Clive Watson's Blog

Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

June, 2005

  • Gartner & CIO thoughts...continued

    Update: Whilst another 120 think its customer relationships
  • Windows 2000 Transitions to Extended Support - Today!

    Well today's the day (June 30th) that the Windows 2000 product family transitions from Mainstream Support to Extended Support phase. What does that mean? See this article that explains all.
  • Gartner & CIO thoughts...

    This is a great slide explaining what your CIO might be thinking this year (see the first “Trend” slide in the Gartner PowerPoint deck). I know these issues and others are talked about in many of the meetings I attend – perhaps I don’t agree with the...
  • Mainframe Migration

    It has taken me a while to get round to reading all of the content (well most of it) on the Mainframe Migration site. Take a look here for migration from mainframe to Windows information, the transaction benchmark conclusion was interesting as I’ve often...
  • Branch Office Infrastructure Solution - new information

    The BOIS guidance and tools are structured to address the needs of large organizations and enterprises in designing and deploying appropriate solutions for branch office infrastructures. The guidance incorporates planning, design, and deployment information...
  • Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 edition

    ...another email question I had today was to clarify that Windows 2003 Standard x64 Edition, had gone past the traditional 4GB limit - had you noticed? Well it's now at 32GB, details of server version comparisons can be found here .
  • Virtual Server scripting - take a look now before you need it...

    Simon contacted me today; he was having a problem restarting a Virtual Machine under Virtual Server 2005 from within the standard interface. The message he received was “<server name> could not be started because one of its virtual hard disks is...
  • x64 case studies and Application support

    After the presentation I did in London today, I thought I’d remind you (and myself!!!) where the case studies for x64 reside. Also for x64 applications supportability is crucial…so you can find the details on what is and isn’t using these links x64...
  • TCP endpoints & Server Consolidation– where are you connected to?

    I recently brought a new Wireless router/ADSL modem/switch, which lasted a grand total of four days, during which time I raised three support calls and didn’t get more than 4hours uptime from the device! If that wasn’t bad enough the Firewall was also...
  • More Virtual Server futures...

    I think John got the jump on me today with his post, however I just collated this information for a customer I saw in Docklands (London) yesterday which also included an extra link to Virtual Server futures and information from AMD & Intel about how...
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  • Windows Server System, and more about CEC....

    Following my post yesterday, I had a discussion today about how CEC fits within Windows architectures. This is the home page for Windows Server System - click on Infrastructure environment to see a diagram of the solutions and architectures including...
  • Common Engineering Criteria

    There is a good source of Virtual Server and other product related information on the CEC report website which has been produced by Microsoft to establish a common set of guidelines and requirements that each infrastructure server must meet. The main...
  • Compressing Powerpoint

    I was reading Eileen’s weblog the other day; she had a good post about “enhancing your presentations” which was well worth the read. It made me think of a useful feature in Powerpoint which most people who use Powerpoint don’t see to be aware of (it could...
  • Consolidation links

    Most of my Windows Server consolidation presentations contain the following links, most are well known (or should be but you’d be surprised at how often people don’t know they exist) so I thought it would help to have them all in one place: Mixed...
  • I've started to Blog

    As you can see I've started my own Blog, please check back to make sure I'm keeping it updated...