Archive for January, 2010

FastCGI 1.5 for IIS6 & 5.1 is RTW January 20th, 2010

Vinod Kumar

Wanted to update that the FastCGI module v1.5 has been released for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1. A lot more details can be got from Ruslan’s blog on this release:

Fast CGI Forum with announcement and where to send folks with technical questions:

Some fast features. See blog post for the details –

  • Monitor changes to a file (php.ini as an example). Will recycle FastCGI processes for the process pool.
  • Real-time tuning of MaxInstances setting. Set by default now.
  • STDERR stream handling.
  • Sending a termination signal to FastCGI processes for cleaner shutdowns.
  • _FCGI_X_PIPE_ environment variable for communication between the extension and FastCGI process.
  • Relaxed enforcement of response headers syntax.
  • Per-application FastCGI process pools. Allows for two different PHP version used for different applications within the same web site.
  • Using UTF-8 encoding for server variable values.
  • More descriptive error messages
  • Changes in default values for configuration settings.

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SSMA for MySQL to SQL Server January 15th, 2010

Vinod Kumar

Just wanted to make sure you were aware that the new free MySQL to SQL Server migration assistant (“SSMA for MySQL”) is now available.

More info:

– Download SSMA SQL Server 2005 for MySQL v1.0 CTP1

– Download SSMA SQL Server 2008 to MySQL v1.0 CTP1

It is interesting to tryout once atleast :) …

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VS 2010 Beta resources January 13th, 2010

Vinod Kumar

There have been tons and tons of resources on the website that one can download from. I am just trying to consolidate them for your quick reference. MS released a new Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Training Kit. This is a downloadable version of the training content used in Training Workshops and includes 17 presentations, 21 Demos and 26 Hands-on Labs. The January preview adds content for Office, SharePoint and Application Lifecycle Management. The content in this training kit has been tested with Beta 2 and is ready for you to use.

Download: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 Virtual Machine

This VM includes everything you need to learn and demonstrate the ALM capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 (with the exception of Lab Management). This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting capabilities. The lab also works with 7 hands-on-labs that are included in the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit.


Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Hyper-V)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Windows [7] Virtual PC)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Virtual PC 2007 SP1)

TailSpin Travel Demo

In Bob Muglia’s keynote at the PDC, Cameron Skinner presented a demo focused on some of the most exciting new features coming in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4, and the server platform. The demo was built to align with the following release announcements: ASP.NET MVC 2 beta, Windows Identity Foundation RTM,  and the beta of the new Windows Server AppFabric. The demo did a great job of highlighting the value of the next wave of Microsoft developer tools and as such we wanted to make sure that it is readily available to everyone.

You can download the Tailspin Travel application from Codeplex. In addition to the feature use cases that were presented in the demo, the released version of Tailspin contains many additional scenarios to help developers see a broader view of possibilities with the respective technologies.


Tailspin Travel Demo

10-4 on Channel9

The 10-4 show on Channel9 is a regular web cast focused on new features of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. There are 37 episodes with total views of over 3 million. This is a great resource for you and your customers to learn about what’s coming in the next release.


Episode 37: Leveraging Model Metadata and Validation with ASP.NET MVC2

You can download the rest from this starting link.

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Instructions on using Windows Azure Blob Storage and retrieving content onto SL January 11th, 2010

Vinod Kumar

Here are a number of interesting videos that help you understand step-by-step in storing data onto the Azure Blob storage and use the content via Silverlight.

· Provisioning Windows Azure

· Setting up Windows Azure for video storage

· Creating and publishing a video in a Silverlight player to a Windows Azure storage account (using Expression Encoder 3)

· Embedding a published video in a blog (using Windows Live Writer)

· How to retrieve content that is stored on Silverlight Live Streaming

With this post, it is quite important to figure out how to activate your Azure account if you have MSDN subscription. With your MSDN subscription you can refer to this blog post by Eric Golpe for details on how to activate your Azure benefit:

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End of Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2005 SP2 and SQL Server 2008 RTM January 8th, 2010

Vinod Kumar

I would like to remind all users that Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on January 12, 2010 and support for SQL Server 2008 RTM will end on April 13, 2010.  Microsoft is ending support for these products as part of their Service Pack support policy, found in

Both SQL Server 2005 SP2 and SQL Server 2008 RTM will no longer receive assisted support or security updates from Microsoft after their respective end of support dates.  Self-Help online support will continue to be available for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of support.  Self-Help options include public knowledge base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools which are typically available from and the Microsoft Download Center.

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