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Convert DVD Movies to .Mov, .MP4 Using WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is an all-in-one DVD ripper designed to make perfect 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive and rip your DVD movies on Mac OS to iTunes, MOV, MP4, FLV, etc that playable on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple-TV, PSP and much more.

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Microsoft Virtualization

Download the Shortcut Guide to Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V presents a cost-effective and easily-implemented virtualization solution. When coupled with a strong iSCSI storage architecture, the combination provides the highest levels of redundancy, availability, and performance.

Implementing Hyper-V with iSCSI StorageIn The Shortcut Guide to Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V, author and IT expert Greg Shields outlines how iSCSI is a perfect fit for the dynamic nature of virtualization. This book digs deep into the decisions that environments large and small must consider. It looks at best practices for Hyper-V storage topologies and technologies, as well as cost and manageability implications for the solutions available on the market today.

Chapters in this Realtime book include:

  • Chapter 1: The Power of iSCSI in Microsoft Virtualization
  • Chapter 2: Creating Highly-Available Hyper-V
  • Chapter 3: Critical Storage Capabilities for Highly-Available Hyper-V
  • Chapter 4: The Role of Storage in Hyper-V Disaster Recovery

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General Microsoft

Download Ebook – Guide to Improve Business Through IT Portfolio Management

Many corporate executives still view technology as a necessary cost of doing business. As a result, CIOs and IT Directors are constantly struggling to justify their positions and maintain their budgets. However, IT Portfolio Management can change this perception and elevate IT to the status of corporate partner. If you manage technology like any other investment and illustrate the returns and benefits to business leaders, IT becomes a driving force for corporate change and growth.

Improving Your Business through IT Portfolio ManagementIT Portfolio Management is a process for directly linking technology with business goals. The Executive Guide to Improving Your Business through IT Portfolio Management will walk you through the IT Portfolio Management model, and suggest ways to transform IT and the role of the CIO into the primary supplier of relevant data to business leaders. This process changes IT from a cost center to a division that directly contributes to the bottom line.

The ebook has these following chapters,

  • Chapter 1: Managing an IT Portfolio
  • Chapter 2: Capturing IT Demand
  • Chapter 3: Prioritizing Projects and Investment Decision Making
  • Chapter 4: Delivering and Assessing Your IT Portfolio
  • Chapter 5: Communicating the Hidden Value of IT

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General Microsoft

Download eBook – The Definitive Guide to Application Performance Management

If one of your servers went down today, would you know about it? Probably. But if an obscure service on a small server that is part of a much larger solution started transacting at a slower rate than normal, would you? Perhaps not. If that obscure service is responsible for a critical activity in your business, its slight reduction in performance might be a big deal that you need to know about!

The Definitive Guide to Application Performance ManagementThe Definitive Guide to Application Performance Management offers a comprehensive look at Application Performance Management (APM), an industry-leading mechanism for monitoring business services and applications. APM looks at every facet of the IT infrastructure, from the services to the users themselves, to gain a holistic understanding of what’s going on in your business applications. Using APM, you can quickly dive into the root causes of problems within your infrastructure. You will understand the level of impact associated with those problems, and will recognize and quantify the overall health of your IT infrastructure and business services.

This Guide covers these following chapters,

  • What is Application Performance Management?
  • How APM Aligns IT with the Business
  • Understanding APM Monitoring
  • Integrating APM into Your Infrastructure
  • Understanding the End User’s Perspective
  • APM’s Service-Centric Monitoring Approach
  • Developing and Building APM Visualizations  
  • Seeing APM in Action
  • APM Enables Business Service Management
  • The APM Cheat Sheet

About the Author –

Greg Shields is an independent author, instructor, and IT consultant based in Denver, Colorado, and a co-founder of Concentrated Technology. With nearly 15 years of experience in information technology, Greg has developed extensive experience in systems administration, engineering, and architecture specializing in Microsoft systems management, remote application, and virtualization technologies. Greg is a Contributing Editor and Columnist for TechNet Magazine, and is the author of five books, including Windows Server 2008: What’s New / What’s Changed. Greg is also a highly sought-after instructor and speaker, speaking regularly at conferences like TechMentor Events, and producing computer-based training curriculum for CBT Nuggets.  Greg is a recipient of Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional” award with a specialization in Windows Terminal Services.

Download the Definitive Guide to Application Performance Management here

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General Microsoft Tools

Open Data Protocol (OData) SDK for Objective C (iPhone-Mac) – Download

Yesterday at MIX10, The Interop team at Microsoft presented about how Open Data Protocol (OData) can contribute to a more programmable web through demos consuming a Netflix OData feed in various scenarios. They also announced a series of new and updated OData SDKs for PHP, Java, Objective C (iPhone & Mac,) and JavaScript (AJAX and Palm WebOS). 

The SDKs can be found on the www.odata.org website! 

OData enables data integration across a broad range of clients, servers, services, and tools. OData builds on a few conventions, popularized by AtomPub, to using REST-based data services. These services allow resources, identified using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) and defined in an abstract data model, to be read and edited by web clients using simple HTTP messages. For more details, consult the protocol documentation on the OData site where you will also find a list of services and products that are already using OData. Read “Open Data for the Open Web” by Doug Purdy for more perspective on OData. 

Open Data Protocol

They released a new version of the OData SDK for PHP (previously called Toolkit for PHP with ADO.NET/WCF Data Services). This version includes new features like the capability of handling large result sets of data using an automated paging mechanism and a new sample built on top of an OData feed exposing the Netflix catalog, which we are covering in detail in this blog post. Link for more detail on the OData SDK for PHP

OData SDK for Iphone Objective C

They also announced the new OData SDK for Objective C which facilitates the development of applications for iPhone and Mac OS X connecting with OData services. This early version is a Community Technology Preview (CTP) and it supports read operations only and it has been tested on a limited set of scenarios. The download includes a sample iPhone application to browse the new NetFlix OData service hosted in Azure!

