TechEd Brazil 2009 – The biggest Microsoft event of LATAM!

Hi Friends,


TechEd


It’s with great happiness that Microsoft Brazil announced the date of the biggest Microsoft event of LATAM: TechEd Brazil 2009! The event will take place on August 25th, 26th and 27th, at São Paulo.


We still don’t know more details about this great event, but we already know some topics that are confirmed: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization, Office and System Center.


The official site of TechEd Brazil 2009 is: http://www.teched.com.br/.


Get in touch with the latest news at this blog.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

Windows 7 Release Candidate available for download!

Hi Friends,


Windows 7


It´s with great happiness that I share with you, as break news, that Microsoft announced the release of the RC build of Windows 7 for download! This is a moment expected by many professionals and enthusiasts, who already test and use this new OS of Microsoft. The mainly change of this release is the solved of many bugs, including driver incompatibility.


So, let´s talk a little more about this new build of Windows 7, and some tips for those that already use it.


General Information and Download


From today (April 30th), Windows 7 RC is available for download in 32-bits (2.47GB Aprox.) and 64-bits (3.2GB Aprox.) versions. Professionals who has the Technet/MSDN Subscriptions or are registered as beta testers in Microsoft Connect site can already download the images and start to use it! For professionals who don´t have a subscription and aren´t registered in the beta program, Microsoft will provide the download of images in May 5th, in Microsoft Download Center site (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/).


An important note about this new build is about the Product Key: the PID used in Beta 1 of Windows 7 WON´T WORK in this new build. So, you must request new PIDs to install Windows 7.


In this build, we will still work only with the Ultimate edition. Only in July Microsoft should define the features of each edition and starts the regionalization of this version.


Windows 7


Windows 7 RC will expire in two phases. At March 1st 2010, the machine will start to reboot every two hours of use. At June 1st 2010, the system will stop completely. Since RCs always expire after the release of the final version (RTM), we can see that Microsoft maintain its schedule, which projects the release of Windows 7 to market in the ending of 2009/beginning of 2010.


OS Upgrade


Windows 7 RC allows the upgrade from Windows Vista to this new build. Users of Windows 7 Beta 1 must execute a clean installation to install the Release Candidate performing a boot from the DVD of from the OS.


ATTENTION WINDOWS XP USERS: Because many changes in the architecture made through the Beta 1 period, Windows 7 RC DON´T SUPPORT UPGRADE OF WINDOWS XP CLIENTS! Users who wish to upgrade from XP to 7 must perform a clean installation. Another way available is to upgrade Windows XP to Vista, then upgrade Vista to 7.


If you have files and setting in previous versions of Windows and want to transfer these to Windows 7, Microsoft provides a complete set of tools and guidances in Windows site (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/). Also, inside the DVD is available the Windows Easy Transfer software, tool which allow you to migrate files and settings.


Reporting Bugs


Windows 7 has improved, but there is still a long way to go. Bugs and Feedbacks should be reported to Microsoft, so they can improve this new OS. To send feedbacks, professionals must perform the Feedback Wizard by executing this command at Search box (or Run box):


Rundll32.exe FeedbackTool.dll ShowWizard


The Send Feedback links that appear in all windows of Beta 1 release (Figure below) are gone.



Since we´re now at Release Candidate phase, all features that Windows 7 will ship are defined. It means that the next step is to tune this features, removing the small bugs. Microsoft are looking for feedbacks that report:


  • Problems that blocks the install/upgrade of Windows
  • Problems that results in data loss
  • Security Issues
  • Features that works in Beta 1 and aren´t working now
  • Application and Drivers incompatibility
  • System crashes that may be reproduced

I submitted some feedbacks to Microsoft related to drivers and applications, and they returned after some days. That´s why you should continue to collaborate in the development of a better Windows for you and your daily tasks as a professional.


Conclusion (Well, ti´s only the beginning indeed…)


For more information about Windows 7, visit the site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows. For technical resources and guides, visit the Springboard site: http://www.microsoft.com/springboard/.


