Hangouts can now be enabled for domains using Google Apps Vault

Customers using Google Apps Vault can now activate the new Hangouts in the Admin console. An amendment has been added in the Admin console that allows you to activate the new Hangouts on acceptance of the terms. This amendment outlines the change in Vault functionality that will exist until we complete the roll out of full compatibility. You will still have eDiscovery and legal-hold capabilities for your on-the-record/history-on chats, but the retention-purge function will not be available. To agree to the amendment, please log into the Admin console, go to Apps, click on Talk/Hangouts, go to Advanced Settings, and click “Enable Hangouts”.

How to opt in

If you’d like to opt in after reviewing all the considerations above, follow two steps so that your users can get started with Hangouts:

1. opt in in the Admin console and    2. inform your users.

To opt in to the new Hangouts for everyone or for users in specific organizational units, do the following:

  1. Sign in to the Admin console.
  2. Find the Talk settings:
    • In the classic Admin console, click Settings > Talk.
    • In the new Admin console, click Google Apps > Talk/Hangouts > Advanced settings.
      (Which Admin console do I have?)
  3. In the Organizations section near the top of the page, select your domain or the organizational unit for which you want to configure settings.
  4. In the Google+ Hangouts section, select Enable the new Hangouts for this organizational unit.
  5. If you have Google Apps Vault, a dialog containing the Vault-Hangouts amendment appears. Read the amendment. Click I Accept if you accept the terms.
  6. In another dialog, read all the conditions and issues related to enabling the new Hangouts. If you’d like to continue, check the I have read and acknowledged the above box. Then click Continue to enable.

How to opt out after opting in

If you change your mind and want to back out of the new Hangouts for now, do the following:

  1. Sign in to the Admin console.
  2. Find the Talk settings:
    • In the classic Admin console, click Settings > Talk.
    • In the new Admin console, click Google Apps > Settings for Talk > Advanced settings.
      (Which Admin console do I have?)
  3. In the Organizations section near the top of the page, select your domain or the organizational unit for which you want to opt out of the new Hangouts.
  4. In the Google+ Hangouts section, select Do not enable the new Hangouts and keep my existing settings.


For more information:


Essential Tips For Securing BYOD And Mobile Access For Your Business

Giving your workforce anytime, anywhere access to corporate systems & data can help everyone to do a better job… but there are security risks.

Roll out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative and you will see additional business benefits… along with additional security issues. So it pays to be prepared.

Mobile Security & BYOD For Dummies brought to you by Kaspersky Lab – brings you tips on strategy, policies and legal considerations – plus guidance on vital security technologies that can protect your business… and its reputation.


Get this guide and discover how to:

  • Deliver and manage a secure BYOD programme
  • Prevent costly legal and regulatory issues
  • Select technologies that protect your business

For mobile access programmes – and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives – there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Mobile Security & BYOD For Dummies – brought to you by Kaspersky Lab – provides valuable tips to help your business consider its own unique requirements… and decide on the mobile security strategy that’s right for your business and its workforce.

In six concise chapters, this information-packed guide talks you through the benefits and the issues:

  1. Why mobile and BYOD?
  2. Malware, loss and other risks – now and in the future
  3. Knowing the legalities – so your business stays on the right side of the law
  4. Finely tuning your BYOD strategy, policy and guidelines
  5. Selecting security software – the ‘must have’ features
  6. Ten questions to help you refine your mobile strategy

Steps to Clear browsing history

Google Chrome

Steps to Clear your entire browsing history
  1. Click the Chrome Menu Chrome Menu on the browser Toolbar.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the “Clear browsing history” checkbox.
  5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data you want to delete. Select beginning of time to clear your entire browsing history.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.

Internet Explorer

To delete your browsing history
  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, Point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history. If you don’t want to delete the cookies and files associated with websites in your favorites list, select the Preserve Favorites website data check box.
  3. Select the check box next to each category of information you want to delete.
  4. Click Delete.
steps to clear cache
  1. Click Tools from the Internet Explorer menubar
  2. Click Internet Options
  3. Click the General tab
  4. Click the Delete Files button in the Temporary Internet files section
  5. If you still have a problem, repeat the steps above and restart the computer.


