Modern .NET Development and The Joy of Simple LINQ to SQL

Introduction – Modern .NET Development It took me a while to realize it, but Microsoft .NET application development has significantly evolved in the past year and a half. This is not your dad’s .NET. The following releases have added many considerable advances in .NET application development technologies:                                                 Microsoft Product Release Date Major Features .NET…

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Microsoft.com Engineering Operations Forum Is Now LIVE!!

  We are pleased to announce that the Microsoft.com Engineering Operations Forum is now live on TechNet.  Come join us in discussions that are focused on Engineering Operations. Ask questions, give us your insights, help us build the community of folks that are engaged in real-world systems engineering. Log in with your Windows Live ID…

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Keeping Track of Database Capacity — Monitoring and Planning

As a DBA at MSCOM, I’m often asked how long our servers have before they run out of disk space.  This is also one of the toughest questions we get.  Any estimate depends on having a good forecast for user traffic and data volumes and even considering database internals like, when will index trees need…

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Light Weight Case Studies…Up-close and Personal With Microsoft.com Operations

A couple of months ago some folks from the Architecture Evangelism group in Microsoft approached us with an interesting idea, they wanted to produce an informal video series that focused on MSCOM Operations. They bill these as “Light Weight Case Studies”, and they have now been completed. They are being formally release on the Skyscrapr…

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Where, Oh Where Did All of the Microsoft.com SQL Clusters Go?

As the Group Manager for the database engineers that run Microsoft.com I’ve been repeatedly asked about Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) and where we’re using it. After all, Microsoft.com is one of the most visited web sites on the internet, and with SQL Server 2000 this was the top of the line high availability solution for…

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