Monthly Archives: August 2010

Get a Free Windows Azure One Month Pass

Microsoft is offering a free one month trial of their Windows Azure platform for you to use with no credit card required.  This is a great way to experience Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) to see what it is and what it can potentially do for you.

PaaS delivers a computing platform (Windows) and a solution stack (your application) from the cloud for your business and/or customers.  Microsoft Azure offers both Windows and SQL as PaaS offerings.

The free offer website also has links to videos about the Azure cloud computing platforms, virtual labs, demos and more.

Ask The Experts – System Center

Assim como nas edições anteriores, este ano teremos no Tech-Ed Brasil o Ask The Experts, terça-feira dia 14 de Setembro, das 19:00 até as 21:00 horas. O Ask The Experts é uma sessão de mesas redondas, onde o público poderá interagir diretamente com os palestrantes, neste local os participantes poderão sentar e discutir cenários e tecnologias com os especialistas (palestrantes, funcionários Microsoft, MVPs, MCTs e demais especialistas da comunidade).

 

Diferente do ano passado, agora em 2010 nós teremos apenas uma mesa de System Center, e nenhuma para MOF/ITIL, porém nem por isso deixaremos de discutir estes assuntos. Estarei muito bem acompanhado por Helio Panissa (MCP Brasil), Adriano Siqueira (Microsoft Brasil) e Horst Hunger (TechResult IT Solutions). Não deixem de comparecer, pois esta será uma ótima oportunidade para tirar dúvidas sobre produtos de gerenciamento da Microsoft. O que podemos discutir por lá?

 

·         Tirar dúvidas e discutir soluções para os produtos atuais da família System Center (SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM, SCDPM, SCE, SCSM).

 

·         Discutir sobre implementações e utilização de novos produtos como o System Center Service Manager e o Opalis.

 

·         Entender como colocar em prática as sugestões do MOF/ITIL utilizando tecnologia Microsoft.

 

·         Comentar as novidades dos futuros produtos da família System Center (SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM).

 

E muito mais, assim como, nos conhecer pessoalmente e trocarmos cartões de visita. Não deixem de aparecer, levem seus clientes e parceiros, a hora de tirar todas as dúvidas será dia 14 de setembro.

 

Obrigado pela leitura e até a próxima publicação,

Abraços.

 

Cleber Marques

Microsoft MVP & MCT | Charter Member: SCVMM & MDOP
Projeto MOF Brasil: Simplificando o Gerenciamento de Serviços de TI
Meu Blog | MOF.com.br | CleberMarques.com | CanalSystemCenter.com.br

Cyberlink Reviews

Power2Go 7

This is one of the sections, but they all have a similar appearance – note the facility to rip and convert audio files, and also to launch LabelPrint, a companion utility. Power2Go 7 is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and most importantly Windows 7.

While working with this program, it is no differePower2go 7nt in the way it works from Nero or most of the free offerings. The main difference for me is that it is more reliable than other utilities of this genre.

As you would expect, it can handle CD/DVD’s and Blu-Ray disks.

Burning times:

For an ISO of Windows 7 64-bit, 3075 Mb, at 2x speed for accuracy of file transfer takes approximately 25 minutes including verification.

For music files, 4.3Gb of them, 11.5 minutes at 16x speed including verification.

I am not really sure how this compares with other optical media burning suites because I don’t use any others.

In the snapshot, you can see a function called ‘Audio Converter’. This is a useful feature as it will do much as it says. It will also extract audio from most video file formats. The one that it will not handle is FLV, a format used by some of the free programs to pull video files from YouTube. This is the format for most of my videos, which is a little disappointing.

Other than that, there is nothing that Power2Go 7 can’t do re production of optical media.☺

Rating: ☺☺☺☺☺

LabelPrint 2

While Power2Go 7 is a newly released version that is compatible with Windows 7, LabelPrint 2 has been around since the days of Power2Go 6. The only change that I can see is the addition of one or two more backgrounds.

