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Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials Now Available

Microsoft released a beta version of their popular (and effective) Microsoft Security Essentials today. It’s available to download over at the Connect website right here.





Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service. It’s designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine Windows – helping keep people protected from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

New features in the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include:

Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.
Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.
New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
Network inspection system* – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.

To download the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, click here to visit the Microsoft Connect page to register for the beta. Once completed – you will find the instructions for downloading and installing the beta.


source: windowsteamblog.com

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta | Download, Evaluate and Get Resources

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta | Download, Evaluate and Get Resources


Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta

Please Note: This early release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is not available for home users. The SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:
  • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
  • Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
  • Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
  • Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
  • Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
  • Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency
In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2already installed.
To learn more about piloting, deploying and managing Windows 7, visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.
To learn more about SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2, visit the SP1 Details Page.

Register for Download and Guided Evaluation

Review Windows 7* and Windows Server 2008 R2 system requirements and the frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Register for evaluation
Download and install beta software
Receive an email with resources to guide you
Question on the beta? Please visit the Windows Support Forum or the Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration & Deployment Forum for additional guidance
*Windows 7 Minimum System Requirements:
  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • DVD-compatible drive
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
Note: Some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, BitLocker, or navigation through the use of “touch,” may require advanced or additional hardware. Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and 15 GB of available disk space.
Download using Windows Update for the 32-bit or 64-bit versions or download the ISO which contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Check the FAQ for which version you should download.
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Each version is available in these languages: English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

How to Configure Windows 2003 server as NTP Server?

The Microsoft Windows operating systems from Windows 2000 onwards has a built-in time synchronization service – ‘Windows Time’. This article describes how to configure the Microsoft Windows 2003 and Windows 2000 time service as a NTP time server. It shows how to modify registry entries to configure the Microsoft Windows Time Service. The Windows Time service allows a Windows network to provide synchronisation of all machines within a domain.

Windows 2003 Server Configuration

Windows 2003 has expanded on the original Windows 2000 time service by providing a true NTP implementation. The time service, installed by default, can synchronise to a NTP Server. Indeed, by manipulating registry settings for the service it can act as both an NTP server and client to synchronise other network clients in the domain.

The ‘Windows Time’ service should be present in the systems service list. The application executable is ‘w32time.exe’. The parameter list for w32time can be found in the registry at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32Time

Before modifying registry entries it is good a dood idea to backup the registry settings. The registry can then be restored in the event of problems being encountered.
To configure a Windows 2003 machine to synchronise to an external NTP server, edit the following registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeConfigAnnounceFlags
Set the ‘Announce Flags’ registry entry to 5, to indicate a reliable time source.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeTimeProvidersNTPClientSpecialPollInterval
The ‘Special Poll Interval’ registry entry defines the period in seconds that the Windows 2003 machine should poll the NTP server. A recommended value is 900 seconds, which equates to every 15 minutes.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeParametersNtpServer
The ‘NTP Server’ parameter is used to provide a list of IP addresses or DNS names, separated by a space, of NTP servers that the Windows 2003 machine can synchronise to.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeTimeProvidersNTPServerEnabled
Changing the ‘Enabled’ flag to the value 1 enables the NTP Server.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeParametersType
Change the server type to NTP by specifying ‘NTP’ in the ‘Type’ registry entry.

Windows 2000 Time Service Configuration

Windows 2000 has an integrated time synchronisation service, installed by default, which can synchronise to a NTP Server. Indeed, by manipulating registry settings, the service can act as both an SNTP client and SNTP server to synchronise other network clients.

Before modifying registry entries it is good a dood idea to backup the registry settings. The registry can then be restored in the event of problems being encountered.
The ‘Windows Time’ service should be present in the systems service list. The application executable is ‘w32time.exe’. The parameter list for w32time can be found in the registry at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeParameters

Windows 2000 can operate as an NTP client and synchronise to an NTP server by setting parameter ‘NTP Server’ to the IP address of a NTP Server.

By default, the Microsoft Windows 2000 machine will synchronise to the specified NTP time server every 8 hours (or 3 times a day), which may not be enough to maintain accurate synchronisation. The period can be reduced by setting the ‘Period’ parameter to how many times a day synchronisation is required. Setting the period to 48 will activate synchronisation with the NTP server once every half hour.
Windows 2000 can also be configured to act as an NTP server by setting the ‘Local NTP’ parameter to ‘1’.

After editing any of the registry entries for the windows time service, the service must be restarted for the settings to take effect. The services can be started or stopped from the service control applet in ‘administrative tools’. Alternatively the service can be controlled via the DOS net command thus:

net start w32time
net stop w32time

NTP Troubleshooting

A number of problems can be encountered when configuring the Windows Time Service. NTP operates using the UDP protocol over TCP/IP. Therefore the TCP/IP network infrastructure must be operational for NTP to be effective. Synchronisation issues may arise when NTP attempts to synchronise to an inaccurate time reference or if network delays are excessive.