Clear the cache
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Firefox button and then choose Options.
    • Note: If you’re using the menu bar, choose Tools and then Options instead.
  3. With the Options window now open, click the Privacy tab.
  4. In the History area, click the clear your recent history link.
    • Tip: If you don’t see that link, change the Firefox will: option to Remember history. You can change it back to your custom setting when you’re done.
  5. In the Clear Recent History window that appears, set the Time range to clear: to Everything.
  6. In the list at the bottom of the window, uncheck everything except for Cache.
    • Note: If you wish to clear other kinds of stored data, feel free to check the appropriate boxes. They will be cleared with the cache in the next step.
  7. Click on the Clear Now button.
  8. When the Clear Recent History window disappears, all of the files saved (cached) from your Internet browsing activities in Firefox will have been removed.


steps to clear cache
  1. Click Edit from the Opera Menu bar
  2. Click Preferences from the File menu
  3. Click the History and Cache menu
  4. Click Cache
  5. Click ok to close the Preferences menu
  6. Please refer to the Opera support page on Web caching for more detailed information
  1. From the Opera Menu, select Settings, and then Delete Private Data… .
  2. In the dialog box that opens, select the items you want to clear, and then click Delete


  1. From the Safari Menu, select Reset Safari… .
  2. From the menu, select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset. As of Safari 5.1, Remove all website data covers both cookies and cache.
  1. Open your Safari 4 Web browser.
  2. Click on Edit in your Safari Menu, located at the top of your browser window.
  3. A drop-down   will now appear. Choose the option labeled Reset Safari….
  4. A warning dialog will now appear detailing the items that will be removed. By default, all items within this window are checked with the exception of Reset Top Sites and Remove all webpage preview images.
  5. Ensure that only the items that you wish to reset are checked.
  6. Click the button on the dialog labeled Reset to complete the process.
  7. Your Safari browser will now restart automatically.

Share Docs, Slides and Drawings with people who do not have a Google Account

We are making it easier to share Docs, Slides and Drawings with people who don’t have a Google Account. As a result of this change, files shared outside your domain to an email address not linked to an existing Google Account can be viewed without having to sign in or create a new Google Account. If a file is shared with edit or comment permissions, the recieving user must still sign in with a Google Account in order to edit or comment on that file.

When a user directly shares with individuals who do not have Google Accounts, those recipients will be able to view the file without signing in. Because no sign in is required, anyone may view the file with this sharing link until the person who the file was explicitly shared with creates a Google Account and expends the invitation. Once the person creates a Google Account two things happen: (1) the sharing link will no longer work for new users to access the file and the sharing dialog will indicate that the invitation has been used; (2) any user who accessed the file using the sharing link while it was open and signed in using their Google Account will be added to the sharing access list for that file and will continue to have access. Users with permissions to change sharing settings can revoke this access if desired.

Google Apps admins can prevent this behavior by disabling sharing outside the domain to people who are not using a Google Account via a setting in the Admin console.

Editions included:

Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government

Release track:

Rapid release
This change is rolling out slowly to Rapid Release users starting today, once this rollout is complete, we will begin a slow rollout to Scheduled Release domains

Licensing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

New Update Information Of Google Apps

Monitor user logins, storage consumption and apps usage with the Admin SDK

We have added a few new features to the Admin SDK Reports API to let you more easily visualize Google Apps’ usage and security in your domain. These new features include:

Security Reports

Login audit: View all web browser based logins with IP information for all users in your domain. You can use this data to monitor all successful, failed, and suspicious logins in your domain.

Authorized applications: View a list of third-party applications that users in your domain have shared data with. Gain visibility into how many users are accessing each application. Revoke access to specific apps using the security tab on Admin console.

Usage Reports

Storage quota: View user-level quota usage. This is available both as total usage and split by Gmail, Drive and Google+ photos for every user in the domain. Monitor which users are nearing their quota limits and acquire more storage if necessary.

Google+ usage: View 1-day, 7-day and 30-day active Google+ usage in your domain. See the number of Hangouts attended by users in your domain.

Editions included 

Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government

Steps to create virtual directories and to create database

Just follow this steps to create virtual directories and to create database

To create virtual directories

  1. Go to plesk panel (login with your username and password)
  2. Click on Websites and Domains
  3. Click on show advanced operations
  4. Click on Virtual directories
  5. Click on Create Virtual directory

To create database

  1. Go to plesk panel (login with your username and password)
  2. Click on Websites and Domains
  3. Click on database
  4. Click on Create database
  5. Select the appropriate database you need (MS SQL / MY SQL)
  6. Create a User for the database.

