You will notice some missing graphics on my blog today. I host the images on my home servers and Tanner Electric, our local electric provider has a scheduled outage from 8a-4p Pacific. They are replacing some equipment and trimming trees in the area to prep for the winter weather.
But! I am in Boise, ID today and won't be back home until later this evening. You should see images come back after about 8pm Pacific when I can press power buttons.
I have been using virtualization products for the past 7 or 8 years. I started with VMWare and used it when I was on the SBS Support team. I virtualized a couple common common configurations of SBS and it allowed me to do some basic testing and reproduction of customer issues. I moved on to Virtual PC and Virtual Server soon after and recently have started working with Windows Server virtualization in Windows Server 2008.
There are many aspects of virtualization that make it a cool technology. The one that appeals the most to me is being able to "start over" if mistakes are made. I make mistakes all the time and being able to start with a configuration, make tweaks, test it out, and if it fails, shut it down and start over.
But Virtualization promises a lot more than what I like it for. For Enterprises there are a definitive cost savings from consolidating machines and virtualizing them. The dollar savings on power alone is worth it. There is also the efficiency of standardizing the "hardware" for virtualized machines. Every machine has the same driver set so driver management is greatly simplified. They are also very portable. Imagine moving a physical server across the country after you have provisioned it. It is a lot simpler and safer to just download the server.
We have a Virtualization Webcast series coming up that dives a lot deeper into the benefits of virtualization. You can register for it here --
Virtualization Webcast Series
Virtualization Webcast Series
The individual sessions and a few extra that are on demand are:
Virtualization and Windows Server 2008
An overview of the virtualization role, the scenarios, and the features that make server virtualization an important pillar of Windows Server 2008. We also cover the longer-term strategy and road map for Microsoft virtualization technologies.
Examining Virtualization with Windows Server 2008
In this session, we examine Microsoft virtualization and how to implement it with Windows Server 2008. We cover topics including: presentation, application, and server virtualization scenarios and technologies.
A 360 View Inside the Virtual World
Gain insight into the overall Microsoft virtualization strategy. Learn about the Microsoft road map for virtualization and examine what workloads make good candidates for virtualization and why you would consider moving these workloads into a virtual world.
Windows Server Virtualization Under the Hood
This session covers the new hypervisor-based architecture. We look at the integrated management for virtual and physical resources, including the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), the new virtual machine creation wizard, the conversion tools, the performance enhancements, and the integration into Group Policy.
Virtualization of Test and Development Environments, and the Impact on Existing Applications
We look at virtualization solutions starting with moving existing applications and infrastructure servers into a virtualized environment. We also look at the impact of virtualizing test and development environments, and some of the tools available that make this process easily manageable.
Virtualization of Production Workloads Including Active Directory, SQL Server, and Others
We cover some of the best practices and tips for virtualization of infrastructure workloads, such as the Active Directory directory service, file and print, and Web servers, and the benefits of mixed workload virtualization.
Optimized and Dynamic Branch Offices with Virtualized Branch Office Servers
Learn about what you should consider before, during, and after a server consolidation in a branch office, and the role virtualization can play. We provide a view of how and where virtualization fits in a branch office, and how it helps simplify administration and creates a self-managing branch infrastructure.
Managing a Virtual Solution with System Center
Creating Business Continuity Solutions Using Windows Virtualization
Learn how Windows Server virtualization and clustering can be used to create business continuity solutions for Microsoft SQL Server and infrastructure workloads. See how to use the new features in Windows Server virtualization, such as live backup, health monitoring, quick migration, and guest clustering.
Introducing SoftGrid to the World
See Jason Buffington's announcement over on the DPM Blog.
I played around with DPM a bit for protecting server data, but I am really excited about protecting my Exchange and SQL servers. I am going to install DPM sometime in the next couple of weeks to my home server network and will post some of my traisl and tribulations here.
Larry Larsen over at on10.net has posted some details regarding the new Zune 2.0 players. You can also head over to the Zune Marketplace for some more information as well.
The Cool Features -- Over the air sync (don't need to dock!), WMA Lossless Support, and a Glass screen instead of the easily scratched plastic ones on the Zune 1.0.
But the nest feature of all is support for Media Center. You can now sync recordings from your Windows Media Center to the Zune and take your favorite shows with you.
That alone is worth the price of admission!