Synchronising Time on Network Devices

As well as synchronising Microsoft Windows servers and workstations, NTP can also be used to synchronise network devices, such as hubs, switches and routers. Any network device that can synchronise to a NTP server can be pointed to the Windows server to achieve time synchronisation. In this way the whole network and accompanying infrastructure can be synchronised.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/networks-articles/how-to-configure-windows-server-as-a-ntp-server-108481.html#ixzz0uT0666Tb
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How to Bypass Internet Filter at Work Or School

If some websites get blocked in your company or school, how to access those websites at work or school? Today more and more employers and schools are becoming aware of the amount of time their employees or students are spending using the Internet for personal reasons. The network administrator uses a firewall or proxy server to restrict access to websites or other Internet protocols. Since all your Internet communication passes through your network’s firewall, it’s not strange that some websites (like myspace or game sites) get censored in your company or school.

There are three easy ways to get around the Internet filter:

1. The easiest way is to use a web based proxy. A web-based proxy is powered by server-side software such as PHProxy, CGIProxy, Poxy or custom proxy scripts. A web based proxy has a web interface very similar to the google search box. Just enter the website address you want to visit in that box and click “submit” button, everything is done! You can find hundreds working web-based proxies at http://www.aplusproxy.com/webproxy.php.

2. Set a proxy in your Internet browser to browse blocked websites. This is not as simple as the first method, but it can be even more effective.
Pre-Step 1.) Go to the public proxy list at http://www.aplusproxy.com/proxylist/index.php.
Pre-Step 2.) Copy a few proxy addresses (Example – IP:Port) to the notepad. Some proxies may be dead so you need more than one proxy for test.
Then, if you’re using Internet Explorer:
Step 1.) Open your Internet Explorer.
Step 2.) On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, click Internet Options, click the Connections tab, and then click LAN Settings.
Step 3.) Under Proxy server, click to select the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box.
Step 4.) In the Address box, type the IP address of the proxy server.
Step 5.) In the Port box, type the port number of that proxy (such as 80 or 8080).
Step 6.) You can click to select the Bypass proxy server for local addresses check box (optional)
Step 7.) Click OK to close the dialog boxes.
Step 8.) Your IE should now be configured to browse the net through a proxy server.

Detailed setting For Firefox browser users is available at http://www.aplusproxy.com/faq/index.php.

3. Download free proxy software. Some proxy software (like Freenet, JAP, and Tor) can automatic search the proxies from the Internet and configure the browser setting for you. For more info, please go to http://www.aplusproxy.com/torpark.php.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/internet-articles/easily-bypass-internet-filter-at-work-or-school-76182.html#ixzz0uSyvPRlN
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The Importance of Teamwork

Whether in the workplace or on the football field, or even amongst members of a community, effective teamwork can produce incredible results. However, working successfully as a team is not as easy as it may seem. Effective teamwork certainly does not just happen automatically; it takes a great deal of hard work and compromise. There are a number of factors that must be in place to cohere together as a team and work seamlessly.

• Good leadership: Effective leadership is one of the most important components of good teamwork. The team’s leader should possess the skills to create and maintain a positive working environment and motivate and inspire the team members to take a positive approach to work and be highly committed. An effective team leader will promote a high level of morale and make them feel supported and valued.
• Clear communication: Communication is a vital factor of all interpersonal interaction and especially that of a team. Team members must be able to articulate their feelings, express plans and goals, share ideas and see each other’s viewpoints.
• Establishing roles: It is absolutely necessary for team members to understand what their role on the team is, what he/she is responsible for. The team leader can enable this by defining the purpose in a clear-cut manner in the beginning of the formation of the team.
• Conflict Resolution: Conflicts will arise no matter how well a team functions together. The best way to counter conflict is to have structured methods of conflict resolution. Team members should be able to voice their concerns without fear of offending others. Instead of avoiding conflict issues, a hands-on approach that resolves them quickly is much better. It is often advised that the team leader sit with the conflicting parties and help work out their differences without taking sides and trying to remain objective if possible.
• Set a good example: The team leader must set a good example for good teamwork to come about. In order to keep team members positive and committed and motivated, the team leader herself/himself needs to exhibit these qualities. The team looks to the leader for support and guidance so any negativity on the leader’s part can be disastrous.

Regardless of what type of sales you are in, you may one day be asked to be part of a team sales effort, and knowing how to effectively work on and with a team is going to be crucial to your success and that of your team.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/team-building-articles/the-importance-of-teamwork-381813.html#ixzz0uSy87gRa
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Server Too Busy, Too Hot, Too Slow? Proactive Remote Server Monitoring Tools Are Vital

After reading an article by Penny Crosman in the “Wall Street & Technology Reports” January 2009 edition about monitoring servers in a remote data center, a few thoughts on the importance of remote server monitoring were provoked.

