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So, I am lying on my couch doing all things of the nothing variety, so to appease my sense of need to do something, I grabbed my win phone 7 mobile and started looking through the apps.

Yep, found the WordPress app in the marketplace and thought, sweet! So I’ve installed it and am making this post from that app.

So my opinion, pretty good, it should have the ability to be used in landscape mode but it works well. And now that I have almost finished this mobile blog update… Guess I had best get off the couch and do something :D
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Watch this video, it gives some solid advise on how to get the most of of your presentations, and how to make them work better for you.

Office Casual–Better Presentations

This is useful for anyone who does presentations.

 

 

 

This post is for the Digital Environment students, week 4. For those who missed out on the tutorial, here is an abbreviated version so you don’t feel left out Smile

Simple website, with a few subfolders, pages are linked through these sub folders as are images.

Anyway, watch learn and have fun Smile

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Wow, there you go the migration process from windows live to wordpress took a huge 5 minutes and was exceptionally easy :) Couple of clicks and it was all good, kinda nice to know that the transistion is that easy. Of course the interesting fact is the change over from live to wordpress.  Next stage is to set up live writter for it, which looked like it might be just as easy :)

 

image Get it from here:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/internet-explorer/products/ie-9/home?os=win7&arch=a&browser=ie

I’ve received the following information from Microsoft in regards to IE 9, so I’m posting this while I’m installing it. So once you have it up and running, go here: www.beautyoftheweb.com and have a look, see what IE 9 can do.  I have removed some of the post as it would make no sense to the rest of us :)

____________________________  From Microsoft _________________________________

With Internet Explorer 9, we’ve aimed to achieve four primary goals:

· Speed: creating a browser that takes full advantage of your PC with hardware acceleration across GPU and multi-core CPUs, enabling your code to deliver near-native performance without having to write it differently.

· Standards: supporting the HTML5 technologies that developers and standards bodies tell us are stable enough for vendor implementation, providing a complete implementation of those standards that enables developers to write the same markup for all standards-compliant browsers.

· Site-centric: in IE9, we have a new streamlined interface that allows the site experience to shine through. We’ve worked on enabling web developers to more fully integrate with Windows through “site mode”, which offers the ability to pin a site with dynamic jump lists, custom thumbnail previews, and notification icons.

· Secure: we’ve retained our efforts on ensuring that IE9 protects you from Internet threats, providing users with extra safeguards against malware and phishing sites.

At the event, Dean Hachamovitch will offer an opening keynote that will be streamed live on the web, and then the partner pavilion will open up, demonstrating new IE9 experiences built by partners from around the world. As fellow developer evangelists, I wanted to give you a heads-up on some of those site experiences so you can demonstrate them to your own customers from today.

In terms of site mode, John Richards’ team has worked with some of you and an A-Z of partners to deliver integration with some of the most commonly-accessed experiences on the web. Right now, you can pin live sites like Facebook, Amazon, eBay, CNN, Twitter or WSJ to your Windows 7 taskbar, and you’ll see rich icons, jumplists and notifications in action. Try it out as soon as you download the beta – pin your favorite sites on the web and see how they look.

For HTML5, we’ve worked with a variety of top design agencies, partners and global brands to deliver some stunning experiences that fully take advantage of the hardware acceleration support in IE9. No other browser vendor has pushed the bar for HTML5 as far as we have, and you’ll want to add these demos to your arsenal as soon as possible. A couple of examples that are particular favorites of mine (please don’t share them until 11am Pacific):

· The Killers (http://www.thekillersmusic.com/html5) – one of the biggest rock bands in the world go live with a full IE9-optimized HTML5 site today! Showcasing video, Canvas, WOFF fonts, SVG – this site is full of easter eggs and the band love what IE9 provides.

· Jitterbugs (http://html5.cynergysystems.com) – a game that uses Canvas, SVG, WOFF and audio to deliver an experience that you’d have never been able to do in a browser before IE9. Try it on Chrome – it runs almost hilariously slowly.