There is still only provision to make one label at a time, and there is no facility to add text to case end labels which may also be on the label sheet. Also, when importing your own backgrounds photos, there is no provision to move the photo to get the best bit to show. The photo auto centres which means doing a little manual cropping of the original to get the best features of the photo in the printable area.

The one big advantage is that, having burned a CD/DVD, you get the option to print a label containing all of the file names that have been burned, and there are a variety of templates which allow for placement of information in different areas of the label. 

Rating: ☺☺☺

YouCam

If you have a reasonably high end webcam, it may have been supplied with software which allows stuff to be added to what is viewed. The Microsoft VX 6000 allows the viewed image to be manipulated in much the same way as the cheaper photo editing applications, pinching, stretching, solarising etc. You can also add hats and silly effects when it is used in ‘face detection’ mode.

Well, YouCam takes this idea and adds a lot more features. Take a look..

youcam review snapshot

Here is the Poodle. When you move your head, the dog’s head moves. When you speak, the dog’s mouth moves. This is cute stuff and totally silly but I have a feeling that it could well appeal to all ages. The windows above adds visual effects around the ‘face’ and you can even write your own messages onto the image.

As with all webcam software, you can produce snapshots, videos, surveillance, PLUS upload to YouTube, Facebook and email. This is one fun program for all of the family.

Rating: ☺☺☺☺☺

Customize the Appearance of the Command Prompt in Windows [How To]

Earlier today, we looked at how to launch the command prompt in Windows and how to run it with elevated permissions as an administrator. Now, we’ll learn how to customize the user interface of the command prompt. Specifically, we’ll learn the following: How to Customize the Command Prompt. How to run a Transparent Command Prompt. […]

Customize the Appearance of the Command Prompt in Windows [How To]

Earlier today, we looked at how to launch the command prompt in Windows and how to run it with elevated permissions as an administrator. Now, we’ll learn how to customize the user interface of the command prompt. Specifically, we’ll learn the following: How to Customize the Command Prompt. How to run a Transparent Command Prompt. […]

Installation von Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1

Bei der Installation von Service Pack 1 habe ich einige Fragende Gesichter bei meinen Mitadmins gesehen. Deswegen hier ein paar Besonderheiten der Service Pack 1 Installation.

  1. Das Service Pack 1 für Exchange 2010 bringt eine Schemaerweiterung mit. Die Schemaerweiterung sollte auf dem Domain Controller mit der FSMO-Rolle “Schemamaster” ausgeführt werden. Der einfachste Weg ist dabei in einer CMD, die als Administrator ausgeführt wird (zu den benötigten Rechten gleich noch mehr) die setup.com mit dem Schalter /prepareAD und danach mit /preparealldomains oder einfacher /pad aufzurufen. Für das eigentliche Schemaupdate werden folgende Rechte benötigt: Schema und Enterpriseadministrator. Die eigentliche Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 Installation kann starten sobald das Schemaupdate in der Domäne in welcher sich auch Exchange befindet angekommen ist (nur zu beachten bei Multi – Domänen – Forests).
  2. Installation der Voraussetzungen für Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1

DDD Dublin call for speakers is open

There is a call for speaker for DDD in Dublin on the 9th of October, that is not that far away is it!

Speeding up my CD/DVD-ROM: What Are PIO and DMA, and How Do I Change Them?

On a brand new system (freshly installed) Burning CD’s and DVD’s in Windows 7 is a very fast and enjoyable experience. Then something happens, you suddenly experience that Windows 7 takes for ever to complete a burn session. Some have experienced it taking up to 2,5 hours to complete a DVD. Which would mean a […]

Speeding up my CD/DVD-ROM: What Are PIO and DMA, and How Do I Change Them?

