7 Android tools that can help your personal security

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Forget security suites: These sensible tools are all you really need on your phone to stay safe.

This isn’t your typical Android security story.

Most articles about Android security tools focus on malware-scanning suites like Lookout, Norton and AVG. But with the layers of protection already built into the platform, those sorts of apps are arguably unnecessary and often counterproductive — or even needlessly expensive.

For most Android users, the seven tools below should cover all the important bases of device and data security. Some are third-party apps, while others are native parts of the Android operating system. They all, however, will protect your personal info in meaningful ways — and without compromising your phone’s performance. Plus, all but two of them are free.

(If you’re an enterprise-level user, of course, your company may require extra layers of protection to safeguard shared data and separate personal info from corporate property — but that’s a whole other can of worms.)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Make your way through this list, then tighten up your Google account security settings — and breathe easy. Security doesn’t have to be scary.

1. Android’s own screen pinning system

One of Android’s most useful security tools is also one of its most easily overlooked. Screen pinning made its debut with Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop release in 2014 — but I’m willing to bet the vast majority of Android phone-owners either have forgotten all about it or never even realized it existed in the first place.

Let’s fix that, shall we? Screen pinning is designed for those moments when you want to hand someone your phone — to look at a photo, check something out on a Web page or maybe make a quick call — without taking the chance of them poking around and getting into your personal stuff.

Take a minute and make sure the feature’s activated now so it’ll be ready when you need it: Just head into the Security section of your system settings and look for the option labeled “Screen pinning.” Tap that line, then check to see that the toggles are activated next to both “On” and “Ask for unlock pattern before unpinning.”

You activate the screen pinning feature in the Security section of Settings (left). Go to Recent Apps, scroll up and tap the pushpin key to lock your phone to that app (right).

The next time you need to pass your phone to someone, first open the app you want them to be able to use. Then tap the Recent Apps key (the typically square-shaped icon next to the Home key). Your app should be in front as the most recently opened app; just scroll upwards until you see a circular pushpin icon.

Tap that pushpin, and you’re all set: Your phone is now locked to that app and that app alone. In order to do anything else on the device, you’ll need to tap and hold the Back and the Overview key at the same time and then enter your pattern, PIN or password to continue.

2. A password management app

Perhaps the greatest risk to your personal security is the use of weak or frequently repeated passwords. We all have about a billion passwords to our names these days, and it’s virtually impossible to make each one strong and unique without a little help.

Well, here’s your knight in shining armor: a password management app like LastPass. LastPass makes it dead simple to generate and store strong passwords for every site you sign into. It’ll even fill the passwords in for you across all the apps on your phone (and do the same on your tablet, laptop or desktop system as well). The program uses advanced encryption to keep your info safe; all you have to do is remember a single secure password to unlock your vault at the start of each session.

LastPass costs $12/yr. for the full premium version, which is what most people will want. Other popular password managers include 1Password and Dashlane, though the former is less polished and user-friendly than LastPass while the latter is significantly more expensive, at $40/yr. for the full set of features.

3. A two-factor authentication utility

No matter how secure your passwords may be, they’ll never be bulletproof. Adding a second layer of protection is the best way to keep unwanted intruders out — and it’s really quite easy to do.

The dual-layer protection process is known as two-factor authentication, and it basically means that in order to get into your most important accounts — like those on Google, Dropbox, a variety of financial institutions and even password management apps like LastPass — you’ll need both your regular password and a second temporary code generated by a device only you would have. With the combination of those two keys, the odds of someone else being able to pick your virtual lock is impressively low.

A free app called Authy is a great place to get started, as it’s intuitively designed and able to run on your phone, tablet and even your desktop or laptop system if you’d like. Google also has its own Authenticator app for Android, but it’s far less versatile and pleasant to use than Authy’s offering.

4. Android’s Smart Lock feature

Securing your phone with a pattern, PIN or password is important; we all know that. But having to put in that code every time you want to use the device can get annoying fast — so it’s no surprise a lot of people opt to skip the hassle and just leave their phones unprotected.

Android’s Smart Lock feature gives you the best of both worlds by cutting down on the annoyance factor while still allowing you to keep your phone secured when it really counts. You can choose to have your phone remain unlocked whenever you’re in a trusted location, like your home, or anytime you’re connected to a trusted Bluetooth device, like a smartwatch that’s always on your arm or a stereo that’s inside your car. You can even opt to have the device stay unlocked if it hasn’t left your pocket or purse since you last put in your passcode.

Android’s Smart Lock tool gives you a variety of ways to keep your content safe without too much trouble (left). You can even opt to have the device stay unlocked if it hasn’t left your pocket (right).

Any time you aren’t in one of those secure situations, your phone automatically locks itself and requires your code to get in. And that’s the end goal that matters.

Look for Smart Lock in the Security section of your system settings (on Android 5.0 or higher) to get set up.

5. Android’s advanced app-scanning feature

You wouldn’t know it from all the third-party companies peddling anti-virus software for smartphones, but Android has actually had its own native malware-scanning system in place since 2012. In addition to checking apps for potentially harmful code when they’re installed, the OS can continuously scan your device over time to make sure nothing problematic ever pops up.

All you have to do is opt in by going into the Google section of your system settings (or into a separate app called Google Settings, if you have an older device). Select “Security” and then activate the “Scan device for security threats” option, if it isn’t already activated. That’s it: Your device and the software already on it will handle the rest.

(It’s worth noting that this system works in conjunction with a server-side system that scans all apps uploaded to the Google Play Store before you ever see them. All Android devices also automatically watch for signs of SMS abuse, and the Chrome Android browser keeps an eye out for dangerous sites on the Web.)

