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Windows Server 2012 Beta Virtual Labs - My Thoughts On IT…

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Windows Server 2012 Beta Virtual Labs - My Thoughts On IT…:

If you want to run it under Windows 7 then I suggest you use Oracle’s free Virtual Box software. Here is a good blog post on how to get this going:

If you want to take it to the next level then install your own copy of Windows Server 2012 and kick the tires. You can download those Windows
2012 Beta files from here:
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SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit BOM (en-US) - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki

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SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit BOM (en-US) - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki:

Day 1: Introduction and Database Engine TopicsModule 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2012Module 2: Introduction to SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOnPresentation: Introducing High Availability and Disaster Recovery with SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOnConfiguring SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group ConnectivityConfiguring a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group ListenerIntroducing SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Readable Secondary ReplicasMaximizing Hardware Utilization with SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Readable Secondary ReplicasIntroducing SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Failover ClusteringConfiguring
SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Failover ClusteringModule 3: Exploring and Managing SQL Server 2012 Database Engine ImprovementsColumnstore IndexesAccelerating Data Warehouse Queries with SQL Server 2012 Columnstore IndexesTable Partitioning ImprovementsSecurity and Auditing ImprovementsCustomizing Server Roles in SQL Server 2012 Extended Events EnhancementsDistributed Replay UtilityModule 4: SQL Server 2012 Database Server ProgrammabilitySimplified Result Set Paging with SQL Server 2012Spatial Improvements Implementing a 'Nearest Neighbor' Spatial Query with SQL Server 2012Storing and Querying Documents with SQL Server 2012Accessing Documents With SQL Server 2012 FileTableSQL Server 2012 Express Local Database Runtime Local Database Runtime as an Embedded DatabaseDay 2:...(Read whole news on source site)

Toob – London Underground travel app

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I have recently been working on an application called Toob as an entry for CodeProject’s App Innovation Contest. It is a London Underground travel app for Windows 8 that will be released to the Windows Store in due course. It is currently a work in progress but I have written an article introducing the application [...]

Simple AES (Symmetric Key) Encryption in WinRT

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source: Symmetric key encryption, also called secret key encryption, requires that the key used for encryption also be used for decryption. You can use a SymmetricKeyAlgorithmProvider object to specify a symmetric algorithm and create or import a key. You can use static methods on the CryptographicEngine class to encrypt and decrypt data by using the algorithm and key. Under normal circumstances on top of the encryption key used, you would need to send vector values which is used as the initialization vector. However, for a simple scenario (e.g. you want to send a password value
from the client to the server or vice-versa, and you don't want to do a post with clear-text). You wouldn't go through the trouble of carrying the IV buffer to the client side as well. So here is a simple implementation that uses the AES encryption with ECB cipher mode and PKCS7 padding (PKCS #7 algorithms automatically pads the message to an appropriate length, so you don't need to pad the cipher to a multiple of the block-size of the encryption algorithm you are using) ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Event: Visual Studio User Group Event with Shanku Niyogi

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If you're a .NET developer (or just interested in finding out more about developing Microsoft applications), come along to the Visual Studio 2012 launch event in Reading! This event includes a presentation by Shanku Niyogi from Microsoft. Shanku leads the team responsible for testing Microsoft’s developer tools (including the Visual Studio and the .NET Framework). Free pizza and refreshments will be provided. This event is organised by Tim Leung (VBUG) and Microsoft. As places are strictly limited, please register via the following site:

Event: Umbraco UK Festival 2012 - 26th October 2012

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With more than 135,000 websites worldwide running on Umbraco, it is one of the most deployed web content management systems on the Microsoft stack. It powers websites for some of the largest companies in the world including Microsoft, Tesco, Heinz and the BBC to name but a few. Now in its 3rd year, the Umbraco UK festival, hosted by Umbraco Gold partner, The Cogworks, is the largest Umbraco event in the UK, regularly pulling in over 130 attendees, and this year is no exception with 170 signed up so far. It's bigger, louder and even more awesome than
ever. We have a larger, better venue with some great talks lined up from some of Umbraco and the web industries brightest stars including:- - Microsofts very own Giles Davies presenting Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Giles will go through what's new, unit testing, the new mocking framework and new capabilities like code clone analysis, agile planning tools and much, much more. - Umbraco Founder Niels Hartvig and Per Ploug Hansen presenting project 'Belle', the first public prototype of the new Umbraco UI - Ismail Mayat, Cogworks Senior Developer showing how to get the best out...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2012 | Forrester Blogs

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Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2012 | Forrester Blogs:

Microsoft’s strategy to become a major player in the cloud (both enterprise and public), and changing the dynamics of the emerging competitive battle with VMware as both attempt to become the center of what VMware has begun marketing as the "software-defined data center” 

From a tactical perspective, I don’t expect large numbers of users to abandon their investment in VMware and march to Hyper-V and its shiny new tools and capabilities, because migrations between functionally similar platforms are generally an inefficient investment of resources. 

MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

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Microsoft Virtual Labs - Hyper-V Edition:

After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a Web Farm using Windows Azure Management Portal, configure Load Balancing in IIS, deploy a Simple MVC4 Application that consumes SQL Server Features, and create a VM with SQL Server Full-Text Search feature to be consumed by the MVC Application.

#661 – ButtonBase.Click Event vs. Mouse Click Events

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Controls that derive from ButtonBase, like the standard Button, inherit a Click event that fires when user clicks on the button using the left mouse button. Because ButtonBase inherits from UIElement, a Button will also have access to all of the mouse button events defined for UIElement. Because the Button does something in response to button presses, it swallows the bubbling events (e.g. MouseLeftButtonDown [...]