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Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V

by Leandro Carvalho | January 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V release from Microsoft comes with a myriad of improvements in areas such as mobility, high availability and elasticity, bringing everything you need to create, manage and build the core components of a Microsoft Private Cloud for virtualized workloads.

In this article by Leandro Cavalho, the author of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup

  • Restoring Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup

  • Confguring Hyper-V Replica between two Hyper-V hosts using HTTP authentication

  • Confguring Hyper-V Replica broker for a Failover Cluster

  • Confguring Hyper-V Replica to use certificate-based authentication using an Enterprise CA

  • Using snapshots in virtual machines

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SQL Server and PowerShell Basic Tasks

by Donabel Santos | January 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article by Donabel Santos author of SQL Server 2012 with PowerShell V3 Cookbook, demonstrates scripts and snippets of code that accomplish some basic SQL Server tasks, using PowerShell. We will start with simple tasks, such as listing SQL Server instances and creating objects such as tables, indexes, stored procedures, and functions, to get you comfortable with working with SQL Server programmatically.

You will find that many of the recipes can be accomplished using PowerShell and SQL Management Objects ( SMO). SMO is a library that exposes SQL Server classes, which allows for programmatic manipulation and automation of many database tasks. For some recipes, we will also explore alternative ways of accomplishing the same tasks, using different native PowerShell cmdlets.

Even though we are exploring how to create some common database objects using PowerShell, I would like to note that PowerShell is not always the best tool for the task. There will be tasks that are best left accomplished using T-SQL. Even so, it is still good to know what is possible with PowerShell and how to do it, so that you know you have alternatives depending on your requirements or situation.

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Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

by Robert Martin | December 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a programming language built into Microsoft Office applications. As you improve your skills in any application from the Office System, you will eventually realize that although Microsoft Office applications offer a large number of tools, they do not offer everything you need to perform your daily chores. Such chores may include creating a corporate custom-format, a custom function that calculates commission payments, and so on.

Thus, VBA works as a gap-filler; in other words, its main purpose is to ensure that you can do whatever you need to do in your job.

In this article by Robert Martin, author of Excel Programming with VBA Starter,you will get to know a bit about VBA, its basic features, what you can do with it, and how you can put it to work with a view to facilitating your daily work, by automating common tasks.

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Adding a security role

by Ahmed Mohamed Rafik Moustafa | December 2012 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Ahmed Mohamed Rafik Moustafa, the author of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Security How-To, we will learn about securing our Dynamics AX 2012 environment with simple and practical steps.

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Deploying Applications and Software Updates on Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

by Brian Mason Greg Ramsey | September 2012 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Greg Ramsey, co-author of Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Administration Cookbook, we'll cover:

  • Creating applications and deployment types
  • Managing Software Center and Application Catalogue
  • Preparing for software updates
  • Creating and monitoring software updates
  • Leveraging Automatic Deployment Rules (ADRs)
  • Reducing collection dependencies with conditional rules and global conditions
  • Deploying custom updates
  • Converting classic packages to applications
  • Creating and deploying Virtual Applications (App-V)
  • Superseding applications
  • Monitoring content and deployment status
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Client-Side Endpoint Protection Tasks in Microsoft SCEP 2012

by Andrew Plue | October 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Andrew Plue, author of Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Locating and interrupting client-side SCEP logs
  • Performing manual definition updates and checking definition version
  • Manually editing local SCEP policy using the user interface
  • Utilizing MpCmdRun.exe

 

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Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Modules and Cmdlets

by Adam Driscoll | September 2012 | Microsoft

Microsoft Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Look will ensure that you have a great overview of the numerous new features and changes found in the most recent version of the language. Through simple examples and succinct chapters, this book will quickly bring readers up to speed with need to know information about the newest version of PowerShell.

In this article by Adam Driscoll, author of Microsoft Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Look, we'll see:

  • A selection of new cmdlets found in the core PowerShell modules
  • A selection of new modules and cmdlets found in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
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XNA 4-3D:Getting the battle-tanks into game world

by Kurt Jaegers | September 2012 | Beginner's Guides Enterprise Articles Microsoft Open Source

In this article, the author of XNA 4 3D Game Development by Example Beginner's GuideKurt Jaegers will cover all that is necessary to get battle tanks into the game and placed in the game world. This can be accomplished by performing the following:

  • Adding models to our game's content project and loading them into the game
  • Drawing the tank model to the screen
  • Animating the various components of the tank model
  • Matching the elevation of the tank to its position on the generated terrain
  • Adding a second tank and positioning both tanks appropriately on the map
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Overview of FIM 2010 R2

by Kent Nordström | September 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM 2010 R2) is not one product, but a family of products working together to mitigate the challenges regarding Identity Management.

Microsoft's Forefront Identity Manager simplifies enterprise Identity Management for end users by automating admin tasks and integrating the infrastructure of an enterprise with strong authentication systems.

In this article by Kent Nordström, author of Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 Handbook, we will get an overview of FIM 2010 R2.

In this article, we will cover:

  • The history of FIM 2010 R2
  • FIM Synchronization Service (FIM Sync)
  • FIM Service
  • FIM Portal
  • FIM Reporting
  • FIM Certificate Management (FIM CM)
  • Licensing

 

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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Performance Tuning: Implementing Physical Database Structure

by Bihag Thaker Ritesh Shah | July 2012 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Your database performance heavily depends on how you have physically placed your database objects and how you have configured your disk subsystem. Designing the physical layout of your database correctly is the key factor to improve the performance of your database queries and thus the performance of your database. However, the correct decision on a physical design structure of the database depends on the available hardware resources that you might have. This includes the number of processors, RAM, and storage resources, such as how many ,disks or RAID controllers you might have in your database environment. The best thing while designing physical layout of the database is to have multiple physical disks for your database. If you configure your database in such a way that it spreads across multiple disks, it can benefit from parallel I/O operations.

The following are some of the decisions that influence your database performance:

  • Where do you place data files?
  • Where do you place log files?
  • Where do you place large objects?
  • Where do you place indexes?
  • Where do you place the tempdb database?

You can control the physical location of database objects within the database by using files and filegroups.

In this article by Ritesh Shah and Bihag Thaker, co-authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Performance Tuning Cookbook, we will learn how to best design the physical structure of the database on your disk subsystem when you have enough available hardware resources, such as multiple processors and multiple physical disks.

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