6. Android Device Manager

Another important security tool Android provides is one that can find, ring and even remotely lock or erase your phone from a computer or other mobile device.

The tool is called Android Device Manager, and it’s already on your smartphone and waiting to be used. Confirm that you have it enabled by going into the Google section of your system settings (or into the separate app called Google Settings) and then selecting “Security.” You’ll want both options under “Android Device Manager” to be activated.

The Android Device Manager can locate your device, have it ring (so you can find it) and, in the worst case, erase all the contents.

Now, if you ever lose your device, just open up the Android Device Manager website or Android Device Manager app (from another phone or a tablet) to track and secure it.

7. An Android VPN client

This final item isn’t one everyone needs, but if you spend a lot of time surfing the Web through open Wi-Fi networks — at airports, hotels or other public places — it’s worth considering. A VPN, or virtual private network, encrypts all of your data and keeps strangers from snooping in and seeing your personal info.

It can allow you to mask your actual IP address and location, too, and thus access websites and services that might normally be blocked in your area — something that could be relevant and beneficial for some users.

Android has a fair number of VPN clients available, but the one I’d recommend looking at is an app called SurfEasy. A big part of the reason is trustworthiness, especially for an app of this nature: SurfEasy is owned and operated by the same company behind the Opera browser — in other words, a known and reputable organization. But beyond that, the app is exceptionally simple to use and also reasonably priced, with plans starting at $3/mo. for unlimited use on a single device.

All said and told, taking into account everything on this list, that brings your grand total for personal Android security to a whopping $1 to $4 per month. And you know what? That’s a small price to pay for practical peace of mind.

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Exam MB2-702 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Deployment

Published: January 29, 2014
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Spanish
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
Credit toward certification: MCP, Microsoft Specialist

Skills measured
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Plan the Microsoft Dynamics CRM installation (15-20%)
Identify the offerings and supporting components for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Describe Microsoft Dynamics CRM offerings and editions; identify the roles of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server; explain the role of supporting technologies, including Active Directory, Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, and the Secure Token Service; explain the rights required to install Microsoft Dynamics CRMs
Identify infrastructure requirements, and identify hardware and software requirements
Describe the hardware and software requirements for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, identify the requirements for supporting technologies, plan the number and location of server roles and groups, identify Microsoft Dynamics CRM website requirements
Plan the implementation
Plan a single and multiple-server deployment, identify the Microsoft Dynamics CRM licensing model and license types, explain product key types and access mode types, plan multiple organizations, plan how to access Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Install and deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server (15-20%)
Install the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server
Install required components that are missing, add and remove sample data, identify specific accounts for Microsoft Dynamics CRM services, perform system checks, perform a command line installation, troubleshoot issues that prevent successful installation, register the installation, register for Windows Updates, verify components that are installed during setup
Deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Describe the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Service, identify tasks that you must perform that are not required for an on-premises installation, differentiate between administrative and security roles, provision users, manage storage, deploy a single server and multiple servers
Deploy a Microsoft Dynamics CRM website
Use host headers, use Using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) bindings, explain Internet Explorer security zones

Configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM (10-15%)
Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions
Identify when Reporting Extensions are required, explain the installation requirements for Reporting Extensions, differentiate between SQL-based reports and Fetch-based reports, describe the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Report Authoring Extension, explain when to install language packs
Configure an Internet-facing deployment (IFD)
Identify IFD and website requirements, identify required certificates, install and configure ADFS as the Secure Token Service, configure claims-based authentication
Plan and configure high-availability options
Verify hardware requirements for high availability; install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server on multiple computers; explain how to install Microsoft Dynamics CRM in a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster; explain clustering SQL Server; describe high-availability solutions; explain high-availability options for supporting components including SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM email router; Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange Server

Configure and manage email (10-15%)
Configure email and message processing
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of email processing options, configure email processing, track email; configure correlation, configure users with the appropriate messaging options, configure email address approval, test and troubleshoot email configuration
Install and configure the Microsoft Dynamics CRM email router
Identify supported email systems and Windows operating systems, install the email router on multiple computers, create incoming and outgoing email profiles, deploy Inbox rules and forwarding rules, track token and smart matching options, set up and monitor an individual mailbox and a forward mailbox, set the synchronization method, install the Email Integration Service role, migrate email router settings
Configure server-side synchronization
Describe the features of and identify supported configurations, enable Server-Side Synchronization, create email server profiles, implement the Exchange and POP3-SMTP profile, configure authentication for email server profiles add mailboxes to an email server profile

Install and deploy the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Outlook (10-15%)
Identify software and hardware requirements for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Outlook
Identify supported operating systems, including 32-bit, 64-bit, and Outlook versions; identify supported Internet browser versions
Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Outlook
Identify deployment methods, install from a command line, install from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM web application, identify upgrade options
Configure the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Outlook
Use the Configuration Wizard for on-premises or hosted organizations; work online and offline; configure multiple organizations; configure user email settings; work offline; use and modify data filters

Upgrade a Microsoft Dynamics CRM edition and redeploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM (10-15%)
Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
Describe types of upgrades and upgrade paths, processes, and supported upgrade editions; explain base and table merges, including defer a table merge, perform a table merge, and determine the entities that are not merged; plan for failure, backup, and recovery; establish and validate test and production environments; upgrade the Microsoft Dynamics CRM email router; upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook
Redeploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM by using Deployment Manager
Describe the redeployment process; explain Active Directory considerations; add and delete administrators; manage existing organizations, including changing, disabling, importing, and updating an organization; create and delete an organization; change an organization’s details; manage servers; update web addresses
Update Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Define update rollup packages, explain which update rollup package is released for each component, configure Microsoft Update, verify which update rollups are installed

