[Misc] Free TechNet Resources

Microsoft is making substantial efforts to provide customers with tools and services aimed at increasing the successful deployment and healthy operation of Microsoft products within customer environments. To that end, here is a list of free resources from Microsoft TechNet designed with IT Professionals in mind.

· Best bets

· Career and Learning

· Additional IT Pro specific resources

Best Bits
1. 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.

 

2. 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.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/cc138021.aspx

 

3. TechNet Magazine

Magazine for IT Pros

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default.aspx

 

4. Microsoft Server Quest

Fun game that tests your IT skills

www.microsoft.com/click/serverquest

 

Career and Learning
1. Microsoft Thrive

Resources for managing your IT Career

www.microsoft.com/click/thrive

 

2. Are you Certifiable

Fun game that tests your IT Knowledge

www.microsoft.com/click/areyoucertifiable

 

3. Webcasts

TechNet Webcasts are 60-to-90–minute live broadcasts featuring interactive technical presentations, product demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions presented by an expert on Microsoft technology, the industry, or both

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/events/default.aspx#current

 

4. TechNet Podcasts

Listen to Microsoft webcast and media content whenever and wherever you want. You can stream or download these audio podcasts on your favorite podcast software or mobile device

http://www.microsoft.com/events/podcasts/default.aspx

 

Additional IT Pro Specific Resources

5. Virtual Labs

Quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest server products through a series of guided, hands-on labs you can complete in 90 minutes or less

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/default.aspx

 

6. eLearning Snacks

Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts.

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/snacks/default.mspx

 

7. TechNet Forums

Answers from the community on a variety of topics

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories

 

8. TechNet Radio

TechNet Radio is an Internet radio show with content for IT professionals. It features the latest information from Microsoft insiders and industry luminaries, as well as profiles of leading companies

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb510143.aspx

 

9. Security Intelligence Report

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/sir.aspx

 

10. TechNet Product Downloads

TechNet offers you a robust evaluation experience through downloadable beta and trial software.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/default.aspx

 

11. TechNet Edge

TechNet Edge is a place where IT professionals go to get the inside scoop on the latest and greatest technologies

http://edge.technet.com

Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2009/04/09/misc-free-technet-resources.aspx

Published Thursday, April 09, 2009 8:31 AM by Cliff Hobbs - FAQShop.com and Microsoft MVP ConfigMgr/ SMS