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  • Blog Post: Windows Server Storage Sessions from TechEd Europe 2014 (includes links to recordings and slides)

    This blog post includes a list of the Storage-related sessions from TechEd Europe 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. You can use it as an easy reference to the Storage sessions, including links to the recordings and the slides for each one. Day Time Code Title (with link to recording...
  • Blog Post: Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold - Download free PDF and start developing your WP7 Apps

    I just discovered this interesting book on "Programming Windows Phone 7", by Charles Petzold (yes, that's the author of the famous "Programming Windows" series of books). This Microsoft Press title is available as a free PDF download and is over 1,000 pages long. Here's the table of contents: ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Training Q&A - 8

    Q) If you set up a database with 3 files, will SQL Server fill the first file before using the other 2 or will it store data in all 3 files right from the beginning? Is it related to the initial size or the growth setting of the file? What if data is deleted? What if it’s three filegroups with one file...
  • Blog Post: SQL Training Q&A - 7

    Q) I noticed in SQL Server Configuration Manager|Network Config|TCP/IP|Properties|IP Address that the SQL server instance grabbed it's own address from DHCP server. What is the advantage of the SQL server using it's own address? How would one make this static rather than dynamic? This TCP/IP configuration...
  • Blog Post: The good old days of CP/M 2.2 on a TRS-80 with an 8-bit Z80 CPU

    I was reading the news on the release of Windows 7 and stopped to think of the early days of my IT career and what an OS looked like then. I thought way back to one of the first microcomputer disk operating systems I ever used: CP/M. I actually remembered the few resident commands we had back then in...
  • Blog Post: Slides for the Instructor-Led Lab on Windows Server 2012 Storage from MMS 2013

    I delivered an instructor-led lab on Windows Server 2012 Storage at MMS 2013 yesterday (4/8), with a repeat scheduled for tomorrow (4/10) at 2:45 PM. You can find the details on this lab at http://www.2013mms.com/topic/details/WS-IL303 I used a few slides to comment on the contents of the lab, with...
  • Blog Post: Questions for Course 6042: Windows Server 2008 Installation and Management

    As I mentioned in a previous blog post , I am delivering a private, newsgroup-based, Microsoft-sponsored training for Microsoft MVPs. We are reaching the end of the first of five parts of this training, covering Course 6042: Windows Server 2008 Installation and Management (see course description ). At...
  • Blog Post: New instructor-led training on Windows Server 2008 Clustering on its way

    Microsoft has just published the preliminary syllabus for an upcoming instructor-led training on Windows Server 2008 Clustering. This will be Course 6423: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Clustering. Here’s a list of the modules included: Module 1: Introduction to Clusters ...
  • Blog Post: Starting a course on .NET Framework 2.0 Foundation for MVPs

    I have started today an MVP-targeted course on .NET Framework 2.0 core development. This is something Microsoft offers to the MVPs and I will be monitoring that class. If you're interested in the MVP program, there are details at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com That eLearning is provided in a collection...
  • Blog Post: Free e-learning on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008

    Microsoft Learning has two free e-learning offers covering Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008. These self-paced introductory clinics include hours of interactive content, including text, videos, demonstrations and self-tests. Clinic 5935 - Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 - Summary of Training Sessions

    I took some advanced SQL Server 2008 classes recently and shared my notes in a series of blog posts. Here's a summary of all those posts, in alphabetical order: SQL Server 2008 Auditing SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore SQL Server 2008 Change Tracking (CT) and Change Data Capture (CDC...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing Storage Performance using the Windows Performance Analysis ToolKit (WPT)

    Robert Smith (Platforms Field Engineer) has recently posted a new blog that cover one important area of Windows performance that few people understand well. In his blog post he talks about how to use Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) in general and the XPerf tool in particular. Xperf.exe is the command...
  • Blog Post: File Server team sessions at TechEd 2012 North America

    If you're planning to attend the TechEd 2012 North America event in June, here are the scheduled sessions with speakers from the File Server team: Code Title Speaker(s) Day Time Track Level WSV328 The Path to Continuous Availability with Windows Server 2012 ...
  • Blog Post: Questions for Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft WSS 3.0

    As I mentioned previously, I have started an MVP training on Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 based on the eLearning Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. During the class, I posted a few questions at the end of each course in the collection. Here are those questions...
  • Blog Post: File Server team sessions at TechEd 2012 North America available for streaming/download

    We had a great time showing Windows Server 2012 at TechEd North America and I wanted to share that the recording for our team’s sessions are now publicly available. That includes our sessions on SMB 3.0 and a number of demos, many of them using one of the Cluster-in-box configurations we were...
  • Blog Post: Proud to be a Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

    Earlier this year (or last fiscal year :-), I participated in a grueling three-week training and passed four exams (one of them a lab exam) to become one of just a dozen Microsoft Certified Masters on SQL Server 2008 worldwide. This was certainly the most demanding IT certification I ever attempted...
  • Blog Post: SQL Training Q&A - 3

    Q) I specified the SQL Server service to run under LocalSystem, but noticed a domain user account is recommended. Can you talk more about best practices? Does the service run as its own user in its own group? Does it belong in the Administrators group? I also notice that when I looked at the configuration...
  • Blog Post: Questions for Course 6043: Implementing Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2008

    As I mentioned in a previous blog post , I am delivering a private, newsgroup-based, Microsoft-sponsored training for Microsoft MVPs. We are reaching the end of the second of five parts of this training, covering Course 6043: Implementing Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2008 (see course...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step MOSS Installation Videos from Rodney Viana

    Rodney Viana (a friend from Brazil) just shared with me two very well crafted videos describing in great detail the process to install and configure Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Rodney is working with Alfredo Fortenboher on a Video Book on Sharepoint for a project called LabClasses and was...
  • Blog Post: Q and A for Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft WSS 3.0

    In a previous blog post I mentioned an MVP training on Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 based on the eLearning Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 . I posted the questions I posed at the end of each course in the collection in that previous post, but never published...
  • Blog Post: SNIA’s Storage Developers Conference 2009 in Santa Clara, CA is coming – Plan to be there on the week of September 14th

    The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is hosting the 6th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 14th. This event is also co-located with the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest. For those working with storage technologies...
  • Blog Post: SQL Training Q&A - 5

    Q) In connectionstrings I often see server=localhost. Where is this "localhost" name coming from? Is it in a file somewhere? Is it true that the server must be using TCP/IP for this to work? I also see server=. and server=(local) in connection strings. Do they work the same way and is there a different...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 blog and PDC 2008 sessions

    I was glad to see the first bits of info about the upcoming “Windows 7” product being shared through this new blog by Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky. Jon and Steven are two senior engineering managers for the “Windows 7” team and the blog, called “Engineering Windows 7 blog” or simply “E7”, is located...
  • Blog Post: SQL Training Q&A - 4

    Q) How do you know if an instance of SQL Server 2005 has been upgraded to SP1 and what do you do to assure all SQL Server Services are shut down prior to installing the service pack? I attempted to install SP1 and got some lock violations and kept shutting down all services I could think of under Computer...
  • Blog Post: Starting a course on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for Microsoft MVPs

    I will be starting an MVP-targeted course on Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on April 23rd. This is something Microsoft offers to the MVPs and I will be monitoring that class. If you're interested in the MVP program, there are details at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com . The course uses...