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QUESTION 1
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows 2000 Server. The CertKingdom.com network contains a SQL Server 2000 database
server named CERTKINGDOM-DB01 that runs on Windows 2000 Server. CERTKINGDOM-DB01
contains a database named CKD_Sales.
CertKingdom.com intends migrating CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL Server 2005 in the near future. To
prepare for the migration, you decide to install SQL Server 2005 Express on a server named
CERTKINGDOM-SR31. You verify that CERTKINGDOM-SR31 exceeds the minimum recommended
hardware requirements for SQL Server 2005.
What should you do next?

A. Upgrade CERTKINGDOM-SR31 to Windows Sever 2003 and install Service Pack 1.
B. Install and run the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor on CERTKINGDOM-SR31.
C. Install SQL Server 2000 on CERTKINGDOM-SR31.
D. Download and install the .NET Framework 2.0.

Answer: D

Explanation:
SQL Server 2005 requires the.NET Framework 2.0. This is automatically installed when SQL
Server 2005 is installed but is not automatically installed when SQL Server 2005 Express is installed.

Incorrect Answers:
A: You do not need to upgrade CERTKINGDOM-SR31 to Windows Sever 2003 Service Pack 1 as
SQL Server 2005 Express can be installed on Windows 2000 Server. You will need to install
Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000 Server though.
B: You should run the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor when you want to upgrade an instance of a
SQL Server 2000 database to SQL Server 2005.
C: You do not need to install SQL Server 2000 before installing SQL Server 2005 Express.

Reference: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: installing SQL Server
Express, before installing


QUESTION 2
You work as a database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of a
single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows Server 2003 with the latest Service Packs and Hotfixes, while the client computers
run Windows XP Professional, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Novell NetWare 6.5.
You install SQL Server 2005 on a member server named CERTKINGDOM-SR21. CERTKINGDOMSR21
will host a database named CKD_Sales. All CertKingdom.com users must be able to connect to
CERTKINGDOM-SR21 by computer name. A CertKingdom.com network administrator named Rory Allen
must ensure that the client computers will be able to connect to CERTKINGDOM-SR21.
Which protocols can CertKingdom.com users use to CERTKINGDOM-SR21?

A. TCP/IP and Named Pipes
B. TCP/IP and IPX/SPX
C. Virtual Interface Adapter (VIA)
D. Shared Memory

Answer: A

Explanation:
By default, clients have TCP and Named Pipes as available protocols. You can manipulate the
protocol ordering by using the SQL Server Client utility. The client application uses the protocols
in the order specified on the client computer. If you are using SQL Server 2005, the protocol order
is stored in the ProtocolOrder registry entry under the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Client\SNI9.0
Incorrect Answers:
B: SQL Server 2005 does not support IPX/SPX. The newer versions of NetWare, such as
NetWare 6.5, support TCP/IP which makes it the common protocol for all clients.
C: The Virtual Interface Adapter (VIA) can be used only by VIA hardware.
D: Shared Memory can only be used on the local computer and cannot be used as a network protocol.

Reference:Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: client connections
[SQL Server], about client network connections, choosing a network protocol


QUESTION 3
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows 2000 Server. The CertKingdom.com network contains a SQL Server 2000 database
server named CERTKINGDOM-DB01 that runs on Windows 2000 Server. CERTKINGDOM-DB01
contains a database named CKD_Sales.
CertKingdom.com intends migrating CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL Server 2005 in the near future. To
prepare for the migration, you decide to install SQL Server 2005 Express on a server named
CERTKINGDOM-SR23. CERTKINGDOM-SR31 was used for previously used by application developer
and contains Microsoft Visual Studio 2003, .NET Framework 1.2 and Internet Explorer 5.5. You
verify that CERTKINGDOM-SR23 exceeds the minimum recommended hardware requirements for
SQL Server 2005.
What should you do next? (Each correct answer provides part of the solution. Choose THREE.)

A. Upgrade CERTKINGDOM-SR23 to Windows Sever 2003 and install Service Pack 1 for Windows Sever 2003.
B. Install Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000 Sever on CERTKINGDOM-SR23.
C. Upgrade the .NET Framework 1.2 to .NET Framework 2.0 on CERTKINGDOM-SR23.
D. Uninstall the .NET Framework 1.2 and install the .NET Framework 2.0 on CERTKINGDOM-SR23.
E. Upgrade Internet Explorer 5.5 to Internet Explorer 6.0 and install Service Pack 1 for Internet
Explorer 6.0 on CERTKINGDOM-SR23.
F. Upgrade Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and install Service Pack
1 for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 on CERTKINGDOM-SR23.

Answer: B,D,E

Explanation:
SQL Server 2005 requires Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000 Sever, Internet Explorer 6.0 with
Service Pack 1 and the .NET Framework 2.0. The .NET Framework 2.0 is automatically installed
with other versions of SQL Server 2005 but is not automatically installed with SQL Server 2005
Express. You can upgrade .NET Framework 1.0 and upgrade .NET Framework 1.1 to .NET
Framework 2.0 but .NET Framework 1.2 must be uninstalled first.
Incorrect Answers:
A: You do not need to upgrade CERTKINGDOM-SR31 to Windows Sever 2003 Service Pack 1 as
SQL Server 2005 Express can be installed on a Windows 2000 Server once you install Service
Pack 4 for Windows 2000 Server.
C: You can upgrade .NET Framework 1.0 and upgrade .NET Framework 1.1 to .NET Framework
2.0 but .NET Framework 1.2 must be uninstalled first.
F: SQL Server 2005 Express does not require any version of Microsoft Visual Studio.
Reference:Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: installing SQL Server
Express, before installing


QUESTION 4
You work as a database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of a
single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com.
You have received instruction from the CIO to prepare a new installation of SQL Server 2005. The
new SQL Server 2005 database server is named CERTKINGDOM-DB01. A CertKingdom.com user
named Mia Hamm is a member of the Marketing department. You instruct her to identify the
protocols that the client computers might use to connect to the server. Mia Hamm needs to identify
the protocols that are needed to accomplish this goal.
What should she identify? (Choose all that apply)

A. She should use the Multiprotocol.
B. Mia Hamm should use the Named Pipes.
C. She should use the Shared Memory.
D. She should use the TCP/IP
E. Mia Hamm should use the Virtual Interface Adapter (VIA).

