Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Announcing the PHP on Windows Training Kit

    I want to announced the availability of a “ PHP on Windows Training Kit ” to the MSDN download center.  The kit includes demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. We will expand the kit over time, but the current version...
  • Blog Post: The ID Element

    Donovan and Vittorio have been putting together an Identity section on Channel9 called “ The Id Element ”. This will contain all kinds of information about Identity and Access Control such as weekly interviews with product team members, developer how-tos, news, aggregated resources and more. It starts...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 – 5 Minute “HOW TO” Videos

    Phil in the team have been recording a pretty extensive set of 5 min Video about developing for certain segments of Windows Server 2008 R2. Areas include Powershell V2 , lots of Windows Server 2008 R2 Core development areas such as NUMA support and finally how to develop applications for Server Core...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2

    Today we announced the final availability of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. SP2 RC is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that, along with improvements delivered to users via Windows Update and via our hardware and software partners, addresses...
  • Blog Post: Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) REST Starter Kit

    Ron Jacobs has been quietly building a really great REST based resource for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) called the WCF REST Starter Kit? The WCF REST Starter Kit simplifies development of REST services for WCF adding new features and guidance tightly integrated with ASP.NET and the current...
  • Blog Post: New IIS7 Extensions Being Released to the Web

    Joey recently spoke with Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec who is a Group Program Manager for IIS. They talked about a number of new extensions for IIS that are being released to the web such as the URL-Rewrite and some very cool new media extensions for those of you looking at putting media on your websites. You...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announce the "Dublin" Application Server

    With the announcement of Visual Studio 2010, one thing that was not highlighted as much as the announcement of a new application server technology, codenamed “Dublin,” that will surface in Windows Server. This was combined with discussions about new enhancements to Windows Communication Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Have you Climbed up Zermatt Yet?

    So a month ago we announced the "Zermatt" Developer Framework which as an SDK which aids developers to build claims based aware applications that support the Identity Meta System ( through WS-* protocols). So far it has gotten a lot of interest and I wanted to reiterate the potential here and...
  • Blog Post: So What does it feel like being a celebrity at Microsoft?

    So what does it feel like being a TechED presenter and a celebrity? Do people turn up because they want to listen to the presenters or the content. Here is an view into what it is like for most presenters at TechED. They have already spent 2 weeks getting their demos working ( I know I have been following...
  • Blog Post: Bob Muglia Gets a Grilling From An analyst

    At TechED, Bob Muglia got a answer some tuff questions from a leading analyst. There are some key questions around Dynamic IT ( what happened to the vision ), Virtualization and being late to market, VMWare's advanced capabilities and what is the next big bets ( a soft ball ). See how he did? Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: Application Support is still the biggest challenge to Virtualization

    From a hardware and software perspective the virtualization industry has made leaps and bounds over the last year with the support of hardware chipset technologies from AMD and Intel to support hypervisors which are coming on strong from Microsoft and VMWare. However the biggest challenge still seems...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft migrates MSCOM (MSDN and TechNet) to Hyper-V virtual machines

    MSCOM have been working for a while to get their infrastructure completely virtualized. If you were at MMS 2008 and heard Bob Muglia’s Keynote , you already know that MSDN.microsoft.com (MSDN) and TechNet.microsoft.com (TechNet) have been successfully running on Hyper-V. Late last week we provide more...
  • Blog Post: SMALL BUSINESS SERVER & ESSENTIAL BUSINESS SERVER preview and demo

    So this feels like Demo week for me. Essential Business Server (EBS) demo with Bjorn We just shipped the first public preview of Small Business Server and Essential Business Server(EBS). David on the EDGE team had an interview with one of the program managers for EBS.  Bjorn Levidow has been at...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Labs RELEASED

    Jason has just finished 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...
  • Blog Post: MMS - System Center and Virtual Machine Manager Go Cross Platform

    One of the key announcements at MMS today was System Center and Virtual Machine Manager going cross platform. Adam spoke with Robert Reynolds about this announcement as asks him "Why do cross platform now?". Robert Reynolds talks System Center and Cross Platform Management
  • Blog Post: Installing MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008

    Matt Hester placed a screencast on EDGE which steps you through how to install Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008. MOSS is supported, but you need to take a few clearly defined steps to make this work. There are a few blogs on these space, and I did post a compatibility article...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI with Suzanne and Shiv from the Storage Team

    So we have been talking a lot iSCSI as we think that this is a really cool technology for people that want a really inexpensive solution for building a flexible storage solution in their data center. Adam ( that guy is everywhere ) interviewed Suzanne and Shiv from the storage team about iSCSI and raised...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Launch With Iain McDonald

    This week David had a chat with Iain McDonald who is the person responsible for getting Windows Server 2008 to the party on time. Pretty interesting how his PM team works to make sure that all the parts of the product come together. Server 2008 launch interview with Iain McDonald As part of the "over...
  • Blog Post: Application Considerations When Upgrading to Windows Server 2008

    So how do servers upgrade themselves to Windows Server 2008, and how does data, that is not part of the operating system get handled? One of the interesting point to note is that in Windows Server 2008 the data that is part of the operating system, the registry and certain file locations are recreated...
  • Blog Post: Forget the Super bowl, Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd

    For me it has been a long road. It all started 2 years ago with the "Longhorn Server Software Design preview", followed by countless training events and deep dive labs in Bld20 and around the world. Today we announced that Windows Server 2008 released to manufacturing . In this release of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Presentations

    We have just uploaded 7 presentations about compatibility issues between Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 to MSDN. These are all going to be linked from the Windows Server 2008 dev center . In the mean time, here are the details to these files. 1. Overview: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
  • Blog Post: MySpace presenting at MIX on RESTful WCF

    Most people consider Windows Communication Foundation ( WCF ) as a great framework for communicating between applications using the open standard WS-* protocol. I am not sure that many realize the high quality support that WCF (in .NET Framework 3.5) provides for building REST based interfaces too. ...
  • Blog Post: Highway to PowersHELL

    In the US, this year's Pop Idol is just starting, with those awful scenes of people singing who have no right to try. Recently the Powershell team found a guy who has written a song about Powershell to the sound track of "Highway to Hell - AC/DC". He has even recorded it. If you are feeling...
  • Blog Post: MSI Installer Issues - Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility

    Jason has posted the next in a series of App Compat interviews with some of the key people from the product team focused on this area. Robert Flaming talks about application compatibility issues with Windows Installer for Windows Server 2008. The post can be found here . As usual, more information can...
  • Blog Post: Every now and then we come out with funny videos [FOR LAUNCH]

    What some people in the company find funny generally concerns me, especially when they create viral videos. This time is a little different with a funny video about the last Windows Server 2003 in the datacenter "Lone Server". Cool jabs and Windows ME and a cool drink (the blue screen). SO THE...
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