Self-Service Geographical Analysis using Excel 2013

Power View was first introduced as part of SharePoint 2010 to work with SSAS Tabular Model (SQL Server 2012). It offers easy, interactive data exploration and visualization for self-service BI analysis. There are quite a number of articles about Power View including from the Technet website and also a video from Microsoft BI. This post summarizes the advantages of using Power View in…


What's New for Group Policy in Server 2012

Some of you that know me (through my and sites) know that I spend an inordinate amount of time exploring, developing against and helping customers with Group Policy. So I was anxious to see what changes Microsoft made in Server 2012 with respect to Group Policy. Of course, as a Group Policy MVP, I had…


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…


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…


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…


Jeff James' Top 10 Windows Server 2012 Features

When John Savill posted his top ten list for Windows Server 2012 (, I asked you to put together your own top ten. Well, Jeff James took the challenge and published his selections here: Jeff says, ” I’ve taken the liberty of selecting 10 of what I feel are the most noteworthy new (or improved)…


Review SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4

Take a look at the latest CTP of SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 and tell us what you think! The blog post from the SQL Server team here ( gives you more information and download links. If you’re interested in BI capabilities that your users can access through Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint…


My Top Ten features of Windows Server 2012

NOTE from Karen: This blog is meant to provide a place where you, Microsoft’s customers, can discuss your experiences with Server and Tools products. John Savill is a Microsoft employee, and I’ve asked him to conribute here for several reasons. First, I’ve known John for probably 10 years, when he was an IT guy and…