How I do IT @ Home

One of the stranger phenomena I have observed working in the tech, is the faith folks gives people who work “in” the industry related to all things technology.  If Scott works as a developer or Sally works as an administrator then both Scott and Sally are granted super hero status amongst their family, friends, and…

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Accessing MSMQ Subqueues Programmatically

Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) is a often overlooked feature of Windows that provides a powerful infrastructure for created loosely couple distributed applications on the Microsoft platform.   Microsoft has traditionally versioned MSMQ alongside the major release cycles of Windows.  At present MSMQ is in it’s sixth version within Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 with continued…

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Hyper-V for Developers Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series we explored an approach to getting your Client Hyper-V environments up and running quickly on a Windows 8 developer workstation.  We also reviewed basic networking fundamentals to create virtual datacenters by segmenting our virtual machines across different subnets as well showing a means of introducing latency…

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SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2 SysPrep “Gotcha”

Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 quietly introduced enhancements to the SQL SysPrep feature contained within SQL Server 2012.  Prior to this update the ability to SysPrep SQL Server 2012 was limited to the database engine services and reporting services (native only).  CU2 enhancements to this feature add support for…

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Hyper-V for Developers Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we detailed a number of infrastructure tasks for getting your Client Hyper-V environments up and running quickly on a Windows 8 developer workstation.  With this post we will focus inward into our datacenter simulation and complete the work necessary to prepare for simulation of real-life application deployment scenarios. What…

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Hyper-V for Developers Part 1

[6/21/2013] Updates to additional useful resources listed at the bottom. The goal of this blog series is to share how I use the Windows 8 Client Hyper-V feature to model application infrastructure.  I will share my techniques and tips to get the developer focused on getting environments up and running as quickly as possible. The…

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