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    Windows Server 2008 is called SP1. Adventures in doing things right?

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    I had a bunch of people internally ask me why Windows Server shows it's version as Windows Server 2008 SP1 (for brevity - WS08).  I will explain it, but I wanted to use the Writer feature that allows me to insert pictures.  Who says anything...
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    Whoo! Windows Server 2008 is released

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    There will be a bunch of news & posts around this today. We came in super early & the finals sign offs for the release off this morning. Steve Ballmer gave a talk to the financial communities Today is a fun day for us - not one that comes along...
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    Teched Africa for me!

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    As a late breaking thing, I am doing the Keynote for Teched Africa at Sun City, which is near Johannesberg, South Africa. It's a very quick trip - a total of 48 travel for 80 hours on the ground... I've never been there before & wish I could spend...
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    Heh heh - Windows Server blog one of the ugliest pages on the Internet...

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    Today the Register called the Windows Server blog a 'a candidate for ugliest pages on the internet' - I feel this is a challenge. I think this is obviously a challenge i can, as a designer of some of the worst UI known to man, exceed.
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    Dates & navel gazing...

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    You may have seen a bunch of noise today around dates & Windows Server 2008. Seeing it is my group ' s job to shepherd the release out the door, I thought I would enter the fray. This is kinda the non story of the year because our launch date is exactly...
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    Lost in translation? Lost in Yokohama

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    I’m sitting here in Yokohama, Japan in the middle of rehearsals for my keynote of Tech-Ed Japan. Honestly, getting the big room is both easier and harder than you’d expect. It’s easier because you have a bunch of demos that other people have to do so...
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    I am talking at Blackhat in Vegas

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    http://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-usa-07/bh-usa-07-speakers.html#McDonald I kinda hate the session description. it looks like a way of sending people to sleep. I asked for it to be changed to this: Are you waiting for ways to hack the next Microsoft...
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    Hmmm, sometimes your words sound different than you meant...

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    Mary Jo Foley posted a story http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=551 from an interview I did with her at WinHEC. It was verbatim, so I can't really blame anyone else for misconstruing or editing what I said. However, I will say something that didn...
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    hmmm - Powershell as the only ui for a Server...

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    Last week at WinHEC I mused that Powershell could one day be the default command shell for Windows Server & maybe be the only shell for Server Core. Betanews picked up that http://www.betanews.com/article/Why_Cant_PowerShell_Be_the_Windows_Command_Prompt...
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    Weird how people get stuff wrong

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    One of the aussies sent me this http://apcmag.com/6121/windows_server_gets_vista_version_itis In the article it is said that Vista would be the last 32 bit release. That comment was regarding Server. We in server don't speak for client &, as far...
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    Cat's out of the bag - Windows Server 2008

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    Today Bill Gates announced the real name for Longhorn Server – Windows Server 2008. I suppose people are going to call us boring for keeping the naming convention from previous releases. It’s a server, what da ya expect? We did a naminig video while we...
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    Speaking this week at Microsoft RDP Confrence & WinHEC

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    Today I am doing an Industry panel at the RDP confrence & directly after I get ot do the second keynote of the day. I think they put me on at 2pm so i can wake people up. Tonight i am going down to LA for the WinHEC Confrence - I am doing some...
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    Stuff I think is cool In Longhorn Server #1- Server Core.

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    I am starting up a series of things I think people would be interested in getting ready for with Longhorn Server. The first is one that a number of people seem to like – Server Core My next ones are about Read Only Domain Controller & Bitlocker on...
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    Beta 3 - signed off

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    This afternoon we signed off Longhorn server Beta 3. i did a channel9 ( http://channel9.msdn.com ) video on the sign off which should be out really soon. its a great release & i have to give props out to all involved in making this. thanks! I think...
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    Like that CTP? There is more where that came from...

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    Last week, we posted another trial build of Windows Server "Longhorn" - so far there are about 3000 people who have downloaded it & we're pretty happy with the way it looks. There are more builds coming out in the near future. Personally, I would...
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    Qome Server? nope, home server

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    i gots to give my props out to my homie charlie - http://kindel.com/blogs/charlie/archive/2007/01/07/3602.aspx - home server is cool (ok, that may sound good if you have the correct accent but with my aussie 14 years int eh states accent, it's just wrong...
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    Exchange 4.0 - 10 years on...

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    Exchange 4.0 shipped on March 13, 1996. Someone asked me the other day if I was going to start blogging again. I thought I had never stopped, but I saw my last entry was in October, so I guess I did… The funniest thing I see up on my last...
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    It's been,like, months!

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    I suppose I should be called lame-o for my lack of updating this thing. I did a video on channel9.msdn a couple of weeks ago – you can find it here. http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=106759 . Other stuff? I did tech.ed New Zealand &...
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    Nikon D50

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    I haven't posted for a while - I will post stuff I did for a 'project management @ Microsoft" talk I did last week. However, my wife got me a new camera for my birthday, a Nikon D50. I have used digital cameras for a while - mostly a Canon PhotoShot...
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    I must be a sinner...

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    I was away for a while. Had chrimbo, et al, & then went to aussie for ~3 weeks in january. makes me a slacker. After i came back i had a week in the office & then did a course with some folks from Wharton last week. That, & disappointing snow...
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    Schedule not detailed enough

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    If the schedule is in increments longer than a week (five work days), per person, the schedule is not detailed enough. Letting people run without a schedule checkpoint weekly is risking their being off by as much as a week. Compound that by all the people...
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    Magic Dates?

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    A warning sign of a bogus schedule is magic dates. Such dates tend be in two forms, the “when do you need it” form, and the “would you look at that” form. The “when do you need it” form of magic date is the schedule date that miraculously meets the date...
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    Bottoms up? not really...

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    One of the more reliable predictors of the health of a project can be to determine where the schedule came from. If the schedule came from anywhere other than the people who will actually do the work (with appropriate buffering applied), it is wrong....
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    Jane gets press...

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    Jane Huxley - one of the funnest people i've worked with at MS is bailing. She was top of my list of the people who never moved to the US who would have done super well here if she had. My best memories of working with Jane are probably now for writing...
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    photo blogs

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    A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, (to keep him anonymous lets just refer to him as Christian Kline of Seattle, WA) has a really cool photo blog http://www.scrapofpaper.com/blog/impermanence.html he will hate me for pointing people at his site...
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