• Microsoft IT Camps–My Session Resources…

    Hello IT Professionals,

    Thank you very much for attending the first ever Microsoft IT Camp in Delhi. Like I said during my session I am sharing my presentations & resources with you all.

    Session 01: Get out of Dodge - Migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 x64 IT Camps Windows Server Migration

    Session 02: Turbocharge your Active Directory Environment IT Camps - Active Directory

    If you have any questions/queries feel free to reach out to me. I hope you enjoyed the presentations and looking forward to see you all in the next event at Mumbai on 25th November 2011.

  • 1 Year Milestone Achieved at Microsoft Corporation India as an IT Pro Evangelist

    IT all started with a dream to become a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft. And the dream came true, I became an IT Pro Evangelist last year on 26th Nov 2010. http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2010/11/26/my-next-favorite-role-at-microsoft-corporation-india-as-an-it-pro-evangelist.aspx

    Today, I have completed 1 year in this role. For me this 1st year as a Technology Evangelist is extremely special. The best days of my life & I have seen lot of things, something that I will always remember throughout my life. I have got a chance to work with best of the minds in the industry that helped me do lot more challenging things as a Technology Enthusiast. Every day is an awesome experience working with different set of groups whether it’s an In-Person Event, an Online Event or any other forum be it Microsoft or Non-Microsoft; everyone appreciated the work. I really feel proud and fortunate to be a part of this team and looking forward for another rocking year ahead.

    DPE Evangelism Team - India

    Picture Perfect: DPE Evangelism Team – India

    I want to say just 1 thing to everyone in My Team & Colleagues at Microsoft & all the IT Professionals/Developers across the world…


  • APP-V 4.6: The Application Virtualization Client could not launch application. Error code: 4604EE8-1690140A-20000194

    Last week I wanted to build a sample APP-V Demo. I decided to demonstrate APP-V 4.6 using basic setup. I am using 1 Management Server running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 that will be hosting & streaming applications. 1 Client machine Windows 7 x86 as base OS for Sequencing Applications like Adobe, Office etc.. 1-2 Clients running Windows 7 x86 for running the APP-V Packages. Instead of using the pre-packaged demos I always prefer to prepare fresh demos on my own. Well, then I started collecting the basic bits. I visited TechNet & downloaded necessary APP-V 4.6 Packages. The entire demo is setup running on Hyper-V VMs.

    Management Server Installation

    All the necessary pre-requisites were configured like SQL Server 2008, IIS Web Services & AD Groups. I installed the Management Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 with proper configuration using Custom Choice. For this demo I did not choose Certificate therefore I was using default port 554 for RTSP. Later at this topic I changed the Content directory to C:\Content. Later added specific groups and completed installation. After installation I created necessary Firewall policies for APP-V binaries in APP-V Program Files folder & also added necessary permissions to Content folder.

    Everything went went well without any issue. Because I am doing the demo using VMs I had to manually start Application Virtualization Management Server Service. I opened up Management Console, provided Management Server name & connected to my APP-V Console.

    Sequencer Client

    On a Client running Windows 7 x86, I installed APP-V Sequencer 4.6 & configured it well. I created 2 packages 1 for Adobe Reader 9 & 1 for VLC Player 1.1. I tested them and later copied them to Content folder on APP-V Management Server.

    Now, on my APP-V Management Server I imported those packages checked their properties, path & all. Everything is good and I am ready for APP-V Clients.

    Testing APP-V Packages on Clients

    Now, this is the last step, I installed x86 APP-V Client on 1 of the client VMs running Windows 7 x86. I provided necessary details like Server Configuration i.e. APP-V Management Server. This worked out well so far.

    I launched APP-V Client Console, clicked on Publishing Serves. Right clicked onto it and clicked on Refresh. (By default Next User Refresh is configured for On Login.) Now, in next few seconds I could see my APP-V Packages showing up in the Console & I could see 2 shortcuts on my Desktop. Here comes the surprise part. As soon as I double clicked onto Adobe Reader I got the following error.

