Awarded – Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2012

Today I received an email informing me that I have been awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award.  This is the second time I have been awarded this particular award and it feels just as good this time as it did last time.  I?m not sure how you go about getting nominated for this award, but […]

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Tell me what you don’t like about TFS 2010

I know that a lot of people have had bad experiences with TFS over the years, and so does the TFS development team. The team at Microsoft is very intent on learning what it is that people find irritating, problematic, or difficult, and correcting it. Some major headway was made with the 2010 release of […]

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Removing WSUS

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A while back, the company I work for experimented with setting up a Windows Server Update Service (WSUS).  The idea is that you have one server that goes out and downloads all of the hotfixes, service packs, and so on for your network – then each of your client machines goes directly to the local […]

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PDC Notes

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I am grateful to INETA to be attending PDC this year. Also, I grateful to Visual Stuart, who is letting me crash in his room. Turns out, I am a cheap skate 🙂 I am sitting in the keynote on Tuesday and thinking about the week. In addition to the Wait? What the… WordPress moving […]

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Windows Server 2008 R2 is Windows 7 “Server”

Sometimes people get tripped up by this – at the least, its a little confusing.  A brief history lesson: First there was Windows Server 2003.  And then in 2005, Microsoft released something of a super-service-pack with new functionality, patches, and other stuff.  It was much more than a regular service pack, full of optional components […]

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A Primer on ALM in the Microsoft Stack

By now I you’ve likely heard the term ALM. For the uninitiated, here is the latest from Wikipedia. Application lifecycle management (ALM) regards the process of delivering software as a continuously repeating cycle of inter-related steps: definition, design, development, testing, deployment and management. Each of these steps needs to be carefully monitored and controlled. Does […]

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