The current release of “OData SDK for Objective C (iPhone-Mac)” is a Community Technology Preview (CTP). It supports read operations only and it has been tested on a limited set of scenarios. The download includes a sample iPhone application to browse the new NetFlix OData service hosted in Azure. 

Download the OData SDK for Objective C (iPhone-Mac) here

Courtesy: Microsoft Inter-operability Blog

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General Microsoft

Download eBook – Effective Guide to Service Management

In this ebook “Executive Guide to Service Management in an Uncertain Economy” from Realtime Nexus publishers, author Jeffery Hicks delivers an approach to service management that will show you how to meet the many business requirements of the IT department, such as reduced staff and lower budgets, all while still meeting the IT demands from customers, partners, and compliance organizations.

The Executive Guide to Service Management in an Uncertain EconomyYou will also learn how to develop an efficient service management strategy focused on effective asset management, data center automation, and management consolidation. You will also receive an action plan for each focus area, providing a checklist of must-do’s to execute on your service management strategy.

  • Chapter 1: Creating a Well-Managed Service Management Strategy
  • Chapter 2: Creating a Well‐Managed Data Center
  • Chapter 3: Effective Management Consolidation
  • Chapter 4: Effective Asset Management

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

E-book Download: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker

Another free e-book, Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 , by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft, can be downloaded here.

This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations. Windows server administrators manage file and print servers, network infrastructure servers, Web servers, and IT application servers. They use graphical administration tools as their primary interface but also use Windows PowerShell commandlets and occasionally write Windows PowerShell scripts for routine tasks and bulk operations. They conduct most server management tasks remotely by using Terminal Server or administration tools installed on their local workstation.

What This Book Is About

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Covering every aspect of Windows Server 2008 R2 in nine chapters and approximately 200 pages is clearly an impossible task. Rather than try to cover everything, we’ve focused on what is new and important, while giving you the context from Windows Server 2008.

Chapter 1,“What’s New in Windows Server R2” Provides a brief overview of all the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Chapter 2, “Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World” Covers minimum system requirements, basic installation and configuration of R2, and what is involved in adding an R2 server to an existing Windows Server network. Configuration of the Windows Server Core installation option, added in Windows Server 2008, is covered, along with the steps required to add a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller to an existing Windows Server network.

Chapter 3, “Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines” Covers the new Hyper-V features of Windows Server 2008 R2, including dynamic storage management and Quick Migration of clustered virtual machines (VMs). Covers creation and management of virtual machines using the Hyper-V Manager console, Windows PowerShell, and the Failover Cluster Manager console and discusses the features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Chapter 4, “Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management” Covers Remote Desktop Services (the new name for Terminal Services) and the enhancements of Windows Server 2008 R2, including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which uses the new RD Virtualization Host capability of R2 to provide desktop virtualization. R2 also includes an all-new Remote Desktop Services provider for Windows PowerShell.

Chapter 5, “Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access” Covers the new features of Active Directory (AD), including an AD Recycle Bin, a new set of Active Directory Windows PowerShell cmdlets, and improvements in daily AD administration.

Chapter 6, “The File Services Role” Covers the new File Services features, including BranchCache, Distributed File System–ReadOnly (DFS-R), and the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).

Chapter 7, “IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform” Covers the features of the new version of Internet Information Services (IIS), including the new Windows PowerShell management features.

Chapter 8, “DirectAccess and Network Policy Server” Covers the Network Policy Server (NPS) and the new DirectAccess feature that allows Windows 7 computers to be transparently connected to internal network resources from anywhere without requiring a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

Chapter 9, “Other Features and Enhancements” Covers the enhanced version of Windows Server Backup included in R2, including the Windows PowerShell  commands for backing up. Also covered is the new BitLocker To Go capability, which provides an important new protection for removable volumes such as backup disks.

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft, can be downloaded here (XPS file, 28 MB) and here (PDF file, 11 MB).

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General Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

The Essentials Series: Important Questions in Implementing Virtual Desktops

For organizations that have embraced virtualization, virtual desktops can be a natural extension of the virtual infrastructure. Virtual desktops enable businesses to centralize their desktop infrastructure in the data center, dramatically improving remote access while retaining workspace personality.

Although the idea of virtual desktops and their associated business value is intriguing to many businesses, the implementation is a mystery. Where do you start? What technologies are crucial for success? How are others implementing them? By addressing these common questions, The Essentials Series: Important Questions in Implementing Virtual Desktops will help you understand why and where virtual desktops make sense for your IT environment.

This complete series is available for download and includes the following articles

  1. There is no single technology that defines a virtual desktop infrastructure. It is in fact a compilation of many technologies employed to create a singular solution for users. This first article begins the exploration of virtual desktop implementation by defining what a virtual desktop really is, helping you understand the types of virtual desktops that are commonly used today.
  2. Unraveling the many technologies that go into a virtual desktop infrastructure can be problematic for even virtualization experts. From virtual platforms to zero-client endpoints that “receive” the desktop and everything in between, it can be difficult to keep straight the technology requirements. This second article discusses the technology behind virtual desktops, enabling you to make good decisions about how a virtual desktop architecture makes sense for your business.
  3. The final step in recognizing the value of this new method of desktop support is in understanding where it fits. The use cases for virtual desktops are developing every day, and there are common solutions that make immediate sense for deployment. Through a series of generalized case studies, this final article explains how organizations in many different verticals have solved key problems through a virtual desktop infrastructure.

You can download this entire Series – Here

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