Posters on Microsoft Download Center

If you search for the keyword "Poster" in the Microsoft Download Center and you will get these cool posters for the blank wall in your office!

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/results.aspx?pocId=&freetext=Poster&DisplayLang=en

Here are some of my favorites

 

 

Exchange Component Architecture Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows Server 2008 Component Posters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.net 3.5 NameSpaces and Types Poster

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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

 

If you need a quick (and free) security assessment of your standalone PC or a whole domain, I would suggest you use the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. This tool is available to be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f32921af-9dbe-4dce-889e-ecf997eb18e9&DisplayLang=en

Why? I firmly believe and suggest this tool for all IT pro that needs to have a life, rather assessing one-on-one each and every workstation computer for the entire forest. There are tools out there for managing and monitoring of the entire domain like the Operations Manager 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc280350.aspx (which by the way, I would really love to evaluate and hopefully in a couple of months be submitted for POC to my company, we are really growing rapidly and we wouldn’t want our operations to go out of hand!) for now I’ll go with the simplest tool that I found (MBSA 2.1).

 How? Really simple!

Just choose the most appropriate MSI installer from  @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f32921af-9dbe-4dce-889e-ecf997eb18e9&DisplayLang=en.

I chose MBSASetup-x64-EN.msi (my Workstation is a 64 bit machine and I prefer ENglish)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After downloading, launch the MSI installer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The installation is really easy, just click next > Accept the License Agreement, next then Install!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The setup will run and prompt you with this if the installation has been completed without errors.

 

 

 

 

  

To launch, go to your start then all programs, and you will see a newly highlighted shortcut icon "Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1" . Launch the application.

 

 

 

  The MBSA 2.1 looks like this, (looks like a familiar screen to me like windows update)

you can choose to scan a computer or multiple computers, the first thing that I did is ofcourse, try it out on my workstation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just clicked start scan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scan just took about 5 minutes over a Vista Enterprise x64 on a AMD 64 X2 4800 with 2GB of Ram – loaded with development IDE’s (VS 2005,2008 and SQL 2005, 2008 Management studio)

On my results page, I see that I need to make sure that the update service is updating my local SQL server!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are planing to scan multiple computers or a domain, here is the screen that will be shown. You just need to give the Domain name or the IP address range.

Note: you must have a local administrator privileges to run this.

Enough said more info is available at Technet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/cc184924.aspx

Free Virtualization eLearning and eBook – from Maria Green’s Blog

"Make sure you use this offer to access a free 400+ pages eBook around Microsoft’s virtualization strategy, not only Hyper-V but also Desktop and Application Virtualization. Download "Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – From the Dektop to the Datacenter" now.

There is also a free eLearning collection; Exploring Microsoft Virtualization Technologies, that includes three 2-hour sessions and an 1-hour session.

Check this list for more eLearning"

 

This is originally posted @ Maria Green’s Blog http://blogs.technet.com/mariaj/archive/2008/12/18/free-virtualization-elearning-and-ebook.aspx

Exam 70-282 Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business

Sharing my preparation notes for passing the exam 70-282  http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-282.mspx which I took last December 19, 2008. If you are already a Microsoft Certified Partner, this is a credit towards a Related Program: Small Business Specialist https://partner.microsoft.com/Philippines/program/smallbusinessspecialist/sbsbenefits

 

Aside from reviewing the Preparation Guide – Skills being measured section I found it also helpful on reviewing in-depth the ff:

SBS on technet : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sbs/bb630247.aspx (Its the top of my list, it has a vast of  links and resources available there)

SBS 2003 (R2) Features:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/features/default.mspx 

Its system requirements : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/sysreqs/default.mspx

Active Directory on SBS :

http://blogs.technet.com/sdoakes/archive/2006/02/20/Windows-2003-R2-Active-Directory-Features-and-SBS-R2-Features.aspx

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/884453

I also found some support materials from the sbs technet blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/

SBS 2003 editions: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/howtobuy/pricing.mspx

And if you are already a Microsoft Partner, you may visit SBSC 70-282 Exam Study Group with R2 Content and Practice Questions @ http://www.msreadiness.com/study70-282r2 or @ https://training.partner.microsoft.com/plc/search_adv.aspx?ssid=7af7ffa2-4bc5-4dca-96b8-33ce6bb6b630&site=US&lang=EN

I strongly suggest that you go thru everything on the last link (traning.partner.microsoft.com) for the 70-282 study group, it has gave me more heads up and made me more prepared for the questions that I had encountered at the actual exam.

