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Monday, February 28, 2005

The software giant is considering making the source code for its SQL Server database available to customers

SQL Server 2005 is a candidate for Microsoft's shared-source programme, according to senior Microsoft sources within the unit responsible for the database product
Will the software industry's wave of open source databases spill onto Microsoft's turf?

for more information check this out

http://uk.builder.com/architecture/db/0,39026552,39238018,00.htm

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Culminis-- Microsoft Professionals' Community [MSPC]

Culminis-- Microsoft Professionals' Community [MSPC-KHI]
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Date: 26-Feb-2005--
Time: 5:20-7:20 p.m.
Location: Kaybees Mohd. Ali Society Karachi. Pakistan
Speaker: Adnan Rafik
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According to scheduled I've successfully arranged first meeting with expected MSPC members. It was really very tough for me to bring these IT people on one platform but now I'm very much satisfied that it did happen. I'm very much thankful to all the members (now) that they have come to the meeting and we got the chance to share our thoughts and how can we play our role to promote IT and awareness among other IT-Pros and Next-Gen IT-Pros.

Below is the AGENDA of the meeting.

1- Purpose of this meeting.
2- What is Culminis? and its benefit?
3- Six- Pillars of Culminis.
4- What is MSPC, why MSPC? Founders of MSPC?
5- Why Microsoft Centric?
6- What IT-Pros do need to have other than technical skills?

Topics were highlighted during discussion.

--- Comparison of local I.T. market and International (Dubai) market
--- Piracy issues and its affect on pay scale in 3rd world country.
--- Discussion on different MS products.
--- How and what do we need to upgrade our skills.
--- Promote seminars in colleges/universities/IT centers

End of the meeting

End of meeting was done with the collection of every user’s skills and expertise. User’s are advised to select a schedule according to their convenience to update the blog. Now all the IT-Pro who have attended this meeting now have become the members of 7layers. These users are now given the username and password to manage their area on this Blog. Below are the names of our team members

Team Memebers

Adnan Rafik [UG Leader]
Danish Sami [Senior Team Member]
Irfan ahmed [Team Member]
Muhammad Ameen [Team Member]
Fawad Khan [Team Member]
Mushahid Sharif [Team Member]
Musharraf khan [Team Member]

Once these users' have activated their membership you can view their profile and can send your queries directly to them.

Bringing IT Together !

Sunday, February 20, 2005

More on ISA 2004

After a very long time I’m back on my track, as I’m busy here in karachi doing some projects. And I got a chance to work on ISA 2004.

ISA2004 is an application aware firewall or I better say more than a firewall. It does not only block and forwards the port; it gives you the control of each and every application running on your network. It gives full control to the network administrators to manage the clients running applications on their computer. It is almost impossible to bypass ISA2004 security if you have implemented on your LAN. It is the best of the best product I’ve ever worked. It does block everything. Here you feel confidence and get relax that no user on your LAN can misuse the network and Internet. Once you have installed the ISA 2004 on the machine then that machine is totally locked, you have to login to that machine physically then define the policies then you can work according to your wish i.e. physically or remotely.

As far as security is concerned you can have many networks in just one firewall. You need to add only network adapters and that’s it. You can have multiple networks and each and every network can be isolated easily. More over you can implement the policies on each and every network address pool, it depends how you have done the sub-netting. Even no one can guess that you are running ISA2004 server at the backend.

ISA2004 blocks all peer-to-peer applications intelligently if even these applications (kazaa, morpheus uses port 80) try to bypass the firewall.

The only thing which is not available in ISA2004 is bandwidth controlling. This is the only thing which is lacking in this product otherwise this is the best product to suit any kind of network if they are looking for security or caching or application filtering.

I’ve tested this product on a network of 50 computers where we have every kind of users, from business users to computer geeks. ISA2004 has given very tough time to computer geeks because all the time they need full bandwidth pipe and they want to download whole internet stuff on their PC.

