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Archive for April 16th, 2009

FREE online virtual SSWUG event – April 17, 2009

Posted by denglishbi on April 16, 2009

Sorry for the late announcement on this one, but just came across this today.  You can register here.

About the SSWUG Community Virtual Event (The event will begin at 9:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Noon Eastern on Friday, April 17, 2009.)

We’re working to bring you real-world information about SQL Server 2008, Share Point, Silver Light, with tips about new features, functionality and much more.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services – Designing and Managing High Performance Cubes: Donald Farmer. With Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Analysis Services offers advanced features for design and manageability. This session will explore in data two of these features: the best practices design alerts and dynamic management views. Design alerts guide you with important advice throughout the development stage of a cube. We’ll show how to work with the alerts, and how to manage their various subtleties. Having deployed a more efficient cube, the dynamic management views enable the administrator to query for information regarding connections, sessions, and server performance. We will introduce these views and drill down into many examples of their usage.
  • Useful, effective, pre-made SharePoint templates– from Microsoft, for free: Callahan. Need a help desk, timecard, or vacation request site? Considering just creating them yourself? Don’t. Not until you explore the pre-existing application templates available from Microsoft. Free for download, Microsoft has 40 fantastic application templates, not to mention the Community Kit for SharePoint with offerings such asenhanced blog templates, or sites for user groups. So before you invest time and technology in rolling your own, check out this session and get an idea of what’s been rolled for you.
  • Silverlight for Beginners: Tim Heuer. XAML, WPF, VS, Blend…what are all these acronyms? Let’s take a deep breath and step back to look at the spectrum of what Silverlight is (and isn’t) and what you need to know starting from ground zero. No knowledge of WPF or Silverlight is required and well get you started building your first Silverlight application in no time!
  • Introduction to Data Dude: Ted Malone. In this session attendees will learn about Microsoft Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Developers aka Data Dude. This product provides database developers with tools for database development, change management and testing. This session will walk through the available features of data dude and detail where they can be best utilized.
  • SQL Server Round Table: Paul Nielsen, Chris Shaw, Stephen Wynkoop. Stephen, Chris and Paul sit down in an open forum and discuss questions about SQL Server 2008 and questions that have come up from the past conferences. This session will show some of the different opinions that developers and administrators have when working with SQL Server.

This event is open to everyone at no cost.
Friday, April 17th 2009, beginning at 9:00AM PST.

You can register here.

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Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 due to ship April 28th

Posted by denglishbi on April 16, 2009

The long awaited SP2 for Microsoft Office 2007 is finally coming.  Since the announcement back in October we have been patiently waiting and now the announcement has an official date of April 28Smile

It has been over a year since SP1 was released and we have been patiently waiting to get the official SP2 download.  Now the date is within radar and only a couple of weeks out.  This is good news especially since we have all been hearing and waiting for the Office 14 wave to come out in beta and will be officially released in the first half of next calendar year.  I really want to start testing out the next release of PerformancePoint Services with SharePoint 14…or I suppose I should just say Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 now (Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Next Wave of Microsoft Office Products Will Redefine How People Work).

For more information about the SP2 for Office 2007 and what to expect check out this posting – Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System due to ship April 28th.

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