Answer: B,D

Explanation:
The clients have by default TCP and Named Pipes as available protocols. You can make use of
the SQL Server Client utility to manipulate the protocol ordering. The client application uses the
protocols in the order specified on the client computer. When you make use of the SQL Server
2005, the protocol order is stored in the ProtocolOrder registry entry under the following registry
subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Client\SNI9.0
Incorrect Answers:
C: Shared Memory can only be used on the local computer and cannot be used as a network
protocol.
E: The Virtual Interface Adapter (VIA) can be used only by VIA hardware.Reference:Microsoft SQL
Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: client connections [SQL Server], about client network
connections, choosing a network protocol


QUESTION 5
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows 2000 Server. The CertKingdom.com network contains a SQL Server 2000 database
server named CERTKINGDOM-DB01 that runs on Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4.
CERTKINGDOM-DB01 contains a database named CKD_Trading.
CertKingdom.com wants to migrate CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL Server 2005 but wants to retain the
CKD_Trading database with the same instance name. You decide to perform an in-place upgrade to
SQL Server 2005. You verify that CERTKINGDOM-DB01 exceeds the minimum recommended
hardware requirements for SQL Server 2005.
What should you do next?

A. Upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to Windows Sever 2003 Service Pack 1.
B. Run the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor on CERTKINGDOM-DB01.
C. Detach the CKD_Trading database on CERTKINGDOM-DB01.
D. Run the SQL Server 2005 Setup utility.

Answer: B

Explanation:
Before you perform an in-place upgrade of an existing database, you should run the SQL Server
Upgrade Advisor. The SQL Server Upgrade Advisor produces a list of items that must be
addressed before and after performing the upgrade. This list of items is specific to the existing
installation.
Incorrect Answers:
A: You do not need to upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to Windows Sever 2003 Service Pack 1 as
SQL Server 2005 can be installed on Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4.
C: You need to detach a database when you need to move the database to another database
instance or another database server. You do not need to detach the database before performing
an in-place upgrade.
D: You should run the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor before you run the SQL Server 2005 Setup
utility. The SQL Server Upgrade Advisor produces a list of items that must be addressed before
and after performing the upgrade. This list of items is specific to the existing
installation.Reference:Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: updating
databases, detaching and attaching databases


QUESTION 6
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows 2000 Server. The CertKingdom.com network contains a SQL Server 7.0 database server
named CERTKINGDOM-DB01 that runs on Windows 2000 Server. Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000
Server id installed on CERTKINGDOM-DB01.
CertKingdom.com wants to migrate CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL Server 2005. You decide to perform
an in-place upgrade to SQL Server 2005. You verify that CERTKINGDOM-DB01 exceeds the
recommended hardware requirements for SQL Server 2005.
What should you do next?

A. Upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to Windows Sever 2003.
B. Install Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 7.0 on CERTKINGDOM-DB01.
C. Upgrade SQL Server 7.0 on CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL Server 2000.
D. Run the SQL Server 2005 Setup utility on CERTKINGDOM-DB01 and upgrade directly to SQL
Server 2005.

Answer: B

Explanation:
You can upgrade from SQL Server 7.0 with Service Pack 4 directly to SQL Server 2005. Thus you
need only install Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 7.0.
Incorrect Answers:
A: You do not need to upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to Windows Sever 2003 as SQL Server 2005
can be installed on Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4.
C: You do not need to upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL Server 200 as SQL Server 7.0 with
Service Pack 4 can be upgraded directly to SQL Server 2005. Besides, you will need to install
Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2000 before you can upgrade it to SQL Server 2005.
D: You need to install Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 7.0 before you can upgrade it directly to SQL
Server 2005.Reference:Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: upgrading SQL
Server, upgrading to SQL Server 2005


QUESTION 7
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows Server 2003 and all client computers run Windows XP Professional. The
CertKingdom.com network contains two SQL Server 2000 database servers named CERTKINGDOMDB01
and CERTKINGDOM-DB02 that are configured for log shipping. CERTKINGDOM-DB01 is the
primary server and hosts a database named CKD_Trading. Both CERTKINGDOM-DB01 and
CERTKINGDOM-DB02 have Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2000 installed.
CertKingdom.com wants to upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 and CERTKINGDOM-DB02 to SQL Server
2005 Enterprise Edition but the CKD_Trading database must remain available during the upgrade
process. You verify that both CERTKINGDOM-DB01 and CERTKINGDOM-DB02 exceed the
recommended hardware requirements for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. You then install
Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 on CERTKINGDOM-DB01 and CERTKINGDOM-DB02.
What should you do next?

A. Install Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2000 on both database servers.
B. Enable failover in the SQL Server 2000 log shipping configuration and upgrade CERTKINGDOMDB02
to SQL Server 2005.
C. Run the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard on CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to upgrade it to SQL
Server 2005.
D. Upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB02 to SQL Server 2005 and then upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to
SQL Server 2005.

