Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 Beta; CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool; MAP Toolkit 7.0; July 2012 Visual Studio 2012 RC; Visual Studio Achievements VS2012 RC; Repositories Microsoft Skydrive Plugin

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool available for those involved in development of HTML web resources, is designed to identify potential issues with custom JavaScript in JavaScript libraries and HTML web resources."The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Q2 2012 Service Update and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 9 include significant changes in the […]

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool available for those involved in development of HTML web resources, is designed to identify potential issues with custom JavaScript in JavaScript libraries and HTML web resources.

"The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Q2 2012 Service Update and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 9 include significant changes in the web application in order to be able to support a variety of browsers such as Safari, Chrome, and Firefox," Microsoft explains.

Adding, "When using JavaScript code in Dynamics CRM, it is possible that some code will stop working or cause an error when you upgrade," the company said.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit version 7.0 now available for download, makes it easy to assess current IT infrastructure for various technology migration projects.

This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.

According to the release notes the version 7.0 of the tool include the following features:

  • A migration assessment for virtual machines deployed on VMware vSphere platform to Microsoft Hyper-V platform
  • The ability to gather performance metrics from Linux based operating systems for use in Server Consolidation scenarios
  • Hardware and role migration assessments to support planning for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Assess Standard Client Access License (CAL) needs for on-premise deployments of Lync 2010
  • Desktop virtualization planning for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), Session Virtualization and Windows Thin PC
  • New options to streamline SQL Server discovery
  • The ability to report on Active Users and Devices discovered through Active Directory

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 Beta is now available for download from Microsoft Connect site -- and streamlines the process of keeping your offline virtual machines, templates and VHDs up-to-date with the latest operating system and application updates, without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure.

VMST 2012 is designed to work with Microsoft System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and with the following technologies: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) WSUS 3.0 SP2; and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

and, helps you effectively manage the workflow of updating your offline virtual machines according to their individual needs. Using features in VMST 2012, customers can service:

  • Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library
  • Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host
  • Virtual machine templates
  • Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages
  • VMST 2012 works seamlessly with other Microsoft technologies.

July 2012 Update for Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) published today.

"As with Visual Studio 11 Beta, you will also be notified via Extension Manager. We did, however, make a change for RC to check for updates periodically. This will improve the end-to-end experience for VS updates," explains the VS team.

"Should you have any problems installing the July 2012 Update for Visual Studio 2012 on RC (v11.0.50522.1) please download and run log collection utility and visit forum or file a bug on Microsoft Connect," VS team stated.

For more information about this update, read this Knowledge base article KB 2703187.

Microsoft also announced Achievements for Visual Studio 2012 RC, that will enable you to unlock a new achievement called Brave New World, which is unlocked when you create or open a project when running Visual Studio 2012 RC on Windows 8 RP.

"Note that the Visual Studio Achievements Extension for Visual Studio 2012 RC is a different binary. This is because the extension has a dependency on the FxCopSdk.dll that ships with Visual Studio and the FxCopSdk.dll is not binary compatible between versions of Visual Studio," Microsoft noted.

"With this version of the extension installed, you can also earn any of the 47 other achievements all from Visual Studio 2012 RC on either Windows 8 or an earlier version of the OS," Microsoft informs.

REpositories Plugin for Microsoft Skydrive

Repositories Microsoft Skydrive, is a repository plugin that allow Moodle 2.3 users to access their documents from SkyDrive.

"With Moodle 2 you were able to connect to file repositories (such as Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs and so on) but there were only so many which were already built-in," explained Solutions consultant Gavin Henrick. "So this plugin enables you to also connect and retrieve files from your own Microsoft Skydrive account."

The plugin was created and funded initially by telco vendor LUNS for a client Universidad Teconológica de Chile (INACAP) and was released as open source. Poltawski continued the work and has released it for Moodle 2.3, the latest version of the Moodle platform.

To use the Repositories plug-in, users need to register their Moodles with Microsoft.

Microsoft Visual Studio UI Test Plugin for Silverlight helps you create Coded UI Tests or action recordings for Silverlight applications. "Action recordings let you fast forward through steps in a manual test using Microsoft Test Manager. Coded UI Tests let you record actions, generate code and play back user interface tests using Microsoft Visual Studio," Microsoft explains.

This plugin supports Silverlight 4 & 5 applications hosted in Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 & 10. It requires Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 RC.

Download the plugin by visiting Visual Studio Gallery.

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