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Working with Windows Phone Controls

by Lohith G.N. | June 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Silverlight runtime for Windows Phone provides a variety of controls as part of the framework itself. This article by Lohith G.N., author of Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F#, is all about getting to know the controls supported by the framework and understanding how to work with those controls. We will go through each control, understand its usage, and finally learn how to write code to work with those controls.

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Innovation of Communication and Information Technologies

by Daniel Jonathan Valik | June 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Daniel Jonathan Valik, author of Microsoft Lync 2013 Unified Communications: From Telephony to Real Time Communication in the Digital Age we delve deep into the technologies, software solutions, and innovative communication capabilities. But before that let me first ask you several questions:

  • Have you ever considered how important communication is in your daily life?

  • How much do you communicate every day, or how many people do you converse with daily on various issues?

  • Is this exchange of information important and necessary?

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Building WinRT components to be consumed from any language (Become an expert)

by Taruna Verma | May 2013 | Microsoft

In this article by Taruna Verma, the author of the book, Instant Windows 8 C++ Application Development How-to, we will learn to create a WinRT component and call it from JavaScript.

Windows Runtime or WinRT is an application architecture on Windows 8 that supports development in C++/CX, C#, VB.NET, as well as JavaScript.

A WinRT component is a DLL and is designed to be called from any WinRT-compliant language, such as C++, C#, VB.NET, and Javascript.

In case your C++ component uses a third-party library or you want to re-use some of your code written in C# or VB.NET, you can wrap all the functionality in a WinRT component and refer it from JavaScript or any other language of your choice.

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Integration with System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1

by Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso | May 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft Oracle

In this article created by Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso, author of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Installing System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1

  • Installing management packs

  • Managing Discovery and Agents

  • Configuring the integration between Operations Manager 2012 and VMM 2012

  • Enabling reporting in VMM

  • Monitoring VMware vSphere infrastructure from the Operations Manager using management packs

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Drilling Back to Source Data in Dynamics GP 2013 using Dashboards

by Mark Polino | May 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Mark Polino, author of Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013, will walk you through the deployment of a dashboard. Once you deploy a dashboard, it's inevitable that someone will want more information. They won't believe a number and will want to know the detail that makes up a balance. A great way to manage this is to build a couple of dashboards. Usually, this looks like a primary dashboard with secondary dashboards that break out more information about sales, cash, or departments. We've done this on a very simple level with our Revenue and Net Income tabs. They provide additional detail to expand on the main dashboard numbers.

Another great way to deal with the need for detail, and to take your dashboard beyond what everyone else is doing, is to allow users to drill down into specific transactions or accounts in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. In this article, we will look at drill down options including:

  • Hyperlinks

  • Using drill downs present in GP 2013

  • The structure of a drill down

  • Building your own links with Drill Down Builder

  • Drill downs in complex environments

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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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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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MinGW

by Ilya Shpigor | April 2013 | Microsoft

Minimalist GNU for Windows (MinGW) is a native software port of the GNU tool chain for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The base components of MinGW software are compiler, linker, and assembler. This minimal tool set is enough to start developing applications. But MinGW contains some service utilities to make the developing process more effective:

In this article by Ilya Shpigor, the author of Instant MinGW Starter, you will learn how to perform some tasks with the most important features of MinGW :

  • GNU Make

  • GNU Debugger (GDB)

  • GNU profiler

  • Compiler for Windows resource files

  • Header files and libraries for Windows API

  • Collection of archives and packers

(For more resources related to this topic, see here.)

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Active Directory migration

by Santhosh Sivarajan | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Santosh Sivarajan, author of Instant Migration from Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 to 2012 How-to , we get a brief idea about the details of Active Directory migration prerequisites, schema upgrade procedure, verifying the schema version, and installing the Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller in the existing Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 domain. We will start with the Active Directory migration.

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