November 2010 Entries

Windows Azure Platform New Portal

Not sure when it changed or how long it has been available. The thing is, tonight I logged on to my Azure account to work on a couple of projects, and there it was, a new way to manage and service my Azure environment. So, here is a quick preview as I plan on diving deeper into the new features and the beta components. Look pretty interesting … ......

Great finds: SharePoint 2010 Reference and Business Intelligence documents

In browsing around and following people on twitter, I have come across valuable documentation. First, the SharePoint Technical Reference http://www.microsoft.com/do... Second, Getting Started with Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Great finds: AD FS and Ping Federate document

There are several documents and guides being released normally. There is one I am personally interested in because of projects I am currently working on, and the topic of Ping Federate has been all over this. http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Microsoft Lync Server 2010: TechNet Reference

As you may have heard Microsoft recently released Lync Server 2010. This is the communications software platform, it focuses on IM, presence, conferencing and telephony. Here is the link to the Lync TechNet reference material. http://technet.microsoft.co... If you prefer your information in chm format, you can also get this from http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Creating a Web Application using Central Administration for SharePoint Foundation 2010

A couple of days ago, I posted the general steps to create a Web Application using Central Administration for WSS 3.0. Now we are back from the past, and moving into SharePoint Foundation 2010. Assumptions made here, you have access to the Central Administration tool, either by remotely accessing the site or by achieving access through RDP to the server. First, we land at the main window for the Central Administration tool. Once there, you will click on the Manage Web Applications on the Application ......

Virtualization of SQL Server on VMware platform

We have gotten the chance to see Microsoft’s recommendations on how to go about providing a reliable virtualization platform to support SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment. While that defines an “ideal” scenario, not all deployments for a virtualized platform happen on Hyper-V, there is a large number of deployments taking place on the VMware platform. And a recent post from Jonathan Kehayias on sqlblogs.com is a great summary of the resources available for making a great implementation possible. ......

Creating a Web Application using Central Administration for WSS 3.0

Knowing fully we are now in SharePoint Foundation 2010 territory, I am going back in time. There are still questions around how to configure or create a Web Application and then a Site Collection using WSS 3.0. The questions have come up with companies moving to Team Foundation Server 2010 and not having had experience configuring WSS 3.0. And in many cases they have found in being the “go to” person for anything and everything that has to do with the TFS 2010 deployment you have done. Assumptions ......

Great Finds: Application Lifecycle Management for SharePoint 2010!

Over the last couple of months this topic has come up several times and it has always sparked a deep conversation on what should be included and covered by the process. Jim Crowley has captured this in an awesome post and great read. Very detailed! Thanks, Jim! http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sha... ......

MSDN Magazine Repository

I have shared this information with some of my peers as they have mentioned their dilemma of recycling or keeping their past copies of MSDN Mag, well there is always the repository of the pdf version of the Magazine in a repository from 2003to date.

Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee412244.aspx

SQL Server Denali CTP1

SQL Server Denali CTP1 was recently announced.  What are you doing to prepare for it and check the new features?

Here is the link to the Microsoft site:

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/product-info/future-editions.aspx

SharePoint 2010 Branding

I was reading some posts today and stumbled across an amazing resource, started reading and it was impossible to put it down. End to end real world guidance on Branding. The authors: Andrew Connell and Randy Drisgill. If you have not seen what those guys can do, I recommend you look at their work, then again if you are in the SharePoint world and have not heard of them, where have you been hiding? Anyway, here is the link to the very impressive MSDN article. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ......