June, 2007

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    Support for the Ops Team, but Where to Start?

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    Several of my ISV's have expressed a need to support operations. They want to be able to report to operations how their application is performing, whether it needs fixes or some configuration setting is failing. These forward-looking ISV's know that supporting the IT department is a way to increase customer satisfaction with the people who must maintain the app in the field. Often my ISV's look to System Center . System Center is a combination of several technologies that are being grouped under...
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    “All together now…”

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    One of the features I have missed most in SQL Server is the ability to pass multiple "rows" of data to a stored procedure. This is especially useful in the canonical Order/Order Line Items scenario where you want to insert a header row and multiple child rows into their respective tables in 1 transaction. It applies, however, anytime you want to pass lots of rows/sets/arrays of data to the database at once. You can of course support this scenario today using transactions from the client with multiple...
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    Visual Studio available via ISV-Royalty licensing

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    Visual Studio Available via ISV-Royalty Licensing Program Effective July 1 Effective July 1, 2007 customers who would like to distribute the volume licensing SKUs of Visual Studio will be able to order the product via Microsoft's Independent Software Vendor (ISV)-Royalty Licensing program. http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/isv/default.mspx -Suresh
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    Workflow Extensions for BizTalk Server 2006 CTP Released

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    If you are a .NET Developer and want to create workflows, but have no where to host them then this may be for you. You create your WF in Visual Studio using some WCF constructs, you run a tool to create a BizTalk orchestration wrapper, and then deploy the wrapper and workflow to the BizTalk server to host it. To try this out head to the Connect Site for this project , complete the survey, download the sample code and do the walk through. There are some Prerequisites for the walkthrough and...
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    Great Tool for Debugging HTTP Traffic

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    If you are developing web applications, you may be interested in Fiddler . Fiddler is a HTTP debugger that can proxy all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. This freeware tool allows you to inspect incoming and outgoing HTTP traffic from virtually any application. You can script against its object model or extend it using a .NET language.
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    Microsoft ESB Guidance June 2007 Community Release!

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    The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to extend their own messaging and integration solutions. Please download the latest Community Release and provide us feedback. http://www.codeplex.com/esb
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    Cool Silverlight Game Project Published

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    This is the result of a team of 5 (designers, developers, animators/artists) using Expression Design, Expression Blend 2 and Visual Studio 2008 Beta 1. The game was developed in 4 week by this team. http://www.ltbennett.com This is a lab project for them and they plan on spreading the word on their experiences and sharing code along the way. They are also leveraging the social networks of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter to build up the story of the absent-minded main character, Lt. Bennett. Add...
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    Advanced Search Terms

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    In my travels amongst ISVs, I find very technical folks who find search in Vista a little, well…, rudimentary for their needs. I.e. those who still prefer dir /s *foo*.xml in some directory tree where we know there *should* be an xml file that contains foo in the name. I love the new instant search box in Vista's file explorer, but in order to truly love it, you need more than just the basics. One of the initial misconceptions I find amongst users is that when you type a search term in that box...
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    Watch Ted Kummert, Corp. VP explain SQL Server 2008

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    Watch Ted Kummert, Corp. VP explain SQL Server 2008. http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/all_up/msh.htm -Suresh
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    “Don’t Go Changin’…”

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    Another of the new features that shipped with SQL Server 2008 in the June CTP is called "Change Data Capture". This feature is designed to be used in data warehousing / ETL scenarios where a read-only snapshot of data is maintained. The feature enables users to refresh these data warehouses by applying only the incremental changes from a previous refresh, removing the need to replace the entire snapshot of data. It is one of a broader set of change tracking features that are coming in SQL Server...
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    New Screencast Resource

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    One of my fellow Architect Evangelist has been working with Clarity Consulting who has begun posting free screencasts on new Microsoft technologies. If you are hungry for more information about all the new stuff coming in Visual Studio 2008 or perhaps are interested in the new managed wrapper for Facebook be sure to check them out. They are also using Silverlight to deliver the content, which is extra cool! You can see the screenscasts at http://www.claritycon.com/claritytv/ and they also have...
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    CTP3 of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is now available!

