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  • Blog Post: Lab Ops Redux setting up Hyper-V in a hurry

    I am at Manchester United as I write this and one of the delegates wanted to quickly try out Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012R2. I thought I had an all up post on that but it turns out I don’t, so Nicholas Agbaji this is just for you! You’ll need a latptop/desktop running Windows 7/Windows 2008R2 or later...
  • Blog Post: Normal Service has been resumed

    I’ve just got back from 5 weeks off in NZ to celebrate my 50th lap of the sun, hence the guest posts on here recently. Just before I went away  the UK TechNet team setup  Tech Days Online .. based on a chat Simon and I had about what 2011 holds for the IT Professional which you can watch here...
  • Blog Post: Direct access to DirectAccess

    My favourite  thing Windows 7 working together with Windows Server 2008 R2 is DirectAcess , not because of how cool the technology is nor because its just built in, but because it gets me out of jail on so many occasions.   If you aren’t aware of it, it’s the power of a VPN without all ...
  • Blog Post: It’s official, 64 bit Windows is fun

    Although I have an Xbox, I still find flying and adventures are often better on the PC and I am not alone.  I am also not alone in that I use 64 bit windows 7 at home for gaming according to this steam hardware survey … What I am seeing here is that windows 7 is seen as a high performance platform...
  • Blog Post: Web Development & SQL Server Express part 1 Virtual Machine

    I see a lot of tweets, and questions on forums about SQL Server Express from developers, particularly around installing it on client versions of windows, so I though I’ll give it a go and see if there is nay truth to the rumours. Rather than try it on  my physical desktop I decided to use a clean...
  • Blog Post: Educated desktops

    Simon and I have spent most of last week on stand duty at BETT one of the largest education events in the world. We were there to field questions from teachers and some of the hardest working IT Professionals, those supporting the IT in schools.  Agility is essential to cope with the new influx...
  • Blog Post: Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th

    Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp .  The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged.  The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 rumours and facts

    The latest rumours around Windows 7 can be found on this Reuters article citing a public release in October and I’ll leave you to judge the voracity of that.  However for those of you that haven’t tried it then it might be just as important to know why you should bother. My good friends James O...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta, it’s atomic

    I got my first look at Windows 7 just after TechEd EMEA last November, however it wasn’t until I saw it on an atom powered sub notebook that I got excited as these things (e.g. the Asus Eee, Dell Mini X, Samsung NC10 etc.) are selling in spades despite or because of the current economic climate. So what...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report vol 6

    Every 6 months Microsoft publishes a freely available Security Intelligence Report (SIR) , looking at what’s happening to threaten the security of our personal and corporate computing. Mostly it‘s written in English and if you can’t find the time to read it all I would at least recommend the summary...
  • Blog Post: Beta to release upgrade paths for Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1

    I see loads and loads of threads tweets and forum questions which run along the lines of “What is the upgrade path from [insert any Microsoft Product here] RC to RTM?” To which the answer is always “There isn’t one – you have to uninstall RC and install RTM”. First let me translate the acronyms: The...
  • Blog Post: BCDBoot–one of my new best friends

    I am getting ready for a series of interactive events next month and one of the things I wanted to show was a hyper-V cluster.  No doubt Simon and  could have blagged some kit, but we decided to use what we had lying around in the office.  This meant I had to muck about with my shiny Orange...
  • Blog Post: Missing Snipping Tool in Windows 7

    I live my little snipping tool to capture bits of screen to share tips and stuff on this blog and in my decks, but since I moved to in Windows 7 it’s gone aaarrghh! Annoyingly all my mates (both of them) have got it on their machines so where did it go? Apparently it’s part of the tablet specific optional...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 for friends and family

    It’s not always Microsoft’s fault… For the last month or so, my mum’s Asus Revo mini desktop PC thing kept starting windows repair intermittently on boot and her local tech support man (I couldn’t get down to her) thought Windows updates were the problem.  Also when it did power up it was taking...
  • Blog Post: Brown IT

    Green IT is about saving power in offices and data centres, so my definition of brown IT is about making the best use of the existing kit you have.  This is good for two reasons, it saves you money as you don’t have to buy new hardware, and it saves vital resources. You will see loads of stuff telling...
  • Blog Post: Simon May

    Contrary to popular belief Microsoft staff are humans who have often led varied and interesting lives before being absorbed into what slashdot describes as the collective. A lot of people actually want to work for Microsoft and so we have recently seen a new batch interns and graduates who have had to...
  • Blog Post: Is the Tablet PC dead?

    I have the luxury of 2 laptops one for infrastructure demos and one for the day to day stuff most of us need to do.  I have added luxury on top of that becuase my day to day machine is a multi-touch tablet (Dell XT2).  Before I get the iPad comparison comments at the end of this post about...
  • Blog Post: .VHD, one of my favourite file formats

    Virtual Hard Disks or VHD’s are not just the format used to hold a hard disk for use with they also have at least three other uses I know of: They are the format used for windows backup so making a virtual machine from a physical one (aka P2V) is simply a matter of making a backup, creaing a new hyper...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Security – don’t panic

    On the MSNBC RedTape site there’s an article, 12 Things Computer Should Fear in 2010 and coming in at number 10 is Windows 7 (not sure if the list is on order).  One of the comments is that because Microsoft has worked so hard on compatibility then 8 of 10 windows viruses will still work. ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 on Windows 7 / Windows server 2008 r2

    I haven’t had many problems myself when installing SQL Server 2008 on either Windows 7 or Windows server 2008 r2 but there are a few things to watch out for which I have shamelessly lifted from KB955725 : You should install SQL Server 2008 sp1 as this is the supported verion on htese new operating systems...
  • Blog Post: Windows RC sell by date

    I am not sure if Mrs Fryer is trying to cash in on the life insurance or hasn’t quite got the hang of supply chain management.  The thing is I keep seeing stuff in the fridge with “sell by October 2009”, and the odd bit of furry cheese.  Of course software doesn’t normally expire in the way...
  • Blog Post: Windows plays Wembley 6th October

    I am part of a small team preparing for the launch of Windows 7, its big brother Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 on 6th October at Wembley stadium.  I volunteered to be the producer as I am not presenting, and this essentially means that I’ll get the blame if you don’t have a great event...
  • Blog Post: The curious case of the Trusted Protection Module

    I am keen on insurance and I am more interested in the claims process when things do go wrong, than in the cost of the premium.  In IT the same thing should apply , the level of protection should be driving force in any decision on how to look after your your data rather than the cost of the solution...
  • Blog Post: Building a Demo sandbox using Hyper-V part 4

    As part of a random series of posts on my demos, I have now stopped using my shuttle, and I am now using an upgraded  laptop (Lenovo T61p): 8Gb RAM 160Gb SSD in the primary drive bay 500gb 7200 rpm hard disk in the secondary bay in place of the on board DVD drive The thing I have lost in the process...
  • Blog Post: The 7P’s of projects

    Proper Preparation & Planning Prevents Pathetically Poor Performance I mention this because the process of working out how to make changes to your data centre can and should take longer than doing the actual work.  For example if you are going to dive into virtualisation or do more with it,...