Answer: B

Explanation:
SQL Server 2005 does not support the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard which was integral to
log shipping in SQL Server 2000. Hence, log shipping stops functioning when you upgrade a SQL
Server 2000 log shipping configuration directly to SQL Server 2005. To upgrade log shipping to
SQL Server 2005, you must migrate the database servers to SQL Server 2005. If you want the
database to remain available during the migration process, you must migrate with failover. To
migrate with failover you must enable failover and upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB02. Then you need
to failover to CERTKINGDOM-DB02 and upgrade CERTKINGDOM-DB01. Then configure log shipping
with the CERTKINGDOM-DB02 becoming the primary server and CERTKINGDOM-DB01 becoming the
secondary server.
Incorrect Answers:
A: You do not need to install Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2000 on the database servers as SQL
Server 2000 with Service Pack 3 can be upgraded to SQL Server 2005. However, SQL Server
2005 does not support the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard which was integral to log shipping
in SQL Server 2000. Hence, log shipping stops functioning when you upgrade a SQL Server 2000
log shipping configuration directly to SQL Server 2005.
C: SQL Server 2005 does not support the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard which was integral
to log shipping in SQL Server 2000. Hence, log shipping stops functioning when you upgrade a
SQL Server 2000 log shipping configuration directly to SQL Server 2005.
D: Removing log shipping from CERTKINGDOM-DB02 and upgrading CERTKINGDOM-DB01 to SQL
Server 2005 will not ensure that the CKD_Trading database remains available. Reference:Microsoft
SQL Server 2005 Books Online (2006), Index: log shipping [SQL Server], upgrading


QUESTION 8
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run Windows Server 2003. The CertKingdom.com network contains a Domain Controller named
CERTKINGDOM-DC01 and a member server named CERTKINGDOM-SR21.
CertKingdom.com wants to implement a SQL Server 2005 database that will store sales data. All
CertKingdom.com users will require access to the Sales_DB database. You have been instructed to
install SQL Server 2005 on CERTKINGDOM-SR21 and to create a database named Sales_DB. You
need to ensure that CertKingdom.com users and applications can connect to the database instance by
using only the computer name.
What should you do during the installation of SQL Server 2005 on CERTKINGDOM-SR21?

A. Select the Named Instance and use MSSQLSERVER as the instance name.
B. Select the Named Instance and use CERTKINGDOM-DC01 as the instance name.
C. Select the Default Instance and accept the default instance name.
D. Select the Named Instance and use CERTKINGDOM-SR21 as the instance name.

Answer: C

Explanation:
To ensure that users and applications can connect to the instance using the computer name, you
should select the Default Instance and accept the default instance name, MSSQLSERVER.
Incorrect Answers:
A: You cannot use a Named Instance as users and applications will need to specify the server
name and the instance name when connection to the database.
B: You cannot use a Named Instance as users and applications will need to specify the server
name and the instance name when connection to the database.
D: You cannot use a Named Instance as users and applications will need to specify the server
name and the instance name when connection to the database.


QUESTION 9
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run on Windows Server2003 while the client computers run Windows XP Professional, Windows
98 Second Edition, and Novell NetWare 6.5. All computers are members of the CertKingdom.com
Active Directory domain. The CertKingdom.com network contains a SQL Server 2005 database server
named CERTKINGDOM-DB01 that hosts a database instance named MSSQLSERVR.
CertKingdom.com wants to implement another SQL Server 2005 instance for a database named
Sales_DB. Sales_DB will store sales data for the company. All CertKingdom.com users will require
access to the Sales_DB database. You have been instructed to create the SQL Server 2005
instance for the Sales_DB database. You need to ensure that all users will be able to connect to
the Sales_DB database. You cannot make configuration changes to the client computers. Your
solution must optimize network traffic.
What should you do?

A. Install the instance as a Named Instance and configure it to support Mixed Mode
Authentication. The enable TCP/IP for the instance.
B. Install the instance as a Default Instance and configure it to support Windows Authentication.
The enable TCP/IP for the instance.
C. Install the instance as a Named Instance and configure it to support SQL Authentication. The
enable IPX/SPX for the instance.
D. Install the instance as a Default Instance and configure it to support Windows Authentication.
The enable IPX/SPX for the instance.

Answer: A

Explanation:
The default instance is named MSSQLSERVER. This instance name is already in use; therefore
you should use a Named Instance. You should use Mixed Mode Authentication to support
NetWare users.
Incorrect Answers:
B: You cannot use the Default Instance as the default instance is named MSSQLSERVER and is
already in use. Furthermore, you need to use Mixed Mode Authentication as Windows
Authentication does not support NetWare users.
C: You can use SQL Authentication, but this will require that you create SQL Logins for all users
and groups. It would be easier to use Windows Authentication for clients that user Windows XP
Professional and Windows 98 SE, and create SQL Logins for the NetWare 6.5 users. Also, SQL
Server 2005 does not support IPX/SPX. The newer versions of NetWare, such as NetWare 6.5,
support TCP/IP which makes it the common protocol for all clients.
D: You cannot use the Default Instance as the default instance is named MSSQLSERVER and is
already in use. Furthermore, you need to use Mixed Mode Authentication as Windows
Authentication does not support NetWare users. Also, SQL Server 2005 does not support
IPX/SPX. The newer versions of NetWare, such as NetWare 6.5, support TCP/IP which makes it
the common protocol for all clients.


QUESTION 10
You work as the database administrator at CertKingdom.com. The CertKingdom.com network consists of
a single Active Directory domain named CertKingdom.com. All servers on the CertKingdom.com network
run on Windows Server2003 and all client computers run Windows XP Professional. The
CertKingdom.com network contains two SQL Server 2005 database servers that are configured in a
cluster with two nodes named NodeA and NodeB. NodeA hosts a default database instance
named MSSQLSERVR.
CertKingdom.com wants to implement another SQL Server 2005 instance for a database named
Sales_DB. Sales_DB will store sales data for the company. All CertKingdom.com users will require
access to the Sales_DB database. You have been instructed to create the SQL Server 2005
instance for the Sales_DB database on Node
A. You need to ensure that all users will be able to
connect to the Sales_DB database.
What should you do?

