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Building a Site Directory with SharePoint Search

by Mike Oryszak | July 2012 | Microsoft

A common challenge for many SharePoint users is finding sites with content that is relevant to them. It is pretty common to find environments with hundreds if not thousands of sites. In past versions of the product, there was a Site Directory feature that was available, but it was essentially just a SharePoint list which required manual entry and significant maintenance, which ultimately made it a pretty unreliable and ineffective solution.

In this article by Mike Oryszak, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints, will provide some alternative solutions for addressing these challenges, starting with an overview of some key concepts on how to leverage SharePoint Search to provide an optimized experience, making it easier for users to search and discover relevant sites. In addition to the conceptual overview, the following configurations and custom solutions will be covered:

  • Sites Search Scope
  • Site Directory page
  • Relevant sites Web Part

 

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Microsoft XNA 4.0 Game Development: Receiving Player Input

by Luke Drumm | July 2012 | Cookbooks Microsoft

One of the key aspects that separates a computer game from that of, for example, a movie, is its interactive nature and its ability to be influenced by the player to achieve a different outcome each and every time.

In this article by Luke Drumm,author of Microsoft XNA 4.0 Game Development Cookbook, we will examine some different ways of capturing the player's intent that may not be immediately obvious or trivial to implement when we first set ourselves the challenge.

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Creating and managing user accounts in Microsoft Windows SBS 2011

by Drew Hills (MCITP MCSE DCNE SBSC BEngTech (Elec) ) Robert Crane (BE MBA MCP) | April 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The majority of time administrating a network is spent managing users. Users not only need access to a Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 network but they all need access to its resources. The key to good network administration is doing this in the most effective manner. Probably the most important part of a network will be the users. They need access to the resources on the server as well as the services that it provides. To do this securely they are firstly going to need a network login ID that identifies them to the domain. They will typically use this login ID at a workstation connected to the domain.

In this article by Robert Crane and Drew Hills, co-authors of (MCTS): Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Configuring (70-169) Certification Guide, we shall look at creating and managing user accounts.

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Microsoft Silverlight 5: Working with Services

by Gill Cleeren Kevin Dockx | April 2012 | Microsoft

In this article by Gill Cleeren and Kevin Dockx, authors of Microsoft Silverlight 5 Data and Services Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Connecting and reading from a standardized service
  • Persisting data using a standardized service
  • Configuring cross-domain calls
  • Working cross-domain from a trusted application
  • Reading XML using HttpWebRequest
Read Microsoft Silverlight 5: Working with Services in full

Setting up a BizTalk Server Environment

by Steef-Jan Wiggers | April 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

BizTalk enables the integration and managment of automated business processes within or across organizational boundaries. To build a solid BizTalk solution, deploy a robust environment, and keep it running smoothly you sometimes need to broaden your spectrum, explore all possibilities, and choose the best solution for your purpose. In this article by Steef-Jan Wiggers, author of BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Gathering requirements by asking the right questions
  • Analyzing requirements and creating a design
  • Installing and using the BizTak Best Practices Analyzer
  • Validating BizTalk installation with the BizTalk Benchmark Wizard tool
  • Automating performance analysis by using the PAL tool
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Combining Silverlight and Windows Azure projects

by David Burela | March 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

It can be difficult to combine multiple different frameworks into the same solution while working with new technologies. This article will focus on how to combine Silverlight 4, Windows Azure, and a WCF 4.0 (Windows Communication Foundation) service together.

In this article by David Burela, author of Microsoft Silverlight 5 and Azure Enterprise Integration, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Combining Silverlight and Windows Azure projects
  • Consuming an Azure-hosted WCF service within a Silverlight application
  • Configuring the number of web roles
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Silverlight 5 LOB Development : Validation, Advanced Topics, and MVVM

by Braulio Díez | March 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Most Line of Business (LOB) applications have to interact with a database. The recommended technology in order to cover this interaction is RIA Services.

In this article by Braulio Díez Botella,co-author of Mastering LOB Development for Silverlight 5: A Case Study in Action we will cover:

  • Validation
  • Advanced topics
  • RIA Services and MVVM
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Customizing Look and Feel of UAG

by Erez Ben-Ari Rainier Amara | February 2012 | Microsoft

UAG customizations can be very intense and deeply technical, but what everyone wants is for everything to look its best, right? The fact is, a large portion of UAG customers perform at least some adjustments to the appearance, even if it is just changing the title of the portal page. Look and feel customizations are considered to be rather well documented, as opposed to some of the more advanced stuff you will see later on in the book, but the purpose of this chapter is not to repeat that official documentation. We will be guiding you through the actual process, of course, but also suggesting some creative thoughts to get the message across in ways that you may have never thought of.

In this article by Erez Ben-Ari and Rainier Amara , the authors of Mastering Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Customization,the following topics will be covered:

  • Visual customization overview
  • Customizing the login and admin pages
  • Customizing the portal
  • Portal application icons
  • Changing texts
  • Adding a user-interface language
  • Portal selection for clients
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Monitoring and Responding to Windows Intune Alerts

by David Overton | February 2012 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by David Overton, author of Microsoft Windows Intune 2.0: Quickstart Administration, we will examine the real-time nature of PC management as we explore the alerts that Windows Intune raises which require action on our part, exploring how we both monitor and respond to them.

We can have configure computers to minimize situations where alerts will be raised through good practices of updates, firewall, and anti-malware management. However, problems will still arise with users' computers, whether this is a request for assistance, a computer that will not boot, or some other warning picked up by Windows Intune. These need to be categorized and responded to in a timely manner. Some can be closed and filed depending on circumstances, while others require a visit to the computer itself with other tools to further diagnose and resolve.

In this article, we will discuss this in the following sections:

  • General Windows Intune alerts
  • Malware alerts
  • Remote Assistance alerts
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Working with Dashboards in Dynamics CRM

by Mark AuCoin | January 2012 | Microsoft

One of the best user features found in Dynamics CRM 2011 is the addition of standard dashboards. Dashboards can contain any combination of charts, lists, and other components to help give users a visual and interactive view of their CRM data. This article will explain how to edit user and system dashboards along with detailed information about the different properties that you can change on chart and list components.

In this article by Mark AuCoin, author of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: Dashboards Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Editing a user dashboard
  • Editing a system dashboard
  • Deleting a user dashboard
  • Deleting a system dashboard
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