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Released: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 Vol 11-20 | October 2009
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It was a BUSY time last week!  As you have probably heard Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 were released to the public and are now available.  This was the first full operating system cycle for me as a Microsoft employee as I joined a few months before the release of Windows Vista.  It is an exciting process to be a part of as the millions of beta testers would agree with but now that it is out, if you haven’t take a look now is the time.

With all new technologies there are changes, new features, functions and so I’ve compiled a list of resources for you to get up to speed on these new products, get your hands dirty trying them out and learn how they can make a positive impact in your organization!  The first place to start is the TechNet Library , consider this the owner’s manual. 

You can also download trials of Windows 7 Enterprise Edition , Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 .  Now continue reading this email for more resources, meet with us when Align IT or TechDays visits your city or as always, if you have a specific question get in touch with me!

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Watch the Recording of the Analyst Webcast: Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7?

Forrester Analyst Benjamin Gray discusses his April 2009 report Get Ready for Windows 7 and whether or not organizations should deploy Windows 7 now or test applications and hardware against Windows Vista for greater compatibility with Windows 7.
Align IT: IT Manager Podcast Series. Episode 31: Talking about Virtualization

Learn more about virtualization as this 20 minute podcast covers topics such as how the Microsoft solution stacks up against the competition, the nuances of licensing and where virtualization technology research may be heading in the future.
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Learn about the Big Easy Offer Today

The Big Easy Offer 3.0 is even bigger and better than last year. Purchase from any 2 of 11 Microsoft® product categories, and you can get up to a 30 percent subsidy. Use it to purchase additional hardware, software, or services. But don’t wait—this offer expires December 31, 2009. Learn more about The Big Easy Offer 3.0.
Download the Service-Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

The Service-Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 automatically displays application or system availability and performance in near-real time. Using the dashboard, you can track performance trends, and head off problems before they occur.
TechDays 2009: Canada's premier technical training conference

5 more stops in Halifax, Calgary, Montreal , Ottawa and Winnipeg. Tech·Days features 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.
Register for the Microsoft Community Tour: Are you ready for Windows 7?

This community tour will cover all the key aspects, guidance, tools and resources to help prepare you and your company for Windows 7. For anyone looking how to Discover, Explore, Pilot, Deploy or Manage Windows 7, this is the seminar for you. Register for this free event.  Moncton  - November 4, Montreal - November 12.
Tools for Windows 7
Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit 4.0

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5

Windows 7 Automated Install Kit

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Learning Snacks & Labcasts
Assess PC Hardware Compatibility for Windows 7 with MAP Toolkit . The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit makes it easier to determine if existing Windows-based PCs are compatible for Windows 7 upgrade. View this demo and learn how you can use this free toolkit to conduct a quick network-wide assessment.
Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 Using Windows Easy Transfer and USMT . You have been tasked with upgrading your desktops from Windows XP to Windows 7, and you know there is not a direct upgrade path. In this podcast, we give you the answers and tools that can make your migration rather straightforward using a workgroup.
Featured Downloads
Simplify Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 . New features such as flexible driver management, optimized user interface workflow, and Windows PowerShell can simplify deployment and make your job easier.
Download System Center Service Manager 2010 Beta 2 Trial Software . Service Manager orchestrates activities and connects knowledge from System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, and Active Directory. Register to download your evaluation copy.
Additional TechNet Resources
Align IT Tour: Registration Now Open! 12 cities from October 6 - December 17. Register today .
IT Manager Blog
How Microsoft IT Does It
TechNet Magazine Online
TechNet Edge
Windows 7 TechCenter
TechNet Evaluation Center
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