Manage and troubleshoot a Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployment (10-15%)
Manage service accounts and system jobs
Describe service accounts and types, verify installed services, describe account types to use for each service, monitor and change service accounts, review and delete system jobs, describe system job types, limit the number of asynchronous jobs, delete records
Plan for disaster recovery
Create a disaster recovery plan; back up recommended components; recover Microsoft Dynamics CRM servers, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server; recover Microsoft Dynamics CRM email router and failed domain controllers
Monitor and troubleshoot Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Verify Microsoft SQL Server database file locations; monitor database size, row, and page compression; use Windows Event Logs; create custom views in Event Viewer; use performance counters; run diagnostics; configure tracing; install the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) and run a scan; implement VSS Writer Service for Microsoft Dynamics CRM; discuss the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace
Manage data encryption
Explain data encryption activation status, change the data encryption key, import a database that has encrypted fields, manage data encryption privileges

 


QUESTION 1
You are designing a table with a Customer Name field that must not be stored.
The table must derive its contents from the Name field on the Customer table. The Customer Name field must then be used in a C/AL function.
How should you create the Customer Name field and then access it using C/AL code?

A. Create the Customer Name as a FlowFilter field. In the code, use the CALCSUMS function to evaluate the value of Customer Name.
B. Create the Customer Name as a Normal text field. In the code, use the EVALUATE function to evaluate the value of Customer Name.
C. Create the Customer Name as a FlowField with a Method set to Lookup. In the code, use the CALCFIELDS function to evaluate the value of the Customer Name.
D. Create the Customer Name as a FlowFilter field. In the code, use the EVALUATE function to evaluate the value of Customer Name.

Answer:


QUESTION 2
You create a Seminar Registration Line table.
You need to ensure that the Line Discount Amount is always calculated correctly.
You need to add the following code segment to the table:
“Line Discount Amount”:= ROUND(“Line Discount %” * Item. “Seminar Price” * 0.01,GLSetup. “Amount Rounding Precision”);
On which trigger should you add the code segment?

A. OnModify
B. Line Discount Amount – OnValidate
C. Quantity – OnValidate
D. Line Discount % – OnValidate

Answer:


QUESTION 3
What is a function trigger?

A. A system flag (trigger) that is raised whenever a built-in function in Microsoft Dynamics NAV is run
B. A set of C/AL statements run when called by other C/AL code
C. A system flag (trigger) to indicate to Microsoft Dynamics NAV that a function has run successfully
D. A system indicator that is set when a new record is inserted into a table

Answer:


QUESTION 4
You create a new page in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
You notice a table 2000000039 printer.
Which type of table is it?

A. System table
B. Special table
C. Virtual table
D. Temporary table

Answer:

Explanation:
Ref: http://blog.masterstudio101.com/2014/03/07/NAV%20Objects,%20System%20Tables%20a
nd%20Virtual%20Tables


QUESTION 5
You need to create a master table representing entities with whom business is conducted.
Which posting group must you include in the table?

A. The Gen. Bus. Posting Group
B. The Gen. Prod. Posting Group
C. The VAT Prod. Posting Group
D. The VAT Bus. Posting Group

Answer:

Explanation: Specifies the general business posting group codes for customers and vendors for posting purposes.
Ref: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh178951(v=nav.70).aspx

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Exam MB2-700 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Applications

Published: January 22, 2014
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Spanish
Audiences: Information workers
Technology: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
Credit toward certification: MCP, Microsoft Specialist

Skills measured
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Manage service cases (15-20%)
Identify customer service entities and record types
Cases, accounts, contacts activities, knowledge base articles, contracts, queues, products, goals
Create service cases
Create a case by using the Quick Create form; create a case by using the Full form; convert activity records to cases; identify case types; identify case form sections; add posts, activities, and notes to cases; identify activity types that can be converted into cases; convert activities into cases
Maintain and organize cases
Define case stages, add fields and stages, cancel or delete a case, Bulk Delete cases, assign cases, resolve a case, identify records related to a case, reactivate a case, create a subject tree, maintain a subject tree, identify and apply default views, follow a case, export a case to Excel, import data, start a dialog, send direct email messages, run workflows, create a resolution activity

Manage the knowledge base (5-10%)
Create, manage, and delete articles
Identify article templates and the security roles that can create and manage article templates; create, approve, and publish articles; define the article approval process; identify security roles that can create and publish articles; deactivate and delete article templates
Locate data in the knowledge base
Identify the types of searches that can be performed, use the Subject Browse method to search the knowledge base, define the relationship between cases and knowledge base articles, search articles from case records, send knowledge base articles
Manage sales literature
Create, maintain, and work with sales literature; create sales literature attachment records; identify when to use Microsoft Dynamics CRM or SharePoint to store and manage sales literature; create and maintain competitor records

Manage queues and contracts (10-15%)
Create and maintain queues
Describe system queues and personal queues, create a queue, add cases and activities to a queue, route records to a queue, release or remove items from a queue, manage queue item details
Create contracts
Describe contract components including contract templates, contracts, and contract lines; identify required contract template fields; identify contract allotment options; identify required contract line fields; create a contract; add contract lines; activate a contract
Manage contracts
Describe the contract life cycle, cancel a contract, put a contract on hold and release a hold, renew a contract, copy a contract, associate a contract with a case, resolve cases with associated contracts

Manage service scheduling (10-15%)

