This document outlines what all are the supported upgrade paths available when considering to move to Windows 7. Download it here.
Archive for July, 2009
Database Mirroring Part II – ExtremeExperts July 21st, 2009
Finally, after some long break and just me to blame about, I got my next article online today on Database Mirroring – Part II. Though I committed in writing more often, it just didnt happen. This article calls out a number of aspects that one needs to keep in mind when working with Database Mirroring with SQL Server. This is more of a version agnostic article, but I will try to write some of the specific enhancements later. Do drop-in your comments.
Resource Governor – Whitepaper July 16th, 2009
Here is an excellent whitepaper on Resource Governor with SQL Server 2008. I have seen wonderful potential for this feature especially in datacenter environements and one needs to really get into the nuts-and-bolts to get this feature tapped efficiently. Download the whitepaper here.
Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services pricing announced July 15th, 2009
The commercials availability around Azure and its initial cut of pricing have been published and you can take a look at the same here. I would surely love to hear feedbacks from people on what they think over the same …
PHP SDK for Windows Azure July 9th, 2009
This is an awesome news for PHP developers to capitalize the interobility commitment with Windows Azure. This SDK helps you get started on how to use PHP with the Microsoft Cloud Services Platform, programming with Azure Storage and further use the manageability, instrumentation and logging support that the platform provides. More on the same here.
Common SQL Server Security Issues and Solutions July 7th, 2009
I got an opportunity to bump into two articles from Paul Randal on TechNet on this very topic -
This is really a good read if you are working with SQL Server.
HOW TO: Video’s – Binged and beyond … July 6th, 2009
Just bumped into the following interesting quick how-to video’s … Enjoy the quick learn …
- Use Bing inside a Mobile Application
- Create Smart Tag inside Word
- Creating quick localized mobile applications
Hav e fun …
Win7-Beta End-Of-Life !!! July 3rd, 2009
Well, it is not that bad actually :). If you did install Windows 7 Beta version (Build 7000) then your system can be behaving strangely by reinstalling every couple of hours. This is an expected behaviour and DONOT ignore this. Please UPGRADE to Win7-RC (Buil-7100) immediately. You also enjoy the fun of working with Win7 on this build for the next one full year !!!
So, What is stopping you? Go do it … For your benifit follow the steps -
- Download Windows 7 RC from here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx
- Backup your data using Windows Easy Transfer/Windows Backup/simple (copy/paste)
- Reinstall the OS. In place upgrade is not available
- Restore your data and reinstall the programs
How much data changes since last backup July 2nd, 2009
Paul Randal has a wonderful post that tells you how much of data has changed since the last full backup. A wonderful script to have in handy … Read the blog post here.
Now with this script one can take a informed decision if they want to take a differencial backup or a full-backup.
P&P: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide, Volume I – beta2 July 1st, 2009
PART I – THINKING ABOUT ACCEPTANCE explains six mental models that are useful when thinking about the acceptance process.
Chapter 1 The Acceptance Process
Chapter 2 Decision-Making Model
Chapter 3 Project Context Model
Chapter 4 System Requirements Model
Chapter 5 Risk Model
Chapter 6 Doneness Model
PARTII – PERSPECTIVES ON ACCEPTANCE describes the acceptance process from the perspectives of key stakeholders in two different kinds of organizations: the Information Technology Department in a business and the Product Development Company. Most readers involved in the acceptance process should find some commonality with at least one of the roles describes.
Chapter 7 Business Lead’s Perspective
Chapter 8 Product Manager’s Perspective
Chapter 9 Test Manager’s Perspective
Chapter 10 Development Manager’s Perspective
Chapter 11 User Experience Specialist’s Perspective
Chapter 12 Operations Manager’s Perspective
Chapter 13 Solution Architect’s Perspective
Chapter 14 Enterprise Architect’s Perspective
Chapter 15 Legal Perspective
PARTIII – ACCEPTING SOFTWARE introduces the practices that are necessary for planning the acceptance process, for performing acceptance testing and for improving the acceptance process.
Chapter 16 Planning for Acceptance
Chapter 17 Assessing Software
Chapter 18 Managing the Acceptance Process
Chapter 19 Streamlining the Acceptance Process
More at Codeplex site: http://codeplex.com/TestingGuidance