Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Launch of Jaipur IT Pro UG - A News Letter

Jaipur IT Pro User Group
Find, Connect, Stay up to Date

Workshop on Building Resilient Software Systems
A talk by Mr. Vineet Gupta, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

17th March, 2005
(A revolutionary day for Jaipur IT professionals, professors, and students)

The Jaipur IT Pro UG was launched by Mr. Vineet Gupta, IT pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation (India) on 17th March, 2005 at Gyan Vihar School of Engineering and Technology, Mahal Jagatpura, Jaipur. The meet was presided by Dr. Sudhanshu Sharma, Director, Gyan Vihar Universe and Mr. Sunil Sharma, Chairman, Gyan Vihar Universe. Dr. Sudhanshu Sharma and Mr. Sunil Sharma honored Mr. Vineet Gupta by giving him a bouquet and a memento. The meet was started with worship of goddess Saraswati. On this occasion the speakers were Mr. Vineet Gupta (IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corp.) and Mr. Sanjay Garden (Manager Systems, RajComp, Jaipur).
The First Session was taken by Mr. Vineet Gupta who started with the basic concept of this User Group and then move to the concepts of network security. He also demonstrated that how we can break a password and this concept was really extol by students. The whole seminar’s power point presentation has been uploaded on UG by Mr. Vineet Gupta. The persons who could not attend that seminar can take reimbursement from that ppt. He took this guest lecture from 11.30 A.M. to 2.00 P.M.
After the lunch Mr. Sanjay Garden, Manager System, RajComp, Jaipur took session on E-Governance of 1 hour. Mr. Naveen Hemrajani (HOD, Computer Sc. & Engg., GSET) honored the guest. Mr. Sanjay Garden described a project called “JanMitra”, which is appreciated by former US President Bill Clinton, Microsoft President Bill Gates and India’s President Mr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam.
The meet was a great success with 250 attendees. There was a moment (at 11.45 A.M.) when we had to stop the registrations for Gyan Vihar Students as there was no more space. The response from IT Professionals, Professors and pre-final and final year students was excellent. All the attendees were given a Certificate (from Gyan Vihar Universe, signed by Mr. Vineet Gupta) and a Security kit CD from Microsoft.
The Event was covered by daily local news papers like Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, Mahaka- Bharat, Dainik-Navjyoti. The event was also covered by Bhaskar TV.
The Credit for the event goes to the team work and efforts made by Volunteers and faculty members of Gyan Vihar Computer Department.
Names of faculty members who worked a lot to make this event successful are:
1. Mr. Naveen Hemrajani, HOD, Computer Sc. & Engg.
2. Mr. Chitradesh Banerjee, Lecturer
3. Mr. Manna Dey, Lecturer
4. Mr. Ajeet Puniya, Lecturer
5. Ms. Varsha Motwani, Lecturer
6. Ms. Garima, Lecturer
7. Mr. S.K. Yadav, Lecturer
I want to express my gratitude to all faculty members and volunteers, who helped me out in this event.

Mohit Vijay,
Microsoft Student champ,
Assistant Manager – Jaipur IT Pro UG
Manager – Jaipur .NET UG
E-mail:- mohitvj2004@yahoo.com
Cell: - +91-98291-32502

Monday, March 21, 2005

DevCon Pune 2005

from the diary of Sarang Datye, MVP:

DevCon was good. The numbers were:
Professionals: 170 including volunteers + faculties)
Students: 194 including faculties and volunteers.
Total: 364 (against an expectation of 300)
The good part about students event was we had some people coming from Nasik and Gujarat. So, looks like people are getting to know about DevCon, INETA and community activities.
The first day we started almost an hour late. One of the speakers got delayed in transit.
The ALLANA institute guys and the volunteers had managed to organize the things at the venue pretty well...though things could still have been better.
We started of with an inauguration ceremony by Dr.
Khedkar (Director of ALLANA Institute of Mgmt
Sciences) and then the MVP's and speakers lighted the traditional lamp.
After that we moved on to our first session, Office 2003 and .NET 2003 - Raj Chaudhuri. Then shot a session on Reflection (Spiritual API's from MS :))) After the second session lunch was served. Soon after lunch Nauzad stepped on the Gas with Deployments consideration in .NET (NTD and ClickOnce). Lastly, Raj sir scored a goal with ASP.NET Security session :))
The second day was pretty much less hectic. We had to swap the 1st and the 2nd session. I and Akila took up the first session on Introduction to Web Services.
Then we moved on to .NET on Non - Windows platform taken up by Raj. Raj managed this session parallely on a dual projection (windows and linux side by side ) After lunch Nauzad went great with OO features in .NET 2.0 and finally I ended the show and the event with a session on "Moving to Visual Basic .NET"
We gave away some books, INETA T-Shirts, some VS.NET Beta DVD's and ARK's.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Community Roundtable Meeting with “Soma” at MSFT India IDC, Hyderabad

Somasegar a.k.a. “Soma”, Microsoft's Corporate VP for developer division, visited MSFT Indian IDC, and a community meeting was organized with Hyderabad community members on March 10th 2005. The Meeting for filled with Hyderabad MVP’s, Community Stars and active participants of Mugh.net

Very Interesting discussions happened on various topics, including unfilled gaps in the Patterns & Practices, Practical issues faced by the enterprise developers, Future release features on Whidbey, comparisons with J2EE, Smart clients etc

Also, a light weight discussion occurred on the question “Is Microsoft sidelining VB.NET with C#?!” To which somasegar clearly denied, but also admitted lots of internal developments at Microsoft is now done using C#. In my personal opinion, this question would have been valid only if MSFT has abandoned VB6. It’s clearly visible that MSFT has taken lot’s of pain to migrate VB6 Users to a more robust language. Also I’m pretty sure MSFT can never sideline VB community, which has the large developer base on earth.

