Finally this is out … After a long time but with a lot of perf improvements :) … Check the news here.
Archive for November, 2007
SQL 2008 – Virtual Labs November 28th, 2007
Now get ahead of the industry. Try out SQL 2008 Labs here:
TechNet Virtual Lab: Administering Servers by Using Declarative Management Framework (DMF) Policies< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
S+S Architecture Guidance November 26th, 2007
This release extends LitwareHR, reference S+S application, and provide guidance on the full spectrum of S+S (Client, Server, Service).
Based on frequent requests, also included in the release is a new Multi-Tenant Database Performance Guide, which provides tests results and guidance to compare the performance and scalability of different extensibility patterns in multi-tenant SQL 2005 databases (extension tables vs. XML data types vs. fixed columns).
More on this at the Platform Architecture Teams Blogs. Download the bits and code from here.
Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition November 24th, 2007
The Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of resources designed to help our customers quickly and consistently build WCF and ASMX Web services that adhere to well-known architecture and design patterns. These resources consist of models with code generation in the form of tools integrated with Visual Studio and patterns and architecture topics in the form of written guidance.
The Service Factory contains automation and guidance integrated into Visual Studio 2005 for building services. The core of the automation components is a Web services domain model. This domain model contains elements such as service contracts, operations, messages, and data contracts. This domain model manifests itself in the form of three integrated domain-specific languages (DSLs) that are used to model services: Service Contract Model, Data Contract Model, and the Host Model.
- MSDN site: http://msdn.microsoft.com/servicefactory < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
This contains more highlevel information about the Service Factory: Modeling Edition.
- Community site: http://www.codeplex.com/servicefactory
The community site contains hands-on labs for both using and extending the Service Factory, discussion forums, known issues, and a more details on the roadmap. In the near future the site will include presentations, demonstration videos, and community contributions.
VS 2008 Training Kit November 23rd, 2007
The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit contains technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos. The technologies covered in the kit include: LINQ, C# 3.0, VB 9, WCF, WF, WPF, Windows CardSpace, Silverlight, ASP.NET Ajax, .NET Compact Framework 3.5, VSTO 3.0, Visual Studio Team System, and Team Foundation Server. Download it here.
10 hottest tech Certifications? November 16th, 2007
Nice to see 3 MS certifications feature here. And most importantly, read the SQL 2005 certification comment. Yup, it is hot and lot of enterprises are looking to move towards it. With SQL 2008 round-the-corner and bulding heavily on the SQL 2005 base. It is getting better day by day. Catch the story here.
Infrastructure Planning and Design November 16th, 2007
The concept of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series is to distill down to the core decisions required for planning and designing the IT infrastructures necessary to support business services. The first wave of released guidance introduces the series and focuses on new virtualization technologies from Microsoft, including SoftGrid Application Virtualization and Windows Server Virtualization in Windows Server 2008.
The Infrastructure Planning and Design series is an evolution of Windows Server System™ Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies; each guide addresses a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. All guides share a common structure including:
• Definition of the technical decision flow through the planning process.
• Listing of decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
• Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
• Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.
These guides complement product documentation by exposing and focusing on infrastructure design options. Download the same here.
Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator November 15th, 2007
Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Microsoft Deployment, the fourth generation deployment accelerator, enables deployment of servers and desktops. Its tools and end-to-end guidance reduce deployment time, standardize desktop and server images, limit service disruptions, reduce post-deployment help desk costs and improve security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment follows the trend for unified deployment tools across desktops, servers, and applications.
Microsoft Deployment adds integration with recently released deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and deployment, including:
• System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment
• System Center Operations Manager
• Windows Automated Installation Kit
• Windows Deployment Services with new multicast technology
• Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
• User State Migration Tool 3.0.1
• 2007 Office system
• Windows Server 2008 Server Manager for automated server role definition
• Systems Management Server 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Feature Pack
Microsoft Office 2007 – Security Guide November 14th, 2007
With hundreds of security and privacy settings, the 2007 Microsoft® Office release is the most secure version of Microsoft Office ever. To help customers quickly and easily deploy security configurations for Office across their organizations, the Solution Accelerators—Security and Compliance team has released the 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide.
Migrating to SQL from Oracle/Sybase November 1st, 2007
Catch these set of whitepaper papers for the same from the MSDN.