    The package requested could not be found in the system data store or the files associated with this package could not be found on the server. Report the following error code to your System Administrator.

    Error code: 4604EE8-1690140A-20000194


    I spent enough time to troubleshoot it, tried to check all the steps assuming in case I missed something. Tried to create the packages again with proper package filenames without spaces. Nothing helped. Then I decided to check for forums, first stop was http://support.microsoft.com but could not find much. Then I decided to go for http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/ I search for specific error code & string and I could find several results.

    I visited this result http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/appvgeneralsequencing/thread/ebad9c13-d16b-4d85-bf5f-2036623cc407 which given me some idea that APP-V Management server has not updated the Content folder that we change during installation. And the registry entry is still pointing to the default location. I then tried to search for specific registry key for 64-bit version os. Well it was easy to search, I got another link http://jamiebaldanza.org/2010/03/25/4605f3-1690140a-20000194-error-on-app-v-client-pc-when-launching-application/ that helped me completely nail down the issue. Here it is..


    Apparently, if you see the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\SoftGrid\4.5\Server. The SOFTGRID_CONTENT_DIR is still pointing to default location C:\Pragram Files (x86)\Microsoft… instead of pointing it to C:\Content. This is the exact reason we are getting the above error.


    First, change the directory location value for SOFTGRID_CONTENT_DIR to C:\Content. Once done, open up Services.msc & restart Application Virtualization Management Server service.



    Now, go to the Client and launch the APP-V Packages by double clicking onto the shortcuts created on Desktop.



  • Microsoft Connect: Sign up now for Microsoft Security Essentials Beta…

    About Microsoft Security EssentialsSecurity Essentials Beta

    Use Microsoft Security Essentials to guard against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is free* and we designed it to be simple to install and easy to use. It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you don't have to worry about interruptions or making updates.

    You can sign up for Microsoft Security Essentials Beta HERE

    For more details about Microsoft Security Essentials visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

  • Windows Phone OS Update 7.10.7740.16 Available…Just updated my HTC Mozart !!

    Today, I received this new Windows Phone OS update for my HTC Mozart. The version number is 7.10.7740.16


    For more details about this update visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/basics/update-history.aspx

  • Microsoft IT Camps–Mumbai Event Resources…

    Hello IT Professionals,

    Thank you very much for attending today’s IT Camps event in Mumbai. It was an awesome experience to present all the demos. You can find my session slides at this post http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/11/20/microsoft-it-camps-my-session-resources.aspx

    As per my discussion with you all, here are some of questions asked during the event. For those questions remained unanswered, I have included few of them here with the answers.

    Convert Suse Linux Enterprise 9.0 P2V

    Migrate Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to a New Server

    I will update more as I hear from the audience.

  • Introducing Firefox with Bing…


    Get Firefox with Bing http://www.firefoxwithbing.com/

    For details read this post from The Bing Team http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/search/archive/2011/10/26/bff.aspx

  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 Beta

    Beta review program now open! Microsoft Solution Accelerators

    Join the MAP Toolkit 6.5 beta program

    Simplify your cloud migration planning with MAP 6.5 Beta

    The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities help users to securely assess heterogeneous IT environments while enabling the evaluation of workloads for migration to Microsoft’s private and public cloud platforms. Consolidate existing server workloads using the updated Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track capacity planning feature. The revamped Azure Migration feature in MAP 6.5 provides more in-depth analysis of the suitability of migrating on-premises applications to the Windows Azure platform. Other significant new features in MAP 6.5 include the discovery of active Windows devices, Software Usage Tracking for Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP), and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server.

    Key Features and Benefits of MAP 6.5 beta

    Discover Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers for migration to SQL Server.

    MAP 6.5 Beta adds to the heterogeneous database inventory and reporting capability with Oracle compete and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server. Reporting also provides an estimate of the complexity of migration and suggests candidates for migration to SQL Server. Use this information to determine total cost of ownership for maintaining Oracle and the potential return on investment (ROI) from switching to SQL Server.

    Accelerate planning for the private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Onboarding.

