Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .Net 3.5 SP1 released

, posted: 12-Aug-2008 10:01

Today Microsoft have finished and made available for released Visual Studio 2008 SP1, .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 and a number of other associated products.

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 delivers: Improved WPF designers SQL Server 2008 support ADO.NET Entity Designer Visual Basic and Visual C++ components and tools (including an MFC-based Office 2007 style 'Ribbon') Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server (TFS) addresses customer feedback on version control usability and performance, ema (read the entire post)...



IBM finally releases ServerGuide CD supporting Windows Server 2008

, posted: 9-Aug-2008 04:25

This week IBM have finally released an updated version of their ServerGuide CD which is used to automate system setup including the installation of operating systems on IBM System X servers. HP released their SmartStart software supporting Windows Server 2008 some months ago.

Download ServerGuide 8.1 here for 32-bit and 64-bit installations:
http://www-304.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5077389&brandind=5000008

Supported Servers include (read the entire post)...



Microsoft SQL Server 2008 released - available for download now

, posted: 7-Aug-2008 15:00

As predicted, Microsoft have finished off SQL Server 2008 and have made it available immediately for download from Technet, MSDN and also in the form of a 180-day trial for anyone.

Click here to download the trial

The free version of SQL Server 2008 (SQL Express 2008) download is now available:
http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/express.aspx

Info on what's new in this release of SQL Server is here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-nz/library/b (read the entire post)...



Microsoft wants to fire your receptionist, are you and I next?

, posted: 25-Jul-2008 09:52

Every year robots get a little more capable. In Japan where there has been a short supply of security guards they've built security robots to patrols malls at night.

Now Microsoft are showing off there latest foray in robotics with a new receptionist for their campus in Redmond.

I'm just wondering when someone will offer robotic replacements for you and I? And am I the only one who found it weird that a movie about Robots trying to take over the world was called i Robot (st (read the entire post)...



SBS 2008 RC1 and EBS 2008 RC1 finalised (updated with all download links)

, posted: 22-Jul-2008 21:46

Last Friday, Microsoft finalised the code for the RC 1 (Release Candidate 1) prerelease versions of both Windows Small Business Server 2008, and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. See below for download links.

Rumour has it Microsoft has confirmed that organisations who have current licenses and Software Assurance for Small Business Server will be eligible for a free additional Windows Server license, and standalone ISA Server license (since ISA Server has been removed from this (read the entire post)...



Blackberry patching: Don't leave it a minute longer

, posted: 22-Jul-2008 09:47

If you have or support any Blackberry Enterprise Servers it is critically important that you make sure the latest service pack is installed - or the patch issued at the end of last week. Without it you leave your network very vulnerable - RIM rated the security issue that arose last week as a 9 (out of 10). If left unpatched, you're potentially leaving your network wide open to major abuse.

Refer to article KB15766 on the Blackberry.com support site for more info, and to download the (read the entire post)...



AstraSync: ActiveSync comes to Blackberry

, posted: 19-Jul-2008 10:14

Coming this month is a new application that means Blackberry devices no longer need to link with BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) or BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server). AstraSynch allows Blackberry handsets to use the ActiveSynch/DirectPush push synchronization capabilities built into Exchange Server 2007 in a similar basis to the way in which Windows Mobiles and iPhones do already.

It is envisaged that this, the first version of AstraSynch, will have limited flexibility. It is howev (read the entire post)...



SQL Server 2008 to ship next month? (updated)

, posted: 10-Jul-2008 18:31

It seems possible that SQL Server 2008 will be available from August. Comments made at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference indicate that SQL Server 2008 is on the verge of being released.

Bob Kelly, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Infrastructure Server Marketing, told attendees at the Conference that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list. It's not usual for Microsoft to have products on their price list that are not available, so there's a good chance the code c (read the entire post)...



HTC branded handsets officially shipping in NZ

, posted: 10-Jul-2008 17:15

After having their handsets sold in NZ for a number of years under various other names in most cases (imate, Okta Touch, etc) HTC branded handsets are now being distributed officially in NZ. HTC is the largest manufacturer of Windows Mobile phones globally, and last time I checked their sales accounted for at least 70% of that market. That may change soon with Sony Ericsson and other making a play for a slice of the Windows Mobile market.

The first handset to launch is the powerful HT (read the entire post)...



ISA Server 2006 Service Pack 1 (updated)

, posted: 4-Jul-2008 10:10

Yesterday Microsoft finished off ISA Server 2006 SP 1 and made it available for download.

This download is another example of Microsoft adding significant features to a product via a service pack (as with Exchange Server 2007 SP1). I think it would have been fair to have called this ISA Server 2006 R2 rather than just SP1 due to the improvements and new features. Those items include:

- Support for use of server certificates containing multiple Subject Alternative Name (SAN) (read the entire post)...