MSDN Flash – Tuesday, 21 December, 2004

MSDN Flash Australia
Frank Arrigo   
Frank Exercises His Poetic Licence
T’was the Flash before Christmas, and all through DPE
No evangelist was resting, not even me

For we had another edition to do
I couldn't leave work 'til I was through

No editor’s note written, no articles to pick
No offers, no downloads, I was feeling quite sick

If only I’d written something last week
I could relax and enjoy being a geek

I must include a note about February
The Security Summit will be most extraordinary

I’ve had to skip meetings with each of my team
Coatsy, Jas, Deeps, Dave, Chuck, By now you’ll know exactly who I mean

So, instead I sit here writing, alone at this stage
When all of a sudden I've filled up a page

Now the editor’s note is done, I feel full of cheer
So have a Merry Christmas, speak to you next year

Frank Arrigo

Featured Articles
The end of 2004 signals the end of the support lifecycle for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server. Microsoft is following through on previously announced plans to retire public and technical support and security updates on 31 December. The support lifecycle for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation ended 30 June 2004.

Microsoft is retiring support for these products because the technology is now dated and can expose customers to security risks. Microsoft recommends that customers who are still running Windows NT 4.0 begin migrations to newer, more secure Microsoft operating system products as soon as possible; those who have already upgraded to Windows Server 2003 are reporting improved security, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and increased productivity. With all these business benefits, you’ll never look back.

Microsoft has assembled a range of tools, information and resources to help smooth your migration path, and support your business-critical applications during migration. Gain savings in time, money and resources. Discover the increased productivity, greater security and a lower TCO that flows from your move to Windows Server 2003. To find out why you’ll never look back, click here.

Is every line of code you and your team produce as sharp as it could be? Are you and your team collaborating seamlessly? Are your deployment strategies at the pointy end of security? If you’re in any doubt then you and your team should attend the Microsoft Security Summit 2005. It will help you sharpen your skills for the year ahead. This year’s Summit includes an extensive examination of ‘Microsoft Visual Studio Team System’ and the major advantages it will give you across all application development life cycle stages, plus topics as wide ranging as ‘Source Control and Work Item Tracking’, ‘Tools for Quality Code’ and a discussion of ‘Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Yukon’. It’s running in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. Best of all, there is no charge to attend so you and your team can attend one session, or all of them.
 Places are strictly limited and filling fast so click here and register today.
Install the cumulative security update for Internet Explorer.

Training and Events
Run Access applications? Faced with the decision to upgrade or migrate to Microsoft SQL Server and/or Microsoft .NET technology? This two-day, hands-on workshop delivered by Adam Cogan will help you understand your options and how to proceed with confidence. Learn to convert Access applications to be more reliable and scalable and make your applications easier to back up, easier to put on the Web, and easier to scale to an enterprise level.
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The Future of Microsoft Technology
Available early next year, Microsoft’s revolutionary new Fingerprint Reader will improve security and save you time by replacing your passwords with your unique fingerprint. No more forgotten passwords. No more locked PCs. This innovative new device puts the future at your fingertips. Click here to see how the Fingerprint Reader can simplify your life, and make sure you register for your chance to win one of 100.

Fresh from the Web
Want to keep up to date with evolving Web services protocol specs? Simply download the WSE 2.0 Service Pack 2, a supported add-on to Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework and you’ll get all the updates you need in just one click. WSE gives you all the latest Web services capabilities to help secure your system and keep your code looking good. Best of all, it’s complimentary so click here to download it today.
AmberPoint Express is the most cost-effective tool to help you measure, debug and fine-tune the performance and functionality of your Web services. Integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET for point-and-click management, it’s the ideal tool to help ensure your Web services meet enterprise standards. And thanks to Microsoft and AmberPoint, you can improve your performance at no cost at all. Click here to download this complimentary tool, and you’ll always be at your peak.

Case Studies, KB Articles and How-To Articles

Tips and Hotfixes

MSDN Flash Australia
Tuesday, 21 December, 2004
In this Issue:
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Training and Events
The Future of Microsoft Technology
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Register for the Imagine Cup 2005
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Product Updates
Stay up to date with downloadable Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework product updates and related enhancements.
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Service Packs
Find critical service packs to keep your system updated with the latest fixes and product enhancements.
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Top 10 MSDN Code Samples
1. Code Samples for Visual Basic 6.0
2. Microsoft .NET Pet Shop
3. Customising the Windows Forms DataGrid
4. Working with Client-Side Script
5. Madam, I'm ADAM
6. Calling Code Dynamically
7. What's New in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 for Developers?
8. Dragging and Dropping DataGrid Columns
9. An ASP.NET Framework for Human Interactive Proofs
10. Playing with Music Files
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Technical Support
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Security for Developers
Microsoft Security Summit 2005
Visit the MSDN Security Developer Centre
The Security Risk Management Guide
Privacy Information for Developers
Building and Configuring More Secure Web Sites
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