June 2011 Entries
New release for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

Among the new content in the release, is a set of ALM docs and labs.

The ALM content referenced above is:

o Using Code Analysis with Visual Studio 2010 to Improve Code Quality

o Introduction to Exploratory Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010

o Introduction to Platform Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010

o Introduction to Quality Tracking with Visual Studio 2010

o Introduction to Test Planning with Microsoft Test Manager 2010

All ALM labs point to the latest version of the VS 2010 RTM VM.

You can download the Training Kit from :

Visit the online content:

Download the most recent version of the Visual Studio:

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:40 PM | Comments (0)
INETA Speaking engagement, July 14, Ft. Wayne, IN.

A while back I decided to get back to speaking engagements and such. For the most part I had kept that to some local User Groups and some conferences like TechEd. I decided to sign up for the INETA Speaker program. Well my first gig came through. I will be speaking at the SharePoint Users of Ft. Wayne, Indiana meeting on July 14th.

The topic is on Building Solutions for SharePoint using Visual Studio LightSwitch.

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:22 AM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 has been released

On June 27th Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office.

The download can be found at:

As always, with any installation of a hotfix or service pack, become informed on what the changes/improvements are so you are prepared in the event of mitigation steps being needed.  The information for the Service Pack can be found as KB2460049 here

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:13 AM | Comments (0)
Rangers Build Customization Guide

For anyone that is working in a Release Management environment with TFS at the helm, and having Build Management strategies and processes defined, this is a must have.

Look at the codeplex site, great documentation, Hands-on Labs and the overall guidance.

Check it out …

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:11 PM | Comments (0)
Recent ALM Rangers Summary Posts

Willy-Peter Schaub has been a machine producing and posting content.  It is such a gem of information that you can find in the content being posted.  He has created some Summary Posts on the specific topics the ALM Rangers are working on.

Here is the list of quick access TOC Posts.

TOC: “Tags” a la acronyms … what do they all mean?

TOC: TFS Integration Tools Blog Posts and Reference Sites

TOC: TFS Iteration Automation Blog Posts and Reference Sites

TOC: Virtual Machine (VM) Factory

TOC: Build Customization Guide Blog Posts and Reference Sites

TOC: Lab Management Guide Blog Posts and Reference Sites

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2011 9:57 PM | Comments (0)
The Alienware M11xR3 has arrived

A week or so ago, I mentioned my gear was evolving.  The newest member of my gear arrived yesterday, an Alienware M11xR3.

Here are the specs:

Intel Core i7-2617M 1.5GHz (2.6GHz Turbo Mode, 4MB Cache)

NVIDIA GeForce GT540 graphics with 2.0GB Video Memory and Optimus

16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

11.6in High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight

750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s

Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled

Intel Advanced-N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO Technology with WiMax

Gobi Mobile Broadband with GPS - supports ATT with contract

Internal Bluetooth 3.0


Some pics from the unboxing event:

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Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2011 5:47 PM | Comments (0)
Dealing with SQL Server renames and moves

Hopefully you don’t deal with this often.  But if it does happen.  A couple of things to keep in mind.  The steps to 1) rename a server 2) potentially needing to transfer logins.  Mind you my reference and examples here are for Stand-alone Instances.

There are at least 2 options for each.  The ones that paid off for me are:


sp_dropserver <old_name>


sp_addserver <new_name>, local


Followed by a:


Reference from:

Transfer of Logins

I found the following article to be helpful and effective.

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2011 9:41 PM | Comments (0)
My gear is changing and evolving

Not too long ago, I was hauling a 20” system, not going to call it a laptop as it was not meant to be on my lap, and not a notebook as it was more a historical folio sized thing.  Anyway, then the transition to a more powerful system that would be smaller, so an ASUS G51JX came to me.  A system 15.6” with 500GB HDD and 16GB RAM with an i7 first generation.  I still have it with me, but it is a tad painful to carry when travelling.  Then a MacBook Pro 13”, great system and all, love the battery life, easy to carry, but not really the best system for VM work, again I think the ASUS got me spoiled.  But the MBP was easy to carry around, unplug go to meetings an such.

But things do change …

Here is the new gear, first another ASUS, but this time I am experimenting and testing the EP121.  A Slate, a bit tweaked already, with 4GB RAM, an i5 and 128GB SSD.  Great system to grab and go.  But not at the point of running VMs and demos.

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So, with that said, I needed something that would allow for a portable, yet powerful system that would be a small unit with good power.  Tested an Acer 11.6, i7, 8GB, 320GB HDD, but that was struggling to keep up.  Again, spoiled by the 16GB on the G51JX.

Now comes the newest member of my family of gadgets, an Alienware M11x.  It packs a 2nd generation i7, 16GB RAM, 750GB 7.2K RPM HDD, 2GB Video Ram, USB 3.0.  In a 11.6” package.

Looking forward to seeing how this 2 systems work with me in my future engagements and such.

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:23 PM | Comments (0)
Some information on Visual Studio vNext ALM

If you were at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, you likely heard or saw what is coming in the next release of the Visual Studio product line and technologies.

Here is a summary of some of those items:

Visual Studio Roadmap

The Future of Microsoft Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Presentation from TechEd

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:04 PM | Comments (0)
Windows Azure and SQL Azure Videos

Great content available to get started with Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

Windows Azure
SQL Azure
Introductory Videos

Introductory Videos

Deep Dive

Deep Dive


Case Studies

Case Studies



Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2011 6:46 PM | Comments (0)
Great Find: Analysis Services Operations Guide

A great guide that will give you information on how to test, monitor, capacity plan, and troubleshoot Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services OLAP solutions.

Get it here ...

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2011 9:01 PM | Comments (0)
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