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  • Blog Post: TxF Managed Wrapper on Code Gallery

    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 a good idea on how simple it is to use Transactional...
  • Blog Post: WS08 Feature of the Week #14 - Sub-queues in MSMQ 4.0

    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 handles. Messages cannot be sent to a subqueue....
  • Blog Post: WS08 Feature Of The Week #12 - IIS7 Administration API

    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 year by taking a short little peek at the new management...
  • Blog Post: The launch of marshal-as.net

    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. On the C# side of the interop equation, you have...
  • Blog Post: What's Mandatory Integrity Control?

    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 Lists) that we have in Windows XP and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Listing Running Transactions In A Resource Manager

    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 the running status of a resource manager...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

    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, to PowerShell, to IIS 7, to Transactional NTFS. So...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server "Longhorn" - Beta 3 Has Arrived!

    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 Server 'Longhorn' " that was just launched today...
  • Blog Post: Top Ways To Light Up Your Apps On Windows Server "Longhorn"

    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. 1) Build More Flexible Web Applications For developers...
  • Blog Post: Developer, Meet Server - Transactional NTFS and WCF

    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!
  • Blog Post: Transactional NTFS and Free Disk Space

    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 post . Here's the paragraph with the questions: I...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: New "Developer, Meet Server" Screencast Series

    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 guide Jason Olson. In this series of screencasts...
  • Blog Post: MSR TechFest - See How Microsoft Research Shaping Is The Future

    [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, you should ABSOLUTELY watch these videos. The first...
  • Blog Post: Vista-Only Features for Managed Developers

    [Crosspost from Managed World ] I recently came across a bunch of stuff done by Daniel Moth , a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft UK. If you are a managed developer and want to see the new stuff you can leverage on Vista, be sure to check out his stuff . If you want to digest some of these new features...
  • Blog Post: LHS Feature Of The Week #2 - Remote Differential Compression

    [Update: Added link to RDC Whitepaper and blurb about RDC dogfooding in DFS Replication (thanks cfsbloggers)] Hello everyone, and welcome to the second installment of the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will take a short little peek at a feature coming in Vista and Longhorn Server...
  • Blog Post: LHS Feature Of The Week #1 - Transactional NTFS

    Hello everyone, and welcome to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In the Feature Of The Week Newsletter, we visit a new feature coming in Longhorn Server every week. The goal is that these are nice, short, and efficient to minimize the amount of effort required by you, the reader. With every Feature...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Monitors, Exokernels, and Hypervisors, Oh My!

    For those of you that semi-regularly follow this blog, you may or may not have noticed that I've really been getting into OS Development lately. Of course, the first step is brushing up on x86 assembly language. Outside of that, it's a lot of Research, Research, Research, and more Research. Heck, even...
  • Blog Post: Writing Your Own OS With Visual Studio 2005

    Before I joined the ranks at Microsoft, a hobby I started to take up was Operating System development. Technically, I didn't get very far yet (I had just started). My "kernel" (if you can even call it that) basically just printed "Hello World" to the screen. But heck, it was booting up from a floppy...
  • Blog Post: Transaction Resources List

    I'll be updating this post over time to reflect new resources that are made available regarding the transactions platform in Windows. Websites: [Transactions] Transactions Programming Forum - MSDN [Transactions] Transaction Management in Windows - Microsoft.com [TxF] TxF Documentation - MSDN Blogs: ...
  • Blog Post: Other Transaction Resources

    While I'm on the topic of Transaction resources out there, I might as well give a more detailed list. Just off the top of my head, here's the resources you should definitely be checking out if you want to get into transactions on the Windows platform (or even if you are already using transactions on...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Transactions in .NET

    I came across this article today by Sahil Malik . If you are wanting to get up to speed with System.Transactions in general, as well as how it integrates with ADO.NET, make sure to check it out. He also covers some general concepts regarding transactions as well. So, if you are wanting to understand...
  • Blog Post: Using TxF in Vista RC1

    Jim Johnson has a new post about how to use TxF with the new model in Vista RC1. You will obviously need the RC1 bits to mess around with it. I'm hoping to expand on this topic in the future to show some code samples of using it not only by itself, but also using it with SQL and the like. I'll also have...
  • Blog Post: Authoring File Systems with Mono on Linux

    I know, this post isn't exactly Windows-related, but I thought it was cool nonetheless... Miguel de Icaza recently posted on his blog on the topic of authoring file systems with Mono on Linux . Since I've been digging into File System "stuff" at work lately dealing with TxF and the like, I find this...
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