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General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

Meet Bakfy: An anonymous Secret App for Students

Bakfy is India’s 1st anonymous mobile app for students. Started by bunch of alumni from DCE, NIT and ISB, Bakfy provides Students a platform to share anything – campus gossip, secrets, rumors, jokes/memes, and thoughts/views – anything under the sun, with other students. No friend request. No following someone.

Bakfy also gets best feeds from campuses across the country.  Anonymity empowers users to express themselves freely and have real conversations unlike facebook which has become a pretentious platform to show how awesome your life is.

While speaking to one of the founding members Ashutosh Garg, he explained the idea behind the app; he said and I quote  “We were discussing about college life and feeling nostalgic about it. Discussion eventually boiled down to the fact that college life can be and should be much more fun than what currently is. The biggest problem we realised was the social constraint on facebook with parents, family, friends – basically the whole world watching you and judging you. Then there are stories of youngsters being prosecuted for expressing themselves freely on social media. We thought how cool a social network will be wherein there is no pressure of reputation and social stigma and where people can share their deepest thoughts freely. One thing led to another and we ended up developing the 1st version in 3 weeks and launch in a local college.”

bakfyFeatures of Bakfy:

  • The coolest and most adopted feature of Bakfy is Anonymity. Students can post anything without giving out their identity. We assign names on real time so obscure the identity of users.
  • There is no concept of friend request. Students can share something with their whole college or with the larger audience across all colleges. The whole point is to connect a student with millions of other students across the country.
  • Bakfy is mobile only app. There is no web interface. Currently live on Android and Windows, it provides on-the-go user experience.
  • Users can invite their friends anonymously and earn free recharge and Bakfy t-shirts
  • Users can share both text and photos.

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Bakfy was launched in April 2014 with few IITs and NITs. People were very keen about the concept and were spending hours on it despite their exams. That certainly gave them the confidence and they opened up the platform to all colleges across India.

Bakfy is becoming an app for real conversations with people like you and to truly express yourself in front of the world.

Currently Bakfy is live in 30+ colleges across the country from NIT Srinagar to VIT Vellore and IIT Guwahati to DAIICT Gandhinagar. So far they have seen great response and thousands of posts shared till date. If you are a student and love to share your own rants and queries, this is the app for you!

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General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

Ebook – Strengthening Application Security with Identity Fraud Prevention Systems

In the new Essentials Series entitled Strengthening Application Security with Identity Fraud Prevention Systems, IT expert and author Ken Hess shows you how to protect your clients from identity theft using new methods of verification and authentication. You will learn how to overcome regulatory compliance concerns surrounding knowledge-based authentication and verification and determine whether your current (or proposed) identity fraud prevention system will scale future risks. This complete series includes the following articles:

  • Article 1: Incorporating Identity Verification and Knowledge-Based Authentication into Your Applications
  • Article 2: Overcoming the Regulatory, Security, and Compliance Concerns of Knowledge-based Authentication
  • Article 3: The Evolution of Identity Verification and Authentication from Static to Data-Driven Questions

Download this Free ebook Guide on Strengthening Application Security with Identity Fraud Prevention Systems for more information.

Note: You will need to create a profile in Realtime Nexus (The Digital Library for IT Pros) when you click the above link.

Courtesy: Realtime Nexus

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General Microsoft

Ebook – The Business Benefits of Rapid Application FailOver

You know the drill. A critical application fails in your network, and your business grinds to a complete halt. The loss of critical applications from corruption, misconfiguration, power or network loss, or worst-case disasters are major impacts on your business and your job. You need to implement tools that prevent service interruption through rapid and automated failover.

The Essentials Series: The Business Benefits of Rapid Application Failover explains the technology behind and business benefits of just those capabilities. In three articles, you’ll learn why and how to implement application failover along with successful failback to keep your critical applications running.

  • Article 1: Defining the Peril of Application Downtime
  • Article 2: The Power of Rapid Application Failover
  • Article 3: The Critical Role of Failback in Application Disaster Recovery

Download this Free ebook Guide on The Business Benefits of Rapid Application for more information.

