and Security Issues; Desktop and Application Virtualization; IT Managers Speak Out on the Top Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Virtualization Strategy; and Top Virtualization Myths.
February 13, 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Learn how your organization can get ahead of the curve by taking advantage of the opportunities and resources available to customers of Microsoft and how to think about the end-to-end life cycle of server virtualization deployment in your organizations.

Security
Find out how to help protect your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0-based collaboration environments with Forefront Security for SharePoint with SP1, and download free trial software.
The Forefront edge security and access products provide enhanced network edge protection and application-centric, policy-based access to corporate IT infrastructure. Find out more by visiting the Forefront edge security Web site.

On Demand
In this webcast, we show you how the Business Data Catalog, a new feature in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, enables you to index and present business data from a variety of sources and applications throughout your organization, without the need for complex coding.
Learn about the tools and technologies that enhance the security and interoperability of Windows and make it a reliable, cost-efficient, and easy-to-manage computer platform for your business. We explore interoperability between Windows and Linux, compare Internet Information Services (IIS) with Apache and Windows high-performance computing (HPC) with a Linux solution, and discuss Windows open source software.

Virtual Labs
After completing this lab, you will be able to configure Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.
After completing this lab, you will know how to pre-configure Windows Server 2008 for installing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1), install Exchange Server 2007 SP1, verify installation, and explore new enhancements in Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access.
See how Windows Vista Sync Center helps you keep information automatically in sync between different locations, such as your computer and mobile devices/phones and your computer and files stored in folders on network servers. Microsoft Virtual Lab Express provides a 30-minute hands-on overview of some of the features of Windows Vista.

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