TechNet Flash - Volume 11, Issue 12: June 3, 2009

Note from the Editor

Mitch Irsfeld

Greetings, and Welcome to TechNet Flash.

We’re moving into summer and that means we start to see the sun as often as a couple times a week here in the Northwest. For us soggy Seattleites, that’s nothing to complain about. Sightings of that strange yellow orb traditionally portend a slight slow-down in the volume of announcements, giving us time to go scrape the moss off, well, everything! The moss may have to wait this year.

Here’s an example:

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Available for Download
Service Pack 2, the latest service pack for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, is now available for public download. SP2 supports new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, and simplifies deployment for consumers, developers, and IT professionals. For more details, see the TechNet page for Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.

Microsoft also announced that within 30 days of the May 11 release of Windows Server 2008 RC revealed at Tech·Ed, the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Release Candidatewould be available. VMM 2008 R2 RC builds on the new platform enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 such as Live Migration, Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV), hot addition and removal of storage, network optimization, and remote desktop services (RDS).

And for you app developers, Microsoft has released Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4, and it’s now time for customer feedback.
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Webcast: Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements (Level 200)

June 10, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we explore virtual hard disk (VHD) image management and deployment, dynamic driver provisioning, and multicast multiple stream transfer functionality that is used with Windows Deployment Services for operating system deployments.

Webcast: Windows 7 Manageability Solutions (Level 300)

June 17, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we explore how Windows PowerShell 2.0 automates desktop administrative activities to improve productivity and how Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences enhancements and AppLocker make it easier for IT professionals to manage desktop systems.

Webcast: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 4.0 Beta

June 16, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
You're invited to join us for this live webcast to see how you can use MAP 4.0 Beta to determine the readiness of your infrastructure for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This webcast will also include a live demo and Q&A session.

Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services (Level 300)

June 17, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Join us for a Windows Server 2008 File Services deep dive, in a session full of technical insight.

System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP Beta Now Available

The System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP allow organizations to use Configuration Manager 2007 to scan computers for compliance with the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) mandate issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These extensions enable Configuration Manager to consume Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) data streams, assess systems for compliance, and generate report results in SCAP format. Already a member? Get the latest project details.

What’s New in Operations Manager 2007 R2

Discover end-to-end service management of applications and IT services running across your datacenter fabric, providing you greater control and insight into the health and performance of your Microsoft, UNIX, and Linux servers, and the workloads running on them. Download the Evaluation Version of Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Webcast: Considerations for Large-Scale SharePoint Server Deployments on SQL Server (Level 300)

June 4, 2009, 8:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we identify architectural design considerations, provide prescriptive guidance, and discuss best practices.

Webcast: Forefront Code Name “Stirling” - the Next Generation of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (Level 200)

June 4, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
This session will provide attendees an in-depth review of new connection filtering and content filtering technologies in the recently released beta 2 version of the next generation of Forefront Security for Exchange Server.


New Videos for IT Pros

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/dd370686.aspx

Create a Report with Visual Studio 2008 and Deploy It to SQL Server Reporting Services 2008

9 Minutes 7 seconds
This demo shows how to create a report project in Visual Studio; create shared data sources; design a report; add interactive sorting; change the project settings to deploy the report; deploy the report; and run the report in SSRS.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/msonline/dd420503.aspx

Synchronize Active Directory with Microsoft Online Services

13 Minutes 7 seconds
This demo shows how to download and install the MOS Directory Synchronization tool; synchronize Active Directory with MOS; edit an Active Directory user and synchronize with MOS; and enable a synchronized account to use MOS.

More “How Do I?” Videos


Windows 7 Release Candidate

Explore how Windows 7 helps IT organizations like yours to better manage and secure a client infrastructure, and learn about the key new features that improve IT pro productivity. Discover the tools and resources you'll need to test, pilot, and deploy Windows 7 in your organization. Also remember to mark your calendar for the July 1, 2009 Windows 7 Beta expiration.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is designed to help reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies while providing enhanced management control over resources across the enterprise.


