Applying BizTalk hotfixes/app updates and impact on environment availability

  When you run BizTalk server you normally have plenty of mission critical applications running on it. Those that cannot go offline. I get a lot of questions around how to apply to fixes and impact on availability. There is no straight answer for that, it depends on what you are trying to do. I…

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Top 7 IT Pro Pain Points Simplified with MDOP

Everyone is familiar with top 10 lists. There’s the top 10 best dressed, worst dressed, dog names, places to vacation, etc.  Since this, however, is Microsoft, and it’s all about Windows 7, I figured we should do a top 7 list, and focus on the top 7 pain points that the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack,…

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When to write a custom BCS connector?

I have been asked this question several times during the last month and I have tried to shed some light on that during my session at OpenDoor Egypt. Today, I stumbled upon a good MSDN article that concisely answers this question : Differences Between Using the .NET Assembly Connector and Writing a Custom Connector Happy…

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Saudi Aramco Cloud Computing Forum

   I was surprised that an Enterprise Customer will be the first to organize such a successful visionary event in Saudi Arabia. This week, I had the pleasure to attend the Cloud Computing Forum organized by Saudi Aramco (largest Oil & Gas Company in MEA) in the City of Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Just to give…

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Desktop Virtualization

Microsoft Desktop Virtualization solutions help companies to reduce their total cost of ownership, increase business agility and continuity, enable anywhere access, and improve security and compliance. For companies new to desktop virtualization, deploying Microsoft Application Virtualization as a first step can provide immediate cost savings. Desktop Virtualization offers a broad portfolio of solutions that empower…

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The Diagonal Warehouse Design

Have you ever been in a situation when designing your warehouse where you had some measures that could not be grouped together due to dimensionality differences? A few measures that you can’t put into one Fact and of course, like me, you hate the idea of a Fact for each measure. I’ve been there and…

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Microsoft leading the Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace through SharePoint

Microsoft moved forward considerably on the 2010 Social Software for the Workplace Magic Quadrant.  Microsoft maintained its #1 position on the Ability to Execute axis and moved forward rather substantially on the Completeness of Vision axis, overtaking IBM and several other competitors there and coming very close to Jive. Also it’s worth mentioning that there…

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Windows 7 Features – BranchCache (Series 2)

Driven by challenges of reducing the costs and complexity of Branch IT, organizations are seeking to centralize applications. However, as organizations centralize applications, the dependency on the availability and quality of the wide-area network (WAN) link increases. The increased utilization of the WAN link is a direct result of centralization, as is the degradation of…

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Fun with Pipelining, Chaining & Linq – P2 (Actions from Text)

In a previous post I created a pipeline & executed it using extension methods & Action<t> function pointer. From quickly reading the code you will realize that you are bound only by 2 things 1)      You are bound by design time. All the pipelines has to be structured during development. 2)     You cannot dynamically load…

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Windows PowerShell: Why You Should Care?

If you’re one of the IT Pro guys whose their daily tasks are the administration of a set of desktops, servers, printers and other IT infrastructure components whether its software or hardware, or you’re a software developer who develops hundreds of lines of code daily then of course you would always be trying to find…