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You would also be interested in downloading these e-books:

If you are interested in some more Free Books/Magazines –

IT – Software & Development – Ebooks / White Papers from TradePub – Browse through this extensive list of free IT – Software & Development magazines, white papers, downloads and podcasts to find the titles that best match your skills; topics include web development, programming, software design and application software. Simply complete the application form and submit it. All are absolutely free to professionals who qualify. – Browse through the collection here

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Microsoft Virtualization Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) – Introduction

Windows XP Mode was introduced in Windows 7 as one of mitigation which would allow users to run legacy applications on Windows 7 as of one Compatibility solutions.  This method looks cool and easy. Its suited for individuals or small scale companies. However, when the size of the organization is high, this solution is not advised. It is not easily manageable and thats exactly where MED-V comes to help!

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), enables deployment and management of Microsoft virtual PC Windows desktops to address key enterprise scenarios. Primarily, MED-V helps enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows even when some applications are not yet functional or supported. MED-V builds on top of Virtual PC to run two operating systems on one device, adding virtual image delivery, policy-based provisioning, and centralized management.

MED-V helps to minimize application-to-operating system compatibility issues while accelerating operating system migration. In fact, MED-V helps remove the barriers of upgrading the operating system. By delivering Windows XP or Windows 2000 productivity applications in a Virtual PC, you can complete testing more quickly and manage incompatible applications after the upgrade. MED-V also gives users a seamless experience because virtualized applications can be accessed from the standard desktop Start menu and appear alongside native applications.

To Install, Setup and Work with Virtual Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 – Read this article

When you add MED-V to a Microsoft Virtual PC, you’ll get the following administration capabilities:

  • Virtual images repository and delivery to provide mechanisms for simplifying the process of creating, testing, delivering, and maintaining virtual images from a central location.
  • Centralized management and monitoring to help administrators manage the entire life-cycle of virtual machines deployed on desktops throughout the enterprise
  • Usage policy and data transfer control on the MED-V client to enforce user or group usage policies, access permissions to virtual images, and data transfer permissions

In coming days, you will read more on this topic!

Courtesy: Microsoft Virtualization Team Blog

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Community Activities Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Moving Applications to Windows 7 and App-V | Flexera Software Webinar

Join Flexera Software™, the leading provider in Windows® 7 application readiness solutions, for a discussion of how you can automate and standardize OS migration and application virtualization projects to ensure a fast and successful application deployment. This Webinar will explore an end-to-end process for Windows 7 and App-V application migration projects, strategies to reduce the cost and complexity and also, how a continuous application readiness process creates a repeatable and reliable standard for your next migration project.

In this Webinar you learn the “6 Steps to Faster Windows 7 Application Migration” and how to:

  • Drive down the cost and complexity of preparing for a Windows 7 software deployment
  • Speed conversion of MSI packages to App-V and other virtualized formats
  • Shift from reactive to proactive application management
  • Better understand your application estate
  • Make sure your applications are ready to move when you are
  • Reduce manual migration to save time and resources

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, Time: 9:00 PT / 11:00 CT / 12:00 EST

Register for the Webinar here

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General Google

How Secure is Google Apps for Enterprise?

Google Apps is a web-based suite of messaging and collaboration applications. It’s all hosted by Google, and designed with security and reliability in mind, saving your company the frustrations and hassles of managing traditional IT solutions yourself. 

“Well, How Secure is Google Apps??” I reckon, most of us ask this question whenever someone talks about the cost saving features and other capabilities Google Apps provide. Indeed, there is nothing wrong in worrying about the security of ‘your’ Data.  Also, with so many corporates Going Google, this question become a very valid one.

Google has released a white paper to give enterprise customers greater transparency into Google’s security practices, policies, and technology involving Google Apps.

Download the Google Apps security white paper to understand more [pdf format]

Google Team says, “Feeling comfortable storing data in the cloud involves trusting a cloud services provider and the practices and policies they have in place. In today’s ultra-connected, web-capable world, understanding how data will be protected is ultimately more meaningful than knowing it is physically located in one data center or another.”