During the implementation of this ISA2004 product I had few problems and I’m very
thankful to Thomas Shinder who helped me whenever I asked the questions on
www.isaserver.org

I suggest you to go for ISA2004 especially in a corporate network where you want full control on each and every application, on the other side if you are managing data center then you take advantages of multiple DMZs. Once you are done with this product then this will become your first choice.

If you need more info about ISA2004 then keep visiting this blog or email me at adnanrafik@yahoo.com links to visit

www.isaserver.org
www.microsoft.com/isaserver

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Bringing IT Together

13-Feb-2005
A meeting was scheduled with one of my friend (Iqbal Muhammad), at McDonalds Karachi. He has just come back from Dubai. The purpose of this meeting was to give him the idea about IT Community for IT Prof by IT Prof. I highlighted him about the plans I have and and how I'm gonna do it.
I also told him about our INETA group lead by Danish Sami (http://netfoundry.blogspot.com). Mr.Iqbal was really happy and he is ready to join me to play his key role. He has extensive experience in IT and he is in the market for the last 5-6 years. Thank you Iqbal.

IEEE-USA KarachiSections AGM

10-Feb-2005
The Annual Generalbody Meeting (AGM) was held at AVARI TOwers karachi. All the IEEE members were invited from Karachi section. It was very good experience to be with them after a gap of 2-3 yeras. We discussed many thing like
How to promote IEEE and IT among students?
What is the advantage being a memeber of IEEE?

Also there were some good suggestions like
--To bring the academia and Industry closer
--To arrnage Workshops
--To arrange seminars on regular basis

I also got the chance to meet with IT department heads of some university colleges to share my views and ideas. Soon I'll put the summary of my meetings with them.

keep coming back for more updates about IT.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Building IT together

These days I’m busy in forming A Different IT Pro Community. This idea came into my mind few months back and now it is about be to be started. Actually I've been surfing on the Internet the Internet to find out some IT organization. So I found CULMINIS.

Being a part of this community you (IT Pro) can share your ideas with IT Pros and will get the chance to learn from industry expert. Moreover we have our network in Pakistan and UAE now so we will be organizing the workshop, technical discussion, career grooming guideline etc. We will cover both technical and managerial aspects in our discussions and meetings with you. As we are Microsoft-centric so we will have access to resources provided by Microsoft and will become the part of Microsoft communities.

The important thing is that you should have good skills and you should be confident to express your expertise. We have selection criteria to join this community. You can email us anytime to join our community i.e. MSPC. Microsoft Professional’s Community.

If you have the same ideas then do join us and expand IT together.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

More on ISA2004

After a very long time I’m back on my track, as I’m busy here in establishing my business and some projects. This is really very good experience when you start your business. In short I was very busy for the last 6-8 weeks and I’ve given enough time on ISA2004.ISA2004 is an application aware firewall or I better say more than a firewall. I don’t only blocks and forward the port; it gives you the control of each and every application. It gives full control to the network administrators. It is almost impossible to bypass ISA2004 security if you have implemented on your LAN. It is the best of the best product I’ve ever worked. It does block everything. Here you feel confidence and get relax that no user on your LAN can misuse the network and internet.

As far as security is concerned you can have many networks in just one firewall. You need to add only network adapters and that’s it. You can have multiple networks and each and every network can be isolated easily. More over you can implement the policies on each and every network address pool, it depends how you have done the sub-netting. Even no one can guess that you are running ISA2004 server at the backend.

ISA2004 blocks all peer-to-peer applications intelligently if even these applications (kazaa, morpheus uses port 80) try to bypass the firewall.

The only thing which is not available in ISA2004 is bandwidth controlling. This is the only thing which is lacking in this product otherwise this best product to suit any kind of network if they are looking for security or caching.

I’ve tested this product on a network of 50 computers where we have every kind of users, from business users to computer geeks. ISA2004 has given very tough time to computer geeks because all the time they need full bandwidth pipe and they want to download whole internet on their PC.

During the implementation of this ISA2004 product I had few problems but I’m very
thankful to Thomas Shinder who helped me whenever I sent email to him.

I suggest you to go for ISA2004. Do not wait and get started. You’ll see what you
have never expected in any firewall. Soon I’ll put more stuff related to ISA200.