Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

It's all about community!

August, 2007

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Heaps Gooder Spelling in Live Writer


    Tired of squiggly lines under correctly spelt words like colour and flavour (not to mention anything ending in -ise)? Here's a tip for updating your dictionary in Live Writer.!FE151030F50B5B37!331.entry

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    Calling All Geek Girls


    Over at TechTalkBlogs, Bronwen has put out a call for all geek girls to contact her (now I'm going to have to update the stats in my so long and thanks for all the posts post).

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    *Tweet* - change editors!


    It's that time again, our current TechTalkBlogs editors Bronwen, Lorraine and Elaine have been going now for exactly 2 months and focused their posts generally on TechEd. I'm not so sure that Frank's characterization of them is entirely accurate, but they definitely did a super job.

    Some posting stats from their time at the wheel:

      Total Posts Total Comments on Posts
    Bronwen 27 29
    Lorraine 10 9
    Elaine 7 17

    Thanks guys.

    So the big question is, who's next? I'll announce the next editors in a future post, but in the mean time, here are some hints:

    • There are three of them
    • Two of them are not from 'round here, but the third definitely is.
    • Community-minded doesn't even begin to describe these three.
    • I'm sure you can guess one - it'll be a breeze!
    • Think about the other half of D2
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    More Virtual Tech•Ed Videos Published


    Just got a note from Zak - there are a bunch of the Fishbowl Videos posted on the Virtual Tech•Ed site as well as the NZ Tech•Ed Keynote with Lou Carbone.


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    Tech·Ed New Zealand Keynote Speech!

    In an increasingly generic world, where customers are fickle, margins are thin and profits are elusive, managing compelling experiences can make all the difference. Deviating from the usual Tech·Ed Keynote, we are very pleased to bring you Lou Carbone who has been exploring the dynamics of experience creation and management for over 20 years. (Note: the video commences about 20 seconds in, and is 1h 20m in duration)

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    Why Deploy Vista Now?

    Kyle Rosenthal, Windows Vista MVP, Spider Consulting Pty Ltd, hints at the top ten reasons to deploy Windows Vista now. He briefs Corey Hynes, Infrastructure Architect MVP, HynesITe Inc, on topics covered in his Session “Windows Vista: The Top 10 Reasons to deploy now (or why change what works for me now?).”

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    Twenty Years at MS—and Still Loving It!

    Veteran Microsoft employee Jeff Alexander, IT Pro Evangelist, speaks with Andrew Dugdell, Virtualization MVP, about his twenty-year tenure, and even admits he still listens to 80’s music! Jeff also highlights his Tech·Ed Australia session on Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Configuration and his participation in the Mobility Smackdown session.

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    There are more to come (the team recorded about 25 in all). Check it out!

    The Fish Bowl Travels to Australia

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    Now you can create a connected services framework - BizTalk R2 Launch in Sydney September 14


    This just in:

    Learn how to leave complex and costly integration behind, and turn IT into a truly strategic asset. Register your place at "Extending the Connected Enterprise" now, and discover how BizTalk Server 2006 R2 allows diverse systems inside and outside businesses to talk to each other – enabling a true Service Oriented Architecture. Find out how BizTalk is relevant to your particular industry, with examples from the financial services, government, health, manufacturing and retail sectors.

    Event registration link is

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    Sydney Business and Technology User Group this Wednesday


    Craig Bailey's just emailed me a reminder about the upcoming meeting of the Sydney Business and Technology User Group, this month featuring Steve Herzberg from NRG Solutions (session details) and Deon Taylor from SDM (session details). I'm really looking forward to it. Details on Craig's Blog or on the SBTUG website (look out for the prizes).

    See you there!

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    Generating OpenXML Documents on the Server


    Via Doug.

    One of the great features of the New OpenXML file formats used by Office 2007 is their server-side programmability (creation, interrogation, updating etc). Erika Ehrli has a great post on Building Server-Side Document Generation Solutions. Check it out!

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    Free High Performance Computing/Compute Cluster Server Training in Sydney September 18/19


    David Kelly, our HPC Guy sent me this today - contact me if you're interested in coming along and I'll forward to David:

    Microsoft intends to run free Windows Compute Cluster Server training at our Sydney office on September 18 and 19.  The agenda will include the following components:

    Infrastructure Section

    1. Review of cluster topologies
    2. Review of deployment methods
      1. Manual
      2. Automated with RIS
      3. Automated with WDS
    3. The Job Scheduler
      1. Types of jobs and resource allocation policies
      2. Submitting jobs with UI or command line
      3. Extending the scheduler with filter programs
    4. Performance optimization & scalability tips, with particular attention to infiniband
    5. Management of cluster operations
      1. With Microsoft Operations Manager 2005
      2. Introduction to Powershell on clusters

    Development Section

    1. Overview of Cluster Application architecture
    2. Basics of Job Scheduling
    3. Integrating with Job Scheduler
    4. MPI Basics
    5. Porting Unix Applications to Windows Compute Cluster 2003
    6. A peek at CCS Version 2

    We envisage spending approximately 1.5 days covering the above “Infrastructure” items, and then approximately 0.5 days covering the “Development” items. If there is sufficient interest in the “Development” items, then we will consider expanding it to cover an additional 0.5 day (i.e. extending the training into part of a 3rd day on Sept 20th).

    We’re presently trying to get a feel for the number of people who may wish to attend this training. I’d appreciate it if you could give some thought to who in your organisation, or partner organisations, may be interested in attending. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone who may be interested.

    Could you please let me know:

    1) The names of people (in your, or associated organisations) who are interested in attending.

    2) Whether they are interested in attending the “Infrastructure” or “Development” sections of the training, or both. (If only interested in attending the “Development” section, then they only need attend for the relevant half-day or so.)

    3) If they are interested in expanding the  “Development” section to cover material in more depth, which would necessitate extending the training into part of a 3rd day on Sept 20th.

    We’re attempting to finalise the details around the training ASAP, so your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Once we have an idea of the possible number of attendees, we’ll follow up this email with detailed registration information.

    Thanks for your help with this inquiry.

    Kind regards,


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    >L< Blogging!


    Via Doug. I've been reading Lisa's stuff since before she retired the whip (I've still got the notes from the conference I saw her speak at in, I think, 1993) and then her voluminous public output slowed to a trickle. Every once in a while another gem would appear and was as good as before but left one hanging for more. Finally I discover she's blogging (and has been for nearly a month).


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    Office DevCon in Sydney November 3-4 - Will you be there?


    Long-time MVP Graham Seach is organising an Office CodeCamp-style DevCon to be held here at the MS Offices in Sydney over the weekend of November 3-4 (that's closer than you think!). It will most likely be a free event and Graham is looking for expressions of interest from:

    • Attendees;
    • Speakers; and
    • Sponsors

    If you're interested in being involved in this great community opportunity, please contact Graham (gseach at accessmvp dot com) ASAP. He's also after suggestions for content, so please inundate him with your thoughts and get behind this initiative.

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