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Presenting at Evansville .NET Users Group

Evansville .NET Users Group

On August 23rd, 2011, I will be presenting an Introduction to Visual Studio LightSwitch at the Evansville, Indiana .NET Users Group.

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2011 1:36 PM | Comments (0)
Apparatus to host Windows Azure boot camp in Indianapolis

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Apparatus is sponsoring and hosting the Windows Azure boot camp in Indianapolis.  This will take place on September 24th, 2011.

I will be one of the presenters for the event.  Join us!

Details are here: http://www.windowsazurebootcamp.com/city/indianapolis

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2011 1:06 PM | Comments (0)
Are you all set for SharePoint Saturday: The Conference?

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In about 3 weeks, specifically August 11-13 we will be already going strong with SharePoint Saturday The Conference in Washington, DC.

Are you registered?  Have you made your plans?

This is a great opportunity to get together with many of the SharePoint names that produce outstanding solutions, amazing books and overall give great guidance.

Join us!

Are you a Student or an Educator?  Check this out … http://www.spstc.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=25

Hotel Info: http://www.spstc.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=28

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2011 7:42 AM | Comments (0)
Deck for my SharePoint User Group in Ft. Wayne, IN Presentation

The deck for the presentation that will take place in a couple of hours for SPUFW is now posted online.  It can be accessed here:

 

Videos with the demo will follow.

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2011 5:43 AM | Comments (0)
Why use SharePoint Technologies with Team Foundation Server?

This is a recent question I ran into on the MSDN TFS Forums.  Made me think why I use it and how to make it effective.

Here is what my response to this was …

“My #1 justification is the fact that when you are looking at TFS source control is not all it does. TFS has the benefit of enabling a solutions team with different roles the right level of visibility.

Not everyone will use Visual Studio, for example project managers. In many cases Visual Studio can intimidate the individual. When deployed with SharePoint, there are web parts and components that will enable collaboration from TFS to SharePoint and the other way around. For example, the creation of Work Items can be done from SharePoint, the Documents area from TFS will upload documents to document libraries in SharePoint. So, if you are looking for more than just Source Control and Build Management and in fact perhaps a better rounded ALM solution, I think SharePoint definitely has a place.”

Then a bit on the deployment needed …

“Now, in the scenario mentioned, the company or individual already have a SharePoint 2007 deployment, in such case, they will need to install the Extensions for SharePoint. 3 Pieces that will enable the communication from TFS to SharePoint and vice versa. Now, it also includes items that will feed metrics to know status and progress and such. Normally what I recommend is allocation of the TFS-SharePoint in its own Web App if not Site Collection and managed path for projects.

As far as the version of SharePoint, you can integrate with either 2007 or 2010.

Hope this helps, if there are questions, keep on asking and let's get the discussion going.”

I think it is important to understand the why and not only the how.  The why helps position and justify the need not only for developers, but for the entire team.

There is plenty to talk about on this topic.  I will come back to it later to describe the benefits deeper.

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:32 PM | Comments (2)
Getting to know the SQL Server Learning Center

In exploring the SQL Server site at microsoft.com, I came across the Learning Center option.  It is a wealth of information to become familiar with the features and capabilities of the platform.  It has as I mentioned, a wealth of information.  Available for versions 2008 R2, 2008 and 2005.

Go check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/learning-center/resources.aspx

A sample clipping of what the site displays:

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Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 10:21 PM | Comments (0)
SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 download availability

SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 has become available for download and testing.

Here is where you go for it: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions.aspx

And when you get there this is what the site looks like.

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Once there, click on the Download CTP3 link. This will take you to another screen.

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Select Language and version, this will take you a sign in with your Live ID, and then you will get to the following screen …

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Pay close attention to the banner in red:

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The Akamai download manager will ask you to allow its installation. Then the download will take place.

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Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 10:14 PM | Comments (0)
Developer Training Kits

Microsoft has released a number of training kits that have hands-on labs, articles, presentations and loads of information.  The have become available for a range of products.  They have also been updating them as more features or service packs come out.

The links to them are listed below:

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=23507

Windows Azure Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8396

SQL Server 2008 R2 for Developers Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=16281

Silverlight 4 Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=10409

LightSwitch Beta 2 Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=23746

WCF and WF Samples for .NET Framework 4 http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21459

Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=6450

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:00 AM | Comments (1)
TechEd NA 2011 Presentation Material

Back in May, I presented at TechEd 2011 North America – Atlanta.  I just now realized my ppt never made it to the materials section on the myTechEd website.

