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Volume 10, Issue 8: April 2008
From the Editor
Dear IT Managers,
Energize IT 2008 – Anything is Possible

The last couple of months have been a flurry of activity around the Heroes Happen Here Technical Readiness and Community Connection Events across the country. We have enjoyed connecting with many of you and showing the potential of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and a bit of SQL Server 2008. Rodney blogged about post-event resources, where you can view videos of all the sessions, on the Canadian IT Pro blog.

What’s next you may ask? Energize IT!!! This year, leading up to the main Energize IT event at the Toronto Congress Center on May 24 (the Saturday after the long weekend), we have a cross-country Energize IT Certification Bootcamp Tour starting in Halifax on May 13. There you will learn about how to implement security in Windows Server 2008, how virtualization impacts security as well as discuss certification paths available along with tips and suggestions on how to approach exams. You will also receive a certification book and a free exam voucher for attending. Register now.

That brings us to the main Energize IT event which is happening on Saturday May 24th, 2008. Energize IT 2007 was a phenomenal success, as shown by this short video, and we promise to make this year's event even better. There will be 9 tracks dealing with such topics as Green IT, PHP on Windows, Career, Security and much more. Register now so that you don’t miss out on this great event. You can also take time to enhance your technical skills in instructor-led or self-paced hands-on labs, so bring your notebook as we will have wireless connectivity and power to allow you to make the most of your experience.

Stay tuned as we announce more details on the Canadian IT Pro Blog over the next little while. Registration is open now by going to so sign up now and tell you friends. It promises to be an exciting event designed to help you energize your career, gain technical skills and connect with your peers. Anything is possible!!

Thanks for reading,

Damir Bersinic
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada Co.

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Microsoft's Business Unit for Macintosh would like to invite you to attend an informative half-day Technical briefing on May 6, 2008, introducing IT professionals to the recently launched Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. Program managers from Redmond will be in your area to deliver an in-depth technical session on Office 2008 for Mac. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear firsthand about this great new product, and have all your questions answered.
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Join us for this webcast, in which we walk through new features of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2006 Supportability Pack and Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 Service Pack 1. We also talk about support provided by the Windows Vista operating system, pre-authentication with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), smart-card only authentication with Kerberos Constrained Delegation (KCD), and other performance improvements.
In this video, Keith Combs discusses a general overview of Windows Server 2008 Virtualization including how you create and manage virtual machines.
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In this webcast, we cover management of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 clusters, and VMware ESX Server. We give a technical overview of the new features in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and provide a live demonstration of the product. Do not miss this chance to get a sneak peek at the new Microsoft virtualization management offering.
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Attend this session to hear a feature- and scenario-level discussion of two different mobile communications solutions: one using Windows Mobile with Microsoft Exchange Server, Direct Push, and Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager, and the other using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server infrastructure with BlackBerry Connect.
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In this discussion, we talk about the speech recognition feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging, how grammar files are generated, and how the speech engine uses grammar files for speech recognition. We also briefly discuss regular expressions that are used to customize grammar files.
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In this webcast, Microsoft IT’s Application Consulting and Engineering team discusses the state of the industry, application security challenges, and how application security fits into the development life cycle for IT.

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