I have been using the Office 2010 Beta now for the past few months and I absolutely love it. However, I think I will love it even more once I am in a fully integrated environment with SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010 and Windows 2008 R2. Fortunately, you can have a look at all of this great new technology without spending a bunch of time downloading, installing and configuring the software. Microsoft has released a pre-configured Hyper-V virtual machine bundle that includes Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 pre-configured and pre-populated with some data for the fictional Contoso.com organization. I imagine this would be a great sales tool if you are trying to convince your customers to upgrade to the latest and greatest Microsoft products.
Get the VMs here…
If you have a print server failover cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft recommends you install this update immediately.
Read this great Blog post from Symon Perriman, Program Manager for Microsoft’s Clustering and High Availability Team for more details.
It is official, I passed exam 70-652 today and I am now a MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration. It was 11 years ago that I sat for my first NT 4 exam and now about a dozen exams later I am just now embarking on updating my credentials to the latest and greatest, once again. I think certifications are a good thing, but certainly don’t replace real world experience and good Google skills when it comes to diagnosing a problem or planning a new project. I’ll keep you posted on my progress; hopefully I’ll be able to complete MCITP: Enterprise Administrator before my kids get out of school in June so I can enjoy the summer.