To restore the database

  1. Go to plesk panel (login with your username and password)
  2. Click on Websites and Domains
  3. Click on backup manager
  4. Click on Database Backup Repository
  5. Click on Upload Backup File
  6. select the database name you have created in the above step
  7. select the option ‘Restore database backup immediately upon uploading’
  8. Upload the backup file

Visual Studio Capabilities Comparison

Visual Studio editions are tailored to specific team needs and sizes, as well as the roles of individual team members. Find the one that’s right for you.

Video Ultimate with MSDN Premium with MSDN Test Professional with MSDN Professional with MSDN Professional
Work in the same IDE to create solutions for the web, desktop, cloud, server, and phone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Examine and refine your code with extensive tools for app debugging and profiling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Verify code quality with unit testing and an extensible testing framework Yes Yes Yes Yes
Get access to Microsoft platforms and tools past and present, with new releases added all the time Yes Yes Yes Yes
Get Team Foundation Server and a Team Foundation Server CAL for production use Yes Yes Yes Yes
Take your apps to the cloud, Windows Store, and Windows Phone Marketplace with included services as subscription benefits Yes Yes Yes Yes
Provision and manage virtual lab environments for testing with consistent configurations Yes Yes Yes
Coordinate your team with agile project management tools   Yes Yes Yes
Organize and define your test plans with test case management and exploratory testing Yes Yes Yes
Improve code quality with a peer code review workflow within Visual Studio   Yes Yes
Improve developer productivity when multitasking with task suspend and resume Yes Yes
Automate user interface tests to validate application UI   Yes Yes
Find and manage duplicate code in your code base to improve your architecture Yes Yes
Determine how much code is being tested with code coverage analysis Yes Yes
Reliably capture and reproduce bugs found during manual and exploratory testing to eliminate “no repro” bugs Yes
Understand the dependencies and relationships in your code through visualization Yes
Visualize the impact of a change, or a potential change in your code Yes
Collect and analyze runtime diagnostic data from production systems Yes
Perform unlimited web performance and load testing Yes
Design architectural layer diagrams to then validate code implements the architecture Yes

Feature comparisons

Looking for specific features, like build automation or test case management? Check to see which Visual Studio editions have them.

Categories and features
Expand AllCollapse All
Feature Video Ultimate with MSDN Premium with MSDN Test Professional with MSDN Professional with MSDN Professional
Debugging and Diagnostics 4/4 3/4 0/4 2/4 2/4
IntelliTrace (Historical Debugging) Yes
IntelliTrace in Production Yes
Code Metrics Yes Yes
Graphics Debugging Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Web Debugging (Page Inspector) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Static Code Analysis Yes Yes Yes Yes
Debugger Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8 Simulator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Profiling Yes1 Yes1 Yes Yes
Windows Phone Emulator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Testing Tools 4/4 3/4 2/4 1/4 1/4
Web Performance Testing Yes
Load Testing Yes
Microsoft Fakes (Unit Test Isolation) Yes
Code Coverage Yes Yes
Coded UI Testing Yes Yes
Manual Testing Yes Yes Yes
Exploratory Testing Yes Yes Yes
Test Case Management Yes Yes Yes
Fast Forward for Manual Testing Yes Yes Yes
Lab Management Yes Yes Yes
Extensible Testing Framework Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unit Testing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Integrated Development Environment 4/4 4/4 0/4 3/4 3/4
Code Clone Yes Yes
Refactoring Yes Yes Yes Yes
LightSwitch Yes Yes Yes Yes
One-Click Web Deployment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Extensible WPF-Based Environment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Model Resource Viewer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Targeting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blend for Visual Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes
JavaScript and jQuery Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Project & Solution Compatibility with Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Monitor Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Development Platform Support 4/4 4/4 0/4 4/4 4/4
Windows Desktop Development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Store Application (including ARM) Development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Phone Development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Office and SharePoint Development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cloud Development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customizable Development Experience Yes Yes Yes Yes
Architecture and Modeling 4/4 2/4 0/4 1/4 1/4
Architecture Explorer Yes
Architecture and Layer Diagrams Yes
Architecture Validation Yes Yes
UML® 2.0 Compliant Diagrams (Activity, Use Case, Sequence, Class, and Component) Yes Yes2
Visualize Code with Dependency Graphs (By Assembly, By Namespace, and By Class) Yes Yes2 Yes2 Yes2
Code Maps Yes Yes2 Yes2
Lab Management 4/4 4/4 4/4 0/4 0/4
Virtual Environment Setup & Tear Down Yes Yes Yes
Provision Environment from Template Yes Yes Yes
Checkpoint Environment Yes Yes Yes
Team Foundation Server 4/4 4/4 4/4 3/4 3/4
Backlog Management Yes Yes Yes
Sprint Planning Yes Yes Yes
Agile Task boards Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Exception Analytics (PreEmptive Analytics for TFS CE) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
SharePoint Integration (Team Project Portal) 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Reporting & BI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Project & Project Server integration 5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
System Center Integration6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Version Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Work Item Tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Build Automation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Kanban Board Yes Yes Yes
Collaboration 4/4 4/4 3/4 2/4 2/4
PowerPoint Storyboarding Yes Yes Yes
Request and Manage Feedback 7 Yes Yes Yes
Code Review Yes Yes
Task Suspend/Resume Yes Yes
Team Explorer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Team Explorer Everywhere for TFS (3rd-Party Development Tools Support) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
Software and Services for Production Use 4/4 3/4 2/4 2/4 1/4
Visual Studio Updates 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Team Foundation Server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Team Foundation Server CAL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Team Foundation Service10 Yes Yes Yes
Office Professional Plus Yes Yes
Windows Azure9 Yes Yes Yes
Software for Development and Testing 4/4 4/4 1/4 1/4 0/4
Windows, Windows Server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft SQL Server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Office Yes Yes
Microsoft Dynamics Yes Yes
All other Microsoft servers (SharePoint, Exchange, etc.) Yes Yes
Other Benefits 4/4 4/4 2/4 2/4 0/4
Technical Support Incidents 4 4 2 2
Microsoft E-Learning Collections (per year) 2 2 1 1
  1. Includes Tier Interaction Profiling
  2. Read-Only Diagrams
  3. Requires full Team Foundation Server and TFS CAL (purchased separately)
  4. Microsoft SharePoint Server licensed separately
  5. Microsoft Project and Project Server licensed separately
  6. Microsoft System Center licensed separately
  7. End users can use the free Feedback Client to submit feedback to TFS, and access MSDN software to review the app and provide feedback.
  8. MSDN Subscription not required. Updates vary by edition.
  9. Windows Azure benefits vary by offering
  10. Paid MSDN subscriptions will have access at no additional charge when paid plans become available



