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Tips & Tricks for Configuring Laptop / Tablet for Presentation

During a recent Azure Trainings sessions, many of us ran into couple of issues while doing presentations. This article is about what we ran into and how we solved them.

  • Resolution of projector / monitor do not match the preferred resolution of laptop: Typically I work with 1920×1080 resolution or higher. However the maximum resolution supported by the projector was less than this. Before the sessions, changed resolution of my laptop to match the projector resolution, so that all screens get refreshed (including terminal server client) to the right resolution.
  • Duplicating the monitor gave issues: It is a very good feature to extend the monitor so that we can see speaker notes in our laptop, while projecting the slide show to attendees. However, this gave issues when we had to switch back to demo etc. I decided to turn off the extend feature and stick to duplicate monitor. Also, set properties in PPTX as following. Note that this may not be recommended, use only if you really need to do this.

  • Automatic rotation of the laptop screen: I have a Windows 8.1 laptop with touch screen. It automatically goes for screen rotation (just like how Surface would do), when I tilt the laptop and sometime it doesn’t rotate back. I ran into this issue, just when I placed my laptop on the dais before the session. Had to do the following to recover from this:
    • Disable auto-rotation of screen: Open Screen Resolution window, uncheck Allow the screen to auto-rotate and click OK.

    • Rotate explicitly to get back to the required position: Right click on desktop and choose Graphics Options > Rotation > Rotate to x Degrees.

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    If you have any feedback or other tips, please write it as a comments to this post. Thanks.

Cloud OS Network – Azure & SQL Training for Service Providers & System Integrators

Last two weeks, I have travelled to Sydney, Australia & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to provide training to service providers and system integrators in the area, to deliver in-depth hands on training to help them with architecting, designing and implementing SQL cloud solutions in a private and hybrid cloud environment. Training covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to SQL 2014 features & capabilities
  • Contained databases for multi-tenant database offerings
  • Resource Governor for controlling CPU, Memory and Disk IO in a multi-tenant environment
  • Advanced Backup & Restore with SQL 2014 (on-premise and cloud)
  • Introduction to High Availability & Disaster Recovery
  • SQL High Availability with Failover Cluster Instance
  • SQL High Availability with AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Disaster Recovery with Azure as the DR environment
  • Establishing hybrid connectivity (VPN) to Azure
  • SQL Always On Availability Groups DR setup with Azure
  • Enabling SQL service offerings to customers using Windows Azure Pack
  • Dev/Test environment setup on Azure
  • System Center Operations Manager

Feel free to reach out to me, if you have any follow up questions or need some help. J

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