Thursday, January 24, 2008

Microsoft Web Deployment Tool - Tech Preview

Overview

Microsoft has created the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool, which provides deployment and migration support for Internet Information Services versions 6.0 and 7.0. This tool incorporates many features that enable web server administrators to deploy, sync and migrate sites, including configuration, content, SSL certificates and other types of data associated with a Web server. This tool can be used on Windows Server 2008 and Internet Information Services 7.0 as well as Windows Server 2003 and Internet Information Services 6.0.

Features

Sounds like a great tool! I haven't tried it out myself, but it looks quite interesting.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

5 Whys

"The five whys is a question asking method used to explore the cause/effect relationships underlying a particular problem. Ultimately, the goal of applying the 5 Whys method is to determine a root cause of a defect or problem." (5 Whys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

This looks like a very succinct way to get to the bottom of the issue. I'll try it out and see how it works.

For those interested in project management, effectiveness and software engineering, take a look at the weblog of J.D. Meier of the Patterns and Practices group from Microsoft. He deals with subjects like Leadership Styles, asking Solution-Focused Questions and Working Memory vs. Routine Activity.

Highly recommended reading!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Solutions

Brief Description

This document outlines a methodology for team SharePoint development combining custom code and content, with the aim of accelerating implementation and mitigating production risks.

Overview

This document outlines a methodology for team SharePoint development combining custom code and content, with the aim of accelerating implementation and mitigating production risks. To form the methodology, the document describes implementation scenarios, tools, and development environments. The document does not detail specific implementations (such as "how to write a Web Part" or "how to manage work items"), but describes the overall needs and techniques for the stated goal, and provides several references to topics for more information.

Note This white paper represents only a single methodology, and should not be considered the only Microsoft-prescribed solution methodology.

Thanks Bart.

Download details: SharePoint Products and Technologies White Paper: Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Solutions

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

NewsGator’s RSS clients are now free! - Greg Reinacker’s Weblog - Musings on just about everything.

Great decision guys!

NewsGator’s RSS clients are now free! - Greg Reinacker’s Weblog - Musings on just about everything.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Examvaganza

It's been nearly three weeks already since my last post. It's mainly because I've been very busy with a steady lineup of Microsoft exams. One of them is a regular exam, the rest are all beta exams. (For those interested what happens to the comments in beta exams, Gerry O'Brien has a post about it.)

For those interested, the list of exams taken:

And for the bright people among us: yes, I could just take the upgrade exam 70-649 "Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist" to get all three Windows 2008 Technical Specialist certifications at once. However, that would spoil the fun of taking the beta exams, now wouldn't it?

I've got two beta exams left which I plan to take in the upcoming weeks:

And the two Project Server 2007 beta exams, Designing Enterprise Project Management Solutions with Microsoft Office Project 2007 and Configuring Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 I mentioned a few months ago? I got them both.

Sweet.

What can I say? I love to learn and understand, and I love a challenge!

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