This is a really useful resource from where you can download over 100 samples and three sample databases for SQL Server 2005.
The downloads demonstrate the following components:
Mmm... I'm not a secondhard car sales man but I know you would probably like to test drive the new Vista, Exchange 2007, Office 2007...
With TechNet Virtual Labs you can quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest server products through a series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in 90 minutes or less. The best part is, TechNet Virtual Labs can be accessed online immediately for FREE. Start by selecting the lab you're interested in from the list below.
Otherwise you can opt for the whirlwind tour that is Virtual Lab Express. These are 30-minute hands-on overviews of lot of different Microsoft products and server tools. Try them out online now - no need to download full trial versions or dedicate test machines.
Windows Vista Virtual LabsNew Windows Vista Virtual Labs are here! In these labs you'll learn to deploy operating system images using Windows Deployment Services, configure User Account Control for standard and administrative users via group policy, and more.
You could win a Windows Vista Prize Pack!Take any TechNet Windows Vista Virtual Lab by Dec. 31, 2006, submit a completed evaluation, and you could win a Windows Vista Prize Pack! See official rules for more details!
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It’s hard to believe that 2006 is drawing to a close and I am promoting the first of our 2007 event already. It’s poignant that the first of the 2007 events is titled ‘Using Microsoft Virtualisation Technologies Today and Tomorrow’.
Virtualisation really is a HOT topic and it is changing the face of IT. Learn about the multitude of developments that have been made by Microsoft in this space on the Virtualisation website – BUT get the full technical deep dive on current technologies and where the roadmap is headed in the next 12 to 18 months at the Guinness Store House on Thursday, 18 January.
Ronald Beekelaar (Bio below) is an independent consultant with extensive experience in virtual machine technology, Windows Server security, and network infrastructure design. In this one day seminar, Ronald will explain the impact that Virtual Technology will have on the IT industry. Learn where the technology is headed in the next 12 to 18 months and how you can use Virtual Server to effectively manage mixed virtual and physical environments on a daily basis. Discover the tools and techniques required to use hardware more efficiently and leverage virtualisation technologies today and tomorrow.
Attend this seminar to see how to make virtualisation technology work for you. Register now.
* This is a complementary event.
* You are welcome to forward this invite on to colleagues or friends who may be interested in this event.
When: 09:30, January 18th
Where: Guinness Storehouse – Arrol Suite
Registration: REGISTER HERE
What: Virtualisation à
09:30 Welcome and Overview
09:45 Microsoft Virtualisation: Today and Tomorrow
11:15 Managing a Mixed Virtual/Physical Environment: Tools and Techniques
13:30 Microsoft Virtualisation Deep Dive
15:00 Practical advice on adoption, deployment and migration
16:15 Networking Opportunity and Refreshments
· How Virtualisation will change IT
· Microsoft Virtual Server Technology: capabilities, deployment, challenges
· How Virtualisation (Hypervisor) fits into Windows Server Codename Longhorn
· Managing a mixed/virtual infrastructure: System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
· Tools and techniques to deploy, monitor, maintain and back up virtual and physical machines
· IT Lifecycle: Provisioning, Back-up, Migration, Monitoring
· Changes introduced with Windows Virtualisation
· Virtual Server Architecture
· Microsoft SoftGrid – Application virtualisation and streaming.
· High Availability capabilities in Virtual Server
· Benefits of AMD-V and Intel VT hardware virtualisation
· Real life examples on deploying and managing virtual environments
· Licensing implications of adding/removing virtual machines
Ronald Beekelaar is an independent consultant and trainer. He specializes in virtual machine technology, Windows Server security, and network infrastructure design. Ronald often presents at industry events world-wide on topics such as Virtual Server, VM Optimization, IPSec and ISA Server.
Ronald is also an MCT, and MVP of Virtual Machine Technology.
I look forward to seeing you there and remember you are welcome to forward this invite on to colleagues or friends who may be interested in this event. I’m sure we will catch up over some refreshments afterwards!
Tune in to this webcast tp learn about Volume Activation 2.0, the flexible solution that enables Microsoft Volume Licensing customers to activate products more securely and easily on computers that are running the Windows Vista operating system and Microsoft Windows Server code-named “Longhorn.”
This year was the year of Vista but next year will be the year of Longhorn Server!
Check out this resource site to learn how Windows Server code name "Longhorn" operating system helps IT professionals maximise control over their infrastructure while providing unprecedented availability and management capabilities, to deliver a significantly more secure, reliable and robust server environment than ever before.
Here are some highlights from the global launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 -
While tools such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Systems Management Server (SMS) provide regular, automated updates to Microsoft software, manufacturers of hardware devices can provide the latest and most appropriate hardware drivers for your organization. In this section, we provide links to guidance on how to find and use drivers (including links to news about the latest drivers for Windows Vista).
Since I know a lot of you are finishing up today or tomorrow I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas from TechNet Ireland! I really hope you have a very nice Christmas and a happy new year. I'll be back in 2007 with a host of technical events and resources.
Here is a rare but interesting look into some of the products in development in Microsoft research labs. Especially intriguing are the security products in development like 'Shield'. This is a 'software shield' which would run on a firewall or a PC and act as a content filter that searches for and blocks any network traffic that would exploit a detected vulnerability.
So instead of continually having to patch the operating system only the 'shield' would be updated leaving the operating system untouched.