On a brand new system (freshly installed) Burning CD’s and DVD’s in Windows 7 is a very fast and enjoyable experience. Then something happens, you suddenly experience that Windows 7 takes for ever to complete a burn session. Some have experienced it taking up to 2,5 hours to complete a DVD. Which would mean a […]

How to Open the Command Prompt in Windows [Quick Tip]

Many guides on this site require you to run commands on the command prompt. This guide is written to show you how to open the command prompt. Specifically, in this guide, you’ll learn: How to open a command prompt in Windows. How to run the command prompt as an Administrator. How to Open a Command […]

How to Open the Command Prompt in Windows [Quick Tip]

Many guides on this site require you to run commands on the command prompt. This guide is written to show you how to open the command prompt. Specifically, in this guide, you’ll learn: How to open a command prompt in Windows. How to run the command prompt as an Administrator. How to Open a Command […]

SCOM: Operator Basics SuperFlow

Não é só o SCCM que tem os famosos SuperFlow, desta vez estou falando do SCOM, o Operator Basics SuperFlow oferece informações que ajudam na utilização do SCOM 2007 R2. Veja mais detalhes:

 

 

The Operator Basics SuperFlow contains the essential information for a new operator using Operations Manager 2007. The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. Depending on the focus of the SuperFlow, you will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, real-world scenarios, troubleshooting information, security information, animations, or other information. Each SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

 

 

Download SCOM 2007 R2 Operator Basics SuperFlow (16 MB)

 

Obrigado pela leitura e até a próxima publicação,

Abraços.

 

Cleber Marques

Microsoft MVP & MCT | Charter Member: SCVMM & MDOP
Projeto MOF Brasil: Simplificando o Gerenciamento de Serviços de TI
Meu Blog | MOF.com.br | CleberMarques.com | CanalSystemCenter.com.br

Até 30% de desconto em exames Microsoft para Parceiros

Com a recente mudança no modelo de parceria com a Microsoft é provável que muitos profissionais tenham que realizar mais exames de certificação, com base nisso agora os parceiros Microsoft podem conseguir até 30% de desconto nos valores dos exames. Se você atua em algum parceiro Microsoft não perca esta oportunidade.

 

http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/partners

 

Obrigado pela leitura e até a próxima publicação,

Abraços.

 

Cleber Marques

Microsoft MVP & MCT | Charter Member: SCVMM & MDOP
Projeto MOF Brasil: Simplificando o Gerenciamento de Serviços de TI
Meu Blog | MOF.com.br | CleberMarques.com | CanalSystemCenter.com.br

Microsoft DreamSpark

Mais um programa Microsoft que ajuda estudantes na busca de aperfeiçoamento profissional. Como o próprio site diz, o Microsoft DreamSpark é simples: Trata-se de oferecer para estudantes algumas ferramentas Microsoft sem cobrar. Legal não é mesmo? Acesse DreamSpark.com.

 

Obrigado pela leitura e até a próxima publicação,

Abraços.

 

Cleber Marques

Microsoft MVP & MCT | Charter Member: SCVMM & MDOP
Projeto MOF Brasil: Simplificando o Gerenciamento de Serviços de TI
Meu Blog | MOF.com.br | CleberMarques.com | CanalSystemCenter.com.br

I’m currently reading… / Actualmente estoy leyendo…

Hi Community,

I’m still in chilly Melbourne for work commitments, as a matter of fact, I’ve been considering the idea about applying for the “Victorian Citizenship”  (just joking!!!). Even when I’ve been flat out lately, I’ve been spending some time reading every night when I’m back to the hotel, so this post is about some of the books that I’m currently reading and that I would highly recommend you to have on your bookshelves.

Regards,

Angel


Hola Comunidad,

Aún me encuentro en la fría ciudad de Melbourne por compromisos laborales, de hecho, he estado considerando la idea de aplicar por la “Ciudadanía de Victoria”  (Solo estoy bromeando!!!). Sin embargo, a pesar de estar cargado de trabajo y cosas por hacer, he estado leyendo bastante todas las noches cuando regreso al hotel, así que este post es acerca de los libros que leo actualmente y que me gustaría recomendar para sus bibliotecas.

Saludos,

Angel

Windows 95 : 15 ans déjà !