    Planning your private cloud just got easier. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Onboarding, an updated assessment available with MAP 6.5 Beta, provides consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Hyper-V Fast Track Infrastructures including computing power, network, and storage architectures. Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of P2V migration to Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Each assessment also provides guidance on next steps using Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track.

    Assess your software usage and evaluate your licensing needs. NEW!

    The Software Usage Tracking feature in MAP 6.5 includes enhancements in terms of product coverage and the ability to track devices. The Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) scenario measures server and client usage for the FEP product, a recent addition to the Microsoft Core Client Access License (CAL) Suite. Active Devices is a new inventory scenario that allows organizations to report Windows devices that are active on the network. This information is useful in Enterprise Agreement scenarios as well as for maintaining Active Directory information for the environment.

    Join the MAP Toolkit 6.5 beta program

    MAP works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more.

    Visit Microsoft Connect Site for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit https://connect.microsoft.com/site297

  • Bing for Mobile Goes HTML5

    Today, we’re excited to announce the next step in the evolution of Bing for Mobile, with the release of the new Bing for Mobile app for iPhone and Android (coming soon to more devices). Today’s update uses HTML5 to blend the mobile browse experience with the app experience so you get a consistent and fast mobile search experience whether you’re using m.bing.com from your browser or the Bing app.

    Rather than tightly binding functions into a mobile client, we want to embrace the drive towards exposing our functions via an HTML5 experience. In order for search to advance, engines need to be able to call functions that are currently ‘hiding’ in apps so we can better help people get done what they are trying to get done. Using HTML5, our goal is to build a mobile experience that leverages the unique capabilities of the different platforms including camera support and voice search, while making the functions the apps can provide consistent across the platforms and – in the future – callable by engines to help people get from searching to doing.

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    Check out this video where Andy and Stefan talk about this transition to an HTML5 mobile experience:

    <a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;vid=a30c467f-097f-412a-a1d4-5d91f50213b7&amp;src=SLPl:embed::uuids" target="_new" title="Bing for Mobile Goes HTML5">Video: Bing for Mobile Goes HTML5</a>

    For more information visit The Bing Team Blog http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/search/archive/2011/11/02/bing-for-mobile-goes-html5.aspx

  • Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC0 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence.
    SQL Server 2012 RC0 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence:

    • Deliver required uptime and data protection with AlwaysOn SQL Server 2012
    • Gain breakthrough & predictable performance with ColumnStore Index
    • Help enable security and compliance with new User-defined Roles and Default Schema for Groups
    • Enable rapid data discovery for deeper insights across the organization with ColumnStore Index
    • Ensure more credible, consistent data with SSIS improvements, a Master Data Services add-in for Excel, and new Data Quality Services
    • Optimize IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with Data-tier Application Component (DAC) parity with SQL Azure and SQL Server Data Tools for a unified dev experience across database, BI, and cloud functions

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Documentation:

    1 ) Some components in this Community Technology Preview have certain Internet-enabled features, including the Customer Experience Improvement Program and Error and Usage Reporting component, enabled by default to help us identify and address issues that you may encounter while using SQL Server. For more information and instructions on how to disable these features, see the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC0 Privacy Statement.
    2 ) Some components in this Release Candidate have two different methods to complete the installation process:
    • Attended Installation – an interactive user interface will guide you through the set-up process and obtain all of the information and consent required to complete the installation. This includes displaying, acknowledgement, and archiving of the applicable SQL Server license terms.
    • Un-attend Installation – this is a command line set-up process that does not have an interactive user interface to guide you through the set-up process. In this case, you will be required to enter a parameter during installation that indicates your acceptance of the license terms.


  • TechNet Article: Windows 7: The Time Is Now for Windows 7

    While Windows 8 promises to be a groundbreaking evolution (the developer preview at the BUILD conference has the tech community abuzz), it’s a ways off. Fortunately for many organizations, there is still a great deal of value in migrating to Windows 7.

    Many companies still use Windows XP as the primary OS. Windows XP was certainly cutting edge when it first came out, which is now more than a decade ago. In today’s computing environment, however, it often falls short of the demands of modern applications and mobile users.

    If you’re using Windows XP as your primary OS, there’s still considerable value—in bottom-line cost savings, user productivity, data integrity and safety, and organizational readiness—in moving to Windows 7. There are a number of ways to help you quickly get into Windows 7, and take advantage of its value, performance and feature set.


  • Kinect for Windows Beta 2 Now Available…



  • CHEVRONWP7 LABS: Unlock your Windows Phone



  • Microsoft Download Center: For IT professionals: Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010

    This book provides an overview of the Microsoft Office 2010 suites and information about how to get started with Office 2010. The audience for this book includes IT generalists, IT operations, help desk and deployment staff, IT messaging administrators, consultants, and other IT professionals. The content in this book is a copy of selected content in the Office 2010 Resource Kit technical library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=181453) as of the publication date. For the most current content, see the technical library on the web.



  • Microsoft India: Virtual TechDays (VTD) 13th Edition around the corner…


    Looking forward to see you there. REGISTER HERE

  • Microsoft Download Center: Windows Phone 7.5 Guides for IT Professionals

    Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) brings together the information, applications, tools, and services needed to help your workforce accomplish what they most want to do, easier and faster. At home or on the go, people can use powerful solutions such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint Server to stay up-to-date with colleagues and business associates. Microsoft Outlook Mobile also delivers easy access to email messages and calendars so people can respond quickly and efficiently. And with the intuitive user interface of Windows Phone, people can work more efficiently using gestures like tapping and pinching to select content and navigate on their phone. If you are an IT professional and your business users are asking for Windows Phone, this is a good place to start investigating what it takes to integrate and support the phone in your organization. This series of articles explores a variety of topics important to you—from providing how-to guidance on integrating technologies that businesses already use while helping to support corporate security and management requirements, to providing insights into how Windows Phone helps to create compelling applications for phone, web, and PC by using powerful and familiar development tools.



  • Coming up next…Microsoft IT Camps–India for IT Professionals.

    Hello IT Professionals,

    Few months we presented IT Pro Roadshows in various cities in India. Now, we are back with IT Camps in India. Microsoft IT Camps are the in-person events.

    Is your core Windows Server Infrastructure outdated and clinging to the x86 server architecture? The time is now to move the critical services this infrastructure supports to new more modern hardware along with the current supported revisions of the Windows Server Platform. Learn how to get there by interacting with Infrastructure Gurus at the IT CAMPS 2011.
    The IT Camps will provide you with an opportunity to speak with and have your questions answered by the people who work in infrastructure deployment and management day-in and day-out. Bring your questions on essential services such as Active Directory, Group Policy, DHCP, DNS, File/Print, Certificate Services and Hyper-V virtualization to this unique Microsoft event where we will SHOW you real life answers to real life questions. No death by PowerPoint here. Just interactive demos and discussions where YOU decide the agenda topics for the day.
    The events, happening across Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore will provide you with an opportunity to learn how to make your organization’s IT infrastructure future-ready. So, avail of this learning opportunity and REGISTER for this exclusive series of events today.


    Here is the agenda for the 1st IT Camp, Delhi – India. And over the time, we will cover Mumbai, Chennai & Bangalore.


    Here are some of the featured speakers…


    For more details visit http://www.microsoft.com/india/events/itcamps/ Looking forward to see you all.

    Be there.

  • Nokia Lumia 800: in-depth 8-minute video documentary

    Nokia Lumina 800 – The making…

  • Microsoft Download Center: Why Hyper-V for VDI whitepaper

    This whitepaper demonstrates why organizations should choose Microsoft® Hyper-V™ as their hypervisor when designing and implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution.


    Choosing a hypervisor for deploying a VDI solution involves a number of important considerations, each of which can be fulfilled by using Microsoft's Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 hypervisor-based virtualization technology. When implemented together with the Microsoft System Center family of products and desktop virtualization technologies from partners like Citrix, organizations can build integrated VDI solutions that can meet the needs of your business while keeping costs under control.Based on the results obtained from internal testing and because VM density has a significant influence on datacenter cost structures; an integrated Citrix/Microsoft VDI solution that includes Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 and System Center delivers unique end-to-end business value for organizations planning on implementing VDI.


