7 click setup of Windows 7 Machine

The entire installation is of Windows 7 x64 bit was a breeze with just 7 mindless clicks. I think even my mom can setup a new windows 7 PC in less than 20 mins.

All you need to do is grab the Windows 7 RC x64bit and/or x32bit from here. the RC is free to try till June 2010. don’t forget to make a note of the windows 7 RC Product keys during the download and registrations process on Windows 7 RC download site.

Download the windows 7 RC bits before June 2009 directly from windows 7 RC site.

burn to a DVD, backup and Clean up one of your Hard disk drives, restart and boot the system with DVD. Install the Windows 7 on to the empty drive.

 

Thats it, then from here on mindless 7 Next > Next > … clicks and you are done with the whole setup.

check my old post video on how to setup windows 7 VPC, similar steps to follow and in 20 mins or less you have a whole new windows 7 systems up and running for you.

Don’t forget to run windows update after the whole setup, this will update all your drivers seamlessly.

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MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 SP2 release

MS released the SP2 for MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0. Grab them here

For New installation grab the slipstream version of

WSS 3.0 with SP2 x86

MOSS 2007 SP2

This release of SP2 was more of performance Tuning, Interoperability Fixes and preparing for SharePoint 2010.

FYI: If you want to include any Service Packs in to the Windows OSes, check out this SP2 Slipstreaming into Windows XP blog or for the latest SP3 Slipstream in to XP installation CD check out this article

Installation Steps

To keep all the files in a SharePoint installation up-to-date, the following packages need to be applied on all servers in the farm. Service Pack 2 contains all fixes released through February of this year, so customers can install it directly on RTM build of the products.

  1. Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  2. Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack (if applicable)
  3. Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007
  4. Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007 Language Pack (if applicable)

After applying the preceding updates, run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard or "psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b -wait” in command line. This needs to be done on every server in the farm with SharePoint installed.  The version of content databases should be 12.0.0.6421 after successfully applying these updates.

For more in-depth guidance for the update process, we recommend that customers refer to the following articles. These articles provide a correct way to deploy updates, identify known issues (and resolutions), and provide information about creating slipstream builds.

Deploy software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288269.aspx
Deploy software updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx

Create an installation source that includes software updates (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287882.aspx
Create an installation source that includes software updates (Office SharePoint Server 2007)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261890.aspx

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NC Zoo Birds

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Talking about America’s Worst Supermarket Foods – MSN Health & Fitness – Nutrition

If you live in US.. try to stay away from the following Junk Super Market foods
1. Gardetto’s Special Request Roasted Garlic Rye Chips  
2. Pillsbury Big Deluxe Classics White Chunk Macadamia Nut
3. Stonyfield Farm Whole Milk Chocolate Underground Yogurt
4. Twix Candy
5. Eggo Original Syrup 
6. Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream – 360 calories
7. AriZona Kiwi Strawberry Drink – 350 calories
8. Pop-Tarts Whole Grain Brown Sugar Cinnamon (2 pastries) – 300 calories
9. Healthy Choice Complete Selections Sweet & Sour Chicken (340 g) – 430 Calories
10. Quaker 100% Natural Granola, Oats, Honey & Raisins (1 cup) – 430 Calories
11. Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo (1 c prepared with 2 percent milk and margarine) – 450 calories
12. Otis Spunkmeyer Banana Nut Muffins (1 muffin, 114 g) –  460 calories
13. Toll House Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich (1 sandwich) – 520 calories
14. Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie (1 pie) – 520 calories
15. Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Combo Lunchables (1 package) – 680 calories
16. Bertolli Grilled Chicken Alfredo & Fettuccine Complete Skillet Meal for Two (1/2 package, 340 g) – 710 calories
17. Jimmy Dean Pancake and Sausage Links Breakfast Bowls – 710 calories
18. DiGiorno for One Garlic Bread Crust Supreme Pizza – 850 calories
19. Hungry-Man Classic Fried Chicken – 1,020 calories
20. Marie Callender’s Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie – 1, 060 calories
 
the food companies will try to sell it by giving irrestible offers… don’t budge.. try to stay healthy and Veggie..
for alternatives to the above choices.. read the article in health.msn.com
Live Green and eat Green
 
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Installing Windows 7 using Virtual PC 2007

Installing Windows 7 on Virtual PC 2007..

