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Phil Cross, TechNet Editor   
From the editor:
We have had a few requests for more information on IE7. The best place to start is here and James O’Niell, our most recent evangelist, has written the featured article about it this month and will be blogging about it in the future so if you are interested then keep an eye on his blog.

We had a great event in Birmingham on Tuesday 2nd May, the first location for the roadshow, or at least from the feedback I got and the general buzz it was good! For those who couldn’t make it, or if you want to review the slides then they are here. Apologies that we are sold out, but a learning we are going to implement next year (our fiscal year starts in July) is that we will come out of our Reading base more often. It might not always be as grand as the roadshow but we will “travel” a bit more.

Also, for those who come to our evening events then I have bad news. We have been advised under Licensing Laws we are not allowed to provide beer anymore – I am trying to get to the bottom of this but until then I can’t take the risk of breaking the law. We will of course supply soft drinks and due to customer feedback we will be changing from pizza to sandwiches.

Last but definitely not least, the DesignIT competition has now ended and we have had some great entries. The judging panel are working hard to shortlist 5 x entries in each category and you will be able to vote for the most innovative on Wednesday 17th May @

Phil Cross
TechNet Editor

Beta Updates
Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista includes a new feature to manage network bandwidth through Group Policy settings.
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Top Stories
Throughout the development of Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft has worked closely with its partners to develop software that enriches the browsing experience. To extend and enrich our customers’ browsing experiences, Microsoft is introducing the new Add-Ons for Internet Explorer site, which offers hundreds of free add-ons.
New Subscribers:
All New subscribers to TechNet Plus during May and June 2006 will receive a Free Microsoft Press Book worth £39.99. Microsoft Microsoft® Windows® Administrator's Automation Toolkit (ISBN 0735621667) by Don Jones, gives you the guidance, tips, and tools you need to automate Windows system administration. The book comes with a CD including 120 fully working scripts with command-line controls that you can run as written or customize them for your requirements. Scripts are applicable to Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000  

Existing Subscribers:
Microsoft Press have teamed up with Computer Manuals to offer 40% off all Training Kits until the end of June 2006 for all existing TechNet Plus Subscribers. So if you are an existing TechNet Plus Subscriber, check your monthly e-mail for how to get your discounted books.

Security for IT Pros
Microsoft released an out-of-band April 2006 Security Update on April 25. Customers who have already applied the MS06-015 update and are not experiencing problems as indicated in Microsoft Knowledgebase Article 918165 need take no action. To find out more about the revised update, read bulletin MS06-015 in the security bulletins section on TechNet.
How Microsoft IT defends against spam, viruses, and e-mail attacks.

Service Packs and Downloads
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 is now available in English for Windows XP SP2, x64, and Windows Server 2003 Server Pack 1. It will be available for German, Finnish, and Arabic on May 3, 2006, and Japanese on May 8. IE7 XP Beta 2 is available on the Internet Explorer site and on the Windows Download Center. The final RTM of IE7 XP is expected in the second half of CY2006. Check out IE7 Beta 2 and see if it makes your everyday tasks easier. For support and feedback options, visit the site.
Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition is now available as a free download and requires only basic registration. Combined with the new usage rights in Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition, which allow four concurrent guest OS instances to run under the one Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition license, the use of virtualization will grow rapidly. When Windows Server code name "Longhorn" ships, the Datacenter Edition will allow unlimited Windows guest operating systems at no additional licensing costs.

How-to Articles

UK Events and Webcasts
Dates and Venues
17 May 2006, Reading: Identity and Access Management for a Heterogeneous Enterprise
Identity Management. The larger the organisation, the more complex it becomes to manage the different IT identities of its workers. Attend this TechNet Identity Management Seminar with Rafal Lukawiecki and gain valuable insights into evolving towards future-proof, integrated identity management. And, above all, towards increased security and a reduced total cost of ownership.

23 May, Reading: MOM Essentials 6: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 - Managing the Enterprise Part 1
This is the sixth in the series of MOM Essentials Events. During this free TechNet briefing, Gordon will show you how to effectively monitor Active Directory with MOM 2005 using a demo. He will then show you how to use MOM 2005 to effectively monitor your Windows Servers and third party packs.

24 May 2006, Manchester: The Mobile Opportunity: Are You Missing It?
Due to popular demand we are running the Mobility Event once again on 24 May in Manchester. This event will show you the latest developments in this fast moving area and help you set up a Windows Mobile platform that is both secure and easy to manage. To find out more visit Windows Mobile.
Dates and Venues
21 June, Reading: MOM Essentials 7: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 - Managing the Enterprise Part 2
This is the seventh in the series of MOM Essentials Events. This event concludes "Managing the Enterprise" using MOM 2005 (Part 1 being held on the 23rd May).

11 July 2006, Reading: Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services
SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services provides an integrated view of your business data for reporting, OLAP analysis, key performance indicator (KPI) scorecards and data mining. This session looks at the some of the key areas that concern IT professionals.

See the complete list of UK TechNet Events and webcasts

Microsoft recently hosted the first Insight Conference with 220 delegates participating in a packed agenda across two days. Featured speakers included Ivar Jacobson and Martin Fowler. The presentations are now available to download.

You’ll also be able to hear and download 17 podcasts, which were recorded as live interviews at the Conference, when they are posted to the Channel 9 site. More details are available on the Conference site.

