Asus Eee PC Netbook

In my recent trip to Australia, I had some time to walk through the shops. One of the things that really caught my attention was the Asus Eee PC. (It’s pronounced “e p c”). I’d heard about these low-cost, low-power netbooks before but I’d never considered how useful they might be. The thing that struck…


TFS and the OWASP Top 10 Threats

My first MSDN document has been published. Team Foundation Server (TFS) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top Ten describes how TFS complies with the ten most common threats for web applications. Recently, our sales guys were working with a customer that has an IT policy which states that any web applications they…


TFS Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 shipped

The VSTS Rangers have shipped the TFS 2008 Management Pack for SCOM2007. It is also published in the official System Center Operations Manager 2007 Catalog on TechNet (choose “System Center Operations Manager 2007” from the dropdown list and enter “TFS” as keyword). It takes out a new record for the longest name of a Microsoft…


Querying Perfmon data from SQL

In a previous post I talked about Relogging Perfmon binary log files to SQL. The next obvious step is to query the data from the database. There are two ways to do this: Use Perfmon itself to connect to the SQL data source Use another tool to query the SQL data source directly 1. Using…


PerfMon is not collecting LogicalDisk or PhysicalDisk statistics

If the LogicalDisk or PhysicalDisk objects don’t appear in PerfMon for you, then they may have been disabled automatically by the performance monitoring API. This is what Mark Friedman has to say about it in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Performance Guide from the Windows 2003 Resource Kit: To maintain the integrity of the performance data…


Downloading all PDC2008 session videos

If you missed out on PDC this year, you probably know that all the sessions were recorded and made available on MSDN’s Channel9. It’s not immediately obvious from the Channel9 site, but it is possible to get an RSS feed of all the videos that are available. This makes it very easy to download all…


Converting VS2010 CTP to Hyper-V

Update Dec 10: Visual Studio will expire on Jan 1 2009. You will need to disable time synchronization before then if you want to continue using it without re-downloading.  It’s been a week since we released (and then re-released) the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP to the web and PDC2008 attendees. The goal…


PDC2008 VSTS Trip Report

Last week was Professional Developers Conference 2008 (PDC08) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I was fortunate enough to attend PDC as a representative of the Visual Studio Team System team. This was the best PDC I’ve ever been to! Road-Trip Since my colleague and fellow-Australian Chuck is the community lead for VSTS, we made…