SQLBITS: THE SQL Server Community Event

Back in September there was a SQL Server Community event held at Hatfield in the UK, called SQLBits this was a free full day event run by the UK SQL Server Community. The whole event sounded like a good way to spend a Saturday, so I off I went. In fact it was such a…


How I used PowerShell “CTP2” to make my manager happier

This is a follow up to my original post “How I used PowerShell to make my manager happy”, with some updated information. The original post and code was based on V1.0 or PowerShell, however when moving to a CTP of V2, the Community extensions no longer work. Which means the all important line $details =…


How I used PowerShell to make my manager happy

Microsoft loves metrics. We have to report something as a number, bigger than last month, smaller than last month. Whatever!!! So the challenge I faced was how to find out how many people accessed my SharePoint site. That sounds easy right? Go to SharePoint, enable the statistics and read off the number. But what if…


The best companion for windows server 2008

For some time now I’ve been mentioning this great book I reviewed on Windows Server 2008, well the good news is that it is finally out. So here is the official introduction to “The Complete guide to Windows Server 2008”. This book does exactly what is says on the cover, it provides a complete guide….


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 RTM Released!

What is MAP? Well, Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 to give it it’s full name,  makes it easier for you to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in your IT environment. MAP also provides specific and actionable IT proposals and reports to help you get the most value out of…


Get the details on the Microsoft virtualization solution with Hyper-V Unleashed by Sams

I’ve been waiting for a good book on Hyper-V for a number of months. I was hoping the resource kit from MS Press would be available, however it’s no going to be available until February 2009. So into the void we have another member of the Unleashed series. I am a fan of the series,…


Register for the New Virtual Lab based Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring and get 3 free exam* vouchers (*First 3000 registered)

Hundreds of IT professionals have experienced this new testing platform! Have you tested it yet? Microsoft extends the registration for exam 70-113 until December 17th. Call your nearest test center before December 17th to register and experience the new virtual lab based testing and prepare for your experience during scored testing. The new pilot exam…


Under the Hood: Windows Vista Performance…Need Answers?

Save the date! Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5pm GMT Submit your performance questions live during the event or send them in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com. Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of industry experts for a LIVE virtual roundtable to explore your top of mind performance issues, common mis-configurations, and tips on how to fix them….


September UGTV shows posted

The September editions of UGTV are now posted. Highlights not to be missed include UGTV traveling to Canada to inspect the DevTeach Conference in Toronto, a wrap up of the John Martin demos from TechEd.  We have a breaking news flash from Charles Hughes who speaks about the latest on IP3,  Dave Sanders of Culminus…


Don’t Miss the Largest Gathering of Microsoft SQL Server Community Professionals

The PASS Community Summit 2008, taking place November 18-21 in Seattle WA, is the single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server community professionals. The Summit delivers three full days of in-depth learning, unparalleled access to the Microsoft SQL Server development team and face-to-face networking in a fun, focused environment. PASS Community Summit 2008, November 18-21,…