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Vista ReadyBoost

So yesterday I was playing around with Vista.  I wanted to try the new ReadyBoost Feature that allows a USB memory stick to help boost the performance of Vista.  I went to Fry's and purchased a 2 Gig stick It said "fast USB 2.0" but no other specs on the box.  I tried it and Vista reported that it was not fast enought.   I did some looking around and came across this blog:


Great info that Tom has on his blog about ReadyBoost.  I took the USB memory stick back to Fry's (yes that's a fun process) and paid $5 more for the same brand but XL version of the memory stick, 200X speed, not 50X.  It worked. It has been great at speeding up my new Lenovo T60P laptop. This is one rockin laptop.  Due Core T2500 2.0 speed processors, 2 Gig(hopefully 3-4 soon) of Ram, 2 7200rpm 100Gig drives, and the 2.0 gig of Readyboost now. This thing even has the Verizon wireless card built in, hopefully we can turn that on soon.

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TechNet Subscription announcements

I was in a meeting this morning with Scott Stout, PM for the TechNet Subscriptions and he gave us the OK to talk about these new features that are coming out August 1st about TechNet Subscriptions.

First the standard subscription is going away.  Don't worry, most everyone has plus and Now you really need Plus!  Did you ever want TechNet, but not the DVD's yep, you can get that now for $349 a year. No longer do you have to wallpaper your bathroom with the last year's worth of DVD's or CD's.  Remember you still get 2 support calls ($490 US value) for your plus subscription, so that alone is worth it.  You still get all the free (not timebombed) server products to test or for learning purposes.  Great stuff!!  Now even better!

There will be a new subscription only Portal coming out soon. Yea!!

So right now go put yourself a reminder to check this site August 1st.  www.microsoft.com/technet/subscriptions   Tell your friends!

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Boston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Hartford CT?

What do these cities have in common?

Yep they are cities you can come see me live in during August!!

We will be doing 4 hour presentations on Vista and Exchange 2007.

I will be in Boston 8/8, Ft Worth 8/15, Dallas 8/17 and Hartford, CT on 8/31

Goto www.technetevents.com/jweston to sign up!!  They are free. Hurry on the Boston event, we are almost at registration capacity!!

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Microsoft Hosting Solutions for Service Providers

We announced a new product yesterday. Windows Based Hosting 4.0  This is for Service Providers that want to offer hosting solutions.  It includes SQL 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0

Read more here:



See what the press has to say about it:



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Microsoft aquires Sysinternals/Winternals

yes it's true.  We bought this company.  Great technology. It will be interesting to see how we use it.  Read the news here: http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20060718\ACQPRN200607181100PR_NEWS_B_NWT_SF_SFTU040.htm


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Virtual PC is now Free

Go check it out at www.microsoft.com/virtualpc or go check out my friend's blog at:


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Do you want to start a IT Pro User Group?

I have been working with Culminis.  They are a group of user Groups for IT Pro types for the whole world.  They have great resources on their website www.culminis.com if you are interested in starting a user group.  Joining Culminis for your group would be a must. Lot's of benefits.  Go check it out, buy some pizza and talk geeky stuff.
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End of and Era 98 and ME



Yes it's true.  Support is ending for 98 and ME.  Should we celebrate? Is anyone mad?  If you are still running ME or before, why?

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80 % chance Vista in January

Great acticle today on MSNBC.  Gates is in South Africa. Balmer is talking about it at the WWPC in Boston.

Read more here:





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Slide Decks

I keep getting emails requesting the slide decks that I do at our presentations.  Usually they are on the DVD's we give out. I understand that one of the files is corrupt this quarter.

You can always go get our slides from our resource page:




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SQL Reporting Services Webcast Q&A

Yesterday I did a Webcast on SQL 2005 Reporting Services, here is the log of questions and answers.

Question: Where can I find the installer for RS 2005? Is it on all the MSSQL installer disks?

Answer: Yes - Check out http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144290.aspx

Question: Is this webcast being recorded, and may be able to be accessed later?

Answer: Yes, it is. There will be a follow-up e-mail with resources as well

Question: Can you export the reports in pdf landscape mode and will it look good?

Answer: Yes - We have implemented our own PDF generation code. You will not need a license of Acrobat to create PDF reports. Reports are defined in XML, generated in an abstract representation, and then rendered to a variety of formats (HTML, PDF, Excel, custom)

Question: Is this sharepoint integration installed when one installs sql server 2005?

