RC Application Closes Tonight!

Do you have an early stage tech venture and would you like to earn up to $25,000 in seed funding while learning from founders and investors? Apply to the REC@NNECT Challenge. The application closes by tonight, August 31, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to accelerate your startup by getting validation and mentorship from world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors, pitching for seed funding, gaining global visibility and becoming the next big startup. Don’t miss out!

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REC@NNECT Challenge

APPLY TODAY! – Deadline August 31, 2014

http://www.reconnectsca.org/reconnect-challenge.html

REC@NNECT Challenge is a tech venture competition launched by CRDF Global and the U.S. Department of State to foster entrepreneurship ecosystems in South and Central Asia. The REC@NNECT Challenge is open to entrepreneurs from the South and Central Asian countries who have a tech start-up that has generated revenue or attracted funding. Ten selected entrepreneurs will attend the REC@NNECT Final Event for training, receive mentorship designed to spark innovative thinking, and participate in the pitching competition where they will have a chance to win up to $25,000 in seed funding. Please note that CRDF Global will offer travel sponsorships to the ten tech entrepreneurs who are selected as finalists.

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REC@NNECT Challenge Awards:

  • $25,000 USD first prize seed grant for your venture’s development
  • $15,000 USD second prize and $5,000 USD third prize
  • Three scholarships to attend TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London, UK – travel expenses covered
  • Three exhibition spots for the Tech in Asia conference in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Ten finalist spots to attend the REC@NNECT Final Event (location TBD) – travel expenses covered
  • One scholarship to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA – travel expenses covered
  • One-on-one mentoring to help entrepreneurs refine their go-to market strategies and develop investor presentations and elevator pitches

In Nepal, Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Nepal is immensely supporting this initiative as a part of its Entrepreneurship Development program, BizSpark Nepal program. Nearly three months before, in May 5-6, 2014, MIC Nepal partnered with US Department of States and CRDF Global to organize REC@NNECT Regional Startup Bootcamp at Everest Hotel, Kathmandu. Founders and co-founders of nearly 40 startup companies from South and Central Asia including Nepal participated in the event.

DevTech Day 2013 happening in Sept 28 in Kathmandu!

Join us in the one day technical community event where you will learn technology on Windows Server infrastructure and App Development Platform.

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Are you ready to discover the capabilities in IT infrastructure configuring, deployment, administering and monitoring in enterprise environment? Get ready for several presenters as they go through the Windows Infrastructure environment in IT Pro Track to give you complete insight on end-to-end technology management stack through advanced integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and App Development with the power of Visual Studio suite of products.

Dev/Tech 2013 aims to bring people together under one roof from various backgrounds to educate them about Microsoft products by bringing about a high-end conference on technologies that have never been discussed or trained in the past in Nepal, primarily those that were released currently or say that are hot in the industry today. Apart from this, we would also like to make this conference as an opportunity where Microsoft Community including different IT communities, could have a better platform for interaction and relation building in a relaxed and peaceful environment.

In a nutshell, Dev/Tech 2013 can be assumed to be taken as training *** peer-to-peer networking experience to gear-up the Microsoft Community to better understand and fulfill the requirements.

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About the Conference: The Dev/Tech 2013 Conference, in short Dev/Tech 2013 is a full day event. Dev/Tech 2013 will feature various cutting edge Microsoft technologies for whole day with two halls running two parallel sessions running each of deep-down technical briefing. Primarily, one of the halls will have technology presentations and discussions on IT Professional’s track while the other will focus on Developer’s track. For better insight & manageability of the individual session, IT Pro’s track will be handled by WinServer Community while Developer’s track will be taken care by ASPNET Community.

