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  • Blog Post: Building my Demo Laptop (Part 3)

    In this post I’ll talk you through how I have created a Hyper-V Failover Cluster on my single laptop. To build a Failover Cluster you need a SAN.  I use the Microsoft iSCSI target software that ships with Windows Storage Server.  Being a Microsoft employee I have access to the bits, so I have...
  • Blog Post: One of these words is not like the other..

    The 'normal' behavior inside Microsoft is for a product to start with a really cool code name (e.g. Longhorn), that gets replaced with a pretty boring, mundane product name (e.g. Windows Server 2008). Last week all that went out of the Windows (no pun intended) - Viridian, which became Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Laptop

    There's been a lot of talk recently about our new "Windows Server 2008 Workstation" (Windows Server 2008 with the Desktop Experience features switched on - plus a bunch of hacks). There's been suggestions that it out-performs Vista - I'm not going to enter that can of worms, but I can see a need to run...
  • Blog Post: CDsoft and Windows Server 2008

    I was chatting to Rob Davies, the Technical Director of CDSoft Limited the other day - he attended some Windows Server 2008 training I ran last year.  Basically, I was seeing how he was getting on with the new OS.  He had this to say: "CDsoft have been using Server 2008 for the last 7...
  • Blog Post: Irish Cement and Windows Server 2008

    I've been working with Shane McDonald, from Irish Cement Ltd on and off for nearly a year. I was asking him how he's been getting along with Windows Server 2008 the other day. He had this to say: “I had high hopes for Windows Server 2008, and after three months running the OS in a test environment...
  • Blog Post: Prodata and Windows Server 2008

    I know Carmel Gunn from Prodata pretty well by now, I was asking her how she's been getting on with Windows Server 2008 - she had this to say: “We saw the demonstrations of Windows Server 2008 and clustering at the community previews and at the launch. It was hard to believe, so we put it into...
  • Blog Post: It's good to talk..

    Thanks for your comments on my last post. I've commented myself, but just in case you aren't reading the comments - here's my reply to Kim: So http://itcomparison.com/Virtualization/MShypervvsvi35/HyperVvsvmware35esx.htm is a great comparison of a production product (VMware) and a beta (Hyper-V)....
  • Blog Post: Tuesday's Windows Server User Group meeting

    Thanks to all those who attended Tuesday night's user group meeting . Apologies for going on a bit (I was only supposed to take half an hour or so - not the whole hour)! Aidan has posted the slides we used here . Some of my demos are here . Well - just the clustering Hyper-V ones. The hotfix...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Failover Clusters

    I've been doing quite a few talks on Hyper-V recently - which if you know me, means a couple of PowerPoint slides and a load of demos. I've finally gotten around to encoding my demos - so here they are: First (just so you know there's no smoke and mirrors), I build the cluster: Click to start, double...
  • Blog Post: Dell and Windows Server 2008

    I've been working with Mark Miley (Senior EMEA EEC Vitality Technical Trainer) from Dell for the last while, and was asking him how he's been getting on with Windows Server 2008.  He had this to say: “In my 6 months experience of training and deploying Windows 2008 across a number of Enterprises...
  • Blog Post: Trinity College Dublin and Windows Server 2008

    I've been working with Willie O’ Connor (Computer Science Dept, Trinity College Dublin) for ages now.  I was asking him about his plans to deploy Windows Server 2008 - he had this to say: "Windows Server 2008 is a great product. We’ve been testing Server 2008 since Beta 1 and we...
  • Blog Post: With Hyper-V, Microsoft is going to change the world of virtualization

    I just had to share this quote with you. I've been working with Edouard MELLY from Hewlett Packard for a good long while now, and in my quest to find great local references I came across this from Edouard: "I've been in charge of 2008 training for HP, and I've tested a lot the new virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Building my Demo Laptop (Part 2)

    So my demo environment needs to be self contained (everything on the one laptop), needs to be as quick as it can and be able to demo as much of the Microsoft virtualisation stuff as technically possible.  My laptop itself will obviously be the Hyper-V host – which needs to be in a domain, if I’m...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V beta bits now available

    Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate zero (RC0) and Release Candidate 1 (RC1) came with Windows Server Virtualisation (and Hyper-V) in them as a Customer Technology Preview (CTP). We've just released a build of Windows Server RC1 with the Beta of Hyper-V in it. This beta has loads of features/functionality...
  • Blog Post: It pays to complain

    There’s been a “small” issue with licensing around Hyper-V for a while and because of all the complaints we’ve received we have actually changed our licensing. The issue was this: I’m a Windows Server 2003 shop and want to virtualise onto Hyper-V.  Because Hyper-V is a role of Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V on a Laptop

    This post is an introduction to how I have configured my demo laptop.  I can comfortably run eleven VMs on the one laptop, including a two node Hyper-V cluster, App-V and the four main System Center products (Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Moy Park and Windows Server 2008

    I was catching up with Phil Rickard, the Network Administrator for Moy Park the other day - he attended some Windows Server 2008 training I ran last year. Basically, I was seeing how he was getting on with the new OS. He had this to say: "After attending the Longhorn Academy in Dublin, I came away...
  • Blog Post: What are you doing on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th April?

    Welcome to the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference 2008 Co-organised with the Irish Microsoft Technology User Group and First Port Jobs, it's an event by the Irish technology community for the Irish technology community. The registration fee (€189) is just to cover costs but it does get you lots...
  • Blog Post: Larry Doyle and Hyper-V

    Larry Doyle from Netforce in Dublin has been deploying Hyper-V. This is worth sharing: "Windows Server 2008 is an awesome product and I am super excited about it! I have been testing Windows Server 2008 since beta release and implemented the eagerly anticipated Hyper-V on our test network as...
  • Blog Post: 660 VMs in a Hyper-V environment

    I do quite a bit of work with HP here in Ireland.  I was chatting to one of their consultants the other day and he was telling me about HP's Windows Server 2008 Academy (inserting the Windows Server 2008 chip into the back of their heads).  The Academy involved running 660 VMs in total, there...
  • Blog Post: Building my Demo Laptop (Part 1)

    It turns out that how I built my demo laptop is generating a bit of interest.  These posts have become the “how to” pointers for creating a Proof of Concept for Microsoft Virtualisation and Management solutions. So to start.  My laptop is a dual core, 64-bit device with 8GB of memory. ...
  • Blog Post: Customer Minds and Windows Server 2008

    Eduardo Shanahan from Customer Minds Ltd has deployed his new application on Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. "Our application was developed from the start with Visual Studio 2008, and the sole existence of LINQ saved me months of work. Now that the first version is ready, we went in production...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008

    The Windows Server 2008 User Group - Ireland will be running an event on Microsoft Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 on the 2nd of September at 7pm in the evening (beer might follow).  The location is Buswells hotel in the city centre.  The event is free to all User Group Members. You...