Get Excited… Hope Windows 7 opens a life without walls…… Hot

Download Windows 7 beta from here. Save the .ISO file on your computer. Then Start Virtual PC 2007 > Click on "new Virtual Machine Wizard" > click Next on the welcome screen

Select Create a virtual machine > enter the new virtual machine – "Windows 7" save it on your machine > In the Operating System screen – Select "Other" from the Operating System then click next > In Memory Screen – select "adjusting the RAM" and then type 1024 MB > click on next.

On Virtual Hard Disk Options Screen  – select "A new Virtual Hard Disk" >On the Virtual Hard Disk Location – select the folder location > In the Virtual Hard Disk Size – keep the defaults as it is (minimum required is 6000 MB). Click Next > and then Finish.

Also.. keep the Product Key you got when you downloaded the Windows 7 beta from the link.

Start the above created Virtual Machine and In the Virtual Machine Window CD Menu > Capture the .ISO file option and select the ISO File you downloaded from the above link. Then Reset the machine by going to Action > reset.

Once reset it will use the .ISO Image to boot up.. Volla…. Now you are all set to install the most anticipated Windows Operation System – Windows 7.

Follow the instruction in the below video

 

http://silverlight.services.live.com/invoke/62856/InstallingWindows7onVirtualPC2007/iframe.html

And in Less than 30 mins you are done… The new Windows 7 is blazing fast and IE 8 is amazing. 

In your windows 7 virtual Machine > do not forget to set the network settings to your NIC adapter or your Wireless LAN Card.

Now you have the power of Windows 7 and Internet…. Have Fun and give your feedback to by clicking on any of the "send feedback" link in the any of the Windows 7 windows.

Have a great Windows Experience.

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How to Stop Being So Busy

Talking about How to Stop Being So Busy
It’s up to you to control your jam packed schedule! Psychiatrist and author Edward Hallowell gives expert advice.

 

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2 useful features in Vista

The first feature is CLIP which redirects the output of command line tools onto the Windows clipboard. So you can do dir | clip and get the directory listing added to your clipboard.

The second feature is robocopy, which is a familiar utility to many Windows Users. It is a robust way to copy files – so it can recover from network outages and things like that. This useful utility used to be part of the Windows Resource Kit, but now it comes with Vista. More information about this tool can be found here.

 

Microsoft Robocopy GUI 3.1.2

 

4NT – Powerful Command Prompt + My All-Time Favorite Utility

4NT by JPSoft is, in my humble opinion, one of the best apps ever created. It is a tool for the ‘power user’ who appreciats the power of the prompt (C:\>). 🙂 It a console command prompt for Windows on steriods. I’ve used this app for over 14 years and it is still the one non-MS app I use more than any other.

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Commerce Server 2009 CTP Announced and available for download

Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 – December 2008 CTP Available for download

 

MS announced Commerce Server 2009 (formerly known as Commerce Server 2007 code name “Mojave”).

Key features includes:

  • out-of-the-box shopping site,
  • SharePoint Commerce Services,
  • and the Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation.

The new out-of-the-box shopping site leverages SharePoint Commerce Services, which provides a gallery of ASP.NET 3.5 Web Parts, a comprehensive e-commerce shopping feature-set, and technology integration between Commerce Server and SharePoint technologies.

 

The Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation provides a new unified, extensible run-time programming model for Commerce Server, including new run-time e-commerce capabilities. The December CTP adds the following capabilities over previous Commerce Server 2007 code name “Mojave” releases:

 

         Update package from Commerce Server 2007, allowing for seamless in-place upgrade of existing deployments.

 

         Complete out-of-the-box e-commerce shopping site in SharePoint with new search functionality, new shopping features, and what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) content management and design experiences. This helps to facilitate rapid assembly and maintenance of e-commerce Web sites by business users and creative professionals.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008

Single-server deployments are supported, which consists of running all the Commerce Server 2009 components and software requirements (including Windows and SQL Server) on a single computer. The single-server deployment uses the following software products:  

  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, or Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2, and Windows critical updates
  • IIS 6.0 with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or IIS 7.0 withWindows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 already installed (any version) This is NOT REQUIRED.. It is a Typo on MSDN.
  • SQL Server 2005 SP2 Standard and Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit) or SQL Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1
  • WSS 3.0 (WSS) SP1 or MOSS 2007 SP1