Guest Speakers:

Gouri Sohoni

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Gouri is Trainer and consultant. She has experience of over two decades in software training and consulting. She is a graduate from Pune University and PGDCA from Pune University. She is Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has conducted more than 80 corporate trainings on Microsoft technologies that include Application Lifecycle Management, Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008 BI, SQL Server 2008 developer track, SQL Server 2005 BI, SQL Server 2005 developer track, Compact Framework for Windows Mobile 6.0, Net Framework, ASP.NET, using COM+ in .Net, .Net Security, .Net Remoting etc. She is a speaker with Pune User Group and has conducted a session on SQL Server Business Intelligence. Gouri has written more than 40 articles on SQL Server Business Intelligence and SQL Azure which are published on http://www.sqlservercurry.com

Gouri’s sessions in Dev/ Tech 2012 will be mostly focused in Developer centric IntelliTrace and Static Code Analysis. She says, “Every developer would like to develop code faster but at the same time of high quality. Visual Studio provides tools that can help developers achieve that goal. This session is focused on two such tools that are unique to it. IntelliTrace is a tool that can reduce the time taken for debugging an application. That time is really not a productive time and any reduction in it is welcome to both the developers and organizations. Code that is created with consistent quality is also a need of the organization. Static Code Analysis automates the checks that will ensure this consistency with the rules that are adopted by the whole organization and all developers in it. We will dive deep in these two tools during this session.”

Biplab Paul

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Biplab is Program Manager at Microsoft India and is involved in Planning and Organizing the regional summits and events. His specialties include Technical Project Management; IT Management using ITIL & MOF; Event Planning & Management; Budgeting; Vendor Management; Operations Management; Reporting and Analysis; Microsoft Office Tools; Team Leadership; Relationship Management; Collaboration; Stakeholder Management & Communication.

Biplab’s sessions in Dev/ Tech 2013 will be focused in IT Pro track with Windows Server Clustering and SQL Server capabilities.

Register Today

Event Details

September 28, 2013 (Saturday)

10:00am - 5:30pm (Kathmandu Time Zone) what time is this in my time zone?

Venue: Shankar Hotel, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Cost: NPR 1000 per participant (Lunch, and Freebies provided)

Each participant would be receiving 8 GB Wrist Drive of NPR 1,200 FREE of Cost:

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Audience: IT Professionals & Developers, CIOs, Technology Geeks

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite as such, however pre-registration is compulsory since we have very very limited seats. Registration can be done here. This one day event is tailored for IT Professionals/ IT Mangers (1+ years of experience) & who have general understanding of Cloud platform and Server Infrastructure technologies and application development platforms.

The event is jointly organized by Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, WinServer Community and ASPNET Community.

Looking forward to seeing you at the event!

June Roundup of WinServer Community

In its endeavor to provide a forum for IT professional to enable them to develop a culture of sharing and learning, WinServer Community organized its monthly roundup for June at Unlimited Technologies, Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza in Kathmandu, NEPAL on Friday, June 21, 2013. Total of 44 people attended the meeting.

The monthly roundup focused on the following topics.

• Windows Azure

• AD DS

• SQL Administration

•IPv6 Basics

The community meeting started at around 3:40pm with an introductory presentation aboimageut WinServer Community, its plans and objectives by Pradeep Kandel. Pradeep, Technical Specialist at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal then talked about Windows Azure, the cloud computing infrastructure. As the world is moving towards the cloud, the presentation onimage this topic beckoned significance to the meeting attendees. 

(Photo 1: Pradeep Kandel introducing WinServer Community and Windows Azure in the Monthly Roundup)

(Photo 2: Basant Shrestha delivering session on IPV6 and its various features.)

The next presentation was delivered by Basant Shrestha. He presented about the next level of communication protocol- IPv6: Features, advantages and limitations in today’s world of computing where billions of devices are digitally connected through IP. Mr. Basant is a freelancer and provides technical consultancy to Jagadamba Group in Nepal.

The next presentation was from Prakash Shrestha, Database Lecturer/ Module Lead from Islington College. He presented about SQL Server and its features. imageHe gave a brief introduction on SQL Server 2012 and also further talked about its new features and how SQL Server 2012 was an improvement over its predecessors.

(Photo 5: Suprasiddha Tamrakar talking about AD DS and its features.)

(Photo 4: Allen Tuladhar talking about Windows as a Client & Consumerization)     

(Photo 3: Prakash Shrestha talking about SQL Server features.)  

imageAfter the session on SQL, the community witnessed the presence of Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Country Director for Microsoft Innovation Center in Nepal.  The community participants were glad to see his unexpected presence who briefly talked about Windows Client and Consumerization and related topics based on his experiences. Also, as a supporter for the WinServer Community, he raised few questions in the meeting on how MIC Nepal could help WinServer Community to grow further and become more meaningful to the target audience in the upcoming days. He assured the community members that MIC Nepal is ready to help WinServer Community in all possible ways.

