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  • Blog Post: Virtualization: Is it really possible to virtualize Tier 1 Business Critical Apps?

    As customers started to test the waters of virtualization within their organization, most started with the non-mission critical apps “just to be safe”. As the comfort level increased, the majority (if not all) of the non-mission critical apps were moved into the virtualization matrix. There...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program Results (Office Communications Server 2007 Deployment) – Anonymous Company

    Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve?   CEO demanded real-time presence info. Are you piloting or deploying the products?   Deployed.  We started with a pilot between engineering teams. Presence, IM and outlook integration was very smooth so we deployed...
  • Blog Post: November - December Best of SQL Events: SQL Scripts

    Boy, it's been quite some time since I last blogged! Sorry about that! As promised, there is a link to the SQL Scripts that I used during my demos in my Best of SQL Launch Events in November and December. http://stewedprunes.com/blogs/stewed_prunes/archive/2005/12/15/329.aspx
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Albuquerque, NM - October 6, 2005

    We just had our Albuquerque, NM TechNet Event on October 6, 2005 during the week of the International Balloon Fiesta. During the Event, I had two questions come up that I did not have an immediate answer for. I am restating the questions below to ensure I did not miss anything - so please let me know...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Phoenix, AZ - August 30, 2005 (Answers)

    I apologize for the long delay in getting a response posted for the questions that were asked during the TechNet Event in Phoenix at the end of August!!! Thank you very much for your patience. 1. There is no Transaction Log Viewer for SQL 2000 / 2005 from Microsoft. 2. There is no connection limit...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Las Vegas, NV - September 1, 2005 (Answers)

    Thanks for your patience while I researched the answers to the questions that arose from the TechNet Event in Las Vegas. Here you go. 1. Since there were no changes in the Data Types between SQL 2000 and SQL 2005, they will move over seemlessly and therefore are not evaluated with Upgrade Advisor...
  • Blog Post: Installation guide for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta

    After I downloaded the Beta for SCCM 2012, I struggled with a few installation items so I thought I would share my experiences and write a quick Installation Guide. This is not official by any means, but does detail what I did to get SCCM 2012 Beta installed successfully. The details are below. I also...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents: Meet Windows PowerShell – No Matter Who You Are

    Wow, I know the month of March so far seems like a month of “advertising” and “marketing” from me, but that is not my intent.  I do need to get the word out on the May series of TechNet Events that will be hitting 5 cities in the West Region.  I will have more technical posts coming soon, but...
  • Blog Post: Planning for a Private Cloud – Part 1

    There are pros and cons to every job in every company.  In my role as an IT Pro Evangelist (ITE) here at Microsoft, I get to use the latest and greatest versions of our software.  Since my role is a technical one, I also get paid to be technically adept at all the upcoming products and not...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events: Rock Solid SQL (August - October 2005) PPT Deck

    During the months of August, September and October, I delivered TechNet Events in various cities throughout the Desert Mountain region. I had many attendees asking me for the PowerPoint Deck and unfortunately, it has not been posted to the TechNet Events site. My team mate, Chris Avis, has posted it...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Denver, CO - October 12, 2005

    On back to back days, we had two TechNet Events. On Tuesday, it was in Fort Collins. Then on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 we had another event (same content) in South Denver / Englewood. The Event in Denver also went off without a hitch and the weather warmed up (was able to head out to lunch without...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Las Vegas, NV - September 1, 2005 (Follow up - Demo Scripts)

    Here are the scripts I used for the different demos during the TechNet Event. This post is a VERY, VERY long post as I copied over all the scripts from the Pessimistic vs. Optimistic demo, Peer to Peer Replication Demo and Mirroring Demo. Let me know if you have any questions. Pessimistic vs. Optimistic...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Using your own SQL Server in Windows Azure (Part 22 of 31) by Blain Barton

    At 5:00 AM on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Blain Barton posted Part 22 of 31 in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud Blog Series .  Below is a small excerpt from his blog. In this article, you can create a new VM and learn how to install SQL Server. You can then add disk images to the existing VM in...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Tucson, AZ - October 4, 2005

    We had the latest TechNet Event in Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, October 4, 2005. During the course of the event, I had one question come up that I did not have the answer for. Following is the question that needed a little more research on my end. Please let me know if there is anything missing from the list...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Las Vegas, NV - September 1, 2005 (Follow up)

    We had our TechNet Event in Las Vegas on September 1st. I got sick when I returned home and have been a bit slow in getting back up and running. During the Event in Las Vegas, I had a few questions from the audience that I did not have an immediate answer for. I am recapping the questions below. ...
  • Blog Post: Right Sizing Virtual Machines – Is it really important?

    I have talked about Virtualization and how to configure Virtual Machines (VMs) for quite some time now.  I’m sure every IT Professional on the planet has played with some form of virtualization or other by now as well.  I think by now, we all understand the basics of virtualizing physical workloads...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2005 Roadshow in Phoenix - 8/23/05 "Notes from Harold"

    The SQL 2005 Roadshow came through Phoenix, Arizona today. I had the opportunity to attend and staff the Microsoft Information Table as well as listen in on a few sessions. The keynote was delivered by Kamal Hathi, Product Unit Manager for SQL Integration Services. This went very well - running over...
  • Blog Post: Technology Roadmap event for IT Managers

    One of the common requests I receive from folks is around the Microsoft Technology Roadmap. Everyone wants to know what the future of a given product or platform will be so they can make better decisions around how to use (or buy) our technologies. I found out there is an event coming up on Thursday...
  • Blog Post: SQL Saturday – April 24, 2010 in Huntington Beach

    Wanted to let everyone know that there is a community event ( SQL Saturday ) taking place in Huntington Beach, CA on Saturday, April 24th from 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM at Golden West College, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3197 .  The event is focused on SQL Server and includes 5 tracks...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event: Fort Collins, CO - October 11, 2005

    The latest TechNet Event in Fort Collins took place on Tuesday, October 11, 2005. Other than the snow and very cold temperatures (brrr), everything went well. I did have a couple of questions come up during the Event that I did not have an answer for and will research and get one posted. The questions...