A. Run the SQL Server 2005 Setup utility on NodeA and select a Named Instance for the
Sales_DB database.
B. Run the SQL Server 2005 Setup utility on NodeA and select the Default Instance for the
Sales_DB database.
C. Move the existing instance from NodeA to NodeB. Run the SQL Server 2005 Setup utility on
Node
A. Select the Default Instance and accept the default instance name
D. Run the SQL Server 2005 Setup utility on NodeB and select a Named Instance for the
Sales_DB database.

Answer: A

Explanation:
The default instance is named MSSQLSERVER. This instance name is already in use on NodeA;
therefore you should use a Named Instance.
Incorrect Answers:
B: You cannot use the Default Instance as the default instance is named MSSQLSERVER and is
already in use.
C: You do not need to move the existing instance as you can install up to 50 instances on a SQL
Server 2005 database server.
D: You need to install the instance on NodeA not NodeB. You can install a new instance on
NodeA if you use a Named Instance.

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QUESTION 1
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. You have just the completed the
insertion of new content in the root site. However, later that day the users complained that the new
content is not added in the search results when they run searches on the root site. You need to
make sure that the relevant content is included in query results.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. The best option is to set the Complete Through constraint.
B. The best option is to reset the crawled content and start a full crawl.
C. The best option is to set the Resource Center view.
D. The best option is to edit the CSS style sheet to include the new content.

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. One of Certkingdom.com branch offices
consists of a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain. You have received instructions from
the CIO to extend SharePoint user profiles to include the userID property from the users’ domain accounts.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. The best option is to add a Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) server.
B. The best option is to create a custom Microsoft Management Console that can access the branch office.
C. The best option is to create a new user profile property that is configured with import mapping.
D. The best option is to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. The Certkingdom.com network contains a
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 server named ABC-SR44. ABC-SR44 hosts a SharePoint portal
that is accessed through a hyperlink on the users’ client computers.
The hyperlink points to http://www.Certkingdom.com/ms/certifications.
You want to migrate ABC-SR44 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. You need to
ensure that the SharePoint portal will be accessible after the migration.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. By running the stsadm command with the osearch operator.
B. By editing the hyperlink so it will point to the new URL of the migrated content.
C. By running the stsadm command with the enumsites operator.
D. By enabling the Shared Services Provider Synchronizing job.

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. Certkingdom.com contains a Microsoft
Content Management Server 2002 computer named ABC-SR11. You have received instructions
from the CIO to uABCrade ABC-SR11 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. The best option is to run the stsadm command with the addwppack operator.
B. The best option is to run the stsadm command with the installfeature operator.
C. The best option is to run the CMS Assessment utility on ABC-SR11.
D. The best option is to run the Optimize HTML command in SharePoint Designer.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. Certkingdom.com has a Development
department with a database server named ABC-DB02. ABC-DB02 hosts a database named CkdProducts.
Certkingdom.com has implemented a Web application in the SharePoint site that must access data in CkdProducts.
What actions should you take?

A. The best option is to obtain and install an application definition file from the Development department.
B. The best option is to enable the Save for Sharing option, then save CkdProducts in the Development department.
C. The best option is to save CkdProducts as a Microsoft Excel 2007 worksheet.
D. The best option is to create a custom group in the Site Settings page to the trusted file locations list.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 6
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. Certkingdom.com has a Web site named
testdocs that is hosted by an Internet service provider (ISP). Anonymous authentication is
configured on testdocs.
Certkingdom.com adds a Microsoft Excel 2007 spread sheet to testdocs. However, you have received
complaints from Certkingdom.com users that they get access denied errors when trying to use Excel
Services to access the spreadsheets.
What step should you perform to resolve this problem?

A. You should consider configuring a new Excel Services trusted file location.
B. You should consider selecting the Enable logging option.
C. You should consider configuring the Event Throttling feature.
D. You should consider editing the application.master file.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 7
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. Certkingdom.com has a Sales department
that stores documents in a SharePoint site. The site has a list view Web part named
ABCCustomers that is populated with the names of customers.
You have received instructions from the CIO to add another Web part that will allow the Sales department
members to filter the names displayed on the ABCCustomers Web part.
How would you accomplish this?

A. By adding a Text Filter Web part.
B. By adding a DropDown List on the Web part.
C. By replacing the ABCCustomers Web part with a GridView.
D. By using the view in the team builder.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 8
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. You have received instructions from
the CIO to create a new SharePoint site based on the Report Center template. The site must have
a new page with the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and the Key Performance Indicator (KPI)
Details Access Web parts.
What actions should you take?

A. The best option is to add a new dashboard page.
B. The best option is to add a pivot table on the Article page layout.
C. The best option is to add a State field on the News Home page layout.
D. The best option is to edit the default.master file on the Document Center template.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 9
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. The Certkingdom.com network has a
database server named ABC-DB30 that is running Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Certkingdom.com has
acquired a Marketing Data Catalog (MDC) application that will access a database hosted on ABCDB30.
To ensure productivity throughout the company you need to make sure that the information
exposed via the Marketing Data Catalog (MDC) application is available in the search results.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. By having the information displayed in the Resources Earned Value view.
B. By having Project selected from the View Type list in order to display the resource data.
C. By having the application.master file edited using an ASCII editor.
D. By having the default access account implemented for the Marketing Data Catalog (MDC)
application.

Answer: D

Explanation:


QUESTION 10
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at Certkingdom.com. You have received instructions from
the CIO to implement a new SharePoint site. The CIO wants the site to have a key performance
indicator (KPI) list, a data connections library and a reference library.
How would you accomplish this?

