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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Deployment Tool Sandbox

    At the Microsoft PDC today, I attended a talk entitled, "Web Application Packaging and Deployment". It went into detail about how the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool can significantly ease deployment for ASP.net applications onto a supporting Windows platform. The idea is that the tool will programmatically...
  • Blog Post: What would you like to do with Windows Server 2008 Core?

    Lately there has been a great deal of discussion about WS2008 Core amongst the Web Platform Architect Evangelists and several of the great people in the IIS and Commerce/Hosting product teams. Ever since I first learned of LongHorn Core (now Windows Server 2008 Core), I was very excited about the possibilities...
  • Blog Post: Coming to a City Near You!!! Windows Server 2008 Hosting Roadshow

    Many of you know that I've been talking about IIS7 in road shows, talks, demonstrations, and training labs since I first started working as a Hosting Evangelist in January 2005. This fall, for the first time I'll not be talking about "this cool up-coming technology for you to preview", but delivering...
  • Blog Post: Web Experience Expo coming to a major city near you!

    Come hear how we architect and run Microsoft.com and get a real world, in the trenches view of the architectural strategies behind running http://www.microsoft.com/ , including how we leverage early adoption of Microsoft Technologies (Longhorn, IIS7, SQL 2005, ASP.Net) into th production environment...
  • Blog Post: Draft of IIS7 Shared Hosting Guidance whitepaper now available

    After a great deal of work with several hosters involved in the IIS7 RDP pilots, we're releasing the fist publicly available draft of the IIS7 Shared Hosting Guidance whitepaper. If you're looking for information about how to deploy IIS7 in a shared hosting scenario, this is a great resource to help...
  • Blog Post: Web Hosting for Designers and Developers at Mix 07

    I had the honor of presenting at this years Mix 07 conference at the Venitian Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. It was billed as the premier event for Web Developers and Designers for the Microsoft platform. I was able to deliver a session that covered how Microsoft works with partners to deliver world...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Hosting Toolkit Launched

    The SQL Server group at Microsoft has just launched the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit with the release of the Database Publishing Wizard Community Technology Preview 1 . The objective of the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit is to enable a great experience around hosted SQL Server. The Database Publishing Wizard...
  • Blog Post: How to start small with Windows hosting

    If you look at the hosting industry, there are thousands of hosting companies. I've seen most new hosting companies start small, and typically start with a linux or freeBSD based hosting offering. The question as to why more small hosting companies don't launch initial offerings on a Windows platform...
  • Blog Post: Windows Deployment Services - the next generation of Remote Installation Services (RIS)

    The Windows Server Division Weblog has a post about an upcoming webcast which describes the upcoming technology Windows Deployment Services. Since this could be a future replacement for ADS, which is currently part of the Solution for Windows Based Hosting 4.0, those of you who have yet to deploy a server...
  • Blog Post: RPC over HTTP with Outlook 2007 beta and Exchange 12

    Yesterday I finally made the plunge and installed both Windows Vista RC1 and Microsoft Office Beta on my primary work laptop. I've been dabbling with Windows Vista for over a year now, and have even played with the Microsoft Office Beta on my home system, but this is the first time I have used both on...
  • Blog Post: Google enters web hosting

    Google has entered the web hosting space. <gasp!> Well, it was bound to happen. People have been speculating about this for a long time. They have a site-builder application that you can access via your gmail account at http://pages.google.com/ . I tried to log in to test drive it, but they...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 3.5 released

    Today Microsoft released the latest version of the Solution for Hosted Messenging and Collaboration . HMC 3.5 is a complete solution for offering hosted exchange in conjunction with sharepoint and live communications server. It's pretty slick, and any hosting company looking to create value-added services...
  • Blog Post: Google now offering free web analytics

    TheWhir is reporting on a press release by Google that they will release their web analytics engine (which they acquired from Urchin) for free. The service will generate revenue via their adwords service. I wonder what kind of effect this will have on hosters and on competitors such as WebTrends....
  • Blog Post: GoDaddy to the Rescue!

    I'm not usually one to publicly plug one hosting company over another, as my job requires that I work with and support many of them objectively. Nevertheless, GoDaddy's domain registration services have REALLY impressed me. Some visitors to my blog from the end of May until just a few days ago may...
  • Blog Post: The Third Wave

    We're on the threshold of a concept called the "Third Wave of Computing". This term was one I first heard coined about 4 years ago, which describes the state of computing power. I first heard this when the CEO of the hosting company which employed me used the term in describing the vast opportunity for...
  • Blog Post: Visual Web Developer Express 2005

    If you want to get a look at the new version of ASP.Net which is now in Beta 2, a great way to get started is to download Visual Web Developer Express 2005. It can be downloaded for free from http://beta.asp.net/ , and acts as an entry level to the Visual Studio 2005 suite of development tools. Even...
  • Blog Post: RedHat Cap at MMS 2005

    Even though I didn't get as many comments as I'd hoped , the few that I received convinced me to commence wearing my RedHat cap at the Microsoft Management Summit 2005 in Las Vegas. I wore it on Thursday. It was a good day to wear it, as just the day before, Steve Ballmer had given a keynote address...
  • Blog Post: European Web Hoster on Strike

    According to an article posted at thewhir.com , Nearly the entire staff for European Web hosting provider Amen ( amenworld.com ) has been on strike since its parent company Via Net.Works announced early last week that it had been acquired by Claranet ( claranet.com ), according to the blog amenengreve...
  • Blog Post: MOM for Heterogeneous Environments (part 1)

    I talked with the CTO of Jalasoft yesterday at MMS 2005. They build connectors and management packs for MOM. The interesting thing about their product is that they also support linux monitoring. They do this via an agent that is installed on the managed systems. When I asked him why he didn't just use...
  • Blog Post: I need more if I'm going to wear the RedHat Cap to MMS

    Come on people! I need more of you saying that I should wear my cap if I'm going to do it. So far, there are only two comments on my post asking whether I should wear my RedHat cap to MMS 2005 to draw attention to the fact that for companies like Web Hosters, the management tools need to be better able...
  • Blog Post: Blogging from MMS 2005

    This week I'm at Microsoft Management Summit 2005 in Las Vegas. I don't like Vegas very much, but the content will be very interesting I hope. Look to see my take on what I learn here at my blog. I'm debating wearing my RedHat cap to one of the sessions to see what reaction I get. Don't get me wrong...
  • Blog Post: Linux Can't Kill Windows

    Today when reading slashdot , I was referenced to an article that so eloquently states what I've been thinking for some time now: You can quit proclaiming Linux the Windows killer. Linux is established and has a niche that, as various pendulums swing, will grow and shrink. Show me charts...
  • Blog Post: The Journey Begins Part 3 - Abuse, Automation, Management, and Aquisition

    … Continued from part two ( part one ): As we last left my chronicle of my experiences in Web Hosting, I was the sole systems administrator at Virtual Servers. The systems were running high on load average, which isn't surprising given what we were running on the hardware that was available back then...
  • Blog Post: RPC over HTTP (why this is a great option for Hosted Exchange)

    Yesterday I learned about a cool feature that is part of Exchange 2003. RPC over HTTP will allow you to connect to a firewalled exchange server without having to VPN past the firewall. There is a technet guide describing how to set this up at this link . Due to security concerns with allowing incoming...
  • Blog Post: MOMA MIA!

    I've spent some time checking out Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM) over the two weeks. If you don't know what it is, it's a solution designed to manage the operations of servers and data center infrastructure. I'm extremely impressed by MOM 2005. Let me give you more background as to why. This...
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