PPT Plex add on for Power Point – Cool!

PPT Plex is a new tool – or more precisely – a new add on for Microsoft Power Point – which will change the way you will deliver your presentations.   In short, what it allows is a different navigation experience trough your slide deck. Instead of having the classical navigation path – in which…

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SQL Server and Virtualization – can we help?

  Just discovered whilst at TechEd that Microsoft policies for SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment are not much known as yet to the majority of the public.   Therefore the PFE in me 🙂 wants to be sure that when you opt for virtualization you are in a safe…

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Ms Store Launches in UK!

On the 2nd June 2008 Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Store in the UK.   Microsoft Store will bring together a wide range of our consumer products for the first time, allowing customers to explore and purchase through a single, online experience.   Customers have now the ability to buy Windows, Office, Expression via…

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Microsoft Product Team Blog Directory

Daniel, a colleague and friend of mine,  has put together an incredibly comprehensive list of Microsoft Product Team Blogs which is very useful for every IT Professional working with Microsoft technologies. I’ve already uploaded the SQL Server ones (most of which I’ve known already and I daily check out via RSS) on the left hand…

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SQL Server Monitor Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar

  Have you ever thought about monitoring your SQL Server installation from Windows Vista Sidebar?   Well, you can install and download it for free at http://blogs.conchango.com/jamiethomson/archive/2007/08/09/Announcing-SQL-Server-Monitor-Gadget-for-Windows-Vista-Sidebar.aspx. The gadget monitors a specified SQL Server database for various metrics and displays them on the Windows Vista Sidebar. It is provided for use by SQL Server DBAs that…

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SQL Server 2005 Books Online Scoped Search

  A customized Windows Live search built by using Windows Live Search Macros, that limits results to SQL Server Books Online. Try it at http://search.live.com/macros/sql_server_user_education/booksonline!   What are search Macros? Have you ever wanted to use a search engine that was created specifically for your interests? Windows Live Search Macros are just that — Custom-tailored…

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Slipstream of Service Packs on SQL Server 2005

  What if you want to install SP1 and SP2 together with SQL server 2005 setup? Well, the answer is that you can’t.   SQL Server 2005 supports slipstreaming of hot fixes on RTM, but not hot fixes on SP1 or SP2. I.e. SQL Server 2005 does not support slipstreaming of service packs   If…

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Virtual PC 2007 RTM!

  Virtual PC 2007 is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation, providing a safety net to maintain compatibility with legacy applications while you migrate to a new operating system. It also saves reconfiguration time, so your support, development, and training staff can work…

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