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Inventorying Servers with PowerShell

by Ed Goad | April 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article explains how to inventory the hardware and software configurations of Windows 8 Servers and create a detailed inventory and configuration report. Additionally, this article will cover methods to track configuration changes over time, export the configuration report via Word. This article should cover everything necessary to create a centralized hardware and software inventory of all servers in the enterprise.

This article by Ed Goad, author of Windows Server 2012 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook, covers the following topics:

  • Inventorying hardware with PowerShell

  • Inventorying the installed software

  • Inventorying system configuration

  • Reporting on system security

  • Creating a change report

  • Exporting a configuration report to Word

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Migrating Data

by Cristina Nicolàs Lorente Laura Nicolàs Lorente | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is an Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) system targeted at small and medium-sized companies. In this article by Laura Nicolàs Lorente and Cristina Nicolàs Lorente from the book Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, we will see which tools can be used in Dynamics NAV to migrate data into the system and how to convert data to meet NAV requirements. We will look at tools such as:

  • RapidStart Services

  • XMLport

  • User defined tools

We will also see what kind of data is commonly migrated to Dynamics NAV and which strategies can be used to migrate it. The kind of data and strategies are listed as follows:

  • Master data

  • Open entries

  • Historical data

  • Open documents

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Creating your first VM using vCloud technology

by Daniel Langenhan | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles

This article by Daniel Langenhan, author of Instant VMware vCloud Starter [Instant] explains how we can create our first VM in vCloud using VMware vCloud Director.

We first have to get vCloud Director installed then we can start playing with it. Our first aim is obviously to deploy a VM inside our vCloud. To do that, we have to assign resources (CPU memory and disk) to vCD for consumption. In step 1 we will learn about all the different types of resources, and in steps 2 to 5, we will build them. Step 6 finally builds a vApp. Last but not least, I will give you some ideas about what to explore next.

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Examining the Oracle Architecture

by Steve Ries | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

In this article by Steve Ries author of OCA Oracle Database 11g: Database Administration I: A Real-World Certification Guide, we will explore what Oracle has to offer. It covers the Oracle architecture and how it operates to provide data integrity and high performance in an Oracle system.

In this article we will:

  • Understand the distinction between a database and an instance

  • Explore the Oracle instance

  • Understand Oracle's process architecture

  • Examine the Oracle memory cache architecture

  • Explore the Oracle database

  • Investigate Oracle's datafile structure

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Installing and Setting up Sure Step

by Andrew Birch Keith Dunkinson | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The article, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with Sure Step 2012, provides a comprehensive guide to implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with Sure Step 2012, and is the prefect accompaniment for project team members of all levels. In this article by Keith Dunkinson and Andrew Birch, authors of Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with Sure Step 2012, provides complete information on installation of Sure Step and the setup of projects, and also discusses the project offerings within it.

In this article, we will examine the installation of Sure Step and setting it up for a specific project including some of the key choices we need to make, and activities that should be undertaken at this time. After reading this article, we should be able to: download and install the Sure Step client, create an appropriate Sure Step project, and initiate key activities for our Dynamics AX project.

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Learning to Fly with Force.com

by Abhinav Gupta Ankit Arora | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Ankit Arora and Abhinav Gupta, the authors of the book Force.com Tips and Tricks, we will focus on the basics of cloud computing and briefly go over the following:

  • Principles and constructs of Force.com

  • Benefits and building blocks of Force.com

  • When to choose this platform

  • Which edition is right for you?

  • A cursory overview of how to manage your Salesforce.com org

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Testing your App

by Gabriel José Balda Ortíz Nehal Shah | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Web Development

While the subject of testing could span whole books and there are many books on the subject indeed, we will offer a framework for testing HTML5 enterprise applications as well as an outline of cogent topics that will serve as a point of departure for further study. Different testing tools come with their own particular set of idioms; we will cover the concepts underlying those idioms.

This article by Nehal Shah and Gabriel José Balda Ortíz, authors of HTML5 Enterprise Application Development, will cover the following:

  • Unit testing

  • Functional testing

  • Browser testing

  • Continuous integration

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Building a London Travel Guide with iBooks Author

by Zeeshan Chawdhary | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles

This article by Zeeshan Chawdhary, author of Instant Apple iBooks How-to, helps us create a full working book with iBooks Author titled London CityGuide. This will incorporate all the widgets and functions available within iBooks Author as well as a case study for layout/design.

The content will be travel-specific for London, sourced from www.WikiTravel.org, Wikipedia, and other open sources. Images will be from Creative Commons wherever possible, or free to use, depending on licenses from original owners.

The finished book is available for download via the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/london/id593298852?ls=1.

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Content Switching using Citrix Security

by Carmel Jacob | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Carmel Jacob, author of Citrix Security How-to, we will cover the implementation of content switching.

CS is the ability to redirect traffic based on content file extensions and, going a step further, in redirecting based on geographical locations. Multiple hostnames can be mapped to the same CS VIP using the server name indication feature from NetScaler 9.2 onwards. Starting with the NetScaler version 10 software, the version of MySQL software can be set for content switching virtual servers (this is to avoid compatibility problems between the client and server).

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Ease the Chaos with Automated Patching

by Porus Homi Havewala (Oracle Certified Master) | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

This article by Porus Homi Havewala (OCM), author of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Managing Data Center Chaos , demonstrates how Cloud Control 12c allows automated patching of Oracle databases in the data center, thus making it possible to easily apply critical patch updates or patch set updates on a quarterly basis. The Patching Designer selects from a list of recommended patches, creates a patch plan template, and publishes it to the Patching Operator, who then creates a patch plan to apply the patch to target databases. After the initial selection, the download, validation and deployment of the patch (single or multiple) is fully automated, thus enabling mass deployment of patches to multiple database homes at prescheduled times. The new feature of out-of-place patching is explained in this article, as is the patch plan templates.

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