July 2011 Entries

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.

Apparatus to host Windows Azure boot camp in Indianapolis

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.windowsazureboot... ......

Are you all set for SharePoint Saturday: The Conference?

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/L... Hotel Info: http://www.spstc.org/blog/L... ......

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.

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 ......

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/sq... A sample clipping of what the site displays: ......

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/sq... And when you get there this is what the site looks like. Once there, click on the Download CTP3 link. This will take you to another screen. Select Language and version, this will take you a sign in with your Live ID, and then you will get to the following screen … Pay close attention to the banner in red: The Akamai download manager will ......

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/do... Windows Azure Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... SQL Server 2008 R2 for Developers ......

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 … ......

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. redgate SQL Azure Backup 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. ......

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. ......

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? I already have a background with virtualization, ......

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 ......