Explain service scheduling features
Identify service scheduling terminology; describe service scheduling scenarios, including individual worker, shift work and skills, complex schedule, and out-going service scenarios; describe the service scheduling process
Maintain resources, equipment, and facilities
Create facilities and equipment records, create resources and work schedules, schedule time off, limit when a resource can be scheduled, define resource selection rules, create a resource group, add resources to a resource group
Manage resources and perform capacity planning
Define the capacity required for a service, configure resource allocation for service activities, remove resources or resource groups from performing a service, define customer preferences, create sites, associate resources with sites, manage service closures
Manage service schedules
Describe the service activity scheduling engine; schedule a service activity; configure activity synchronization between service activities and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Outlook; identify scheduled activity types in the service calendar; filter the service calendar; resolve service activity conflicts; close, cancel, or reschedule service activities

Manage leads and opportunities (15-20%)
Identify sales management entities and record types
Describe customer records, including accounts and contacts; describe sales management terminology including leads, opportunities, quotes, orders, invoices, and product list
Create and manage leads
Identify required fields on Leads form, convert activity records to leads, convert email messages to leads by using Microsoft Outlook or the web client, qualify and disqualify leads, add line items to opportunities
Create and manage opportunities
Convert activities or leads to opportunities, identify when to use System-Calculated or User-Provided values for revenue fields, associate competitors with opportunities, choose appropriate opportunity status, close opportunities, delete opportunities, manage opportunities by using views, associate opportunities with related entities, assign ownership to opportunity records

Manage sales (15-20%)
Maintain the product catalog
Identify product catalog features; create unit groups; manage primary units for unit groups; create products and price lists; add products to the product catalog; create discount lists; associate price lists with opportunity, quote, order, or invoice records; create substitutes for products; bundle products together to form a kit; convert a product to a kit; choose a pricing method; deactivate a price list; manage multiple currencies
Create and manage quotes
Create a quote from an opportunity; identify differences between quotes and opportunities; manage quotes; understand the differences between draft, active, and revised quotes
Process sales orders
Add line items to opportunities, add products from the product catalog, add write-in products, identify impact of currencies on price calculations, create orders, create invoices

Manage analysis and reporting features (15-20%)
Identify and create reports
Describe the available customer service reports; describe preconfigured sales reports; build reports with the Report Wizard; describe the features of static reports, dynamic reports, and dynamic PivotTables; export PivotTables; create case summary table reports
Manage charts and dashboards
Identify preconfigured dashboards, create a Personal chart; share a Personal chart, convert a Personal chart into a System chart, describe uses of web resources and IFrames, create a new dashboard, share dashboards and charts, create Advanced Find queries
Manage goals and metrics
Describe Goal Metric and Goal records; define Goal Metric records; configure Fiscal Periods; define Goal records; describe Target, Actual, and In-Progress values for Goal records; recalculate Goals; create a rollup query


QUESTION 1
Which two types of information does the system indicator allow you to display? (Each correct answer presents pa of the solution. Choose two.)

A. The company name
B. The database name
C. The current time
D. The user names

Answer: A,B

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
Which two page personalization actions can you make on a card or document page? (Each correct answer presents a complete solution. Choose two.)

A. Move a field from one FastTab to another FastTab.
B. Add a new tab in the ribbon and move or remove actions.
C. Copy a FactBox from one page to another page.
D. Change the importance of fields between Promoted, Standard, and Additional.

Answer: B,D

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You need to disable personalization in the RoleTailored client for Windows for all users who use the client on a selected computer. What should you do?

A. Set the personalization parameter to disabled on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.
B. Disable personalization on the user.
C. Start the client with the disablepersonalization parameter.
D. Start the client with noconfigure parameter.
E. Disable personalization on the profile.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You are a consultant working with a customer on their Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 implementation.
The customer requests that a frequently used option from the department be added to the Home Items for one user.
You need to customize the implementation to meet the customer request.
What should you do?

A. Customize the Navigation pane.
B. Customize the Role Center.
C. Customize the Navigation window.
D. Use the configuration mode of the RoleTailored client.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You need to configure a newly created profile. What should you do first?

A. Set this profile as the default profile for a user.
B. In User Personalization, associate the profile with your user account.
C. Enable the profile.
D. Set your account as owner of the profile.

Answer: D

Explanation:

 

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Exam MB6-889 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Service Management

Published: April 26, 2012
Languages: English
Audiences: Information workers
Technology: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
Credit toward certification: MCTS

Skills measured
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Manage service agreements (13%)
Create a service agreement header
Understand the use and impact of project management, project accounting and validation settings; set up project or category validation; set up or use service agreement groups; create service agreement headers
Create service agreement lines
Create new service agreement lines, search for service agreement lines to copy, understand the concept of service objects, set up service object groups, create service tasks, create service object relations or service task relations, specify service task notes
Create a service agreement from another source
Copy lines from another service agreement, create service templates and service template groups, copy a service template into a service agreement, create a service agreement from a sales order

Preparation resources
Working with service agreements [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Create service agreements [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Create service-agreement lines manually [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage service orders (13%)
Set up service parameters
Define settings for service order creation, set up service order default activities, set up service stages, set up and view stage reason codes
Create a service order manually
Create service order headers, create service orders or service order lines manually, create service object relations or service task relations with service orders, create CRM activities when creating service orders
Create a service order automatically
Combine service orders, describe service intervals, describe and use time windows, create a service order from a service agreement or sales order
Manage a service order
Process service orders; create item requirements; cancel or delete service orders; post a service order from a service order, service agreement, or project; post a service order to a project; invoice service orders

Preparation resources
Create service orders manually [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Create or modify service orders and repair lines [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Create service orders automatically [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage Service Level Agreements (SLAs) (12%)
Set up SLAs
Create SLAs, view information about SLAs and service orders, create service agreement groups, filter service agreements by group
Set up time recording
Start, stop, and restart time recording; create reason codes; understand the process of service order sign-off; define the different service order stages; use service order stages to stop time recording

