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Windows Server 2008 App Compat Labs Released
The first four labs in a series of Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility labs have been released on MSDN. You can find them as follows: - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Access Rights, Impersonation - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Impact of Code Signing - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Installer Detection - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Session 0 Isolation There will be more labs in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and enjoy ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 10:20 PM

TxF Managed Wrapper on Code Gallery
Hello, everybody, I have released the first version of a rudimentary managed wrapper around Transactional NTFS to Code Gallery on MSDN: http://code.msdn.microsoft.... The wrapper in its current form is very basic but should give developers a good idea on how simple it is to use Transactional NTFS from managed code. Feel free to go grab it, play around with it (there are some sample screencasts using the wrapper on the Developer Meet Server Show), and feel free to use it any way you wish. ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 4:41 AM

New App Compat Video - Debugging
A new video has been posted to the Developer Meet Server Show on Channel 9. In this video, we discuss tools and resources you should know about when debugging application compatibility issues. From the description of the video: "?In this video, we sit down (well, stand up actually) with Chris Jackson and Gov Maharaj to chat about debugging application compatibility issues (and some of the things Microsoft has done to mitigate typical app compat issues we've run into)." Enjoy ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:43 PM

WS08 Feature of the Week #14 - Sub-queues in MSMQ 4.0
What are sub-queues? Subqueues are implicitly created local queues that are logical partitions of a physical queue. Applications can use subqueues to group messages. Subqueues are implicitly created when opened, are deleted when empty, and have no open handles. Messages cannot be sent to a subqueue. Messages can be received from subqueues, moved between the main queue and its subqueue, or moved between a pair of sibling subqueues. Subqueues do not have their own properties or state, but share the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:19 PM

New App Compat Video - MSI Installer Issues
I have posted a new video to the Developer Meet Server Show on Channel 9. This video discusses common MSI Installer Issues you might run into if deploying an application onto Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. From the description of the video: "In this video, we chat with Robert Flaming about application compatibility issues around Windows Installer for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Mark Taylor, from our first Application Compatibility video, sits in as well to fire off some important ......

Posted On Friday, January 18, 2008 7:33 PM

WS08 Feature of the Week #13 - Windows Process Activation Service (WAS)
What is Windows Process Activation Service? Windows Process Activation Service, also referred to as WAS, is a new component in IIS 7.0 that manages application pool configuration and worker processes instead of the WWW process. This enables the same configuration for both HTTP and non-HTTP sites to be used. Thanks to this separation (and in combination with the new modular architecture of IIS 7.0), you can even host non-HTTP sites without the WWW Service even being installed in the first place. How ......

Posted On Friday, January 18, 2008 7:12 PM

An actually funny video about Windows Server
Well, at least I found it funny. A coworker brought this to my attention today. I thought it was pretty clever and enjoyed it. Then again, I've known for a while how great Windows Server 2008 is :). Here's an excerpt: Once I was almost famous. For years, my friends and I were on the front lines: we were the Windows Server 2003 servers that powered Microsoft.com, one of the hottest Web sites in the world. Then, early last summer, everything changed. Quietly, without warning, the new kids took over. ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 10:52 PM

WS08 Feature Of The Week #12 - IIS7 Administration API
Hello everyone, and welcome back after our winter break hiatus. We have a lot of cool features to cover in the coming weeks that will especially show off the power of Windows Server 2008 as an application server. So, this week we will kick off the new year by taking a short little peek at the new management API coming in IIS7. What is new in IIS7 Administration? IIS7 provides a comprehensive managed-code API that allows complete manipulation of the XML configuration files and convenience access to ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 8:28 PM

Video - App Compat and Windows Server 2008
As part of the "Developer Meet Server" show on Channel 9, I have started a new series of videos on the topic of application compatibility for Windows Server 2008. I will be releasing one video interview per week all the way until launch, so make sure to keep an eye open! in this first video, we discuss a bunch of topics in this video that are very pertinent to the topic of Application Compatibility on Windows Server 2008, from Session 0 Isolation to IIS 7 to Mandatory Integrity Control, among many ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 8:10 PM

The launch of marshal-as.net
In my previous post, I talked about why I personally love C++/CLI as a solution for managed and native interop. With the launch of Visual Studio 2008, and the include of the new marshalling library, there is on part of the equation missing, I believe. On the C# side of the interop equation, you have http://www.pinvoke.net. When I'm wanting to interop with a given Windows API, there is a very (very) good chance that the wrappers have already been posted onto pinvoke.net. While the marshal_as<> ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 11:03 PM

Tech Ed Developer (Europe)
Howdy all, I will be at Tech Ed Developer this week doing several things. First of all, I will be giving two talks: the first on Application Compatibility in Windows Server 2008 outlining the top issues developers need to be aware of when developing for it, and second, a talk on Transactional NTFS as it pertains to Windows Server 2008. Also, I will be "manning" the Ask The Experts booth for Windows Server 2008. So if you want to chat about Windows Server 2008 (or just say hello), make sure to drop ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 11:03 AM

Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit
James Conard announces over on his blog that our team has just released the Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit for Beta 3. Mosey on over and check it out. You can find resources on everything from WCF, to Cardspace, to WF, to Windows Eventing, to PowerShell, to IIS 7, to Transactional NTFS. So if you are a developer interested in checking out Windows Server 2008, make sure to grab it ......