We are now a Microsoft GOLD Certified Partner

As of December 20 2008, it is now confirmed! Solv Corporation has achieved the Gold level certification for Microsoft Partner Program!

We specialize in customized software development and IT staffing to meet the needs of the Information Technology industry. We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, whose employee’s are all Microsoft Certified Professionals. We specialize in .Net Framework, Microsoft Smart/Web Client & Web Services Factory Framework, Extensive SQL Server 2005 experience. Across the board, adheres to the Microsoft Solutions Framework Development Foundation. Our Business focus and Competencies  are:

 

Custom Development Solutions 

          • Application Infrastructure Development
          • Smart Client Development
          • Web Development

Mobility Solutions

Business Process and Integration Solutions

SOA and Business Process

Small Business Specialist

 

We have more info on our website http://www.solvcorp.com/ or  just e-mail me at john.delizo[at]solvcorp[dot]com

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 – Critical (KB906714)

There is a new Security Update for Internet Explorer (960714) that is marked critical and the bulletin can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-078.mspx

You can check your workstations (or your home PC) if you already have this update installed, Just go to your Windows Update (click start, then search for Windows Update)

On your windows update, lefthand corner click view update history.

 

 

 

 

 

Look for Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista … (KB906714)

Thanks for Attending getVirtualnow!

Thank you to those who have attended the getVIRTUALnow: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Philippine Community Launch.

Hope to see you again in another Microsoft event!

Of course, when talking about virtualization, it’s important to put it into proper perspective. In other words, virtualization benefits are real, and easy to realize in many ways. But as businesses rush to embrace the ‘buzz’ around virtualization it’s important to note that there are some potential pitfalls and problems associated with virtualization that need to be avoided.

The dance to the "DEMO GODS"

we do this every event that wedo. This is to please the gods that watch over our demo. Those gods are the ones that decide if your actual demo would push thru without errors!

So haiiilll tooo the deeeemmooo ggoooddss!!

Uhhhuumm..

 

Me (John) Pres (Jeo) and Mafi (Faelmar) checking the demo

The registration machine!

thanks also for those who have joined PHIWUG during this event. (beside is our membership forms)

On the registration corner

"Worlds greatest software’s are made out of SUGAR and CAFFEINE!"

is Jeo dancing?

Oh the attendees are starting to arrive 😀

 

My inspiration for the event.

 

Thanks guys!

Ngiting bagong 13th month pay 😛

Its a full house!

Amy thanks for attending 😛

BLOG CONTEST! WHERE IS AMY?

A view from Microsoft Philippines at 16th floor of 6750.

Merry Christmas!

(Ang Christmas tree at mga Christmas balls ng MS)

No keen, Mafi and I were not debating about what is the better coffee machine on the left or who broke the right one.  But this is one of those times that we are serious about a topic and thanks Falemar for the enlightenment on our MCP testing issues.

The secondshot is back!

With Second Shot, if you do not pass a Microsoft Certification exam on your first try, we’ll let you retake the exam for free.

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/offers/secondshot/default.mspx

OMG, and these are the IT heroes of the 21st century 😀

Faelmar, Randy, Me and Keen

What are you watching there ha?

Anlaki ng mga tao sa microsoft noh?

My nye look!

Parang napadaan lang sa Microsoft

We hope we have shared enough for the guests  about Virtualization and we hope that they had a great time as much as we did!

Virtualization Reality

“Virtualization without good management
is more dangerous than not using
virtualization in the first place.”

Tom Bittman, Gartner VP AND Analyst, 9 May, 2007

Inadequate Virtualization Management Dangers:

  • Virtual Server Sprawl
  • Non-Scalable Administration.
  • Patching and Provisioning Nightmare

Centralized, Heterogeneous Management Solution

Maximize Resources :

Centralized virtual machine deployment and management
for Hyper-V, Virtual Server, and VMware ESX servers

Intelligent placement of Virtual Machines

Fast and reliable P2V and V2V conversion

Comprehensive application and service-level
monitoring with Operations Manager

Integrated Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) of VMs

Increase Agility :

Rapid provisioning of new and virtual machines with templates

Centralized library of infrastructure components

Leverage and extend existing storage infrastructure and clusters

Allow for delegated management and access of VMs

Leverage Skills :

Familiar interface, common foundation

Monitor physical and virtual machines from one console

Fully scriptable using PowerShell

Blurry, Inaantok ata ang kumukuha ng picture 😀 Peace Amy!

 

Again,

thanks PHIWUG for this event.

Till next time!