Though the session was time constrained, The Meeting ended with a group photo sessions.

Somasegar has blogged this event at http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2005/03/13/395068.aspx

Also,Sudhakar and
has blogged this event.

A photo with roundtable participants

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The symbolic cake of the B.NET Bash.. Check out the technologies adorning the cake - C#, Longhorn, ADO.NET. BCL etc. Check out the happy people in the middle of the cake.

The serpentine queues at BDotNet Bash 2005. The enthusiasm at the event can be seen here with attendees lining up for the snacks in the break.

Monday, March 07, 2005

TFG SMS-THank God it was Friday with SMS

We had a fanatastic session on patch managment at ITPRO delhi and in fact it turned out to be Remote infrastructure managment Session. Not just the scope of the Session was covered but the discussions lengthened beyond the scope.

Following topics and Tools where covered in theory as well as hands on

MBSA- microsoft baseline security Analyser
SUS - Software Update Service
Windows update Catalogue
and last but not least SMS

Usage of Active directory w.r.t GP and then using SUS for downloading the Patches amd doing their manamgent across the Desktops in LAN/WAN environment is a techinique very handy.

Note Make sure we dont select all languages when checking for patch updates
(I made this wonderful mistake and consumed lot of time)

SMS was awesome..somthing I wrote and leart last summer with other tools in this arena..making Advertisements,Packages , collections and what not...doing inventory managment without any trouble is a noteowrthy point

How much has gone into these SMS pratcices needs to be understood when I came across the a new feature Setting SMS sites in hirarchical order and make communication possible by saving much of the band width ..

What best can we have in security with Security Modes,Accounts,groups and Object level Securty in SMS ..

we can have the mixed mode of usage where SMS 2.0 along side SMS2003 with SP4.

We can have multilingualgal SMS sites in the same herarchy

As vineeet pointed out We cant straight jump any organisatiuob to the SMS 2003
but the IT maturity needs to be seen first whether the OU has set such standard that it can use SMS to the best..For example if the OU doesn't use AD features very well or the size of OU is too small it would be of no use to start using SMS2003

After this session I feel today I can manage a Network of 1000s of Desktops from my Home.. :):):):):)

Thursday, March 03, 2005

IT PRO Delhi - Security & Patch Management

Brief Agenda
10 am – 11 am: Discussion on Usergroup charter
11 am – 1 pm: Hands-on Lab on Patch Management
2 pm – 5 pm: Repeat of morning session

When and Where

Date: Fri, 4th March, 2005
Microsoft Corporation
Great Eastern Center
70, Nehru Place
New Delhi – 110019


Step 1: Join the Usergroup: http://groups.msn.com/ITDelhiUG/join
Step 2: Book a slot (morning / afternoon): http://groups.msn.com/ITDelhiUG/lab4thmarchpatchmanagement.msnw
(limited seats, availability on first come, first-serve basis)

Upcoming Workshops

4th March - Security & Patch Management (Vineet Gupta )
1st April - Interoperating with Unix ( Ashwani Sharma + Vineet Gupta)
13th May - Biztalk session (Aman Gupta)

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Sinhgad .net Club launched

The new .net club is launched in the Pune's one of the reputed campus (Sinhgad campus), Called "Sinhgad .net Club" for the students of the Sinhgad institutes. ( http://www.sinhgad.edu )

The Club online URL is http://groups.msn.com/SinhgadDotnetClub

The launch event is held in the presence of Dr. Patwardhan (Director STE society), Mr. Jignesh Desai and Mr. Dhaval Faria as chief guest from INETA and Mahesh Mitkari (Ineta volunteer and Founder Manager of club) on the 21st Feb, 2005 in the Seminar hall of STES. About 120+ students from TE and BE attended the workshop. During the program Mr. Mahesh Mitkari explains the idea behind forming this club and about INETA, MS and their activities for students.

After the formal inauguration ceremony a full day workshop was arrange by the club for the students. As first part of this workshop we cover following topics

Introduction to .net :- by Mr. Jignesh Desai

Introduction to ASP.NET

and Building web applications using ASP.NET : - by Mr. Jignesh Desai

Introduction Compact framework and

Mobile development in .net : - by Mr. Dhaval Faria

The second part of this workshop is reserved for the Hand-on-labs by Akila Manian [MVP], Sarang Datye [MVP] and Dhaval Faria [MS Community star]. And club is going to arrange it in first week of March which is limited for the first 100 students and we got the response on the day itself many students registered for the workshop.

The MS ARK CDs was distributed to the attendees.

The students from SCOE MS. Samreen and MS. Divya, Mr. Amlendu, Mr. Jitendra, take the efforts to form the club and arrange the event successfully.

Mahesh Mitkari