DiskSpd, PowerShell and storage performance: measuring IOPs, throughput and latency for both local disks and SMB file shares

  1. Introduction   I have been doing storage-related demos and publishing blogs with some storage performance numbers for a while, and I commonly get questions such as “How do you run these tests?” or “What tools do you use to generate IOs for your demos?”. While it’s always best to use a real workload…

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Microsoft Office Web Applications and http://docs.com

I just got an e-mail informing me that I could now upload and create documents in http:/docs.com, so I went ahead and tried it out. For starters, you don’t need to create usernames or passwords. You just use your facebook credentials. If you’re logged to facebook already, it just works and your name shows at…

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SharePoint Application Development: The Process

SharePoint Applications Again  In previous blog posts, I have shared some ideas around SharePoint applications (especially ones without any code), including “Packaging, Deploying and Instantiating SharePoint Applications”, “The risks around SharePoint application deployment” and “The Case for SharePoint Applications”. You can read those from this tag search URL: http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/tags/applications/default.aspx. Now the team that developed the famous…

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Integrating SharePoint with other portals and web applications

Introduction  Maybe you’re lucky enough to work for a company that has standardized on SharePoint portals and ASP.NET applications across the board. In that case, you do not need to integrate different types of portals and web applications. For most large corporations, though, there will be many portals and different technologies behind those portals. I am currently…

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Packaging, Deploying and Instantiating SharePoint Applications

There are tools and methods to package, deploy and instantiate SharePoint applications (I made a case for these SharePoint applications as opposed to ASP.NET applications in a previous blog post here). If you are deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) in a farm environment at an enterprise, there pros and cons of using each one:…

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The risks around SharePoint application deployment

SharePoint is growing in popularity, partially due to its great model for describing and deploying packaged applications. This is especially true in the latest v3 or 2007 release, with the introduction of the “solution” deployment. However, if you’re deploying those applications, you should be aware of the risks involved, particularly if you are hosting a…

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The Case for SharePoint Applications

Introduction  I have been spending some time on the idea of using SharePoint as an application hosting platform, as opposed to using regular ASP.NET applications. Some solutions are a great fit for this, others are not. My main goal is to describe some pros and cons, in order to help make the decision between the…

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Starting a course on .NET Framework 2.0 Foundation for MVPs

I have started today an MVP-targeted course on .NET Framework 2.0 core development. This is something Microsoft offers to the MVPs and I will be monitoring that class. If you’re interested in the MVP program, there are details at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com That eLearning is provided in a collection comprised of 7 individual courses. The collection is described…

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