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A little over a month ago I received a Nokia Lumia 2520. Have been using the device as a secondary tablet (given a Surface Pro 2 is the primary tablet), and I have been very happy with the results of my tests for it. I wish I could say I was typing this on it, but that I would venture to say it’s not too far into the future. Why not now? While I can pair it with a number of Bluetooth keyboards and such, I want to give this review and update in due time, as the cover/keyboard arrives. But, the device ......

Posted On Thursday, December 26, 2013 5:44 PM

It seems another season of previews is upon us
The past couple of weeks have been packed with teasers and updates. But here they go. Visual Studio Update 3: Visual Studio 2013 and TFS 2013 Preview: SQL Server 2014 CTP1 : Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: Windows 8.1 : ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:26 PM

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit
Just in line with the release of the Visual Developer Preview and the availability of the Visual Studio Developer Preview 11 ALM virtual machine, now we have access to the Developer Preview Training kit. Download the Training kit here: ......

Posted On Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:07 AM

BizTalk 2010 Training for Admins and Devs
Microsoft released downloadable training materials for BizTalk 2010 for both Administrators and Developers. Training for Developers: Training for Administrators: ......

Posted On Monday, August 29, 2011 10:44 AM

Installing the Team Explorer Everywhere TFS Plug-in on Eclipse
We have to start from the beginning. And that is by making sure Eclipse is installed. If you are starting anew, then head on over to to get the goods. I will move on as the installation of Eclipse is not my focus here. However, I will say that getting in place on my MacBook Pro took no longer than 5 minutes (that is because I walked away as it was expanding the tarball. Ok, next, Eclipse is in, what else? Team Explorer Everywhere is the key player here. Ok, so in a full blown formal ......

Posted On Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:39 PM

Experiment: Working from a Mac and no Windows Live Writer in sight
I am working on a project testing some cool features and stuff that have to be done on a Mac. While I have been back and forth with MacBook Pros, this time I decided I should expand and extent my testing to the stuff that I do on a daily basis. Blogging is a challenge, tools available are not really all that flexible or feature rich. I have MarsEdit and Blogo. I do think Windows Live Writer is the best thing since ... sliced bread, seriously, I love that tool! But in order for this to work I had ......

Posted On Saturday, July 31, 2010 9:52 AM

Manage your MySQL Database on Windows Azure
From your Add-ons, select your instance: A couple of pieces of information to get here: 1) Your Connection info 2) General management details of your subscription with SuccessBricks To get your connection info, click on the Connection Info toolbar at the bottom of your Management Portal. That reveals the following to be able to use the connection string in your apps. Now, to get additional details on your subscription Then click on the right-pointing arrow to review your add-on’s settings: This will ......

Posted On Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:27 AM

If Dr. Seuss explained the Cloud presentation at MCT Summit
If Dr. Seuss explained the Cloud View more presentations from Enrique Lima ......

Posted On Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:05 PM

Deleting projects from Team Foundation Service
Recently I made the switch from having a local TFS deployment to using the hosted Team Foundation Service. As I had been using it back when it was TFSPreview, there were projects that had been left over, I no longer need those projects. Most of them were tests anyway. But reviewing in reviewing the portal I was not able to find anything to do it from there. I have always been a fan of command-line style administration. In doing my research I came across posts that indicated this being possible by ......

Posted On Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:11 AM

Configuration of Hyper-V and creation of VMs
In continuing with the post that I started last week, this week I focus on how I used PowerShell to install Hyper-V on Windows 8 and then create all necessary items to continue the creation of the SharePoint lab running on Hyper-V on Windows 8. First thing, in all situations I started PowerShell as Administrator. And yes, many of this items can be done and worked on through the GUI. But, the point is how do I automate. Also, assumptions here are you have a licensed version of Windows 8, and your ......

Posted On Sunday, April 28, 2013 7:51 PM

Business Intelligence: Leveraging SharePoint to drive business results Presentation

I was invited to do a presentation on Business Intelligence and Self Service BI at an internal Summit for a Health organization in Indianapolis.

Here is the slide deck.

Posted On Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:42 PM

Creating a SharePoint Demo/Dev Lab using Hyper-V on Windows 8. The Overview.
In the last number of days, I have come across the release of the Microsoft Office Division Demo VMs. While a great asset, it is also quite large and it consumes a lot of resources, this being said as I have a Lenovo W530 with 32GB RAM, and 3 Hard Drives. The download is a 56GB set, then expanded it comes to 220GB. That is just the storage piece. Then in order to get all VMs running, it requires 42GB RAM … not quite what I wanted in the end, but still useful in a given situation. That brought me ......

Posted On Sunday, April 21, 2013 1:03 PM

Introduction to LightSwitch Presentation from EVVDNUG
Here is the slide deck I used The following are the links I made a reference to in addition to those in the deck. MSDN LightSwitch Samples Printing from LightSwitch (Michael Washington) LightSwitch Help Site ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:20 PM

Web Platform Installer issues deploying Azure SDK 1.4 on refreshed systems.
Recently I have been doing quite a bit of testing on different means to deploy the Azure SDKs and such. After a very successful couple of systems, I started running into issues last night. Here is the problem, if I go to the Windows Azure Website, and go to Develop, then click on the SDK and Tools, then Get Tools & SDK, it launches the Web Platform Installer. All seems well at that point, except it will go through the initial process, will find the SDK files for 1.4, but since the tools for Visual ......

Posted On Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:03 PM

Microsoft Office Division Demos: First Look at the Office 365 SharePoint Online Demo site
It took close to 10hrs to provision, below are some screenshots of what is the generated content. More details and info to come… but for now, make sure you check the email you will receive from the system once the platform is fully provisioned (otherwise you will go crazy getting logged on) and you do not want to disrupt the process of getting the packs in place. First thing, log on … Next, check your Office 365 dashboard … notice the area in the red rectangle, I am thinking that is due (based on ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:29 PM

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