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April 26 2016

New MOC On-Demand Titles Available

Learn a little or a lot, anywhere, anytime with New MOC On-Demand

Now you can build Microsoft technical expertise while balancing the demands of your schedule. ISInc is now offering Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand).

MOC On-Demand combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows—all at once or five minutes at a time.

High-quality content, direct from the source. MOC On-Demand is brought to you by the people who write the software. The content is based on the same official courseware we use in our instructor-led training, and videos feature engaging experts hand-selected by Microsoft.

Live hands-on labs. Unlike other on-demand offerings that offer simulated labs, MOC On-Demand gives you a live, real-time environment for hands-on training. In fact, it’s the same Microsoft hands-on Labs environment used in the classroom.

Immediate feedback on mastery. MOC On-Demand’s modular course structure lets you control what order you follow while you learn at your own pace. You can concentrate on what you don’t know, or focus on what you need to know right now. Knowledge checks tell you whether you’ve mastered the content and are ready to move on.

If you don’t have time to attend a normal class, or you are in a remote location, MOC On-Demand might be a great fit for you.  You can contact our Subject Matter Experts through email if you have questions on labs, or we can customize an offering for your team to include live office hours online.  ISInc has years of experience helping assess organizational needs to create custom learning plans.

MOC On-Demand puts you in control of your learning experience, and it’s only available through certified Microsoft Learning Partners like ISInc.

Contact us to learn more or visit http://www.Microsoft-On-Demand.com to purchase your class now.

Current available titles:

10267 – Introduction to Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
10747 – Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
10748 – Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
10961 – Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
10962 – Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell
10964 – Cloud & Datacenter Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager
10965 – IT Service Management with System Center Service Manager
10967 – Fundamentals of a Windows Server Infrastructure
10969 – Active Directory Services with Windows Server
10972 – Administering the Web Server (IIS) Role of Windows Server
10982 – Supporting and Troubleshooting Windows 10 in the Enterprise
10985 – Introduction to SQL Databases
10987 – Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases
20331 – Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
20332 – Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 – Administration
20334 – 20334 – Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015/a>
20341 – Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013
20342 – Advanced Solutions of Exchange Server 2013
20345-1 – Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
20345-2 – Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
20410 – Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
20411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
20412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
20413 – Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
20417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
20461 – Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2014
20462 – Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases
20463 – Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server – SSIS
20480 – Programming in HTML5 with Javascript and CSS3
20483 – Programming in C#
20488 – Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
20533 – Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
20695 – Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps
20696 – Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune
20697-1 – Installing and Configuring Windows 10
20761 – Querying Data With Transact-SQL
20762 – Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases

March 11 2016

Microsoft Certification Booster Packs!
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We’re excited to introduce a new offer: Microsoft Certification Booster Packs!
The new Booster Packs give you more options and better odds at passing Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams: from practice tests to retake opportunities, they choose what you need to succeed. The Booster Pack offers are available for purchase through August 31, 2016.There are three choices:

  • Practice test + MCP exam voucher
    The practice test is accessible online and valid for 30 days after activation.
  • MCP exam voucher + 4 exam retakes
    With 4 retakes of the same exam, they’ll get plenty of chances at success.
  • Practice test + MCP exam voucher + 4 exam retakes 
    Pull out all the stops and get every advantage. With a practice test they can spend quality time preparing, plus 4 extra retakes give them exam-day peace of mind.
Regardless of which option you choose, the odds are in your favor.
Please contact sales for more information.

August 2 2012

Windows XP End of Life April 8, 2014

Are you still running Windows XP on your desktops in your organization?  The End of Extended Support for Windows XP is coming up quick. So what does this mean to you? On April 8, 2014, security patches and hotfixes for all versions of Windows XP will no longer be available. So bottom line, PC’s running Windows XP will be vulnerable to security threats. Furthermore, many third party software providers are not planning to extend support for their applications running on Windows XP, which translates to even more complexity, security risks, and ultimately, added management costs for your IT department if you’re still managing Windows XP environments.

