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Hyper-V for Developers - presentation from NxtGenUG Oxford (including link to more info on Dynamic Memory)
Many thanks to Richard Hopton and the NxtGenUG guys in Oxford for inviting me to talk on Hyper-V for Developers last night, and for Research Machines for providing the venue. It was great to have developers not yet using Hyper-V who were really interested in some of the finer points to help them with specific requirements. For those wanting to follow up on the topics I covered, you can download the presentation deck as either PDF (with speaker notes included) or as the original PowerPoint slidedeck, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 7:11 PM

Thanks to NxtGenUG Manchester - Hyper-V for Developers presentation now available for download
Thanks to Steve and Andy at NxtGenUG Manchester for making me very welcome and for the guys who didn't head down the pub for a Guinness for St Patrick's Day and came to NxtGen instead. I hope you all got something from the presentation, if not technical insights, at least a can of Guinness of Tunnocks caramel wafer as swag. As promised here is the presentation in both PowerPoint and Adobe PDF format (with speaker notes), ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2010 11:16 PM

Hyper-V for Developers presentation - NxtGenUG Southampton
Thanks to John and the guys at NxtGenUG Southampton for the invitation to come down to and present on Hyper-V for Developers tonight. And thanks to the tips, definitely have new stuff to look into, will look into PowerTab for improving my PowerShell experience (thanks to Rob Cooper aka @robcthegeek). I’ll also take the hint of using a proper ‘Southampton’ image. Next time you’ll have the Titanic as a desktop background instead of the mighty Spitfire whose first test flights were from Eastleigh airport ......

Posted On Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:54 AM

How to setup a SQL Server alias and when is a connection alias useful for developers?
UPDATE: 5th January 2012If the client machine does not have SQL Server Configuration Manager, then head over to this MSDN article, Qureshi has written an excellent comment for how to use the command line utility, cliconfg.exe, on a client machine which lacks SQL Server Configuration Manager. Isn’t this old hat? In a distant SqlBits, far, far away (actually the very first SqlBits) I gave two grok talks; the first on developers using SQL Server ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 10:46 AM

Hyper-V for Developers - presentation from Edge UG 16 September 2009
Thanks to Ray and Gavin for organising another top EdgeUG meeting in Microsoft Cardinal Place and for everyone who attended my talk on Hyper-V for Developers. The audience had to deal with a huge amount of technical information that I crammed into the hour - hopefully it didn't put them off their pizza. Fortunately the Stack Overflow master and author of C# in Depth, Jon Skeet, was on hand after the break for a interesting glimpse into code contracts coming with VS2010 and C# 4.0. For those who weren't ......

Posted On Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:29 AM

Hyper-V for Developers - presentation from DevEvening 13 August 2009
Thanks to Alex and Matt for organising another top DevEvening user group in Woking and for everyone who attended my talk on Hyper-V for Developers. Apologies for over running and hope it didn't stop you from enjoying your meals. I think I achieved a good warm up for Sebastien Lambla's talk on best practices in MVC. For those who weren't there last night, the presentation provides an overview of Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 running Hyper-V, tools that you can install to help you out, ......

Posted On Friday, August 14, 2009 3:01 AM

NxtGenUG Oxford - CI Factory talk
Thanks to all who attended the NxtGenUG Oxford meeting last night, always good to see a different user group in operation. Apologies for not achieving the promised 20 minutes to create a CI server from a completely clean Win2003 server installation - but 26 minutes isn't too shoddy. As promised you can download the slidedeck for my CI Factory talk from here. Make sure you view it with the speaker notes as they give all the background information. On the 'Demonstration' slide the notes include the ......

Posted On Thursday, August 7, 2008 9:02 AM

London .NET User Group - CI Factory talk
Thanks to all who attended the London .NET User Group meeting last night, a great turnout and lovely weather for slurping beers in the streets of Clerkenwell afterwards. As promised you can download the slidedesk for my CI Factory grok talk from here, and if yoiu want an extended version I'm presenting at NxtGenUG in Oxford on Wednesday 6th August. In the one hour or so I'll hopefully have time to actually create a SubVersion repository, edit the CI Factory setup file to create a new build server ......

Posted On Friday, July 25, 2008 9:29 AM

DDD6 - 24th November - You have until 19th October to get your vote in
Voting now open on DDD6 here,, so get your 10 votes in to make sure it's the conference you want it to be.

Those who are eagle eyed will note that my bribes to the organisers were obviously well received as my yap about CIFactory has appeared at the top of the voting table .....

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2007 11:04 PM

Grok talk at Fest07 - 23rd May 2007
I will be presenting a grok talk at Fest07 at Microsoft campus in Reading; 'Continuous Integration for newbies made easy - A quick guide to CI Factory'. Those who have read my posts on CI Factory installation will be familiar with the subject, but feel free to come along and say hello if your attending. I'll have my build server with me - an external notebook drive with VirtualPC image and I'll be giving a brief overview of how CI Factory got my build server up and running in a couple of days, with ......

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2007 10:50 PM

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