Answer: Yes - SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services includes a set of Web Parts that make it easy to integrate reports into your SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Windows SharePoint Services environment. Both the Report Viewer and the Report Explorer Web Parts Check out http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/2005ssrs.mspx

Question: How do you get report services? I have SQL 2005 Express and Dev Studio Standard. Is it available for this env? If so, how do I get it?

Answer: Yes all versions have Reporting Services - Check out - http://www.microsoft.com/sql/technologies/reporting/rsfeatures.mspx

Question: Can you Import Cognos/Crystal Reports into RS

Answer: We have partners who offer this as a service...otherwise, we recommend you simply try converting a few

Question: Is there migration docs available to move from 2003 to 2005?

Answer: I don't see a specific document on Reporting Services. There is a lot of information about going to SQL Server 2005 which is what you are doing since Reporting services is a piece of 2005. I did find some webcasts that are on migrating - check out these results: http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?q=Migrate+SQL+Reporting+Services+2005&l=1&mkt=en-US&FORM=QBME1

Question: I don't seem to have RS installed. How do I install it?

Answer: Check out http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144290.aspx

Question: Is there an additional installation for report builder besided SQL server reporting services?

Answer: Report Builder is a new component of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services that enables business users to create and deploy reports with a user-friendly enterprise data model. Check out http://www.microsoft.com/sql/technologies/reporting/default.mspx

Question: are the calendar date prompts built in or are they the Dundas add-ins?

Answer: I do not think they are add-ins, we would have to talk to Content Creators

Question: Can I call report from a .NET application

Answer: SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) provides the developer several programming interfaces that can be used to extend the functionality of Reporting Services. These interfaces include Web services for managing and executing reports, a WMI provider interface for configuration management, a set of Microsoft .NET Framework managed APIs for creating Reporting Services extensions, and URL access for easy integration with Web portals and applications. Check out: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159162.aspx

Question: I am thinking of using Tableau Visual Analysis for graphs and visuals of my data. Can Report Builer build graphs and visuals?

Answer: Yes and they can even be click through graphs as well: http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?q=SSRS+graphs&l=1&mkt=en-US&FORM=QBME1

Question: Is it possible to modified the Total in a Matrix Report (Currently its always SUM)

Answer: Check the layout tab - Resource http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/04/08/SQLServerReportingServices/default.aspx

Question: Does SQL Express provide all of the Reporting capabilities?

Answer: Not all check out Yes all versions have Reporting Services - Check out - http://www.microsoft.com/sql/technologies/reporting/rsfeatures.mspx

Question: are the calendar date prompts built in or are they the Dundas add-ins? He presented them without comment, this implied they are part of the product. Can he response to the audience please?

Answer: I do not believe they are ad-ins

I also had a Vista Webcast last week. No questions were asked during that session.

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TechNet events

I know most of you want to be at TechEd this week. But the reality is that most of you aren't there.  Only a very small percentage of the IT pro's in the world get a chance to go to TechEd.   One way to get part of what is presented at TechEd is to come to one of our TechNet Events.  We go to almost 200 cities in the US.   To find out more go to www.technetevents.com/jweston You can see when we are coming to your town.  For example I will be in Corpus Christi and Houston Texas the last week of June.  This isn't my normal territory, I will be covering for another presenter that covers Texas.  This month we are talking about Security.  Wireless Security and Prevention/detection of Hacking.  Come see what our events are all about.  I will be back up in New England starting August 8th in Boston!
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Best of TechNet Webcast


As many of you know I also do Webcast. Our IT Pro webcast team just came up with this new way to view webcast.

Go see the "beta" of this at: http://livestream.worktankseattle.com/bestof/technet/0506/

Just launched the pilot edition of the “Best of TechNet Webcasts”. 

This 15-minute webcast is a compilation of some of the best content the program has to offer in a given month, in short segments. 

The objective of the project is to introduce IT Pros to TechNet webcasts by giving them a quick introduction to valuable content and the webcast experience, with no registration required.

Blurb:  In 15 min, check out the Best of TechNet webcasts for May 2006.   IT Professionals can learn about Security in Windows Vista, SQL Server 2005, How to troubleshoot a slow network, and a tip about optimizing Exchange Server 2003.  You’re busy.  Here’s the good stuff fast. 

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I normally don't put personal stuff on this blog. It's technical right?   Well I just had to put something personal.  Yesterday on my birthday I challenged myself to complete a Triathlon.  I did it!  I completed the Metroplex Sprint Triathlon in 1 hour 54 minutes!  That was for 1/2 mile open water swim, 16.8 Mile Bike and 3.2 Mile run.  See the results at: http://www.doitsports.com/results/page.tcl?id=43446

Yes I was 423, but over 530 people started and you can see that only 481 finished! 


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