Clonezilla - Image Your Drives for Free -- (Tech Republic article
and instructions for using Clonezilla)
Disc imaging is a valuable
resource for disaster recovery, but it can also be used for
maintaining and upgrading systems. Clonezilla allows you to clone
the image of a machine and use it to restore the image to a single
machine or multiple machines. In this
Tech Republic article,
Jack Wallen provides the background and
walks you through the process.
Database Design Forum - on the MSDN Community Website
Under the SQL Server group, this forum is focused on the database
design. The discussions include Access database design. Several of
the authors and editors from Teresa’s upcoming book on database
design are among the founding moderators and contributors to the
forum; including Doug Yudovich, George Hepworth, Jerry Dennison, and
Moved from Items of Immediate Interest
Free eBook: Microsoft
Office 365: Connect - Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (September 2011)
This book, by Katherine Murray,
shows you how to use Office 365 to get more done, collaborate more
easily, and work more flexibly. You’ll learn how to create and
administer your Office 365 account, how to work with Office
365 programs, and how to share files with your team, including how
to create a team site, use Office Web Apps, and hold online
meetings. This book will give you some good ideas on practical ways
you can put all this cloud power to work. Learn more and get links
book and other resources.
Professional 2010 – Student – with Access!! < $100!
If you or someone you know
officially has a “student status,” let them know that they can get
Office 2010 Professional – and yes, this version does include
Access, as well as Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote! Limit
one license per student per year. This is a tremendous savings
over the standard version for students which does NOT include
Access, Publisher or Outlook, and is $149! Learn more at the
Microsoft Store site:
Idera Tools for SQL Server – White Paper by Michael K. Campbell
Top 10 Ways to Increase SQL Server
Performance With the Hardware You Already Own
Read this white paper to learn successful techniques for improving
SQL Server performance, keep up with demands, and adapt to changing
Register and download the free paper from
Michael’s site for
free training videos on SQL Server,
Continuing that theme with a free webinar: IT Management
Considerations When Migrating to the Cloud
Windows IT Pro features Brian Desmond
who is sharing his expertise to help you determine if and when a
Cloud Solution is right for you/your company. He discusses bandwidth
considerations, quality, availability, security, working with
end-user devices, and much more. In recent meetings, several people
have talked about a variety of ways and benefits of leveraging some
form of Cloud Services, so it is good to develop a basic
understanding of some of the key factors.
Register and view
Windows IT Pro White Paper on Protecting eMail and Web from Threat
With the ever increasing threats via
social media, web, email and portable media, it is more and more
challenging to feel protected, let alone be responsible protected
against malware attacks. We owe it to ourselves, our contacts, and
our clients, to stay apprised of current threats, preventions and
explores best practices for
securing email and web, plus ideas for adapting to the ever-changing
Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) -- Repurpose your old PC
You and your clients may
benefit from using the
new WinTPC to save time and resources. See if the locked down
version of Windows 7 fits with your plans.
Cool Free Apps from Microsoft (April
SQL Server Express 2008
-- provides the essential SQL database features needed for
supporting client applications and building Web sites and apps. It
comes in three versions: Express, Express with Tools, and Express
with Advanced Services. Based on the same database engine as SQL
Server, this is an excellent option for SOHO and development. This
is an excellent compliment to Access deployments, AND, it is easy
purported to be easy to learn and use.
-- an easy to use image and photo editing program that provides the
essential image editing features and even includes layers and
special effects, plus it supports a wide range of image formats.
XML Notepad 2007
-- Are you customizing the
Ribbon? Perhaps you’re customizing some web apps. If so, you may
find that XML Notepad 2007 fulfills your needs. The UI is a tree
view pane on the left that provides a color-coded view of classes,
tags, and values. This controls the color coded text editor which
opens on the right -- and the colors and choose fonts are
customizable. It provides user friendly features such as drag and
drop, find and replace, incremental search, instant XML schema
validation, a built-in XML Diff tool. Check out MSDN for more
download the free program from
Visual Web Developer 2008
Express Edition. A
powerful, intuitive program for quickly creating Web sites or small
applications geared for home users and intermediate-level
developers. It’s a remarkable package that provides
professional-level features --- your project can range from using
basic HTML to advanced ASP.NET pages and even incorporate SQL Server
databases. The introductory video gives you a quick tutorial of the
main features and some of the most common tasks.