· WebVizBench (http://www.webvizbench.com) – a benchmark for HTML5 built with data from KEXP that scales up to even high-end graphical hardware – with video, animations, WOFF and Canvas, you’ll want to try this on your home machine!

· Rough Guides (http://makethemost.roughguides.com/) – this blurs the lines between a web page and a full application, integrating data from Flickr and curated content into a beautiful, zoomable interface.

· Never Mind the Bullets (http://www.nevermindthebullets.com/) – a parallax comic built with HTML5.

· Agent 008 Ball (http://www.agent8ball.com) – a pool game with a spy theme that uses Canvas, audio, WOFF fonts.

· AP Timeline Reader (http://html5.labs.ap.org/) – a news reader with a difference – browse through the articles that you’re interested in reading and add them to a queue; then read them in a clutter-free environment with customizable fonts and high-res photos.

I hope you’ll agree that these are pretty stunning. And of course, all of them can be pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar with hi-res icons.

· And of course, all the demos along with a live stream of the keynote will be live at http://www.beautyoftheweb.com.

Thank you – it’s a beautiful day for the web!

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End user perspective :)

- Install, easy download, accept and wait :)

I did have some pre-reqs to install (I’m running Win 7 x64) get them here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2399238

2 reboots later from the patches, and we’re away. Ok, promoted on first run to disable addons, interesting, a quick look at this area shows that if my add-ons take longer than 0.2 seconds then I will be prompted to disable them…. sweet, speed speed speed :)

A new look tool bar

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Your’s won’t look as cool as mine as I have a batman background but that’s part of the image you see on the right of it.  We have our forward/backward navigation, an address bar to put in out address details and a tab location. All those other buttons have been condensed into the 3 icons on the right, home favourite and tools.

Time for a surf….

There’s no bottom bar, so the browser blends into the task bar, which is quite nice. It’s good, nice and quick there’s more screen real estate to work with as well, with makes for a cleaner view on websites.  And my blog site loads quick!!!

I like. A big enhancement to general web surfing. and it’s only in beta!!! Awesome :)

 

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Yes, it’s back again, Tech Ed on the Gold Coast!!!! So this should be one heck of a busy and interesting week. For those who have never attended a Tech Ed, boy, are you guys and girls in for some fun.  You need to head over to the Tech Ed Site (http://australia.msteched.com/default.aspx)  and check out the sessions that are on, if you’re staying more than 10 minutes walk away, you’ve got parking options at the convention centre and you could probably sneak your car into the casino and walk over.

What’s on offer this year, well, I’m going to see if I can check out a lot of the gear that is revolving around Windows phone 7, should be awesome. We have awesome keynote speakers. There is 230 sessions listed on the website, so pick and choose where you’re going well. Here’s a sample list:

