Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    MSN Deskbar Rocks!

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    In case you haven’t spotted it, Microsoft released a Beta version of MSN Deskbar this week. It’s much more than just a “Search Engine” textbox on your toolbar; it indexes your mail and Hard Drive (in a similar fashion to LookOut ) and provides lightning...
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    BTSnapshot

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    I’ve been on holiday for the last 3 weeks so have been slow on the uptake of this tool; in case you haven’t spotted it check it out here . It basically snapshots a BizTalk deployment, allows you to update the assemblies and restore the configuration as...
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    Get BizTalk 2004 SP1 Installed!

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    If you haven’t already done so – please consider moving your development and live servers to BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 wherever possible. It does really make a difference to common scenarios; it helped us out in the Scalability Lab recently with regard...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 R2

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    In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced a new release of BizTalk Server 2006 called BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (Release 2) to ship H1 2007. R2 will build on the core foundation of BizTalk Server 2006 and won't introduce...
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    Team Foundation Server: Subscribing to Policy Overriden Events on Checkin

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    I demonstrated over a year ago the code required to subscribe to the Policy Override event when developers checkin code, as you know you can apply Checkin policies to ensure developers do things like linking to Work Items, provide Checkin comments, etc...
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    Call Dispose on your ServicedComponent's (please)

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    My last blog entry pointed at a Enterprise Services FAQ which mentions that you should call .Dispose on your ServicedComponent proxies. Now this "recommendation" isn't documented very well, hence most people don't do it and you won't hit problems...
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    Team System Sample Projects and Documentation update

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    There is a VSTS documentation update here which provides a pre-release form of the VSTS specific documentation (Tech Refresh just came with the standard Whidbey Beta 1 documentation) This documentation contains a number of walkthroughs which is a great...
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    A goldmine of useful BizTalk Widgets

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    I kind of knew there was some BizTalk stuff up on GotDotNet but never realised how much. If you’re doing anything with BizTalk 2004 check them out as they could save you a lot of time and stress!! Just got to find some time to put some of my own stuff...
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    Cloud Services

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    CSD have just announced Release 12 (R12) of Codename BizTalk Services, Clemens has a good low-down on what’s new here . Remember BizTalk Services != BizTalk. BizTalk isn’t used in the cloud or the client – it’s just a branding thing. The Connectivity...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Shipping!

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    I've just had an update from Wiley and the book arrived into their warehouse last Friday (20th April) and it started physically shipping to stores yesterday (Monday 23rd April) so if you've pre-ordered expect it to arrive real soon! I hope you enjoy it...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Content Complete

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    I'm pleased to announce that all of the content for my book is now complete! As of two weeks ago we've now entered the reviewing/copyedit phase which should last until the end of the year keeping us on track for a March publication. Woo Hoo! Words...
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    XML is like....

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    Fantastic! This made me laugh J
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    Virtual PC 2004 SP1

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    I’m a bit slow posting this but Virtual PC 2004 SP1 has been released; this fixes the highly irritating “sticky” CTRL key problem detailed in an older post and fixes numerous other problems including the bizarre Notepad file truncation...
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    Kevin Smith has a blog!

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    Kevin Smith has just created a blog , he joined MCS in the UK a few months back and is a mine of knowledge with regard to BizTalk, especially the core engine and message infrastructure – and has been invaluable in answering the really hard “Just...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: In Stock (In the US)

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    Another quick update, it seems that stores in the US now have stock and are shipping. Both Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble are reporting stock! The UK should follow very shortly, 7 days seemed to be the difference with the Team System book
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Walkthroughs

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    Some walkthroughs and sample projects for TS are available here – Looks like they should have been in the build recently released. They cover: Unit Testing, Web Testing, Load Testing, Profiling and Code Analysis!
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    BAM: PivotTables not working on the BAM Portal

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    I’ve used the same base VPC for my various BizTalk Server 2006 images over the last few years, this has worked fine apart from a few annoying bugs that of course plagued every single instance of a VPC using it, of course I never really spent the time...
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    Traveling and Software Factories

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    I know – there’s been a distinct lack of blogging recently, my excuses are that I’ve been in Seattle twice in the last month or so and have been catching up with all my customer work as a result. For the first time in ages I’ve managed to get out from...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1: Download!

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    We have just posted Beta 1 of BizTalk Server 2006, visit here and register to gain access to the Beta 1 Build, it’s open to all! BizTalk Server 2006 (codename Pathfinder) is a great leap forward especially with regard to the Setup and Administration...
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    Presenting at TechEd

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    I'm pleased to announce that I'll be presenting two sessions at TechEd which is being held at Orlando between Monday 4th June and Friday 8th June! The first is a breakout session which covers BAM and demonstrates some real-world examples of how we've...
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    Posting Messages Back to the Message Box - Again

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    Ok, everyone wants a copy of the sample, so I’ve found somewhere to store files and it’s here My sample is pretty straightforward, the PreProcessing orchestration retrieves all messages that haven't been processed, then marks the Message as being PreProcessed...
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    Visual Studio Team System Books

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    Fantastic news, I got my box of complimentary copies of Professional Visual Studio Team System which is now on-sale in the UK as well as the US, so go get your copy :) It looks like a great book, especially Chapter 6 which is the DSL Tools Chapter...
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    Windows Workflow Architect Dave Green has a blog!

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    Dave Green is the architect of Windows Workflow Foundation and has just started blogging now that we have announced Windows Workflow Foundation, check out his blog here I had the pleasure of working with Dave Green in his pre-Microsoft days, he's got...
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    Long time, no blog!

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    Yes, It’s been quite a while since my last blog post! A lot has been happening internally including a job move for me to the Solution Architecture team in MCS as a Solution Architect from the fantastic Application Development Consulting (ADC) team. ...
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    Seattle

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    I touched down in Seattle yesterday; I’m out here for a week for some Visual Studio Team System Developer Labs and some customer meetings. Planning to get loads of blog entries up this week on Team System!
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