Download it and let me know what you think!
-- a synchronization tool
to help us maintain duplicate copies of files - such as on a laptop,
a desktop, network server, and external backup drives. The intuitive
UI opens to a screen that prompts you to select a pair of folders
which are then designated as the Left Folder and the Right Folder --
talk about user friendly! It offers five synchronization methods,
and it can be used as a handy backup tool - you just have to
remember to use it!
a zoom and annotation
tool that can be customized to work with YOUR style of doing
presentations and working with applications. And, it works with all
versions Windows. To learn more or
download the files
Paste as Text -- Free
Customizable Tool (April 2010)
Live Movie Maker
PureText, developed by Steve
Miller, removes rich formatting from text, including the font and
paragraph formatting. It does not modify the actual text, remove or
fix new-lines, carriage returns, tabs, or other white-space. It is
not intended to fix word-wrap or clean up your paragraphs. It is an
easy tool to install and to use it just switch from CTRL+V to
more information and the download.
FREE ... turn photos into
movies, create training and documentation for your solutions!
How about using this and
doing a demo for the groups?
Microsoft Releases Free SCCM
Dashboard (April 2010)
If you use System Center
Configuration Manager, you may find a significant benefit in
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard, now
available as a free download. The graphical UI provides easy access
to information, is easily customized, and can present data in
numerous formats, including charts, graphs and tables. The filters
allow quick drill down from high level summaries to specific
details. For more information and
to download the file
Virtualization and Hyper-V --- a “green” light for saving time,
SPACE, money and more
This is a collection of links to training,
information and other resources related to virtualization.
which you could replicate a desktop or other platform to test before
deploying at a client’s? That’s just one of the scenarios that can
be quickly and easily be solved using Hyper-V. Once you’ve tried it,
you may become a bigger Hyper-V advocate than IT!
Data Encryption on the Fly with
TrueCrypt (April 2010)
Free open-source encryption
software that is easy to use to provide real-time, transparent data
encryption. To learn more and download the documentation and
Microsoft Virtualization Training Portal
You can download the server for free, read the white papers, take
some tutorials, and put it to work.
Training and exams on virtualization, even free e-learning options
TechNet Videos and other How To's
AND Save Money with Virtualization
Learn about saving energy and resources with the Hyper-V “Green”
FREE Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
News books and more about Understanding Microsoft Virtualization
VIRTUAL HARD DRIVES ...
Microsoft's center for learning, downloads and other resources
related to VHD
WINDOWS SERVER 2008 R2
-- SP1 Beta
Learn about the features, power, BENEFITS and system requirements.
Get the FREE downloads!
Windows 7 --- Learn, Use, Download, Resources
Fast, Simple, Powerful --- an intuitive operating system may sound
too good to be true. You owe it to yourself to learn more. This may
become your starting point to find all the resources you need to
learn, compare, and get ready to install.
First Look Microsoft Office 2010
Free Ebook -(Feb 2010)
14 chapters that introduce
some of the new features and benefits of Office 2010. Available in
PDF and XPS formats.
SQL Server 2008 Today Trial Software
Download a free, fully
functional 180-day trial version of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server
2008 Feature Pack today. To help make the most of your evaluation,
you will receive five e-mails during your evaluation period that,
depending on which download option you select, contain resources
specifically designed for IT professionals and developers. Before
downloading and installing SQL Server 2008 be sure to use the link
to evaluate the system requirements – avoid undue complications with
SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack
The SQL Server 2008 Feature
Pack is a separate download from SQL Server software. This
collection of stand-alone install packages is designed to provide
additional licensed functionality for SQL Server 2008. It contains
17 new redistributable and backward compatibility components and
Developers Professional Association
The Oregon SQL
Developers (OSQL-d) Professional Association provides opportunities
for SQL Server developers, .NET developers, and SQL Server
administrators to meet and discuss SQL Server technologies that are
of specific interest for developers.
website to learn more.