Salut tout le monde,

Il y a 15 ans, à quelques jours près, le 24 août 1995, Microsoft lançait Windows 95. Ce fut le succès commercial de Windows version personnelle car Windows NT, pour les entreprises, était déjà bien là.

Avec lui, c’était l’avènement du PnP, l’arrivée d’une véritable interface utilisateur (reprise dans la foulée par Windows NT 4.0); la révolution de l’époque. A l’échelle informatique, il y a une éternité mais les pour plus jeunes, Windows 95 semble réellement d’un autre âge :

  • Processeur 386DX (486 étant recommandé),
  • 4 Mo de mémoire
  • 40 Mo d’espace disque
  • et aussi… un CD ou 24 disquettes 3"1/2 !

300x250_JARAD_2010_LeJeu C’est au son de “Start me up” des Rolling Stones que Windows 95 est lancé dans une une campagne publicitaire démoniaque. Le monde entier ne parle que de lui. Ce qui se dit moins : à cette époque, je me connecte à l’internet à une vitesse de 2 kbits/s. MSN France est opérateur internet; on accède à ses services au travers d’une interface écrite en VB. Les prix des communications téléphoniques sont honteusement hors de prix pour ceux qui se connecte quelques heures à peine…

A y regarder de plus près, ce n’est pas vraiment en surface que Windows a le plus évolué. La sécurité, la convivialité puis l’efficacité, l’amélioration de la productivité grâce à une interface sans cesse en évolution, la vitesse d’exécution ont révolutionné le système. Windows devient vite sûr, fiable et performant.

Si cela était possible (évidemment) faire tourner Windows 7 sur un processeur intel 386 demanderait une année de démarrage 😉

Alors que demander maintenant à Microsoft qui s’est énormément investi pendant toutes ces années ?
– Autant de sécurité (merci spécialement aux développeurs du Contrôle de comptes utilisateur),
– Coller encore plus aux motivations et autres idées innovantes des pirates informatiques pour protéger le système,
– Peut-être, être un peu moins mesquin avec les options (entre versions) : par exemple, avec la sauvegarde des données, une version Premium n’a pas les mêmes spécificités qu’une version pro ou entreprise,
– Pourquoi pas une interface en rupture avec les systèmes actuels,
– Et puis un IE 9 qui je l’espère va relancer l’engouement à utiliser ce navigateur; mais la concurrence est féroce sur ce terrain…

Un vaste chantier les attend : Bonne chance les gars 😉

Bonne soirée.
Patrice.

Port Douglas

Recently I holidayed for ten days at Port Douglas:

 

 

Port Douglas is about 70 km North of Cairns, nearby the Daintree Rainforest and with the Great Barrier Reef reasonably close off shore. The town is basically a tourist town with a good range of shops and restaurants (my favourite being the surf lifesavers club that abuts the beach), a marina for the many tour boats, and a beautiful beach:

 

The beach is named “4 mile beach”, and the name is apt. The township is at the Northern end, with hotel resorts nestled behind the palm trees.  There’s no tacky high rise sky scrapers, rather the beach is cusped by palm trees with many coconut trees. The beach faces East; in the afternoon the palm trees provide some shade up above the high water mark. It’s also a very flat beach, so the area between high and low tide area is quite vast and firm; so firm that people hire mountain bikes to ride along the beach.

 

 

This time of year the water temperature is warm ! (above 20 C). The beach is pretty safe to swim in, and has a flagged area that is patrolled by surf lifesavers.  As you enter the beach from some of the access tracks you will find bottles of vinegar on a post next to the track: this is for use to relieve the pain from stinger bites. Luckily stingers (jellyfish etc) aren’t that common in August; they are more prevalent in the summer wet season. Apparently the surf life saving club also has a stinger enclosure, making it safer to swim during stinger season.