  • DEV252 Building Windows Phone 7 Applications in Silverlight
    • Speaker(s): Peter Torr
    • Consistent and predictable user experiences are a core feature of Windows Phone 7, and the application model is a key piece of the puzzle. Windows Phone 7 represents a new approach to smartphone UI, so come and learn how to build innovative new applications that feel right at home on the phone by taking advantage of panoramic views, page-based navigation, tombstoning, and more.
  • DEV280 Getting the Windows Phone 7 User Experience Right
    • Speaker(s): David Powell
    • Understanding the Windows Phone 7 User Experience and the UI Design Language is key to winning consumers and building apps that blend beautifully with the overall Windows Phone 7 experience.  Be you a designer, a developer or both, this session will help you understand what is takes to build a WOW phone experience.
  • DEV354 Shake, Rattle and Roll with Windows Phone 7
    • Speaker(s): Nick Randolph
    • What distinguishes a Windows Phone 7 application from a regular desktop application is that it can make use of the features of the phone. In this session you’ll learn how to initiate tasks to capture photos from the camera, save a phone number, make a call and send an sms. The hardware integration goes much further with built in support for an accelerometer and FM radio tuner. When combined with the rich media aspects of Silverlight on the device, your Windows Phone 7 application will be set to keep you rocking all night long.
  • DEV356 Advanced Windows Phone Services
    • Speaker(s): Nick Randolph
    • Building Windows Phone 7 applications is all about combining the power of Silverlight on the device with services in the cloud. You can offload long running processes to a worker process hosted in Windows Azure, and receive a push notification when it completes. Your application can also leverage the location services to provide more context rich information. This session walks through how you can consumer a number of cloud-based services such as Messenger Connect, Windows Azure storage and OData WCF Data Services from within your Windows Phone 7 application. Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without the mandatory discussion on how to handle connectivity issues, such as caching and synchronization.
  • DEV358 Windows Phone 7 + XNA. Bringing it all together for Games Development.
    • Speaker(s): Chris Walsh
    • Windows Phone 7 + XNA. The partnership you’ve been missing for Game Development. The XNA development platform has been around for years. First started off enabling developers to write games for the Xbox, Xbox360 & Zune devices. Now Microsoft have brought the amazing platform to Windows Phone 7. It enables developers to build extremely powerful and top class games. In this session, Chris will walk you through the constructs of the game template, and show you how to port the classic game in “Pong” to Windows Phone 7 using XNA.
  • DEV359 From Phone Zero to Phone Hero in 60 minutes
    • Speaker(s): Chris Auld, Chris Klug
    • Join Chris Squared (Chris Auld & Chris Klug) from Intergen as they build a real Windows Phone 7 app from scratch in 60 minutes. This is a hard core, dual data projector, coding marathon. Chris and Chris will build a Windows Phone 7 series app including Windows Azure hosted push notifications, a rich Silverlight UI and partner integration. You’ll see how to take an idea from concept to the Windows Phone Marketplace in just an hour. In other words, not your general Hello World application.
  • THGTU03 Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Phone 7: A duet made in the cloud
    • Speaker(s): Dimaz Pramudya
    • Dimaz Pramudya will do a quick lap around building WP7 application that integrates with Dynamics CRM Online. The demo will show how easy it is to build a service that pulls down the data from CRM Online and automatically convert them to JSON format for consumption within the WP7 app. There will be few interesting UX tips and tricks shown during the demo.

 

I’m thinking Dev 358 is going to be awesome so I hope to see you there.  As you can see, this is just a small sampling of the sessions that are available to those who attend, and don’t forget the after party :)

 

Welcome Reception

party people

Tuesday, 24 August | 6pm – 9pm | Tech•Ed Expo
Following this year’s Keynote, come along to get to know your fellow Tech•Ed delegates over a casual drink and experience the Microsoft Showcase. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how Microsoft products fit into a range of everyday, real-life scenarios. The Showcase will cover:

  • ManCave – a technology filled room every man (or woman) wishes they could have, featuring Xbox 360, Xbox Live, IE8 and
    Windows 7
  • Developer Central – everything to get the developer in you totally excited, featuring MSDN and Azure
  • Tech Central – for the IT Pros among you, featuring Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V Live Migration, Remote FX, Clustering, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, plus loads more
  • Conference – the ultimate room for government and enterprise industries, featuring Sharepoint, Communicator, Office Suite, BPOS, SQL Server, CRM and Windows Phone 7
  • On the Move – all the latest technologies to keep you connected wherever you are, featuring Windows Phone 7, Windows 7, Office, Communicator, Xbox Live and Outlook
  • Home – connect your home office and entertainment systems, featuring Windows 7, Office Suite, Sharepoint, Outlook, Windows Live, IE8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Xbox 360, Kinect, Xbox Live
Tech•Ed Party

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Thursday, 26 August | 6.30pm – 10.30pm | Throughout the Conference Centre
Join us for one massive night-in to finish up your Tech•Ed 2010 experience! Covering all of the essentials of any good house party, you will be able to hang out in the lounge (Xbox games), check out the home theatre (comedy short films), get up to mischief in the rumpus room (laser tag and arcade games) and even enjoy the great outdoors in our very own backyard (backyard cricket anyone?)

