I had a great time today! We had some issues with getting everyone into the venue but it was amazing to me that those of you I spoke to about it understood. I appreciate that understanding. I hope the information I provided was beneficial and worth your time. I am still in Harrisburg and I am still up for Karaoke if someone wants to give me an email or a ring, I will be there!
Oh yeah....caffeine and sugar are your friends.... :)
This was the hardest session for me to pull together links for. As I noted in my session, I just don't work with web application creation and the related technologies enough to know what is going to be relevant to you. I would love to see some of you share some of your own favorite resources in comments. One blog I know you should take a look at is Scott Guthrie's. Even I hear his name quite a bit. Event though there are fewer links here, IIS.Net truly is the place for all things IIS related. Don't go there unless you have a lot of free time to read...
Session 4 Slides Here
Session 4 Slides Here
Additional Resources --
IIS.net - The definitive IIS resource Microsoft Web Deployment Team blog ASP.net - All things ASP Windows 2008/IIS 7 Virtual Labs - Get you hand dirty... Windows 2008 Application Server landing page
IIS.net - The definitive IIS resource
Microsoft Web Deployment Team blog
ASP.net - All things ASP
Windows 2008/IIS 7 Virtual Labs - Get you hand dirty...
Windows 2008 Application Server landing page
Check out my co-worker Keith Comb's blog post about running some very popular Open Source apps on Windows 2008 and IIS 7. He even screencasted some of the info. I have not watched them yet but I have seen many, many of his screencasts and they always teach me something new.
I could post 42 bazillion security related links if I had the time. I have have tried to keep the list relevant to the security session I delivered plus a few extras. Absolutely subscribe to Kai Axford's and Steve Riley's respective blogs. Well you might be able to skip on Kai's. He is going to be pretty worthless now that Brett Favre has retired. :)
By the way, I am still working on getting my video interview on BitLocker put online. It will make it. I just need some downtime to work on it.
Session 3 Slides Here
Session 3 Slides Here
Microsoft Security Main page Microsoft Security Response Center blog Services Hardening in Windows Vista Network Access Protection Page Windows 2008 Security Guide Windows Vista Security Guide Read-Only Domain Controllers Step-by-Step Guide BitLocker Drive Encryption Page BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool info
Microsoft Security Main page
Microsoft Security Response Center blog
Services Hardening in Windows Vista
Network Access Protection Page
Windows 2008 Security Guide
Windows Vista Security Guide
Read-Only Domain Controllers Step-by-Step Guide
BitLocker Drive Encryption Page
BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool info
There is a ton of virtualization information out there. Ben Armstrong maintains an excellent virtualization blog as does John Howard. Virtualization is way hot so I can't link to everything but this will get you started.
Session 2 Slides Here
Session 2 Slides Here
Windows 2008 Virtualization Site Microsoft Virtualization blog Download Windows 2008 Enterprise x64 w/ Hyper-V Beta Technet Virtualization Center Technet Hyper-V Landing Page Virtual Server 2005 R2 Home Page Virtual PC 2007 Home Page System Center Virtual Machine Manager Page Windows 2008 Remote App Publishing Step-by-Step Guide Presentation Virtualization (Windows 2008 Terminal Services) Application Virtualization Site (SoftGrid)
Windows 2008 Virtualization Site
Microsoft Virtualization blog
Download Windows 2008 Enterprise x64 w/ Hyper-V Beta
Technet Virtualization Center
Technet Hyper-V Landing Page
Virtual Server 2005 R2 Home Page
Virtual PC 2007 Home Page
Windows 2008 Remote App Publishing Step-by-Step Guide
Presentation Virtualization (Windows 2008 Terminal Services)
Application Virtualization Site (SoftGrid)
As promised, here are the slides for the Launch sessions I delivered in New York. For those of you attending Launch sessions elsewhere in the country, it is the same set of slide decks. I am breaking the slides up into separate posts so I can provide relevant links for each session. What you download will have more slides than what you will typically see at the live sessions. We cover almost all of the same material in the talk and demo portions. We have to trim things down to fit everything into the 1 hour slots we are provided.
Don't be alarmed by the redirect over to StewedPrunes. That is my inactive personal blog (look for that to change in the near future).
