Monday, November 20, 2006

CERTIFICATION: Microsoft Test 70-431 passed!

Today I passed with 1000 points (my first test with 1000 points score!) the Microsoft Test 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance and I got the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): SQL Server 2005 certification.

MCTS Self–Paced Training Kit (Exam 70–431): Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and lab practice, is enough to pass this test.

Exam Statistics:

10 Citrix Exams
04 Citrix Certifications
21 Microsoft Exams
10 Microsoft Certifications

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Friday, November 17, 2006

MS: Limit messages size in Exchange Server 2003

How to Set Size Limits for Messages

How to set size limits for messages in Exchange Server

An e-mail message that is larger than the sending message size limit or the receiving message size limit is not delivered

Security Setting Changes and Updates That Are Introduced in Exchange Server 2003

Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 Message Restrictions

HOW TO: Use System Policies to Configure Mailbox Storage Limits in Exchange Server 2003

Friday, November 10, 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

MS: Windows Vista is RTM

Today November 8th, 2006 Microsoft announced the completion of the Windows Vista operating system and confirmed its release to manufacturing (RTM).
Windows Vista will be broadly available as a stand-alone product or pre-installed on new PCs on January 30, 2007 and available to Volume License customers later in the month of November 2006.
More info at
As beta tester from the early code (Alpha Stage) of Windows Vista (Codename Longhorn), I'm waiting to install the RTM version.

CTX: Citrix release a beta of the Project Tarpon

Citrix Project Tarpon - Beta Release - Release Date: 10/20/2006
Tarpon is a breakthrough in application streaming technology that enables IT organizations to rapidly deliver desktop applications and updates, while allowing IT organizations to centrally manage a single instance of a desktop application and deliver it to users as they need it. Project Tarpon eliminates application compatibility issues and dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of delivering applications. Applications are delivered as an on-demand service that detects problems, heals itself, and updates automatically.

You can found more info (including download information) in the Project Tarpon User Forum at

CTX: Citrix release a beta of the Presentation Server v4.5

Presentation Server 4.5 - Technology Preview - Release Date: 10/24/2006
Some of the key features available in this upcoming release are:

  • Health Monitoring & Recovery – Monitors the health of many Presentation Server components and reports any failures instantly. If a component fails, it can be configured to trigger an action to the server.
  • Configuration logging – Logs any changes made to the farm to a database and provides reporting capabilities.
  • Non-administrator client installation – Allows end users without administrative rights to install a client.
  • SpeedScreen Progressive Display – Provides an aggressive compression algorithm for graphic-intensive applications, through a connection policy, to improve the performance and responsiveness of these applications.
  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) support – Extends the value of Microsoft’s Active Directory and Identity Federation technology by allowing Presentation Server-hosted applications to participate in federation trusts. Without Citrix, ADFS can only be used with Web Applications.
  • Application streaming – Provides applications to be packaged and delivered to Presentation Server without having to install them in every server.

This release is available is x86 and x64 versions through MyCitrix.

MS: SQL Server 2005 SP2 CTP

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP (November 2006)
Yesterday Microsoft released a public Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

The Service Pack 2 CTP 2 download is available here:

Monday, November 06, 2006

MS: Office 2007 is Golden! (RTM)

Today November 6th, 2006 Microsoft announced the completion of the 2007 Microsoft® Office system code and confirmed its release to manufacturing (RTM). This gold code milestone concludes the largest Microsoft Office beta program to date, with more than 3.5 million people downloading Beta 2.

More information about the 2007 Microsoft Office system can be found by visiting the new Office Online at

As beta tester from the early code of Office 2007 (I write this blog in Word 2007 Beta2TR) , I'm waiting to install the RTM version.