Windows Home Server Announced

Yesterday at the CES, we announced the future availability of Windows Home Server, a new server designed to be the central digital nervous system for the home. I’ve been running Windows Home Server at home for about 3 months now and I tell you it’s just about what I was looking for: centralized storage of…

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Adding n tuners in MCE

http://blogs.msdn.com/peterrosser/archive/2006/04/03/MCE_TechTalk_1.aspx

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Windows Live Messenger Released

Windows Live Messenger is released! Pick it up here: http://get.live.com/messenger/overview

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Using P/Invoke to Call Unmanaged APIs from Your Managed Classes

I came across this article on MSDN this morning about using P/Invoke in managed code. Had I came across this article a few weeks back it likely would have saved me some time! http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dv_vstechart/html/pinvoke.asp

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Using WatchedFolders on Media Center 2005

I don’t know how many times I’ve had to search for this on TheGreenButton, so I thought I’d post the info here so I always know where to find it. The problem is this: I have 2 Media Center 2005 machines and one file server. Recorded TV that I want to keep around I copy…

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Unable to Install SQL 2005 Management Tools with Visual Studio 2005 installed.

SQL Server Express Edition 2005 (Express) installs a set of command line tools that it calls Workstation Components, which happens to collide with the Management Tools for the other SQL Server 2005 editions. This presents a problem if you first install Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server Express 2005 before installing SQL Server 2005 on…

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Watch the PDC05 Sessions

Missed the PDC like I did? Well here’s your chance to catch up. You can view all the sessions from here: http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC05/ My favorite so far: TLNL09: Tips & Tricks: Productivity Tips for the Visual C# 2005 IDE

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SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor and SQL Clusters

If you’ve thought about using SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor to determine the upgradability of your SQL Server 2000 cluster, be aware of the following issue. When you launch the Upgrade Advisor Analysis Wizard, you’re prompted for the Server Name, which defaults to that of the local machine where the wizard is running. When scanning a…

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Passing a DataSet to a SQLCLR Stored Procedure

Is it possible to pass a DataSet to SQL and process the data in a SQLCLR stored procedure? This is the question I set out to answer.   The .NET Framework 2.0 adds some features to the DataSet that make this scenario possible (WriteXml, ReadXml). I created a sample that proves this concept.   First…

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SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Express 2005 on The Same Machine

Installing both SQL Server 2005 (SQL) and SQL Server Express 2005 (Express) on the same machine can present a problem that might not be easily identifiable. You can install both of these products on the same machine, though you must take care when choosing which options get installed. If you install the Management Tools for…

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