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  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Doug Ware from Atlanta TechDays

    During the Atlanta TechDays Keith and I had our cameras out and got some great interviews.  During the event, local Developer Evangelist Glen Gordon introduced me to Doug Ware, a member of the Atlanta developer community who specializes in SharePoint.  Doug had just wrapped up presenting a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Search 4.0 Policy and Security Overview

    I wanted to create a quick post to highlight some of the key improvements in Policy and Security for Windows Search 4.0.  We released Windows Search 4.0 for the desktop a few months back, to help get everyone up to speed on the versions, I wanted outline a brief timeline of the different versions...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Faceted Search code v2 released

    One of the great things about working with search is seeing all of the great facets of the product.  One of the more intriguing aspects I have seen is the faceted searching inside of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).  So what is faceted search?  To understand that we have to look...
  • Blog Post: Visual Search check it out on Bing

    Hopefully you have been using Bing a lot lately, if not check out the new visual search beta.  Click on the screenshot to see how it works!
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search, Business Data Catalogs (BDC) and Oracle... oh my

    One of the more fantastic features of SharePoint Server 2007 is the Business Data Catalog (BDC). The BDC is shared service and it will allow you pull data from databases or Web services directly into SharePoint. That is, you can use Business Data Catalog to display data from your SAP, Siebel, or other...
  • Blog Post: Another Great Search Interview

    I hope everyone has had to change to check out some the recent news around search as well as check out my screencast on Tafiti . I just recently received an email from J. Nicholas Hoover who did another interview with Satya Nadella, Microsoft senior VP. They talked about the search market and where Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: An In-Depth Look at SharePoint Server 2007 Search Technology: Webcast (12-17-2007)

    Good afternoon all my search aficionados!!!! Thank you for attending the search webcast and I hope you found it interesting. We had some great questions from the webcast and I have the answers below. Before I get to those I wanted to share some resources with you: Resources: Webcast resource page: Event...
  • Blog Post: What will the future hold for the Search Engine battle?

    It may not be Google and it even may not even be any search engine that we know of today. I just read a good article on Newsweek by David H. Freedman that talked about the current state of the search engine market. It even took a look into the future to see how engines are changing and even people will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide screencast - Search Part 3

    Welcome to the last part in the mini 3 part series. This is also happens to be my last Windows Vista Product Guide screencast! Unless you want more, and all you have to do is ask, and I will see what I can do, either drop a comment here or send me an email. So what part did I leave for last, as you can...
  • Blog Post: New Search Federation Articles on MSDN

    Attention all Search enthusiasts and developers. We have published two great papers on search, specifically on search federation! You can check them out below: Creating a Custom Federated Search Web Part with a Credentials UI This article describes how to create federated web parts that collect user...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires FAST

    Hello all of my search junkies, I have a great announcement to share, Microsoft is looking to acquire FAST.  This is an important step that not only shows how Microsoft is investing but also how important Enterprise Search is you and your business.  As with past acquisitions Microsoft will...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Does your company have an Enterprise Search Strategy?

    Good evening all of my search jedi's  :-) I heard a great analyst, Matthew Brown , from Forrester talk about how important it is a to have a strategy and he did a very good job defining the steps to developing the strategy.  There is a great brief summary of the article at documentmedia.com...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Your Digital Identity- Make Sure you have a Web Presence

    This is the last part of the 5 part interview with David Meerman Scott . David shares the critical importance of having a presence on the web, as Social Wendy defines it Your Digital Identity.  Conversation at SXSW with Social Wendy and myself. Part 1 is located here: Interview: Social Marketing...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • Blog Post: Louisville, KY Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (4-13-2011)

    Good afternoon and thank you to everyone who attended the event in Louisville ! I hope everyone had a good time. As promised here are some resources and the Q/A from the event..  During the event one the folks in the room mentioned a tool on how to transition your Office knowledge to the ribbon...
  • Blog Post: Hot Off the Presses: New Search Case Study

    This case study presents the key decision points, architecture design and definition, and test criteria and results from a scalability and performance test conducted at the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC) in Redmond, Washington. It is intended to provide strategic information about designing...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not That Important

    We have all been there, your driving, you hear your cell phone ring, ding or beep, trust me it is not that important and here is why (please take a minute to read the article): Child killed in 3-car accident in Columbia Heights It is probably like hundreds of other similar stories you have seen. ...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 Upgrade powered by Momentum

    A while back a made a post on how you can get some support in implementation of certain Microsoft technologies, through a program called momentum.  You can see the post here: Looking to gain Momentum for a Pilot of Microsoft Technologies?   I know the program will also be adopting new technologies...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express)

    Yesterday we announced some huge news the addition of two new search products for you! Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express) and you you even try the release candidate (RC) of the express version today, just visit: www.microsoft.com/EnterpriseSearch...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Google's and other opinions on the Yahoo! acquisition

    Yesterday I was reading a couple of interesting posts and the general news surrounding the proposed acquisition we made to buy Yahoo: Microsoft Bid To Buy Yahoo Faces Scrutiny   During my reading I stumbled upon a couple of interesting posts one from Google's,David Drummond, Senior Vice President...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Talk TechNet every Wed. and Friday!

    Talk TechNet is a twice weekly, one hour radio show for IT Professionals hosted by Senior Program Manager Keith Combs and myself.  Each episode focuses on a specific product or technology. Listeners are encouraged to call in and discuss the topic for the day, or ask questions to help unblock a deployment...
  • Blog Post: live.com --- Search improvements

    Good afternoon everyone! As you know we have been doing a lot of things around search technologies, I recently blogged about the very cool beta of tafiti front end to the live search engine. We have also made several improvements to the overall engine, and I wanted to let you know about some of great...
  • Blog Post: Windows Desktop Search (WDS) Patch and WSUS Information

    Normally when I have been writing about search it has been some great news, well I had a few of email me an issue regarding the recent published patch release for Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.01. This was an optional patch originally however we released a new revision and WSUS is set to approve update...