Database Recovery Advisor feature of SQL Server 2012, by Basit Farooq

SQL Server 2012 is a vast release that includes many new features. Members of the SQL Server community have great insights into these new features and can help you decide if SQL Server 2012 is for you. One such feature is the Database Recovery Advisor, and Basit Farooq gives his evaluation of this feature, as…


A Simple Truth about Cloud Security

I keep hearing that security is a fear factor for some organizations that are considering moving to the cloud. They worry that they’ll have to change their whole security approach in a highly virtualized environment. But I think those IT admins should see it as an opportunity, not a threat to their survival. Virtualization—and by…


Updated Windows Azure Management Portal, by Tyler Doerksen

If you’re a developer and would like to learn about developing on Windows Azure, take a look at a review of the Windows Azure management portal by Tyler Doerksen: Tyler discusses what he finds interesting about recent Windows Azure updates and goes into detail about some new features of the Windows Azure Management Portal….


Hyper-V and Me, by Andrew France

I work as a Technical Specialist for an Independent school  in the UK, and I have been kindly asked to provide a post to share my experience of using Windows Server Hyper-V. Coincidentally it’s almost 4 years to the day that I visited Microsoft to talk about virtualizing our systems, so this has given me…


My Top 12 SQL Server 2012 Enhancements and a Few Rants

NOTE: To download an evaluation copy of SQL Server 2012, click here:   To start off, I must confess I am a big fan of the SQL Server as a product in general, even SQL Server 6.0 (not kidding). Why? In short, the product has the lowest learning curve of all database engines I know…


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta: Marc Westerink’s Solution When Building Images from Operating System Installer Package not Available

NOTE: Marc Westerink asked me to post his solution for an issue he experienced using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta. Please note that Marc is discussing beta software, which you should not use in a production environment. Thank you, Mark! If you’d like to download System Center 2012 SP1 Beta, click here:…


Contribute Your Review the EASY Way!

I’ve gotten some feedback saying that some people would like to have their review posted on this blog but don’t want to go through the process of registering to be an official MSDN blogger. Well … I hear and I obey! I give you options: Option 1: If you just want to get your review posted…


Write a Customer Review Now! Here’s How

Who knows more about Microsoft’s Server and Tools products than you? Please share your knowledge, your workarounds, your tips, your favorite features, whatever you think will help your fellow technology professionals. Please don’t feel limited to writing about the latest 2012 versions of Windows Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, and System Center and any other…