  • Microsoft IT Camps–Mumbai…November 25, 2011.

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  • Download Web Platform Installer v4 command line (WebPICMD.exe) Preview Release.

    WebPI Command line

    The Web Platform Installer v4 (WebPI) command line tool is now available as a separate download! We've added a bunch of new features and fix several issues, and we'd really like you to take it out for a test drive!

    For those of you who aren't familiar with WebPI, it's a great little tool for deploying your favorite open-source web applications (from the Web App Gallery) and all the necessary platform components required to get you up and running quickly and seamlessly. Over the years, we've heard a lot of feedback from the community about fully supporting a command line version of the tool - users want to script installs and automate deployment of servers.

    Previously WebPI command line was released as a sample tool on Satish's blog (here) but now we are moving it to a fully supported deliverable from the WebPI team. We are shipping it today as a stand-alone download but going forward, we plan to deliver it as part of the full WebPI installation (so you'll get both the UX and command line versions with a single install)

    WebPI CMD

    Download Links

    By clicking the Download link below, you agree to the license terms for the Microsoft Web Platform installer. This installer will contact Microsoft over the Internet to retrieve product information.

    You can download the WebPICMD.exe directly from the Download center here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=233753

    For complete article visit http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/1072/web-platform-installer-v4-command-line-webpicmdexe-preview-release/

  • Microsoft Connect: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 2 now available!

    The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit team is working on the next version of MDT: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012, and we'd like to get your feedback!

    Download MDT 2012 Beta 2 now!

    Beta 2 of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is now available for download! New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever! For System Center Configuration Manager customers, MDT 2012 Beta 2 provides an improved, extensible wizard and designer for customizing deployment questions. MDT 2012 makes full use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. MDT 2012 integrates with configuration templates from the Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to ensure a secure Windows installation from the beginning of the deployment. Download the latest version of MDT and improve your deployment experience. Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes and a smooth and simple upgrade process.

    This release supports the deployment of the Windows® 7, Windows Thin PC, Windows Embedded POSReady 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. See the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Documentation Library, which is included with MDT 2012 Beta 2, for the complete documentation for this release.

    If you are not already a member of the MDT beta program, click here to join.

  • Microsoft Windows XP 10 Years Celebration by Mumbai IT Pro Community. Time to switch to Windows 7…

    Last Saturday, we had a Microsoft Windows XP 10 Years celebration at Microsoft office with Mumbai IT Pro Community, opening the doors for Windows 7…



  • Microsoft IT Camps–Chennai. Get Ready.

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Ports and Protocols…

    Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

    When you install the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) server, you can assign some of the ports that it will use for communications and file transfers between the VMM components. While it is a best security practice to change the default ports, not all of the ports can be changed through VMM. The default settings for the ports are listed in the following table.

    Connection type Protocol Default port Where to change the port setting

    VMM server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control)



    During VMM setup, registry

    VMM server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (file transfers)

    HTTPS (using BITS)

    443 (Maximum value: 32768)


    VMM server to remote Microsoft SQL Server database




    VMM server to P2V source agent




    VMM Administrator Console to VMM server



    During VMM setup, registry

    VMM Self-Service Portal Web server to VMM server



    During VMM setup

    VMM Self-Service Portal to VMM self-service Web server



    During VMM setup

    VMM library server to hosts


    443 (Maximum value: 32768)

    During VMM setup, registry

    VMM host-to-host file transfer


    443 (Maximum value: 32768)


    VMRC connection to Virtual Server host



    VMM Administrator Console, registry

    VMConnect (RDP) to Hyper-V hosts



    VMM Administrator Console, registry

    Remote Desktop to virtual machines




    VMware Web Services communication



    VMM Administrator Console, registry

    SFTP file transfer from VMWare ESX Server 3.0 and VMware ESX Server 3.5 hosts




    SFTP file transfer from VMM server to VMWare ESX Server 3i hosts




    For details visit TechNet Library http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764268.aspx