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The following is Steve Ballmer’s recent letter to CEOs titled ‘The New Efficiency’. In all the talk about the economy, one term that comes up more and more frequently is something called "the new normal." I like this phrase because it speaks to the fact that economic reality has undergone a fundamental shift over the course of the past 12 months. So what is the nature of this shift? After years of economic expansion fueled by unrealistic rates of consumption and unsustainable levels of private debt, ...
This weekend i was engaged with a rather uninteresting conversation with my wife. My wife is computer savvy but still is catching up on new technologies. Below is a brief snippet. I am hopeful that this will give you some idea on SAAS. Me: ok... Wife: What? you said something? me: Nothing. I was just talking aloud... its about SAAS. Wife: SAAS??? (for the less informed.. SAAS means mother-in-law in hindi !!!). Are you watching those hindi serials lately? me: Well, SAAS is a Acronym for Software As ...
I like my 32-bit Windows 7 OS and don't plan of moving to 64-bit anytime soon. Windows 7 has lot of good capabilites, and I was hoping that the Virtual PC would support 64-bit Guest OS, but it does not. I am still waiting for Microsoft to say, "You can do it" with Virtual PC on my Laptop with 32-bit windows 7 OS. So I started looking around for some other tool that could help me and guess what, I found this incredible tool from Sun called VirtualBox that allows you to create 32-bit and 64-bit Guest ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Koen Zwikstra, Shawn Wildermuth, Bea Stollnitz, Jesse Liberty, Ashish Shetty, Kevin Dockx, and Eugenio Estrada. Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth has a post up on Windows 7 - "XP Mode" Walkthrough Koen Zwikstra has announced Silverlight Spy 3 Beta (see below), and he's also saying Win a free Silverlight Spy 3 license From SilverlightCream.com: DotNetNuke Silverlight 3.0 Hello World TutorialMichael Washington has a very complete tutorial from getting the files all the ...
---------------------------... Mission turn an 8Gig RAM, quadcore desktop with Vista into a Hyper-V Host ---------------------------... My 8 year old laptop finally died, so I bought a new 8Gig RAM, quadcore deskdop & 23 inch monitor for under $750 including tax and will replace/partition Vista Home with Windows Server 2008 + Hyper V Goal: 1) VM#1 - Sharepoint ...
The future is in Cloud Computing, was Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's main message at the Think Next convention in Tel Aviv last month. During his keynote speech, Ozzie said we are experiencing the most exciting time of the PC era thanks to the proliferation of a wide range of PCs in many shapes and sizes and an increase in the number of PCs bought per person and family. Meanwhile, cellular phones are also expanding their capabilities and will be soon supported by a large range of ...
In this Issue: Pete Blois, Lee, Andrej Tozon(2), Jeff Blankenburg(2), Expression Blend and Design Blog, Terence Tsang, SmartyP, Colin Eberhardt, Timmy Kokke, and Tim Greenfield. Shoutout: I believe I hit all these, but just in case, Tess Fernandez has Design tips for Developers Walt Ritscher has a good post and links up about Hatching Effect Shader - WPF or Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: house of mirrors: Explode! Pete BloisPete Blois ... I don't think I'll be using that her in this factory ...
The following post is taken from an article that explore the differences, pros, cons and usages scenarios of the Server empowered web architecture of Visual WebGui and on the other side the Client empowered web architecture features by solutions such as Classic AJAX, Flex/Flash, Classic Silverlight, Java Applets. Both server and client empowered solutions can support any kind of UI look & feel using Silverlight or rich AJAX. Client empowered applications support the highest performance in applications ...
Gizmox's Visual WebGui Web & Cloud platform will be presented at Microsoft's WPC in New Orleans between July 13 to July 16 within the Windows Azure booth. Visual WebGui can now enable the development & migration of applications to Microsoft's Cloud computing environment - Windows Azure. Visual WebGui’s virtualization technology also dramatically reduces customers’ cloud bandwidth and CPU usage, offering a more cost effective runtime environment for native Azure applications. You can read ...