ISInc has provided consulting to many organizations looking to move to Windows 7 and provided training to their end users to ease the transition to the new operating system and Office applications.  Please contact us at 916-920-1700, or [email protected], to see how ISInc can assist your organization update the IT infrastructure to supported platforms.  We can even show you a preview of Windows 8 and Office 2013 as well!

July 20 2012

“Send to” Function not working properly in SharePoint 2010?

I recently had an issue with a  new install of SharePoint 2010.  A user was trying to send/copy documents between libraries on the site, and the “send to” function was not available, it was grayed-out.  After a little research, I found that there is an add-on in Internet Explorer that can cause problems with the “send to” feature of SharePoint.  To fix this problem, go to “Manage Add-ons” in the Internet Explorer tools menu.  Change the view to “show all add-ons”, and disable “STSUpld CopyCtl Class”.  Your “send to” should now work without a problem.

-Mike

August 30 2011

Configuring a split tunnel PPTP VPN in Windows 7

While working remotely I noticed my bandwidth would drop when I connected to our VPN. It appeared that all internet packets were being routed through our VPN connection. While this normally wouldn’t be a problem, I often found myself downloading large files and my connection performance was limited to the available bandwidth to the VPN connection. That’s when I learned about what a “split tunnel” vpn connection is. I wrote this article to walk you through the process of setting up your VPN to take advantage of this option in Windows Networking.

With a “split tunnel vpn” connection, the internet traffic is routed through the local gateway connection. All other network traffic works through the vpn connection as you would expect. This is a feature that is available with Windows Vista and XP PPTP VPN connections, but it isn’t the default setting.

Here is how you configure your VPN connection to use the local gateway:

Step 1

Right click on your VPN connection and choose “properties”

Step 2

Click on the “Networking” tab. This is where we will need to make changes to the TCP/IP settings for your VPN connection. If you are using V6 IP addresses or V4, you’ll need to make the change in both locations just to be sure.

Step 3

Click on the “Advanced” button to get to the Advanced TCP/IP options

Step 4

The VPN connection by default configures all packets to route to the remote server’s gateway. We want to turn this option off by clicking on the “Use default gateway on remote network” option.

That’s it! Once you have made those changes you will notice your internet packets are no longer automatically routing through the VPN server.

August 18 2011

Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning featuring Itzik Ben-Gan – Sept 12-16, 2011

 

Itzik Ben-Gan is returning for another session on SQL Server 2008 Advanced T-SQL Querying training in Sacramento on September 12-16, 2011.

Description

The course focuses on writing and tuning queries and programming with T-SQL in SQL Server 2005 and 2008. In this course you will learn the details and capabilities of T-SQL in the following areas: Logical Query Processing; Query Tuning; Subqueries, Ranking Functions, Joins and Set Operations; Aggregating and Pivoting Data; TOP and APPLY; Data Modification; Data Type Related Problems; Programmable Objects (Dynamic SQL, Views, User Defined Functions, Stored Procedures, Triggers, Transactions and Concurrency, Exception Handling); Graphs, Trees and Hierarchies.

Along the course you will learn how to use T-SQL to solve practical problems such as: Relational Division, Ranking, Missing and Existing Values (Islands and Gaps), Separating Elements, Tie Breakers, Running Aggregations, Pivoting and Unpivoting, Custom Aggregations, Histograms, Dynamic Analysis of Grouping Sets, TOP Problems, Paging, Median, Handling Sequences, and more.

You will learn how to tune your queries, how to develop efficient routines including user defined functions, stored procedures and triggers, work in multi-user environments with transactions and isolation levels, and use dynamic SQL securely and efficiently.

You will also learn how to maintain and query hierarchical data. You will learn what graphs, trees and hierarchies are, what the common requests against graphs are, and how to write T-SQL code to handle those requests. Several different solutions will be presented including: Enumerated Paths, Nested Sets, Nested Iterations using Recursive Queries, and using the HIERARCHYID datatype.

