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Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

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  • Blog Post: SCVMM Help files

    Help file requests... <<<< to be added >>>>
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: In case you missed Live Migration on Monday

    Bob Muglia showcases the Hyper-V Live Migration platform. Bellevue, Wash., Sept. 8, 2008. You can view the video here     Technorati Tags: Hyper-V , Live Migration , Virtualizationi  
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and BitLocker Drive Encryption

    BitLocker allows as you know Operating System boot and disk drive encryption. How you can use this for Hyper-V and virtual machines is documented in this white paper here       Technorati Tags: Hyper-V , virtualization
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with WMI and Windows

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with WMI and Windows PowerShell (Level 300) Event ID: 1032381324 Wednesday, July 02, 2008 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Event Overview Before the beta release of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, there was only one option...
  • Blog Post: TechReady stuff...

    Last week was TechReady3 in Seattle for a few Microsoft colleagues and I (5000+ I think), it’s the Microsoft technical communities internal TechEd conference. Over the next few weeks or months you should start to see some of the announcements and details on what we learnt and were shown mentioned. A...
  • Blog Post: Readers question on SCVMM

    Lee emailed me to ask: I've been interested in trying out some of the Microsoft Virtualization software but I'm somewhat confused by the product and wonder if you can set the record for me. I have setup a test server running W2003 Server with Virtual Server 2005 R2. I've do some reading on the VMM and...
  • Blog Post: WSSRA - Virtual Environments for Development and Test

    I just read the " Upstate-NY-Technology " Blog and noticed the last post which mentioned the WSSRA-VE guide or to give it it's full snappy title: Windows Server System Reference Architecture Virtual Environments for Development and Test (WSSRA-VE). This was something I meant to Blog about when it...
  • Blog Post: New Podcast site (to me anyway)

    An email today mentioned a website I'd not heard of before; there are some big names in Windows Virtualization that have provided interviews. I've only managed to listen to Mark so far... Dr. Mark Russinovich , Microsoft Technical Fellow Eric Traut , Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Mike Neil , General...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Announced

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has been announced at MMS: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/apr08/04-29MMS08PR.mspx Also announced was this (I believe) previously undisclosed feature: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 tightly integrates with Operations Manager 2007 to...
  • Blog Post: Linux mouse thanks to project Satori

    Ever run a Linux OS on Hyper-V and wanted mouse support, now thanks to our friends at Citrix you can have it, take a look at this announcement http://vmblog.com/archive/2009/03/24/citrix-project-satori-announced.aspx or go straight to the download http://www.xen.org/download/satori.html   Technorati...
  • Blog Post: 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 lack of I wrote in Part 3 about policy and changes...
  • Blog Post: Increase a VHD size - the methods

    Dugie and others have posted about this in the past, now Conrad has added some great detail, especially leveraging native Microsoft tools (some still in beta). Basically you have a choice of: Method 1 . Using WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) which uses Imagex.exe and WinPE rather than a 3rd...
  • 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: 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. The creation of a utility model concentrated...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is now available

    The wait is over, you can now download from here . Extra details can be found here and in the FAQ from where I pulled out these details on the new features. Bink.nu also has more of a write up than time allows me to produce today What's New in This Release Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 includes...
  • Blog Post: VHD format licence will change

    You will see that the VHD licence is no longer royalty-free, from now on it will be OSP (Open Specification Promise), " an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to every individual and organization in the world to make use of this patented technology for free, now and forever when implementing specified...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization User Group UK

    I hope to see many of you at this event on Tuesday, details are here http://www.mvug.co.uk/     Location: Microsoft, Victoria, London 100 Victoria Street Auditorium No 1   Date and Time: Wednesday 24 th September 2008 1800 – 2100 Technorati Tags: MVUG UK
  • Blog Post: MOM Management pack for Virtual Server 2005 R2, download available

    We have made available the new MOM pack for Windows Server 2003 R2, you can download it here . The features are: Virtual Server • Monitors Virtual Server service availability • Detects configuration errors • Detects critical error conditions • Provides a graphical mapping of virtual machines...
  • 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: System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 6

    Host Properties For each host, that you can select in the GUI, right-click to look at the properties (it's actually called "Manage Properties" in the drop down). The first screen you come to lists the host name, Domain and a description, as well as platform information such as the Operating System...
  • Blog Post: Happy holiday Windows

    So Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available… As part of today’s news, Microsoft Corp. announced that the company is anticipating that the next version of its client operating system, Windows 7, will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM Part 9 (How to create a Virtual Machine)

    Getting back to how to use SCVMM, I'll now walk you through one of the ways to create a Virtual Machine (VM) on a host - I'll use one the simplest ways, there are lots of other options. BTW, Are those of you not on the SCVMM beta finding this series useful? I intended to walk through the basics of...
  • Blog Post: ADS 1.1 released

    It's been a busy few days...ADS 1.1 is now available for download here : Key features include support for deploying Windows X64 servers, as well as bundling the Virtual Server Migration Toolkit into the package as well !!