File Server team sessions at TechEd 2012 North America

If you’re planning to attend the TechEd 2012 North America event in June, here are the scheduled sessions with speakers from the File Server team: Code Title Speaker(s) Day Time Track Level WSV328 The Path to Continuous Availability with Windows Server 2012 Gene Chellis, Jim Pinkerton Mon 4:45 PM Windows Server 300 SIA207 Windows Server…


Analyzing Storage Performance using the Windows Performance Analysis ToolKit (WPT)

Robert Smith (Platforms Field Engineer) has recently posted a new blog that cover one important area of Windows performance that few people understand well. In his blog post he talks about how to use Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) in general and the XPerf tool in particular. Xperf.exe is the command line tool used to start, stop,…


Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold – Download free PDF and start developing your WP7 Apps

I just discovered this interesting book on “Programming Windows Phone 7”, by Charles Petzold (yes, that’s the author of the famous “Programming Windows” series of books). This Microsoft Press title is available as a free PDF download and is over 1,000 pages long. Here’s the table of contents: Part 1: The Basics Chapter 1: Hello,…


SNIA’s Storage Developers Conference 2009 in Santa Clara, CA is coming – Plan to be there on the week of September 14th

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is hosting the 6th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 14th. This event is also co-located with the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest. For those working with storage technologies, this event gathers a unique crowd and includes a…


The good old days of CP/M 2.2 on a TRS-80 with an 8-bit Z80 CPU

I was reading the news on the release of Windows 7 and stopped to think of the early days of my IT career and what an OS looked like then. I thought way back to one of the first microcomputer disk operating systems I ever used: CP/M. I actually remembered the few resident commands we…


Proud to be a Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Earlier this year (or last fiscal year :-), I participated in a grueling three-week training and passed four exams (one of them a lab exam) to become one of just a dozen Microsoft Certified Masters on SQL Server 2008 worldwide. This was certainly the most demanding IT certification I ever attempted and a great learning…


SQL Server 2008 – Summary of Training Sessions

I took some advanced SQL Server 2008 classes recently and shared my notes in a series of blog posts. Here’s a summary of all those posts, in alphabetical order: SQL Server 2008 Auditing SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore SQL Server 2008 Change Tracking (CT) and Change Data Capture (CDC) SQL Server 2008 Client Design…


Free e-learning on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Microsoft Learning has two free e-learning offers covering Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008. These self-paced introductory clinics include hours of interactive content, including text, videos, demonstrations and self-tests. Clinic 5935 – Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 This 2-hour online clinic provides IT Professionals experienced in Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 with the knowledge…


Windows 7 blog and PDC 2008 sessions

I was glad to see the first bits of info about the upcoming “Windows 7” product being shared through this new blog by Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky. Jon and Steven are two senior engineering managers for the “Windows 7” team and the blog, called “Engineering Windows 7 blog” or simply “E7”, is located at…

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