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Volume 10, Issue 6: April 2008
From the Editor
Dear IT Managers,
Rodney Buike  
I am often asked where someone could get their hands on the software we use to do the demos at the events we hold. I can understand the perception people might have, as I had the same ones before I joined Microsoft. I remember thinking “they work at Microsoft, they have unlimited access to software” and while we can get most software internally we are limited to the amount of keys and activations. So where do we go? Well there are a few places that we use that you also have access to.
The TechNet Trial Software Centre is the first place I look for already released software. This is where I got the software to build the virtual machines for the My TechNet Security Tour and the Heroes Happen {Here} launch tour. The second place I look is the TechNet Beta Central portal. This is where you can find a lot of the latest beta software and I grabbed the Windows Server 2008 RC here so I could start learning the technology before building the Heroes Happen {Here} content.
Two great places to get your hands on betas and trial versions of the latest software and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Go try it today!

Thanks again and enjoy this edition,

Rodney Buike
Microsoft Canada IT Pro Advisor

Your Featured Content
On April 17 at 6:30 pm, EMUG invites you to come find out some of the new features in Windows Server 2008 and how things have changed with managing Windows Vista with SP1. This session will look at some of the features available in Windows Vista (or significantly changed) since the release of Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008. Some topics to be looked at include GPO Policies vs Preferences, Deployment (AIK), and NAP. Click here to register for this great event as space is limited!
As a thank you for attending the launch, Microsoft is offering you this special discount on exams for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008.
Act now: Exam Voucher offer expires on June 30th, 2008 – Visit www.microsoft.com/learning/hero
Help protect yourself and your PC from what is out there. Find the latest security solutions as well as read up on the possible PC threats!
Submit your questions about Microsoft® Office to online experts and get the answers you need within 48 hours. Be empowered, not frustrated. Find out more.
Interested in learning about the technologies and best practices for a successful migration to Windows Vista and 2007 Office system? Attend a free Microsoft Desktop Deployment Briefing Session in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Ottawa soon! These sessions are designed to help Technical Decision Makers and IT Implementers better understand the steps along the deployment roadmap so that they can successfully evaluate and deploy the latest Microsoft-based desktop technologies.
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The beta release of Hyper-V is available with Windows Server 2008 x64 editions. Hyper-V does not run on x86 architecture.
Formerly known as SoftGrid Application Virtualization, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 supports large-scale virtualization implementations across more sites, enables multiple delivery options, lets users work with localized applications, allows administrator-controlled virtual application interaction, and complies with the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing and Secure by Default initiatives.
Windows Server 2008 Network Access Protection (NAP) is a policy enforcement platform built into Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that you can use 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.
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Software Update Service provides an automated way to update all unified communications devices deployed in an organization.
The Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Presence Controls use the automation interfaces of Office Communicator 2007 to show presence information using Office Communications Server 2007.
The GPOAccelerator creates all the Group Policy objects needed to deploy recommended security settings for your environment.
Download Microsoft Office Live Workspace Update to ensure optimal performance on Windows Vista when you use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Office Live Workspace.
Microsoft has revised the upgrade guidance that begins with the Windows Server 2008 SKUs. This guidance reflects the best practices that customers typically follow when they upgrade to a new server operating system.
Try the new Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta, released on March 5. We want to hear your feedback.
This document describes new features and technologies – ones that were not available in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 -- that will help to increase the security of computers running Windows Server 2008, increase productivity, and reduce administrative overhead.
The Windows AIK is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 family of operating systems.
March 24, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
In this session, we start with a brief introduction to Folder Redirection and Offline Files, then take a closer look at some of the feature improvements Windows Vista has introduced to Offline Files, and discuss some of the Offline Files security and management features that have been added and improved in Windows Vista.
Get a preview of the next major update of Microsoft Silverlight, which focuses on enabling rich Internet application development and includes a cross-platform, cross-browser version of the Microsoft .NET Framework.
The Be Well Fund is designed to assist academic and research health organizations in the creation of innovative online health applications for patients. These applications should make use of shared health data and connected home health devices to improve the potential for positive health outcomes for patients. Submissions are due by May 9, 2008.
Microsoft Web Deployment Tool: Tech Preview 1
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This tool provides deployment and migration support for Internet Information Services versions 6.0 and 7.0, and incorporates features that Web server administrators can use to deploy, sync, and migrate sites, including configuration, content, SSL certificates, and other types of data associated with a Web server.
Join this session and find out how Microsoft IT is empowering the mobile work force via the deployment of the Windows Mobile platform. Microsoft IT fully integrates Windows Mobile features and applications, with both established hardware and infrastructure, and future plans support master security policy migrations such as complete two-factor authentication operations.
March 28, 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can help organizations improve their business performance by integrating monitoring, analysis, and planning capabilities into one application. In this session, we explore advanced topics in dashboard creation such as integrating Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, ProClarity, and Excel Services reports in dashboards, using advanced filtering capabilities, advanced scoring topics, and dashboard creation tips and tricks.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 includes several important enhancements for data mining. In this webcast, you learn how to use these new techniques, not only through the user interface, but also programmatically from within your own applications.