 

As you can see, it’s gonna be a fun time for sure. Kinect will be there :)

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If you haven’t heard of this competition yet, what rock have you been hiding under??? Admittedly I haven’t blogged about it until now, but if you’re a Griffith uni student you should have been able to access the many posters/handouts and talks I’ve presented on the subject.

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So for those who are wondering what to do, here’s the email that has been sent around and around and around (the uni at least :) ) Basically, you have to promote Windows 7, the bigger the bolder the better. Go Nuts!!!!

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Here’s the website (http://www.facebook.com/TheStudentHouse) go sign up and be part of fun. The weekly winners have managed to win themselves laptops, smart phones first winner got sky diving, second winner got how to fly a plane. As you can see the prizes are worth the effort. So head on out there and have some fun promoting Windows 7.

 

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You know when Mix starts up, things change in the IT world, things change pretty impressive. Yesterday it was XNA 4, Silverlight 4 for the windows phone series 7, today Internet Explorer 9. This is a test drive so a bunch of things could go pear shape but, you’ve gotta be curious and test out the new things. Get it here:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

So what is this preview version, it’s the render engine; that’s basically the core part of the browser which determines how fast items turn up on your screen. So here’s what it looks like upon installation:

imageOkay, so it doesn’t have the reflection, I add that to the images I put on here to make them look better :)  So this initial page leads onto a bunch of test that are designed to show of the capabilities of the render engine, and I must admit now that I have run through all the tests, it’s looking like it has quite a bit of potential. The main reason I decided to have a look is because of a tweet from William Stanek:

“williamstanek For benchmark performance, #IE9 is up to 7X faster than #IE8, approaching speed of #chrome and #opera

imageSpeed improvement, its always, all about speed. Especially now days. Windows 7 brought a lot of speed to the desktop, IE 9 is catching up on the speed of the other browsers, this is quite a good thing. Personally, I’m going to test IE 9 engine on facebook, let’s face facts if it can handle facebook with speed, then it’s a major improvement. Just quickly about it, some issues with flash inside of Facebook, but wow did my homepage for facebook render quickly. Rendering through photos was pretty impressive too. I like it, it shows that IE 9 is going to be quite good. Bing flies with IE 9, the image cache was filled really well and the video rendering was awesome.

I know its only a preview, but I certainly hope it stays that fast. At this point in time, it is a lot faster than my version of Firefox. Now if only they can put in an ad blocker by default.

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Mix is underway (http://live.visitmix.com/) with streaming video for the event, the sessions are going to be streamed and able for download, best estimates from the opening stream is within 72 hours of the end of mix. There is a lot of information regarding windows phone series 7, which is the big one.

For those who are into developing:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2338b5d1-79d8-46af-b828-380b0f854203&displaylang=en

This download is a 230MB download which contains

  • Visual Studio 2010 Express with Windows Phone 7 support
  • Silverlight 4
  • XNA 4
  • Windows Phone 7 emulator (which actually runs the WP7 OS in a VM)

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I’m currently in the process of installing this set of tools, so it should be pretty interesting to see what I end up with. The extremely cool part in regards to the coding is that there isn’t a huge learning curve in regards to languages. XNA and Silverlight is the way to go.

Did I mention it was free to download the development kit? No, my bad. But how cool is this, we have months to build and test apps before getting our hands on the phone. This should give developers a lot of time to prepare new apps for the phone, so when it does arrive, you can build corporate/government/games all before the phones hit your place of business.

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So I’ve opened up the developer tools, used a default template and ran it.  We’re looking at Xaml as the primary coding language for the apps. There is some basic animation and navigation with the emulator that just makes the phone series 7 look like it is going to be an awesome phone. If you’ve never seen a Zune (Most of us in Aus) and you’re curious as to how this all feels, then download the develop tools and start having a play. Movement in the emulator is extremely sweet and intuitive.

