Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 Express VHD

November 23, 2007

Just read a post by Mark Harrison about a Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express VHD available for download.  The download also comes with a walkthough guide.

The guide gives a hands-on tour of the product, along with useful information for administrators and other IT professionals. You can use the guide and VHD to demonstrate many of the key features of Microsoft Search Server 2008. The VHD includes all of the files and software you need in order to complete the walkthrough. They will provide you with a basic understanding of the configuration, administration, and end-user search capabilities in Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express edition.

Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express VHD


Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

November 23, 2007

Have you implemented a WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 environment? Are you an administrator of a WSS v3 or MOSS 2207 environment? or are you the Security Consultant for an organisation that has deployed a WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 environment? If so, then this tool will be invaluable for you.

The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for WSS v3 and MOSS 2007 collects information about the topology in relation to ‘best practices’ and provides administrators with a detailed report of recommendations that can be applied to obtain greater performance, scalability and reliability.

Ice Cube Promotes Silverlight

November 21, 2007

Just read a post by Michael Scherotter about – basically this is a new video for the web site that has been co-founded by Ice Cube.  Check out Micheal’s post for a short video taken at Ice Cube’s Cube Vision offices.  This site is pretty cool and shows the power of Silverlight.

“…uses Silverlight technology, it is going to be incredible. Flash is out of here…”, Ice Cube

Unfortunately I cannot paste iFrames into WordPress posts – doh!, another reason why I am trying to shift to my MSDN blog.

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

November 20, 2007


Today Microsoft have released Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 to RTM.  These development tools provide a consistent, integrated experience for developers who wish to create secure and reliable solutions and applications for the latest platforms: the Web, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, the 2007 Office System, and beyond.

There are over 250 new features in this release.  One of the coolest features would be the inclusion of LINQ and another would be the ability to select the framework version to compile to (so there is no reason to delay using this version).

The release of these products is a major milestone towards the Global Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 which will be known as ‘The 2008 Wave Launch” – Get you surf boards ready and jump on the Wave! Cowabunga Dude!

Movember – please sponsor my MO!

November 11, 2007

Movember - Sponsor Me

If you sponsor me I will provide updates of what my mo looks like!

MOSSIG’s new site is live and has PodCasts

November 7, 2007

The Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group (MOSSIG

The guys at MOSSIG have launched their new website.  The new site is powered by the Community Kit for SharePoint (User Group Edition)

If you are a regular to MOSSIG, only been to an event once or twice or have never heard of it before, you should check out this site.  It has information about previous meetings including Slide decks and Podcasts, it also has Newsletters, Discussion threads, event schedule, announcements, RSS feeds.

Microsoft Search Server 2008

November 7, 2007


Today at the Enterprise Search Summit in San Jose, California, US, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express).  These products will replace the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search (MOSSFS) product.

The huge news is that MSS Express will be a FREE product download through which Microsoft will bring “Enterprise-class search to the masses”

o Customers can download an RC version of MSS Express from