 

Apart from lazing on the beach and swimming in the lovely warm waters, there’s plenty more to do.  There’s kite surfing and catamarans for hire ( i didn’t find any sailboards even though it is well suited ). And of course there’s all the tour boats that take you snorkelling or diving around the Great Barrier Reef. The first of which we embarked on was the Wavedancer :

 

The Wavedancer is a large catamaran sail boat, that sets sail to Low Isle. (approx 15 Km NE of Port Douglas). Low Isle is a tiny island with a light house on it:

 

The tour ferries you to the island which is the base camp for the snorkelling. Low Isle is in the inner reef, and has a larger percentage of soft corals than the outer reef. Soft corals thrive where nutrient levels are higher (be it natural or human induced such as run off from land/agriculture); they are called “soft corals” because they don’t form the hard calcium deposits that the Hermatypic corals do. They are still spectacular, and the home for many fishes and other organisms. From above the water they look pretty plain looking especially at low tide:

 

But once you dive in and start swimming around the reef you get to see it is very vibrant.

 

There’s a mix of soft and hard corals:

 

And it’s much more colourful under the water than from above. Apparently even more colourful at night, but sadly I didn’t get around to doing one of the night tours.

 

One of the big attractions of Low Isle is the giant sea turtles.

 

Back on the island I spotted a sea eagle and its nest:

 

A couple of days after snorkelling at Low Isle, we boarded another Quicksilver tour boat, but this time to the outer reef aboard the Silversonic.  The outer reef, Agincourt Reef is about 70 km NE of Port Douglas, so a fast boat is an advantage in getting there. The outer reef has amazing visibility with most places averaging visibility of 20 metres or more.

 

 

I decided to scuba dive for the first time in my life. They walk you through the basics, suit you up and then make sure you can do a couple of simple things such as inflate your buoyancy vest, clear your mask and swap mouth pieces in the water. When I first got in the water I was holding onto a rope just a few feet from the surface, waiting to go through the preliminaries. This was the toughest time for me, as something kept telling me I was going to get a lung full of water and that I should swim to the surface immediately. I didn’t, I stayed, and that instinctive fear soon subsided. Within minutes I did the emergency mouthpiece exchange drill, and from then on I had confidence I wasn’t going to breathe in water and the rest was sheer fun.

 

Although scuba diving the reef though is a lot of fun, there’s also lots to see snorkelling. The outer reef is teaming with fish:

 

These guys were everywhere:

 

 

 

Surgeon fish (Acanthurus lineatus ?) :

 

Giant clam. Amazing blue and aqua colours inside.

 

Blue-banded Angelfish:

 

Moorish Idol:

 

Parrot fish and foxface rabbitfish (?)

 

Brain coral 😉

 

Sea cucumber

 

Above the shallow reefs there were fishes getting swept back and forth with the current and wave action:

 

But even more were ducking in and out of the reef:

 

The “rock star” of the reef tours was “Nemo”, as in “Finding Nemo”, the clown fish (or anemonefish) that live in sea anemones. The fish are protandrous hermaphrodites that can exhibit sequential hermaphroditism: that is they are born male, but can turn female in the absence of any female. There’s usually one female per anemone, but many males. When the female dies, the dominant male takes her place:

 

Apart form the ocean, there’s other things to see around Port Douglas such as National parks like the Daintree.  South of Port Douglas is the Barron River and Barron Gorge National Park.  Any easy way to see the rainforest is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:

 

The skyrail overlooks the Barron River:

 

and the Barron Gorge:

 

You can also catch a scenic railway train. Both the train and skyrail go to Kuranda.  We caught the train down, but we could smell brakes or something most of the way. Might have been nicer to catch the train up the gorge and skyrail down.

 

 

North of Port Douglas, is Mossman Gorge:

 

A bit further north is the Daintree River. This is overlooking the Daintree River as it meets the sea:

 

It’s a lovely river that has large floods regularly. Surrounded by mangroves nearer the sea, and mostly privately owned rainforest inland :

 

you can tour the Daintree river by boat for an hour or so, and play spot the salt water crocodile in its natural environment (just say no to crocodile farms <g>) .

Can you spot the croc in this photo ?

