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TechNet Flash, Volume 11, Issue 4 March 2009
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Innovation does two things, it creates solutions to today’s problems and inspires others, eventually leading to more innovation. You have probably seen the news of the Ignite IT Awards over the last while as we asked you to share your stories of innovation. Of all the programs the TechNet and MSDN teams work on throughout the year this is my favorite. It continues to amaze me the innovative way people use technology to solve their challenges. I think back to last year’s winners and am still amazed by what Alexei Kouznetsov and Kurtis Kril were able to do on their own, or the amazing team work done by Navantis and Apption. Now it is time to get inspired and read about this year’s solutions and vote on which one you think is best. Your vote will influence who the final two winners will be.

From March 1st through March 31st, the Microsoft Canada Ignite IT Awards is open for voting by you and your peers, Canada’s technology community. Visit the site to review all the great submissions, including videos, and then let us know your favorites by voting. You could win* one of 10 Microsoft Zune Media Players just for voting. You can vote for as many as submissions as you’d like, but you can only vote for the same submission once a day. Vote for your favorites, vote for your friends, or vote for yourself! Help support your community—vote now.

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*No purchase necessary. Approximate retail value of prize is $139 CDN. Winner must correctly answer a skill testing question. Contest closes March 31, 2009. For content details, click here.

EnergizeIT 2009 is a national series of events to support you in learning what’s possible. This complimentary event series has limited seating available for the following three evening and one afternoon sessions:
- USER GROUP CONNECTION: Future of the Platform
- ENERGIZEIT: From the Client to the Cloud
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. Learn more about this complimentary event coming to a region near you. Register now.
Next Tuesday March 24 Rick Claus and Shane Schick from IT World host the webcast entitled How to Become a Great Leader. Listen in and join the conversation with this panel of experts for what should be a very interesting wrap up to the Manager series. 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. Learn more and register today.
As you begin testing Windows 7, check out this quick guide and learn what is in store for IT professionals responsible for desktop administration.
Challenge your peers to build server towers to help defend against attacks in this addictive strategy game. Defend the Datacenter now!
Office Communications Server 2007 R2 delivers streamlined communications for your users so they can find and communicate with the right person, right now, from the applications they use most (like Office Outlook).
Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 with Application Optimizers helps provides secure socket layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN), a Web application firewall, and endpoint security management that enable access control, authorization, and content inspection for a wide variety of line-of-business applications.
Data warehouses built on Fast Track configurations can be fully integrated SMP spokes in a hub-and-spoke architecture. Customers can buy their SQL Server 2008 licenses through their preferred Microsoft technology partner and the hardware from Dell, HP, or Bull.
Learn from other Canadian businesses and discover how your organization can leverage Microsoft products to cut costs, increase productivity, and get the most out of your existing IT Infrastructure. Offering timely viewpoints, articles and tips on the latest IT trends, Microsoft Momentum Magazine delivers real business applications for the technology decision-makers in SMBs across Canada.
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.

New Videos for IT Pros
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Join Hilton Giesenow as he explores how to configure a Windows SharePoint Services site collection to make use of ASP.NET forms-based authentication. The video makes use of the existing SQL Server-based membership storage to maintain the user details, so this video demonstrates how to configure this aspect of the process as well.
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Windows SharePoint Services allows you to configure many of your lists to be able to create new items directly via e-mail. In this video, Hilton Giesenow demonstrates how to enable these settings in your farm and to configure your lists to be able to receive e-mails.

This podcast series looks at issues relevant to IT executives and managers across a range of industries, covering topics such as Transforming Your Organization, High-Performance Computing & Managing Teams at MIGS, and Unified Communications: Simplify Administration by Bringing Everything Together.

Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit to assess the virus and spyware vulnerability of your client infrastructure, as well as your readiness for implementing Forefront Client Security.

Find features such as a cross-site scripting filter, the SmartScreen filter, improved ActiveX technologies, 100 new group policies, and an application compatibility toolkit.
As an IT professional, you need an up-to-date network map to help you diagnose connectivity issues and maintain workplace productivity. LANsurveyor Express can automatically create network diagrams for you within Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007. It’s valued at approximately US$499, but for a limited time only, it’s free.
Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and bypass the labor-intensive task of locating and discovering instances of SQL Server. Migration to SQL Server 2008 is faster and easier when you use the MAP Toolkit for your assessment and planning needs.
Be among the first to get the VMM 2008 R2 Beta when it’s ready. Enroll at Microsoft Connect and receive an e-mail with download instructions the moment VMM R2 beta is available. Just sign in to LiveID and pre-register.
Do you love to game? Always looking for the latest Multi-player maps? Microsoft and Ubisoft have teamed up to offer you the new free Jungle Seizure Map for Far Cry 2. Test your skills in the same setting developers will compete in for the Developer's Night Challenge. Download your free map today.

March 20, 2009, 11:00 A.M. EST
In this final webcast in the series, we look at the road map for virtualization. We discuss Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, and we cover the changes in Hyper-V and virtualization planned for these products as known at the time of this webcast.
March 25, 2009, 11:00 A.M. EST
In this webcast, we cover deployment best practices of Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 into a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007-based intranet farm (out of the box, Project Server 2007 is deployed on top of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0).
March 26, 2:00PM EST
This webcast will focus on how small business Web IT solutions providers can increase their customer base while lowering the amount of time spent on building web applications by using turnkey solutions. We will focus on what resources are available to small business web solutions providers from Microsoft and the Microsoft Partner Program and how you can leverage these resources to grow your web solutions business.

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