Posted On Thursday, July 19, 2007 9:03 PM

Windows Server "Longhorn" - Beta 3 Has Arrived!
Well, it's official. Beta 3 of Windows Server "Longhorn" has launched. With it, I finally get to release some of the work I've been working on lately. If you are a developer, I encourage to take a look at "The Top Ways To Light Up Your Apps On Windows Server 'Longhorn'" that was just launched today. It outlines key ways that you, the developer, can leverage all the new and improved enhancements to the Server platform to really make your applications shine in a whole new light. I encourage any of ......

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2007 1:08 AM

Developer, Meet Server - Transactional NTFS and WCF

I recently posted the second screencast in my new "Developer, Meet Server" screencast series. This latest screencast covers using Transactional NTFS in a service-oriented environment via WCF.

Enjoy!

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2007 12:18 AM

Transactional NTFS and Free Disk Space
Andrew recently watched my screencasts and had some great questions that came up around how Transactional NTFS behaves with the file system. So, I figured I would answer them here. So, if you want to see the context around his questions, check out his post. Here's the paragraph with the questions: I wonder what happens to files that never get committed - ala a long running transaction. They have to be taking up file space. Jason says not even Windows Explorer knows about them, but they have to exist ......

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2007 12:13 AM

Developer, Meet Server - Transactional NTFS and WCF

I recently posted the second screencast in my new "Developer, Meet Server" screencast series. This latest screencast covers using Transactional NTFS in a service-oriented environment via WCF.

Enjoy!

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 4:19 PM

Transactional NTFS and Free Disk Space
Andrew recently watched my screencasts and had some great questions that came up around how Transactional NTFS behaves with the file system. So, I figured I would answer them here. So, if you want to see the context around his questions, check out his post. Here's the paragraph with the questions: I wonder what happens to files that never get committed - ala a long running transaction. They have to be taking up file space. Jason says not even Windows Explorer knows about them, but they have to exist ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 4:15 PM

Announcing: New "Developer, Meet Server" Screencast Series
Welcome everybody to the inaugural, first ever, grand opening, “opening the doors to the public” celebration day kick-off for the new “Developer, Meet Server” screencast series. I am your sincere, humble (as ever), gracious and wonderful host/chef/tour guide Jason Olson. In this series of screencasts we will be diving through all the various cool developer-oriented enhancements on the Windows Server "Longhorn" platform that developers can leverage to build robust and powerful applications. Specifically, ......

Posted On Friday, March 9, 2007 1:28 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #11 - Transactional NTFS + USB Flash Drive
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will revisit a prior Fear Of The Week technology that we discussed in order to show off a cool capability of that technology. If you are a developer wanting to mess around with TxF (Transactional NTFS), you should especially read on :). Did You Know? Did you know that on Vista, Transactional NTFS will work with an NTFS-formatted USB Flash Drive? It’s true! If you want to play around with Transactional NTFS and ......

Posted On Friday, December 1, 2006 1:03 PM

Vista-Only Features for Managed Developers
[Crosspost from Managed World] I recently came across a bunch of stuff done by Daniel Moth, a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft UK. If you are a managed developer and want to see the new stuff you can leverage on Vista, be sure to check out his stuff. If you want to digest some of these new features in Screencast format, be sure to check out some of these screencasts that Daniel Moth has also done: Windows Error Reporting and WinQual Application Recovery and Restart Restart Manager Developing a ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 4:07 PM

