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  • Blog Post: How I Became a SharePoint 2010 MCM

    I recently attained the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification.  I have long wanted to write about the experience, but honestly didn’t know how to begin.  After quite a few conversations with friends and colleagues, I thought I would share some insight about the process...
  • Blog Post: What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know About Host Named Site Collections

    This post intends to tell you everything you need to know about host named site collections so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your environment.  This post is NOT telling you to run out and create everything as host named site collections in SharePoint, instead it is meant to help...
  • Blog Post: Create DNS Entries From a File

    This post will show how to create DNS entries from a file using the DNSCmd.exe tool. Background I have a kind of edge case that I am trying to troubleshoot for my customer.  They have a lot of sub-companies, and they created a web application per company.  Fast forward a few years, they now...
  • Blog Post: Set IIS Log Fields with C#

    This post shows how to set the log fields for IIS web sites programmatically. Code is attached at the end of the post. Background I have a customer that has many web applications, and we need to set the IIS log fields to do some investigation. James Blackwell posted a great sample of how to do...
  • Blog Post: Making The Case for Async Web Parts

    This post will show how to make a call to HttpWebRequest asynchronously from a web part and wait on the result or time out. Years ago, I was fortunate to meet Jeff Richter and attend a session he gave on .NET performance . He discussed I/O completion ports and showed why any calls from an ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Querying Active Directory

    In this post, we show how to query Active Directory using out of box tools as well as custom code.  Since joining Premier Field Engineering, I realized that an essential part of understanding SharePoint requires an understanding of Active Directory and LDAP.  You need to have a decent grasp...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Developers–What’s On Your Machine?

    I recently got a question from a customer about utilities to include on their development machines.  My view is that you should trust your developers and let them install the tools they need.  However, some devs don’t have managers who trust their developers to do the right thing and they need...
  • Blog Post: What is a Dedicated Support Engineer?

    For the past 7 years, I worked in Developer Platform Evangelism to talk to customers about the latest and greatest technologies that Microsoft would soon be releasing, and worked to gain early adopters of the technologies.  This was a very fun job, but I desired a change.  This past July, I...
  • Blog Post: My New Dev Rig: Boot to VHD and Hyper-V

    I have a Lenovo T61P with 8 GB RAM.  That’s what I use to do demos.  To many devs, they’re thinking, “oh man, wish I had that much RAM”.  I wish you did, too, because the ROI of adding RAM for developers is an easy justification.  But here’s the thing… I don’t just dev with this machine...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller

    I have a confession... I am a developer, a true developer. I am infrastructure illiterate, meaning I very, very, very infrequently (like maybe twice ever) install a domain controller by myself. I don't assign IP addresses, heck it's rare that I install Windows Server from scratch (we use network installs...
  • Blog Post: What’s In Windows Server 2008 R2?

    Don’t let the “R2” name fool you, there’s a lot packed into Windows Server 2008 R2.  Head over to the ISV team blog to see how to get started leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 features .  For instance, I found out that you can you use the Windows 7 SDK on Windows Server 2008 R2 because they...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - The only web server you'll ever need.

    I just learned about a new site that we have put together, Microsoft.com/web .  This is a very cool site that lists a bunch of great information about why to use Windows Server as your web server.  It's a great collection of resources that point to events, downloads, and further information...
  • Blog Post: I Need Your Help Planning for SharePoint Training

    It's time to submit our FY09 plans, and I am looking for your help. I've got a lot of really cool stuff to share with you around SharePoint this year (Enterprise Social Computing, integrating .NET 3.5 and Silverlight, creating solutions with SharePoint and Office 2007, integrating SharePoint and BI,...
  • Blog Post: Installing MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008

    If you try to install MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008, you are going to get an error that there is an incompatibility. To install, you need SP1 for MOSS. I usually download everything from MSDN Subscriber Downloads or install from MSDN DVDs. Of course, there is not a version of MOSS 2007 with SP1...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media Roadmap

    Last week Scott Guthrie (ScottGu) provided a first look at the new .Net Web Technology Roadmap. It gives a great overview of the improvements and enhancements in ASP.net, Silverlight and IIS 7.0. My colleague, Harry Mower, posted an interesting blog post that highlights the roadmap for Windows Media...
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