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  • Blog Post: A Virtually Great Day

    “Friday the 13th?” No.. I’m talking about the availability of a new Beta ("New Beta?" Yeah, I know.. redundant): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 . This beta is full of features that coincide with the up-coming version of Windows Server 2008 (Windows Server 2008 R2) and the new...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 023

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 023 “What’s gonna happen to my DTS packages, now that SQL Server 2005 has this new SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services)?” Well.. you’ve got several options. The SQL Server 2005 Books Online has hefty document all about it in the “ Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 010

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 010 Number Ten! Credit for this one goes to my friend and teammate Matt Hester ... Q: How does SQL 2005 handle online databases during the upgrade, what about the applications that are in use? A: This questions was very interesting to me so I did some checking...
  • Blog Post: Best of Questions and Answers from Webcast: Windows Vista Built-In Diagnostics (July 17, 2006)

    Best of Webcast Q&A: Windows Vista Built-In Diagnostics Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of most of the Q&A from today’s webcast on “ Windows Vista Built-In Diagnostics ” (July 17, 2006). I need to send out a BIG thank you to David Zipkin, Shawn Travers...
  • Blog Post: New and Improved IP Stack in Windows Vista

    The Cable Guy’s article from last month talks about the new, “Next Generation” TCP/IP stack that has been built for Microsoft Windows Vista and the next version of Microsoft Server (codename: Longhorn Server). The article lists a number of improved features as well as nearly a dozen new ones. It also...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye 'Longhorn'... Hello 'Windows Server 2008'

    Yes! It's finally official! BillG announced it at WinHEC today. Now we all have to train ourselves to stop saying "Windows Server Codename: Longhorn" and just say "Windows Server 2008". "Kevin! I thought it was going to ship by the end of this year? Does this mean I'm going to have to wait until '08...
  • Blog Post: Cool. It's in the bag.

    I hear that Windows Vista Beta 2 is in the bag that all attendees are getting at TechEd. That’s great news for the many who have been trying to download it and not having much luck. (It’s hard for any company to have the bandwidth to allow the whole world to download that stuff!) I’m...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Documentation and Samples: September CTP is now available!

    Fresh out of the oven
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 015

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 015 Fifteen. It’s a one, followed by a 5. 15. Credit for this one goes to my friend and teammate Matt Hester ... Q: Can you rename the SQL 2005 SA account? A: Yes, as a matter of fact, you can! With the new security model there are some great ways to really secure...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: My First Install (Part 2 – Revenge of the Jedi)

    Yeah.. I know.. It was “ Return of the Jedi ”, not “Revenge”.  And it wasn’t Part 2, or even "Episode II”.  It was Episode 6 (or more correctly, “VI”).  Episode II was actually “ Attack of the Clones ”.  Unless you’re counting from the second movie made ( Episode V – The Empire...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 001

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 001 Hello all you DBAs! Yes, this is the first of what promises to be over 100 tidbits of information on the new version of SQL Server (formerly codename: Yukon) coming out the first week of November, 2005. Some of these tidbits (like today’s) will point to cool resources...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 033

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 033 The following question was asked at a Recent “Best of SQL Server 2005 Launch” TechNet Event in Kansas City (Overland Park Kansas, actually. Had a lovely time there, thank you! …and although it was a bit of a dive, the Karaoke at the Red Balloon was a lot of fun!) ...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: New System Center 2012 Licensing Model Announced

    Today during the “ Private Cloud Day ” live webcast event, Microsoft announced a pretty big change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Bottom-line.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012 . (Well.. actually two...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Networking in Windows Server “8”: The Extensible Switch (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 10.)

    Brett B. asked the following question at our TechNet event in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “Does Microsoft plan to implement a distributed virtual switch like VMware?” And the answer is yes.  And no.  Not LIKE VMware .  Better. For this answer I am going to defer to this excellent post...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 008

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 008 Tidbit #8 This tidbit comes as a result of a question an attendee from one one of our live TechNet Events emailed me." — “Database mirroring, or parts of it, is available in Standard Edition of Yukon. What's the difference between what you get with Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: BIG Breaking News: The Windows 7 RC wait is almost over..

    “Huh?!” Yep. Release Candidate 1 (and only, I’ve heard) will be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on April 30, 2009. “Says who? All I’ve heard is leaks and rumors of leaks.” Says the Windows 7 team on the Windows 7 Team Blog . “Can I get it now?” Do you have a TechNet Plus or MSDN...
  • Blog Post: August-September 2007 - TechNet Event Resources

    Kevin’s TechNet “Skill Builder” Event Resources – August-September, 2007 E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Kevin’s Blog “Full of I.T.” – Additional Resources and Discussion http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde Feedback e-mail to my boss: Melanie Brunner –...
  • Blog Post: Blonde Developers Have More Fun

    Well.. it’s been said that “Blondes have more fun”. And we all know that Developers are having more fun than IT Pros this week, so it must follow that blonde developers are probably having more fun than anybody. Yes.. I must confess… this is NOT my natural hair color… AND I used to be a Software Engineer...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019 BIG NEWS! I promised there would be some news on SQL Server 2005, and it happened today. Paul Flessner announced today some good news, and some GREAT news. The good news: Database Mirroring will not be included in the release coming November 7. “Huh...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's IVNUA Resources - May 2nd, 2007

    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Kevin’s Blog “Full of I.T.” – Additional Resources and Discussion http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde Feedback e-mail to my boss: Melanie Brunner – mbrunne@microsoft.com Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros...
  • Blog Post: SAVE MONEY on your TechNet Subscription: 28% off with NEW promotion code: TNITE04

    IMPORTANT UPDATE : This promotion and promotion code have expired. Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event , I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber . Usually about 1/2 of the audience raises their hand. Considering...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037 This question was asked at our event TODAY in Des Moines, IA. “Can the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) aslo tune databses running on SQL 2000?” Short answer. YES! And in fact, something I didn’t mention at the event, but is also quite...
  • Blog Post: I love Vista, too! (But maybe not THAT much...)

    Incredible… I can’t believe he did this… The two guys in this video are famous at Microsoft these days for a very well-done series of video-blog postings around Windows Vista. Lots of cool video demos that I’d likely be fired for telling you anything about. (seriously cool stuff; you’ll just have...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 004

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 004 Another one! Number four… This tidbit comes as a result of a question an attendee from one of our live TechNet Events emailed me. "We have a multiserver environment with one master server and twenty-four instances of SQL Server as target servers. Will multiserver...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Windows Vista SP1 Details Announced

    Today the company released details on what the upcoming first Service Pack for Windows Vista will include. You can check out these details here at the Windows Vista TechCenter , and specifically here