Preparation resources
About Service Level Agreements [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Create service agreement groups [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage the Service Dispatcher (14%)
Set up the Dispatch board
Set a preferred technician, create activity types, create dispatch teams and assign resources, describe the concept of color-based priorities, set the default date interval on the Dispatch board
Manage service orders by using the Dispatch board
Describe service order integration, create new service orders and assign activity types, set a default start time on service order headers, set default values on service orders
Manage activities by using the Dispatch board
Describe activity management in the Dispatch board, create activities on lines, perform typical activity actions, assign time values to activities, reassign activities, change time assignments, monitor activities, view undispatched activities, jump between forms to view activities

Preparation resources
About the Dispatch board [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Set up service activity types [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Dispatch board (form) [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage repairs (12%)
Set up a management process
Understand the repair management process; set up or define symptom areas, symptom codes, and conditions for specified symptoms; set up diagnosis areas and diagnosis codes
Diagnose and repair
Set up resolutions and repair stages, create and finish repair lines, create service order transactions for repairs

Preparation resources
About repair management [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Service management – Repair configuration key (SMARepair) [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
View service repair lines [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage bills of materials (BOMs) versioning (11%)
Create and modify a template BOM
Create or modify template BOMs
Create and modify a service BOM
Create service BOMs, describe the functions available for service BOMs, move a service BOM from one service object relation to another, update service BOMs, view service BOM reports, replace component items, modify service BOMs by using the BOM Designer

Preparation resources
Create a template BOM [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Setting up and maintaining bills of materials [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Modify a service BOM [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage service subscriptions (12%)
Create and modify subscriptions and transactions
Create subscription groups, subscription fee categories, or subscriptions; create and invoice projects; create or adjust subscription fee transactions; set up or update an indexed base price for a subscription
Manage subscription revenue
Invoice subscription fee transactions, create credit notes for subscription transactions, accrue revenue from subscription fee transactions, reverse subscription accruals, examine ledger transactions and posting of accrued revenue, set up subscription parameters

Preparation resources
About service subscriptions [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
About subscription groups [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]
Accrue subscription revenue [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]

Manage services in the Enterprise Portal (13%)
Manage service orders in the Enterprise Portal for technicians
Describe service order management in the Enterprise Portal; create, access, or edit service orders; create or edit service order lines; create repair lines; view repair lines, object relation lines, and task relation lines; view service agreements; describe Role Center concepts
Manage service orders in the Enterprise Portal for customers
Access and view the status of service orders in the Enterprise Portal, create service orders, view subscriptions, review web service orders, transfer web service orders to the service orders form

Preparation resources
What’s new: Enterprise Portal in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
About Enterprise Portal roles and user groups
Verify a service web order and assign it to a technician [Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012]



QUESTION 1
You are reviewing a service order to determine whether it is in compliance with the associated service level agreement.
What does the Compliance value shown in the service order header represent?

A. The number of hours of work completed on the service order.
B. The percentage of hours remaining compared to the limit of the service level agreement.
C. The percentage of hours completed on the service order compared to the limit of the service level agreement.
D. The number of hours remaining within the limit of the service level agreement.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You are configuring service level agreements in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
What is the purpose of the Calendar setting on a service level agreement?

A. To determine whether a service order can be automatically created for the service agreement
B. To determine the start time of an incoming service order.
C. To determine the sign-off date of an incoming service order.
D. To determine whether the status of an incoming service order will be set to Started.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You suspend a service level agreement (SLA) in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
What is the result?

A. The SLA cannot be assigned to service agreements or service agreement groups.
B. The SLA cannot be assigned to service agreements but can be assigned to service agreement groups
C. The SLA cannot be assigned to service agreements but can be assigned to service orders.
D. The SLA cannot be assigned to service agreements or service orders.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
Which of the following is a result of cancelling the service level agreement on a service order in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012?

A. The service order is signed off.
B. The status is set to blank.
C. The time recording records are deleted.
D. The service stage is set to Cancel.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You are working with service orders in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
In which situation will advancing the service order stage stop time recording?

A. If Stop time recording is selected for the service stage.
B. If the service order has no lines.
C. If the service order stage is changed to Cancel.
D. If Cancel is selected for the service stage.

Answer: A

Explanation:

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Microsoft’s Build dev con sells out in 1 minute

Price hike clearly didn’t make anyone blink

Microsoft today sold out its Build developers conference in about a minute, the company said.

“Last year we sold out in 20 minutes and in 1 minute this year. Sorry for everyone can’t attend in person,” tweeted Steven Guggenheimer, the executive who leads Microsoft’s developer evangelism group.

Ticket sales opened today at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET), with prices $100 higher, a 5% increase, than in recent years.

The almost-instant sell-out was the fastest in Build’s history. Microsoft exhausted its ticket supply in about 24 hours and 31 hours in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and as Guggenheimer noted, in under an hour last year.

Unlike at past iterations, this year’s Build will not feature Oprah-like product giveaways. “This year, we will forgo hardware in favor of delivering a deeper technical experience for developers,” Microsoft said on the page where out-of-luck developers can add their names to a waiting list.

Last year, attendees received a free HP notebook; in 2012, they got a free Surface RT tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone. The Surface RT line has been discontinued.

If Microsoft follows past practice, it will live stream Build’s opening keynote to all comers, and do the same for select sessions on its Channel 9 site. Other sessions will likely be available on-demand a day or so after they’re held.

The firm has yet to disclose a session schedule for Build 2016; like most of its predecessors, it will take place in San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Build 2016 will run March 30-April 1, with the keynote — typical a two-hours-plus marathon — starting at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, March 30.