The newest version of Virtual PC seems to have several interesting features. See the Microsoft Comparison here. To install this version, the Processor needs to have Hardware Virtualization capabilities. Not all processors have this capability. The list of processors with Hardware Virtualization is available here. If you are about to buy a new Notebook or PC to run virtual machines, it may be a good idea to consider this before making a decision ...
I presented at the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group last night on the Managed Services Engine. You can get the presentation here. The Managed Services Engine is a CTP technology that acts as a service intermediary. It helps abstract consumers form the services that they call, performing things such as xslt mapping, protocol switching, version mapping and service stubbing (useful for testing unhappy service respone paths as well as development of the consumer before the service is really ready.) ...
I recently posted about Windows 7 application compatibility which was aimed at giving developers a steer on what they need to consider to make sure applications originally built for Windows XP work great on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. However there is a completely different approach which is to run the Windows XP applications inside a virtual machine using something like Virtual PC. It works – but it is not seamless to the user and typically involves an additional license for XP. Which brings me ...
Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them. (Wikipedia) According to the official definition of the cloud, it’s an abstract environment which has the ability to dynamically scale and virtualized resources creating a self-managed deployment platform for applications which ...
First of all, thanks to all those brilliant people who made the long arduous journey to the UK (and to all those who just happened to be near by). I know it must have killed you to be so far away for so long. I can only imagine how hard it was for you. All of us that couldn’t go really feel for you and feel your pain. Okay! So, for those of us that couldn’t go, some of these guys really did a tremendous job of twittering what was going on during the conference. They absolutely did not have to do ...
Visio is my primary diagramming tool. I wanted to point out a couple of recent links I came accross that help in diagramming various things. The first are stencils that are used on MSDN and TechNet diagrams – these are a set of stencils that can be used in Visio just by adding the stencil to the list for your diagram. Located here: Visio stencils for IT Pro posters http://www.microsoft.com/do... The other is Visio Toolbox. ...
ITCare is back! ITCare - MOSS: The New Breed of Business Intelligence April 29 9:00am – 11:30am ITCare, delivered and hosted quarterly by our Partners is designed to keep you up to date on the cutting-edge technologies. ITCare is a FREE half-day technical seminar series created by IT Professionals for IT Professionals! We'll address the needs and issues today and show you how to make a real difference in the way that you work ITCare - A 360 Degree Look at Virtualization May 27 9:00am – 11:30am What ...
I would like to try and better explain the Visual WebGui 'empty client' approach and how Visual WebGui runs applications on the server. Think of a bitmap based virtualization solution such as Citrix or Remote-desktop, even though highly optimized it is still transferring a picture; the client plays the minor part of showing a bitmap and replacing it when necessary. Now, the natural evolving paradigm would be having the client “understand” better in terms of UI yet having the application perform the ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:00 AM - Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:00 PM Central Time Welcome Time: 7:30 AM Theater - Regal Brooklyn Center 20 6420 Camden Avenue North Minneapolis Minnesota 55430 United States Event Overview: Join your local TechNet Events team for valuable new tools and technical content – all delivered live by experienced IT pros. We’ll explore Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing, take a quick tour of Microsoft Online Services and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and discuss ...
Just a clarification of my comment on a recent release of VirtualBox supporting 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts. This is NOT a solution for a system which is not already a 64 bit CPU with hardware virtualisation. The relevant section from the VirtualBox 2.1.2 User Guide is section 1.6, as shown below. 1.6 64-bit guests Starting with Version 2.0, VirtualBox also supports 64-bit guest operating systems. Starting with Version 2.1, you can even run 64-bit guests on a 32-bit host operating system, so long ...
Frustrated with square looking web pages, many web designers look to Flash. In addition to freedom of graphic expression, Flash brings interaction and transition effects which are difficult or impossible to duplicate. Why then shouldn't all websites be Flash laden? Several reasons pop to mind: Loading speed: Way too often, flash movies load complex graphics, forcing the viewer to stare at some progress bar. For people who want to quickly access information this is a huge turn off. A "skip intro" ...