The final presentation was by Suprasiddha Tamrakar on Active Directory Domain Services. imageActive Directory (AD) is a directory service for Windows domain networks. Mr. Suprasiddha, Technical Specialist from MIC Nepal beautifully explained the need for Domain Services for medium to large sized organizations along with some of its features and functionalities.  The roundup concluded around 6:00 PM. Many thanks to Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal for serving light refreshments to the participants.

Community Poll

Acharya Sandesh says:

“Today, WinServer Meeting monthly round up at MIC was great. Learned so many things about new technologies. Hope to explore and learned more in the upcoming round up. Hope to see the same participants in the next meeting.”

निरन्जन बस्नेत says:

“Had awesome roundup meeting for Win server community!!!! Learned a lot about SQL server 2012, Windows Azure, and Active Directory!!!! Presenters were great while giving us technical overviews of recent technology!!! Looking forward to attend further roundups.”

Nitesh Shrestha says:

“Really awesome presentations. Got to learn something new. Awesome as always. Got to see Allen sir presenting. Totally new experience.”

Khanal Sandeep says:

“Being on the meeting for the first time was fun. Win Server Community, Keep being Awesome!”

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Photo 6: Some snaps taken from the community meeting.

WinServer Community is in:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winserver

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WinserverCommunity

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winsrvcommunity

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WinServer Community to organize July Session!

Greetings from WinServer Community in Kathmandu!

Join us for a 2 hours long technical community monthly roundup where you will learn technology on Windows Server infrastructure and cloud computing platform: Windows Azure. Are you ready to discover the capabilities in infrastructure configuring, deployment, administering and monitoring? Get ready for several presenters as they go through the Windows Infrastructure environment and learn how it delivers an end-to-end technology management stack through advanced integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure.

TOPIC OUTLINE

01 | Windows Server 2012:

Windows Server powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.

02 | Windows Azure

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

Windows Azure enables you to use any language, framework, or tool to build applications. Features and services are exposed using open REST protocols. The Windows Azure client libraries are available for multiple programming languages, and are released under an open source license and hosted on GitHub.

Register Today

Event Details

July 19, 2013 (Friday)

3:30pm - 5:30pm (Kathmandu Time Zone) what time is this in my time zone?

Venue: Unlimited Technologies, Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Cost: Free

Audience: IT Professionals, IT & Engineering Students, Technology Geeks

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite as such, however registration is compulsory since we have very limited seats. Registration can be done here. Moreover, this monthly roundup is tailored for IT Professionals/ IT & Engineering students who have a general understanding of  Cloud platform and Server Infrastructure technologies.

 

About WinServer Community:

clip_image002WinServer Community is a non-for-profit community, a forum for IT Pros by IT Pros. The main motto of the community is 'to share is to care' and 'in teaching do we learn'. Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. Whatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT Professionals, IT & Engineering Students, administrators deploy Windows Server technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically to:

   » improve core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.

  » expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs.

  » invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources.

  » incubate and encourage a great peer-peer sharing and support ecosystem.

Online presence of WinServer Community:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winserver/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WinserverCommunity

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winsrvcommunity

WinServer Community Roundup for June, 2013

WinServer Community is back again for the second time to organize 'WinServer Community Roundup Meeting' for IT Pros, IT & engineering students and other technology enthusiasts for the month of June, 2013. This is a two hours long multiple sessions type event that focus on Windows Server infrastructure environment.The FREE to Attend Roundup will focus on the following topics this month.

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Azure
  • AD DS
  • SQL Administration

More details:

Subject: WinServer Community Roundup for the Month of June, 2013

When: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:30 PM-5:30 PM (UTC+05:45) Kathmandu.

Where: Unlimited Technologies, Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Registration is compulsory. To register: Kindly click here: http://sdrv.ms/11TfmU9 so that we reserve a seat for you. See you!

 

About WinServer Community:

winserver logoWinServer Community is a non-for-profit community, a forum for IT Pros by IT Pros. The main motto of the community is 'to share is to care' and 'in teaching do we learn'.

Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. Whatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT and Engineering Students, IT Professionals, administrators deploy Windows Server technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically to:

 

   » improve core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.

  » expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs.

  » invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources.

  » incubate and encourage a great peer-peer sharing and support ecosystem.