Evaluation Center Updates
Windows Server 2008, with its service-oriented architecture, gives you the ability to deliver rich Web-based experiences efficiently, with improved administration and diagnostics, development and application tools.
The February Community Technology Preview (CTP) resources page on SQL Server 2008 has been updated with new webcasts, a completely new section about Feature Pack, and much more. Still haven't downloaded the software? Here is your opportunity to evaluate the latest CTP of SQL Server 2008.
Microsoft Forefront Client Security provides unified malware protection for business desktops, laptops, and server operating systems that is easier to manage and control. Register to download the free 120-day trial software and you will receive relevant resources that are strategically assembled to address the challenges specific to each stage of evaluation as you discover, assess, and deploy the software.

Scripting for IT Pros
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Support and Troubleshooting
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Featured Downloads
Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 that addresses feedback from customers on making the product easier to deploy, easier to use, and easier to support.
Service Pack 1 is an update to Microsoft System Center Essentials that provides enhancements based on customer and partner feedback. Improvements include: less memory consumption, faster UI, support for workgroup joined computers, SNMP v1 devices, improved setup, new update approvals rules, enhanced third-party update experience, and support for Windows Server 2008.
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator is the expanded version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator tool that was released in early 2007. New features include Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hardware assessment, virtualization candidacy recommendation for Virtual Server 2005 R2 (this release) and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (future release), and more.

Upcoming Webcasts
Thursday, April 10, 2008
When helping our customers accelerate their Windows Vista deployments by assisting with application compatibility, there are a number of technical skills to master. However, technical acumen is never enough - effectively managing the project is critical to making the process predictable and measurable, as well as controlling costs and maximizing effectiveness. In this session, we review best practices we have learned for effectively managing this process from enterprise customers world-wide.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Provides an introduction to the major sources of application compatibility problems in Windows Vista, and shows how the Application Compatibility Toolkit can be used by enterprise customers to migrate their applications to the new OS. This session covers the phases of the application migration process and includes a demonstration of the ACT tools and features. Beyond migrating to a new OS, ACT also helps enterprises assess the impact of Windows Updates.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Explore many of the compatibility issues that the Windows team has experienced at customer sites in the context of what we can fix without updating the application, and how to fix it. The Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure (Shim Infrastructure) is a powerful tool for resolving compatibility issues and unblocking Windows Vista deployments, but understanding where and how to leverage and configure shims can be daunting until you learn some of the tricks and subtleties, many of which we will be exposing!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
LUA Buglight™ (version 2.0 currently in the works) is a tool designed to help both developers and IT Pros (sysadmins) identify the specific causes of "LUA bugs" (admin-rights-required to work correctly) in desktop applications running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista. Once the specific causes have been identified, the bugs can more easily be resolved by fixing the app's source code, or by making configuration changes, allowing the app to work correctly for non-admin users.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Deploying Windows Vista in the Enterprise has moved from “We’ll see…” to “Let’s get it done” and application compatibility is typically identified as the biggest blocker to a successful, low-cost migration. In this session we’ll identify the tools, technologies and best practices that have been used successfully by Microsoft Services and partners to minimize and/or eliminate many of the perceived (and real) challenges customers experience with both ISV and internally developed applications running on Windows Vista.
During the webcasts for IT professionals, learn how SQL Server creates a more secure, reliable, and scalable platform and helps ensure that data is available in SQL Server and the Windows operating environment. Also, learn how SQL Server 2008 helps deliver a superior business intelligence platform for the expanding business intelligence market.

Security
Microsoft IT details the planning, deployment, and ongoing management of the largest current deployment of Forefront Client Security with a supported node population of 40,000.
For a limited time, get up to 35% off the estimated retail price of Microsoft Forefront Client Security. Find out more and download the trial software on the Web site.

On Demand
Tune in to this in-depth look at topics examined in detail by business and technology specialists from Microsoft Canada, leading research firms, and IT executives and managers. Share your opinions in the podcast discussion forums. Podcasts available today include discussions on Windows Vista, Security, and HPC, to name just a few.
View this webcast to learn how you can use the new tool called Microsoft Assessment and Planning. It offers network-wide, agent-less inventory and readiness assessment for Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 operating system migration.

Virtual Labs
Learn to configure the ACT 5.0 settings, including the database server, a log file share, and the ACT Log Processing Service Account. Also see how to configure the ACT inventory agent to scan the client machine for hardware and software inventory.
After completing this lab, you will be able to analyze earlier applications to identify compatibility issues, apply custom shim databases with application fixes using the compatibility administrator, and deploy custom shim databases across an organization.

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No time for longer training? Snacks are short, interactive multimedia presentations about popular Windows Server 2008 topics. View these Learning Snacks to quickly get up to speed on Windows Server 2008.
Learn About Windows Vista and Get 2007 Microsoft Office System for Free
Attend an instructor-led training course and get a free copy of Office 2007 Enterprise Edition. Offer extended through June 30, 2008, or while supplies last.
Free Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Software with Training on Exchange Server 2007
When you attend a training course on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 , you'll receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Offer extended through June 30, 2008, or while supplies last.
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