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Take the next step in virtualization Vol 12-9 | April 29, 2010
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Let me hazard a guess that you already use Virtualization in your environment, or are thinking about implementing it... The question is whether you feel you have pushed the boundaries of what is possible, have a ‘server hardware to user experience’ management approach and are really answering the needs of the business.

Close your eyes, sit back and think of all of the things you could be leveraging Virtualization for, from the next workload such as Desktop Virtualization or application compatibility for Windows 7, to Disaster Recovery, even the Test and Dev environment.

Now enter Microsoft Virtualization , consisting of Windows Server 2008 R2 (featuring Hyper-V technology) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 - Microsoft Virtualization offers an end-to-end virtualization solution. From the cloud to the desktop, Microsoft's suite of System Center Virtual Machine Manager products provide you with the choice you need to design and manage your own customized solution.

Interested? In this edition we have included a number of examples through case studies of how others have leveraged the technologies and resources to help you take the next step in Virtualization.

If you would like to connect more on our solutions available, please email me .

Bruce Cowper

Virtualization Lead, Microsoft Canada

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Office 2010 Virtual Launch Event-May 12, 2010-11AM-EST

Listen to Stephen Elop’s live keynote on May 12, 2010 at 11 a.m. EST. And, choose from a variety of product-specific, on-demand sessions that are relevant to you. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments with product experts, partners, and peers. Here’s what else you can look forward to: Learn how peers and partners use Microsoft products to solve IT challenges. Get answers with live Q&A. Get the latest commentary from blogs, tweets, social media networks, and more.
Register for the SQL Server Launch Event-Montreal-May 26, Toronto-May 31

You and your team are invited to an exclusive event on Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010. Come and discover powerful new capabilities that enable your organization to scale your operations with confidence, boost productivity, and deliver business insight that empowers your end-users. Montreal-May 26 and Toronto-May 31 . Space is limited.
Download: System Center Essentials 2010 evaluation

soft System Center Essentials 2010 provides IT professionals in midsized organizations with a unified physical and virtual IT management experience. It enables you to better secure, update, monitor, and troubleshoot from a single console, so you can efficiently and proactively manage your IT environment.
Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Building on the trusted, productive, and intelligent data platform delivered with SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 provides a wealth of new improvements that will help your organization scale with confidence, improve IT efficiency, and enable managed self-service BI. This release includes new and enhanced capabilities for application and multi-server management, complex event processing, master data services, and end user reporting.
Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial Extended

The availability of Windows 7 Enterprise (Eval) 90-day Trial is being extended to Dec 31, 2010. Intended primarily for IT pros, the 90-day trial is the full-featured Enterprise SKU that will enable any organization to explore, test hardware and applications, perform pilot activities, and develop deployment scenarios.
Download Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2

Windows Server AppFabric is a set of integrated technologies that makes it easier to build, scale, and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS.
Exploring What's New in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 Archiving

Get a first look at what’s coming later this year in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) archiving. In this video, the Exchange team’s Ann Vu and Ian Hameroff talk about the investments we’ve made in archiving in Exchange 2010 SP1.
Download Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 delivers unified data protection for Windows servers and clients as a best-of-breed backup and recovery solution from Microsoft, for Windows environments. Download now and receive resources from the experts.
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