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Monday, April 20, 2009

OC Online service now available


OC Online service now available

OC Online launch is complete and the service fully available for IT administrators to enable users to download the OC promo client and begin using the service.

Check here for instructions on enabling the service.

Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:53 AM by arvindsuthar

Microsoft Online Services Team Blog : OC Online service now available

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Roll Your Own E-Learning


Roll Your Own E-Learning

Heads up: there’s a new version of the Microsoft Learning Content Development System available for download here.

LCDS is a free tool that enables you to create and publish your own e-learning courses by completing easy-to-use forms that generate highly customized content, interactive activities, quizzes, games, assessments, animations, demos, and other multimedia.

New in Version 2.3:

  • Spell check for topics
  • Indexing for course search
  • Output to an Office Word document
  • New templates: Show/Hide and Click Table Animations
  • Compatibility with Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2.0

Download away!

Published Sunday, April 19, 2009 12:00 PM by Krosen

Born to Learn : Roll Your Own E-Learning

Solver Foundation


Solver Foundation is a pure, managed code runtime for mathematical programming, modeling, and optimization. This .NET/CLR based framework provides a rich set of tools, services, and engines to aid companies in their continuous quest for operational efficiency, profit maximization, and risk management. Solver Foundation is designed to help businesses make strategic decisions. It affords its users the advantage of easy to use tools, numerically stable solver technologies and deep integration with ubiquitous information worker systems like Microsoft Office.

Solver Foundation uses a declarative programming model, consisting of simple compatible elements that are solved by application of solvers, meta-heuristics, search techniques, and combinatorial optimization mechanisms to accelerate the solution finding process. Building a model in Solver Foundation is as simple as specifying the decisions to be made, constraints to be respected, the goals to be used to evaluate candidate proposals (solutions) and the data to be processed by the model (historical or projected parameters). This can be done from any CLS-compatible language and the modeler does not need to understand anything about the details of solver technologies or search strategies. The separation of concerns is total, providing a high degree of modularity.

Solver Foundation

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Guidance for Running Biztalk Server 2009 on Hyper-V


Guidance for Running Biztalk Server 2009 on Hyper-V

A new guide has been released on April 17th that provides information on using BizTalk Server 2009 in a Hyper-V environment.  You can download it in a variety of formats from here.

The emphasis of this guidance is On BizTalk server, but the guide provides great information regarding performance evaluation and testing scenarios that are applicable across other workloads too.  Check it out!

The Home of Puny Robologic : Guidance for Running Biztalk Server 2009 on Hyper-V

Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 Poweruser role vs SQL Server sysadmin role


Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 Poweruser role vs SQL Server sysadmin role

Dynamics GP system administrators and Microsoft SQL Server DBAs often ask, "Why can't I setup users if I am a member of the POWERUSER role in Dynamics GP?". The question can sometimes be paraphrased as "Why the SQL Server system administrator (sa) user is the only one that can setup users?". The answer is simple: the Dynamics GP POWERUSER role is application specific, while the SQL Server sysadmin role is database specific.
Since sa is a member of both the POWERUSER role in Dynamics GP and the sysadmin role in SQL Server, it can perform all maintenance operations of users in Dynamics GP, along with the setup of additional users. This allows the sa user login, in turn, to create the necessary logins in SQL Server. This is good if you are a DBA, but what happens when you are out and more users need to be added to the system.
So you may now be asking, "How do I make other Dynamics GP users have the same abilities to setup users like the sa user?". You will have to make the Dynamics GP user a member of a role in Dynamics GP with ability to create users -- perhaps, the POWERUSER role or the ADMIN_SYSTEM_001* security role -- and a member of the sysadmin role in SQL Server. To do this follow these steps (assuming you want the user to have full access to all Dynamics GP options throughout the system):
1. Log into Microsoft Dynamics GP as sa.
2. Assign the Dynamics GP user to the POWERUSER role. Go to Microsoft Dynamics GP > Tools > Setup > System > User Security. Choose the user login and mark the POWERUSER role in the access list.

3. The system will warn about the user access to all application functionality. Click on OK to continue.

NOTE: Depending on your security requirements, you may not want to grant access to the POWERUSER role. You can always create a custom role with access to the User Setup window or use the built-in ADMIN_SYSTEM_001* role.
4. Now, proceed to assign the user login to the sysadmin role in SQL Server. Open Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, open the Security folder, open the Logins subfolder.

5. Double-click on the corresponding user login to open the Login Properties window. Select the Server Roles page and mark the sysadmin role.

6. Click the OK button to finalize the configuration.
Now your Dynamics GP user should be able to setup new users and maintain existing ones, along with performing other SQL Server maintenance activities within the application.
Related Articles

  • The Microsoft Dynamics GP Application Level Security Series. David Musgrave at Developing for Dynamics GP. Click here.
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Password Implementation. Click here.

Until next post!
Mariano Gomez, MIS, PMP, MVP, MCP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

Posted by Mariano Gomez at 8:00 AM

The Dynamics GP Blogster: Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 Poweruser role vs SQL Server sysadmin role

Friday, April 17, 2009

SourceGear : DiffMerge


Product Features:

  • Diff  Graphically shows the changes between two files. Includes intra-line highlighting and full support for editing.
  • Merge  Graphically shows the changes between 3 files. Allows automatic merging (when safe to do so) and full control over editing the resulting file.
  • Folder Diff  Performs a side-by-side comparison of 2 folders, showing which files are only present in one file or the other, as well as file pairs which are identical or different.
  • Windows Explorer Integration. Right-click on any two files in Windows Explorer to diff them immediately.
  • Configurable. Rulesets and options provide for customized appearance and behavior.
  • International. Compatible with 42 different character encodings.
  • Cross-platform. Identical feature set on Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix.

DiffMerge 3.3 is now available, completely free!

SourceGear : DiffMerge

WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 SP2


WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 SP2

Just a quick note that the SP2 for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 will be available on April 28th 2009! More information can be found here.

Published Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:19 AM by AMazaheri

Ali Mazaheri, MCM : WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 SP2

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