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. ......

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 ......

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: http://www.microsoft.com/do... 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 http://support.microsoft.co... ......

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 … http://rabcg.codeplex.com/

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 ......

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 ......

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: Renaming sp_dropserver <old_name> GO sp_addserver <new_name>, local GO Followed by a: Select @@SERVERNAME Reference from: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ......

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, ......

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 http://www.microsoft.com/vi... The Future of Microsoft Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Presentation from TechEd http://channel9.msdn.com/Ev... ......

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 Tutorials Case Studies Case Studies Events Events ......

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 ... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh226085.aspx