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  • Blog Post: Community Preview Announced for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack, Feature Pack

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP. Get the updates from: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: Use Web Farm Framework to Provision, Manage Server Farms for High Availability

    Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product for you to easily provision and mange a farm of web servers. It enables you to: Automate the installation and configuration of platform components across the server farm, Automatically synchronize and deploy ASP.NET applications across them. ...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs

    Datacastle uses PowerShell to work with Hyper-V for quicker tests across many configurations and for quicker and improved deployment at customer sites. ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs Datacastle Vice President of Quality Assurance Barry...
  • Blog Post: Learn SharePoint 2010 Administration in Free Video Training

    A new series of videos by MSDEV prepares you for SharePoint 2010 Administration. Sessions are available free and on-demand now. Examples of topics are installation, solution deployment, security, and PowerShell administration. See Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration . Microsoft SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New Video - How to Embed PowerShell Within a C# Application

    Video Link - How to Embed PowerShell Within a C# Application Join James Brundage, Tester from the Windows PowerShell team, and Bruce Kyle for a quick introduction to how embed PowerShell within your C# application. See how you can easily reference the PowerShell assembly and start embedding PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: See How to Call PowerShell Scripts From Your Application

    Join James Brundage, Tester from the Windows PowerShell team, and me for a quick introduction to how embed PowerShell within your C# application. See how you can easily reference the PowerShell assembly and start embedding PowerShell cmdlets inside of a C# application with PowerShell V2. C# Sample Code...
  • Blog Post: Share Real-time Premium Data with Codename "Dallas"

    Microsoft® Codename "Dallas" is a new service allowing developers and information workers to easily discover, purchase and manage premium data subscriptions in the Windows Azure platform . Dallas was announced at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) . Dallas is an information marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Get a Single Development Experience for On Premises, Cloud

    Microsoft’s new Windows Server AppFabric gives you new tools to develop, manage and deploy composite applications, both on premises and in the cloud. Composite applications reuse existing services and business logic to provide new and innovative functionality for end users. You can get started today...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Course Launches on Channel 9

    Channel 9 launches the Windows Server 2008 R2 Training Course for Developers. Channel 9 has always been about giving Developers insight into new Microsoft platform technologies. The Channel 9 Learning Center extends that objective with self-paced learning experiences. Windows Server 2008 R2 , ...
  • Blog Post: Azure Tools Updated, Available for Download

    The July 2009 Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the included Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing

    Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing and has the same release dates to customers as Windows 7. Partners & OEMs will be able to download from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download English versions starting August 23rd. Developers...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 4: Gain Strategic Advantage Using Windows 7 Features

    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. The version that goes public in October will be available in late July. So you have time to be ready before Windows 7 goes public. In parts 1 - 3 of this series, we explored...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Online Videos Available

    Want to get started with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and want to learn the tricks of the trade? Here’s a list of presentations, demos, and training videos. The videos are aimed at ITPros so do not expect to see code. Many of these videos also apply to developers and testers who administer networks...
  • Blog Post: Server Core Enhanced for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Server Core is ideal for hosting your Web application on Windows Server 2008 R2. You manage IIS and your application through a command line interface. The biggest advantage is a reduced attack surface, but your customers are able to deploy applications using command line or PowerShell scripts. And with...
  • Blog Post: Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

    The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser,...
  • Blog Post: Surface Gets Update

    A service pack for Surface developers has been released. Service Pack 1 to allow for faster and easier development of innovative, natural experiences on the Microsoft Surface platform. The SDK supports development on any .NET framework and is optimized for WPF and XNA. SP1 gives users more visual feedback...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

    With all the talk about Windows 7 on the client, we haven’t talked much about the server platform that will shortly follow Windows 7. The release candidate updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you some way to stand out from your competition and provide a better experience for your customers. You...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform Training Kit, Management Tools Get Update

    Updates to the Azure Services Platform Training Kit and Azure Services Management Tools have been released. Azure Services Platform Training Kit Update Today we released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit. The first Azure Services Training Kit was released during the week of...
  • Blog Post: Generate a Server-side Documents Using PowerTools for OpenXML

    ISVs often want to be able to take data and generate documents. It's a common batch processing scenario. The hard part has been figuring out how to generate the documents without putting 2007 Office System on the server. After all, it wasn't meant for servers. Lawrence Hodson has written a blog posting...
  • Blog Post: Try Out PowerShell in Windows 7 in Your Development Efforts

    Been trying out Windows 7? Try out the Windows PowerShell 2.0 graphical scripting editor. PowerShell is used by ISV developers and testers to build out, install applications, and run tests against your own code. You have access to .NET Framework from within PowerShell. And you enabled your own applications...
  • Blog Post: www.microsoft.com Now Runs on Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 , the next version of Windows Server that is current in beta, is running one of the world's busiest Web sites, www.microsoft.com . If you look closely at the headers, you'll see that www.microsoft.com is being handled by a server reporting as “Microsoft-IIS/7.5”. IIS 7.5 is...
  • Blog Post: So What Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 Matter to ISVs?

    With Windows Server 2008 R2 announcement, ISVs are looking for the features that will add to their customer experience. Some of the improved areas in R2 are virtualization, management, Web, and enterprise workloads. So here's a quick list of the features you'll want to put into your future product plans...
  • Blog Post: Office System Interoperability Documents, Tools Announced

    Microsoft has published a set of documents that affirm our Interoperability Principles that increases openness, drive greater interoperability, and provide more choice for developers, customers, and competitors. Highlights of the announcement include: Posting Version 1.0 releases of technical...
  • Blog Post: Create, Process Open XML Documents Server-side Using PowerShell

    You can script documents and spreasheets creation and proecessing on the server. A new open source project, PowerTools for Open XML , is now up on Codeplex. Processing Open XML documents server-side using PowerShell is a powerful approach for creating, modifying, and transforming Open XML documents...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Gets GUI, Remote Management

    PowerShell is getting the two most requested features, a graphical user interface and remote management support in its community technology preview (CTP) for version 2.0. Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity...
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