Congratulations from VirManSec for Syed

We’re really proud to announce that Mr. Syed Khairuddin was recognized by Microsoft for his Online Community Contribution

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Try Windows Azure

[The limit has been reached…congrats for the first 2o submissions!]

Would you like to try Windows Azure? This is your chance!

How to get your Azure development environment up and running? Easy, just follow the below steps:

1.  Operating System

The tools are supported on:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Vista

2.  You need to enable IIS (with ASP.NET, WCF HTTP Activation)

Go to control panel –> Programs –>  Turn Windows Features On or Off –> Internet Information Services –> World Wide Web Services –> Application Development Features –> Turn on ASP.NET and CGI

Under Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5.1 –> turn on Windows Communication Foundation HTTP Activation , and click OK .

3.  Development Environment

  • Visual Studio 2008
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express.  
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition or above. (It will be installed automatically with Visual Studio)

4.  Windows Azure SDK and Tools for Visual Studio

NOTE:The Azure SDK is installed automatically with the tools.

And if any of the above does not work and you need any help setting your environment, you can drop a question to


Weekend TekTalk 2011, Episodes 3 & 4

The second set of episodes of TekTalk in 2011 featuring Hassan Khawaja from Microsoft Saudi.  Jerry Yasir and Adel Al Zubair interview Hassan on Windows Phone 7, from what’s new, cool stuff and general discussion.

In the second recording, we talk about development and developer stuff. We hope you enjoy it. Videos after the break.

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Riyadh Online Community Summit February 2011

Riyadh Online Community Summit February 2011

Dear All,

We apologize for postponing the event, due to the situation in Egypt.

Microsoft Technical Communities in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh SharePoint User Group, DevLifeStyle, Windows Phone Middle East, Dynamix Ax Brains, Dynamics CRM Experts and SQLPath and others), MVPs and Community Leads are pleased to announce the Second Riyadh Online Community Summit being held on February 10th , 11th  2011.

The event will cover a wide array of topics ranging from Dynamics CRM, Dynamics AX, XNA, and Client to Mobile Programming, Database Development and Administration, all the way to SharePoint Security and Systems Integration.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM – Friday, February 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM (GMT+0300).

Please note that this is an ONLINE TWO Day Event.

Agenda Day 1 (24 February 2011 : 11 AM to 4 PM)

Session Time Speaker
Using Claims Based Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Sites 11:00 AM Jerry
Dynamics CRM 2011 Application New Features 12:00 PM Hany
Introduction to SSIS 2008: Why should developers use it 01:00 PM Nabeel
Windows Phone Functionality? How to? 02:00 PM Adel
XNA 101, a brief introduction to Microsoft XNA 03:00 PM Ahmed

Agenda Day 2 (25 February 2011: 1 PM to 4 PM)

Session Time Speaker
Building Distributed Applications on Windows Azure Platform 1:00 PM Halabi
Silverlight 4 for SharePoint 2010 2:00 PM Mosallem
The What, Why and How Answers of Microsoft Dynamics AX 3:00 PM Amer

 To register click here

Syed Khairuddin Recognized by Microsoft for Online Community Contributions

I would like to extend congratulations to Syed Khairuddin – community lead of VirManSec – Jeddah Chapter, for his earned Community Contributor Award!

Following is the email Syed got from Microsoft Community Contributor Award –

Dear Syed Khairuddin,
Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award.

The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions in Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN and Answers. The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants like you, who voluntarily contribute your time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.

Becoming a Microsoft Community Contributor Award recipient includes access to important benefits, such as complimentary resources to support you in your commitment to Microsoft online communities. To find out more about the Microsoft Community Contributor Award and to claim your recognition, please visit this site:
Thank you for your commitment to Microsoft online technical communities and congratulations again!

Congratulation again for a well-deserved award!

Your Online Resources from Microsoft – MSDN/TechNet

Short Quiz:

  • Do I need to continuously learn and stay a top valued professional?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Will my company pay a lot of money for my learning?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Ok, how can I learn then O_o ?
    • Stick to what I know!
    • Wait forever until someone gives me training!
    • Access free resources of MSDN and TechNet (Webcasts, vLabs, eLearning, blogs, forums, Channel9 and many more)

I guess you know the answers for these questions already, huh?

What does Microsoft provide the Technical Community?

Two main hubs of resources:

With MDSN and TechNet, you can:

  • Get the bits – for free
  • Get trained – for free
  • Get supported – for free
  • Have MSDN+/TechNet+ to get even more!

Ways to get bits for FREE

Get free 60-90 days evaluation copies of various products and tools for free.  You can sometimes get extensions for evals as well.

How to Get Free Training?

Have questions? We Have Answers!

MSDN and TechNet have much more for you..

Thanks to Renat

This content was originally prepared by Renat Minazhdinov from Microsoft.  You can connect with Renat on

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New Approach… Great initiative

I’m absolutely happy and I would like to congratulate all the communities’ members all over the country for this new site. This is a very nice place to gather, post and exchange information and expertise. Community leads can share their community events -I guess- on their own websites and on here too, where all of us can benefit.

Posts like “how to start a community?”, “how to build a virtual team?” can be shared in here to give others to ability to start and to boost the community work in the kingdom. I remember Ammar Abu Thuraya (God Father of Communities for a very long time) used to say that we worked horizontally long enough and it is now time to work vertically and concentrate on greater goals and more initiatives.

Thanks Abdurrahman for creating this great initiative and smart gesture.

I will try my best to keep posting here whenever I have a valuable input to add.

Have a nice day