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Microsoft Monday Competition

by | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Monday Competition

Your chance to win 1 year's free subscription  to PacktLib every Monday!

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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, WELL DONE TO OUR WINNERS: Jems Khadgi, Steve Robillard & Cecil du Toit

 

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Using Azure BizTalk Features

by Johan Hedberg Kent Weare Morten la Cour | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Johan Hedberg, Morten la Cour, and Kent Weare, authors of the book Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification Guide, Second Edition, we will Identify the processes used to run a BizTalk Server environment as a Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Identify the processes used to enable integration using Windows Azure BizTalk Services part of the Assessment. It will introduce the reader to some basic concepts of Microsoft Windows Azure as well as cover both running BizTalk in a virtual image on Azure and using the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Using the new mapper, XML, and Flat File bridges as well as using the EDI Portal for receiving X12 documents will also be covered.

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Achieving site resilience for the Mailbox server

by Nuno Mota | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article by Nuno Mota, the author of the book Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 High Availability, describes site resilience for the Mailbox server by covering the following topics:

  • Scenario 1 – active/passive
  • Scenario 2 – active/active
  • Scenario 3 – third datacenter
  • Using Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC)
  • Deciding where to place witness servers
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Performance Testing and Load Balancing

by Eric Siron | October 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article by Eric Siron, the author of Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design, presents holistic and specific methods to determine how well your system performs. It then guides you through balancing virtual machines across cluster nodes.

Now that we've covered how to design and plan your virtual machines, we're going to turn to the host's view of things. There are add-on and third-party tools that can perform automatic load balancing, but a failover cluster of Hyper-V Servers will only perform balancing in response to a failover event. Whether you'll use automated tools or not, you'll need to have an understanding of your host's abilities.

Balancing is not the entire story. Even if you have additional tools that can perform load balancing for you, you'll still need to keep abreast of the performance metrics of your cluster. As new virtual machines are added, your total capacity will be lessened and you'll want to know well in advance if you need to add hardware. Remember that your cluster is probably intended to survive the loss of at least one host without negatively impacting virtual machines, so just having a fully functional cluster with sufficient capacity may not be adequate.

There are two basic components to proper balancing. The first is being aware of what your hosts are capable of. The second is being aware of what they're doing. This article will work through a number of ways to satisfy these needs. You'll be introduced to the following concepts and activities:

  • General system testing
  • Disk I/O testing
  • Memory testing
  • Network testing
  • Preferred and possible owners
  • Anti-affinity
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Where Is My Data and How Do I Get to It?

by Chris Backhouse Christopher Liley David Duncan | October 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This Article, by David Duncan and Christopher Liley, authors of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting, Second Edition, explains that, as a developer or consultant who has been assigned the task of filling user requests for reports should be aware that ultimately the very first question after deciding on the reporting tool is, "Where is my data and how do I get to it?"

Knowing where to begin is a critical first step in the development process. The aim of this article is to provide helpful tips for finding and locating data in the Dynamics GP 2013 ERP system and company databases. Although we'll discuss some reporting tools that do not require us to know the SQL database structure for Dynamics GP companies, it is still helpful to understand how GP stores its data.

In this article, we will discuss the following:

  • Differences between the system database and company databases
  • Conventions that are helpful to know and understand when it comes to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 data and how it is stored
  • Using Resource Descriptions as a tool for finding data from within GP 2013
  • Utilizing additional tools, such as the GP 2013 SDK and Support Debugging Tool, to find our data
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Configuring and Managing the Mailbox Server Role

by Michael Van Horenbeeck Peter De Tender | September 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Michael Van Horenbeeck and Peter De Tender, authors of the book Microsoft Exchange 2013 Cookbook, you will learn how to perform the tasks necessary to set up, configure, and maintain the Mailbox Server Role, including:

  • Creating and removing mailbox databases
  • Mounting and dismounting databases
  • Moving database files to another location
  • Configuring circular logging
  • Creating and removing mailboxes
  • Managing resource mailboxes
  • Configuring mailbox size limits
  • Managing personal archives
  • Assigning mailbox permissions
  • Moving mailboxes to another database
  • Managing Public Folders
  • Configuring send and receive connectors
  • Configuring Accepted domains
  • Configuring message size limits

Over the years, the Mailbox Server Role has evolved into something more than just a place where mail data is stored. Although its primary role remains storing and managing mail-related data, it inherited large chunks of what used to be the Hub Transport server and Unified Messaging server. This shows that the Mailbox Server role in Exchange 2013 resembles an Exchange 2010 multi-role server in many ways.

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Designing Pages

by Rakesh Raul | September 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article, by Rakesh Raul, the author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 7 Programming Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Updating the subform page from a parent page
  • Creating a FactBox page
  • Creating a Queue page
  • Creating a Role Center page
  • Creating a wizard page
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Self-service Business Intelligence, Creating Value from Data

by Simon Lidberg | September 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft MySQL

This article created by Simon Lidberg the author of Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Cube Development, serves as an introduction to Business Intelligence solutions and specifically self-service solutions.

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Managing Microsoft Cloud

by Haijun Fu Sherif Talaat | September 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft Networking & Telephony

In this article, by Sherif Talaat and Haijun Fu authors of PowerShell 3.0 Advanced Administration Handbook, we will see Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure as a real-life example of a cloud computing implementation, and we will learn how Windows PowerShell plays a major role in operating such a technology easily, as if managing a normal virtualized environment.

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Introducing the Windows Store

by Rami Sarieddine | September 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft Web Development

Windows Store is like a huge shopping mall and your app, once published to the Store, will be like a small shop in that mall; the Windows Store Dashboard is where you will set all the branding, advertising, and marketing material for the shop. Visual Studio is your production environment and the Store is your destination, and everything else in between is in the Windows Store Dashboard. In this article by Rami Sarieddine, author of Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript, we will be introduced to the Store and learn how to get an app through all the stages into publishing. Also, we will see how we can interact with the Store from within Visual Studio.

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