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    We are proud to announce the ENU (English) release of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP3 software! This release contains new, updated Monitoring and Analytics functionality. See the “ What’s new from PerformancePoint Server CTP3” document from the following Connect site for the details. Note that we will be introducing a new Monitoring SDK next week to the site (under documentation Zip File). The Planning bits however will remain at CTP2 level of functionality (until the full-update...
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    Dig Deep and Go further

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    Take advantage of special offers and new training opportunities from Microsoft Learning. Microsoft Office 2007 - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/office2007/digdeep/dev/default.mspx Windows Vista - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/windowsvista/digdeep/dev/default.mspx Microsoft Exchange 2007 - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exchange2007/digdeep/itpro/default.mspx Visual Studio - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/vs2005/digdeep/default.mspx SQL Server - http://www.microsoft.com...
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    Windows Mobile Security considerations

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    Top 10 Security Concerns in Windows Mobile Jason Langridge, a business manager with the Microsoft mobile device group, gave an excellent presentation at MEDC 2007 on the Top 10 Security Concerns in Windows Mobile. Jason has been gracious enough to make his slides available on SlideShare. In this presentation, Jason provides guidance on how to overcome the top 10 security considerations and issues typically encountered by enterprise customers. He also covers best practices, policies, and technical...
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    Windows Mobile "How Do I"

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    The Windows Mobile Developer "How Do I" Video Series Is Now Online The Windows Mobile "How Do I" video series contains short videos that focus on achieving one specific developer task. Some of the videos currently available include "How Do I create a setup project that installs the .NET Compact Framework runtime," "How Do I set up and use the .NET Compact Framework Remote Process Viewer," "How Do I automatically start an application when the device wakes up," and many more. A ll videos are approximately...
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    Stand-Alone WM6.0 Emulator

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    Stand-Alone Windows Mobile 6 Emulators Available in 24 Languages Download localized Windows Mobile 6 emulators today so that developers can test their applications across a wide variety of form factors and against different languages. These emulator packs can be installed without having Visual Studio 2005 or the Windows Mobile 6 SDK, making them perfect for testers and IT professionals who want to test applications and solutions on the latest Windows Mobile software. -Suresh
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    Windows Server 2008 Certification Program in Full Swing

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    That's right, if you are building an application that will run on Windows Server 2008 you should begin looking at certification now! There is a ton of information on www.invoateonwindowsserver.com , so much so that we've turned the certification test into an "open book" exam. Microsoft developed the Certified for Windows Server program to help you build greater quality into your applications and to distinguish them in the marketplace. The most visible benefit of the program is the "Certified...
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    Microsoft across America

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    Microsoft across America is an engine, web portal for all businesses, IT pros and developers to empower them with the interactive education needed to make the right technology decisions. Through a broad range of offerings including live events, webcast and host of online activities it enables partners to streamline their process. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/acrossamerica/ today, search events, participate, learn and grow your business.
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    RightSizing and Virtualization

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    ComputerWorld recently released a pretty interesting article on RightSizing and the use of virtualization technology at Microsoft. First off, I didn't know Microsoft has over 17,000 servers running internally but it's definitely cool to see how we experience the same problems of server (under) utilization as other corporate customers. This article gives everyone a glimpse into the operational requirements of a company who is looking to better leverage their hardware investments while meeting business...
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    Be Like Mic(rosoft.com)

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    If you are ready to take the plunge like Microsoft did for microsoft.com (the #5 most popular site on the Internet), wait no longer. The IIS7 Go Live license was recently announced which enables customers to deploy IIS7 in production environments. This is not the first time that Microsoft has done this with our key platforms and technologies. Read the terms and conditions to see if this is right for you.
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    IIS7 @ Microsoft.com

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    Microsoft recently converted all its web servers for microsoft.com to IIS7 except one. You can read about it here and confirm it via Netcraft . Given the enormity in terms of requests handled and unique visitors to the site, it is a great testimony of the stability of IIS7. Tried it out by downloading Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition .
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    Innovate On Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office Community Blogs are here.

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    Find the latest developer content on our community blog site. You will be able to interact directly with Microsoft's product managers, top developer trainers, and technical and marketing experts here. We have also included links to upcoming training events, developer documents, and other resources to help you build on Microsoft Windows Vista and/or 2007 Microsoft Office. Come visit our community today!
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    NEW Software Launch Pad for ISV Partners

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    Launching a software application? LAUNCH PAD can help you! Now there's a tool to help you successfully launch new products without missing a step! Launch Pad is an online kit full of practical guidance to help ISV's successfully launch a product, implement a marketing campaign, build a partner channel and get the training you need to keep your momentum. To get started with your launch visit http://www.mspartnerdirect.com/launchpad
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    NEW to U.S. ISV Developers: ISV Innovation Training Site is now LIVE. Train on the latest Microsoft software at any time.

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    Do you find that training on the latest software development platform is a hassle? Tired of hunting for the right developer training? Well, we've tried to make it simple for you. With ISV Innovation, you can check out all the training available for the latest Microsoft® software all in one place: www.isvinnovation.com .
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM: How to improve GTM further in time and cost?

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    One of the common questions I am getting from many of our ISVs, who are adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” as their choice of development platform , is how to improve Go-To-Market (GTM) further in time and cost. I am working with several SI Partners (System Integrators) who have invested in a rich pool of trained and certified resources, available to help ISVs in their goals. If you are a Microsoft Dynamics ISV and need any referral please drop me an email giving brief profile and needs....
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