Also, Google stores customer data in fragments across multiple servers and across multiple data centers to both enhance reliability and provide greater security than can be achieved by storing all data on a single server. When only fragments are kept in any one place, the chance that a possible physical or computer-based compromise could result in the loss of meaningful information is greatly reduced. Read more at the Official Google Enterprise Blog

If you are looking at Implementing Google Apps in your organization / your domain, I recommend you read The Google Apps Deployment Planning Steps and Use-Case Scenarios for more information!

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How-to Microsoft Virtualization

Download SuperFlow for Application Virtualization [App-V] Sequencing

The Microsoft Application Virtualization (or App-V) Sequencer is a component of the App-V suite used to package your applications to be deployed to systems using the App-V client. Properly sequencing applications is the key to a successful App-V implementation. This SuperFlow provides detailed information about the Application Virtualization Sequencing process and covers information on setting up the sequencer, Sequencing an application, Configuring the application while sequencing and Validating Successful package creation and Sequencer troubleshooting with Windows Installer Logging

Application Virtualization Sequencing SuperFlow

Download the Application Virtualization Sequencing Superflow here [.msi format]

The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. Depending on the focus of the SuperFlow, you will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, real-world scenarios, troubleshooting information, security information, animations, or other information. Each SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download – Application Virtualization Client Log Parser Utility

This tool can be used to Parse the Log files in the App-V Environment. This log parser simplifies the task of looking through log files, being able to filter by log level, build report, launch failures, mini-dumps, minimum disconnected operation mode entries and more. Later, the appropriate party can import the data for analysis and/or utilization. 

You can use the fields and values contained in the output file to filter information obtained from the log files. The output file generated by the application log parser utility contains the following fields: System, OS, Build, Date, Time, Module, Log Level, hApp, App, User, Thread, and Message.

The information contained in the output file can also be imported into Microsoft Excel for subsequent evaluation. This Tool Filters client logs on log level, types of failure, upload time, launch times, etc.

 To use the Application Virtualization Log Parser utility, you can use the following syntax:

AppVClientLogParser.exe [filename [filename]…] [/P:path] [/O:file] [/N:days] [/D:delimiter] [TRD:threads] [/R] [/M:LogLevel] [/L:LogLevel] [/BLD] [/LF] [/DMP] [/MDO] [/S] [/LT] [/W] [/UT]

You can also check the Readme.html (which gets extracted along with the exe) to know more on the Command Line arguments for this executable!

Download this Application Virtualization Client Log Parser Utility here (exe format)

To provide feedback on this tool or report any problem, Raise your thought here – Microsoft App-V TechNet forums

You would also be interested in Reading this – Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 – Video Demonstrations and Tutorials

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Microsoft Virtualization Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 – Video Demonstrations and Tutorials

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5Learn how to create, configure, publish, and maintain virtual applications with Microsoft Application Virtualization with these eight new short videos from the Springboard Series.

Create a Virtual Application Using the App-V Sequencer

The Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that enables IT professionals to create a new virtual application. This video will walk you through the different files that make up a virtual application package and teach you how to:

  • Run the App-V 4.6 Sequencer to sequence an application.
  • Create file type associations and shortcuts.
  • Configure a custom application package.

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Launch a Virtual Application and Review Client Configuration

The Application Virtualization (App-V) Client provides the IT administrator with many flexible configuration options depending on their enterprise business requirements. This video will outline the user experience when launching an application and demonstrate:

  • How to apply configuration at package time, such as Send To and File Type Associations (FTAs).
  • How to remove the App-V notification when an application launches, and other client configurations.
  • How App-V provides a seamless user experience while leveraging the power of virtualization to avoid application conflicts and installation.

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Publish a Virtual Application Using Full Infrastructure Mode

The Application Virtualization (App-V) Management Console enables you to publish virtual applications to your end users as well as create license metering rules and run reports about your applications. In this screencast, you’ll learn how to:

  • Import a virtual application for publishing.
  • Create File Type Associations (FTAs) if you chose not to do them at sequence time.
  • Assign applications to the appropriate users via Active Directory security distribution groups.