Well, that´s it! Now it´s time to you download the images and starts the diversion! This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Windows 7.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

MICROSOFT EVENT (Brazil) – Windows 7 Springboard Series

Hi Friends,


Windows 7


It’s with great happiness that I invite all IT Professionals from Ceará and beneath states to attend a presentation about the new Microsoft client OS: Windows 7 Springboard Series. This presentation will be in Portuguese, and will happen on May 8th, at Faculdade Evolução in Fortaleza (Ceará, Brazil).


Windows 7 proposes a new way to use the computer, and will be a mark in the OS world. In this presentation, the professionals will see many new features of Windows 7 and its impacts in usability, security and compatibility. We´ll see what changed from XP and Vista, and how this new version of Windows brings great benefits in many areas, since users to IT Pros.


This great event will happen on May 8th, at 06:00PM (GMT-3), at Faculdade Evolução (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil). This is a Live presentation, and the language is Portuguese. But don´t worry: we will be holding English events soon.


Ah, it´s good to remember that all Microsoft events hosted by us are TOTALLY FREE! And, at the end of each presentation, we´ll draw some gifts among the participants. In other words, you keep your knowledge up to date, don´t pay anything, and you can still win prizes!


So, what are you waiting for? Don’t lose time: register now and assure your seat! The registrations are made by using the following URL: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032414781&Culture=pt-BR


And don´t forget: today (Thursday) we will share great news! You wanna know what is it? Visit my blog later and see by yourself!


I wait you there! It will be a fantastic event!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

Webcasts Technet – Migration to SQL Server 2008: 10 reasons to do it!

Hi Friends,


Webcast


It´s with great happiness that I invite you to attend the Microsoft Technet Webcast that I will be presenting this Thursday: Migration to SQL Server 2008: 10 reasons to do it! This webcast will be present in Portuguese, and will start at noon (Brasília – GMT-3).


For those who don´t know, webcasts are online events promoted by Microsoft itself, where IT professionals have the opportunity to learn more about actual and new technologies. In these events, solutions such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, SQL Server 2008, Exchange Server, and others are covered.


Webcasts have many advantages:


  • Comfort, peaceful and commodity, since they have the same format of a live presentation, but let you watch it at work or at home
  • The presenters are professionals recognized in all country, including MVPs and Microsoft Team
  • The presentations are grouped in series, providing a better learning
  • Download of the material related to the presentation
  • Drawing of many prizes
  • And these presentations are COMPLETELY FREE!

At April 30th, I´ll present the webcast Migrating to SQL Server 2008: 10 reasons to do it. Developed to Brazilian professionals, we will show in this session ten reasons that you should consider now to upgrade your data platform to SQL Server 2008, including demonstrations and practical examples.


Indeed, I will be presenting, with Maycon Alves, MORE THAN 10 REASONS for you to migrate to SQL Server 2008. There are so many new features and functionalities that this presentation deserves more demonstrations than proposed!


These demonstrations are ready, and we will have many surprises throughout the presentation! YOU CAN´T MISS!


You can register for this webcast at the URL (Portuguese): https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032409717&EventCategory=4&culture=pt-BR&CountryCode=BR


I wish to dedicate this victory to my wife Priscila, who is always at my side, supporting and taking care of me. Thank you my love: you´re everything to me. I LOVE YOU!


I´m counting with your attendance in this webcast!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

Windows 7 – News about the Beta Exam!

Hi Friends,


Windows 7


Let´s talk about some news related to the topic of the moment: Windows 7. I wish to share with you some news about the beta exam 70-680, available since April 27th.


The first news is that this exam is the MOST CONCURRED OF HISTORY. When the registrations were open, ALL the seats were filled in ONLY TWO HOURS! Since this fact affected negatively Brazil, US and Europe professionals, Microsoft opened more seats at the same day.


One of our readers (Alex) commented that the Promocode doesn´t work anymore. This means that all seats are filled, again. In this case, unfortunately, Microsoft won´t open registration for this exam. For those how lost this registration, the only thing that they can do now is wait for the final release of this exam, which must happen in June.