Internet Explorer 7 – Beta 2   
By James O'Neill

Users of Windows XP can now download Beta 2 of Internet Explorer 7 - the version that will ship with Windows Vista - from In order to install it needs XP service pack 2, and has the same hardware requirements as the base OS.

IE7’s looks better and is more efficient to use. Multiple pages are handled with a tabbed interface. Making space for the tabs has led to redesign of the tool/address/menu bars. Pages render better thanks to the use of cleartype technology. The page zoom feature is useful for pages that don't fill the screen - or if their fonts are too small. The improved rendering also carries through to better printing with features like “shrink to fit".

IE7 introduces RSS support, which goes beyond the browser, with a background download service and documented API so other programs can use information. Alternatively the user can treat Feeds a special class of favourites, which appear in a new, integrated Feeds, Favourites and History window The history will be searchable in the final release. IE7 also has search on the toolbar with a choice of search engines - which can be setup using OpenSearch; some engines which support OpenSearch can return results an RSS feeds.

IE7 tightens up security Active X is smarter - it asks before loading a controls it doesn't own, this "opt-in" helps to stop a web page using a legitimate control in an illegitimate way. IE also connects to an Anti-phishing service which warns the user of dangerous sites, and lets them report possible scams.

All in all it has more changes than we have seen in the last few releases of IE, and is well worth checking out ahead of the final release which is due towards the end of the year.

For more information see my blog at or the the IE team's blog at

Third Party Training Courses and Events


Knowledge Base Articles
See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles now feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.

Also available via RSS RSS

On Demand
Fast and easy access to on-demand webcasts with minimal registration -- what could be better? We’ve selected the 10 highest-rated Microsoft webcasts, as chosen by customers like you. And, as always, these webcasts are free.
Greg Stemp and Jean Ross from the TechNet Script Center show us how easy it is to gather information from our systems using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting. Watch it now "on demand." (The average rating from viewers so far is 8 out of 9.)

Join this webcast on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time.
This webcast focuses on the command-line and scripting interface (based on Microsoft Windows PowerShell, formerly known as "Monad") in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named "Exchange Server 2007." The session includes demonstrations of several single-line scripts that you can use immediately, with little or no tweaking.
During these free webcasts, we introduce you to key Windows Vista product features and explore deployment, security, management, and productivity.
If you have already registered for Microsoft Tech-Ed 2006, tune in to this series of webcasts and get the most out of your time while you’re there. Haven’t decided if you’ll attend Tech-Ed 2006? This webcast series will give you a preview of what you can learn June 11-16, 2006, in Boston, Massachusetts. Plus, attend a pre-Tech-Ed webcast by May 12 and you could win a free pass to Tech-Ed 2006 in Boston. (See official rules.)

Virtual Labs
After you’ve downloaded the beta release of ISA Server 2006 (announced last issue), learn how to take full advantage of the new capabilities and features with the new hosted Virtual Labs for ISA 2006.

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New Scripting Section
It’s official, “Monad” has a real name all its own: Windows PowerShell. As if that weren’t big enough news, you can now download Windows PowerShell RC1 and take it out for a test drive.
Get your first look at some of the new scripting capabilities in Windows Vista, starting with an introduction into the world of gadgets. You’ll also find articles on other new scripting features. Keep an eye out for even more content coming in May.
Try this weekly puzzle to test your scripting skills. A new puzzle is posted every Friday.
TechNet Flash
Volume 9, Issue 20

12 May 2006
In This Issue:
Beta Updates
Top Stories
Security for IT Pros
Service Packs and Downloads
How-to Articles
UK Events and Webcasts
Internet Explorer 7 – Beta 2
Third Party Training Courses and Events
Knowledge Base Articles
On Demand
Virtual Labs
Received TechNet Newsletter from a Friend?
New Scripting Section
Tell Us Your IT Interests and Get News to Match
How Microsoft Does IT
White Papers, Case Studies, Webcasts, and more from Microsoft IT

Best prices revealed! Get an in-depth look at how Microsoft IT plans for, deploys, and manages Microsoft products within its own global enterprise.
Upcoming Webcasts
On-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for IT Pros
n-Demand Microsoft IT Webcasts for CIOs
New Content from Microsoft IT
Messaging Hygiene at Microsoft: How Microsoft IT Defends Against Spam, Viruses, and E-Mail Attacks
Moving to BizTalk Server 2006
SQL Server 2005 Database Operations at Microsoft
Flash Tips
Executive Chat: Storage in Windows Server 2003, Windows Storage Server 2003, and Windows Longhorn Server
Join this chat May 16 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.
Please join Gabriel Broner, General Manager for the Windows Core File Services team, for an open discussion about all things storage in Windows Server 2003, Windows Storage Server 2003, and Windows Longhorn Server. Join us to exchange points of view, ask tough questions, share experiences and get answers.
Evaluation Resources
Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Resource Kit for IT Professionals
When you buy or upgrade to Visio Professional 2003, you become eligible to buy the Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Resource Kit for IT Professionals. Use the Visio 2003 Resource Kit for IT Professionals to automatically generate accurate and visually appealing Network Diagrams, choose among thousands of manufacturer-specific equipment shapes, and design rack space for network equipment.
Order yours online today.
Training / Books
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Step by Step
This new book from Microsoft Press offers a hands-on, practical guide to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. Includes a companion CD.
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