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Virtual Server 2005 Enterprise Edition is Now Free!

On April 3, Microsoft announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition will become available as a free download. You can use Virtual Server to create a robust virtualization environment for your production server consolidation, to support disaster recovery and high availability scenarios, and to consolidate mixed workloads including Linux guest operating systems.

Free Wireless Hot Spots

Below is a list of free wireless hot spots that I have found in my travels. Please add your own using comments. I will add them to the list.

  • Skyharbor Airport – Phoenix: I’m adding this as I sit at the airport waiting for my plane. Way to go Skyharbor!
  • Residence Inn – Lewisville, TX
  • Denny’s – Austin, Tx: Near the airport. Not sure if all Danny’s provide this service or not?

Places That SHOULD Provide Free Wireless!

  • San Diego, CA Airport: $10 per day!
  • Dallas – Fort Worth, TX Airport: Wireless is controlled by T-Mobile. They want you to sign-up for a monthly subscription for $30 or pay a whopping $6 per hour! Come on!!! I believe wireless should be free at all airports. Take my info and spam me if you want… I don’t care. If Denny’s can provide it free, why can’t airports?
  • Austin, TX Airport: Same issue as Dallas 😦

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Released

The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages. This version is a preview release and behavior may change in the final release.

The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides several features for exploring and understanding Web pages. These features enable you to:

— Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
— Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
— Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
— View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
— Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
— Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS Web feed links.
— Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
— Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.
— Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
— Choose direct links to W3C specification references, the Internet Explorer team weblog (blog), and other resources.
— Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align and measure objects on your pages.

The Developer Toolbar can be pinned to the Internet Explorer browser window or floated separately.

This Beta 2 version of the toolbar contains functionality and stability enhancements over previous versions and includes the following improvements.

— You can now selectively enable and disable CSS parsing.
— The Misc menu contains a color picker.
— Several link reports are available.
— When you select an element in the DOM element tree list, the selected element scrolls into view if it is not already visible in the browser window.

Click here to download

Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0 Released

Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0. The patterns & practices Enterprise Library is a library of application blocks designed to assist developers with common enterprise development challenges. Application blocks are a type of guidance, provided as source code that can be used “as is,” extended, or modified by developers to use on enterprise development projects. This release of Enterprise Library provides similar functionality to the previous releases for the .NET Framework 1.1; however, Enterprise Library has been redesigned to use the new capabilities of the .NET Framework 2.0.

Click here to go to the download page.

Hotfixes for .NET Framework Released

A Windows Forms application may occasionally stop responding for up to 10 minutes in the .NET Framework 1.1 <http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=4440054>

The Windows Forms ComboBox control may take longer to populate after you install the .NET Framework 1.0 Service Pack 3 <http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=4440055>

January Code Camp Downloads

book-cover-medium.gifThanks to all those who attended my sessions at the Southern Ca. Code Camp this weekend. It was awesome! I hope you all had as good of a time as I did. Here are the slides and code that I promised to post. Enjoy! See you in San Diego in June!

.NET Coding Standards & Best Practices

Slides: <!–download–>

Code: download

Unlock The Power of WMI

Slides: download

Code: download

Pick up a copy of VSDN Tips & Tricks .NET Coding Standards today!

Implementing Bit Flags

I don’t do bit flags very often so I always forget how to set, unset and check the flags. I found an excellent article from Kevin Trethewey on his blog today. Check it out:

http://dotnet.org.za/kevint/articles/Flags.aspx

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2003 R2

DECEMBER 06, 2005 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – Microsoft Corp. today released to manufacturing a long-awaited interim update to the current version of Windows Server OS, Windows Server 2003 R2.

The update, which will be generally available to customers in about 60 days, should be 100 percent compatible with applications running on the current release of Windows Server 2003, said Bob Muglia, senior vice president for server and tools at Microsoft, in a webcast Tuesday morning. “If you have deployed Windows 2003 today you can feel confident deploying this without a long test cycle,” he said.

Microsoft released the first preview of Windows Server 2003 R2 in August and another preview in October.

Virtualization is a key focus of the update, which is designed to work closely with Virtual Server 2005, Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and Systems Management Server (SMS) as part of Microsoft’s Dynamic Systems initiative, Muglia said.

Microsoft recently simplified its virtualization licensing for Windows Server System, of which Windows Server, MOM and SMS are a part. The company no longer requires a customer to pay for inactive or stored virtual images of Windows Server System on a network. Instead, Microsoft now only charges for the virtual images of Windows Server System products actually running on a customer network.

Microsoft also enables customers to have four virtual machines running on top of Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server “Longhorn” Datacenter Edition at no extra cost.

As part of its continued focus “to take a leadership role in virtualization,” Muglia said Microsoft is offering a special promotion for Windows Server 2003 R2. Customers who purchase the enterprise edition of the update with get Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition for US$99 until June 30, 2006, he said.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 is expected to be generally available in the same time frame as Windows Server 2003 R2, said Jeff Price, a senior director in the Windows Server division at Microsoft.

Windows Server 2003 R2 comes in several differently priced versions. Prices for the update will be in line with current Windows Server prices, Price said. Windows Server licenses range from $399 for a Web edition, to $3,999 for the enterprise edition, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft also updated customers Tuesday on plans to release Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 R2 in the beginning of 2006. That update to Microsoft’s Windows server targeted at small-business customers is on schedule to be available either toward the end of the first calendar quarter or beginning of the second calendar quarter of next year, Price said.

SBS 2003 R2 will include technology from the most recent release of SQL Server 2005, which debuted last month, he added.

The new Windows Server release also includes a key identity management technology for the company, Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), which introduces the idea of federated network identity into the OS, Muglia said. This enables companies to securely provide distributed identification, authentication and authorization for users across organizational and platform boundaries.

In addition, Windows Server 2003 R2 also promises new branch-management capabilities; better Unix interoperability through the inclusion of the Unix subsystem within Windows; and a new version of the ..Net framework, .Net 2.0, Muglia said.

Which Is The Best Web Service Platform?

wstest.jpgThinking about doing web services at your company and can’t decide which platform/ programming language to use? Well, Microsoft has come out with a series of articles, that includes benchmarks, that may help you decide. To read the articles, click here.

Gates: We're entering 'live era' of software

Kicking off what he called the “live era” of software, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Tuesday said the company plans to launch new Internet-based complements to its core products.

For the rest of the very interesting article, click here.

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