Regular Expressions ... parse
and manipulate text Visual Studio Tips and Tricks
Regular expressions help
you find a character or pattern and then perform a function. You can
use it to edit, replace, extract, or build a string. You can even
vary the function based on the value. Microsoft has provided a
series of free webcasts view
webcasts You might also want to visit
a site with over 2,200 expressions.
What's so great about
Office Excel PivotTable reports? (August
Learn about the powerful Microsoft Office Excel 2003 PivotTable(r)
feature, which organizes, summarizes, and analyzes your data to
reveal its meanings.
Browsing with More of
What you Want and Need
Internet Explorer 8
offers better protection, connects to more
services, and gives you more options and control. See how IE 8 can
improve your experience.
Run IT on a
Virtual Hard Disk
Using the power of
virtualization, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner
solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs).
The Microsoft Virtual Software experience gives you full access to a
number of server products on a pre-configured virtual machine. You
can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own
environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex
installations. Download the application of your choice and start
evaluating the software for your environment immediately, for free.
Windows Live SkyDrive
- Online File Storage
Microsoft is now offering 5 GB of FREE, password protected, online
file storage! Store your photos and other files so that you can
retrieve them from anywhere, share them with friends, or share them
with the world. Check out your options at
Windows Live Search
Microsoft has launched a new promotion that enables you to get cash
back when you shop online using the
Simply go to the Live Search Cashback site and search for the
products you want. When you purchase one of the Cashback items, you
receive an e-mail notification that the purchase has been added to
your Cashback total. The total earned is then paid out in cash to
you when a minimum balance is reached.
Product Key – Lost and Found
Finally, we have guidance on how to minimize the pain and
frustration from loosing a product key. If you’ve lost a produce key
in the past, you may have begrudgingly purchased a replacement
program. Well, that doesn’t need to be the case, in fact, Microsoft
has provided instructions on how to get a replacement key, in
MSDN – Virtual Labs to Test-drive Code samples
many times have you seen a code sample but didn’t try it out because
you didn’t have the software configuration or you didn’t want to
risk unexpected impact to your system? Now there’s a simple and
convenient solution. MSDN provides virtual labs so that you can try
out many of the code samples. Better yet, there’s a split window so
that people can read the MSDN article in one pane and use a second
pane to contain the test environment!
PrimoPDF – The World’s #1 free PDF Creator ... (at least
according to them)
PrimoPDF offers both a free and professional version that will work
with Windows 98 through Windows Vista and can work with over 300
file types. Willie really likes PrimoPDF for client installations
because it is remarkably simple and leaves a VERY SMALL footprint.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Recommended by some of our members ;~)
Access 2003 Solution Center
Find the materials and answers that you need for Access 2003.
Downloads, articles, tutorials and other reference materials are
conveniently listed in an easy to search fashion.
Database Issue Checker
Access MVP, Allen Browne offer tips and utilities for casual users
through expert developers. The Issue Checker can be used during
development or to trouble shoot legacy files.
VIRUS AND HACKER ATTACKS
study results showing that a typical PC might suffer
from more than 50 attacks per night.
Searching Your Hard Drive
Advisor Magazine has recently released (made free for download) an
excellent article that walks you through and provides the code for
three methods to search for a file. “Find Your Data” by Access MVP,
Doug Steele, can be downloaded from
Save As PDF, XPS or PDF or XPS (10/10/06)
Office 2007 Add-on’s allow users to save files in PDF or XPS
formats. As promised in June, Microsoft has posted free add-ons and
they are allowing computer makers to strip the XPS functionality
from Windows Vista operating systems. Yet another whirlwind to toss
around the consumers. But, the key thing is that the add-ons are
currently available and they work with Office 2007. There are three
Save as PDF
Save as XPS
Save as PDF or XPS
And, if you want to read more of the story, here’s the article from
Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Office (June 2008)
It is sometimes quicker to accomplish tasks with simple keystrokes
rather than by using your mouse. Discover how to get a full list of
keyboard shortcuts, and learn and practice ways of using your
keyboard rather than your mouse.
Expressions in Access
you’re like me, it is often easiest to learn from an example. The
online help for Access provides several examples of commonly used