BETA EXAM 70-563 – Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Hi Friends,


.NET Framework 3.5


And one more exam of .NET Framework certification track is available for developers.


Microsoft has just announced to public the beta exam of .NET Framework 3.5 for developers: 70-563 (Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5). This exam belongs to the MCPD (Professional Developer) 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 70-563 is Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. This exam, developed for developers, tests the professional’s knowledge in planning, developing and implementing solutions using .NET Framework 3.5.


The period of this beta exam started September 11st, and will be on until October 30th.


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): DW897. 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!


You can obtain more information about the topics that are covered by this exam at the link: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-563.mspx


Hurry up and get ready for this exam! The seats are limited.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
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Windows Installer 4.5 – Available for Download

Hi Friends,


Windows Installer 4.5 is Available!


Few professionals know it, but since the beginning of June Microsoft released the version 4.5 of Windows Installer for download. For those who don’t know, the Windows Installer allows the install of software and the configuration of services in Windows systems, using the *.msi files and its derivates (For example, the *.msu files allow the installation of HotFix).


The version 4.5 of Windows Installer brings some interesting functions, like:


  • Multiple Package Transaction: Now you can create a single transaction from multiple packages. In a multiple package transaction, a chainer is used to dynamically include packages in the transaction. If any of the packages do not install as expected, you can roll back the installation.
  • Embedded UI Handler: You can embed a custom user interface (UI) handler in the Windows Installer package. This makes a custom UI easier to integrate. You can also invoke an embedded UI handler from the Add or Remove item in Control Panel.

There are other interesting things, like the Shared Component Patching Resiliency During Uninstall and the Custom Action Execution On Update Uninstall.


But, the problem is that this version of Windows Installer is not installed automatic via Windows/Microsoft Update utilities. Users must download the installer according their version and language of Windows.


That why some users are experiencing problems in installing some standalone components of SQL Server 2008. When you start the SQL Server 2008 installation, the setup program installs the .NET Framework 3.5 and the Windows Installer 4.5, so no errors will arise. But, if you download and try to install a component, such as the Books Online, an error will appear, telling that the Windows Installer version is out of date.


To download the installer of this new version of Windows Installer, go to the URL http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5a58b56f-60b6-4412-95b9-54d056d6f9f4 and download the file according to the version of your Windows system.


This version supports all editions of Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008.


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/
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Preparation Guide – TS: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring

Hi Friends,


Virtual Machine Manager 2008


Some days ago, we published here the release of the beta exam of the virtualization management solution of System Center suite: 70-403 (TS: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring). This exam belongs to the MCTS (Technology Specialist) credential, and it can be taken by professionals for free.


You can read the complete post at: http://msmvps.com/blogs/herlesonpontes/archive/2008/09/16/1647976.aspx.


Today I bring to you the link with the preparation guide and a new. Microsoft pages are passing by modifications. Besides the changes at layout and menus, the Page extensions are changing from *.mspx to *.aspx, allowing the addition of more funcionalities later.


So, the link to the preparation guide of the exam 70-403 is: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-403.aspx.


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/
Office.CE User Group Leader: http://www.officeceara.com.br/