IT Management

Webcast: Platform Solution Blueprints - Security (Level 200)

June 4, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
If improving security is critical, but you believe security is tied to overwhelming administrative costs or have other security concerns, then join us for this webcast and experience security as a business enabler.

New from TechNet Radio: Virtualization for IT Managers

Hear about the latest trends impacting IT and the resources and guidance available to help you plan and deploy the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies.

To stay updated on the next installment for IT Managers, visit the IT Management Hub.


Scripting for IT Pros

Enter the 2009 Summer Scripting Games: June 15 - 26

Join the Microsoft Scripting Guys and more than 1,000 beginning and advanced scripters at this year’s Scripting Games. This year’s Scripting Games are focused on learning and not on competition. This year’s theme is the decathlon, so strap on your best scripting shoes and we’ll see you soon. Follow us on Twitter to find out about Scripting Games details as they are announced.

Hey Scripting Guy...

" How Does Windows PowerShell Make It Easier to Work with SQL Server 2008?

" How Can I Use Windows PowerShell to Run Daily Checks on My SQL Server 2008 Servers?

" How Can I Use the SQL Server Mini-Shell Version of Windows PowerShell?

See More Scripting Tips

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Support and Troubleshooting

How-tos

" How do I open the firewall port for SQL Server on Windows Server 2008?

" How to fix MSI software update registration corruption issues

" How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Hotfixes

" Cumulative update package 5 for SQL Server 2008

" FIX: Error message when you click the Columns tab in OLE DB Source Editor in SQL Server 2008 Integration Services: "Error at Data Flow Task [OLE DB Source [1]]: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_OLEDBERROR"

" A hotfix is available that addresses occasional crashes of Vmwp.exe processes on a Windows Server 2008-based Hyper-V host computer

Knowledge Base Articles

" Adding Server Features or Roles in Server 2008 may take a very long time

" Exchange Information Store service stops responding intermittently on an Exchange 2007 server

" Using Setup.exe alone for an unattended installation will not result in a configured BizTalk server

See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles 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.

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Upcoming Webcasts

Exchange 2010 Management Tools (Level 300)

June 8, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Learn how we’ve made the Exchange Management Console more powerful, extended the reach of PowerShell, and made it easier to delegate management tasks.

How to Manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 in Large Enterprises (Level 300)

June 10, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we’ll take a look at the centralized console for DPM 2007 that Bocada has created, as well as look at the seamlessly integrated monitoring of DPM and non-DPM backups within the Bocada solution.

More Webcasts


Identity and Security

Integrate and Extend Security Across the Enterprise with Microsoft “Geneva” (Evaluate Beta 2)

With Geneva and Active Directory federation technologies, enterprises can more efficiently deploy and manage new applications, establish a consistent security model to consolidate access management, and facilitate easy collaboration between organizations. Learn more about Active Directory technologies.

Download the Forefront Client Security TCO Analysis

Find out how Microsoft Forefront Client Security can help you reduce vulnerabilities and lower total cost of ownership. Download the datasheet on Forefront Online Security for Exchange. 

Security Center


On Demand

Improving Energy Efficiency with Windows 7 Power Management (Level 200)

In this webcast, we detail how the Windows 7 operating system helps improve energy efficiency through new power management innovations.

Microsoft Forefront: Integrate and Simplify with Greater Protection and Control

Tight budgets put all purchasing decisions under the microscope. Nonetheless, security professionals must keep up with ongoing regulations and new threats to sensitive data while ensuring the security of their systems. The good news is that the Microsoft Forefront security suite of products can help.

More on-demand webcasts...


Virtual Labs

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Installation and Configuration

Learn about the installation and configuration options such as installing a new farm, configuring global workflow settings, configuring incoming e-mail, administrative tasks, farm topology, provisioning new Web applications and configuring alternative forms-based authentication.

Managing Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 and Windows Vista Using Group Policy

In this lab you will learn how to use new Group Policy features and settings introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 as well as learn to create a group policy central store.

More Virtual Labs


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