A. The best option is to add a new pivot chart.
B. The best option is to add a new dashboard page.
C. The best option is to add a new State field.
D. The best option is to add a new Project Center page.

Answer: B

Explanation:


 

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“The fact that we’re talking about the fragmentation of Android means that we are recognizing its success, given how quickly and how far it has spread. The bottom line is that fragmentation is certainly a challenge. But with so many different case uses, the fragmentation is necessary. It’s what the market kind of needs right now,” Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at The 451 Group, told LinuxInsider.

Two Peas in a Pod

Often the only difference among different versions of the Linux OS is the user experience (UX). That distinction cements the Android code as an offshoot of the Linux kernel.

“Android’s developers focus on UX, although the Linux kernel and middleware are shared with other forms [of Linux],” Jari Ala-Ruona, CEO of Movial, told LinuxInsider. His company develops device user interfaces.

Linux and Unix are often used interchangeably because of their direct lineage, according to Carl D. Howe, Research Director at The Yankee Group. Unix is a rigidly licensed OS developed by Bell Labs.

“All Linux runs the same kernel. Different distro makers tweak the performance and the interface. But it is all Linux underneath. Android is becoming much the same,” Howe told LinuxInsider.
A Growth Reality

Fragmentation of operating systems is an expected part of the developmental experience. Unix gave birth to Linux. Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) OS spurted from Unix. IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) competed with branches of the Disc Operating System (DOS) and eventually opposing Windows platforms. Linux is seeing the same behavior with individual enterprise and consumer distributions. And then came Android.

Linux history has shown its strongest benefit often comes from how easily it integrates with all types of hardware, according to Ala-Ruona. Linux has been used by Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Sun and IBM in the enterprise space and the mobile OS market as a result, he said.

“For the same reason nobody wants to develop a new operating system, but rather focus on the UX (user experience). The OS itself doesn’t add as much value as the UX,” Ala-Ruona said.
Multiple Android Paths

Android is already forking in several directions. For example, Google has been slow to release the newest Android code. That has forced a schism of sorts between makers of Android-based tablets and Android-powered smartphones. The result could be a proprietary, more updated, Android version locked down by Google separate from older public versions of Android.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire interface bears little resemblance to Android’s traditional look and feel. And yet another Android fork may soon appear.

“Intel and Samsung are developing an Android-like distro called ‘Tizen’ due for release next year. This is driven by developer’s needs to have a cleaner licensing path,” Howe said.

One of the reasons for all this fragmentation is the licensing. Product makers have to decide which ones requires royalties and which ones will avoid a potential infringement suit from Microsoft, he explained.

To deal with paying these fees to avoid what Howe called Microsoft’s extortion, consumers could soon see a new fragmentation with a new version of Android not made by Google.
Linux Breeds Fragmentation

“This has been a fragmented market for as long as Unix has existed. The same fragmentation going on now with Android is the best thing that has happened [to Linux]. The debut of Amazon Fire tablet shows that you no longer distinguish a product by saying it runs Android. Today, everybody runs Android. The difference now is what’s the secret sauce,” Howe said.

One key difference in the developmental path that separates pure Linux from Android is the way apps open and run. For example, Linux on the desktop uses X-Windows or other common windows managers. Android uses the Java apps with Google widgets, explained Howe.

Howe likens what others call the fragmentation of Linux and Android to baking a cake. Unix (Linux) is the cake. The recipe for the cake batter is fairly constant.

“All the difference is done to the icing and the decorative embellishments. Not all icings work together,” said Howe.
The Amazon Fork

Let’s extend Howe’s cake analogy one step further. Amazon is baking its Kindle Fire tablet with a left-over Android batter and serving it up with its own style of fork.

“Amazon is doing the same thing starting with Android that Apple did with Unix BSD as the core of the iOS. It appears Amazon’s strategy from now on is to make it a full fork,” Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst for the Enderle Group, told LinuxInsider.

In doing this, Amazon pulled initial code from Google. But from now on it will be a developmental platform for Amazon. That company will no longer look to Google for help and will use the apps already ported, he explained.

“Everything else you will have to get through the Amazon market,” said Enderle.
Is Older Better?

By opting to cobble an older version of Android into the innovative Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon took something old and made it new again. Starting with version 2.1 gave them a fully tested and proven platform.

“It was very stable and thus was easier to adapt to their needs. Honeycomb was just too uncooked. Licensing may also have been a part of the decision,” said Enderle.

The newer Honeycomb version of Android had too many problems in it that Amazon would have had to fix. It made better sense to do what they did, he noted Enderle.
A Big Concern

The fragmentation of Android already is an issue in terms of quality control and maintenance. The best products in Linux are the ones that people take and package and make their own, said Enderle

“This will be unique to Amazon. I would expect Amazon will protect this uniqueness in a number of ways. From the consumers’ perspective, I don’t think they really care about the different versions. From the perspective of those that follow Linux, it is another fragmentation that causes concerns,” he said.

This fragmentation weakens the whole. Enderle sees the fracture as going against the foundation that created the concept behind Linux.
Maybe Not

“It will be a proprietary product that exists in what is supposed to be a non-proprietary environment,” Enderle concluded.

But that might not be the full story. To truly fragment the OS, more competition may be needed. So far, that has not happened.

“If we were talking about a dozen different versions, then we would have a problem. The pain from fragmentation is felt by the developers and the suppliers and even some of the users. However, as we’ve seen with the Linux OS on the server, the existence of different versions serves to meet different use cases,” Lyman concluded


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Why Microsoft’s vision of the future will really happen

Two videos from Microsoft show the future of technology. Here’s why I think they’re dead-on

Computerworld – Microsoft released a video in 2008 and another one this week that together predict the sleek, wireless, connected gadgets we’ll all enjoy by the year 2019.