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Exam 77-420 Excel 2013

Exam 77-420 Excel 2013

Published: February 28, 2013
Languages: English
Audiences: Information workers Technology:
Microsoft Office 2013 suites
Credit toward certification: Microsoft Office Specialist

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

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Create and manage worksheets and workbooks
Create worksheets and workbooks
Creating new blank workbooks; creating new workbooks using templates; importing files; opening non-native files directly in Excel; adding worksheets to existing workbooks; copying and moving worksheets
Navigate through worksheets and workbooks
Searching for data within a workbook; inserting hyperlinks; changing worksheet order; using Go To; using Name Box
Format worksheets and workbooks
Changing worksheet tab color; modifying page setup; inserting and deleting columns and rows; changing workbook themes; adjusting row height and column width; inserting watermarks; inserting headers and footers; setting data validation
Customize options and views for worksheets and workbooks
Hiding worksheets; hiding columns and rows; customizing the Quick Access toolbar; customizing the Ribbon; managing macro security; changing workbook views; recording simple macros; adding values to workbook properties; using zoom; displaying formulas; freezing panes; assigning shortcut keys; splitting the window
Configure worksheets and workbooks to print or save
Setting a print area; saving workbooks in alternate file formats; printing individual worksheets; setting print scaling; repeating headers and footers; maintaining backward compatibility; configuring workbooks to print; saving files to remote locations

Preparation resources
Basic tasks in Excel 2013
Show or hide columns and rows
Print a worksheet or workbook

Create cells and ranges
Insert data in cells and ranges
Appending data to worksheets; finding and replacing data; copying and pasting data; using AutoFill tool; expanding data across columns; inserting and deleting cells
Format cells and ranges
Merging cells; modifying cell alignment and indentation; changing font and font styles; using Format Painter; wrapping text within cells; applying Number format; applying highlighting; applying cell styles; changing text to WordArt
Order and group cells and ranges
Applying conditional formatting; inserting sparklines; transposing columns and rows; creating named ranges; creating outline; collapsing groups of data in outlines; inserting subtotals

Preparation resources
Fill data automatically in worksheet cells
Wrap text in a cell
Transpose data from rows to columns or vice versa

Create tables
Create a table
Moving between tables and ranges; adding and removing cells within tables; defining titles
Modify a table
Applying styles to tables; banding rows and columns; inserting total rows; removing styles from tables
Filter and sort a table
Filtering records; sorting data on multiple columns; changing sort order; removing duplicates

Preparation resources
Convert a table to a range
Filter data in an Excel table
Sort a table

Apply formulas and functions
Utilize cell ranges and references in formulas and functions
Utilizing references (relative, mixed, absolute); defining order of operations; referencing cell ranges in formulas
Summarize data with functions
Utilizing the SUM function; utilizing the MIN and MAX functions; utilizing the COUNT function; utilizing the AVERAGE function
Utilize conditional logic in functions
Utilizing the SUMIF function; utilizing the AVERAGEIF function; utilizing the COUNTIF function
Format and modify text with functions
Utilizing the RIGHT, LEFT and MID functions; utilizing the TRIM function; utilizing the UPPER and LOWER functions; utilizing the CONCATENATE function

Preparation resources
Use cell references in a formula
Video: COUNTIFS and SUMIFS
Excel functions (by category)

Create charts and objects
Create a chart
Creating charts and graphs; adding additional data series; switching between rows and columns in source data; using Quick Analysis
Format a chart
Adding legends; resizing charts and graphs; modifying chart and graph parameters; applying chart layouts and styles; positioning charts and graphs
Insert and format an object
Inserting text boxes; inserting SmartArt; inserting images; adding borders to objects; adding styles and effects to objects; changing object colors; modifying object properties; positioning objects

Preparation resources
Analyze your data instantly
Format your chart
Create an organization chart using SmartArt Graphics

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Watch for Amazon’s new homegrown chips to show up in data centers

Amazon subsidiary Annapurna Labs is now selling ARM chips to system makers

Amazon’s jump into the chip business won’t change what’s in Fire devices — for now — but it’ll help the retailer drive more media delivery, file storage and cloud systems in homes and data centers.

Annapurna Labs, an Amazon subsidiary, said it would start selling a line of ARM-based chips for hardware that handles 4K video delivery, storage, IoT, cloud and networking. The chips will be sold to makers of products for homes and data centers.

The announcement surprised many, since selling chips is a radical shift from Amazon’s bread-and-butter retail business. But the company has jumped outside its comfort zone before, dabbling in new businesses such as Web hosting with AWS (Amazon Web Services), which has become a runaway success.

Amazon is great at delivering products, and it will sell Alpine chips via Annapurna to system makers much like it sells consumer products through its retail website, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64.

The retailer is entering a chip industry convulsed by change, most of it driven by massive data centers built by companies like Facebook and Google. There is a growing need for faster storage and networking technologies in these data centers, which is where the Alpine chips will fit, Brookwood said.

Amazon may have drawn inspiration from its own business in deciding what markets to target with Alpine chips, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.

Web services, video delivery and storage are all within Amazon’s expertise, so those are obvious targets, McCarron said.

If somehow Amazon used these chips to tie servers and equipment to AWS, it would mean more business for the company, analysts said. The chips could provide a path for Amazon to push AWS out to more businesses and data centers.

There are some markets where the Alpine chips won’t fit. Amazon may not implement Alpine chips to overhaul its own AWS infrastructure, which is built around x86 chips. It’ll be easy to change small storage, video delivery or networking subsystems to Alpine chips in Amazon’s infrastructure, but an overhaul from x86 to ARM would be a massive undertaking, McCarron said.