However, there is a hope for IT Professionals who are already certified in Windows Vista. For professionals who have the Enterprise Support Technician credentials, Microsoft should release in May or June an upgrade exam. In this case, probably, there will be a beta phase.


If you still aren´t certified in Windows Vista, you´d better run! For those who holds the MCDST credentials in Windows XP can upgrade their credentials to Vista with only one exam.


The second news is about a problem that I crossed when I schedule my exam, and another reader of this blog commented: the Retake Policy Notification message that appears every time you choose a test center at Prometric´s site. Since this message comes without any text describing the details, many professionals don´t understand what the real problem is.


The explanation is quite simple: The Windows 7 beta exam will be realized between days 05 and 18 of May. However, this is a bed time for test centers, because this is the last month of Second Shot promotion. Many professionals scheduled their exam to May months ago, filling up all seats available in the test centers. So, when you select a test center and Prometric´s site returns this message, without any additional text, it means that the test center´s schedule is FULL.


For those who scheduled the exam successfully, great news: Microsoft provides the topics that will be covered by the exam. Two of these topics called my attention: Image Management (WIN Files, ImageX, etc.) and VHD Support. These topics were covered only in Windows Vista 70-622 exam. So, beware: this won´t be an easy exam!


The URL with the details about this exam and its topics is: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-680.aspx.


For those who live in Fortaleza (Ceará, Brazil), we will held a Microsoft Event focused on Windows 7 at May 8th. The presentation starts at 06:00PM, at Faculdade Evolução. You can already register and learn a little more about the features of this new OS. More details in the next post.


To finish, today (Thursday) we will share great news! You wanna know what is it? Visit my blog later and see by yourself!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

MS Press Book: Forefront Threat Management Gateway Administrator’s Companion – by Yuri Diógenes

Hi Friends,


Microsoft TMG Administrator's Companion


It’s with great happiness that I share with you a victory of a great friend of our state Ceará: Yuri Diógenes, cearense who works nowadays at Microsoft Corporation in US, will release its first book about firewall by MS Press: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway Administrator’s Companion. This book should be at the shelves of American’s bookstores and sites  on the second semester of 2009.


For those who aren’t familiar with, Forefront TMG is the newest network security solution of Microsoft, acting as the firewall of your network. He’s the successor of ISA Server. In the book, Yuri describes how install, set up and manage firewall servers, and also show many tips and best practices about networks and edge servers. Yuri’s expertise in the topic is far assured: he works as Security Support Engineer in the Forefront team at Microsoft.


You can have a measure of this victory by knowing that he wrote this book with Jim Harrison, one of the most world important authorities in ISA Server and Forefront. This shows how your state and your country is well represented by professionals like Yuri.


If you wanna a little demonstration of what’s coming in this book, access the URL: http://www.mstmgbook.org/. There you will learn more about the book and its authors, besides visit many links to sites and blogs about Forefront. It’s awesome!


And remember: second semester of 2009! Write down now in your agenda, so you won’t lose this important release!


To finish this post, I want to congratulate our friend Yuri, for this great victory. It’s not only his victory, but a victory of all IT community from Brazil. CONGRATULATIONS, YURI!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

BETA EXAM 70-680 – TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Hi Friends,


Windows 7


Finally, the first beta exams of 2009 will be available soon!


Microsoft has just announced to public the first beta exam of Windows 7 for IT Professionals: 70-680 (TS: Windows 7, Configuring). This exam belongs to the MCTS (Technology Specialist) credential, and it can be taken by professionals for free.


The coolest thing about beta exams is, if you approved in a beta, you win the credential when the final version of this exam becomes available. The only problem is that the result of beta exams, differently of final exams, is sent to you three or four months later.


The exam 70-680 is Windows 7, Configuring. This exam, developed for IT Professionals and Support Technicians, tests the professional’s knowledge in installing, configuring and managing computers and networks with Windows 7 computer.


The period of this beta exam will start on April 27th, and will be on until May 18th.