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In one scene, two businesspeople each place a smart object on a smart table — a keychain fob and a flat phone or smartcard of some kind. From these devices, out spills their data, which can be manipulated on the table. The same thing happens at home, where a girl’s homework spills out onto the kitchen table, and cookbook instructions spill out onto the kitchen counter.

Data and documents can apparently be transferred from anything to anything else. One business-related example involves a drag-and-drop gesture from a desktop to a mobile device. In another scene, that same mobile device becomes a virtual keyboard for a desktop computer the user happens to be sitting at.

Another example shows a man “capturing” with a kind of take-a-picture gesture using a clear-glass remote control then moving data from a wall-mounted device and dumping it out onto his e-newspaper.

Videoconferencing has been perfected. What looks like a glass window into another classroom is actually a live, big-screen video chat connecting schools in India and Australia. In one scene, two children interact with each other, each speaking a different language instantly translated with cartoon-like speech bubbles.

Intelligent agents pay attention to what’s going on. The kids fingerpaint a dog onscreen, and the computer recognizes the image and animates it accordingly.

One very cool and versatile device shown in the video is a smartphone, a card-like gadget so thin that a woman uses it as a book marker. The card functions as a boarding pass, an airport map, a calendar, an augmented reality window, a 3D holographic display and more.

The phone splits into two halves about the size of playing cards, with one “card” displaying live video and the other held up to the ear for videoconferencing on the go. It even projects some kind of laser beam arrow on the ground, telling Mr. Future Businessman where to go.

Everything is connected to everything. Intelligent agents make decisions about when to inform the user about relevant data.
Why these are great predictions

Everything in this video is being worked on, refined and developed. If you follow current trends for compute power, display technology, networking speeds, device miniaturization, flexible displays, touchscreens, gesture technologies and others, you get this Microsoft future.

And Microsoft itself is working on much of this. The intelligent displays are really just advanced versions of what’s possible now with a Microsoft Surface table. The in-air gestures are advanced versions of what Kinect for Xbox 360 users are already doing.

Industrywide, displays are getting bigger while devices are getting thinner and lighter. Companies have already developed versions of clear displays, augmented reality systems and all the rest.

The past four years have ushered in thin multitouch tablets supporting gestures and intelligent agent voice technology.

Although breathtaking to look at and consider, everything in Microsoft’s videos are fairly conservative predictions based on existing products or technology actively being developed.
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Microsoft: Android is standing ‘on the shoulder of companies like Microsoft’

Google is standing ‘on the shoulder of companies like Microsoft who made all these billions of dollars in investments‘ with its Android mobile OS, claims Horacio Gutiérrez, deputy general counsel in charge of Microsoft’s intellectual property group.

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Gutiérrez makes this claim in an interview with SFGate.

 

Speaking in relation to the huge amount of litigation currently going on between mobile device players, Gutiérrez said that ‘there is a period of unrest and a period of readjustment, until the claims on the ownership of different pieces of technology are well known’ and that licensing and cross-licensing is required to make these problems ‘disappear into the background.’

Gutiérrez also believes that ‘licensing is not some nefarious thing that people should be worried about’ but instead ‘the solution to the patent problem that people are reacting so negatively about.’

Gutiérrez goes on to defend the software patent system, claiming that ’many things that earlier were implemented in hardware …  are now implemented in software’ and that the ‘patent system has actually played a role in securing the leadership that the United States has in this field.’


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iOS 5: Excellent, Awesome and Somewhat Confusing

Apple claims there are something like 200 new feature in iOS 5, so it’ll probably be a long time before most users happen to find all or even most of them. The biggest standouts, though, include improvements to the Camera app, a new Notifications Center, and of course, iCloud. That last one is one of the biggest things to hit iOS for a while, and for now it’s still a little tricky to figure out.

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After learning that it would cost me US$449 to upgrade from my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4S, I pushed the pause button on those plans and decided to see how iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 shakes out first. After all, it’s not as if I don’t appreciate my iPhone 4. It’s a great phone, quite serviceable, and now, with iOS 5, it’s better than it was just a few days ago.

Where do I start? Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) boasts 200 new features in iOS 5, and for sure, I haven’t found or noticed more than a fraction of them. Sure, some of them, like Siri, the new intelligent assistant app that listens to voice commands and then implements them, belong only to the iPhone 4S and the wicked-fast hardware packed inside. Other features have to do with iCloud integration, which in fact seems to be mostly what iOS 5 is all about — providing users with easy access to files and communications services from the sky.

First, the New Camera App

Just because iPhone 4 owners can’t get the sweet new 8 megapixel, 1080p-HD-video-shooting camera like the one in the iPhone 4S doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t know how to spread the love: Now, finally, I can use the up or “+” volume button to snap a photo or start a video. Better yet, when my iPhone 4 is asleep, I can double-tap the home button, which will bring up a lock screen that offers a camera icon button that will launch the camera app. The big deal? I can go from iPhone-in-my-pants-pocket to snapping-a-photo faster than ever before. (That’s right, Bigfoot should be afraid, very afraid.)

Before iOS 5, after you snapped a photo, cropping it to make it ready to send to another phone or email it meant that you had to move it into a separate image-editing app. For most of my cropping needs, this little hoop-jump meant that I didn’t bother cropping at all. In addition, Apple offered up a magic editing wand to help automatically clean up some photos, along with a red eye correction feature. Since I rarely blind my portrait victims with the iPhone’s harsh LED flash, this is a rare need for me.
Next, Reminders

The one app I was really looking forward to was Reminders, a handy and clean little task manager app. It’s pretty lightweight compared to some of the robust and feature-rich task managing applications on the market, but where it compensates is the notifications features: You can quickly and easily set the iPhone to remind you about something — whatever you jotted down — on a particular day at a particular time, or when you leave or arrive at a particular place, or both: on a day at a time and if you leave or arrive at an address.