Access to settings for the phone in the emulator will allow for some nice simple changes, of course the settings aren’t huge, but it is easy to move through the settings. One of the cool things, I just found is the emulator has the ability to bounce from portrait to landscape view, this is going to allow for a full blown game/app to be easily developed and tested.

Ok, I’m going to keep watching some Mix videos and play with the emulator. Race you to build an app :)

 

Author: Multiple Authors 

Website to Order: Microsoft Press Shop

(http://www.mspress.com.au/)

Rating:  stars

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Okay, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a review on any books, there is a good reason for that. The last set I ordered to review was a set of 6 books, and believe you me, it takes awhile to read through that many tech books. But was it worth…. oh hell yeah. The amount of knowledge contained in any one of these books is astounding, having them all together in the one package.. wow.

Ok, so briefly what do you get when this bad boy of knowledge turns up, an excellent selection of 6 books :

  • Powershell scripting Guide
  • Active Directory
  • Security
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0
  • Administration – Productivity Solutions for IT professionals
  • Network and Networking Access Protection (NAP)

A companion CD that contains a copy of all the books, additional books :

  • Understanding IPv6
  • TCP/IP Protocols and Services
  • Chapters from 8 other books (No I am not listing all of those books as well :) )
  • A ton of scripts to help you administrate
  • Tools to assist with training
  • A page of hot links – to help locate information from the Microsoft site

So as you can see, this set is a treasure trove of knowledge, time to look at the books.

Powershell scripting Guide

image The book has the ability to teach and show you the power that is behind the powershell. It’s more than just a simple command line interface. Powershell has the ability to automate tasks, allow for setup and deployment of windows machines and basically make the administrators life a lot more easy. The book is split into four conceptual areas, these are understanding powershell, powershell and vista, powershell and windows 2008 and managing apps with powershell. The book is designed to allow you to bounce between sections so if you are after a certain aspect of knowledge retaining to scripts its possible to check that area without having to have read the information prior.

An interesting thing about powershell is that it is not installed by default, as such there is a small section detailing how to download and get powershell running. The more you look into the book, there are dozens, if not hundreds of cmdlets being shown through out the book, which gives information in regards to joining domains, configuring printers, hard drive management, shares, services, logs, network. This book pretty much is worth it just for the information that is shown.

Active Directory

image This particular book is a critical for anyone who is thinking of or is running a windows 2008 active directory system. As most will know Active directory came in around the time of Windows 2000, and it was a major leap over the NT systems that existed before. 2008 Active Directory is core to network these days, and the information shown in the book shows where active directory has grown and expanded upon it’s predecessors. The book is broken into multiple sections with the main intro being the ‘what has changed’ changed section. The book then leads into components, DNS, service replication. These introduction chapters are then proceeded by three chapters about design and implementation, a critical knowledge repository no matter how you look at it.

Part three of the book leads into Administrating active director, six chapters of intense knowledge, with the last three focusing on group policy. Which if any of you went to Tech Ed 2009 (Gold Coast version), there is some amazingly cool features that have been added and implemented for GPO. Part four branches into the methodology of maintaining a stable and well backed up active directory structure, so disaster recovery is covered in the section here.  The final section of the book, four chapters, deals with Identity and Management areas. Items such as Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, a new service with windows 2008 is discussed, Other aspects such as federation services, rights management and certificate servers are discussed with reference to planning and deployment.

Security

image Ah yes, security, the fiend of many an IT administrators nightmares. An ever evolving field where what was right today is wrong tomorrow as something new has been found out, programmed and basically changes the paradigm of what we knew. This book is good. You can’t deny that when new networks are put in things aren’t always as secure as they should be, thankfully this particular book broaches on all aspects of securing your network to ensure that you have the ability to leave the job and night and know that you‘ve done the best you can.

