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    Azure One Stop Reference Guide

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    I wanted to write a post on Azure but did not want to repeat information that is already available. So knowing how hard it can be to find information, as we like to spread it around our different web properties, I thought I would create a post where I...
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    Virtualization and Cloud Part 2

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    In my last post I talked about how Virtualization is one of the key underlying technologies that will be used to build a Cloud. ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briancombs/archive/2010/09/10/virtualization-and-cloud-part-1.aspx ) I then covered Hyper-V and SCVMM...
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    Virtualization and Cloud Part 1

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    Much has been written about Cloud and how it will change everything. Almost everyone finds a way to say that they support Cloud in one way or another. I would like to take a step back and look at Virtualization. I believe that virtualization is one of...
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    Free Deployment help for Windows Server 2008

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    Windows Sever 2008 is out the door, Hyper-V has shipped and SQL 2008 is not far behind. Customers are still upgrading to Vista and Office 2008 so all is good. While not if you are the folks in charge of deploying all of this. If so you may be working...
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    Read-Only Domain Controller

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    For this post I would like to talk about one of the new features to Active Directory (AD) that ships as part of Windows Server 2008. While AD may be used for many things the main job that most organizations use it for is authentication. Because AD holds...
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    Make your apps highly available with Hyper-V and Server 2008 failover Cluster

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    Many applications are now required to run 24X7 with little or no downtime. They are also expected to quickly recover in case of a natural disaster or internal outage. So how can you use Server 2008 to easily have highly available, scalable and manageable...
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    Hyper-V Beta is in Windows Server 2008

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    The launch of Windows Server 2008 has come and gone and you can now download RTM version of Server 2008 from the MSDN subscription area. I ncluded in RTM of Server 2008 is beta of Hyper-V (formerly codenamed “Viridian”) which is a good reason to download...
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    WS 2008 App Compat

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    Windows Server 2008 is almost out the door. So one big question is will your applications run on Server 2008. If you are an ISV this could be a very important question that your customers are asking. This should also not come as a surprise to you as by...
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    A Look at Server Core in Windows Server 2008

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    RC0 for Windows Server 2008 is out. If you don’t already have it you can download it from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0818D425-CD47-4279-BE8D-24ABA14530A3&displaylang=en You can get more information...
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    Using ServerManagerCmd

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    Longhorn is now officially Windows Server 2008. Beta 3 is now out and you can download the beta from the following URL: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx If you want to do the try before you buy take a look at the TechNet Virtual...
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    New Job New Post

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    Just looked and saw that my last post was Oct. 2006. Time sure flys by. Let's see what has changed. Moved from developer support to our global ISV team. My new job is to work with ISV's around adopting MSFT technology into their product lines. So what...
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    Custom Validation Rule for Web Test

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    The other day someone on the Team System Testing forum posted a question about Web Test validation rules when using master pages in their ASP.Net application. The problem is that if you use a master page it will change the names of your form fields at...
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    Programmatically get Work Items from TFS

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    My manager needed a report on bugs (work items) in TFS (Team Foundation Server). The bugs were in different areas of the project and I had been using different queries in Team Explorer to get and view the data. So now I wanted to automate this so I did...
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    Unit Testing on Vista's IIS

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    Ok you are now unit testing your web service and everything is going fine. So now you decide that you want to try out RC1 of Vista so you set it up and make sure IIS is installed. So now you try and create an ASP.Net app in the localhost only to find...
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    Save Time by Unit testing your webservices

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    Ok folks here we go, the first post on my new blog. My current job at Microsoft is a Developer Tools Support Engineer supporting the new tools that ship in Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition. Ok enough about me. There has been a big push for SOA (Service...
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