Servers are the backbone of enterprise computing today, most websites for example run on either Apache or IIS and will be running on a server of some description. Perhaps because of servers ubiquity it is easy to become complacent about them especially as they are rarely seen but understanding what a server can offer you and it's limitations will definitely help with software development. Servers on the whole are built more of the practicality side than for the esthetics, there is no need to make ...
Join us for TechFuse 2009 on March 17! It’s back and even bigger than last year! With 36 sessions and two keynote presentations to choose from, TechFuse 2009 is the most cost-effective way for IT and Developer pros to get up-to-date, 200-300 level education on the topics that matter to your role. TechFuse will provide you resources on the latest developments in IT and Developer trends, technologies, application implementation issues, products and services from tons of local professionals. Website: ...
Here's the complete list of sessions from PDC and my personal favorites. You can find all the recordings of these sessions at www.microsoftpdc.com. Here's my personal favorites: Windows Azure (Hosted ASP, Workflow, Silverlight, RAW / Azure Storage) A Lap Around Windows Azure (ES16) - 0:46 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune A Lap Around the Azure Services Platform (BB01) - 1:12 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune Live and Mesh (Sync, Feeds, Resources, Contacts, etc.) A Lap around the Live Framework and Mesh Services ...
Windows Azure was announced on PDC 2008 (Oct 27) and will hopefully be released mid next year. You probably already know about Azure by this time. If no, I would like to quote some from www.azure.com as intro: The Azure Services Platform is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. The Azure Services Platform provides a range of functionality to build applications that span from consumer web to enterprise scenarios and includes a cloud operating system ...
My presentation "Virtualisation for developers" has been officially selected as the warm up act for Guy Smith-Ferrier at The Next Generation User Group in Birmingham on 12th February 2009. More seriously, many thanks to Guy for allowing me to join him in a double session on such a great topic. Here's the abstracts, Virtualisation For Developers with Liam Westley Not used virtualisation technology yet? As a developer, you are missing out on some great time saving technologies. Concentrating on the ...
I'll be speaking twice in November, presenting Virtualization for Developers. On November 8th I'll be one of the many speakers at the Fairfield / Westchester Code Camp, held in Stamford Connecticut at the The University of Connecticut School of Business. On November 11th, I'll be the speaker for the Northern New Jersey .NET User Group in Parsippany, NJ. In Virtualization for Developers I cover how developers can leverage three of Microsoft's virtualization technologies: Virtual PC 2007, Virtual Server ...
So the secret’s out! Microsoft’s Cloud will give us a number of key aspects. First is the foundation or Windows Azure, this can be seen as the cloud OS but is much, much more than that. It is an infinitely scalable Computation, Storage and Management system providing hyper-visor powered virtualization for cloud hosted apps be it web or otherwise. Next we have the application building blocks or Azure services. Here we find the gestation of BizTalk services and SQL data services. We have .Net services ...

Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Ray Ozzie talks about the future of software and Microsoft's take on new software foundations. Mobile platforms increasling important. New software and activation codes for new services will be made available.

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Put virtualization in your hands, and your plans. Attend this FREE event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft® virtualization solutions in a setting that's focused on you. When: October 21, 2008 Registration Link: http://www.getvirtualnow.co... Doors open at 8:00 A.M. Seminars start at 9:00 A.M. Solutions Pavilion open until 3:45 P.M. Where: Hyatt Regency- Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Ave Suite H Mpls, MN 55403 (612) 370-1234 Find out all about virtualization. You will get ...
I have, for quite a while now, used virtualization technology for all of my development. Multiple versions of installed tools, beta development kits and specialized setups have made the maintenance of a single machine too complex to support everything needed for every project. It has been much easier to create a virtual machine for a project, install whatever is needed, work on it, and tear it down at the end. If an installation fails, or if CTP software has destabilized an operating system. then ...