Session 1 Slides Here
Session 1 Slides Here
Infrastructure Optimization Windows 2008 Home Page PowerShell Team Blog PowerShell Home Page PowerShell FAQ Group Policy Preferences White Paper Windows Remote Management over the Internet Windows Remote Management (MSDN) Windows Server 2008 Core Installation Options Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (MSDN) Next Gen TCP/IP Stack Info The Cable Guy Home Page (Excellent Networking info!)
Windows 2008 Home Page
PowerShell Team Blog
PowerShell Home Page
Group Policy Preferences White Paper
Windows Remote Management over the Internet
Windows Remote Management (MSDN)
Windows Server 2008 Core Installation Options
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (MSDN)
Next Gen TCP/IP Stack Info
The Cable Guy Home Page (Excellent Networking info!)
I ran across an announcement in email this morning that we (MS) recently brought a new website online that caters to higher end PC enthusiasts. Particularly those who are running Windows Vista Ultimate. I verified the site came up and started down the path of reading about Derek Flickinger's Home Theater PC setup before breaking away to post this.
I don't know what the true value of the site is yet but wanted to get the word out.
I wish I had my camera today to take a picture of the crowd. I was in the big room just after the key note and I believe they had seating for about 1500. I estimate about 1200 people for my Windows 2008 overview session. Lots of great interaction and questions throughout the day. I look forward to the emails from people that I could not get around to during the live event and of course those questions I just simply did not have the knowledge base to answer.
Thanks to everyone that came up after the sessions to speak to me. One of the reason I do what I do is so I can interact face-to-face with the people using our products. I enjoy the feedback positive and negative. It helps keep me grounded and more in touch with the people that use our products and technologies. You rock!
I have a list of things to post about from the sessions today but I am now running on fumes. I make an early flight tomorrow over to Harrisburgh, PA for the next event so look for a flurry of posts after I get settled in.
As I noted during the sessions, don't hesitate to contact me if you need information. I don't have all the answers in my head but I can find the people that do.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.....Chris Henley beat me out by presenting in Los Angeles last week, but nothing is like New York (btw...that is me sinking the putt if you click the previous link). I am sitting in the green room at the Sheraton Towers on 7th Ave, just blocks from Times Square. I am still on Hawaii time and feeling the time difference. But there is an exhilarating buzz throughout the place that is surprisingly invigorating. I hope the energy carries me through the day.
I wish everyone could attend this event. Like I said, nothing is quite like New York. The weather is spectacular today. A great day for a launch event. When I came in at 7am there were already a couple hundred people mulling around waiting for things to begin. The keynote doesn't even start until 9am. It is now 8:30 and there are what appears to be thousands waiting to get into the main room. You don't need coffee with all the energy in the place. Having some anyway...
David Campbell is the keynote speaker. He is a technical fellow (...really smart dude...) working in the Server Engine group. I don't do much with SQL but I am very interested to hear what he has to say. SQL is everywhere. I imagine many people don't even know they are running SQL when they are. SQL Express is used by many, many desktop type applications. I have a SQL Server at home to support my personal blog but beyond the configurations the blogging software makes, I don't actively do anything with SQL. I bet a lot of other people are in the same boat. That needs to change.
It is now 8:35 and I need to do a final trim on my decks. You will never suffer death by PowerPoint at one of my events....
My wife and I returned from a fabulous one week vacation in Hawaii with some friends. We spent the bulk of the time on Maui which we had never been to before. I won't be able to do a lot of posting of pictures and video from the trip because I am going on the road tomorrow to deliver launch presentations. But I do have a teaser below and will get some more things posted in the next couple of weeks.
We crammed a lot of things into a vacation. So much so that I feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacation. We snorkeled off Black Rock in Maui and also off the island off Lana'i. We swam with sea turtles, saw the breaching of the humpback whales and a huge school of spinner dolphins. We took a submarine tour, drove the road to Hana, walked through lava tubes, and I stood under a waterfall.
By and far the most exhilarating part of the trip though was the last day when all of us hopped a flight over to O'ahu, drove to the North Shore hopped on another plane and then......jumped out of it. I have been tandem skydiving once before in Texas about 13 years ago. It was, up until this jump the single most exciting, scary, awesome, nutty thing I have ever done.
This jump beat it by a million.....
The picture below is from the jump plane over the North Shore shortly before we jumped out. It was wild jumping out over open water and then working our way back to shore.
