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May 12, 2009
 
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IN THIS ISSUE
– TechEd 2009: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and More
– Booting Up With BCEDIT
– Tool Time: Encrypt Files with AxCrypt
– Find the Right Search Solution for Your Business
– Get Ready for Windows 7 (Or Don’t)
– SharePoint from Chaos to Success: June 17, 2009
– Get the Most Out of Your Unified Communications
 
 
 
 
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Get Ready for Windows 7 (Or Don’t)
 
Join veteran Windows watcher and Windows IT Pro magazine columnist Mark Minasi on May 28, 2009 for a clear, comprehensive, independent and often entertaining look at what Windows 7 can (and can’t) do for you. In 3 info-packed lessons, Mark explains what’s new in Windows 7 from soup to nuts to save you time and help you make an informed “upgrade or not?” decision.
 
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TechEd 2009: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and More by Paul Thurrott
 
 
by Paul Thurrott
I didn’t attend this week’s TechEd 2009 shindig in Los Angeles because of a looming book deadline, but it looks like I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t make it this year: Only 7,000 attendees showed up for what has historically been one of Microsoft’s biggest annual conferences. But don’t let the lackluster turnout or the global economic crisis that’s behind it get in the way of the news. Because there’s a lot to tell.
 
Windows 7
I previously noted that Microsoft had told me in recent briefings that it intended to ship Windows 7 before the end of 2009, but this week, company representatives were even more definitive: While Microsoft still won’t provide an exact launch date for Windows 7, they have confirmed publicly this week that Windows 7 will be made available in time for the holiday 2009 selling season. This suggests an October release, but Microsoft said it had no comment on specifics when pressed.
 
Windows Server 2008 R2
Last week, I published an overview of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) on the SuperSite for Windows (www.winsupersite.com/server/ws2008_r2_rc.asp). This week, Microsoft is revealing more changes that are coming in this release, and these changes are big news.
 
First, Microsoft is introducing a major new R2 feature called File Classification Infrastructure (FCI). FCI provides an infrastructure by which admins and IT pros can classify data using file labels and properties, then apply policy based on that classification. FCI is managed via the File System Resource Manager (FSRM) and is compatible with Microsoft Office SharePoint.
 
Second, Microsoft is revealing that it will now support Hyper-V live migration between servers that are in the same processor family (Intel or AMD). Previously, both servers had to be running the same processor family and version.
 
So you’ll be able to do things such as migrate from an Intel Pentium 4-based server to an Intel Core 2 Duo-based server. What’s still not possible is cross-migration between AMD- and Intel-based servers. The issue is technical, not political, according to Microsoft. And the company is working to make cross-family migrations possible in the future.
 
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From Windows IT Pro
 
 
 
 
 
Booting Up With BCEDIT
 
In “Bcdedit Basics” (InstantDoc ID 101168), I introduced you to Bcdedit, a tool in Windows Vista and later that lets you modify the way your system boots. (The tool’s name refers to Microsoft’s replacement of the boot.ini text file with a binary data file called BCD.) In that article, you learned how to store information in the BCD about how to boot more than one OS, but even if you have only one OS on a computer, you’ll still find Bcdedit useful: It also lets you modify what Microsoft calls OS entry options (or what I refer to as boot options).
 
Boot.ini used to let you boot pre-Vista systems under some non-standard set of parameters. For example, Windows NT has always offered the /vga boot option, which—if placed in a system’s boot.ini file—instructs the OS to boot using not a hardware-specific display driver but rather the generic SVGA driver. (The ability to choose an OS entry is useful if you realize too late that you’ve installed a defective or mismatched video driver.)
 
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From the Community
 
 
 
 
 
Tool Time: Encrypt Files with AxCrypt
 
There are many free tools to encrypt sensitive data. Most of them let you encrypt an entire drive (e.g., Windows Vista’s built-in feature) or create and encrypt a virtual drive (e.g., TrueCrypt). However, when you copy a file to removable media, the file isn’t encrypted anymore. To avoid this situation, I use Axantum Software’s AxCrypt. You can use this free utility to encrypt a single file or a group of files. It remembers the file extension, so you can open the file later with a double-click.
 
AxCrypt integrates with Windows Explorer, so the easiest way to encrypt a file is to right-click it and select Encrypt from the AxCrypt context menu.
 
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Events and Resources
 
 
 
 
 
Find the Right Search Solution for Your Business
 
Stop looking for needed information stored in applications with Enterprise Search. In this podcast, you’ll learn about Microsoft’s unified search strategy and its three products capable of meeting various search needs.
Find out which product meets your organization’s needs—listen to this podcast today!
 
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Get Ready for Windows 7 (Or Don’t)
 
Join veteran Windows watcher and Windows IT Pro magazine columnist Mark Minasi on May 28, 2009 for a clear, comprehensive, independent and often entertaining look at what Windows 7 can (and can’t) do for you. In 3 info-packed lessons, Mark explains what’s new in Windows 7 from soup to nuts to save you time and help you make an informed “upgrade or not?” decision.
Find out if Windows 7 is right for you. Register for this online series today!
 
To view the rest of this article, click here
 
 
 
 
 
SharePoint from Chaos to Success: June 17, 2009
 
Make sure that your SharePoint environment is secure and manageable. This FREE online event led by SharePoint MVP Dan Holme will set you up for success with clear, practical guidance for best practice implementation of governance, security, and search. Learn how to:
* Align SharePoint farms, apps, and site collections with your information architecture
* Implement SharePoint governance from a technical perspective
* Customize search pages and web parts
* Leverage Search reporting
* And more!
Find new ways to deliver value with SharePoint! Register for this online event today!
 
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