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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 App Compat Labs Released

    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 - Impact of Code Signing - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows...
  • Blog Post: New App Compat Video - Debugging

    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 sit down (well, stand up actually) with Chris Jackson...
  • 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: New App Compat Video - MSI Installer Issues

    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 this video, we chat with Robert Flaming about...
  • Blog Post: WS08 Feature of the Week #13 - Windows Process Activation Service (WAS)

    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 for both HTTP and non-HTTP sites to be...
  • Blog Post: An actually funny video about Windows Server

    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, my friends and I were on the front lines: we were...
  • 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: Video - App Compat and Windows Server 2008

    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 make sure to keep an eye open! in this first video...
  • 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: Tech Ed Developer (Europe)

    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 it, and second, a talk on Transactional NTFS as...
  • Blog Post: New Works With Windows Server 2008 Program

    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 With Windows Server 2008 Program" is a program that...
  • 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: LHS Feature Of The Week #11 - Transactional NTFS + USB Flash Drive

    Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will revisit a prior Fear Of The Week technology that we discussed in order to show off a cool capability of that technology. If you are a developer wanting to mess around with TxF (Transactional NTFS), you should...
  • Blog Post: LHS Feature Of The Week #10 - Application Recovery and Restart

    Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week’s newsletter will be short and sweet. We will go over the new Application Recovery and Restart API. The API itself is very small and very simple to use (which, in my opinion, is “A Good Thing” TM). What is Application...
  • 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: EasyBCD - A GUI for BCDedit

    [Crosspost from ManagedWorld ] Rob Atkinson recently blogged some screenshots from a new tool from NeoSmart called EasyBCD . What is EasyBCD? Directly from the horse's mouth : EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies' multiple award-winning answer to tweaking the new Windows Vista bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost...
  • Blog Post: LHS Feature Of The Week #9 - Restart Manager

    Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this week’s edition of the “Longhorn Server Feature of the Week”, we will be taking a look at a new feature in Vista and Longhorn Server: the Restart Manager. What is the Restart Manager? The primary reason software updates...
  • Blog Post: LHS Feature Of The Week #8 - Windows Error Reporting

    Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we take quick dive into some of the enhancements that have been made to Windows Error Reporting (WER) in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Error Reporting (WER)? Windows Error Reporting enables users to notify...
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