EasyBCD - A GUI for BCDedit
[Crosspost from ManagedWorld] Rob Atkinson recently blogged some screenshots from a new tool from NeoSmart called EasyBCD. What is EasyBCD? Directly from the horse's mouth: EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies' multiple award-winning answer to tweaking the new Windows Vista bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is possible. Setting up and configuring Windows boot entries is simple, and there is no easier way to quickly boot right into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:55 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #9 - Restart Manager
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this week’s edition of the “Longhorn Server Feature of the Week”, we will be taking a look at a new feature in Vista and Longhorn Server: the Restart Manager. What is the Restart Manager? The primary reason software updates require a system restart during an installation or update is that some of the files that are being updated are currently being used by a running application or service. The Restart Manager enables all ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:21 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #8 - Windows Error Reporting
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we take quick dive into some of the enhancements that have been made to Windows Error Reporting (WER) in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Error Reporting (WER)? Windows Error Reporting enables users to notify Microsoft of application faults, kernel faults, and unresponsive applications. Microsoft can use the error reporting feature to provide customers with troubleshooting information, solutions, or updates ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:19 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #7 - Boot Configuration Data
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will be looking at the robust replacement for boot.ini in Windows Vista and Longhorn Server: Boot Configuration Data. What is Boot Configuration Data? Boot configuration data (BCD) provides a store that is used to describe boot applications and boot application settings. The objects and elements in the store effectively replace Boot.ini. The data in the store can be managed by a command-line utility, bcdedit.exe, ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:15 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #6 - Windows Remote Management
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will take a short little peek at the new Windows Remote Management infrastructure in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Remote Management? Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of the WS-Management protocol, a standard SOAP-based, firewall-friendly protocol that allows hardware and operating systems from different vendors to interoperate. The WS-Management protocol specification ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:13 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #5 - Task Scheduler 2.0
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this fifth installment, we will take a short little peek at a series of enhancements coming in Vista and Longhorn Server to the Task Scheduler. What is the Task Scheduler API? The Task Scheduler API is an API that enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. The Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose to initiate the tasks (referred to as triggers) and then executing ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:11 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #4 - Kernel Transaction Manager
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. As mentioned last week, this week we will look at the component that enables new technologies like Transactional NTFS and the Transactional Registry in Vista and Longhorn Server: the Kernel Transaction Manager. What is the Kernel Transaction Manager? The Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) is a transaction management service. It makes transactions available as kernel objects and provides transaction management services to system ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 3:07 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #3 - Transactional Registry
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this week’s newsletter, we will continue on the “Transactions Bandwagon” by discussing the Transactional Registry. This newsletter will be short and sweet as, truth be told, this feature still needs to have a bit more documentation than it has today. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the Longhorn Server Feature Of The Week! What is the Transactional Registry? The Transactional Registry (TxR) is an enhancement to the Registry ......

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 2:29 PM

Using TxF in Vista RC1
Jim Johnson has a new post about how to use TxF with the new model in Vista RC1. You will obviously need the RC1 bits to mess around with it. I'm hoping to expand on this topic in the future to show some code samples of using it not only by itself, but also using it with SQL and the like. I'll also have some "context" posts around that describing the architecture and relationships around TxF so you can better understand the articles. Unil then, go check out Jim's post :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 5, 2006 9:28 AM

LHS Feature Of The Week #2 - Remote Differential Compression
Hello everyone, and welcome to the second installment of the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will take a short little peek at a feature coming in Vista and Longhorn Server called Remote Differential Compression. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the Longhorn Server Feature Of The Week! What is Remote Differential Compression? Remote Differential Compression (RDC) allows applications to synchronize data between two computers in an efficient manner. The synchronization efficiency is made ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 1:32 PM

LHS Feature Of The Week #1 - Transactional NTFS
Hello everyone, and welcome to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In the Feature Of The Week Newsletter, we visit a new feature coming in Longhorn Server every week. The goal is that these are nice, short, and efficient to minimize the amount of effort required by you, the reader. With every Feature Of The Week, we will provide links to more resources in case you want to spend more time diving into the feature covered. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the Longhorn Server Feature Of The Week! What ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 1:18 PM

Longhorn Server Feature Of The Week
I am starting a new category/feature on this blog. It is something that I've started to do internally and I hope to share with all of you :). The feature is called the Longhorn Server Feature of the Week. Every Friday, I will talk about a new/enhanced feature coming with Vista or Longhorn Server. They will be nice, short, and sweet. The goal is to make them short so that it doesn't take hardly time at all to read it, and will provide links to follow up on if you want to do some more investigation ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 10:02 AM

Booting Vista into Debug Mode
For anyone that has had to boot Windows into debug mode to do some digging around (like remote Kernel Debugging), things have changed. In the past, you could open up boot.ini in the root of the system volume, and add a "/debug" flag to the Windows OS record of choice. One of the things you might notice with Vista is that boot.ini is now gone, solid gone. So, with boot.ini gone, how do you boot into debug mode? It is done with a new tool called "bcdedit". In the root of the system volume, you'll notice ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 12, 2006 5:59 PM

Transaction Resources List
I'll be updating this post over time to reflect new resources that are made available regarding the transactions platform in Windows. Websites: [Transactions] Transactions Programming Forum - MSDN [Transactions] Transaction Management in Windows - Microsoft.com [TxF] TxF Documentation - MSDN Blogs: ... (Read More) ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 8:06 AM

What is TxF and why do I care?
A friend of mine made a good comment on my last post about TxF: "what the heck does TxF do and why should developers care?" I hope to answer that question in this post. If you've never heard of TxF, read on. If you have and still don't "grok it", read on. If you just happen to love the wonderful language that is expelled from my tranquil appendages as they dance over the keyboard, then by all means, read on as well :). So, what is TxF? TxF is the "nick name" for a new technology coming with Vista ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 6:54 PM

The State Of TxF
[Usual Disclaimer: my opinions in no way reflect or represent the opinions of my employer] You'll probably hear me start cheering for TxF after a couple of posts because it is a great technology, but at this point in the ballgame, let's take a step back and take a sobering look at the state of TxF as it exists in post-Beta 2 Vista. As I've been getting up to speed with TxF, I've realized that there is very little up-to-date information on TxF available (except for an internal presentation that was ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 8:35 AM

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