Heap Corruption – a W3WP case study

This blog post has been authored by Yawei Wang, a Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft Singapore. He describes a very common and important type of issue – heap corruption – and how you can successfully debug it using the Debugging Tools for Windows. Background Heap corruption is by nature a complicated issue to troubleshoot and…


Are team players worth more than superstars?

Damana thinks so (or so her title implies!) in her post Team Players Are Worth More Than Superstars Often when we hire developers, we look for technical skills and client facing skills and design skills. This is all well and good as long as we also look for collaboration skills. The environment that I play…


Visual Studio 2012 and TFS Admin updates

Grant’s not on holiday (ho ho! Snap!), as we can tell because he’s posted a couple of updates about updates! First, Visual Studio: The Visual Studio Updates are a new mechanism that the team is using to provide ongoing value through the year to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server customers. For more information on…


Using Distributed Replay to load test your SQL Server–Part 2

In the first part of this series, Batuhan Yildiz, a Premier Field Engineer from Microsoft Dubai, explained you how to install and get started with Distributed Replay. He continues in this series by showing you how to actually capture and replay workloads. After we have configured the Distributed Replay as explained in the previous post,…


Using Distributed Replay to load test your SQL Server–Part 1

This article has been contributed by Batuhan Yildiz, a Premier Field Engineer from Microsoft Dubai. This is the first part of a two part series where he explains how to use the new Distributed Replay functionality in SQL Server 2012. The first part covers setup and the second one covers the usage. Have you decided…


How To Secure SQL Server Data With Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

It’s not news that data security should always be top-of-mind for DBAs. So, for those of you using SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, are there information security risks if you’re database files (data and log files) get stolen?  What happens if someone makes off with your database backups?  As part of any Information Security Management System, data security is paramount. …


SharePoint Custom Code Review Service (MSPFE Video Blog)

Article by Tamer Maher, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Have you ever been in a situation where custom solutions for Microsoft SharePoint are not performing well? And you have spent countless nights with your team of developers, working on temporary fixes and responding to angry emails? If so, you will appreciate this brilliant service offering…


Windows 8–the Super Workstation OS

Vijayshinva Karnure, a Premier Field Engineer from India, writes about using Windows 8 as his primary work machine. Vijay works on Developer technologies, and like him, many developers use server OS installations on their desktop or laptop to ease testing efforts. In Vijay’s words: I had my reasons to use a Server OS on my…


Mobile or Cloudy?

Damana (Geek Diva), a developer PFE from Australia, explores how you choose what your next development project target will be: There are two spaces in the dev world for a dev to touch on right now that can not be ignored. If you do ignore them, you are accepting legacy status within a year. If…