Online presence of WinServer Community:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winserver/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WinserverCommunity

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winsrvcommunity

WinServer Community organizes first ever Monthly Roundup Meeting

May 3image1, 2013, Kathmandu, NEPAL: WinServer Community organized the first ever monthly community roundup meeting focused for IT and engineering students, IT Professionals working in core Windows Server technologies and other technology enthusiasts in the premises of Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, New Road, Kathmandu today. The event was planned for the month of May, 2013. Total of 76 people registered online for the event while 33 people could actually made it to the face-to face community roundup meeting.

Pradeep Kandel, one of the members of WinServer Community initiated the meeting with opening remarks on the aims and objectives of launching WinServer Community followed by basic introduction of speakers and participants of the community roundup meeting.image With the slogan of ‘growing together’, the community focused on sharing and making the WinServer Community as a platform to share peer-to-peer knowledge sharing in Windows Server infrastructure experience. The session was followed by a technical presentation yet again by Pradeep Kandel on Virtualization technologies with light on Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a virtualization platform that helps organizations of all sizes realize considerable cost savings and operational efficiencies. With industry leading size and scale, Hyper-V is the platform to run your mission critical workloads.

Using Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, you can take advantage of new hardware technology, while still utilizing the servers you already have. This way you can virtualize today, and be ready for the future.image

Deepankar Udaya, another speaker of the monthly roundup delivered an interesting presentation on getting hands on with PowerShell. Windows PowerShell® is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

Deepankar showed few demos on how using PowerShell script could drastically lower the volume of codes that is to be written on legacy Command prompt for the similar purpose. Participants were excited about the power of PowerShell and had lots of queries concerning the topic.image

The third session was taken over by Suprasiddha Tamrakar who delivered a presentation on Windows server 2012 Sever Core and its features. Server Core is a minimal server installation option for computers running on the operating system. Server Core provides a low-maintenance server environment with limited functionality. As in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 offers Full Server and Server Core installation options. A demo on starting with Windows Server 2012, how it is possible to transition between Full Server and Server Core without reinstalling the operating system was shown in the roundup.

In conclusion, the meeting was successfully run for a period of 2 hours. Started at 4:00PM, the meeting ended at sharp 6:10PM. Special thanks to Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal for providing the venue for the roundup and the refreshment that was served in the mid-session of the meeting.

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About WinServer Community:

WinServer Community is a non-for-profit community, a forum for IT Pros by IT Pros. The main motto of the community is 'to share is to care' and 'in teaching do we learn'.

Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. Whatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT and Engineering Students, IT Professionals, administrators deploy Windows Server technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically to:

   » improve core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.

  » expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs.

  » invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources.

  » incubate and encourage a great peer-peer sharing and support ecosystem.

Online presence of WinServer Community:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winserver/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WinserverCommunity

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winsrvcommunity

Roundup meeting for IT Pros by WinServer Community

For the very first time, WinServer Community is pleased to organize 'WinServer Roundup meeting' for IT & engineering students, technology enthusiasts and IT Professionals. This event will not only be focused in sharing knowledge, experience and ideas on Windows Server environment but also is expected to provide opportunities for participants to interact with like-minded people and have queries answered by the people in the IT industry. The Meet-Up will have 3 or 4 presentations on the following topics for the month of May, 2013.

• Windows Server Environment • Windows Azure • PowerShell

About WinServer Community:

We have always learnt that 'to share is to care' and 'in teaching do we learn'. Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. winserver logoWhatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT and Engineering Students, IT Professionals, administrators deploy Windows Server Technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically:  

» improve our core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.   » expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs   » invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources   » incubate and encourage a great peer-peer support vehicle.

Below is the detailed information about the Roundup:

 

Meeting Title: WinServer Community Roundup Meeting May 2013

Date of the Event: Friday, May 31, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Kathmandu Time)

Event Location: Unlimited Technologies Pvt ltd, Unlimited Building, Opposite to Pashupati Plaza, Khichapokhari, New Road, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Registration is open to everyone and completely FREE of cost. Registration can be done by clicking here.

Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific Blogs about TechMela in Nepal

Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal had organized a community event, Tech Mela for the IT community of Nepal on 22nd and 23rd March, 2013 (Friday & Saturday) at Staff College, Jawalakhel, Kathmandu. This is an annual event and hence the objective of the event has always been to enhance and exchange knowledge about information technology and Microsoft products and technologies in the community. The event has been covered by Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific team here.

TechMela 2013 Inaguration

Read more- I have a blog post here about TechMela that was organized for the first time three years before. Ashish Shrestha, a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathford College of Engineering & Management has his blog post here about his last year’s Tech Mela experience. Similarly, Suraj KC, another Microsoft Student Partner from Everest Engineering & management College in Kathmandu shares about his Tech Mela experience here.

Client Hyper-V in Windows 8

Client Hyper-V is the same virtualization technology previously available in Windows Server operating system. Unlike in earlier client operating systems, the technology is now built into Windows 8.

Hyper- V is currently selling like a hot cake across the world and it’s nothing like rocket science to understand and configure Client Hyper-V too. IT Pros and developers can use this technology to create virtual Machines (VM) and can move them from Client Hyper-V to server Hyper-V.

To Enable using GUI:

  1. On the Control Panel click “Programs”, and then click “Programs and Features”

  2. Click “Turn Windows features on or off”

  3. Click “Hyper-V”, and then click “OK”, and then click “Close”

  4. Machine must be restarted to complete installation.

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There a few features included in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V that are not included in Client Hyper-V like the remote FX, Live VM migration, Hyper-V Replica, etc.

Note that Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). Atleast 4 GB RAM is required. The RAM on your Client Hyper-V machine is allocated and de-allocated dynamically as required by the VMs. We can run several VMs on a Client Hyper-V machine depending on the RAM requirements for each VM.

Client Hyper-V supports server Hyper-V’s “Live Storage Move” capability. This means we can use our host VMs keeping it independent of the underlying storage. We can move VMs to and from one local drive to another, to a USB stick, or to a remote file share without needing to stop the VM.

Global Windows Azure Bootcamp in Nepal


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Glad that Global Windows Azure Bootcamp (GWAB) was successfully held in 5 cities in Nepal. These cities include: Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Chitwan and Lumbini. Thanks to Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal who managed the resource persons for the GWAB ! Also, all thanks to local partners in the various cities who hosted the events with some 500+ participants in total. It was on April 27th, 2013, as Windows Azure bootcamps was a unique event that actually happened on more than 100 locations around the globe!

Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It provides both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

I was in Biratnagar to run the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp session while the cities Chitwan, Kathmandu, Birgunj and Lumbini were handled by Allen Tuladhar, Nairisha Shrestha, Mahesh Dahal and Deepankar Udaya respectively. It was an exciting experience for me ( I guess for others too!) to run a session that was happening globally at the same time on the same day.

We ran 2 types of camp for Windows Azure; one aimed at the developer and one aimed at the IT Pro. The developer camp concentrated on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features of Windows Azure. Mostly this means Windows Azure Cloud Services, Windows Azure Storage, Windows Azure Active Directory Access Control Service, Windows Azure Service Bus and Windows Azure SQL DB, and Windows Azure Websites. While the IT Pro camp concentrated on the Infrastructure-as-a-Service features; Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks. As an IT Pro, I personally took over Biratnagar session with Windows Azure IT Pro topics along with initial introduction to Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal and its programs and innovative initiatives.

The events were one-day free to attend aimed at IT and engineering students, IT Pros and technology enthusiasts. To make the session more interesting, Free Windows Azure tokens, Windows 8 DVDs, Windows Server books and books on careers ideas from Microsoft were distributed to some lucky participants.

Before closing, once again thank you local organizers, sponsors and attendees!

Installing Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is the latest edition of Microsoft’s server operating system and with it comes a lot of new features with a major emphasis on Cloud integration.

This blog post is all about the first look in Installing a Windows 2012 Server and it’s just the beginning of diving into Windows environment. Later in my blogs, I will also work on promoting the server as the first domain controller in a new forest.

The installation procedure has not changed much in comparison to earlier version, Windows Server 2008 R2.

So, lets begin with the installation. The screenshots can be seen below as we insert a bootable media in the drive.

Click <Install Now>.

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Now, lets select the operating system we want to install.  I have selected Windows Server 2012 with a GUI.  The other option is server core is a limited installation without GUI however with that server can be remotely managed. For now click next.

