TechNet Flash - Volume 11, Issue 9: May 6, 2009

Note from the Editor

Greetings, and Welcome to TechNet Flash.

A quick public address announcement: If you are reading this newsletter on a mobile device, check out our new mobile-friendly TechNet Flash, delivered in a format more suitable for smaller screens, including Windows Mobile devices.

As of yesterday, you can download the Windows 7 Release Candidate. Yes, the RC is now available and features several changes and improvements since the beta release, including improved boot performance, FAT32 support, and User Account Control (UAC) design changes. To assist in your evaluation, here are some key resources:

" What’s New in Windows 7 RC video

" How to Start a Windows Pilot Deployment

" Demonstration: Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

" Additional pilot and deployment guidance

" Windows 7 Application Quality Cookbook

" Windows 7 Deployment FAQ

" Windows 7 IT Pro at Home: Tips and Tricks

To keep up with the latest guidance and tools for testing Windows 7, bookmark the Springboard Series for Windows 7. To see how you can use the latest planning tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 migration and virtualization projects, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 beta program is now open. Also remember to mark your calendar for the July 1, 2009 Windows 7 Beta expiration.

And just a reminder, Windows 7 RC is available to TechNet Plus subscribers.

Coinciding with the Windows 7 RC, you can now download the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate. Check out the new R2 additions to the Windows Server 2008 Product Technologies and the following key resources:

" Windows Server 2008 R2 Support Forums

" Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Better Together

" Getting Started with Windows Server 2008 R2

Throughout the month of May, TechNet Magazine is running a month of daily Virtualization tips. Here are some of the tips you’ll find:

" Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008

" 7 Best Practices for Physical Servers Hosting Hyper-V Roles

" Use Terminal Services to Manage Hyper-V from an Older Version of Windows

For tips on other products and technologies, including Windows Vista and Windows 7, check out the TechNet Magazine Tips library.

Thanks for reading,

Mitch Irsfeld

Editor, TechNet Flash

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Note from the Editor

News and Notes from Your IT Pro Evangelist Harold Wong

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News and Notes from Your IT Pro Evangelist John Weston

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How Microsoft Does IT Webcast: Deploying Windows 7 Using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and OSD

May 19, 2009, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment (OSD) provides administrators with a tool to create images that can be deployed to managed and unmanaged computers. Join subject matter experts from Microsoft IT as they share best practices. These include complex scenarios such as using OSD with network access protection (NAP).

Windows Internals with Sysinternals (Two-Day Webinar)

June 1 & 3, 2009, online
Explore the internals of key Windows kernel components and mechanisms with the Sysinternals tools in this two-day webinar. Topics include kernel architecture, memory management, thread scheduling, interrupt processing, time accounting, and crash dump analysis. This knowledge will help you help you troubleshoot difficult system problems as well as understand the true meaning behind key system performance counters.

Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deploys Application Virtualization

May 26, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (App-V) and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 are helping to significantly reduce application compatibility issues when running a number of virtualized applications. In addition, App-V and Configuration Manager 2007 are helping to address inefficiencies related to desktop application packaging, deployment, and security.

Webcast: Information About Microsoft May Security Bulletins (Level 200)

May 13, 2009, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
On May 13, 2009, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the May bulletins.

Video: Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 4.0

Join Microsoft security experts Jeff Jones and Thomas Dawkins as they walk you through the new release of the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool, MSAT 4.0. Once you're familiar with the improvements, check out an in-depth demo on how to use the tool.

IT Manager Community Talk with Kevin - Security (Level 100)

May 18, 2009 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn from fellow experts in the new community chat addressing security and answering your questions to help increase your understanding of Microsoft solutions, and discuss the ways in which Microsoft can help jumpstart your efforts.

SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 Integration with Active Directory Rights Management Services (Level 400)

May 7, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
This presentation provides an overview of Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange and Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint technologies.