I set a real reminder with a fake notification, and as I was driving out of my neighborhood early in the morning, I heard a weird notification noise come from my iPhone. Sure enough, I had left the area, so it was reminding me to do what I wanted to do. What makes this cool? Say, for example, you want to buy a special item from a store at the mall, but you’re not going to make a special trip to your local mall just to get this item. You can create a reminder and set it to holler next time you drive by or arrive at the mall. Boom. No more forgetting esoteric little tasks — as long as you use Reminders, of course.
No More Android Envy, We Get a Notification Center Too

Some of the features that I most appreciate on other smartphones are the notification centers and the ability to consolidate the latest action on your phone into your home screen. Now, with Apple’s Notification Center feature, we get that sort of option, though it’s all based on alerts.

As new email, text messages, voicemail, stock tickers, weather reports, or notifications from your favorite compatible apps come in, you can see them at a glance on your iPhone lock screen. Swipe them and you can jump right into the application — for instance, right into a text message. If you’re working in an app and get some notifications, a bar will appear at the top. Swipe from it down, and boom, you’ll see all your notifications in a well-designed, swipeable layout. It’s gorgeous, actually. Get some notifications and you can enjoy it too.

Figuring out all the apps and the notifications can be a bit daunting, though, but at least Apple lets you decide how you want to let the apps (and which apps) notify you via notifications.

Another big new feature (of the 200) is iMessage, which is Apple’s new messaging service that lets you avoid your cellular service provider’s text messaging service in favor of using WiFi or iPhone Internet data access. If someone has an iPhone, iPad or iPod with iOS 5, you can send instant messages through Apple’s iMessage, which is built into the messages app.

This is a little confusing because it requires registering users with iMessage, and so far, I haven’t been able to put it to work much because no one I know and want to message with has their iGadgets on iOS 5 yet! When they do, I can “text” them with photos, videos, locations, contacts and funny sentences from my WiFi-only iPad 2 — or vice versa. I can see parents texting their young children on their iPod touches — or letting kids who aren’t yet old enough for cellphones to “text” each other through their Apple iGadgets.

Sure, it feels like cellular service companies are ripping us off by charging freakish prices for texts, but then again, I still think it’s magic when I’m driving across the country with desolate tumbleweeds blowing around … and I can still call my mom. So thank you cellular service providers. Meanwhile, I really like the ability to text any device no matter how it’s “connected” and not have to have everyone shell out for traditional texting plans.
Safari and iCloud

Another handy feature of iOS 5 is a much-improved Safari. On my iPad 2, I can now use tabbed browsing (but not on the iPhone), and on both I can save URLs to my Reading List (like on Mac OS X) for easy access later. I can also use the Reader feature to zoom into just the relevant text of an article online for easier, clutter-free reading. This last bit is awesome when you’re holding a small screen in your hand.

Last of all, the big new feature that I’m still learning is iCloud and the ability for me to avoid syncing through iTunes on my MacBook. There’s a lot here, and iCloud warrants plenty of special looks by writers and users alike.

For starters, it’s a synchronization service that keeps all your data synced up on each of your iOS devices — documents, photos, your @me.com email. Apple’s individual apps can use it, and third-party app developers will be able to also. It’s also an online storage locker, and apparently I’ll be able to access anything I’ve purchased through my iTunes account via iCloud. Nice. Haven’t really tried it yet, but I’m sure I will.

I’ll like this especially because it means I won’t have to plan out my media before I leave for a big trip. There’s also Photo Stream, which I’m not sure I’ll like or not. I take plenty of photos on my iPhone that I don’t really want to appear anywhere else. So I’ll have to see how that shakes out.

In the meantime, iOS 5 appears stable, looks cooler in subtle ways like green bubbles in Messages or new rocker switches, and offers up a lot of promise for more fun and better productivity.


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Skype iOS Bug Can Leak Your Contacts

Skype iOS Bug Can Leak Your ContactsA potentially nasty bug in Skype for iPhone and iPod Touch could lead to your contacts being compromised. Simple solution: Don’t open text messages in the chat window, and check for a really quick update.
Beware the Bug

Cross site-scripting vulnerabilities are one of the more popular attacks that hackers use, and work just as well on smartphones as they do on PCs. They usually trick the user into launching code that they think is from a legitimate site, but can be used in other ways.

The finder of this bug discovered that, while most sensitive files on an iPhone are protected by the system, the address book is not and can be accessed and uploaded by this bug. For it to work, you’ll have to befriend some stranger who will then want to chat to you.

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A fix is due out soon, which should beat out hackers who could start compromising Skype-using PCs and start launching chats with that user’s friends (adding an air of legitimacy to the attack) to see who bites.

Supereversec, the person who found the vulnerability, has documented the weakness on his blog and made a video demonstrating the potential attack. Skype said in response to being told of the problem, “We are working hard to fix this reported issue in our next planned release, which we hope to roll out imminently.”

So, keep an eye out in the App Store for that update, and say no to strangers.


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Celebrate a Decade of Windows XP by Moving to Windows 7

Shortly after the world entered the 21st century, we launched Windows XP. Now in just two weeks we’ll celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

A decade ago the majority of the PCs shipped were desktops and today they’re laptops. In fact, IDC has interesting stats that puts this into perspective. In 2001, about 80% of shipments worldwide were desktops compared to approximately 20% laptops. A 2011 forecast has shipments of desktops at roughly 40% desktop versus around 60% laptops worldwide.

As I think back 10 years, I had never watched a video or listened to music online and my camera still used film. Back then, we would have been pleasantly surprised to have internet access outside our office, and today we’re disappointed if wireless access isn’t free at our local coffee shop. Ten years ago, my son was still playing with toy cars and my daughter was still in diapers. Today he’s in high school and my daughter is in Jr. High, and they work and play on multiple PCs, MP3 players and smart phones. Usually all at the same time.