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Currently, I am interested in doing fresh installation of Windows Server, so click on Custom.

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Once the required partition is created, click next. The Installation of Windows Server then proceeds.

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Eventually, we will see the screen prompting for entering a password for the built-in Administrator account as can be seen in the screenshot.

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Now, click Finish.

Finally, we are now able to see the new Windows Login Screen, which is fairly different from the log in screen that we have been seeing in earlier versions of Windows Server.

Once we hit Ctrl – ALT – Delete to sign in, and enter password., we would be able to see the new Server Manager Screen which totally simplifies the administration and configuration of Windows server.

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This is the fresh installation of Windows Server 2012. I will come up with a new blog post on moving forward. Stay tunned! :)

Participants at Windows 8 Utsav going Cutting Edge with Technology Innovation

With overwhelming response and participation by college students in Windows 8 Utsav that has been organized around colleges in Kathmandu Valley starting last week, the no. of students participating in the Utsav has already crossed 1,000 mark. Thanks to Microsoft Student Partners from Thames International college at Battisputali: Rashoj Raj Onta and Sangita Paudel who made sure that their 100+ college mates  attend the Utsav and get hands on with the latest version of Windows 8 Operating system. Windows 8, Microsoft’s one of the major software product is going to be released worldwide in Oct 26, 2012 after nearly two years of earlier release of Windows 7 Operating system. 

Microsoft Students Partners Alpana Rai & Suraj KC from Everest Engineering & Management College at Sita Paila also organized the Windows 8 Utsav yesterday with over 85 students participating the Windows 8 session. Students were really excited to know about Microsoft’s newer version of Operating system. There were a lots of queries and questions from the enthusiastic participants and it was exciting to address them with relevant answers and solutions. SAM_0084 SAM_0144 DSCF1419

And, today we saw a whopping 700+ students attending Windows 8 Utsav at Little Angel’s College of Management in Hattiban, Lalitpur. Microsoft Student Partners Dipika Joshi, Julia Aryal and Bibek Shrestha with backsupport from their IT club were able to organize and manage such a big event successfully. Kudos to their hard work! 

 

 

Participating students not only learned the new features of Windows 8 at the event but also were excited to receive freebees like Books on Career ideas by Microsoft and Windows Server 2008 R2,  and Windows 8 bootable thumb drives.

Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal(MIC) Nepal has already hosted a Windows 8 Utsav in its own premises last friday and is grearing up to organize another Utsav tomorrow i.e August 29, 2012. As per the information I have, the registration is still open and can be registered online at http://tinyurl.com/utsav2.

Windows 8 Utsav in Nepal

Program Concept Overview:

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With the final release of Windows 8 about a month later, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal (MIC Nepal) is organizing a series of Windows 8 Utsav. On this event, you will learn secrets, tips and tricks of Windows 8. The event is going to be heavy on demos with some PowerPoint and videos thrown in between.

Windows 8 Released to Manufacturing(RTM) is already available for download for MSDN subscribers. Windows 8 (build 9200) is the latest version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. Its Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Release Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but we’ve made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.

We ensure you that you’ll love Windows 8, whether you are planning to use it in your PC, laptop or tablet or slate. We are also sure that you would want to be the first to know more about it before it comes to the market and to be able to start using it and mastering it before anyone else. You will also get a chance to get your DVDs in either 32 bit or 64 bit so that you do not need to download it and you not need to worry about the load shedding. Here’s the further information regarding this event.

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Features Overview:

Some of the features that will be covered in the Utsav are:

· Charms

· Swipes and mouse clicks

· Start Screen

· Sign-In with new methods

· Window store

· Metro Design UI

· Share and Picker

· File Copy

· Search Charm

· Pin to desktop feature

· AppLocker

· BitLocker

· BranchCache

· Connection Manager

· Client Hyper-V

· DirectAccess

· eDrive

· Group Policy Management

· Hardware Device Mgmt

· Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)

· Security Auditing

· Smart Cards

· User-Device Affinity

· Volume Activation

· Windows Authentication

· Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

· Windows PowerShell

· Windows To Go

Giveaways to Participants:

· Windows 8 Laptop Skin

· Windows 8 DVD

· 2 Invites to each participants to join Windows 8 Mahotsav (Oct 26, 2012)

Every participant who sits thru the Utsav will receive a Windows 8 Laptop Skin and a Windows 8 DVD along with 2 invites to join Windows 8 Mahotsav. Depending upon the students’ response, either a Windows 8 Bootable Pen drive and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 Book(s) will be gifted to the most interactive student(s) within a session.