Another croc:

And another :

 

You also have to look up as there’s tree snakes amongst other things :

 

Take the car ferry across the Daintree River and you can then drive sealed road as far as Cape Tribulation.

 

There’s plenty of boardwalks into the rainforest.
Vegetation in the rainforest includes lots of creepers and vines:

And some trees have huge buttresses (they’re shallow rooted):

And there’s lots of  epiphytes especially epiphytic ferns:

 

Cape Tribulation is a lovely little cove:

 

At the entrance to the beach is a warning sign not to swim in the water due to crocodiles: (yet people do)

 

Port Douglas really is a lovely place, with so much to see and do. I could have happily stayed a couple more weeks. And this time of year, the weather is perfect.

:)

Actualizar dos tablas vinculadas en una vista Maestro-Detalle

Una de las consultas comúnmente solicitadas a través del Blog, tiene que ver con la actualización de datos de dos tablas relacionadas en una BD de SQL, o sea actualizar una vista maestro-detalle vinculadas a sendas tablas.

Aunque por obvio y sencillo, las explicaciones acostumbran a ser de lo más diversas y finalmente te das cuenta que la mayoría de ejemplos se inician con un “desparrame” de jergas incomprensivas para la mayoría. Me decido postearos el ejemplo más básico posible, para que a partir de este punto podáis hacerlo crecer a vuestra necesidad.

Espero que os sea útil y despeje vuestras jaquecas cuando se trata de lidiar con diversas tablas.
PepLluis,

 (Para ejecutar el ejemplo, iniciar Visual Studio y crear un nuevo proyecto ‘Winform’, añadir dos DataGridView y un Button, copiar / pegar codigo y por supuesto F5)

Imports System.Data.SqlClient

Public Class Form1

    Private Maestro As SqlDataAdapter
    Private Detalle As SqlDataAdapter
    Private ConjuntoDeDatos As DataSet

    Private Sub Form1_Load() Handles MyBase.Load

        Dim miConexion As New SqlConnection("Data Source=.SQLExpress;Initial Catalog=MaestroDetalle;Integrated Security=True")

        Maestro = New SqlDataAdapter("Select * From Maestro", miConexion)
        Dim MaestroCmdBuilder As New SqlCommandBuilder(Maestro)

        Detalle = New SqlDataAdapter("Select * From Detalle", miConexion)
        Dim DetalleCmdBuilder As New SqlCommandBuilder(Detalle)

        ConjuntoDeDatos = New DataSet
        Maestro.Fill(ConjuntoDeDatos, "Maestro")
        Me.DataGridView1.DataSource = ConjuntoDeDatos
        Me.DataGridView1.DataMember = "Maestro"

        Detalle.Fill(ConjuntoDeDatos, "Detalle")
        Me.DataGridView2.DataSource = ConjuntoDeDatos

        ConjuntoDeDatos.Relations.Add("Fk", ConjuntoDeDatos.Tables("Maestro").Columns("IdMaestro"),
                                            ConjuntoDeDatos.Tables("Detalle").Columns("IdDetalle"))

        Me.DataGridView2.DataMember = "Maestro.Fk"
    End Sub

    Private Sub Actualizar() Handles Button1.Click
        If ConjuntoDeDatos.HasChanges Then
            Maestro.Update(ConjuntoDeDatos, "Maestro")
            Detalle.Update(ConjuntoDeDatos, "Detalle")
        End If
    End Sub
End Class

Desktop Icon Pack Collections Organized by Genre

As there are so many icon packs on this site now and it can be hard to find the ones you like. To help you dig through icon packs here on Windows Guides, I’ve divided the packs up into 8 genres. Today we released the Free Apple, OSX, &amp; OSX Leopard Style PNG/ICO Icon Pack and […]

Desktop Icon Pack Collections Organized by Genre

As there are so many icon packs on this site now and it can be hard to find the ones you like. To help you dig through icon packs here on Windows Guides, I’ve divided the packs up into 8 genres. Today we released the Free Apple, OSX, &amp; OSX Leopard Style PNG/ICO Icon Pack and […]

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