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Volume 11, Issue 1 January 2009
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IGNITE IT AWARDS: Submission deadline is February 15. Have you shared your IT Story yet?
Innovation happens every day, everywhere. You innovate with the solutions you implement to tackle the issues facing your organization. It's about time you get recognition for that isn't? I don't mean a pat on the back, but real recognition from your peers in the industry.

You are probably familiar with the MSDN Code Awards and the TechNet Innovation Awards, two programs we have run in the past few years, recognizing people like you, who have solved problems using solutions built on the Microsoft-based platform. Well today those awards programs have been combined into the Ignite IT Awards and I'd like you to nominate yourself, your employees, or anyone you know who you think is deserving. With two $5000 prizes, plus other software prize packs to be given away, it is time to share your story NOW!

Submissions are being accepted only until February 15th, 2009 so share your story today! View your peers’ submissions online to help get inspired. And remember if you have any questions or comments you can always get in touch with me!

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

P.S. There are a couple of downloads I thought might be of interest to you. In case you missed it the deadline for downloading the Windows 7 beta has been extended to February 10th. Head on over to the download page and get your copy before it is too late. And don’t forget to check out the Windows Springboard site for great resources on Windows XP SP3 to Windows 7!

Also available is the Windows Server 2008 R2 beta and you can download that as well. There is some great integration between Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 and there is not time better than now to start trying them out!
You might have seen me or anyone from the TechNet or MSDN team at Microsoft Canada running around with a digital camera during TechDays. The team was outfitted with a variety of Nikon Cameras, I love the S710, and we’ve finished uploading all the photos to the TechDays Flickr site for you to check out!

It’s new! Connect, find resources, and get the information you need as an IT Manager. Check out webcasts and podcasts from industry leaders, blogs by subject matter experts, community forums, and more.
In this podcast episode Rick Claus talks to a local customer and partner on how they deployed a Microsoft based Unified Communications solution to replace an end of life PBX system for 17 offices. Tune in and participate in a limited time offer available to loyal listeners! We’re giving away 30 Polycom® CX100 Speakerphones. Offer ends March 15, 2009. Listen to the Podcast 
Use these tools to analyze a wide range of performance problems including application start times, boot issues, deferred procedure calls and interrupt activity (DPCs and ISRs), system responsiveness issues, application resource usage, and interrupt storms.
Essential Business Server 2008 is an integrated server and management system for businesses that have up to 300 users or computers. If you're interested in understanding whether your network is ready for EBS 2008, then download and run the EBS 2008 Planning and Preparation Tool. The Preparation Wizard scans the existing network environment for any potential health issues to assure a proper and valid setup of EBS.
Register by Friday, February 27, 2009 for the discounted rate of just $1,995 USD - that's $200 off the regular rate of $2,195. Get your tickets today. Learn more.
This article covers the Microsoft support policies and recommendations for running currently supported versions of Microsoft Exchange Server in a hardware virtualization environment.

Date:Tuesday, February 12th Time: 11:00am Pacific Time
Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker To Go™, DirectAccess, BranchCache™, and AppLocker™ then get tips on troubleshooting, deployment, and application compatibility. Learn more.
A comprehensive one day workshop on Microsoft Security that provides the functional skills in planning and implementing security infrastructure. The workshop covers Identity and Access Management, Enterprise Data Security and many more. Learn more here.
Congratulations to Rajendra Singh who is the winner of an Xbox 360 Elite gaming system, Rock Band and GTA IV Special Edition. Stay tuned for more opportunities to win other great prize packages but check out the latest on SpringBoard and Windows 7 here.
A first look at Windows 7 for IT Pros. Click here.
Windows 7 Feature Walkthrough.
How to install Windows 7 on a Netbook Using a USB Stick.

Discover how the Microsoft® Desktop Optimization Pack can help organizations realize potential cost savings, increase business agility and maximize employee productivity. First 50 customers to attend receive a Microsoft gift pack (including a Desktop Optimization Pack SA 2008 R2 English 120 Day Direct Trial version and a Laptop Sleeve!).
February 11, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we discuss the three client-related virtualization technologies - application virtualization, desktop virtualization, and presentation virtualization - and explain when it is appropriate to use each technology.

Well the team at Microsoft Canada is proud to introduce to you the IT Management Portal full of information and resources for IT Managers and their staff. Click here to learn more.
This document discusses how Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is licensed when used with virtualization technologies like VMware’s ESX Server, VMware’s VMotion, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, or Parallels Virtuozzo.
InformationWeek surveyed its readers, and the results may help you align current business objectives with upcoming technology challenges. Download “Virtualization: Facing IT and Business Realities” and “Setting up Priorities for the Next-Generation Web Apps.”

View this short video on Silverlight to see two experts from TwC discuss MSAT and how it helps customers establish a baseline for security in their enterprise and manage an action plan for resolutions.

This major update to ZoomIt, the Sysinternals screen magnification and annotation utility, adds a LiveZoom mode on Windows Vista and higher, allows you to change the typing and break timer font, adds the ability to copy the magnified screen to the clipboard with Ctrl+C, and introduces a new configuration interface.
Implementing virtualization can decrease your infrastructure’s power consumption and hardware needs. The free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 can help you better understand your IT infrastructure and determine whether your systems are ready for migration to Hyper-V server virtualization technology.
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V helps you leverage your existing investments by consolidating your virtual servers on a single physical machine. From the desktop to the data center, training and management time are minimized while business continuity, agility and performance can be improved. It can all mean a lower TCO for a maximum ROI. Download the trial version now.
ISA Server 2006 SP1 Standard and Enterprise Edition integrate all hotfixes since ISA Server 2006 was released and deliver new enhancements to improve overall ISA Server supportability, manageability, and configuration troubleshooting.
IAG 2007 SP2 improves overall IAG scalability, interoperability, and functionality. Alongside these benefits, IAG SP2 has the ability to run as a virtual machine on Hyper-V, achieving low TCO, deployment flexibility, and a simplified solution for disaster recovery. For the first time ever, customers are able to download a fully functional, trial version of the IAG that can be used in their production environment without requiring an evaluation appliance.
IAG SP2 in a Virtual Machine format

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