Quickstart: Basics of Activating MSDN or VL Products

Microsoft includes product activation technology in some products sold through the Volume Licensing channel. A product key is required to activate these products. Recent Changes to Volume Activation With Volume Licensing for products such as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, you must use a new type of product activation called Volume Activation…


Tips & Tricks: Enable Standby in Windows 2008 R2 Server

Simple as can be…I hope this comes in handy for those who haven’t surfed enough to figure it out yet: Right click on an empty area on your desktop. Select New>Shortcut. In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Standby Click Next Call the shortcut something like “Standby” (without quotes) and…


Tips & Tricks: Verify VS 2010 Packages WPSs Properly

If you’re building a solution for SharePoint 2010 within Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 onward, ensure that your project is properly building & packaging your latest WSP bits. VS 2010 packages/creates your WSPs when you build the SharePoint Solution, but only when you fire off a package command before deploying the WSP. If you forget…


Quickstart: a good list of SharePoint Resources

Many customers in the process of rolling out SharePoint across the organization have recurring questions about the best sources for training and tools.  Below is a compiled list of some of the available resources (kudos to Gabor & his credits for the list): Training and Adoption: GEAR Up: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/gearup/Pages/default.aspx Productivity Hub: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=277fefca-d62f-41bc-943d-79002254cfee Best Practices Resource…


Visual Studio 2010: Lab Management Videos

Based on popular demand, here are the videos of the different scenarios and concepts in lab management, to help you get started quickly. The videos are based on Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RC. The first video is an overview and the subsequent 5 videos are part of a ‘How-to’ series starting from setup. You…


SharePoint 2010 + SP Designer 2010 on Windows 7

There’s been a ton of blog postings on how to get this whole ‘SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows 7’ scenario working…most of which will eventually get you up & running, but I thought I’d provide a short & sweet, SharePoint Foundation 2010 Release Candidate summary of what you need to do. My System: Windows 7…


“Quickstart: a Developer’s (personal) Guide to Using VSTS

The following is a collection of topics & their direct resources that make the most sense for a practical “I don’t have time to look any further” view of using VSTS 2008, as a developer, for the day-to-day job. Call this a “cut to the chase” guide: Command-line Reference Team Foundation Version Control Command-Line Reference…


“Test Scribe” Test Plan Tool Released for VSTS 2010

This tool allows users of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 to generate a Word 2007-compatible Test Plan Document from their plan, suites, test cases, and other artifacts.  Using the tool is a fairly straightforward process, including:    1. Launch the Test Scribe tool.    2. Enter your server/collection URL (e.g. http://myserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection)    3. Select…


Claiming Azure benefits from an MSDN Subscription

Recently we announced that Azure services would be made available to MSDN Subscribers. I’ve created a short walkthrough of how an existing subscriber can go through the sign up & activation process…it’s pretty straight forward. Download the PDF Download the PPT