March, 2012

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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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    Friends, the final and complete version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , by Ross Mistry ( @RossMistry ) and Stacia Misner ( @StaciaMisner ), is now ready as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (288 pages; 10.8 MB). We will update this post soon with links to EPUB and MOBI files. We expect these files to be available by March 23. UPDATE: The EPUB is here , and the MOBI is here . If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here for $14.99 . Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters: PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross Mistry) 1. SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements 2. High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements 3. Performance and Scalability 4. Security Enhancements 5...
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    Request for feedback: Excerpts or complete posts?

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    Gang, about a month ago we switched a setting on this blog so that only excerpts of our posts appear on the blog’s home page. To see a complete post, you need to click through to that post via the post’s title. We made this change because some of our posts are quite long and we were concerned that having complete posts on the home page forces you to do a lot of scrolling just to see the various posts you might want to read. We’d love your feedback on this. Tell us in a comment whether you like excerpted or complete posts on the home page. Thanks very much!
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    RTM’d today: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1

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    The wait is almost over. We’re thrilled to announce that Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 (ISBN 9780735648739; 752 pages) shipped to the printer today! Written by some of the most knowledgeable experts in the internals field—Mark Russinovich, David Solomon, and Alex Ionescu—the latest edition of this highly-anticipated book will be delivered to stores in the next couple of weeks. It covers the kernel changes made in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition, the hands-on experiments that appear throughout the book have been updated to reflect the evolution of the tools. You can order your own copy here as well as here . The sixth edition is being released in two parts: Part 1, this month; Part 2, this fall. The reason for the split? We wanted to get this book in readers’ hands...
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    A question for authors – and readers!

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    Ben here. I’m the Publisher of Microsoft Press. I usually keep away from blog posts and other sharp objects, but I’ve got a question for all of you. What’s next? I have the privilege to work with a great team of talented, hardworking, and foresighted people, here at Microsoft and at O’Reilly. We do our best to keep up-to-date with two rapidly evolving industries: technology and publishing. Where they come together is often where we interact with you, our authors and readers. Many of you read eBooks; many of you probably own an eReader or tablet, or more than one. Some of us were sitting around recently (no, not over lunch, and martinis were not involved) and began to explore, yet again, the most-discussed topic in publishing: The Future of the Book. Now, as you might expect, we have no shortage...
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    From the MVPs: Get ready for AlwaysOn in SQL Server 2012

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    Here’s the fourth post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized the inspiring activities of MVPs around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Denny Cherry, SQL Server MVP . Thank you, Denny! This post and our next few “From the MVPs” posts cover aspects of the about-to-be-released Microsoft SQL Server 2012 .   Hello; Denny here. AlwaysOn and SQL Server Availability Groups are probably the biggest, shiniest new feature in SQL Server...
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    From the MVPs: A GUI for Extended Events in SQL Server 2012

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    Here’s the fifth post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized the inspiring activities of MVPs around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Grant Fritchey, SQL Server MVP . Thank you, Grant! This post covers aspects of the about-to-be-released Microsoft SQL Server 2012 . (As does “ From the MVPs: Get ready for AlwaysOn in SQL Server 2012 ,” by Denny Cherry.) Grant here. Introduced with SQL Server 2008, Extended Events are an excellent...
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    Sharing the love: Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition

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    We have received quite a few positive reviews on the Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition . I would like to share a couple excerpts of this Slashdot review by Ben Rothke, who nicely explains the purpose of the manual and clearly understands its audience. Here are three pointed statements from Ben. “Style guides by their very nature of highly subjective and no one is forced to take accept the Microsoft style as dogma. The authors themselves (note that the book was authored by a group of senior editors and content managers at Microsoft, not a single individual) note that they don't presume to say that the Microsoft way is the only way to write. Rather it is the guidance that they follow and are sharing it with the hope that the decisions they have made for their content professionals will...
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    Ed Wilson: Windows PowerShell for the busy admin