I learned a few things the hard way and thought I'd pass them along in case it helps someone else. I bought a PowerEdge 2900 last winter planning on consolidating my five machines onto a single virtualized server. The PE 2900 has a pair of quad Xeons, supports up to 48 GB of RAM and 10 SCSI/SATA drives. Plenty of room for growth to support Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. Doing my homework, I downloaded and burned the System Management Tools v. 5.5.0, A00 (5.4+ needed for Windows Server 2008 support) ...
The following table summarizes the differences between different Server OS's capable of Hyper-V. http://www.microsoft.com/se... The following table outlines which Hyper-V–enabled product would suit your needs: Virtualization Needs Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 Standard Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Server Consolidation Test and Development Mixed OS Virtualization (Linux and Windows) Local Graphical User Interface ...
Date: October 1, 2008 from 1:00pm - 4:30pm Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest 5801 Opus Parkway Minnetonka, MN 55343 (952) 935-5500 Details: Please join us for the upcoming Minneapolis Area VMware User Group meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Join an innovative group of VMware users to network, share ideas, and learn how to get the most out of your VMware solutions. This is a great opportunity to meet with your Minneapolis based peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and ...
Michael Watson a Microsoft Architect and SharePoint best practices expert posted a useful link to a TechNet article on using SharePoint with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization. Recommendations specific to SharePoint are provided, such as not to take snapshots of virtual servers that are connected to a server farm. Detach the server from the farm first before taking any snapshot of the server. This is to avoid timer and search services from getting out of sync. Using SharePoint Products and ...
Following on from BizTalk Server 2006 R2 released on October 2, 2007,Microsoft has been working on BizTalk Server 2006 R3. In a recent announcement Microsoft renamed it to simply BizTalk Server 2009. It is scheduled to be released in the first half of next year. A first community technology preview (CTP) has already been sent out to select BizTalk customers, and a second public CTP will be available later this year at PDC. Oliver Sharp, general manager of BizTalk Server, stated that BizTalk Server ...
To reserve your spot please register at: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Your enrollment will be confirmed upon processing. Join us for a free Virtualization and Disaster Recovery Workshop. The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm with lunch provided. This workshop will be held at Works Computing located at 1801 American Blvd E; Suite 12; Bloomington, MN ...
You can now contact Microsoft guys directly and discuss about Microsoft Virtualization. As part of the Virtualization campaigns, Edwin Yuen and Cynthia Starr from Microsoft will be discussing all of Microsoft product features and benefits on Facebook. They will use this forum to address any marketing or technical questions about Microsoft’s virtualization products as well as invite open discussion with other partners and competitors. Cynthia Starr - http://www.new.facebook.com... ...
Service Pack 2 is now available for Commerce Server 2007. No features have been added, but a lot of product compatibility and some bug fixes: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtualization Windows Vista SP1 .NET Framework 3.5 support (nice!) IIS 7.0 in both classic and integrated Pipeline Mode Documentation updated Updated Starter Site Here is a complete list of associated new downloads for SP2: Commerce Server 2007 SP2 Readme SP2 Installation Files Standard Edition Enterprise Edition ASP.NET 2.0 Starter ...
Given that Hyper-V has now just been released as RTM it’s likely that more people are looking at the product and quite possibly for the first time so this sort of information might be very useful? 10 commonly asked questions or issues seen during Hyper-V beta With the RTM release of Hyper-V just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit some of the top things we have seen customers encounter when installing and configuring Hyper-V for the first time and give pointers to resources ...
So this mornings news from Alessandro is the release of Hyper-V - Download a trial here. I have also included at the bottom of this post a number of links that Justin Zarb helped collate regarding where to find all kinds of info relating to Hyper-V Release: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 0 Comments | After over three years of development (the product was originally announced at WinHEC 2005 conference) Microsoft finally releases today its first bare-metal virtualization platform: ...
