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Away3D 3.6: Applying Basic and Bitmap Materials

by Matthew Casperson | February 2011 | Enterprise Articles Web Graphics & Video

Away3D includes over a dozen material types that can be used to display 3D objects with a huge variety of effects, with some of the materials using the Pixel Bender technology new to Flash Player 10 to create a level of detail that has not previously been seen in Flash applications.

In the previous article by Matthew Casperson, author of Away3D 3.6 Essentials, we covered Materials, Lights and Shading Techniques with Away3D 3.6. In this article the focus will be on:

  • The different materials that can be created in Away3D
  • Illuminating materials with lights
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An Overview of Microsoft Sure Step

by Chandru Shankar Vincent Bellefroid | February 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Delivering business solutions is more than just product play. Software is often viewed as the enabler; however, the key to success is how the solution is implemented and how the implementations are managed. With this as the background, Microsoft has developed Sure Step as the full lifecycle methodology for the Microsoft Dynamics solutions portfolio. In this article, we introduce the concept of Methodology and its importance in the selection and implementation of ERP/CRM solutions. A faulty selection process can derail any solution deployment, and it is important for the readers to understand what they can do to prevent this.

In this article by Chandru Shankar and Vincent Bellefroid, authors of Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step, we will introduce the concepts and definitions. We will also provide an overview of Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step, and the different aspects of the methodology that help both the implementer and the customer.

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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration: Monitoring and Reporting

by Peter Serzo | January 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article on Monitoring and Reporting covers recipes involving the different tools in SharePoint 2010 that assist the administrator in managing SharePoint. These tools are critical to knowing how the SharePoint 2010 installation operates. The recipes show how to manage the tools.

In this article by Peter Serzo, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Accessing the SharePoint 2010 logging database
  • Configuring what gets logged
  • Editing rule definitions in the health analyzer
  • Viewing web analytics reports
  • Troubleshooting with correlation IDs
  • Enabling the Developer Dashboard
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FAQs on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

by Hemantgiri S. Goswami | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The term High Availability means that the servers or systems that host or run the business-critical applications should be highly available - 24 X 7 and 99.99% up time. As the word itself defines how important it is to make these applications and data available for end-users as well as business users, if this data is not available for a short time, it will be a big problem for both sets of users. Imagine a bank spread across the country and having a huge customer base faces a situation when, their server crashes! If the bank relies only on backups, then it might end up losing approximately 15 to 30 minutes of data, depending on the backup strategy. Now the HA options related to SQL Server such as Clustering, Replication, Log Shipping, and Database Mirroring will help overcome this situation.

In this article, we will find answers to the frequently asked questions on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability.

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Microsoft Forefront UAG: Preparing, Creating, and Publishing an HTTPS Trunk

by Erez Ben-Ari Ran Dolev | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Just as we like to organize everything in life into containers, UAG also does the same. As a user of Microsoft products, you are probably used to files or programs that are grouped together within folders and which are stored on hard drives (or hard drive partitions). With UAG, there's one little difference, the primary organizational units are called "Trunks", and in those we create (or "publish") applications, and we can also group them in folders too.

In the previous article by Erez Ben-Ari and Ran Dolev, authors of the book Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Administrator's Handbook, we discussed UAG's building blocks—Trunks and Applications.

In this article we will see how to prepare, create and publish an HTTPS Trunk.

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Installing the Dynamics AX Base Server Components for Microsoft

by Marco Carvalho | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The setup and configuration of the base server components will essentially create a functioning Dynamics AX system without Business Intelligence, Workflow, or the Enterprise Portal. Once you have installed and configured the base server components you can access the Application Object Server (AOS).

This article by Marco Carvalho, author of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Administration, will not just cover the basic installation of the base server components from the beginning to the end but also advanced procedures that cover just about any scenario sequentially. Specifically in this article, we will cover:

  • Installing the Dynamics AX database
  • Installing the Dynamics AX Application files directory
  • Installing the Application Object Server (AOS)
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IBM Tuesday Competition

by | February 2011 | Enterprise Articles IBM

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

To enter simply identify which IBM Book the jigsaw piece has been taken from

Correct answers will then be entered into a weekly raffle to win 1 year's subscription to PacktLib worth $220

This competition is now closed our lucky winners were: Anthony, Job Abraham and Michelle O'Rourke

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IBM Tuesday

by | February 2011 | Enterprise Articles IBM

Coming up to its 100th Anniversary, IBM isn't the only one celebrating this year...

On Tuesday 22nd February Packt has published an unprecedented three new IBM books in one day

To celebrate this occassion Packt has a special offer on all IBM print books

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Testing Workflows for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Administration

by Marco Carvalho | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In the previous article, Setup and Configuration of the Workflow for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Administration, we have covered:

  • Prerequisites for Workflow
  • Installing Workflow
  • Set up and Configure Workflow

This article, by Marco Carvalho, author of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Administration, is a continuation of the previous article in which we will have a look at testing the workflows.

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Setup and Configuration of the Workflow for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Administration

by Marco Carvalho | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The workflow system in Dynamics AX 2009 has been completely redesigned. In short, it is a web application that implements the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) framework. Windows Workflow Foundation has been part of the Microsoft .NET Framework instance since version 3.0. If you have had experience setting up and defining custom workflow configurations in Microsoft SharePoint, then you will be familiar with the same terminology and interface.

A batch process must also be available to process Workflow events in Dynamics AX. The purpose of the batch process is to communicate the Workflow tasks generated in Dynamics AX to the Workflow web service. Additionally, the batch process also generates appropriate messages.

In this article, by Marco Carvalho, author of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Administration, we will specifically cover:

  • The prerequisites required for Workflow
  • How to install Workflow
  • How to appropriately set up and configure Workflow
  • Testing Workflow
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