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By Linda Leung, NetworkWorld.com
August 31, 2007 04:05 PM ET

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Excerpt from Exchange Server 2007 How-To: Real Solutions for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Administrators.


In this chapter

  • An Overview of Exchange 2007 SP1

  • Choose Your Exchange Server Roles

  • Determine Your Server Type: Server 2003 or 2008

  • Choose Your Exchange 2007 Version

  • Choose the Right Hardware for the Role

  • Ensure the Needed Software Is Installed First

  • Ensure Components Are Installed Per Server Role

  • Plan Your Exchange Storage Architecture

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Excerpt from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Unleashed.


In This Chapter

  • Describing Multidimensional Space

  • Dimension Attributes

  • Cells

  • Measures

  • Aggregation Functions

  • Subcubes

Working with relational databases, we’re used to a two-dimensional space—the table, with its records (rows) and fields (columns). We use the term cube to describe a multidimensional space, but it’s not a cube in the geometrical sense of the word. A geometrical cube has only three dimensions. A multidimensional data space can have any number of dimensions; and those dimensions don’t have to be the same (or even similar) size.

One of the most important differences between geometric space and data space is that a geometric line is made up of an infinite number of contiguous points along it, but our multidimensional space is discrete and contains a discrete number of values on each dimension.

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Excerpt from Sams Teach Yourself SharePoint 2007 in 10 Minutes.
by Michael Noel and Colin Spence



SharePoint supports access from other browsers, but IE 6.0 or 7.0 for Windows are recommended because Microsoft rates these browsers as “Level 1 Web Browsers” that will provide the most complete user experience due to their support of ActiveX controls. So users of these browsers are essentially guaranteed that all of the tools available in SharePoint will work reliably.

Microsoft rates a number of other browsers as Level 2 Web Browsers which may provide a different user experience based on their design and lesser support for ActiveX. The following browsers are supported, some with limitations:

  • Firefox 1.5 (Windows, Linux/UNIX, Macintosh OSX)

  • Mozilla 1.7 (Windows)

  • NetScape Navigator 7.2 (Linux/UNIX)

  • NetScape Navigator 8.1 (Windows)

  • Safari (Macintosh OSX)

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Excerpt from Windows PowerShell 2.0 Unleashed.
by Tyson Kopczynski, Pete Handley, and Marco Shaw

Chapter 2: Basic PowerShell Concepts

In This Chapter

  • Getting Started
  • Understanding the Command-Line Interface (CLI)
  • Understanding Cmdlets
  • Getting Help
  • Understanding Variables
  • Understanding Aliases
  • Creating Your First Script

This chapter brings you up to speed on the technical basics of PowerShell and how to use it, with a focus on the new capabilities offered in PowerShell 2.0 CTP2. You learn how to download and install PowerShell, work with the PowerShell command-line interface (CLI), use cmdlets, access the help features of PowerShell 2.0, and write a basic script. This chapter isn't intended to be a complete getting-started guide; instead, it covers the important concepts you need to understand for later chapters.

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