***Updated*** Engadget has posted some specs...
First....a big thank you to everyone who posted comments...including the most recent comment by Scott Lum. He is a marketing manager for online communications at Microsoft and is also one of the people I started interfacing with to communicate your feedback to the webcast team. The feedback you are providing is being pushed to the webcast team and they are receptive.
Next....Scott let me know of a couple of blogs you might be interested in for providing feedback on webcasts --
Technet Webcast Blog - Currently Dormant....BUT! If we drive enough traffic over there we can fix that! MSDN Webcast Blog - Much more active!
Technet Webcast Blog - Currently Dormant....BUT! If we drive enough traffic over there we can fix that!
MSDN Webcast Blog - Much more active!
Let's check out these blogs, provide some feedback and see if we can make some change happen!
Interested in taking a look at a new solution accelerator? You can sign up to join the beta for the Windows 2008 Server Security Guide and be one of the first to preview this solution accelerator and its components. One of the goals of this solution accelerator is to supply IT professionals with best practices and automated tools to help strengthen the security of servers running Windows Server 2008.
The guide is now in Beta release, and is available for your review on Microsoft® TechNet. Check out the Executive Overview by clicking here.
Mary Jo Foley has reported that we are "lifting the ban" on Virtualizing these two editions of Vista. I see this as a good thing for consumers and IT staff who want to do testing with less expensive versions of the OS. It also provides for some uniformity across the platform.
I like it...
How about you?
Solid State "hard drives" are starting to get a lot more press these days. I ran across this article a few moments ago. The promise of solid state drives has been a long time coming. I used battery backed RAM on my Apple //gs 20 years ago. I loaded the OS and my BBS in a whopping 8 megs of RAM (I had an OctoRam card) which was kept live all the time with a few AA batteries. The speed with which my BBS came up from RAM vs reading from the 5.25 floppies or even my SCSI drives was amazing.
Do any of you have a solid state drive now? I would be interested in hearing some real life experiences with them.
I took advantage of some hardware issues and hectic travel to take a break from blogging but I didn't expect it to be 3 weeks. It is amazing how easy it is to relax (be lazy...) and stay relaxed (stay lazy...). A lot has happened in the past few weeks.....
Vista SP1 and Windows 2008 RTM were announced... We made an offer for Yahoo! (please accept!)... All kinds of interesting political stuff happening.... The list goes on.....
Vista SP1 and Windows 2008 RTM were announced...
We made an offer for Yahoo! (please accept!)...
All kinds of interesting political stuff happening....
The list goes on.....
All of that stuff has been blogged and re-blogged. I don't think I can add anything new so I won't be going back and posting much about those things. But I will be posting some of my own Vista SP1 and Windows 2008 experiences soon.
This week I am in Irving, Tx for a team meeting. It is nice to be back home. Tomorrow, my fellow presenters and I will be reviewing the content we will start delivering in two weeks at the big launch activities. I will be one of the first to deliver at the New York Launch event on March 4th. The event is already "sold out", so you won't likely be able to get into that one, but there are others scattered across the US. In fact, here is a list of all the places I will be over the next few months that you can still get registered for....
March 6th - Harrisburg, PA March 27th - Spokane, WA April 1st - Seattle, WA April 8th - Anaheim, CA April 16th - Anchorage, AK April 28th - Boise, ID May 6th - Portland, OR May 13th - San Diego, CA
March 6th - Harrisburg, PA
March 27th - Spokane, WA
April 1st - Seattle, WA
April 8th - Anaheim, CA
April 16th - Anchorage, AK
April 28th - Boise, ID
May 6th - Portland, OR
May 13th - San Diego, CA
Whew! After that we switch to new content (I don't know what it is yet) for the month of June before wrapping up the fiscal year on July 1st. We normally go dark for July and then start new content again in August. Keep an eye on the TechNet Event site for content summaries, locations and dates.
What do you want to know about in June when we switch content again? Should we continue talking about Windows 2008? IIS 7? Vista SP1? The next version of SBS?
I suspect that we will have at least a brief discussion about that today and I would love to take your feedback to my team....send me an email or comment here....
Source - http://www.philoking.com/2008/02/20/i-think-i-have-a-few-readers-like-this/
I am on vacation this week. I will start posting pictures tomorrow of where and we will see if you can figure it out.