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As it turns out, my kids are a lot like the rest of the United States. According to Forrester, more than half of the 177 million US online adults — 105 million — have two or more different types of devices connected to the Net, and one-third have at least four different types online. Although a relatively small percent of the population, there are nearly 4.5 million people who use at least nine different devices to stay connected (see Welcome To The Multidevice, Multiconnection World, Forrester Research, Inc., January 25, 2011). And, 66% of information workers in North America and Europe work remotely (see Demystifying The Mobile Workforce, Forrester Research, Inc., June 7, 2011). Times have changed.

Ten years ago, Windows XP was a big step forward – working on the PC got easier, faster and more fun. Windows XP offered a new user interface that helped people more easily find what they needed. One of the most notable advances was it democratized digital photography. Windows XP made it easy to get images from digital cameras, manage and print pictures from your PC, with broad support for a range of cameras and photo printers. Wireless also became the given with built-in support; plug and play became the standard. It was a great OS for its time.

But, the way we work has changed over the last decade and people need modern PCs that can keep up with the significant changes in the way people do their work. I recently experienced this on a trip back from Dallas to Seattle. I had an urgent project I needed to work on and by using the in-flight WIFI, I was able to securely access a folder on my corporate network, work on my presentation, and collaborate with a colleague of mine who happened to be traveling in India at the time – all from 30,000 feet thanks to DirectAccess in Windows 7 Enterprise, and Lync. There’s no way I could have done this 10 years ago.

Fortunately with recent advances in technology, IT can enable these flexible workstyles and a good place to start is with Windows 7 Enterprise and Office 2010.

Standing still is falling behind

While more than 90 percent of you have said you’re committed to Windows 7 and Office 2010, many of you have many of your PCs still running Windows XP and Office 2003. Moving to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today enables you to embrace the way we work today versus the way we worked 10 years ago.

Furthermore, Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported after April, 2014 which leaves little time for you to upgrade your PC fleet when accounting for the time it takes to prepare for the migration and complete the deployment.

Gartner underscores this in their September 19, 2011 FirstTake titled “Don’t Change Your Windows 7 Plans Because of Windows 8” which states: “With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8.”  Gartner goes on to recommend: “Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8.”

The tools and resources to get you there

We have a wide variety of resources and tools that to make your migration smooth:

* The Springboard Series on TechNet includes a lot of great in-depth advice to help you with your deployments.
* Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is also very helpful to accelerate your deployments.
* The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) products that we launched in August. Includes Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) to simplify BitLocker Drive Encryption provisioning and provides compliance reporting that can help you quickly determine the status of the entire organization.

You might also want to consider Windows Intune for PC management and security via the cloud, plus upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise. This is a great solution for companies that have groups of lightly managed or non-managed PCs. Next week we’ll make the next release of Windows Intune available, which includes new features like software distribution.

So, now is the time to accelerate your Windows 7 Enterprise deployments and consider an Office 2010 deployment at the same time. Moving to Windows 7 and Office 2010 will make your employees more productive and secure today and will get you ready for the future.

Look for more from my team and me on this blog in the coming months on deployment guidance and tips for getting the most out of Windows.
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Nvidia Shows Tablet Running Quad-core Tegra Chip

Quad Core NvidiaNvidia has shown a prototype tablet computer running a quad core version of its Tegra processor and said products based on the new chip will go on sale starting in September.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Computex trade show in Taipei on Monday, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang also announced that Nvidia will have shipped 10 million of its existing dual-core Tegra 2 processors by the end of June.

Best known for its graphics chips, Nvidia has emerged as a force in the market for ARM-based processors used in smartphones and tablets, where it competes with more established mobile chip vendors such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.

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The dual-core Tegra 2 is used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the LG Optimus and the Acer Transformer, which has a snap-on keyboard for people who type too much to use only a touch screen.

Huang showed the quad-core chip, code-named Kal-El, running a prototype tablet built by Nvidia to demonstrate its capabilities. Tablets with Kal-El will go on sale in September, followed by smartphones later in the year, Huang said.

He didn’t say which vendors would make the products but it seems likely they will come from existing Nvidia partners, who include Motorola, Dell, Sony and Asustek.

Huang said Kal-El will provide better graphics for gamers and for non-gamers, and run their existing applications with greater energy-efficiency, which should mean longer battery life.

“Kal El will do everything the Tegra 2 can do but at lower power,” according to Huang.

Nvidia showed the chip running a game from MadFinger in which a ball illuminated from the inside rolls around a dark arena. Shadows cast by the ball were rendered in real time and at more than 30 frames per second, Huang said.

With all four cores in use, the tablet can run the game for four to six hours on a single charge, according to Huang.

Kal-El is a code-name and it’s unclear if the final product will be called the Tegra 3. That could be tricky for Nvidia from a marketing perspective as it wants to emphasize that the chip has four cores.

Asked if Kal-El tablets will be more expensive than today’s Tegra 2 tablets, Michael Rayfield, general manager of Nvidia’s mobile business unit, said they will be offered at a “huge” range of prices.

Most Tegra-based tablets today run Google’s Android operating system, but Nvidia is among the vendors working with Microsoft to bring the next version of Windows to Arm-based processors.

Kal-El will be the first four-core tablet chip on the market, according to Huang. His competitors aren’t standing still, however. Qualcomm and Texas Instruments both have press conferences planned this week where they’re expected to discuss new products.

Kal-El was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. At the same show, Qualcomm announced an upcoming quad-core Snapdragon chip that it said will consume 65 percent less power than current ARM-based CPU cores. It hasn’t said yet when that chip will go on sale.


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