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Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

    James ( Microsoft Forefront ) mentioned this great document to our team this week, which offers a perspective on trends for malicious and potentially unwanted software in the first six months of 2006. For the download go here . Microsoft Corporation has made a significant investment over the past few...
  • Blog Post: Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility

    This utility will enable backups made with NtBackup under XP or 2003 to be restore to Vista or Longhorn. It's available on the downloads website now. Technorati tags: windowsserver
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Beta1 now availble

    If you need a WYSIWYG blog tool (for free) then this may be the one for you, I've been using it for some posts in the last month ro so (I didn't have it on all my machines) just to compare the experience. I can assure you this tool is much easier to use and in effect lets me write and post faster than...
  • Blog Post: Performance tuning WS08 and Hyper-V

    If you want to and who wouldn't...take a look at the new Windows Server 2008 Tuning guide . Head down to page 58 for the Hyper-V section. This is been available for a few days but as a couple of people have asked me for this guidance recently - here you go (again for some of you - sorry!) Technorati...
  • Blog Post: Normal service to resume...

    As you may have noticed I’ve been on holiday for a few weeks...and been busy on a few pieces of work – I’m now back and the usual amount of posts should resume soon. I liked this FSRM tip that was posted recently http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2006/04/06/424532.aspx . and Ben had this to...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Management Shell

    I'm surprised Brett didn't blog about this, but we released a guide to the shell features for Exchange, yesterday, the shell features are PowerShell based, read this for the key benefits provided to Exchange admin's and dev's.
  • Blog Post: WHS goes RC

    One of my favorite pieces of software (or should that be feature rich OS) has just hit Release Candidate status, the Windows Home Server blog has all the details. 100,000+ of you have already had the chance to beta this, more places will be made available for this RC. Technorati tags: Windows Home Server
  • Blog Post: HP on Hyper-V NIC teaming and SCVMM Powershell

    Patrick at HP has made public a whitepaper from HP on guidance for NIC teaming and Hyper-V, whilst it doesn’t state that HP support this, it’s a step in the right direction. Jeremy at HP has also been busy (or should that be busier than usual) and started blogging, lots of SCVMM and PowerShell goodness...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell week, webcasts and downloads

    I must have missed these at the time, still here is the link if you need to view them (they were made available at the start of November). In the download section (middle right) of the page is download called " Windows PowerShell Week Scripts " - which has a useful and extensive vbscript to PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: My useful tools and utilities

    IMO these are great tools and utilities; I use these 3rd party [non Microsoft] tools on a regular basis SharpReader http://www.sharpreader.net/ RSS aggregator CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/ Cleans up those pesky files… Beyond Compare http://www.scootersoftware.com/ keeps my folders in sync! PSpad...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM Beta as a VHD

    Half the fun (and sometimes pain) is installing new products and getting them to work...however if you don't have that mentality or the time you can now download SCVMM Beta2 as a VHD . I'm downloading my copy now: All you need is a Windows Live ID to access and download. Technorati tags: SCVMM , VHD
  • Blog Post: PowerShell documentation

    Do you need the Windows PowerShell documentation? If you're on Vista and can't get access to PowerShell at the moment then you can now download the documentation separately, more details on the PowerShell blog or you get get the documents directly from here. Happy reading....
  • Blog Post: VHD password

    Steven recently asked me about the password for the VHD Testdrive program, he wrote: "I found your details on the Microsoft MVP site. I hope you can help in this instance. I have installed Virtual Server 2005 R2 and downloaded the VHD for Windows 2003 Server R2 and created a virtual machine using this...
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server - backup script using shadow copy

    This script was just published (I personally haven’t tried it), check out Ben’s Blog… http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/07/05/435705.aspx
  • Blog Post: Maps.Live.Com

    Now that's a better name (IMO), local.live.com was ok - but http://maps.live.com is much easier to remeber and descriptive :-) and it has 3D views! More details here and on the main page .
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Vista is now available

    Excellent - all the details and download can be found here
  • Blog Post: Measuring Performance on Hyper-V

    Thanks to Julius for the below link (under Biztalk 2006 R2 guidance!) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768535.aspx This is useful if you want a list of Hyper-V perfmon counters to monitor for CPU, Disk, Network and Memory         Technorati Tags: Hyper-V , virtualizationi...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth

    I've had a play with this technology already, it's really good (IMO). What is it, you'll have to skip over to Photsynth to find out fully, here is a taster: The Photosynth Technology Preview is a taste of the newest - and, we hope, most exciting - way to view photos on a computer. Our software takes...
  • Blog Post: Tech-Ed IT Forum

    For those like me who couldn't make it, there are some videos going online at the Virtual Side, including one on PowerShell and Virtualization . I'm sure there are more to come...checkout the main page for updates.
  • Blog Post: Why don't I see 4GB?

    This is often reported and answered, but as 3 people asked about this today, I thought I'd blog it (sorry if you've seen this elsewhere a few times) Symptom If a computer has 4 gigabytes (GB) of random-access memory (RAM) installed, the system memory that is reported in the System Information dialog...
  • Blog Post: That just about covers it all (for MS virtualization)

    Richard in his second and latest post (of course he may have other blogs) has provided a comprehensive list of Virtualization resources available from Microsoft. I'll forgive him for not mentioning my last post with the link to the WSV forum :-) Technorati tags: virtualization , virtual server , wsv
  • Blog Post: Webcasts, performance and Live Writer

    VolkerW posted the following links to some upcoming Webcasts on Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization, more details on his blog . I'll also repost the link to the Virtual Server performance tips (slightly dated) but has some great planning advice: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell video

    I just found this great Technet video (60mins) which is a great overview for this technology, Brett and Paul mentioned a lot of the things in their blogs recently that are also covered in this video...some of the demos are slightly hard to view at the resolution used (but they get better later on) but...
  • Blog Post: It is a pretty big day....

    And now for the biggie: At the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego today we announced that Windows PowerShell will be included in Windows Server code-named “Longhorn” and will be available in Beta 3 of “Longhorn”. That's right, every version of Windows Server will ship with PowerShell! Eileen has...