I also talked them into letting me take my 1080i HD video camera with me on the jump. I started shooting when we started the walk out to the plane and kept rolling till I touched back down....or so I thought. In review of the tape it turns out I thumbed the on/off switch literally 5 seconds before I jumped out. I caught two solo divers jumping out and I was next. My tandem partner tapped me on the shoulder - the signal to cross my arms and move to the door - and that is where the shot stops. So I have committed to going back next year about this same time to jump again and will make sure I shoot all the way through. Maybe I will be at 1080p by then. Fortunately I paid for them to shoot pictures and video as well. I will post snippets as soon as I can.
I am on vacation this week. I will start posting pictures tomorrow of where and we will see if you can figure it out.
Source - http://www.philoking.com/2008/02/20/i-think-i-have-a-few-readers-like-this/
What do you want to know about in June when we switch content again? Should we continue talking about Windows 2008? IIS 7? Vista SP1? The next version of SBS?
I suspect that we will have at least a brief discussion about that today and I would love to take your feedback to my team....send me an email or comment here....
I took advantage of some hardware issues and hectic travel to take a break from blogging but I didn't expect it to be 3 weeks. It is amazing how easy it is to relax (be lazy...) and stay relaxed (stay lazy...). A lot has happened in the past few weeks.....
Vista SP1 and Windows 2008 RTM were announced... We made an offer for Yahoo! (please accept!)... All kinds of interesting political stuff happening.... The list goes on.....
Vista SP1 and Windows 2008 RTM were announced...
We made an offer for Yahoo! (please accept!)...
All kinds of interesting political stuff happening....
The list goes on.....
All of that stuff has been blogged and re-blogged. I don't think I can add anything new so I won't be going back and posting much about those things. But I will be posting some of my own Vista SP1 and Windows 2008 experiences soon.
This week I am in Irving, Tx for a team meeting. It is nice to be back home. Tomorrow, my fellow presenters and I will be reviewing the content we will start delivering in two weeks at the big launch activities. I will be one of the first to deliver at the New York Launch event on March 4th. The event is already "sold out", so you won't likely be able to get into that one, but there are others scattered across the US. In fact, here is a list of all the places I will be over the next few months that you can still get registered for....
March 6th - Harrisburg, PA March 27th - Spokane, WA April 1st - Seattle, WA April 8th - Anaheim, CA April 16th - Anchorage, AK April 28th - Boise, ID May 6th - Portland, OR May 13th - San Diego, CA
March 6th - Harrisburg, PA
March 27th - Spokane, WA
April 1st - Seattle, WA
April 8th - Anaheim, CA
April 16th - Anchorage, AK
April 28th - Boise, ID
May 6th - Portland, OR
May 13th - San Diego, CA
Whew! After that we switch to new content (I don't know what it is yet) for the month of June before wrapping up the fiscal year on July 1st. We normally go dark for July and then start new content again in August. Keep an eye on the TechNet Event site for content summaries, locations and dates.
I recently did an interview with Anatharam Chadalavada, A Microsoft IT Senior Program Manager on how "Microsoft IT uses Visual Studio Team System to Measure Software Code Stability".
Yeah, yeah, yeah......more developery kinda stuff. But it sounded interesting to me so I offered to do it. One of these days I may actually install Visual Studio and write a "Hello World!" app.....
The interview focuses on a particular tool called the LOC or Lines of Code counting tool. You can find a version of the tool for Visual Studio 2005 here. What made this interesting to me is that based upon the numbers of lines of code, you can somewhat predict what the error rate might be and associate a cost with it on how long and what resources would have to be committed to resolving those issues.
The interview and past interviews can be found at the TechNet Radio site. Or, you directly grab the interviews below --
Microsoft IT uses Visual Studio Team System to Measure Software Code Stability
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I know this is short notice, but I want your feedback. This morning I will be doing my first video interview. It will be with Russ Humphries, a Sr. Product Manager in our Security Technologies group. I will be interviewing him about BitLocker technologies. The one question I have heard over and over while speaking to customers the past few weeks is "Why isn't BitLocker included with Vista Business?". I will be asking that question.
What would you ask him?