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Update a Virtual Application Using App-V

All Application Virtualization (App-V) application updates occur when the user launches the application. Updating virtual applications using App-V is a simple process that does not impact user productivity because it does not require the user to install an application, or reboot. Familiarize yourself with the upgrade experience from a user perspective then learn how to update a virtual application using App-V.

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Deprovision a Virtual Application

One of the great capabilities provided by Application Virtualization (App-V) is its ability to seamlessly deprovision the application without impacting user productivity, requiring user or application downtime, or requiring the need to uninstall or reboot. This screencast will show you how to quickly and easily deprovision a virtual application using App-V.

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Run Microsoft Office in an App-V Virtualized Environment

 Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver virtual applications to users on demand out of the box. With App-V, you can run multiple versions of applications on the same computers where small groups of users will not be adversely impacted by fast deployment and speedy migration, or incompatibilities in file formats between versions of the same applications. In this video, we’ll demonstrate how two different versions of Microsoft Office Word can run side-by-side, and how data can be shared between the different versions.

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Use App-V Metering to Manage Application Licenses

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver, meter, and manage virtual applications on demand out of the box without requiring any additional software or tools. This screencast will demonstrate:

  • How to create, apply, and report on a metering rule.
  • The user experience when a rule is enforced.
  • The importance of metering in assisting IT to controlling access and in purchasing the appropriate number of application licenses.

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Use Dynamic Suiting to Create a Plug-in Dependency for Virtual Applications

Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC) provides the ability to link applications together to create a small footprint for each application by sharing common, non-conflicting dependencies such as add-ins and middleware components. DSC also helps simplify permissions so that, once permissions are granted to the user, the user will automatically receive the plug-in the next time the application is launched without waiting for installation or having to perform an additional activity. This video will walk you through the simple process of using the DSC tool, and show you how to create a plug-in dependency in Microsoft Office Word using DSC.

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Access additional resources including a Getting Started Guide, planning and design guidance, and security best practices on the MDOP page. Also read – 64-bit version of App-V 4.6 Download and MDOP 2010 Launches!

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Google Apps Deployment Planning Steps and Use-Case Scenarios

Each day, thousands of companies are going Google by switching to Google Apps – a web-based suite of messaging and collaboration applications. It’s all hosted by Google, and designed with security and reliability in mind, saving your company the frustrations and hassles of managing traditional IT solutions yourself.

The Google Apps Deployment team has assisted hundreds of organizations — large and small — make the switch to Google Apps. To ensure that your implementation is a success, they have developed step-by-step tools to guide you through the process, and best practices to make your transition as smooth and easy as possible. Here are some of the resources you can explore when going Google.

Sign up for a Deployment Training Webinar. In this live session, a deployment specialist will walk you through the deployment planning steps and use-cases.

Sesssion 1 – Planning your Google Apps Deployment

Session 2 –  Getting Started on Google Apps

Session 3 –  Technical Overview – Google Apps Directory Sync 

Register for the Deployment Trainings here!!!

Deployment guides, which include creative examples and templates For enterprises, For small/medium businesses and For schools.

The Google Team has also launched two learning sites to jump start your transition to Google Apps: the customizable Google Enterprise Launch Site for large enterprises and the Apps Learning Center for small businesses. You can find out more about these Google site templates in the Enterprise Deployment Site.

To find answers to your technical questions about Google Apps, visit the Administrator Help Center. We also provide overviews and videos for integration and migration tools, including Microsoft Outlook Sync, Google Blackberry Enterprise Server Connector and Lotus Notes Migration.

Visit www.google.com/appsatwork to get more information about the benefits of going Google. If you want to Go Google (Apply for a Google Apps Account) for your company – Click here

Find out how others have switched from Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes to Google Apps.

Want a quick summary on Google Apps? Check out these factsheets: Messaging Features [pdf] and Collaboration Features [pdf] .

Courtesy: Official Google Blog