Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 Registration Opened

Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 Registration is now open.

There are a few novelties this year:

  • Due to attendee feedback, both the Developer and IT Pro editions will take place at the same time (November, 9-13).
  • The registration site uses Windows Live™ ID for authentication.
  • Registration prices are based on a tiered approach with the earlier you registration the more you will save. Register first, save the most!

Top Reasons To Attend Tech·Ed Europe 2009


    • MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 - Learn about Microsoft's next-generation operating system

      Advancements Windows 7 brings to user productivity, security and PC management - all of which save businesses time and money.

    • MICROSOFT OFFICE and new ways to maximize business productivity

      The Office System track will help you deploy, adopt and develop on business productivity applications.

      Learn about deploying Microsoft Office to your users, building pervasive Microsoft Office SharePoint solutions and managing your work with Microsoft Business Productivity Visio.


    • STREAMLINING your way to cloud applications

      Find out how The Azure™ Services Platform reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and enables developers to quickly and easily create applications running in the cloud.

    • SECURITY that helps cut application support costs

      Find out how Microsoft’s ForeFront technologies can secure your IT environment faster, and help you write more secure code to eliminate application support costs.

    • TRUTH about maximizing deployments and search

      Find out how SharePoint can help create that central repository, maximizing deployments and search that eliminates multiple versions and misunderstandings about the source of the "truth" on any given project.


    • VIRTUALISATION that helps leverage existing investments

      Get an in-depth understanding of today’s low-cost virtualization technologies and how they can help you make the most of your current software and hardware investments.

    • HOSTING for economies of scale

      Learn how to take advantage of Microsoft’s hosted services to scale your IT department’s communications and collaboration offering. You’ll also lower your hardware, management and power costs.

    • UNIFYING to reduce costs and help increase efficiencies

      Truly unified communications create a single communication infrastructure. That means reduced costs for PBX enhancements while improving productivity through unified inboxes along with rules that help workers manage interruptions.

    • DEPLOYMENT - maximize your existing IT infrastructure and do more with what you've got

      Learn how to get maximum value out of your existing IT infrastructure.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 is finally out and comes with the Entity Framework, which means that SP1 for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework is almost out.

Microsoft Tech-Ed EMEA 2008 – Registration Open

Microsoft Tech-Ed EMEA 2008 is open for registration.

Do notice that, this year, the event for IT Professionals happens before the event for Developers.

Sysinternals Live

A colleague of mine showed me this and looked around for some information about it. Here it is:

Sysinternals Live: We're excited to announce the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them. Simply enter a tool's Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\\tools\<toolname> or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at

MSDN And TechNet Virtualized

Lately I've been analyzing various solutions for resource (applications, desktops and servers) virtualization, pooling and provisioning from the various players in this market (Microsoft, Citrix , VMware , Sun , HP).

There are many advantages to virtualization:

  • Hardware consolidation with out the need for server consolidation.
    • Energy cost reduction.
      • Servers and desktops can be instantiated on demand. No more need to have machines turned on waiting for users.
    • Hardware cost reduction.
      • One big machine can host many servers and desktops.
  • Ease of deployment and maintenance.
    • Deploying is just copying a file.
    • Patching can de done on a copy that is deployed after.
  • Ease of diagnostics.
    • If a problem occurs, it can be diagnosed on a copy that will be then patched and redeployed.
  • Ease of development.
    • When development teams need a new environment for a new application they just need to deploy and start up a copy of a pre-existing environment.
  • Business continuity
    • If a data center is taken offline for any reason, all it takes is new machines and the latest backup and you're up and running. (It's not that easy, but a lot easier than installing all the applications in the data center).
  • ... and much more.

Lately there has been some discussions on database virtualization. Database systems are very resource intensive (both memory and I/O), but the advantages for business continuity purposes are starting to weigh in some IT departments' decisions.

When a co-worker and good friend of mine told me that Microsoft had virtualized MSDN and TechNet, I couldn't believe it. You can get the detailed report from here.