System Center Service Manager mobile clients

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.12.2012 at 07:02

Our partner LinkDotNet has developed Service Manager clients for mobile devices. The app is currently available for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Apple iOS.

Check them out:

Our partners LinkDotNet and ExpIT both offer Arabic versions of the System Center Service Manager portal.

The passing of Steve Jobs

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.10.2011 at 16:38

“Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour.”

— Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman

“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

— Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

Lync for Mac 2011 is now RTM

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.09.2011 at 13:30

Mac users will soon have a Lync client,  starting October 2011. . From the updated contact cards to the ability to set up Lync conferences from Outlook 2011 for Mac to enterprise voice features, Lync for Mac 2011 offers Mac users integrated functionality for presence, instant messaging, conferencing and voice and is designed to work with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online.

Lync for Mac 2011 is available to customers as a part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU or through many of Microsoft’s Licensing programs. Customers can also purchase the application as a standalone volume licensing SKU.

Guinness World Record: Fastest Selling Consumer device is Microsoft’s Kinect (not iPhone, not iPad!)

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.03.2011 at 23:07

XBOX Kinect

[quote from Guinness World Records blog]

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.  The hardware, that allows controller-free gaming, sold through an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011.

The sales figures outstrip both the iPhone and the iPad for the equivalent periods after launch.

Gaz Deaves, Editor of Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, said: “The sales figures here speak for themselves.  We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”

The new record will be included in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, which recognises record breaking achievement in the world of videogames. The current Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition is available in both book and eBook versions at

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Here’s are my thoughts:

  • Microsoft’s Kinect sold 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale, making it the fastest selling electronics device known to the human race.
  • Apple’s iPhone sold only 6.1 million units in the first 20 months.
  • Apple’s iPad sold only 3 million units in its first 80 days.
  • Windows Phone 7 was sold on 1.5 million devices in its first 42 days. Even if we assume that Windows Phone 7 units keep selling at the same rate, we will still overtake the iPhone within 6 months.
  • Windows 7 sold 150 million copies as of June 2010 (7 copies sold every second!), making it the fastest selling computer operating system known to mankind.
  • Microsoft has always been at the center of innovation and will always continue making best-in-class products for consumers and the enterprise.

Using Windows File Servers with Macintosh clients

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.05.2009 at 18:11

This article used to exist on before it was taken down in May 2009.

This article gives helpful hints on how to successfully interoperate Windows Server with Mac clients. Areas covered are:

  • Accessing Windows File Server from Macintosh
  • Using Windows DHCP Server with Macintosh clients
  • Using Windows DNS with Macintosh clients
  • Additional tips for Macintosh (How to Ping, NSLOOKUP, etc)


Many organizations such mainly media and advertising agencies have a mixed environment containing Windows and Macintosh machines. This article explains some of common tasks required when operating Macintosh clients in a Windows Server environment.

Making Windows file shares accessible to Macintosh users

Step 1. Configure the Windows file server

  1. Create the folder on the file server
  1. Right-click My Computer, choose Manage.
  1. On the left pane, expand System Tools > Shared Folders
  1. Right Click Shared Folders choose Configure File Server for Macintosh.
  1. On the Configuration tab, under Security, select “Apple ClearText or Microsoft” under Authentication.
  1. If you would like to allow Macs to save the password, put a check mark next to Allow workstations to save password.
  1. You can also specify a logon message for connected Mac users if required.
  1. On the left pane, expand System Tools > Shared Folders > Shares
  1. Right Click on Shares and choose New > Share.
  1. Click Next on the welcome screen.


  1. Put a check mark next to Apple Macintosh users. Click Next.
  1. On the next screen, choose Use custom share and folder permissions and click Customize.


  1. Click on the security tab and add users whom you want to give access.
  1. For read-only access Allow only Read & Execute, List folder contents, Read privileges. For full access, click Modify and Write also.


  1. Click Next and then click Close.


16. In Computer Management, see that a new MACINTOSH share for your folder has been created. Right click the MACINTOSH share for your folder and select Properties.

17. Under SFM Volume Security, Remove the check mark next to This Volume is read-only.


  1. Click OK.

Step 2. Configure the Macintosh client

  1. Goto Apple > Chooser
  1. Click AppleShare. Click Server IP Address.
  1. Enter IP address of file server.
  1. Click Connect.
  1. Choose Registered user and enter domain username and password. Click Connect.
  1. Select the folder that you shared on the file server and click Connect. You can also save the password to keychain before clicking connect.
  1. The icon for the shared location will appear on the desktop.

Enabling Macintosh clients to use Windows DHCP (Mac OS X)

  1. Go to Apple > Control Panel > TCP/IP
  1. Select obtain IP addresses through DHCP
  1. Close the window. Click Save when prompted.

Enabling Macintosh clients to use Windows DHCP (Mac OS 10.x/TIGER)

  1. Go to Apple > Control Panel > Networks
  1. Select the Network interface connected to the LAN
  1. Select TCP/IP.
  1. Choose DHCP.

Enabling Macintosh clients to use Windows DNS

  1. Go to Apple > Control Panel > TCP/IP (for Mac OS 10.x, choose Networks > TCP/IP)
  1. Under Name Servers, specify your DNS Server IP address.
  1. You can also specify your domain name suffix under Search Domains.
  1. On your Windows DNS Server, allow both secure & non-secure updates.

Additional Tips

  • For Mac OS 10.x, you can use “ping” command (without quotes) from the Terminal. (Go > Applications > Terminal)

  • For Mac OS 10.x, you can use the “dig” (without quotes) to see the name servers that are being used. In the last four lines of the output, you will see the IP address of the primary DNS server mentioned on a line starting with the word SERVER


What’s inside the Apple iPhone?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.10.2007 at 10:22

The guys at TechRepublic have totally disassembled an Apple iPhone. If you’ve always wondered what its like inside one of those, this is your chance. Check out their step by step image gallery as they strip the handheld piece by piece.