Installing WordPress using Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) v2.0

Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a free tool that makes getting the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform easy. This includes the latest Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, ASP.NET 4, and ASP.NET MVC2.

Web PI can also be used to download open source projects which works on PHP and MySQL. Web PI will guide you throughout the process of downloading, installing, and configuring all software that are required. Following are some screen captures, showing how easy it will be to download and install the popular publishing platform [ WordPress ] with just a few clicks!

Firstly, you will need to logon to your Windows operating system using an administrative account. This could be Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2+, Windows Server 2003 SP1+, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Then, download and execute Web PI that can be found at
Here’s how Web Platform Installer v2.0 looks like.


Choose [WordPress], and press [Install]. Web PI will proceed to detect 3rd-party applications that need to be downloaded (PHP, MySQL, WordPress), and the Microsoft products and components that need to be installed and configured (IIS).

As MySQL will need to be installed in order to support WordPress, Web PI will prompt for the root password of MySQL.

Press [Continue], and the installation starts. Web PI will download, install, and configure all of the software for you!

Web PI will then prompt for the site information for setting up an IIS web site.
(You will need to grant appropriate permission for IIS to access the folder as specified in the ‘physical path’.)
(Your should absolutely have a different Web site setting!)

And the next step is MySQL database settings.


It’s that easy! Go, and give it a try!

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~ Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0

~ Microsoft Web Platform Installer: The Official Microsoft IIS Site

~ WordPress


Upgrade and migration to SQL Server 2008 webcast

SQL Server 2008 is released, and you are invited to join this webcast that highlights the tools and procedures to make your move to SQL Server 2008 easy and troublefree.

*** For more information

~ Upgrade and migration to SQL Server 2008 webcast

~ SQL Server 2008 is available for download for MSDN subscribers

System Center Data Protection Manager – SCDPM 2007 Beta2

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2007 Beta 2 is available for evaluation at Microsoft Connect. DPM 2007 Beta 2 is designed to provide a best-of-breed protection and the most robust, reliable recovery experience for Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint.  Try out the new standard for Windows backup and recovery – DPM 2007 combines the best aspects of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and traditional tape backup with a seamlessly integrated disk and tape platform.  Learn how you can use DPM 2007 to perform better backups as well as rapid and reliable recoveries while significantly reducing the costs and complexities associated with data protection.

The following reference materials are available after joining the connection Data Protection Manager 2007.

~ Data Protection Manager V2 Beta 2 FAQ, getting started guide, tutorial, planning guide, operation guide, system requirements, deployment guide, troubleshooting guide, known issues.

===== For more information =====

~ System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2

Unable to install Office 2007 Beta 2 applications – Error 2711. An internal error has occurred. (GraphicsFiltersCDRFilesIntl_1033 )

===== Error =====

Microsoft Office Groove 2007 (Beta) encountered an error during setup.
Error 2711. An internal error has occurred. (GraphicsFiltersCDRFilesIntl_1033 )

===== Description =====

After the installation of Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR), error 2711 will occur if you try to install any of the Office 2007 **Beta 2** products. To resolve the problem, you will need to uninstall all Office 2007 applications, uninstall Expression Web Beta 1 (if you have Expression Web installed), and use Windows Installer CleanUp Utility to remove all Office 2007 entries. Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

~ Uninstall **all** Office 2007 applications (Access, Excel, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, SharePoint Designer, Visio, Project, OneNote, Groove).

~ Uninstall Expression Web Beta 1 (if you have installed this application).

~ (If you cannot install Office 2007 Beta 2) use Windows Installer Cleanup Utility to clean-up all Office related entries.

~ Install **all** of the Office 2007 Beta 2 products.

~ Install B2TR for your Office products. Make sure that you install all Office **Beta 2** products before applying Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR). You will *not* be able to install Beta 2 products after applying B2TR.

===== For more information =====

– Description of the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

Download 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2 Technical Refresh (494.7 MB)

Download Project 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (186.1 MB)

Download Groove 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (185.4 MB)

Download Visio 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (261.2 MB)

Download SharePoint Designer 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (211.4 MB)

Download Expression Web Beta 1 (196.5 MB)

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package

The Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.0 redistributable package has been released! It combines .NET Framework version 2.0, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF), and Windows CardSpace. For those who are already working with .NET Framework version 2.0, only the new Windows Vista components are installed.

For those who have installed any pre-release versions of .NET Framework 3.0 (Beta 2, RC1, CTP), you will need to uninstall these versions using Add/Remove Program in Control Panel, before installing this final release version.

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– Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package

Bob Beauchemin @ TechEd Hong Kong 2006 – ADO.NET vNext

Bob Beauchemin has just spent a few days in TechEd Hong Kong, giving a few talks on various aspects of SQL Server 2005 and some topics related to .NET development. He has also offered a full-day pre-conference seminar on SQL Server 2005 features like T-SQL enhancements, T-SQL vs SQLCLR, tuning, etc.

To me, the topic about "Next generation data access in .NET application with ADO.NET vNext" is exciting, while Bob has just offered a summary of ADO.NET vNext on his blog "What is ADO.NET vNext anyway?" right after his talk! [;)] More information about ADO.NET vNext can also be found at MSDN "Next-generation data access: making the conceptual level real", while Community Technology Preview is available for download at ADO.NET vNext CTP August 2006.