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Volume 11, Issue 2 February 2009
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If you take a look at the activities of the Microsoft Canada TechNet and MSDN teams you may have noticed that the core themes are all aligned with supporting your skills, development and career growth. While TechDays focused on skills you can use today and EnergizeIT focuses on developing future skills, the Ignite Your Career webcasts series focuses on you and your career with a goal to help build out your industry awareness and grow your key career skills.

This year’s edition of the Ignite Your Career webcast series is about to launch with 6 new webcasts, featuring some of Canada’s top industry leaders, starting every Tuesday from March 3-April 7, 2009 covering the following topics (Webcasts are from 12pm-1pm EST):
Series Lineup:
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7

I took part as an audience member during last year’s series and found it a great investment of my time. Don’t miss your chance to connect and interact with these industry leaders as well as share your thoughts and experiences! You can register and learn more about the Ignite Your Career webcast series here.

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

If you attended TechDays or TechEd US you have in your possession the DVD set with all the session recordings. You are also aware of the issue requiring Silverlight Beta 2. Canadian Silverlight MVP Laurent Duveau has create a fix for this issue which you can find on his blog.

The TechEd 2008 North America DVD Fix You’ve Been Waiting For!

EnergizeIT 2009 is a national series of events to support you in learning about what’s possible. You will see how Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 will provide a richer platform for Developers and IT Professionals, along with new virtualization options helping you solve key application compatibility issues. Register now for a complimentary event coming to a region near you in March & April 2009.
See how Microsoft SQL Server 2008 can help maximize your ROI with a complimentary four-step data management health check from a Microsoft technology partner. This full-day engagement will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your data infrastructure and actionable next steps for future success.
The newest release of Microsoft® SQL Server® helps lower database costs, potentially giving IT departments more value for their money. And there's no better time to upgrade to SQL Server 2008! For a limited time (January 1-March 31, 2009), you could SAVE THOUSANDS in partner subsidies on SQL Server 2008.
Hear Phil Sorgen, President of Microsoft Canada Co., on how innovation can help your business.
If you previously installed the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista, the code that temporarily prevents the installation of a service pack through Windows Update, the expiration date for the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows Vista SP1 is April 28, 2009. For Windows XP SP3 the tool expires May 19, 2009. For more information on the Service Pack Blocker Tool, please see the FAQ available through the Springboard Series on TechNet.

EMC and Microsoft have expanded their technology relationship to help companies better protect sensitive information and share it in a more secure manner. Microsoft will build the EMC’s RSA Data Loss Prevention (DLP) classification technology into the Microsoft-based platform and future information protection products.
Check out all the options for reducing phone and travel costs by enabling PC-based communications and online meetings and enabling better enterprise collaboration processes with the Microsoft SharePoint and Office system.
IEAK 8 RC1 simplifies the creation, deployment and management of customized packages of Internet Explorer 8. IEAK 8 can be used to configure the out-of-box experience of Internet Explorer 8 or to manage user settings after Internet Explorer 8 is deployed.
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.

Web VAP Webinar – Feb 26th, 2-3 PM EST
Join us for an interactive panel discussion from some of the foremost experts in user experience, effective presentation layer design and development . This is intended to be a discussion between you and the panel of experts, so come prepared to ask your questions about picking the presentation layer for solution!
Discover how the Microsoft® Desktop Optimization Pack can help organizations realize potential cost savings, increase business agility and maximize employee productivity. Tell your customers about this information-packed Webinar, March 5, 2009, 2:30 to 3:30 EST and they can receive a Microsoft gift pack (including a Desktop Optimization Pack SA 2008 R2 English 120 Day Direct Trial version and a Laptop Sleeve!) *available to the first 50 customers who register and attend.

This podcast series looks at issues relevant to IT executives and managers across a range of industries. Topics are examined in detail by business and technology specialists from Microsoft Canada and leading research firms, as well as IT executives and managers who will bring their real-world experience to bear on the subjects at hand. Download a more recent episode today.
Transforming Your Organization: Download MP3
High Performance Computing & Managing teams at MIGS: Download MP3
Unified communications – simplify administration by bringing everything together: Download MP3
Microsoft researched 162 IT organizations to boil down 31 best practices to drive operational cost out of the datacenter at little or no new cost. Register to download the comprehensive white paper.
How are you positioning yourself, your team, and your organization to succeed during this economic downturn? Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your skills, advance your career and elevate IT as the business leader. Don’t just survive, thrive.

Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2, your customers have the ability to detect PC security settings (anti-virus and anti-malware installation) on their desktops, and determine if they can take advantage of Forefront Client Security and Network Access Protection (NAP).
IAG SP2 helps improve overall IAG scalability, interoperability, and functionality. It also has the ability to run as a virtual machine on Hyper-V to help lower TCO, deployment flexibility, and simplified disaster recovery. Download the fully functional trial version which can be used in the production environment without an evaluation appliance.

A new version of System Center Configuration Manager R2 is now available for download and evaluation through the Microsoft VHD program. This new virtual machine evaluation edition allows you to quickly evaluate the latest version of System Center Configuration Manager on a preconfigured virtual hard disk (VHD). You can download the VHD and evaluate for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations.
This newly posted Essentials SP1 trial VHD is available for download and will make it easier for you to set up and evaluate this unified IT management solution for midsize businesses. The VHD contains the System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 evaluation software install package, ready for installation on a preinstalled Windows Server 2003 operating system image with the Essentials 2007 SP1 prerequisites already installed as well.

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