Archive for July, 2012

The Social Media Roadmap for Dynamics CRM

July 31, 2012

“Lauren Carlson from the CRMSoftware.TV website recently sat down with David Pennington, VP of Product Development for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The topic of discussion was social and where Dynamics CRM is headed. We’ve seen the purchase of Yammer stand as a sign to that direction, but what’s next? Check out the video below to find out.”

Source: CRMSoftware.TV


OCS Inventory NG

July 30, 2012

Open Computers and Software Inventory Next Generation is a technical management solution of IT assets.

Since 2001, OCS Inventory NG tries to make the automated inventory of computer hardware more efficiently .
Today, our solution not only extends to the inventory. It includes a sophisticated deployment system, interfacing with third tier applications, a network devices scans.

  • Lightweight bandwith usage and small OS footprint.
  • High performance: about 1 000  000  of computers inventoried per day using a server bi-Xeon 3 GHz and 4 GB  RAM.
  • Based on well known products  such  as Apache web  server, MySQL  database server, PHP  and PERL scripting  languages.
  • Modular solution with lot of plugins and interfacing with others IT and Asset Management Software like GLPI.


Free IT and Asset Management software

July 27, 2012

GLPI is the Information Resource-Manager with an additional Administration-Interface. You can use it to build up a database with an inventory for your  company (computer, software, printers…). It has enhanced functions to make the daily life for the  administrators easier, like a job-tracking-system with mail-notification and  methods to build a database with basic information about your network-topology.

The principal functionalities of the application are :

1) the precise inventory of all the technical resources. All their characteristics will be stored in a database.

2) management and the history of the maintenance actions and the bound procedures.  This application is dynamic and is directly connected to the users who can post requests to the technicians. An interface thus authorizes the latter with if required preventing the service of maintenance  and indexing a problem encountered with one of the technical resources to which they have access.


Toad for Oracle Freeware

July 21, 2012

The Toad for Oracle Freeware version may be used for a maximum of five (5) Seats within Customer’s organization and expires each year after the date of its initial download (“Freeware Term”). Upon expiration of the Freeware Term, the same 5 Seats may be downloaded again by the same users for the Freeware Term. For more than five (5) users within an organization, Customer will need to purchase licenses of Commercial Toad for Oracle. This license does not entitle Customer to receive hard-copy documentation, technical support, telephone assistance, or enhancements or updates to the Freeware from Quest. The terms “Seat” and “Freeware” shall have the same meaning as those set forth in the Product Guide located at


SharePoint 2010 disable document Check Out and Check In

July 19, 2012

If you want to disable both check in/ check out context menu items in the document library then see the following link which describes how to add custom menu items to a document library via a hidden “content editor web part”. Add that to your web part page and add the following to the “source editor”

<script language=”javascript”>
function AddCheckinCheckoutMenuItem(m, ctx, url)

This will override the core.js function which adds these items to the context menu.

Visio Stencils

July 17, 2012

Most IT Pros often find themselves looking for some Visio stencils and most time you end up not finding what you want or downloading an outdated stencil. Well, your pain is over because here is a list of useful Visio stencils for Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Dell and others.

Virtualization, Microsoft and other modern IT shapes : DOWNLOAD

Virtualisation VESI Visio stencil pack (VMware) : DOWNLOAD

Virtualisation legacy Visio stencil pack (Microsoft & VMware pre-2007) : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft App-V Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

VMware Visio stencil pack : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft Exchange 2007 Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Visio stencil pack : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Visio stencil : DOWNLOAD

Microsoft Office Communication Server – Lync 2010 Visio stencil: DOWNLOAD

Veeam Visio stencil: DOWNLOAD

Dell stencil (from Visio Cafe) : DOWNLOAD

Cisco Visio stencil pack : DOWNLOAD

SharePoint 2010 Visio Stencil Kit

July 15, 2012

Designing for SharePoint can be a challenging endeavor; what may seem to be an innocuous design element can occasionally lead to days or even weeks of development effort. Download NLC’s SharePoint Stencil Kit to enable user experience designers to mock up funtionality for SharePoint quickly!


Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010 Servers Visio Stencil

July 13, 2012

Many may know i have a passion for Visio.  So much, I have just updated my Visio stencil for Trinity with the latest for SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft servers.

The stencil can be downloaded from here

PivotViewer Extension for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

July 11, 2012

Microsoft has released last year (2010) a new Silverlight control called PivotViewer. This new control helps us to make better use of the growing amounts of information around us by visualizing thousands of things at once in a way that reveals the relationships which connect them. At the heart of the PivotViewer control are “Collections”. They combine large groups of similar items, so we can begin viewing the relationships between individual pieces of information in a new way. By visualizing hidden patterns, PivotViewer enables users to discover and act on new insights.

Part of the BI Labs, I have prototyped a new concept that couples the PivotViewer control with a utility that uses Reporting Services to automatically generate this type of collections. We showcased this concept at the BI conference in New Orleans 2010 with overwhelming support and interest from our community of BI enthusiasts and are making this demo available here to those that would like to evaluate it in their own sandbox environments. The project is already at CTP2 milestone, used by thousands of people, many corporations using it in a production environment. We also use it within Microsoft (e.g. Xbox, Microsoft Finance etc).

Please visit the BI Labs page of the project – it contains presentation and tutorial videos and a link from which you can download the bits (which also contain a detailed documentation and sample data). The initial blog of the project (where you can find more information about the project) is here.

SQL Server Data Mining for the Cloud

July 9, 2012

Get powerful insights into your data with just a few clicks in your browser – no installation required –  with a set of web services that apply the Data Mining technology in SQL Server Analysis Services. If you have used the Table Analysis Tools for Excel add-in from the SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Add-ins for Office package, you already know how to navigate these services.  To explore: 1. Visit 2. Click the Load Data button to either pick one of the sample data sets or load your own data. 3. Click one of the analysis tool buttons (Analyze Key Influencers, Forecasting, Prediction Calculator) and make a couple of selections to get a rich report that provides the analysis you need.