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February, 2009

  • Deal on TechNet Plus Subscriptions

    TechNet Flash readers are being offered a special deal on a TechNet Plus subscription . Get 12 months for just $297 (Reg. $349). Just use the promo code TNF10 to get the special price. Through TN Plus you can still get your hands on the Windows 7 Beta...
  • Office Communications Server 2007 R2 now available

    Microsoft has announced the general availability of Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 , which delivers enriched audio and video conferencing, new developer tools, and enhanced voice capabilities. Office Communications Server 2007 R2 includes...
  • The Windows 7 Timetable: What We Know

    I guess it’s a testament to the hardy reception for the Windows 7 beta. Shortly after its release, the rumors were already flying about the Windows 7 RTM date. And some seem so enamored that they’re lobbying for Microsoft to just ship it, already. Here...
  • New Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 . When used in conjunction with product documentation, this guide will help companies confidently plan the implementation of a SQL Server 2008 infrastructure...
  • Vista and Win Server 2008 SP2 RC now ready for TechNet Plus subscribers

    TechNet Plus subscribers can now get their hands on the Release Candidate bits for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. According to the TechNet Pus Blog , SP2 contains changes focused on supporting new types of hardware...
  • New high-end enterprise search solution revealed

    Here’s an update on the great results from Microsoft’s acquisition of enterprise search developer FAST Search & Transfer last April. As you may recall, the plan was to bring together FAST’s deep search expertise with the widely used SharePoint Server...
  • New troubleshooting capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2, plus other things to know about the beta

    Those who’ve played with the R2 beta release of Windows Server 2008 might have noticed a new tool, the Best Practices Analyzer , designed to help administrators reduce best practice violations by automatically scanning the roles in use and reporting the...
  • Here’s why Windows Vista could still be the path to Windows 7

    The Windows Blog posted a gem yesterday by Gavriella Schuster, senior director for the Windows Enterprise team. This is probably the most succinct job yet of explaining to business users why deploying Windows Vista now will make the future transition...
  • More new Windows 7 resources for IT pros

    Even before last week’s announcement of the Windows 7 lineup , I know that a lot of you are already testing the new OS, and as you begin this process, check out the Ten Things IT Professionals Should Know About Windows 7 , a quick guide to what is in...
  • An example of real savings with virtualization

    See how one company was able to save more than $200,000 last year by deploying Microsoft virtualization and infrastructure software. Lionbridge, a a $461 million (U.S.) translation, development and testing services company, created and deployed...
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) now supports the Windows 7 beta

    Just noticed over on the MDOP Blog that Microsoft App-V is now available for use with Windows 7. That means subscribers of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP ) can now test their applications and prepare for enterprise deployments by downloading...
  • More help to elevate those skills

    Do you know someone whose tech skills could use a little updating? Microsoft yesterday unveiled the Elevate America program where it will provide technology training to up to 2 million people over the next three years. This can benefit people throughout...
  • A fast track to data warehousing

    Microsoft has joined with hardware partners Bull, Dell and HP to provide a new set of reference architectures for data warehousing that increases Microsoft SQL Server 2008 scalability up to 32 terabytes, and helps reduce the time and effort necessary...
  • New dashboard tracks environmental data to reduce costs

    OK, if you haven’t realized it yet, your company’s carbon footprint could be costing it money. And that’s money you don’t want to waste these days. Here’s a way to capture the data needed to measure key indicators related to energy consumption and greenhouse...
  • A Month of Windows 7 Beta Tips in TechNet Magazine

    I told you last week about the new Tip-of-the-Day feature on the TechNet Magazine site , which offers great tips based on a monthly theme. Well, guess what? We’ve started a new month and this month you’ll find a month of Windows 7 Beta tips . Whether...
  • A new way to Pinpoint your needs and solutions

    Here’s a new way to connect with Microsoft certified companies and find products, services and more. The beta of Microsoft Pinpoint is now ready. Pinpoint is a community-based site designed to help you quickly and easily find qualified Microsoft Certified...
  • Alert: The Windows Service Pack Blocker Toolkit set to expire

    If you previously installed the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista, the Springboard Series blog reports that the code that temporarily prevents the installation of a service pack through Windows Update, the expiration date for the...
  • Premier Mission Critical Support for IT now available

    Microsoft today unveiled the Premier Mission Critical Support program, a new a new Microsoft Services Premier Support add-on for mission critical IT support. Premier Mission Critical Support delivers personalized support coverage through designated support...
  • Windows 7 lineup revealed

    A quick look at the Windows Blog revealed more updates for those of you following Windows 7 developments. Windows General Manager Mike Ybarra revealed in broad terms our SKU strategy for Windows 7 in an interview with Microsoft PressPass . Check it out...
  • OCS now more than ever—see why in TechNet Mag

    For those of you using, evaluating or considering Office Communications Server , get on over to the TechNet Magazine site . The March issue is now up and it’s all about OCS 2007, including the new OCS 2007 R2 release. And when the magazine covers a technology...
  • Security Bulletin for February

    Microsoft has released the security bulletins for February 2009 . For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications . You can also join a webcast...
  • Good news: No bump in Custom Support pricing this year

    In response to customer feedback during this global economic downturn, the Help and Support team announced yesterday that it would hold the line on pricing for Custom Support in 2009. Pricing for Custom Support includes an annual enrollment fee that normally...
  • Announcing the new Microsoft MVP Award Program blog

    Tap into our MVPs’ knowledge and connections. Take a look and be inspired by some of their great work. Through our new MVP Award Program blog , we now share some of the amazing activities of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals across the world. You...
  • Get the beta of new tool for blocking Denial of Service attacks

    The IIS team has released the beta for the Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS, which provides IT Professionals and Hosters a configurable module that helps block Denial of Service attacks or cracking of passwords. It does so by temporarily blocking...
  • New in the Springboard series: Using Group Policy Preferences to manage diversity

    Since we live in the real world—a world where many of you will most likely be managing desktop and laptops with different versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, this Springboard Series article will...