Solid State "hard drives" are starting to get a lot more press these days. I ran across this article a few moments ago. The promise of solid state drives has been a long time coming. I used battery backed RAM on my Apple //gs 20 years ago. I loaded the OS and my BBS in a whopping 8 megs of RAM (I had an OctoRam card) which was kept live all the time with a few AA batteries. The speed with which my BBS came up from RAM vs reading from the 5.25 floppies or even my SCSI drives was amazing.
Do any of you have a solid state drive now? I would be interested in hearing some real life experiences with them.
Mary Jo Foley has reported that we are "lifting the ban" on Virtualizing these two editions of Vista. I see this as a good thing for consumers and IT staff who want to do testing with less expensive versions of the OS. It also provides for some uniformity across the platform.
I like it...
How about you?
No...I don't have a secret method of BitLocking a single partition. But my buddy John Baker posted about a tool that will reconfigure your machine for BitLocker if you decide to implement it after you have already configured your hard drive as a single partition. I am performing a Complete PC of my laptop right now and will attempt the tool once I am complete. I will post my results when done...
*** Updated 1/21 *** The BitLocker Drive prep tool worked exactly as promised. It only took about 5 mins total to prep my drive. Then of course it is still a matter of walking through the BitLocker wizard to actually encrypt it. I have about 50 gigs in my OS partition. It took about 20 minutes to encrypt the whole thing.
I have been meaning to ask my audience if they use Twitter and explain to me why. I was also going to ask for reasons why *I* should become a Twitterer or Twittite or what ever you call someone who Twitters. I have had that post in my drafts folder now for months. Today, I ran across a blog post by Louis Gray where he asks the question and does it a lot better that I would have.
I broke down and set up a FaceBook account some months ago and still struggle with why. I find MySpace more to my liking because my "friends" are mostly people that I have known for years and years. I met many of those people back in the 80's and early 90's when I was heavily involved in BBSes and BBS chat systems. Unlike Scoble and many other much higher profile bloggers, when my work day is done, I don't typically spend my free time poking around Facebook, MySpace, or other social networking functions. I have hobbies that have nothing to do with computers and technology and I like it that way. One exception - I leave my IM apps open quite often, but I have been using IM apps for 10+ years now and they have an obvious use to me.
Go read Louis' post because he frames it pretty well and I have the exact position that he has. Then let me know if you use Twitter and if you think it would benefit me or the community to be involved.
Short notice I know, but I want to get this out there. I am delivering Part 1 of an 8 part series on Exchange this afternoon at 1pm Pac. This is the Intro to Exchange session. We will review the Exchange roles, why Exchange is 64 bit only, and then spend the rest of the time talking about and demoing new features in OWA, AutoDiscover, and Transport Rules. You can sign up at the link below --
Exchange 2007 in Depth - Part 1 of 8 - Introduction
Exchange 2007 in Depth - Part 1 of 8 - Introduction
I am also delivering part two of the series on Friday also at 1pm Pac --
Exchange 2007 in Depth - Part 2 of 8 - Deployment and Migration
Exchange 2007 in Depth - Part 2 of 8 - Deployment and Migration
Bonus! -- I use my home Exchange server for the demos so you get to see a real (albeit small and relatively small load) server in production. I am at Exchange 2007 SP1 so you will get to see some of those features in action as well.
First....a big thank you to everyone who posted comments...including the most recent comment by Scott Lum. He is a marketing manager for online communications at Microsoft and is also one of the people I started interfacing with to communicate your feedback to the webcast team. The feedback you are providing is being pushed to the webcast team and they are receptive.
Next....Scott let me know of a couple of blogs you might be interested in for providing feedback on webcasts --
Technet Webcast Blog - Currently Dormant....BUT! If we drive enough traffic over there we can fix that! MSDN Webcast Blog - Much more active!
Technet Webcast Blog - Currently Dormant....BUT! If we drive enough traffic over there we can fix that!
MSDN Webcast Blog - Much more active!
Let's check out these blogs, provide some feedback and see if we can make some change happen!
So I have this nice Sony HD video camera that I want to start using for video interviews. In fact, my first video interview will be a week from Friday. I have already taken a number of videos with the camera and used the Sony software to convert the Sony AVCHD format to MPEG. Now I am wondering how to get that video posted to my blog simply and easy. I would like to retain it in HD format if possible but if shooting in 4x3 standard def makes more sense then I guess I can downgrade the video for now.
I have never really posted video to the web so....
What would you do?
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