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TechNet Flash Year in Review Vol 11-23 | December 2009
Rodney Buike
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It is that time of the year, snow is starting to fall, the holiday season is coming and so are all the year end reviews.  We feature new releases in our Flash all the time so I thought why not have a TechNet Flash year in review?  It has been a busy year, lots of new technologies released and announced so let’s get started with my top ten list of favorite releases and why...

1.  Hyper-V Server R2 — I love virtualization and Hyper-V R2

2. Windows 7 — being the client track lead for TechDays I might be biased

3. SCVMM 2008 R2 — if you are using virtualization, you should be using SCVMM

4. Visual Studio Express — Want to dabble with some development, these free versions are great

5. XP Mode — with Virtual PC 7 and XP Mode app compat issues are yesterday’s news

6. Windows Server 2008 R2 — too many improvements to list

7. Windows Azure — Yes there is value to IT Pros!

8. Exchange Server 2010 — from high availability to improved OWA, a worthy upgrade

9. BPOS — Hosted SharePoint, Exchange, Communicator for everyone

10. Web Platform Installer — a great tool to simplify installing web apps

Agree? Disagree? If you have questions about these technologies, email me ! If not, I invite you to  email me your top 10 list!

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Deployment Deep Dive on Windows 7 Community Tour

Are you running Windows XP?  Are you feeling the pressure of creating a deployment plan? Have no fear!  Leveraging learning’s from two Windows 7 early adopters this session will give you the skills you need to proceed with your own deployment.  The session will focus on free Windows 7 deployment planning and deployment tools that customize operating system packages and automate deployment planning and network deployments seamlessly. Register now! Vancouver — January 26, Victoria —January 27, Winnipeg -January 28, Calgary -February 2, Edmonton -February 4, Mississauga -February 8, Montreal -March 2, Ottawa -March 4,  Regina -March 16, Saskatoon -March 18.
What’s New for IT Pros in Office 2010 (Beta)

The Office Resource Kit Blog discusses improvements that help IT administrators configure, validate, deploy, and protect their Office installations, including licensing and volume activation, 64-bit editions, security changes, and customization tool changes.
Download Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Beta

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Beta provides powerful high-end search delivered through SharePoint. It includes all the search features and integration capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010, plus the use of context to provide specific search experiences for different needs, and advanced content processing capabilities that create metadata and add structure to unstructured content.
Introducing Snackbox

Learning Snacks are short, interactive learning presentations about Microsoft technologies and include various media, such as animations and recorded demos. Are you an expert? Be part of this growing and vibrant community - create your own Learning Snack and share it with the world here!
Discover the new efficiency

Learn how Windows 7, Windows Server 2010 R2, and Exchange Server 2010 can help achieve cost savings, innovation and productivity in your organization. Learn more.
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Download Instructions for Adding Windows 7 to an SBS 2008 Network

This update rollup provides instructions for connecting a Windows 7 client to a Windows Small Business Server 2008 domain. Get the instructions prior to adding Windows 7 to an SBS 2008 Network. Also download the Compatibility Update.
Rodney's Top Blog Picks
LiquidMatrix Security Blog — daily security news bits

MPECS Inc. Blog — great SBS resource

Windows 7 Hacker — tips on Windows 7

Global Nerdy — fun techno blog

Nivot Ink — PowerShell, PowerShell, PowerShell

See more...
Learning Snacks & Labcasts
Installing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 . This Learning Snack demonstrates how to install and maintain in Windows Server 2008.  Windows Server 2008 includes several new features and security enhancements that you can use to build a reliable, and extensible server infrastructure.
Windows 7 UAC . The User Account Control (UAC) feature was first implemented in the Windows Vista operating system to help protect computers from malicious software and unauthorized system changes. This Learning Snack explains how UAC works and shows you how to configure UAC security settings. It also describes the key UAC enhancements in Windows 7.
Case Studies
IT Services Provider Enhances Security, Maintains Competitive Edge with System Upgrade .  IT services provider Dimension Data has 11,000 employees in offices on six continents. The company adopts technology early in order to stay ahead of the competition and help customers maximize IT investments. Read the entire case study here .
IT Services Provider Reduces Power Consumption with Operating System Upgrade . Atea is an IT services provider based in Oslo, Norway, with seven subsidiaries throughout Europe. To better help customers update and implement software, Atea wanted to upgrade its 950 computers to the Windows 7 operating system at its Norwegian branch. Read the entire case study here .
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Align IT for IT managers
Align IT: IT Manager Podcast Series. Episode 32: Agile Application Lifecycle Management
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