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VMworld Speaking Session Schedule
As mentioned in a previous post, I have been accepted to speak at VMworld2011 the week of August 29 in Las Vegas. Since that time I have been working on my presentation with my speaking partner and VMware SE Jeff Szastak. We have submitted the first draft of our deck in for comments and gotten some good feedback. I have now begun to incorporate those changes in to the deck as the final version is due in early August. I am excited to be going to this conference for the first time and especially so ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2011 6:04 AM

Speaker Session Accepted for VMWorld 2011
I was pleasantly surprised by my inbox yesterday to find that my session submission for VMWorld 2011 had been accepted! I had been trying for many years to break in to doing some sessions at Microsoft's TechEd - always to no avail. It always seemed like you had to know the secret handshake, be an MVP or work for Microsoft. I felt like I was destined to settle with speakling at user groups, no matter how badly I tried to get more experience in front of larger groups. So when my local VMWare account ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2011 7:24 AM

Exchange 2010 Mailbox Configuration Scenarios
So I am trying to sketch out some mailbox server scenarios for my Exchange 2010 design. I think I am leaning towards iSCSI or perhaps direct-attached SAS drives, but since I am doing virtualized Exchange servers, I don’t think I can load all the storage I need in to the ESX chassis. That leaves me with iSCSI. I am looking at three models to ‘standardize’ on for the business: Config 1: 1Gb mailboxes x 1000 mailboxes max = 1Tb database Config 2: 1Gb mailboxes x 500 mailboxes max = 500Gb database 3Gb ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:12 PM

XP Thin Client Runs on iPhone
From ZD Net Australia: in brief Citrix used its thin client technology to demonstrate an Apple iPhone running Windows XP, at the recent Citrix Application Delivery Conference in Melbourne. Windows XP, seen below running on the iPhone, was loaded using Citrix's thin client desktop software XenDesktop. Using the Citrix ICA client — a UNIX application that allows devices to access Windows sessions on a Citrix server — the presenter was able to run Windows on the iPhone via Wi-Fi. Hit the link above ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:08 PM

Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation Part III
Mary Jo Foley has an article on bringing back creating Windows Workstation 2008 (Part I) and proposing the idea that in the past there was a “server” version of NT4 and Windows 2000 and a “workstation” version that was the same product with limits on concurrent usage when running IIS, etc. She says that since Windows Server 2008 is the best version of Windows Server ever by a wide margin, why not capitalize on that an offer a “workstation” version. Some people, especially in the consulting field ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 12:46 PM

Convert VMWare Machines to Microsoft Virtual Server

I blogged a long time ago about VMWare's ability to convert a Microsoft vitual machine to VMware's virtual machine format. Finally, Microsoft has come out with a converter to do the same! Read on here.

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:49 AM

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Virtual PC Image
Another virtual hard disk (.vhd) image from Microsoft which contains the following: A VPC hard disk image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2, IE6 and the IE7 Readiness Toolkit. Personally I love this new approach and hope Microsoft keeps on going! I had to do some research and testing on ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode) yesterday and the canned Windows Server 2003 R2 image was the perfect pre-made environment in which to do this! Zero prep time was needed since I had already downloaded ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:13 AM

Microsoft TechNet Briefings in Second Life
Some Microsofties are starting to offer TechNet Briefings in Second Life at the Microsoft Ampitheatre. Michael Murphy has the straight scoop at his blog. Personally, I would like to see more of this type of thing. It add an interesting twist to keep the community engaged over the typical mass-Live Meeting webinar. Those are only a step-up from reading a book. Now and again, you will get an exceptional presenter that engages you or a fantastic demo. I tried Second Life once and found it hard to pick ......

Posted On Friday, February 22, 2008 11:20 AM

PostPath Email and Collaboration Server
I have recently been introduced to a company called PostPath. They are a new technology company that have created a Linux-based alternative to Microsoft's Exchange. Their proposition is that Microsoft Outlook is the killer application. As long as users can run Outlook and have all the features and functionality that they are used to, it shouldn't matter what is serving it up on the back end. And if that back end can run on cheaper hardware and storage with a highly-flexible open source OS, all the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:16 AM

Windows Vista Pre-Built VHD Available

Download the Windows Vista pre-configured virtual hard drive and get a head start on testing applications on Windows Vista.

