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Kevin’s TechNet Event Resources: April-June 2010 (Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Launch!)

TechNet Event Slides and Additional Resources http://www.technetevents.com/resources   25%-OFF Special TechNet Plus Subscription Promotion – Yes, save nearly $100 off of a new TechNet Plus Direct Subscription!Use Promotion Code TNITQ404 (that’s 4-ZERO-4) at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/subscription   E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.comFeedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com   Follow Kevin on Twitter:… Read more

Breaking News: RTM! SQL Server 2008 R2 is Released!

Today, April 21, 2010, at 9:30am CDT, Microsoft announces the release-to-manufacturing of SQL Server 2008 R2. Watch the SQL Server Virtual Press Room for the official announcement. “What are the big benefits, Kevin?” Your end users and consumers of “the right information, right now” will love the big improvements in “self-service” BI; taking advantage of… Read more

New: IDC White Paper on Business-Critical Workloads Available

Today a new IDC White Paper (sponsored by Microsoft) was made available: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/B/D/5BD5C253-4259-428B-A3E4-1F9C3D803074/IDC_Business_Critical_Workloads.pdf The purpose of the write-up is to document what’s happening in the world of x86-based Servers; why they are THE platform businesses choose for their business-critical workloads.  This is not a Microsoft story… “Oh really?  You sponsored it!” Yeah, you got me… Read more

Transparency: What guides Microsoft to improve server products and reduce your TCO?

Here’s another TLA for you all to learn: CEC.  Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria.  The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria is a set of engineering requirements and guidelines that govern all of Microsoft’s server products.  The idea here is that we build products that work well together, and work to help you reduce your TCO (another TLA… Read more

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: This promotion and promotion code have expired.Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event, I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber.  Usually about 1/3 of the audience raises their hand.  Considering that this is typically a Microsoft-friendly audience, I’m… Read more

Part II: The Quest Continues…

Some might remember that I blogged about this, or perhaps played this game over a year ago: Server Quest Well, the saga continues.  Server Quest II is launched and ready for play. Those of us who spent too many hours playing cheesy pixilated adventure games** about 15-20 years ago will appreciate the awesome reproduction in… Read more

Do these e-learning courses interest you? You may be able to take them for FREE…

Course 6537: Implementing High Availability in Windows Server 2008 This 2-hour online course provides IT Professionals with the knowledge and skills to implement high availability in Windows Server 2008. Topics covered in the course include: -Network load balancing configuration -Failover clustering implementation and configuration Course 6320: Introducing the Hyper-V Technology This two-hour online course provides… Read more

Breaking News: SQL Server 2008 is RTM!

(RTM = Released to Manufacturing) Yes indeed.. today the newest version of the best database software platform anywhere reached a major milestone.  It’s ready!  You can read the PressPass announcement here. And here is the official press location for all things SQL Server. And of course, here is the SQL Server home page. And finally… Read more

Heros Happen {here} – The Comic Series

If you’ve been keeping up with the goings-on around the looming launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008, you’ve more than likely heard the theme: Heros happen {here}.  And naturally there has been a lot of creative effort around getting the  word out. Here is another such example: Heros Happen… Read more

Breaking BI News: Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Launched

What’s your performance?  “What’s your point?” Exactly. Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is Microsoft’s new Business Intelligence solution.  It was announced back in June of 2006, and is officially being launched TODAY. It’s all about business performance management. Check the website for the announcement, and other good overview resources.  And here is the PRESS RELEASE…. Read more