The book has 16 chapters split into 3 sub sections, like a majority of the resource kits, each subsection feeds into the knowledge contained further through the book. Part one consists of 8 chapters dealing with windows security fundamentals, such as firewalls, group policy, services, auditing and the easy read; what it is you are protecting and why.  Part 2 has a couple of chapters dealing with identity and access control within active directory, these particular chapters show you the smart way of enhancing the security of the network. The final 6 chapters found in part three relate to common security situations, these are simple and often assumed aspects of security, but need to be examined in more depth; this is patching, securing the server roles, securing server apps. Securing the branch office is a chapter that really deals with how the remote office should be looked at.

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You know it, I know it. The world we live in exists due to the existence of web servers, and thankfully, IIS 7 has been the big bad rebuilt from the ground up to be faster, less resource hungry and easier to manage. The modular aspect of the new design makes IIS 7 a far more impressive web server than before. 3rd party tools like PHP & MySQL can now be linked into this powerful web server in addition to ASP.NET and MSSQL. The power of both the free and corporate worlds.

So the book,  four parts; foundation, deployment, administration, troubleshooting and performance.  Foundation as you would expect, covers the very basic rewritten web server that is IIS 7. It covers the new architecture , how the modular system now works, the configuration system and of course,  what’s new from the previous version of IIS.  Deployment is probably the shortest section of the book, but it is quite an interesting read especially the command line pkgmgr.exe that allows you to install IIS from the command line. It also covers the removal of IIS from your system, which is useful in sandbox environments.  Administration is the big one, with the new modularity of IIS 7 comes new challenges and new ways to do old things, and the  8 chapters on this topic is quite useful.  The final part of the book, troubleshooting and performance has 3 chapters ranging from logging to tracing and performance tweaks. All in all quite useful.

Administration – Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals

image Well this book is a lot different than the other books, its not so much a here is the new technology and here is what it can do type book, it’s a collection of scenarios with real world solutions. Think of it as a portable IT Consultant, without the pay per hour expense which I’m sure most administrators would like. This book is a here is your situation and this is the technology and the method in which you could deploy it to achieve your goals. This different methodology of showing you is quite a good concept and I enjoyed it as you can always relate scenarios back to your own personal real world counter parts.

As such this book is pretty awesome, when you combine your own knowledge with what’s on offer, the best scenario is an improvement of your current skill set or at the very worst, a confirmation that you have a current high standard in how you go about promoting and deploying a Microsoft solution. The methods shown point out possible pain aspects of a deployment and then solutions to these pain sections and ways to avoid them in the first place. An aspect that I found very very cool within this book was that it didn’t just relate to the latest and great technology that is out there, it relates all the way down to 2003 migration and dealing with XP clients. So all in all, it’s definitely worth the read.

Network and Networking Access Protection (NAP)

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Let’s talk networking, and this is definitely the book that explains it for you, covering IPv4, IPv6, DHCP, scalability, firewall, security, QoS and that’s just part one of the four parts on offer. Part one effectively covers the packet flow infrastructure, which now that I think about would have been a great resource when I was studying for my CCNA. Anyways, the information in the first part is awesome and would be extremely useful for any uni student learning networking.  Part two covers DNS and WINS. DNS is essential for any internet and networking so when I saw that WINS was included, I was curious; but as expected, the WINS is only need for NT or 95 and earlier operating systems, so in today’s world of XP/Vista/7 machines and 2000/2003/2008 servers… skip this part of the book :)

The third part of the book covers Network Access Infrastructure, this is a great set of five chapters covering in detail Authentication, wireless, wired and VPN technology. Remote access and site to site VPNs are good reads, with in-depth information regarding planning and deploying these solutions. The fourth part consists of six chapters covering Network Access Protection. After the introduction to what network access protection is, the there are chapters relating to VPN and DHCP enforcement of security and protection. Setting up and deployment of 802.1x networks was a great insight to the power of ACLs and VLANs.

 

So there you have it, a brief overview of probably one of the most detailed and impressive resources to cover the Windows 2008 technology. Security, deployment, planning, solutions for real world scenarios. It’s all there. With of course additional books of knowledge on the companion disc. All in all, this is an impressive set of books to have.

till next time.

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