Archive for October, 2009

New Technology Blog

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

If you are looking for technology news, tips, or trick, you might want to check out a new blog, Two IT Guys.  One of the “Two” is a long-time Acknowledge IT customer, colleague, and all-around knowledgeable IT guy. 

 Check them out here:  http://twoitguys.blogspot.com

James

Looking for a few good Sharepoint Administration students

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

We’ve heard lots of interest in Sharepoint over the past year, so we are looking for students for Microsoft course 5061, Implementing Sharepoint Server 2007, October 26-28th, 2009. 

 If you are new to Sharepoint Server, or have some experience in Sharepoint Administration but would like additional information or formal training, let us know as soon as possible.  We would like to get the class details confirmed by Friday, October 9th, 2009.

James

Windows 7 XP Mode is shipping

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Those of you who have taken my Windows 7 First Look classes know that I am excited about Windows 7 XP Mode, basically a free version of Windows XP SP3 available to people running Windows 7 Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate on computers supporting hardware virtualization.  This Windows XP virtual machine can have older incompatible applications installed in it that show up on our Start Menu just like any other application.

 The release schedule for Windows 7 XP Mode was unknown until today, when Microsoft released that Windows 7 XP Mode (and by necessity the new version of Virtual PC, which is what the XP virtual machine runs in) will be available for download from the Microsoft Download Center on 10/22/2009, the same day as Windows 7 is released to the public.

I haven’t been this excited about an operating system since, well, I can’t remember….

 James

Book Review–Pro SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

I’m not sure whether to be excited or disappointed about this book.  The authors (Landrum, McGehee, and Voytek) try to explain SQL Server Reporting Services in a conversational tone, which I find much lighter and easier to read than most technical books. 

As an occasional user of other reporting software and tools, I am starting to learn SQL Server Reporting Services to have another option that a lot of people have already bought with their purchase of SQL Server.  This book helps, but also hurts….  🙂

 The book succeeds in describing SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services concepts and theory in a format that someone like myself new to Reporting Services can understand.  Unfortunately, a lot of the code examples have issues, and don’t work exactly as described (or they are assuming a level of knowledge I don’t have that means there are other things I should be doing not in the step by step instructions….)

 Overall, not a bad book, but not really a good one either.  Not sure I would spend the 40 bucks on it again.

 James

Wow, we’re way behind

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

August and September have been busy around the Acknowledge IT office, so we are a little behind on blog postings.  Hopefully we can fix that over the next couple of days.

 Take care;

James