Disaster Recovery with Iron Mountain and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (Level 300)

May 7, 2009, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 with Service Pack 1 has three ways to help you achieve your disaster recovery goals. In this session, we’ll walk through these capabilities, do several demonstrations, and discuss how to get started with each of these approaches.

Improving the Sustainability and Use of SQL Server at Microsoft

Join this webcast on demand
With more than 4,700 Microsoft SQL Server instances in operation, Microsoft IT sought to reduce operational and capital expenses through server consolidation and multi-tenancy. The SQL Utility Service and related server consolidation efforts contribute to environmental sustainability, more efficient utilization, and improved quality of service.

IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour – Spring 2009

May 19, 2009, 6:00 P.M., Reston, VA
Join us at this free event for Hawaiian pizza, and cool giveaways, and take home a Windows 7 Beta DVD.
• Session 1: Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap
• Session 2: Windows Security and Application/Driver Compatibility
• Session 3: Windows 7 Beta Sneak Peek

IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour – Spring 2009

May 21, 2009, 6:00 P.M., Charlotte, NC
Join us at this free event for Hawaiian pizza, and cool giveaways, and take home a Windows 7 Beta DVD.
• Session 1: Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap
• Session 2: Windows Security and Application/Driver Compatibility
• Session 3: Windows 7 Beta Sneak Peek

IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour – Spring 2009
May 28, 2009, 6:00 P.M., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 1, 2009, 6:00 P.M., Pensacola, FL
June 2, 2009, Heathrow, FL
June 4, 2009, 6:00 P.M., Lakeland, FL
Join us at this free event for Hawaiian pizza, and cool giveaways, and take home a Windows 7 Beta DVD.
• Session 1: Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap
• Session 2: Windows Security and Application/Driver Compatibility
• Session 3: Windows 7 Beta Sneak Peek

Windows 7 Loadfest

June 3, 2009, 1:00 P.M., Malvern, PA
Come spend an afternoon with Microsoft TechNet presenters for a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will demonstrate some of the key new features and benefits of Windows 7. Register for this free event now as space is limited.

Windows 7 Loadfest

June 5, 2009, 1:00 P.M., Reston, VA
Come spend an afternoon with Microsoft TechNet presenters for a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will demonstrate some of the key new features and benefits of Windows 7. Register for this free event now as space is limited.

Windows 7 Loadfest

June 11, 2009, 1:00 P.M., Alpharetta, GA
Come spend an afternoon with Microsoft TechNet presenters for a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will demonstrate some of the key new features and benefits of Windows 7. Register for this free event now as space is limited.

Windows 7 Loadfest

June 17, 2009, 1:00 P.M., Pittsburgh, PA
Come spend an afternoon with Microsoft TechNet presenters for a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will demonstrate some of the key new features and benefits of Windows 7. Register for this free event now as space is limited.


New Videos for IT Pros

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Managing Hyper-V from the Command Line with Windows PowerShell and WMI

8 Minutes, 22 seconds
In this video Mark Wilson looks at using PowerShell to perform some basic operations on a Hyper-V workload. It is intended to show how straightforward it is to control Hyper-V using WMI from PowerShell and give the viewer enough information to develop the concepts further in their own environment.

http://technet.microsoft.com/office/ocs/dd253221.aspx

How Do I: Build a GPO Containing OCS Client Software

4 Minutes, 14 seconds
Learn how to build a GPO to deploy all three pieces of the OCS client: Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007, and the Microsoft Office Outlook Add in for Live Meeting 2007.

More "How Do I?" Videos


Evaluate Microsoft Forefront Codename “Stirling” Beta 2

Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” is an integrated security suite that delivers protection across endpoint, servers, and the edge. By delivering simplified management and providing critical visibility into threats, vulnerabilities, and configuration risks, Forefront codename “Stirling” helps you protect your business with greater confidence and efficiency.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Server helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that simplify your administration, protect your communications, and delight your users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility.