Amazon will also need to provide the software stack, reference design and engineering support to customers, which can be difficult and expensive, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias

“You can’t come out with a chip and just say, ‘Here it is,'” McGregor said.

The chip industry is littered with companies that have failed. For example, Calxeda, considered a pioneer in ARM server chips, shut its doors in December 2013 after running out of cash.

Besides Intel, Amazon will face competition from Qualcomm, Advanced Micro Devices and AppliedMicro, which develop ARM-based chips for servers and networking equipment.

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The app dev undead: 5 technologies limping along

Famo.us, io.js, JavaFX, Objective-C, and Spring.Net have all faded away, but for different reasons

Sometimes, technologies are introduced to great fanfare and then, well, fizzle.

For whatever reasons, they do not gain much momentum or get displaced by a theoretically better successor. Not all are inferior tools — in fact, they may even be superior to what was already available. However, superiority and innovation don’t always translate to successful adoption, though some establish cult followings.

The year, we’ve seen five such technologies aimed at developers fail to live up to their initial promise and thus fade away.

Famo.us: Rich Web tools can’t displace native apps

Last year, Famo.us was flying high and looked to give native mobile app development a run for its money. Equipped with a 3D physics-based animation engine, Famo.us positioned its open source JavaScript framework as taking Web development for mobile to the next level and simplifying the building of complex UIs.

The company scored tens of millions of venture-capital dollars and looked to make a killing with a wrapper service for mobile apps. But lately, Famo.us has has gone proprietary, abandoning its open source focus. The company’s open source team was fired, in fact. Famo.us also abandoned its wrapper-service business model in favor of micro-app development and the Famous Micro-App content management system for digital marketers.

Despite the product shift, Famo.us CEO Steve Newcomb says the technical vision remains the same: building native interfaces with Web technologies. Still, the huge impact that Famo.us promised simply didn’t happen.

io.js: Ugly divorce resulted in a strengthened marriage

Spun out as a fork of the Node.js server-side JavaScript platform in late 2014, io.js was intended to expand the horizons of the Node realm after devotees got tired with the platform’s slow pace of change and restrictive governance model.

Io.js was going to change all that. But the divorce did not last. The two factions, which included some of the same people, agreed to make up this spring; previous releases of io.js are now considered Node releases. Node.js itself did move to the jurisdiction of the Node.js Foundation rather than its original governor, the application virtualization vendor Joyent.

Everybody appears happy with the resolution, and the months of dissonance had no significant consequences on developers.
JavaFX: The rich Internet technology that never took off

Introduced with lofty expectations by Sun Microsystems in 2007, JavaFX was Java’s entrant into the rich client application space that Macromedia’s Flash and Microsoft’s now-all-but-dead Silverlight then dominated. Although it has a loyal following and still exists, JavaFX never took off.

Over the years, JavaFX has been eclipsed by Web technologies such as JavaScript and even Flash (which has problems of its own and is on the road to obsolescence). JavaFX’s decline started years ago: Oracle discontinued JavaFX Script, a scripting language associated with the platform, in 2010.

“It is a technology with relatively narrow appeal. We are seeing less and less Java at the front end outside of Android in terms of new projects, and the various Java front-end technologies are not expected at this point to be a major influence,” said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. Indeed, a 2014 thread in Reddit asked, “Why is JavaFX being continued? Nobody uses it.” And a recent search on Dice.com found only 30 job postings that mentioned JavaFX skills.

Objective-C: Apple replaced it with Swift

This venerable language has been best known as a platform for developing applications for Apple’s software platforms, particularly the popular iOS smartphones and tablets. But with Apple’s introduction of the successor Swift language in June 2014, the writing has been on the wall that Objective-C shall decline.

Although there were still more than 6,400 jobs citing Objective-C skills on Dice.com recently, the language has been tanking on the Tiobe index of language popularity, dropping from third place a year ago to 15th place this month. During that time, Swift rose from 17th place to 14th place. Objective-C also has been dropping on the rival PyPL index.

Although Objective-C will be around for a while, it is certain that new development that might have been the domain of Objective-C before will move over to Swift — because Apple has decreed it so.

Spring.Net: Bounced around, then essentially abandoned

Derived from the popular Spring Framework for Java development, the Spring.Net open source framework enables development of enterprise .Net applications via Spring technologies.

But it has changed hands over the years. In 2009, VMware acquired SpringSource, which developed Spring technologies. Later on, VMware spun out Pivotal, which got jurisdiction over Spring. These days, the Spring.Net community leads the Spring.Net project, according to Pivotal.

A check of the Spring.Net site, though, features on its front page an announcement from December 2012: “We are pleased to announce that the M2 (Milestone 2) release of Spring .Net 2.0.0 is now available.” The Downloads page shows version 1.3.2 was the latest production release. The Twitter feed has not seen any activity since March 2014.

Oracle, meanwhile, has been busy trying to persuade Spring Framework Java users to switch to Java EE, arguing that Spring no longer offers developers advantages over Oracle’s enterprise Java, such as dependency injection, which Spring had first. The lack of movement at Spring.Net certainly gives Oracle’s argument practical credence.

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10 signs it’s time to look for a new job

In the high-stakes world of high tech, a subtle look can be enough to know it’s time to jump ship to a new gig

10 signs layoffs are coming for your job next
The signs are usually hiding in plain sight. Your boss doesn’t give you the time of day anymore. Large groups of people go out for lunch — then never come back. The company stock takes a nosedive.

When these things start to happen, it may be time to grab a life jacket and head for the nearest escape raft. Yes, the boat is sinking and about to take you with it.