I took the plunge. I have had the bits for 2008 for a little while and I finally decided to set it up for my TFS environment. Windows Server 2003 is so last year! My buddy ET blogged a few weeks ago on installing TFS on Windows 2008 32 bit. I used his post as a guide, but added a little more detail to some of his steps and updated the overall process for 64 bit. Sadly, the TFS App tier does not run on 64bit Windows and no amount of begging by me would get the product team to send me a patch. *sigh* ...
From ZD Net Australia: in brief Citrix used its thin client technology to demonstrate an Apple iPhone running Windows XP, at the recent Citrix Application Delivery Conference in Melbourne. Windows XP, seen below running on the iPhone, was loaded using Citrix's thin client desktop software XenDesktop. Using the Citrix ICA client — a UNIX application that allows devices to access Windows sessions on a Citrix server — the presenter was able to run Windows on the iPhone via Wi-Fi. Hit the link above ...
I am at the TechPulse 2008 conference brought to us by MyTechPartners (http://www.mytechpartners.... and Success Computing (http://www.sccnet.com/). The website address for the conference is: http://www.techpulse2008.com/. The conference is located at the Marriott off 394 and 169. The location seems to be of good size... the break out rooms hold about 80 people in each of them, which is a good size for a conference. New Horizons of MN did not participate as a vendor at this conference this year, ...
This free seminar is the first in a new five-part series on Virtualization of the Data Center brought to you by Midwave and New Horizons of Minnesota. In total, the series will cover Virtualization technologies, Platform and Foundation and Operational Life Cycle. During the first seminar the presenters will define and explain the following technologies of Virtualization: desktop, distributed, mid-range, support systems, network and storage. After attendees have a clear understanding of the technology ...
Going thru the various articles on Virtualization / Multi boot machines to support multiple OS. I have started feeling the need to go for a machine + software configuration which can give me best of all the worlds. Following are some of the great articles, which I found & might be using some day to configure my dream machine. Top 10 things you can do with VMWare Fusion and your Mac Triple Boot MacBook Pro (Mac OSX / Windows Vista x64 / Windows Server 2008 x64) So an ideal laptop for this would ...
My only disappointment is that we are currently in the middle of moving our current Solutions Centre from one Office location to the other so it'll be some while before I get a chance to test this. It certainly looks quite impressive and it does have some lofty aims, but from a brief look through as well as their well deserved reputation based on Flex Profiles I'm sure this will stand up to it's promises. Test Scenario’s With login VSI you can compare many different scenarios: • VDI vs. SBC • VMware, ...
So along with Alessandro I'm curious as to why the name ThinApp has been chosen as it does have more than a passing resemblance to Citrix's new XenApp? I wonder if this is any indication of the coming marketing campaigns in the push for customers attention in the Desktop Virtualization market? ;-) VMware ThinApp is the final name for Thinstall technology In January 2008 VMware, a hardware virtualization company, acquired an application virtualization startup called Thinstall. The plan is to use the ...
In an effort to better support User Groups worldwide, Microsoft is rolling out UGSS User Group Support Services. We at INETA have been, and will continue to be, working closely with this team to better serve the user group community… Consistency and scale in the services we provide to User Group Communities has been a challenge and a source of consternation for all of us over the past years. Microsoft is pleased to announce that as of last month’s User Group Leadership Summit and based on global ...
It is something of a shame that Symantec is not making the best of this acquisition, especially when you consider the amount of change and hype in the Virtualization space over the last 14 months since Symantec announced the purchase? I made the comment only a few weeks ago (Thinstall quick out of the blocks) that it was quite gratifying to see good technology not sitting by the sidelines waiting for the politics and marketing to settle before it can again back on with getting the work done - but ...
As D'Arcy shared on his blog last night, Will Craddock and Rodney Buike hosted a Community Connection event sponsored by CIPS and Microsoft in Regina, Sask, Canada. We had a great turn out, expected 175 people, I would assume 100+ attended although I did not get the final numbers. This event type was certainly new to our market; it followed the idea of Open Spaces that has been all the rage in the community. What I was most impressed with, is the fact that Microsoft made an effort to enforce community ...