This email links to some of the information available to help you understand, prepare for and leverage our Core Infrastructure technologies and Windows Server 2008 in you institution.

 

General Information:

Windows Server 2008 Technologies – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/technologies.aspx

Learn about the technologies behind Windows Server 2008, and get specifics on how each area can support your organization's needs

 

System Center Operations Manager 2007 goes CROSS Platform - http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2008/04/29/operations-manager-2007-goes-cross-platform.aspx

Here is the System Center Team’s Blog that will fill you in on all the details

 

Microsoft Identity and Access Management Home Page - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/idm/default.mspx

Microsoft's Identity and Access solutions are a set of platform technologies and products that are designed to help organizations manage user identities and associated access privileges.

 

NEW! Microsoft Education Specialist Team Unit (STU) Blog - http://blogs.technet.com/edtech/default.aspx

 

For Developers:

Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B36EE81A-AFF5-4314-95D7-DAD3ACFA8094&displaylang=en

The Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit includes a set of hands-on-labs and presentations for technologies such as Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7), Management, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows CardSpace, Windows PowerShell, Virtualization , and the Transactional File System  (TxF).

 

Top 7 Ways to Light Up Your Apps on Windows Server 2008 - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb852230.aspx

Whether you are building Web applications or writing core server-based system services, the following top 7 ways provide the basis for leveraging the new and enhanced features of Windows Server® 2008. The listed features are explored in the Windows Server 2008 Developer Story.

 

Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Technology Center - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/tfs2008/default.aspx

Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines team portal, version control, work item tracking, build management, process guidance, and business intelligence into a unified server. It allows everyone on the team to collaborate more effectively and deliver better quality software.

 

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 SDK - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms692515.aspx

The IIS 7.0 software development kit (SDK) is a resource for developers who want to customize the functionality of Internet Information Services (IIS), create applications to assist in managing IIS, or create applications that run on IIS. IIS 7.0 also enables the extensibility of configuration, scripting, event logging, and administration tools, providing software developers with a complete server platform on which to build Web server extensions.

 

 

For IT Pros:

Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Guidance for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9893F83E-C8A5-4475-B025-66C6B38B46E3&displaylang=en

Technical documentation for planning, deployment, and operations of Volume Activation 2.0 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Includes the Volume Activation 2.0 Overview Guide, Planning Guide, Deployment Guide, Operations Guide, Resources, FAQ and Technical AttributesIncluded is the Volume Activation 2.0 Changes for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1.doc

 

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=68C48DAD-BC34-40BE-8D85-6BB4F56F5110&displaylang=en

Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system. This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3.

 

Windows Server 2008 Technical Library for Hyper-V - http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/5341cb70-0508-4201-a6da-dcac1a65fd351033.mspx

Hyper-V™ provides software infrastructure and basic management tools in Windows Server® 2008 that you can use to create and manage a virtualized server computing environment.

Beta of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Is Available - http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/scvmm/downloadbeta.mspx

Microsoft has announced the formal name and beta availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008—a member of the System Center suite of server management products. The announcements came at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, which showcased the beta of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) managing both Hyper-V and VMware virtual infrastructure.

Webcasts and More:

Step into a New Windows Server 2008 Virtual Lab for Free - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/2008/bb512925.aspx

Come experience the next major release of Windows Server! In these Virtual Labs, you'll have the opportunity to test-drive new and improved features and functionality in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 release, including management, network protection and improvements to Terminal Services.

 

Windows Server 2008 Webcasts - http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts

Prepare yourself for the next release of Microsoft’s server operating system—Windows Server 2008. Tune in and learn how you can leverage the new features to improve your organization's networking infrastructure and security, server performance and reliability, remote resource access, and client deployment. Subject matter experts break down what these upgrades mean for your environment and how to take advantage of them.

 

TechNet Virtual Lab: Softgrid Application Virtualization - Sequencing (basics) - http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032366074&culture=en-us

After completing this lab, you will be better able to publish an application in the SoftGrid environment, stream and test the application, and perform an active upgrade of the application.

 

TechNet Virtual Lab: Softgrid Application Virtualization - Publishing

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032366076&culture=en-us

After completing this lab, you will be better able to publish an application in the SoftGrid environment, stream and test the application, and perform an active upgrade of the application.

 

TechNet Virtual Lab: Softgrid Application Virtualization - Advanced Sequencing

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032366075&culture=en-us

After completing this lab, you will be better able to perform a Virtual File System (VFS) installation of an application and sequence a web-based plug-in.

 

TechNet Virtual Lab: Introduction to Windows PowerShell - http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032314395&culture=en-us

In this lab you will learn to use Windows PowerShell to carry out system administration tasks as well as take advantage of the capabilities built into the Windows PowerShell console.