IT Management

Latest Resources for IT Managers from the “Platform Blueprint Solutions” Series:

" IT Manager Webcast: Platform Solution Blueprints - Collaboration and Enterprise Content Management (Level 200)

" Podcast: Platform Solution Blueprints - Collaboration and Enterprise Content Management

" IT Manager Poster: Platform Solution Blueprint - Collaboration and Enterprise Content Management

IT Manager Webcast: Platform Solution Blueprints: Unified Communications (Level 200)

Watch this webcast with your peers to see how Microsoft Unified Communications simplifies access to information no matter where you are. If you struggle with information overload, then register for this webcast and see how context, relevance, and immediacy help move you from being available to being ready.

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


Scripting for IT Pros

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Support and Troubleshooting

How-tos

" How to disable autocomplete for an entire SharePoint farm

" How to generate a kernel or a complete memory dump file in Windows Server 2008

Hotfixes

" FIX: Some rows are deleted when you repair a database by using the Repair method together with the RepairOption.RecoverCorruptedRows option in SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition and in SQL Server Compact 3.5

" FIX: Event ID: 208 is logged, and the MessageBox_Message_Cleanup_BizTalkMsgBoxDb job may fail in BizTalk Server

" FIX: The FTP receive location does not receive a file if the FTP raw command is configured in the Before Get field in BizTalk Server

" Description of the Content Management Server 2002 hotfix package (Cms2002sp2oude.msp, Cms2002sp2ouen.msp, Cms2002sp2oufr.msp, Cms2002sp2ouja.msp): April 28, 2009

" Description of the Content Management Server 2002 hotfix package (CMS2002SP2OUEN.msp, CMS2002SP2OUDE.msp, CMS2002SP2OUFR.msp, CMS2002SP2OUJA.msp): April 28, 2009

" Cumulative update packages for Office 2003 SP3, Project 2003 SP3, Project Server 2003 SP3, Visio 2003 SP3, SharePoint Services SP3, and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 SP3: April 28, 2009

Knowledge Base Articles

" Windows feature lets you generate a memory dump file by using the keyboard

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

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

May 08, 2009, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we detail how the Windows 7 operating system helps improve energy efficiency through new power management innovations. We illustrate how IT professionals can improve battery life and power consumption using new Windows diagnostics utilities.

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” (ILM "2") for IT Professionals (Level 300)

May 19, 2009, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
This session will cover common deployment topologies and the challenges they present, best practices for managing the product, and configuration tips and tricks to help ensure a successful deployment.

More Webcasts


Identity and Security

Forefront Anti-Spam Portal Now Live

The Microsoft Forefront team has released an anti-spam portal to provide the latest news and tools about anti-spam resources. This portal is a “one-stop” resource for anti-spam information, including risks and business impacts associated with spam, blogs, forums and communities, evidence, and related technical and product information.

Download the New Capacity Planning Tool for Forefront Security for Exchange Server

The new Forefront Security for Exchange Server capacity planning tool helps you understand what hardware, architecture, and configuration settings will produce recommended system performance and message throughput results for comprehensive protection your Exchange servers.

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On Demand

Microsoft Forefront: Integrate and Simplify with Greater Protection and Control

Explore the Microsoft Forefront security suite of products through these webcasts, podcasts, and virtual labs and arm yourself with the knowledge and tools to simplify your budget and security decisions.

Managing a Microsoft Infrastructure: Improve Reliability and Performance

Learn how Microsoft System Center products and solutions can help you take advantage of your IT resources. Join this month’s series of webcasts, podcasts, and virtual labs to increase your insight into, and control over, your IT infrastructure.

More on-demand webcasts...


Virtual Labs

Managing Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)

After completing this lab, you will be better able to configure new management features provided by AD RMS, AD RMS template management, and configure AD RMS by registry settings and GPO on the client side.

Information Protection Using AD RMS in the Intranet

After completing this lab, you will be better able to install Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) and understand the provisioning and enrollment process for the AD RMS server.

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