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My name is Jason Olson and I am a Technical Evangelist working with the core services in Longhorn Server. I am a member of the Developer and Platform Evangelism team and, well, I'm a geek. I like being a geek, I like geeky things, I like technology. Yup, I'm a geek.

My personal blog can be found at http://www.managed-world.com. Everything from this blog will be cross-posted there in the future, so if you wish to have the "blow by blow" account of it all (including personal posts), feel free to subscribe to that blog instead.

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    Windows Server 2008 App Compat Labs Released

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    The first four labs in a series of Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility labs have been released on MSDN. You can find them as follows: - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Access Rights, Impersonation - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008...
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    TxF Managed Wrapper on Code Gallery

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    Hello, everybody, I have released the first version of a rudimentary managed wrapper around Transactional NTFS to Code Gallery on MSDN: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/txfmanaged . The wrapper in its current form is very basic but should give developers...
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    Ray Ozzie and Live Mesh on Channel 9

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    Ray Ozzie has now made his Channel 9 debut, folks. In this video , being interviewed by Jon Udell, Ray discusses Live Mesh. From the Channel 9 description: In his first Channel9 interview, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect sits down with...
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    Musicians Get-Together @ MIX Open Space

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    Jason Mauer and I are doing an Open Space session tonight @ 6:30pm in the Open Space Theatre at MIX 08. If you are a musician who happens to be a computer geek for a living, come on by, chill out, and enjoy. Hope to see you there!
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    At MIX08 for the week

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    Hey all, I will be at the wonderful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada this week working at the MIX08 conference. Drew Robbins and I are a couple of the guys "behind" Open Space @ MIX, so we will most likely be parked in the Open Space area...
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    New App Compat Video - Debugging

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    A new video has been posted to the Developer Meet Server Show on Channel 9. In this video, we discuss tools and resources you should know about when debugging application compatibility issues. From the description of the video: "In this video, we...
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    WS08 Feature of the Week #14 - Sub-queues in MSMQ 4.0

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    What are sub-queues? Subqueues are implicitly created local queues that are logical partitions of a physical queue. Applications can use subqueues to group messages. Subqueues are implicitly created when opened, are deleted when empty, and have no open...
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    New App Compat Video - MSI Installer Issues

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    I have posted a new video to the Developer Meet Server Show on Channel 9. This video discusses common MSI Installer Issues you might run into if deploying an application onto Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. From the description of the video: "In...
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    WS08 Feature of the Week #13 - Windows Process Activation Service (WAS)

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    What is Windows Process Activation Service? Windows Process Activation Service, also referred to as WAS, is a new component in IIS 7.0 that manages application pool configuration and worker processes instead of the WWW process. This enables the same configuration...
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    An actually funny video about Windows Server

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    Well, at least I found it funny. A coworker brought this to my attention today. I thought it was pretty clever and enjoyed it. Then again, I've known for a while how great Windows Server 2008 is :). Here's an excerpt: Once I was almost famous. For years...
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    WS08 Feature Of The Week #12 - IIS7 Administration API

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    Hello everyone, and welcome back after our winter break hiatus. We have a lot of cool features to cover in the coming weeks that will especially show off the power of Windows Server 2008 as an application server. So, this week we will kick off the new...
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    Video - App Compat and Windows Server 2008

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    As part of the "Developer Meet Server" show on Channel 9, I have started a new series of videos on the topic of application compatibility for Windows Server 2008. I will be releasing one video interview per week all the way until launch, so...
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    The launch of marshal-as.net

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    In my previous post , I talked about why I personally love C++/CLI as a solution for managed and native interop. With the launch of Visual Studio 2008, and the include of the new marshalling library, there is on part of the equation missing, I believe...
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    Managed and Native Interop - C# or C++/CLI?

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    This is a topic that I've been thinking a lot about lately. And I would really like to get all of your opinions as well (especially if you disagree with me). This debate came up recently (again) on my trip to Tech Ed Developer in Barcelona. If I am having...
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    What's Mandatory Integrity Control?

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    Mandatory Integrity Control (MIC) is a cool new security feature built in to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It adds another "layer" of security to Windows resources (files, processes, etc.) over the usual DACL (Discretionary Access Control...
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    Tech Ed Developer (Europe)

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    Howdy all, I will be at Tech Ed Developer this week doing several things. First of all, I will be giving two talks: the first on Application Compatibility in Windows Server 2008 outlining the top issues developers need to be aware of when developing for...
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    New Works With Windows Server 2008 Program

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    There is a new kid on the block around our Logo program with Windows Server. What is that? With the release of Windows Server 2008, we will be introducing a new "Works With" program. What is the "Works With Windows Server 2008 Program"? The "Works...
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    Listing Running Transactions In A Resource Manager

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    The more I work with TxF, the more I realize that our (Microsoft's) coverage of certain KTM topics is sorely lacking. One of those areas is around documentation and samples of managing resource managers (important if you are wanting to investigate programatically...
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    Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

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    James Conard announces over on his blog that our team has just released the Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit for Beta 3. Mosey on over and check it out. You can find resources on everything from WCF, to Cardspace, to WF, to Windows Eventing...
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    Windows Server "Longhorn" - Beta 3 Has Arrived!

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    Well, it's official. Beta 3 of Windows Server "Longhorn" has launched . With it, I finally get to release some of the work I've been working on lately. If you are a developer, I encourage to take a look at " The Top Ways To Light Up Your Apps On Windows...
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    Top Ways To Light Up Your Apps On Windows Server "Longhorn"

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    Whether you are a developer building web applications, to a developer writing core server based system services, Windows Server “Longhorn” provides many new features that you can leverage to build more secure, flexible, and innovative applications. ...
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    Developer, Meet Server - Transactional NTFS and WCF

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    I recently posted the second screencast in my new " Developer, Meet Server " screencast series. This latest screencast covers using Transactional NTFS in a service-oriented environment via WCF. Enjoy!
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    Transactional NTFS and Free Disk Space

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    Andrew recently watched my screencasts and had some great questions that came up around how Transactional NTFS behaves with the file system. So, I figured I would answer them here. So, if you want to see the context around his questions, check out his...
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    Announcing: New "Developer, Meet Server" Screencast Series

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    Welcome everybody to the inaugural, first ever, grand opening, “opening the doors to the public” celebration day kick-off for the new “Developer, Meet Server” screencast series. I am your sincere, humble (as ever), gracious and wonderful host/chef/tour...
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    MSR TechFest - See How Microsoft Research Shaping Is The Future

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    [Crosspost from Managed World ] Rory is doing some videos at Channel 9 on the Microsoft Research TechFest event happening at Microsoft this week. If you want to see how Microsoft's own version of Area 51 is shaping and changing the future of technology...
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