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:40 PM

Exchange 2007 and Virtualization
As of SP2, Exchange 2003 was supported in production in a Microsoft virtual environment. Now that Exchange 2007 requires 64 bits to be supported in production and Microsoft does not have a virtualization platform that supports a 64 bit guest, Exchange 2007 is not supported in production in a virtual environment. From the Microsoft document Technical Architecture of Exchange 2007: Exchange 2007 and Virtualization Exchange 2007 is not supported in production in a virtual environment; however, as stated ......

Posted On Thursday, May 3, 2007 5:01 PM

Run Your Legacy DOS Application in Virtual PC
Here is a great post from the Virtual PC team (okay, from Ben Armstrong) on how to run a legacy DOS application under Virtual PC without the end user ever knowing they are running it in a virtual environment. Brilliant! Technorati tags: Legacy Applications, Virtual PC, DOS ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 3:54 PM

Longhorn Hypervisor Demo
From Arlindo's blog I found an awesome Longhorn Hypervisor Virtual Server demo given at Microsoft. This is the new Longhorn server running the server core role with 8 cores! They show a few different things in the demo like hot adding a NIC to a running VM with PowerShell. Technorati tags: Longhorn, Virtualization, Server Core, Virtual Server, Hypervisor ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2007 9:28 AM

Virtual Machine for DST?
I saw this on the Microsoft Download website and had to take a look. It looks to be a virtual machine with all of the Exchange-based DST tools loaded on it. You then join it to the domain and you have a workstation pre-configured to run all the tools for DST adjustments. At least, I think that's what it is for. The description on the website is a little thin IMO and I don't want to download 1.5GB and then hope there is documentation in there! They should include it as a separate readme or be more ......

Posted On Saturday, March 3, 2007 8:25 AM

Virtual PC 2007 Released to Web

Download here. Official website is here.

Posted On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 2:56 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 RC Released
You can download it from: https://connect.microsoft.c... Important changes from the previous version: PXE Boot Keyboard and performance issues on laptops fixed Virtual Networking on wireless adapters enabled Fixed to include installing Vista off of physical DVDs Technorati tags: Virtual PC 2007, virtualization ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 10:05 AM

Microsoft Offers Pre-Compiled Virtual Hard Drives
Microsoft Download has now posted a number of virtual hard drive (.VHD) images pre-installed with Windows Server products like Exchange 2007, SQL 2005, ISA Server 2006 and Windows Server 2003 R2. This is a brilliant move IMO as it removes one of the biggest barriers to testing software in a virtual environment: the time it takes to install and set up the environment. I am curious to see the licensing and expiry around these images, but again, IMO, this is clearly a move in the right direction and ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 9:45 AM

Fix: Virtual PC Does Not Recognize Wireless NIC With a Vista OS Host
Brian, who runs the excellent Blogcast Repository, recently shared with me how he could not use a host computer's wireless NIC with a guest OS when running Virtual PC when Windows Vista is the host OS. I even tried it on my laptop and sure enough, no luck. It just doesn't appear as an option under settings > network. After doing some digging in the readme that came with Virtual PC 2007 I stumbled upon: Virtual PC fails to open the network services driver after an upgrade of Windows Vista. It didn't ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 11:51 AM

Virtual PC 2007 Beta Now Available
Grab it here while you can! Read more about it here. Features include: Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only Improved performance Technorati tags: Virtualization, VirtualPC, VirtualPC2007 ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 12:03 PM

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download!
Ben's blog (link below) has an announcement on the availability of Beta 2 for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. Included improvements are: AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) compatibility Volume Shadow Copy Service support Offline VHD mounting Active Directory integration using service connection points Host Clustering technical white paper Link to Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download ......

Posted On Thursday, August 31, 2006 12:02 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Documentation
I was very glad to read a post today from James O'Neill's blog on Virtual PC 2007. Coincidentally enough, I had just loaded Virtual PC 2004 on Windows Vista build 5536 and was wondering to myself if a new version was ever going to see the light of day. Well fear not! While there is no news on the beta or a release date (other than the "2007" moniker) there is documentation. This gives me hope! Improvements are: · Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:58 AM

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