If you are using WSS, , install all the latest updates, QFE and HotFix of WSS3.0. (applicable for your environment)

If you have MOSS installation, install all the latest updates, QFE and HotFix of MOSS. (applicable for your environment)

 

For more information:

http://blogs.msdn.com/rdonovan/

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BizTalk 2006 R2 Editions Comparison Chart

  For most of the Clients are un-aware of the BizTalk Editions, TCO (Price) and their feature list. I’m not Usual surprised by inputs\responses from client meetings would be BizTalk 2006 R2 is Service Pack Version of BizTalk 2006 and\or Client might not be aware of features like the Accelerators, ESB Guidance Package, HIS \ Legacy connectivity\Integration capabilities, WCF LOB Adapters Pack for BizTalk R2, RFID and the most least utilized capablitiy BAM. 
 
So keep the below Chart Handy for those meetings with Clients or prospective customers.
 

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2  Editions – Comparison Chart

SKUs

Microsoft BizTalk Sever 2006 R2 Editions

 

Enterprise

Standard

Branch

Developer

Primary Scenario

Designed for customers with enterprise-level requirements for high volume, reliability, and availability

Designed for businesses with moderate volume and deployment scale requirements

Specialty version of BizTalk Server designed for hub and spoke deployment scenarios

Available for development and testing purposes, and BizTalk Server 2006 Evaluation Edition (EVAL) is for free evaluation purposes

License

Per processor basis

Per processor basis

Per processor basis

Per processor basis

Price (in US Dollars)

$30K per proc

$8.5K per proc

$1.8K per proc

$500 per proc
(free with MSDN Universal)

Functionality

Complete EAI, B2B, and Business Process Management functionality

Complete EAI, B2B, and Business Process Management functionality

Subset of BizTalk Server functionality appropriate for intra-enterprise hub-and-spoke scenarios

Complete EAI, B2B, and Business Process Management functionality

Accelerators

Includes all vertical industry accelerators (RosettaNet, HIPAA, HL7, and SWIFT)

Includes all vertical industry accelerators (RosettaNet, HIPAA, HL7, and SWIFT)

Limited solely to designing, developing, and testing solutions

Adapters

Includes all current and new application and technology adapters

Includes all current and new application and technology adapters

Includes all current and new application and technology adapters

RFID

Includes BizTalk RFID

Includes BizTalk RFID

Includes BizTalk RFID

Includes BizTalk RFID

Host Integration Server (HIS)

Includes Host Integration Server 2006 Server Edition

Includes Host Integration Server 2006 Server Edition

Includes Host Integration Server 2006 Server Edition

Applications

Unlimited

Five

One

Unlimited

Failover

Scale out/failover multiple message boxes

Non-production (must participate in the ISV Royalty Program to sell these SKUs)

Maximum Processors

Unlimited

Two

Two

Not Applicable

Virtual Processors

Unlimited

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Windows Live Team’s Annoucements

The Live Team has made some considerable enhancements to the current available services like
mesh.com or mesh.live.com –> easier and Kool way to share your huge files, MP3, Photos with friends and Family.
mail.live.com or hotmail.com – Kool and slick design, for faster emailing, and other email tasks
contacts.live.com – better tool to manage your contacts from OutLook, Yahoo, Google and Others
calendar.live.com – create, Invite, manage and attend events, birthdays, parties and Holidays.
spaces.live.com – amazing blog engine.
messenger.live.com – try this Online and IM Client. you can do a lot of stuffs live sharing photos, videos, shared browsing of Sites, Video conferencing and Voice Chat.
 
Also, try the Windows Live Call beta for economical way to make PC to Phone calls to anywhere in the world Phones. especially, it is cheaper to call india it is USD 5 Cents per min.
 
In addition, Microsoft is using the plugin to deliver the Windows Live Team’s new photo application (photos.live.com) and video communications application (videomessages.live.com)  — stop leaving voice messages to people. Try the new and Alpha Cool way to send Video messages to ppl. it all possible with a Web Camera and a Microphone…
 
as well as the new MSN Toolbar, Install it and see the WOW factor.
 
the WOW Factor doesn’t end there….. Lots of Mashups possible with popfly … Keeep Innovating with these Web 2.0 tools.
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