Volume Activation-KMS & MAK

What is Volume Activation?

Volume Activation is a product activation technology that was first introduced with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It is designed to allow Volume License customers to automate the activation process in a way that is transparent to end users.

Volume Activation applies only to systems that are covered under a Volume Licensing program and is used strictly as a tool for activation. It is not tied to license invoicing or billing.

Volume Activation provides two different models for completing volume activations. Either or both key types may be used by customers to activate systems in their organization:

  • Key Management Service (KMS)
    KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network.
  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
    MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services.


What is the Key Management Service (KMS)?

The Key Management Service (KMS) is an activation service that allows organizations to activate systems within their own network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. It does not require a dedicated system and can be easily co-hosted on a system that provides other services.

KMS requires a minimum number of either physical or virtual computers in a network environment. These minimums, called activation thresholds, are set so that they are easily met by Enterprise customers.

  • Activation Thresholds for Windows – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers to activate servers running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and at least twenty-five (25) computers to activate client systems running Windows Vista or Windows 7.
  • Activation Thresholds for Office – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers running Office 2010, Project 2010, or Visio 2010 to activate installed Office products using KMS. For more information about Volume Activation of Office products (that is, Office 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010), see the Volume Activation Quick Start Guide for Office 2010, and Volume Activation Overview for Office 2010.


What is a KMS Host Key?

A KMS Host Key is used to activate the KMS host computer with a Microsoft activation server and can activate up to six (6) KMS hosts with 10 activations per host. Each KMS host can activate an unlimited number of computers.

Note : Contact the Microsoft Activation Center if you require additional KMS activations for activating more than six (6) KMS hosts.


What is a Multiple Activation Key (MAK)?

A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services (that is, it requires connection with a Microsoft activation server). Once computers are activated, no further communication with Microsoft is required.

Important : Each MAK has a predetermined number of allowed activations, based on your Volume Licensing agreement. Contact the Microsoft Activation Center to increase your MAK activation limit.

You can activate licenses in one of two ways using MAK:

  • MAK Independent Activation – Each computer individually connects to Microsoft via the web or telephone to complete activation.
  • MAK Proxy Activation – One centralized activation request is made on behalf of multiple computers with a single connection to Microsoft online or by telephone. This method uses the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which is a part of the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). VAMT enables IT Professionals to automate and centrally manage the Volume Activation process using MAK, and includes a check on the number of activations on the MAK.