If you want to take this exam, access Prometric website (www.2test.com) and schedule the desired exam. The code of these beta is in the format 71-XXX. On the last step (Payment), inform the promotional code (Promocode): WIN7J. After you inform the code, the system will discount the whole value of the exam. Then, you confirm the appointment and get ready for the exam!


Since the exam still aren´t available, there is no information about the topics that are covered. So, the best you can do is to install Windows 7 and start to study its new features and components.


So, schedule in you agenda and get ready for this exam! The seats are limited.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

Webcasts Microsoft Technet – Brazil and United States!

Hi Friends,


Microsoft Webcast


It´s with great happiness that I invite you to attend the two webcasts which I´ll be presenting in this month: Migrating Databases from Oracle to SQL Server 2008 and Migrating to SQL Server 2008: 10 reasons to do it. In special, the first one is a great victory that I wanna share with you all.


For those who aren´t familiar with, webcasts are online events hosted by Microsoft, where IT professionals have the opportunity to develop their knowledge about Microsoft solutions. In these events, solutions such as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, Exchange, and other technologies are presented. Also, these presentations are completely FREE!


At April 30th, I´ll present the webcast Migrating to SQL Server 2008: 10 reasons to do it. Developed to Brazilian professionals, we will show in this session ten reasons that you should consider now to upgrade your data platform to SQL Server 2008, including demonstrations and practical examples.


However, tomorrow (04/14) is the big day! Starting at 01:00 PM (Pacific Time), one of my dreams will come true: I will be presenting my first official Microsoft webcast for Microsoft US! The webcast is called Migrating Databases from Oracle to SQL Server 2008, and it´s a part of webcasts that will be played at TechEd USA on May! During Microsoft´s biggest event of the world, my presentation will be available for professionals, and after will be available for download!


This webcast will be in English, and we will demonstrate SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Migration Assistant and Hyper-V!


The URL to register for these webcasts are below:



I wish to dedicate this victory to my wife Priscila, Who is always supporting me and give me strength to continue. Thank you my love, you´re my bless. I LOVE YOU!


I´m counting with your presence!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/

I´m back, and with many news!

Hi Friends,


First of all, I want to apologize about my missing in these last days. The classes of the Master degree course are really time-consuming, besides some Microsoft related activities.


Now, let´s go to the main point of this post: News!


Presentation Files: The PPTX files of my last events (Except Windows 7 presentation, which is still under construction) are available for download at the Portuguese version of this blog. All my presentations so far are in Portuguese. However, I´ll start to develop English presentations too, so keep your eyes open for news. The files added were:


  • Installing and Configuring a SQL Server 2008 Instance in a Windows Server 2008 Domain
  • Introducing Windows Server 2008 (Microsoft Partner Program – São Luis)
  • Introducing Windows EBS 2008 and Windows SBS 2008 (Microsoft Partner Program – São Luis)

Feel free to download these and other presentations available.


TECH Station – São Luis (Microsoft Partner Program): At the last Thursday (04/09), we were at the state of Maranhão presenting two Microsoft events at São Luis city. These events were hosted by Microsoft Partner Program, and more than 30 professionals attended. In the first presentation, we presented some new features of Windows Server 2008, such as AD, TS, IIS, etc. After this, participants learned about Windows EBS 2008 and Windows SBS 2008, with a great demo which took the participants´ breath away.


The greatest result of this event is the fact that, at the day of the presentation, it was at the beginning of Easter holiday and it was raining a lot. But none of these challenges were enough for São Luis professionals, who attended the presentations. I wish to congratulate São Luis community and thank the great reception. Thank you!


Webcasts Technet (Brazil and US): In this month of April, we won´t present live events, but we´ll be at Microsoft Technet webcasts! More details in the next post.


100th Microsoft Event: It´s with great happiness that I share with you that, at May 15th, we will be presenting my Microsoft event number 100 with the community! It has been more than three years sharing knowledge and interacting with IT professionals throughout my country. It will be a special presentation, where we will talk about Dynamic IT and its components. We´ll have many surprises and a special moment at the end. More details SOON!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
SQLBrasil Group Leader: http://www.sqlbrasil.com/