Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Off to the printers

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    A year on, ~224,000 words and over 600 pages later, and Professional BizTalk Server 2006 has finally gone to the printers! This book has been a mammoth undertaking for all involved, but having just reviewed the entire book end-to-end I’m extremely proud...
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    Business Activity Monitoring: GenerateTypedBAMAPI Tool (BizTalk 2004 release uploaded)

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    Following on from my post last night, I've just uploaded a BizTalk Server 2004 version of GenerateTypedBAMAPI to the GotDotNet workspace . It's functionally identical to the 2006 release already up there but will only work with BizTalk Server 2004...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Update

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    I thought those of you that still read this rather poorly-updated blog might be interested in the current state of play with my BizTalk Book ! It's been taking every spare moment of my life hence the blog has had to take a back-seat, plus I need some...
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    Didn't make it to the PDC?

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    You can order the Conference DVD that contains the videos of all the sessions and presentations from here , I'm looking forward to this coming out already so I can catch the sessions that clashed or were full And if your a MSDN Universal Subscriber...
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    Doug Purdy: XmlSerializer

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    GGGGrrr, I was looking forward to this session big time, but the room was full 5 minutes befehand so I couldn't make it in.  Here's to hoping they'll repeat it, oterhwise it's a 6 week wait for the conference DVD
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    Windows Vista Beta 2 CTP Released

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    In case you haven't already noticed, the Feb CTP of Windows Vista has been posted to MSDN Subscriber Downloads . I've been running various CTP and internal daily builds for a while and this is by far the most stable and if the last week is anything...
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    The PDC notes I wish I'd taken

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    Tim Sneath  (also from Microsoft UK) has posted a flurry of blog entries covering each session he went to at the PDC in great detail, it makes for great reading especially if it's a session you didn't make it to. If only I'd made such detailed...
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    I'm on Amazon!

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    At long last the book that I've written a chapter for is listed on Amazon ! The updated cover photo hasn't been uploaded yet so you don't have to look at my ugly mug quite yet! The book is looking really good and is the best Team System resource I...
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    Remoting and EnterpriseServices: Indigo, Don Box

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    I was in the first Indigo session by Don Box on Monday, as ever a superb talk but I struggle to understand (or agree) with some of his guidance towards the end, that said it's probably because I'm not aware of a key point. Don was getting across...
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    So Long Steve!

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    Steve White is off to Redmond to work on Sparkle , Good Luck Steve, The Team, Snakes & Ducks (of the TVP Lake) and the sign will miss you ;-) Remember mines a pint of Mack and Jacks when I'm next over ;-)
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    PAG Logging Application Block based on EIF

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    A new PAG Application Block is about to be released, which is built on and extends the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) It will provide some new EIF event sinks for MSMQ, SQL, etc. and even deliver support for Request Tracing across Web...
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    Microsoft rebrands iPod packaging

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    This made me laugh, and oh so true :) Microsoft rebrands iPod packaging
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    Trying out NewsGator

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    Mike pointed out NewsGator which I hadn’t really looked at before, but it looks great – Outlook Integration and even syncronisation of “state” between multiple PCs which has been a major problem with me (reading a post on one,...
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    BizTalk Performance Blog

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    The BizTalk team have just started a new blog focussed on Performance and it looks fantastic , they are going to focus on the top "pain points" which is great news. Please check it out!!
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    Who?

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    Who is Darren Jefford you might ask, well that's a good question :-) I work as an Application Development Consultant within the Premier Support for Developers team at Microsoft UK, We work closely with our customers and partners to ensure they...
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    Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    Information on Microsoft's "Virtual Machine" technology seems to be appearing now, we've got some builds internally and they look really good. The ability to base a new VM on another and only store the changes is really good, saves loads of disk...
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    New Year, New Blog Home

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    Please update your Blog Aggregrator links, my blog is on the move to: http://blogs.msdn.com/darrenj Thanks!
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    Great Indigo Introduction Article

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/longhorn/default.aspx?pull=/msdnmag/issues/04/01/Indigo/default.aspx
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    Enterprise Services FAQ

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    Mike just pointed me at this superb Enterprise Services FAQ, it's a really good collection of some of the common problems people hit.
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    BizTalk 2006 Beta Documentation Now Availalble

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    Hi, The BizTalk team have just posted the latest drop of the BizTalk 2006 documentation here . For those of you that are BizTalk Server 2004 developers you'll be pleased to know that you can now download and use the documentation on a box that doesn...
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    Longhorn Community Resources

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    Since the PDC lots of community newsgroups and discussions have opened up to discuss the Longhorn Technologies. Microsoft have opened up a number of newsgroups  which will have the product team guys on Developmentor have opened up a...
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    Another Book Update: Performance & Scalability Chapter shipped

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    Another book update, I shipped the Performance and Scalability chapter yesterday which I’ve hammered out in the last week. It’s come together well with three main sections: Laying the foundations, Monitoring and Common Symptoms. Laying the foundations...
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    If your flying to the PDC from Heathrow on Friday..

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    Leave Early! http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=110427 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3191794.stm
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    PSfD UK Team Blog!

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    Hi, I’ve just launched our new PSfD Team Blog , we’ve got around 20 consultants in our team so there should be some great postings going up in a similar vain to this blog – but less emphasis on BizTalk J Enjoy!
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    PDC PreCon - Web Services

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    [ BlogX has been playing up and this is the second time I've written this :-( ] I went along to Don , Gudge and Tims session on Sunday,  I done a lot of work in the XML and Web Services space expecting to pick up a few nuggets of information...
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