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    Recently I had an article published on TechNet Magazine Online in which I cover how SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services and SharePoint 2010 integrate. The article covers the architecture, configuration and improvements in this integration. Read the Article here.
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Has Officially Launched

    The Beta for Windows 7 is officially launched this week. For TechNet subscribers, you can download Windows 7 Beta now here . On January 9th , the beta will open to all IT professionals on the Springboard Series for Windows 7 here . Full details are available on the Springboard blog .
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    New Applications often mean new servers. The rate of technical change in our industry means our workforce has different demands and so our “line of business” applications need to be updated. This could mean a new version or modifications that add a web service front end. Whichever way, there usually...
  • Blog Post: Catch the Hyper-V buzz from TechEd Orlando

    While you may not have been able to attend TechEd 2008, Orlando , TechNet Spotlight was and it recorded a number of sessions around Hyper-V. So for you visual pleasure here are the sessions. Virtualization and Security: What Does It Mean for Me? Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Architecture, Scenarios, and...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Data mining

    Are you in the dark about Data Mining? Worried about having to find all that wood to prop up the tunnels as you seek the data to mine? Well TechNet Spotlight comes to the rescue, recorded at the Microsoft Office in London earlier this year, watch Rafal Lukawiecki deliver a series of sessions on Data...
  • Blog Post: The Latest SQL Server 2008 TechNet Event Content Posted

    The SQL Server 2008 event series is now available from TechNet. Consisting of 6 initial sessions listed below, you can access video and audio version of each sessions, along with links to additional resources and training.   SQL-300 What's New In Microsoft SQL 2008 In this session, we will go through...
  • Blog Post: 20-Part Webcast Series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    A team of IT Pro Evangelists from the US including:  Kevin Remde , Matt Hester , Chris Avis , Chris Henley , and Yung Chou is delivering a 20-part webcast series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions starting January 14, 2009. The objectives of this series is not only to help you develop technical...
  • Blog Post: Up and coming TechNet Events in the UK

    For those of you in the UK, here are the dates and titles of the forthcoming Events in the UK Virtualisation and Management Technologies 21 August 2008, Liverpool: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies 9 September 2008, Reading: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies 11 September...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate IT Pro toolkit now 20% off

    First the marketing bit:- "A TechNet Plus subscription is the ultimate resource for IT professionals. TechNet Plus provides convenient access to full-version Microsoft evaluation software—without time limits! The annual subscription also includes Professional Support incidents, a technical information...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Slides on SlideShare

    We often get asked about the slides we create for the many presentations TechNet does around the World. For a trail basis the most recent versions are being posted on http://www.slideshare.net/TechNetEvents/slideshows We are also looking at posting the demonstration script and setup guides to gauge how...
  • Blog Post: It’s not always what you know, but where you know to look

    Finding that right resource to help you when you most need it is never easy. Back in my days supporting DPS 6 and TPS 6 Systems for Honeywell, people would often ask how I would find something in a dump, from a trap message or from a customer description. My answer to them was simply, the best support...