The Sean Blog

  • Microsoft Ribbon for WPF RTW FTW

    Did I fit enough acronyms (or as my editor friend corrects me… initialisms ) in the title there? ;) WPF = Windows Presentation Foundation RTW = Released to Web FTW = For the Win I see over on the WPF Blog that the Ribbon (first introduced in Office 2007...
  • Windows Azure Training and Virtual Lab

    If you haven’t had a chance to play around with Windows Azure yet, I just stumbled across a ton of learning resources, a Virtual Lab, and a free one month trial (that does not require a credit card: Virtual Lab: Windows Azure Windows Azure One Month Pass...
  • Audit your Outlook calendar permissions

    By default, others within your organization can only see whether you are free or busy for a particular timeslot.  In theory, people should check whether you are available before scheduling an appointment with you, although nobody seems to do that...
  • PowerShell Reference on Bing

    In today’s “that’s kind of cool”, it turns out you can use Bing’s Visual Search for more than visualizing the top movies in theatres or new cars, you can also use it as a reference for Powershell Cmdlets.  How cool is that?  Try it here: http...
  • Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Hyper-V Released

    Get them while they’re hot!  Download here: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 .  This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise...
  • Bridging from MOF Guidance to Microsoft Products

    From an outside perspective, you might think that the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) is explicitly tied to Microsoft Products.  It is not.  MOF was specifically designed to be technology agnostic, and address the operational, people, and...
  • Windows Phone Developer Resources

    I see over on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that the UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 and Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 are now available for Developers.  The UI Design guide is actually a very interesting read, even...
  • SharePoint 2010 – 403 error when updating metadata

    I have spent a month troubleshooting a crazy problem with SharePoint 2010, stumping everyone that worked on it. The problem was just resolved, and it involves something I’ve never seen before, so I thought I would share so that the solution is out...
  • SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer

    The following screenshot will give a DBA severe indigestion (although I have to imagine it is not entirely uncommon on unmanaged installations of SQL, especially those where SQL is just the black box that is installed as a prerequisite). A SQL installation...
  • Resolution to missing datasheet view with 64-bit versions of Office

    I just saw the following from our Product Quality team, and thought I would pass along the resolution.  While 64-bit installations of Office 2010 are still relatively uncommon, there are a few known issues/growing pains, and this is one of them Issue...
  • More than you wanted to know

    If you haven’t made it to a TechEd , you are really missing out.  Hundreds of super-smart speakers giving great presentations on all sorts of Microsoft technologies.  If if you have attended, you likely ended up with the problem that 4 can’t...
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Documentation

    Jason Buffington’s Book on Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble , but while you are waiting for the UPS Man to arrive, the DPM Content Publishing team has been hard at work on documentation to help...
  • Upgrading from SharePoint Portal Server and Project Server 2003 to SharePoint/Project Server 2010

    I’ll get the ugly out of the way first… When developing Project Server 2010, the development team was faced with the same constraints that any project team faces… the Project Management Triangle (which the Project Management Institute (PMI) has now replaced...
  • Securing SharePoint and Project Server 2010

    A year ago, I showed how to lock down SharePoint 2007 using the Security Configuration Wizard that was introduced with Windows Server 2003.  The last post includes information on how the tool works, but  as the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration...
  • Learn Design with Expression Studio

    In my last post , I linked to some great training available on learning web development with Visual Studio 2010.  Complementing that content is some excellent (and free) training on Microsoft Expression Studio with sessions for visual designers and...
  • Learn Web Development with the Web Camps Training Kit

    Courtesy of James Senior , I see that we have released the Web Camps Training Kit: July 2010 Edition .  This is perfect timing as I am in the process of teaching myself Web Development. Overview The kit includes all the content presented around the...
  • Multi-selecting emails in Hotmail

    Although I love the new features of the updated Hotmail, one thing that has confused me is my inability to multi-select emails by clicking one email and then Shift-clicking additional emails (as you would do in almost any application that supports multiple...
  • First SharePoint/Project Server 2010 Cumulative Update Available

    Woohoo!  After a bit of a delay (my calendar says it is July 22nd), the June CU is finally available for SharePoint and Project Server 2010. Description of the SharePoint Foundation 2010 hotfix package Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 hotfix...
  • Jumpstart your Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment

    In case you are starting to evaluate the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010 in your environment (especially now that Windows 2000 is no longer supported ), I just found an excellent resource on TechNet: Building a Technical Proof of Concept for the...
  • SLD, Disjoint and Discontiguous Namespaces, Oh My!

    If your domain is setup as a Single Label Domain or with a Disjoint/Discontiguous namespace, head on over to the DNS Namespace Planning Solution Center .  This Solution Center outlines Microsoft’s support policy for customers with various namespace...
  • Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

    Just saw this over on the Windows Team Blog ... it looks like the Microsoft Security Essentials team is keeping busy, the first release is already very awesome, and now we have a beta available for the next version . New features in the beta of Microsoft...
  • Office 2010 IT Professional User Readiness Resources

    If you are planning an upcoming rollout of Office 2010, the Office team has released some readiness materials to help get your end users excited about Office 2010. The download includes posters, flyers, and weekly e-mails with tips and tricks. Good stuff...
  • Windows 7 Deployment Resources

    Overview (100-200 level) Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 Guide AppLocker Step-by-Step Guide BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide Choosing a Deployment Strategy DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide Five Steps...
  • System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit Now Available

    System Center Essentials 2010 has been out a few months ( download Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Trial ), and already there is a Resource Kit available! The System Center Essentials Resource Kit includes: Essentials Server Migration...
  • Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual

    I just got my printed copy of Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore , that I was fortunate enough to be able to tech review while it was being written.  The book is absolutely excellent, both for the information on Project...