The course provides a dedicated module focusing on query tuning. The module covers internals and index tuning, index access methods, temporary tables, set vs. cursors, and query tuning using query revisions. Moreover, query tuning is in the heart of this course and is incorporated in the different modules throughout the course.

With each querying/programming problem the discussions will revolve around logical aspects, set-based vs. procedural programming and optimization of the solutions.


Author

This course was developed by Itzik Ben-Gan, a mentor and one of the founders of Solid Quality Mentors, author of several books about T-SQL, a columnist in SQL Server Magazine, and a regular speaker in SQL Server related events.


Audience

This course is intended for:

  • T-SQL Programmers, DBAs, Architects, and Analysts
  • Those that need to write or review T-SQL code in SQL Server 2005 and 2008

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, it is recommended that students have the following skills:

  • At least one year of T-SQL querying and programming experience in SQL Server

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • Understand logical query processing
  • Understand SQL Server’s internal data structures
  • Be able to analyze and tune query performance
  • Be able to analyze query execution plans
  • Be able to solve complex querying and programming problems
  • Think in terms of sets
  • Be able to compare set based and cursor based solutions
  • Know how to handle date and time data
  • Understand compilations, recompilations and reuse of execution plans
  • Understand transactions and concurrency aspects of database programming
  • Know how to handle hierarchical data and write recursive queries
  • Be familiar T-SQL enhancements in SQL Server 2005 and 2008

 

Click here for more information, or to register

SharePoint 2010 Document Content Types and Embedded Metadata in Word

In this post we will look at how to create new document content types and insert the metadata fields in the header of the Word Document.

Creating the Content Type

1. Make sure you are in the site where you want to create the content type. Click Site Actions | Site Settings.
2. In the Galleries section click Site Content Types.
3. Click Create.

4. Fill in the appropriate information on the form to create a new content Type. Give the content type a name.
Make sure to select “Document Content Types” on the Select parent content type from drop down menu. Make sure to select “Document” in the Parent Content Type drop down menu. Put the new content type in either an existing or new group. Click OK.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the new site content type property page to find the columns section. Here you can either create new site columns or add an existing site column. The column will then be associated to the content type.

6. Content types can also have workflow, retention schedules and modified document information panels.

7. Upload a document template to

SharePoint Training

Windows 8 App Store Confirmed

Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, has officially confirmed that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will have an app store. The news was mentioned via a new blog post over on MSDN, where Sinofsky listed the numerous teams which will be contributing to Windows 8′s development.

 

August 2 2011

6451B Class Resources

In this post you will find Internet Resources referenced during the ConfigMgr 2007 Class.

 

 

MyITForum.com
RegkeytoMof 3.0 and Instructions on Using Regkey to Mof
List of tools and scripts for ConfigMgr
Admin Studio for Configuration Manager 2007
Troubleshooting "Waiting on Content"
Jason Lewis Blog – SCUP and DCM
Example Afterbackup.bat
OSD on Technet
Step by Step OSD on Technet
Quest Management Xtensions

July 18 2011

Microsoft has officially released Office 365!

 

You might be wondering, what is Microsoft Office 365?

It’s familiar Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity tools delivered through the cloud. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents, and calendars. It includes business-class security and is backed by Microsoft. Whether you are a small business or multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans designed to fit your organization’s unique needs.

There are two plan families available:
Plan P – for professionals/small businesses
Plan E – for midsize businesses and enterprises.

Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses
This service plan is designed for up to 25 employees who want:

•A solution without dedicated IT staff
•Essential email, calendar, and website services
•Free online community support
•Month-to-month subscription

Microsoft Office 365 for midsize businesses and enterprises
This service plan is great for any size organization that wants:

•Advanced IT configuration and control
•Office Professional Plus, Active Directory or advanced archiving
•24×7 IT Administrator support
•Choice between monthly and annual contracts

Please contact an ISInc account representative for more information, or email [email protected].