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  • Blog Post: WF 3.5 Persistence and Tracking: Two databases or one?

    This refers to the previous version of Workflow, but it came up in a recent discussion, so I thought I'd share the relevant points. When developing a Workflow solution that uses persistence and tracking, you may wonder if you should run the scripts for both schemas on the same database, or create...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Troubleshooting with AppFabric

    Troubleshooting applications in production is always a challenge. With AppFabric monitoring your workflows and services, you get great information about exactly what is happening, including notices about unhandled exceptions. In this episode, Michael McKeown will show you more about how you can use these...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Ten Tips for Troubleshooting with the Windows Server AppFabric Dashboard

    When you write the product documentation you learn all kinds of cool inside tips about how to use it. In this episode, Michael McKeown shares 10 tips for troubleshooting using the dashboard. Be sure to check out the AppFabric Wiki for more great tips, and to share yours as well.
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 Refresh for Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4 RTM

    Today we are pleased to announce a Beta 2 Refresh for Windows Server AppFabric. This build supports the recently released .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 RTM versions—a request we’ve had from a number of you. Organizations wanting to use Windows Server AppFabric with the final RTM versions of...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Windows Server AppFabric - Configuring Monitoring Data

    Windows Server AppFabric has extensive monitoring capabilities, which go beyond simply writing events to the server event log. In this video, Michael McKeown explains how you can configure the monitoring level and scope for your workflows and services deployed in IIS with AppFabric. For more great videos...
  • Blog Post: WF4 Activity Pack CTP1 Available (State Machine, Database)

    I’m happy to announce that the WF4 Activity Pack CTP1 is now available for download.  This release consists of two different activities, database activities for interacting with a database and the much anticipated State Machine for authoring event driven workflows.  Here are a few key links...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Workflow Service using a Flowchart

    If you love Flowcharts as I do you might have wondered if it is possible to create a Workflow Service as a Flowchart.  The short answer is… yes but we didn’t have a template for creating one until now.  Today on my blog , I’ve posted detailed instructions for how you can create a Workflow Service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Architecture

    A l ong time ago , applications running on Windows Server were simply EXEs, where developers wrote a lot of custom code on top of the Operating System (OS) to interact with clients and other applications over the network. COM+ and Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) were added to make it easier to write...
  • Blog Post: New CTP Available for Download: WF Migration Kit

    Happy Monday! It’s an exciting time here as we start ramping up for launch next month. Within the product group, there has been a flurry of activity as they squash their bugs, and the final polish is being placed on the Visual Studio release. In the business group, we’re busy finalizing web content and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is Available!

    We are excited to announce that the Beta 2 release of Windows Server AppFabric is now available for download via http://msdn.microsoft.com/appfabric . This is the Windows Server AppFabric build that works with the RC (Release Candidate) build of Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4. Windows Server AppFabric is...
  • Blog Post: Providing WCF and WF Feedback to Microsoft

    Perhaps known to a smaller portion of general community of WCF developers and WF developers, there is a Connection for WCF and Connection for WF that enable you, our customers, to submit bugs and feature suggestions. As the focusing for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 turns to polish and final...
  • Blog Post: RC docs are live!

    The Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4.0 RC went live this week to MSDN subscribers. Our UE team has made available a bunch of improved topics and new topics along with the RC release. All the samples have a readme / documentation topic. More than ~200 WF/WCF sample readmes were added...
  • Blog Post: Workflow Persistence in the Windows Server AppFabric

    What does the persistence subsystem do? The persistence subsystem is responsible for making a workflow instance durable. Durable workflow instances can be unloaded from memory and reloaded on the same or a different machine at a later point in time. This way, the persistence subsystem enables scenarios...
  • Blog Post: New Beta 2 docs posted in the WF Migration series

    Welcome to 2010! Over the past week, we posted four new documents into the WF4 Migration Guidance series . We also added new sample code up to the WF4 Migration Guidance Code Gallery page around Workflow Services migration guidance. Revisiting the structure I used in the Beta 1 migration guidance post...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring and troubleshooting with .NET 4 and Windows Server AppFabric

    By now you may have read about the exciting new capabilities in Windows Server AppFabric . In this post we will dive deeper into the features that enable monitoring and troubleshooting of your WCF and WF applications. The monitoring capabilities for WCF and WF applications in AppFabric are built using...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Enhancements in .NET4 and Windows Server AppFabric

    This blog post drills down on the various hosting capabilities of WCF and WF in .NET 4 and for Window Server AppFabric as introduced in in the Introduction to AppFabric blog entry. When referring to hosting, I am discussing the features of the “application environment”, which enables execution and...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Windows Server AppFabric

    In a previous post we introduced Windows Server AppFabric, a set of extensions to the Windows Application Server that “make it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on Internet Information Services (IIS).” AppFabric enhances the Application Server role in Windows by...
  • Blog Post: Developing and Managing Services with Windows Server AppFabric

    Today at PDC we are excited to introduce the Windows Server AppFabric Beta 1. AppFabric evolves the existing application server capabilities of Windows Server to make it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on Internet Information Services (IIS). For Web applications...
  • Blog Post: New Beta 2 docs to help with code migration (from .NET 3.x and .NET 4 Beta 1)

    Fresh on the heels of the beta 2 release of .NET 4/Visual Studio 2010 , the team has been working on supplemental documentation to help you out with evaluation and adoption of WCF and WF in .NET 4. Last week, two sets of documentation went live: WF4 Migration Guidance : The WF team updated the documents...
  • Blog Post: WF4 Changes Between Beta 1 and Beta 2

    Hi all, I’m Matt Winkler , a PM on the WF team and occasional guest blogger here on the endpoint.  I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the interesting new things in WF4 in Beta 2.  For more info on Beta 2, please check out this page . The goals of a milestone like Beta 2 are two...
  • Blog Post: All WCF, WF, and ‘Dublin’ sessions live on PDC site; 5 Weeks to Go!

    We’re five weeks out from PDC09 , and the rest of our sessions went live last week. I know I posted a couple weeks ago about PDC and sessions that went live, but I wanted to let folks know about the four new sessions – to help you maximize your experience around the Connected Framework technologies!...
  • Blog Post: The team is getting ready for PDC; are you?

    The 2009 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is less than a couple months away, and the team is starting to create content and demos for the event. The team has been working with PDC event management over the last couple months to secure sessions and space at the event; and I wanted to share with...
  • Blog Post: Migration Guidance for the WF Developer (Beta 1 - Part 2)

    About six weeks ago, the WF team published up the first four WF3->WF4 migration guidance documents , aimed at helping WF developers prepare and think about the new WF object model runtime. Today, we published the next three documents in the series to the WF4 Migration Guidance document set . With...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Participants in .NET 4 Beta 1

    Hello! My name is Miguel Susffalich and I work in the Connected Framework team. In previous posts we have showed an Introduction to Workflow Tracking and a deep dive into Tracking Profiles in .NET 4 Beta 1 . In this post we will explain how Tracking Participants work and how they are used to process...
  • Blog Post: WF 3.5 Hands On Labs Updated

    The ten Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) hands-on labs were updated today on Microsoft download center for your coding enjoyment! These ten labs were initially posted when WF was new to the world and .NET 3.0 was hot off the presses. This past winter, the product management team worked with David Starr...
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