The registration for first scheduled (24th Aug, 2012) Windows 8 Utsav is already closed. However, if you want to attend the second scheduled Windows 8 Utsav happening at MIC, here is the registration page for it http://tinyurl.com/utsav2

Downloading a Product Key from your DreamSpark’s ELMS account

If you are a university student/ faculty in Nepal studying/ teaching either Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Design (STEM-D) subject, you are eligible to receive most of the Microsoft software free of cost.

This is a fairly easy process. I have listed down the necessary steps you need to go thru in order to be able to download the software/ product key of your choice.

Step-1: Verify yourself as a valid STEM-D student/ faculty by showing your valid student/university registration card at Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Nepal, Unlimited Building in Khichapokhari, Kathmandu and submit your valid email ID for a new DreamSpark Account.

Step-2: Upon verification of your identity, a DreamSpark account (also called ELMS account) will be created for you within a period of one week of your ID verification and submission of valid email ID.

Step-3: You will receive an email from Unlimited Engineering College notifing you that an account has been created for you as:

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Step-4: Open the email and click the registration link as:

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Step-5: The registration links takes you to a new web page were you will need to register for your account information. Choose a password in order to log in later and click register. Once you click register, it will open a page containing pool of Microsoft products as:

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Step-6: Now it’s completely up to you on choosing a Microsoft product of your need to start downloading either the serial key or the software itself, or both. Say, if you are interested to download the product Microsoft Windows 8, click the option in the icon:

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Step-7: Your selection of the product will prompt you to a new page as it is seen. I am here interested to download a 64-bit edition of Windows 8, so I am selecting the second option by clicking the <Add To Cart> option.

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Step-8: After you have clicked <Add To Cart> option, below page will be displayed. Click the option <Check Out> to proceed further with the downloading of the product and it’s serial key.

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Step-9: Once you have checked out, the next step is to sign the EULA(End User License Agreement). Click <I Accept>.

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Step-10: A new webpage will appear. This page contains the details about the purchase order you have placed for the Microsoft software (in my case, Windows 8). And don’t worry, the amount that is billed is 0.00$ Smile.

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Click <Proceed with Order> option as can be seen at the bottom of the page to proceed.

Step-11: A new page opens containing all those information you were craving for. Yes, the product key and the download button for downloading the particular software you were interested in as in the screenshot.

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Step-12: Click <Start Download> button to start downloading the software while the product is already visible to you in the screen. Copy the product key in a notepad for further activation process.

How to Extend Free Usage (Activation Grace Period) of Windows 7 to 120 Days

 

It should be interesting and sometimes even useful to know that Windows 7 OS can be used genuine and legally without any product key for free usage of 30 days as evaluation period.

During the 30-day activation free grace period, user does not need to activate Windows 7, and can use Windows 7 of any edition in full functionality. However, Windows 7 product activation function will keep reminding user regarding how many days left to input a product key and activate the system in order to continue using the operating system beyond 30 days.

In reality, Windows 7 also equip with a secret ‘rearm’ key in order to reset the free 30-day evaluation period limitation, which allows user to extend the activation-free usage or evaluation expiry date of Windows 7 for another 30 days legally.

Follow these steps to reset and extend activation grace period from 30 days to 120 days in Windows 7:

  1. Install Windows 7 without any product activation key.
  2. After installation is completed, use the Windows 7 for 30 days and wait for the remaining days left to activate.
  3. When the activation grace period (or evaluation trial period) is almost expired or ended, log on to Windows 7, and open a Command Prompt and type Cmd in Start Search and hit Enter).
  4. Type any of the following commands into the command prompt, and then hit Enter:

    sysprep /generalize

    slmgr.vbs –rearm

    rundll32 slc.dll,SLReArmWindows

    slmgr /rearm

  5. Reboot Windows 7 to enjoy another 30 days of free usage without worrying about activation.
  6. When the activation grace period countdown timer almost runs down to 0 again, repeat the trick to enjoy another 30 days of Windows 7 for free. General user can run the rearm command for maximum of 3 times.
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