The article discusses the need for in-depth remote server monitoring tools, monitoring dashboards, and skilled engineers who are capable of managing thousands of servers with millions of data points. Without the proper tools in place for monitoring servers, you may be lulled into a false sense of security about the health of your servers and the applications your customers depend on. You need proactive monitoring tools in place in order to know the server is in jeopardy – before it’s too late.

Think about it – how do customers feel in 2010 when they can’t access data?

Don’t you hate when you need to access a website and you receive “Server Too Busy” or another server/application error message? It almost always seems to happen when you need access to a website and you have limited time to grab the information and get your job done.

Receiving an error message is so frustrating! It’s bad enough when you squeeze in time on the weekend to pay bills online and can’t load your bank’s website. Just think about what paying customers feel like when they can’t access critical data that is absolutely necessary to complete their job.

The cause of the error is usually one of the following:

1) Too many users trying to access underpowered server hardware
2) Server application error
3) Client browser, software, or end-user hardware error
4) Insufficient Internet capacity or bandwidth at the hosting location
5) Server or network security breach

Making sure all of these issues are resolved can be very difficult. There’s tons of pressure on IT managers to keep costs low and provide excellent server uptime, especially in the post-2009 economy. A good IT architecture (think VMware, great hosting infrastructure, capable staff, solid applications) and reliable remote server monitoring is a fantastic place to start.

In 2010, keeping your servers running, regardless of where you host them (in-house, colocation, or in a managed dedicated server environment) requires the right tool set to manage the infrastructure. Do you grab some open source server and network monitoring code, learn how to use it, deploy it, configure the probes and monitoring thresholds, and hope it works? Or do you beg for capital to purchase enterprise monitoring tools, support, and the corresponding training sessions? Or do you outsource 24/7 monitoring and support service to an outside vendor.

This can be a hard question to answer. Each presents different resource demands for capital and operational expenses, and risk of downtime exposure.

Regardless of the hosting environment, remote server monitoring can go a long way in helping to limit those problems and help you avoid downtime. While, not the solution for all “Server Too Busy” problems, it helps to ensure that problems and potential problems are brought to awareness as quickly as possible – and hopefully before negatively impacting your online customers.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/databases-articles/server-too-busy-too-hot-too-slow-proactive-remote-server-monitoring-tools-are-vital-2830189.html#ixzz0uSwR1OBP
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Know About SQL

SQL seems to be the same basic concept in case you are familiar with databases. But let us make it more generic and view from the perspective of a layman who has no idea of any database. SQL is the short form of Structured. SQL statements have a special format defined. It has some special terms and conditions of tags that are arranged in a certain order.

Why SQL is required to be structured. Digging up the necessary information, we often ask questions or inquiries, and expect answers in the form of some decent data. SQL shares the same manner as a query that returns the data relevant and accurate. Language keyword is to respond to SQL in a way that other technical methods of standard script to follow certain predefined specifications.

Data can be stored in simple text files, Excel spreadsheets or databases. management systems, databases or database such as Microsoft Access are data containers in an organized manner. The data are organized in tables. The tables have rows and columns. Each attribute value is stored in these columns resulting in the lines.

These lines represent register. When a certain relationship is created between the tables, the database is called relational database relational databases (RDBMS) such as Microsoft SQL Server 2000. When a database is also concerned with objects, called DBMS object / relational (RDBMS) like Oracle. SQL acts as a tool to interact with these databases to different levels of data units.

With SQL, we can add new information needed to plan. SQL can also help us to manage and manipulate data. You can delete or modify rows in the record. And possible to delete an entire table or other parts of the database. It can also create a new table and its related objects. This indicates that the SQL may contain information and the database structure to lock. Can help manage and control a system database. Many users access the database. You can set permissions, permits and privileges limited, we can help SQL functionality.

The original version of SQL is designed to support only a simple database. But with the advent of new advanced features of databases of different software vendors had begun its own modified version of SQL database management system. Each version of the database, and new features were added to SQL statements. Some of them had expired. Compared to the original version, the latest version of SQL is more efficient and fast. It can handle a huge amount of information.

The examination has been reduced. Automatic scheduling of batch jobs and processes are common today. Notification and Reporting Services is integrated with a number of database servers like MS SQL Server 2008. Together with the SQL statements, the database also includes scripting code that can handle data transfer between the source and target different databases and servers. Therefore, SQL has a key role in almost every stage of processing.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/databases-articles/know-about-sql-2856811.html#ixzz0uStbWPXK
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