Clive Watson's Blog

Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

July, 2005

  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 2

    In this post I’ll cover points 2 and 3 from Part1, which are: 2. Application dependency or reliance isn’t known 3. Knowledge of applications isn’t readily available – often reliant on a single person This is the scenario that is usually painted...
  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 1

    Yesterday for the first time in a month or two I presented on Server Consolidation, it made me think of a few things: 1. Many people don’t know what resources exist, where to get advice on consolidation 2. Its often assumed that there isn’t any advice...
  • Windows Vista beta 1 availability

    Microsoft PressPass announced the beta 1 availability of Windows Vista here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-27VistaBeta1MA.mspx Update: See the Channel9 interview with Chris Jones http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx...
  • MGB and Windows Vista

    I’ve been at MGB (in Atlanta) this week, and as you should know by now Windows Vista (formally Longhorn client) has been announced. There is a video to watch and a beta to expect. I spent a few hours today in a room full of Windows Vista machines, some...
  • What would you want to see Microsoft demo?

    If you could come to Microsoft UK and see a demo and use any of Windows Server System Platform Operations infrastructure components – what would you want to see? Would it be any of these suggestions, have you others in mind? SP1 features R2...
  • Good Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) post with demos...

    Check out Adam's blog , some solid information and good clear demos
  • Software Asset Managment (SAM)

    Software assets can be hard to track and matching licensing can be even more of a headache - so how do you address this? The SAM site has loads of good advice, guidance on the process to follow and even a tool to download and use to perform the asset...
  • Data Protection Manager – Our case study

    I’d not realised we had recently published a case study for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager ( DPM ), it gives great insight into the product and how it can be used within an organisation. IMO this is going to be a great product – there...
  • Microsoft's Core OS Division

    Mary Jo Foley wrote this article about the Core OS Division (COSD) and the year it's just had. Read the article to understand what Microsoft has undertaken in the name of achieving 'engineering excellence' during that time.
  • Clusters and where to get design and deployment information

    I was asked today about how to design a Windows Cluster and what resources were available. There are two main areas to look at on the Microsoft web. The first is the Clustering website ; the second is the Windows 2003 Deployment Kit (formally the Resource...
  • Eventtriggers to the rescue

    You know those occasions where there is a simple answer but you almost always invent a complex way of doing it…well that’s what happened to me this week. I had a dodgy service running on my system (my fault for beta testing), the problem was that the...
  • Whats does and doesnt work on Virtual PC...

    ...and Virtual Server, this is an unofficial list of what does and doesn't work
  • More Virtual Server scripts...

    Bruce has some adapted scripts and other information when it comes to Virtual Server scripting, check it out here .
  • Can Exchange 2003 be installed on 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2003?

    This is an often asked question...the answer to which is basically "no" but for those who wish to know why, this blog post explains all...
  • Maldives and Madrid

    Maldives and Madrid Two very different holiday trips so far this year, one very relaxing week in the Maldives (2nd visit but to a new island - and we plan to go back!) and a short break to Madrid, where we got rained on every time we stepped outside...
  • Product releases in the next 18months

    This announcement caught my eye today…a good summary of what’s on the road ahead. Microsoft Unleashes the Power of Innovation and Integration to Industry Partners at Its Worldwide Partner Conference 2005 Product launches slated for the next 18 months...
  • Fatal exception question...from Doug

    Doug sent me this email questions whilst; this blog (and others at Microsoft) are not intended as replacements for the normal support channels I have made some suggestions below: Can you please help me understand an error message I keep on getting...
  • Virtual Server - backup script using shadow copy

    Vs2005, Backup, shadow copy
  • Consolidation

    Mixed Workload Consolidation Guide http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0F70695E-5D0B- 4781-8966-84BE43216F9E&displaylang=en Solution Accelerator for Consolidating and Migrating LOB Applications http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Windows Server System

    Windows Server System home site http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/default.mspx
  • Virtual Server & PC

    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx Microsoft Virtual PC 2004: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx
  • My useful tools and utilities

    tools and utilities
  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0

    Thanks for all the hits on my last post (which is now the 2nd most popular one I’ve done) – strange for a post that talks about posts! Anyway…Tuesday is my day for housekeeping my machines (2 laptops, one of which runs Virtual Server and has currently...
  • My first month as a blogger...

    That’s it for this month, I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for one month already, actual one month tomorrow but as that’s a Saturday I’ll talk about it today! From my point of view looking at my statistics as a newbie blogger is important...