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Windows 7 Enterprise, System Center Essentials 2010 Beta & More! Vol 11-18 | October 2009
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Windows, Office, Exchange, SQL and every other product Microsoft builds goes through a beta testing process.  This is where the product is tested, bugs discovered and fixed before we call RTM and lock the code.  This is often your first chance to get your hands on the new software and try it yourself.

Once the code goes to RTM, short for Release to Manufacturing, trials of the software are made available so you can try the final code and get your hands dirty seeing what’s new, how it will work in your environment and start your planning.

There is a central repository for all these betas and trials and I wanted to point it out as there is some great software there now and some more coming soon!  Like what?

- Windows Server 2008 R2

- Windows 7 Enterprise

- Exchange 2010 RC

- System Center Essentials 2010 Beta

- Office 14 (coming soon)

So head over to the TechNet Evaluation Center and see what’s new!

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Register now for SQLTeach special event: BI Boot Camp Oct. 15-16,2009 in Toronto

Business Intelligence (BI) is one of the top most IT priorities and is increasingly pervasive within organizations large and small. BI touches many aspects of our daily lives, from enhancing our online and retail shopping experience to the healthcare we receive. BI also impacts the quality of decisions that business leaders make. This two day boot camp has been designed to give you a head start in BI practice. You will acquire fundamental knowledge of BI and dimensional modeling along with understanding on how to use the various Microsoft technologies to implement a BI solution.
Register now to attend Dell’s Efficient Enterprise Tour

The Dell Efficient Enterprise Tour is visiting cities across Canada this fall to keep you informed on what really matters in business and technology.  In a shifting technological landscape, one stop shop solutions with a focus on customer service, Dell representatives will help provide answers you need to help drive your business and increase efficiency. Join Dell to learn how their knowledge can help empower your business.
Free Windows 7 e-book

Wondering how Windows 7 works the way you want? Find out now with the FREE e-book Optimize Your Desktop Infrastructure.
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 R2

To be released in late October 2009, it will add Windows 7 support. MDOP can help you rapidly migrate to Windows 7, deploy applications with greater ease, resolve application incompatibility, and reduce desktop management costs.
WHITE PAPER: Cost savings with centralized virtual desktops

This white paper looks at the cost of PC management and will explore how VDI can reduce operational costs.  It also outlines how TCO can vary depending on organization requirements. Compliments of IT World Canada, sponsored by Citrix Systems.
Webcast with Forrester’s Benjamin Grey: Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7?

Register for the Live Webcast on October 6, 2009 at 12pm EST. Prepare for the future by learning how to optimize your desktop infrastructure with Windows 7 while maximizing your existing technology investments.  Attend this webcast to see how Windows 7 can benefit your organization with powerful technologies that help you secure, officially manage, and lower the cost of your organization's desktop infrastructure.
Application and Multi-Server Management with SQL Server 2008 R2

This article introduces the new extensions in SQL Server Management Studio and the Control Point Explorer, and it walks through the simple process of setting up a SQL Server managed server group.
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 has Released to Manufacturing —

Take full advantage of platform enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 including Live Migration, Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV), hot add/remove of storage, network optimization and remote desktop services (RDS). VMM 2008 R2 also adds functionality to migrate storage for running VMs, SAN-based migration across clusters, template based rapid provisioning and much more. Experience for yourself what 10,000+ IT Professionals have previously downloaded through the early ‘Release Candidate’. A 180-day evaluation version is now available on the Microsoft Download site .
TechDays 2009: Canada's premier technical training conference

This fall, Tech·Days returns with the latest technical training and networking opportunities for Canadian IT Professionals and Developers, with forty sessions across five technical tracks, including deployment, migration and management  of the new Windows 7 operating System.  Plus, all attendees receive a complimentary Learning Kit. Learn more.
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Hyper-V Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2

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SConfig for Server Core in 2008 R2

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AD and Linux Interop - Part 2 - AD User Auth

AD and Linux Interop - Part 3 - Desktop Management

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Learning Snacks & Labcasts
Expand Searches in Windows 7 . Find out how to expand the search capability of Windows 7 to include not only local data, but external data. This demonstration will cover the creation of a new search connector to an external site and other activities.
Configure the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Database to Automate Windows Deployment . Watch this demonstration to learn how to create and configure the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) database to further automate the deployment of Windows operating systems.
IT Manager
Align IT Tour: Registration Now Open! 12 cities from October 6 - December 17. Register today .
Align IT: IT Manager Podcast Series. Episode 30: Straight Talk about Windows 7 - Learn what's new and can add value for businesses from Rob Geller, Microsoft’s Senior Product Manager for Windows Client, and Stephen Rose, Microsoft’s Senior Community Manager for Windows Client. 
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