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    Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson begins a series of five live meetings on March 12, 2012 Ed here! Well it is official: next week, beginning on Monday, March 12, 2012, I will commence a new series of Learn Windows PowerShell live meetings. This series, titled Windows PowerShell for the busy admin, is going to be fun, educational, and a worthwhile use of your time. You need to sign up now to ensure there will be a slot for you to attend these free meetings. Of course, they will be recorded and will be made available via the TechNet Script Center Learn PowerShell page , but it is more fun to attend the live meeting and to be able to ask questions. Here is the vital information about the five meetings: Session 1: PowerShell SmowerShell: or Why Bother to Learn Windows PowerShell...
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    From the MVPs: One more report from the MVP Global Summit

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    Here’s the third post in what we hope will be a long series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized the inspiring activities of MVPs around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Mitch Garvis, Windows Client MVP . Mitch here. Microsoft appreciates its MVPs. I feel that appreciation in myriad ways throughout the year. However for four days every year Microsoft invites us all down to Redmond for the MVP Summit , which is where I probably...
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    Amazon coupon: Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Developer's Handbook

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    Save $6 on Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Developer’s Handbook at Amazon.com by using this coupon at check-out. Good through the end of March, 2012. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735627053/ref=vp_c_A2JU1SOSQDCZ73?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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    Test your skills: Practice questions for the 70-680 exam for administrators of Windows 7

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    The Microsoft Press Facebook page will host a sample of practice test questions and answers from the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 . If you want to play along, check us out - http://www.facebook.com/microsoftpress Here’s today’s question:
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    From the MVPs: The MVP Global Summit and Consumer Camp

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    Hello! This is the first post in what we hope will be a long series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized the inspiring activities of MVPs around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Marques Lyons, Zune MVP. You can learn more about Marques via his MVP profile . Marques here! For the past four years, I’ve taken a plane from Long Beach Airport to SEA-TAC for Microsoft’s annual MVP Global Summit . During the course of a week at the Summit, I and...
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    Lots of offerings to celebrate the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 launch

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    In celebration of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event on March 7, 2012, Microsoft Press will be offering all kinds of great stuff! First, if you are a registered attendee of the launch event, you will be able to download the ebook of Windows PowerShell 2.0 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, by William Stanek, free of charge. Second, you can now download sample chapters from William Stanek’s new book, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant , here . Third, on March 7, you can save 50% on a selection of William Stanek ebook titles, including Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant . Check the "Special Offer" section of our blog (in the right margin) on Wednesday for the link to the special sale page! Enjoy!
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects

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    We’re excited to announce that Jennifer Mason, Christian Buckley, Brian T. Jackett, and Wes Preston’s Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects (ISBN: 9780735662827; 438 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s chapter-level table of contents and Introduction to creating and implementing Microsoft SharePoint real-world projects in this previous post . The approach the authors have taken in the book is to standardize each chapter's structure, which allows you to understand the what, why, and how of each solution quickly: · Identifying the Business Problem: Explanation of the business problem to be solved · Gathering Information: What are the requirements from the business side? · Designing...
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    Amazon coupon: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7

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      Save 15% through April 15, 2012 at Amazon.com Click here   and look for the coupon on the book’s detail page
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    Ed Wilson: Well … the week is nearly done

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    Today is Thursday! Yep, the week is nearly finished. It has been an exciting week, highlighted by conducting a week's worth of Live Meetings that have been attended by a couple thousand people . If history is any indication, the series of five live meetings will be downloaded many many more times than the actual number of attendees. The topic? Well Windows PowerShell of course. When doing Live Meetings, the thing that is great is the diversity of the audience. Actually, though, this seems to be the case wherever I go. Several years ago when I was teaching VBScript classes, I would always have a wide variety of people in the class – some who were clearly advanced scripters, and others who were just beginning to see the advantages of automating repetitive processes on their servers....
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    From the MVPs: My 2012 Global Summit experience

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    Hello! This is the second post in what we hope will be a long series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized the inspiring activities of MVPs around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Joseph Guadagno, Visual C# MVP . Joseph here. My 2012 Global Summit experience started back in November of 2011. You’re probably thinking, “November, the Summit isn’t until February” and that is true, the actual Summit did not take...
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