Here is the link to it …

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2011 9:19 AM | Comments (0)
SQL Azure Backups: The options

One of the things that I have really enjoyed in the process of working with SQL Azure is the SQL Azure Management options. Mind you, it does not have a built-in backup tool, yes there are other options.

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Currently, Red Gate has a SQL Azure Backup tool (since it is Beta, it is free for the time being).

Obviously, in order to use the tool the network/ip address from which you will be connecting has to be enrolled into the Azure Firewall for your account.

The first step … connect.

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Next, Start Backup

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And then it completes.

SQL Server Management Studio

With SQL Server Management Studio is a matter of adjusting the way we refer to backups.  Why?  It is not a one stop process, there will be several steps we need to complete.  And that process is (the easiest I have found) to run SQL Azure Backup, which in essence is performing a transfer of the SQL Azure DB to your local server.  Once the DB is on your local SQL Server Instance.  We proceed with the Backup tool or T-SQL statements to have the backup process complete.

 

Again, just food for thought, and it is an area that keeps on evolving.

UPDATE:  As I said, it keeps evolving.  Make sure you also give the Import/Export features announced at TechEd 2011 http://www.sqlazurelabs.com/ImportExport.aspx

 

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2011 9:09 AM | Comments (0)
My experiences with WordPress running on Windows Azure

 

The installation process took some getting used to. but understanding the purpose and work done with the Azure Companion helped tremendously.  There are 3 different ways from getting this in place, using the With SSL package, the Without SSL, and the source code version.

It is always helpful when someone has gone through the trouble of documenting their steps.  So, in implementing my Intentional Thinking 2.0 blog site running WordPress on Azure, I followed the post/article published by John White.

Now, there will be a time when you need to update your WordPress installation and patch it and so on.  That will be the next test in using the platform.

My blog is not moving or anything close to that.  But I will be cross-posting.  The address if you want to check it out and see how it evolves is http://intentionalthinking.cloudapp.net

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:57 AM | Comments (0)
Setting up VMware Hypervisor using VMware Go

My team at work has been growing and evolving.  With that came a group of guys that challenge me to do more and learn more … faster.

So, one of them is a virtualization junkie (no, geek does not apply).  And I have seen him do some pretty cool stuff on his home gear.  I have some gear just laying around and I decided to give some stuff a go.

Enter VMware Go, deploying VMware’s Hypervisor remotely was one thing that attracted me.  How complicated can it get? Right?

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I already have a background with virtualization, but not necessarily a junkie.  So I chose the Are you new to Virtualization? option.

That took me to another area to provide the information on the target system.  (The system currently is running Windows Server 2008)  Provided the IP Address, and new name for the Server. 

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Ran into the all-important are you sure about this dialog. I Clicked Yes. But remember you are removing the Windows Installation from that system.

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Some Click-Once operations kicked off, and then the credentials to check compatibility.  Then another dialog to enter the new password for root.  And according to VMware Go at this point the installation is taking place.  It should be 15 minutes or so and the Hypervisor should be ready to fly.  I do see disk activity on the target box at this point, but nothing else on the target. 

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Now, on My Recent Items I do see status changes:

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  • Downloading the Hypervisor ISO. 
  • Then it moved to patching the ISO. 
  • Then Installing the Bootloader.
  • Then rebooting the Remote Computer.
  • Writing the Binary Image
  • Initializing Newly Created Hypervisor

At this point the system is booting up, I saw the newly installed Hypervisor boot up and it is loading VMware ESXi 4.1.0 . Now I saw the remote system reboot, and now loading up again. Now the last report of status is Installation Finished.  But that is for the Hypervisor, the next task is to work with VMs.

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So, I took the option of Install OS Manually. Clicked Go. Now the next screen asked me about the details on the new VM.  And it presented me with options.

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At this point, I clicked Create Virtual Machine.

That will be the next post.  The process of creating a VM through VMware Go.

Posted On Saturday, July 2, 2011 12:14 PM | Comments (0)
Presenting at SharePoint Saturday The Conference in DC: August 11-13

Yesterday morning I received the wonderful news on my sessions proposal being accepted.  With that said, I will be presenting at the SharePoint Saturday The Conference.

My session:

Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success

I will be discussing the way and options in which Team Foundation Server and the SharePoint platform work together to provide a Requirements Management solution.

Now, are you going to attend?

I think you should!  The have extended the registration early bird price of $39.00, yes Thirty Nine bucks!!! The speaker roster is amazing, the content looks amazing!

So, come on … Join Us!

Posted On Friday, July 1, 2011 11:45 AM | Comments (0)
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