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Microsoft Resources Too Good Not to Share

My MVP lead, Ali Brooks, sends out cool resources on a monthly basis.  Some of them are NDA and, so, aren't available to be shared with the public.  On the other hand, a a whole bunch of these resources are the kind of thing that I thought you would enjoy seeing and are open to the public.  For example, the Application Compatibility Toolkit v5.5, has just launched.  It contains tools and docs to evaluate and mitigate issues before deploying Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Update or the latest version of Internet Explorer in your IT shop.  Get it here.  Here are a bunch of other free TechNet resources that are especially useful for IT professionals, in no particular order:

How Do I Videos: These short 10- to 15-minute videos focus on specific tasks and show you how to accomplish them step-by-step using Microsoft products and technologies.

TechNet Flash newsletter: The biweekly TechNet Flash IT newsletter delivers the latest IT news, security bulletins, product updates, event announcements, and more, making it easy for you to stay in the know. Sign up now for either HTML or text format.  And if you'd rather not wait for the next newsletter, you can get all the latest via RSS in a convenient desktop widget.

TechNet Magazine: Magazine for IT Pros containing Paul Randall's excellent monthly column.  You can order the snail mail version here.  Long live paper!

Microsoft Server Quest: Semi-fun games that tests your IT skills at  The Server Quest Contest was launched a while back and all entrants are games developed entirely in Silverlight 2.  Go here to vote for your favorites by Sunday, May 24th.

Good Career and Learning Sites: Include the new Thrive website and Are You Certifiable.

TechNet: TechNet is the site of mucho bueno stuff.  Webcasts are 60-90 minute long deep dive technical presentations.  Podcasts are shorter media you can list to on your mobile device.  If you want your e-learning in even smaller and more digestible chunks, check out the eLearning Snacks.  The TechNet Virtual Labs let you evaluate and test the newest server products on-line.  The new and cool TechNet Edge gives you the inside scoop on technology happenings.

Want some training on specific topics?  Check out the new Windows 7 Learning Portal for all kinds of learning goodness.  And there's a really sweet and tasty training kit for PHP on Windows on the menu.  And, being a SQL Server nerd, I'm happy to see new downloadable developer training kit for SQL Server 2008 brought to you by the Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism team.



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 P.S. MS-Word sucks for blog posts.

Published Friday, May 22, 2009 2:33 PM by KKline
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AaronBertrand said:

Gotta love Word and its nonsense like "mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;"


May 22, 2009 4:03 PM

KKline said:


May 22, 2009 4:09 PM

Robert C. Cain said:

Have you tried the Microsoft Live Writer? Great blogging tool. Works with so many blogs.

Good post! And I agree, Ali rocks!

May 22, 2009 5:07 PM

Anne Onimos said:

@Robert: Is that the great blogging tool that makes so many MS-tech-related blogs look like mince-meat?  I don't even bother reading those anymore.  

May 28, 2009 11:07 PM

Kevin Kline said:

Before I jump onto the Goals and Themeword meme started by my buddy, Thomas LaRock ( blog | twitter ),

January 5, 2010 11:42 PM

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Kevin Kline is a well-known database industry expert, author, and speaker. Kevin is a long-time Microsoft MVP and was one of the founders of PASS,

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