Back on the east coast again! I am in Hartford, CT speaking at an Angelbeat conference. Today. There have been some interesting talks by SonicWall, ArcMail and IronPort so far. Cisco is on stage right now with Packeteer and NetApp scheduled just before I go on.
So far I have seen a bunch of slides and some truly interesting concepts. But it is hard to completely visualize some of the concepts because there have been very few demos. The audience is pretty quiet so far. They need to be woken up.
So....I have been at work trimming down my deck and re-ordering demos so I can (hopefully!) get the crowd going. I am going to take my usual presentation style to the extreme when I go up. I only have 30-40 minutes to discuss what is new in Windows 2008 Server.
Not nearly enough time...
I trimmed my deck to *6* slides. That's right....6 whole slides. All the rest of time I will consume with demos fo what the slides would have been talking about. I wouldn't even have that many slides except my demo environment requires me to shut off some virtual machines and start up 4 new ones midway through so I wanted to have something to put up on screen while we are waiting form them to come around.
For those of you who were at the conference, here some links to previous posts of mine that have additional information on the topics I covered.
General Windows 2008 Overview Virtualization Security NextGen Web Platform
General Windows 2008 Overview
NextGen Web Platform
*** Updated *** I am WAY happy I tweaked my presentation! I just took a closer look at the agenda and I realized I am on immediately after lunch. The audience with be full and sleepy so the last thing I want to do is put them asleep with PowerPoint!
subtitled......Oh Tesla, oh Tesla....where art thou?
Trapeze Networks is on stage right now at the Angelbeat conference and he is talking about the 802.11n wireless spec. The promise of super high speed wireless connectivity is finally becoming a reality. But what caught my ear was something he said about some projects they are involved with. He says there are some schools and hospitals they are working with that are not including any wired networking in their infrastructure - everything will be wireless! Now that is cool!
I have tried to go completely wireless at home a couple of times but quickly ran into issues with streaming media, particularly when multiple devices are involved. So my Media Center PC and my XBox 360 are still hard wired for the time being. Of course my DC's and Exchange are hardwired as well, but we also have a half dozen other more portable machines that I prefer to be wireless. That pesky, wireless network crippling HD content I love so much is the only thing keeping my Media Center and XBox connected by cables.
I do have an 802.11n access point an NIC that I have tested in my Media Center but have not had much success with it. I may have to pick up a more recent set of devices to see if I can get the Media Center off the wire.
Have you had any success with 802.11n and streaming media? What about HD content?
I received some reports that my slides were blocked by some systems. I have moved them over to my SkyDrive account so you should be able to get them now. I have updated the links on the individual slide posts.
We recently filled a hole on our team with a new presenter. His name is Yung Chou and he has made a few posts to his blog. Please welcome him to the Microsoft Across America TechNet team!
What? That's right....IE 8. IE8 Beta 1 to be specific.
I am running the Vista x64 edition and while I have only been running it for the better part of 3 days, I am pleased. There are some new features I have not had a chance to check out yet. The new "webslices" feature will just take some time for web content creators to pull things together for. The concept for webslices is that you can subscribe to a "slice" or a piece of a web page instead of to the entire page. Maybe you want to see when a particular graphic on a page updates? This will let you do that without having to load the whole page. There are better examples in this short video on WebSlices.
Activities are what have me really stoked though. I do a lot of lookups from web-based information. This is a manual and frustrating process for me. Now I can just highlight something like an address, click the activities button and get it mapped through a mapping service without having to cut and paste anything. Fabulous. Short video of activities.
One down side I have run across is that IE 8 does not render my Windows Live Home page correctly. This is a big deal to me as it is where I have homed all of my RSS feeds. On the upside, IE8 has a nice button in the tool bar that switches it to IE7 Mode. I use that on the Windows Live Home page and life is good.
There is a tool/Add-in that allows you to notify us of pages that do not render properly in IE8. You can grab that tool here.
What do you think about IE8?
For those of you that are not able to get out to a Launch event, you can still get Windows 2008 Server to evaluate. Just click the graphic to head out to the download site. I would also recommend you go download (for free!) Virtual PC or Virtual Server and install Windows 2008 to a virtual machine. That way you aren't burning up a machine just for Windows 2008.
On March 15th, Ice Cube will be at SXSW doing a concert that will get streamed live over the web.
