Clive Watson's Blog

Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

August, 2005

  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 6

    Welcome to Part 6 - this is the penultimate instalment... 8. Legacy hardware – modem cards, fax boards Basically there is simple advise here, make sure you identify attached hardware on the servers you intend to consolidate (or virtualise) during...
  • Virtual Server as used by Microsoft IT...and webcast

    Excellent docuemnt from Microsoft IT on their use of Virtual Server and details of a webcast on the subject later this month. At Microsoft, pursuit of improvements in operational efficiencies led to the consolidation of a number of physical datacenters...
  • SyncToy...it's about time!

    If you have wanted to synchronise two folders between machines before but, didn't want to buy a solution or couldn't find one...this is for you - read about it here .
  • To 64bit or not...my thoughts

    Harold has just started a great thread which I'm sure will get a load of comments. From my perspective I would buy x64 today (in fact I have done at home) however the full software stack isn't always available - yet! I think it's inevitable that x64 ...
  • My 2nd month as a blogger...

    This type of post might get a bit dull so I won't bore you with anymore, unless something exciting happens to my posting stats... My top 3 post as read by you this month were: 1st " Product releases in next 18 months " 2nd " Can Exchange 2003...
  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 3

    This post answers point 4 from Part1 , which was: 4. Many organisations have interdepartmental issues, every group needs to be involved and bought into (committed) to consolidation How many times during my life as a consultant has lack of cooperation...
  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 4

    Testing and Server consolidation
  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 5

    This is the fifth instalment covering server consolidation issues. In the original post I highlighted 10 issues that are frequently mentioned, these additional posts are intended to cover one or more of these issues in more detail. Today were are dealing...
  • Consolidation related utilities and offerings

    General consolidation tools and Services Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft Services QuickPlan and Microsoft Services Portfolio offerings for Server Consolidation solutions Asset Optimization Group (AOG) CapacityPlanner is an agentless tool...
  • Virtual Server tip

    I've heard of an issue twice now so I thought it was worth pointing out what may be the cause. The message received is "<server name> could not be started because one of its virtual hard disks is already in use by another running virtual machine...
  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues – Part 7

    So this is the final post in this series. I feel like I’ve missed out loads of information but it was my intention at the outset to present you with the major issues customers have told me about, and how I address them. 9. Change control or the...
  • Migrate to SQL Server competition

    A great competition is you fancy winning a Chopper, just send in your story (if you live in the US and after you have checked the rules ) to stand a chance of winning, or getting one of the other prizes on offer.
  • Infrastructure Architecture - defined

    Michael continues his definition thread, first there was Virtualisation and now the big one - how to define Infrastructure Architecture , do you think this should make it onto Wikipedia as is?
  • WinFS beta 1 released

    Just after the rumour started WinFS arrived, you can get the download at MSDN , or look at the channel 9 video and blog and it works on Windows XP (as mentioned on this blog )
  • How to directly edit your Virtual Server files...

    John has posted about a beta version of WinImage that allows editing of VHD, VUD and VFD files (as used by Virtual Server).