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May, 2009

  • Test Drive System Center Service Manager

    Check out the hosted virtual machine environment built for you to test drive System Center Service Manager . The version of Service Manager hosted in this virtual environment is the "CTP2" version which has only been released to TAP customers/partners...
  • Download the Windows the 7 Upgrade Advisor beta

    Want a quick way to check if you PC can run Windows 7? In general, if your PC can run Windows Vista, it can run Windows 7. But if you're not running Windows Vista, or are just not sure if your system is ready to run Windows 7, download the Windows...
  • Mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7

    Download the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5 to help you identify which applications are compatible with the Windows 7 RC and Windows Vista operating system and which require further testing. ACT can help lower your costs for application...
  • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Release Candidate

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, from a remote computer that...
  • Now available: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC)

    Our popular and free standalone hypervisor, Hyper-V Server 2008, has reached another important milestone. The virtualization team announced the availability of the release candidate for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Download the RC to experience the key new...
  • Be an expert: Windows 7 Learning Portal

    Check out the new Windows 7 Learning Portal to get the specific skills and knowledge you need to quickly become an expert on Windows 7. You’ll find a wide variety of Microsoft training, books, and certifications, plus free Learning Snacks videos around...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 RC now available for immediate download

    Windows Server 2008 R2 RC includes several new capabilities, such as File Classification Infrastructure (FCI), a built-in solution for file classification and management. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V now gives customers the ability to scale...
  • See the digital edition of TechNet Magazine

    Check out the digital edition of TechNet Magazine , an exact digital copy of the print edition, but with added features that allow you to click on underlined areas to send an email or visit a website. You can access and search across all available issues...
  • New version of Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7

    Windows Easy Transfer--the utility for moving files, user accounts, and application settings from existing PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista to a new PC--has been improved for Windows 7. The key changes are around the user interface enhancements...
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 RTMs

    Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS08), built upon Windows Server 2008, has been released to our OEM partners to build the great new capabilities into their storage appliances. New features include file de-duplication and an iSCSI software target for unified...
  • New: A mobile-friendly TechNet Flash experience

    Do you frequently open the TechNet Flash newsletter , along with other e-mail, via your mobile phone? Check out our new mobile-friendly format , giving you a cleaner experience on your mobile device. Going forward, just click the TechNet Flash Mobile...
  • A month of daily virtualization tips on TechNet Magazine

    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...
  • Vote on finalists for the Silverlight Game Development Contest

    On April 30, the panel concluded its judging of the Silverlight Game Development Contest and the final 16 games can now be seen live in the gallery . It’s now time for you to vote. Check them out and help decide who wins. More to come, Mitch...
  • 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. Go here to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate ...
  • Get Started with Windows Server 2008 R2 RC

    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...
  • “Geneva” Beta 2 now available

    Microsoft has release the beta 2 of the claims-based user access platform code named “Geneva.” “Geneva” includes three components for enabling claims-based access: · "Geneva" Server security token service (STS) supports the WS-Trust, WS-Federation...
  • What’s new from Windows Sysinternals

    Check out these updated utilities from the Sysinternals team: · Autoruns v9.5 This update to Autoruns, a powerful autostart manager, adds display of audio and video codecs, which are gaining popularity as an extension mechanism used by malware...
  • Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET FX 4.0 Beta 1 released

    Microsoft has released Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 and it’s now time for customer feedback. MSDN subscribers can download the Beta today . For the rest of you, the Beta will be publicly available tomorrow. For more on how to get the beta...
  • Server Quest Contest - Geek Games open for public voting

    Voting for the contest ends Sunday, May 24, 2009. Go explore orbit via rocketship, escape zombies or launch your boss as you test out the 16 different Silverlight games vying for the $5,000 top prize in Server Quest II . More to come, Mitch ...
  • Download the new TechNet Widget

    Download the new TechNet Widget and you’ll be “in the know” real-time about the latest from Microsoft TechNet - breaking news, videos, webcasts, podcasts and TechNet Magazine highlights. To get the TechNet Widget for your Blog 1. Embed the...
  • New SharePoint site launches today

    The brand new SharePoint Server 2007 website is now live. First off, the site is powered by MOSS and takes advantage of the publishing feature and list driven content, which allows the SharePoint team to more quickly publish news, events, demos, and webcasts...
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 CTP released

    Based on Windows Server 2008 R2, the Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 is a preliminary release, allowing an early preview of planned functionality for HPC Server 2008 R2. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 is an integrated x64-bit...
  • Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab

    Download the step-by-step guide for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network. DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems that enables remote...
  • Download the Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    The Service Level Dashboard Management Pack 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 assists you in tracking, managing, and reporting on your line-of-business (LOB) application service levels. It displays a list of applications and their performance...
  • Important Information on SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2

    The SharePoint team has discovered a bug with Service Pack 2 (SP2) that affects all customers that have deployed it for SharePoint Server 2007. During the installation of SP2, a product expiration date is improperly activated. This means SharePoint will...