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  • 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: 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: 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: Bass Ackwards search results

    This is funny. If you do a search for "search" on Google, MSN will show up higher than google: Wait, now wipe that smirk off your face! Do the same search on MSN and you find that Google shows up well before MSN search: Go figure!
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (How I learned to freely burn ISO images in Windows)

    In my prior life before coming to Microsoft, I didn't use Windows as a server but rarely and as a workstation very little. My main workstation was running on RedHat (or Fedora from time to time), and I managed mostly Unix and Linux servers, only managing Windows servers on an as-needed basis, which was...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: The Little Worm that Couldn't

    I read an interesting article posted here about a worm written to affect MySQL installations on Windows servers. In a nutshell, the worm replicates itself by scanning the internet and local networks for MySQL servers and brute-force guessing the root account password. Once it gains entry to a system...
  • 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: Mysql Triggers Turn on the Heat

    Peter Gulutzan wrote an interesting article describing his Mysql Triggers Tryout with the latest Alpha build of MySQL 5. I've been a long-time fan of MySQL. I first started using it in 1998, and have watched with great interest as it has matured. It seems that it is working very hard to match the features...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Speaks on Software Interoperability

    On February 3rd, 2005, Bill Gates sent out an executive email to the public regarding the importance of software interoperability. He stated: Interoperability is more pragmatic than other approaches, such as attempting to make all systems compatible at the code level, focusing solely on adding new layers...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Knoppix to the Rescue!

    I found a fun article called " True Stories of Knoppix Rescues ". My first experience with Knoppix was when a co-worker of mine pulled a business-card sized CD out of his wallet during a server emergency. It sure does come in handy to carry around one in your wallet, especially if you're running systems...
  • Blog Post: A little housekeeping

    I guess I got a little more attention than I expected when I posted my "Linux is no longer free" post. In expressing my opinion about how the major linux distributions which target enterprises are now charging premiums for usage/support of their distributions, I drew out the trolls, along with some good...
  • Blog Post: Linux Is No Longer "Free"

    Today I came across an interesting article written on the History of Linux . The article quotes the famous newsgroup posting in which Linus Torvalds first announced his operating system project to the world. Notice how he calls it a "free" OS. It is clear that he grossly underestimated the future of...
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