Hey Chris! So what!?!!?! Concerts get streamed all the time! Tell me something cool and new!!
Hey Chris! So what!?!!?! Concerts get streamed all the time! Tell me something cool and new!!
It is cool and new because..... it will be the first ever live concert streamed via Silverlight. Over at the Synergist blog, there will be some upcoming posts on how all the behind-the-scenes stuff takes place. There should also be some video interviews popping up over on Channel 9.
The downside.....I am not going to be there. I have been to SXSW once and that was only on the last day. I missed all the cool stuff. But even a single day of SXSW is pretty amazing.
My wife and I returned from a fabulous one week vacation in Hawaii with some friends. We spent the bulk of the time on Maui which we had never been to before. I won't be able to do a lot of posting of pictures and video from the trip because I am going on the road tomorrow to deliver launch presentations. But I do have a teaser below and will get some more things posted in the next couple of weeks.
We crammed a lot of things into a vacation. So much so that I feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacation. We snorkeled off Black Rock in Maui and also off the island off Lana'i. We swam with sea turtles, saw the breaching of the humpback whales and a huge school of spinner dolphins. We took a submarine tour, drove the road to Hana, walked through lava tubes, and I stood under a waterfall.
By and far the most exhilarating part of the trip though was the last day when all of us hopped a flight over to O'ahu, drove to the North Shore hopped on another plane and then......jumped out of it. I have been tandem skydiving once before in Texas about 13 years ago. It was, up until this jump the single most exciting, scary, awesome, nutty thing I have ever done.
This jump beat it by a million.....
The picture below is from the jump plane over the North Shore shortly before we jumped out. It was wild jumping out over open water and then working our way back to shore.
I also talked them into letting me take my 1080i HD video camera with me on the jump. I started shooting when we started the walk out to the plane and kept rolling till I touched back down....or so I thought. In review of the tape it turns out I thumbed the on/off switch literally 5 seconds before I jumped out. I caught two solo divers jumping out and I was next. My tandem partner tapped me on the shoulder - the signal to cross my arms and move to the door - and that is where the shot stops. So I have committed to going back next year about this same time to jump again and will make sure I shoot all the way through. Maybe I will be at 1080p by then. Fortunately I paid for them to shoot pictures and video as well. I will post snippets as soon as I can.
I ran across an announcement in email this morning that we (MS) recently brought a new website online that caters to higher end PC enthusiasts. Particularly those who are running Windows Vista Ultimate. I verified the site came up and started down the path of reading about Derek Flickinger's Home Theater PC setup before breaking away to post this.
I don't know what the true value of the site is yet but wanted to get the word out.
This blog entry is for the students of Petar Stojadinovic at National University. It is to help facilitate some communications around using SharePoint in or as part of an overall eCommerce solution.
To help spark the conversation, I did a search over at www.live.com on "sharepoint ecommerce". I was surprised when I did not find any hits for customized eCommerce solutions using SharePoint. I was hoping to find some examples to point to but, alas, I did not stumble across a single site (I only spent a few minutes searching). Seems there are plenty of providers willing to customize SharePoint for you but none that do so from an eCommerce perspective. maybe the providers don't know about SharePoint Designer 2007??
Do you know of any eCommerce sites using SharePoint? Let me know!
I updated my blog with better contact information. If you see my picture to the left, just below I have placed an Email Link as well as my cell number. Feel free to email or call if you need some information about a product or technology and I will do my best to get you in touch with the right people...
Today I am at Willamette University in Salem, Or sitting on a panel discussing the topic above. There are some interesting topics being discussed today - Kathleen O'Reilly from LAIKA is going to speak about Computers and Animation (go to the LAIKA site and look for the "MoonGirl" animation clip....very cool!). Mike Bailey, Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is keynoting on "Cool Jobs in Computer Science" and how there is no shortage of them. Paul McKenney a Distinguished Engineer from IBM's Linux Technology Center is giving us a "Day in his Life/My Road to IT" presentation.
I will be on a panel answer questions from students, teachers and parents about the future of computing in technology. I will be sitting in with Scott Hanselman of Corillian Corporation, Sean Atkinson and Jenny Orr of Willamette University, and Karen Ward of Portland University. We are going to have an open Q&A to just talk about....the future!
We have about 50 people right now....will post some of the Q&A later this weekend...