Don’t go down with the ship. Downsizing and layoffs aren’t a laughing matter for those who suddenly find themselves without a paycheck. But many companies have become a parody of themselves in how they handle such monumental changes. That’s why we decided to have a little fun at their expense. Hopefully if you’ve experienced a layoff yourself, this will give you a laugh, too.

Here’s our take on the signs you should watch out for. If nothing else, you may know what the problem is if your email suddenly doesn’t work.

Co-workers simply … disappear
Weren’t Devin and Susie simply making a run for the nearby food truck? That’s what you thought — but that was Tuesday. Today is Friday. Yes, right before the layoffs begin, you might notice a slow drip of people who peace out for good. Usually it means that something is up, and for some reason others are privy to the details. Time to ask around and find out if you should be the next one to check out one of the mysterious taco trucks.

Big company meeting, little advance notice
The dreaded all-hands meeting — as you might have guessed, a lot of things that aren’t all that good come from it. It could be a new product rollout. Or it could be the word you haven’t been waiting for: you and your colleagues don’t work there anymore. If you get an invite to an “all hands on deck” meeting, maybe you want to have one foot out the door just in case.

The company bus careers right by
You show up to work as normal, coffee in hand and ready to get some work done on the company bus. You see it coming. You make sure your bag is adjusted, laptop in hand.

Then, there it goes. Yes, the company bus has blown by you. Sure, this scenario may be a little far- fetched, but with the way that some companies treat those whom they unceremoniously dump, is it really so unlikely? It might be worth taking the train or walking to the office the next few days if there are any signs of this unsavory behavior.

You start getting strange looks
Maybe you’ve noticed something different about the way your boss looks at you. Their eyes tend to glance off into another direction. You approach him or her with a question, and instead of answering, they suddenly have a phone call or a meeting to run off to. You’re getting the cold shoulder. Was it something you said? A reflection on your performance? Nope, it’s the look of someone who knows too much.

That (dreaded) meeting is cancelled
You likely aren’t thrilled by the weekly calendar invite to the team planning meeting. Before you rejoice that you’ve avoided the most boring part of your week, consider another scenario: It’s cancelled because there’s no one to attend. Companies tend to slack off right before a major cull, so be wary if your schedule suddenly frees up because all those riveting meetings are canceled.

The mood swings low, low, low
Company morale often ebbs and flows. But you may want to pay particular attention to things if there’s a longer, widespread depression spell. You know the feeling — everyone looks around like they’re an extra in “The Walking Dead.” No one chats around their desks or the time-honored water cooler. If you see such symptoms, ask around and see if there’s more to it. This way you don’t have to show up one day to an empty office.

Suspicious training assignment
It may sound innocent enough. A fresh face arrives in the office, and you’re assigned to show them how things work. All goes well until you realize they have the same title and responsibilities as you. Yep, you’re training your replacement. It happens, so be a bit wary about that next eager hire who gets a little too comfy at your desk.

Merger talk
It’s often best to avoid rumors, but sometimes you have to pay attention so that you aren’t left out of the loop when it comes to a potential merger. Yes, usually before a company is acquired by another there is some type of scuttlebut that leaks out. Listen to those who engage in such nefarious talk or implore you to keep information on the down low. This may be your tip that it’s time to dust off the résumé and hit the pavement for a new gig.

Your company’s stock price upends
If you work at a publicly traded company, keeping investors happy is a major part of success. Investors are like your mama: If she’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy. Just like what happened with Twitter, when the stock tanks and numbers (in this case user growth) aren’t good, then get ready to see fewer co-workers around. If things are heading south, perhaps you should be heading out.

The box of shame
Most businesses love Dropbox. It holds onto what you want and is easy to use. Unfortunately, there’s another beloved storage tool that fits the bill: a cardboard box. If you see such a contraption on your desk, you’re probably about to be sent packing. Gathering your stuff and heading out the door is the office equivalent of the walk of shame. The best you can do is to get through it. But at least you’ll have a new toy for your cat.

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Microsoft to open source the Edge browser JavaScript engine

Move is designed to allow its partners to make their own contributions.

The Edge browser that comes with Windows 10 shows a marked improvement in performance, particularly in the area of JavaScript performance. Now Microsoft wants to amp up performance even more, and is going to do so by making the JavaScript engine source available as open source.

Microsoft wrote the Chakra JavaScript engine from scratch, using the most current Java technologies to give Edge a major performance boost over the aging Internet Explorer line. At the JSConf show for JavaScript and Web developers, the company announced that the core components, known as ChakraCore, will be released on GitHub next month. The type of license was not disclosed.

The announcement came in the form of a blog post, as usual, from Gaurav Seth, principal PM manager. Seth said that in addition to getting community/user contribution, vendors like Intel, AMD, and NodeSource had expressed interest in contributing to ChakraCore.

The open source code does not include the engine’s private bindings for COM and Universal Windows Apps. Instead, ChakraCore will support a new set of modern diagnostic APIs, which will be platform-agnostic and could be standardized or made interoperable across different implementations.

The initial January release will be for Windows only, but Seth said the company is committed to bringing ChakraCore to other platforms in the future. “We’d invite developers to help us in this pursuit by letting us know which other platforms they’d like to see ChakraCore supported on to help us prioritize future investments, or even by helping port it to the platform of their choice.” Translation: please port it to Linux.

Microsoft will open its public GitHub repository for community contributions in January. At that time, it will provide more details on the project, its priorities, and how to contribute to the project.

“The community is at the heart of any open source project, so we look forward to the community cloning the repository, inspecting the code, building it, and contributing everything from new functionality to tests or bug fixes,” Seth wrote. “We also welcome suggestions on how to improve ChakraCore for particular scenarios that are important to you or your business.”

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