Dave Northey's Blog

  • My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Today I was challended by Aidan Finn to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge, to raise funds and raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as ALS. So, not to shy away (and to “strike while the iron was hot”), I took up that challenge after...
  • Pizza as a Service

  • August 2007 (I think)

  • Featured PC – The Samsung Series 9

    The Samsung Series 9 has been updated for business use. This outstanding piece of hardware now ships with a TPM chip option, allowing you to install Windows 7 Enterprise and enable Bitlocker!  The fashionista’s dream PC is now primed for the commercial...
  • Featured PC – The Toshiba R830

    The TOSHIBA R830 Series of laptops boast portability with a 13.3” screen, lightening fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds and a battery life of up to 8hr 55mins! This allows for some serious productivity! To add to the array of features Toshiba have included...
  • I’m now posting on our team blog…

    Just click this picture to be taken to the TechNet Ireland IT Pro Blog. Dave Share this post : Technet! del.icio.us it! digg it! live it! reddit! technorati!
  • Great Virtualisation Case Study from Lionbridge in Ballina

    Lionbridge have been working with Microsoft virtualisation technologies for a good long while now, and have just released a case study explaining it all. Lionbridge have created a Virtual Cloud Lab using Hyper-V and System Centre and give secure, global...
  • Free business guidance for Start-ups

    Digital Media Forum and Microsoft Ireland are delighted to bring you the Microsoft BizSpark Innovation Accelerator Event – an event designed to help accelerate the Start-up community in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This day-long conference will run on...
  • Windows 7 in 20 minutes..

    I was given the task of introducing Windows 7 to a crowd of IT Professionals last week – easy enough, but not so in just 20 minutes.  Searching around inside Microsoft for the elevator pitch PowerPoint deck proved to be impossible (there’s decks...
  • The Business Case for IPv6

    I got to talk at the IPv6 Summit last week in Dublin Castle – Agenda, Slides and Videos of all the sessions are here. My talk was on Finding the Business Case for IPv6. The video of my session is now online and can be viewed here .  And my slides...
  • Developer Developer Developer!

    I know, I know, I’m an IT Pro – what am I doing writing anything about Developers? Well, turns out that most of us (IT Pros) do the small bit of developing every now and again (even if it’s only the odd script). Anyway, on Saturday the 4th April, there...
  • Virtualisation Unplugged

    Discover end-to-end virtualisation, from desktop to data centre. Join our virtualisation expert, James O'Neill, for a full day technical session in which you'll discover a full set of virtualisation solutions, from desktop to data centre, that will improve...
  • VHDMount without VHDMount

    To mount a VHD file onto your file system, you either ran some very complicated VB (or PowerShell) Script or you used VHDMount.exe that came with Virtual Server.  If you’re running Windows 7 (or Windows Server 2008 R2), you can now use Diskpart....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • SQL for the Oracle DBA

    ***There's been a change to the timing of this event. It now runs from 9:30-13:00 with registration starting at 9:00*** Free training on Thursday 22nd January on SQL for Oracle DBAs! It is a half day of training taking place in Dublin the afternoon...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How would you know if your PC was affected by the IE7 flaw?

    I had an interesting question posed to me the other day: How would you know if your PC was affected by the IE7 flaw? My first answer was: Hmm.. It is very possible that you won't know. Then I did some digging..  The answers I found were: Desktop...
  • Configuring Server Core

    This post describes the best/easiest method to configure and manage Server Core. There are numerous posts and articles explaining how to enable a particular feature on Server Core and there are even more on how to configure Server Core so that it can...
  • Dave's back!

    Please excuse the lack of posts (I have too many excuses to list here). I'm now back on line and will be posting regularly again. Dave
  • Free training - Deployment of Vista & Office 2007

    TechNet Deployment Event This technical level 300 event is well worth attending if you are considering deploying Windows Vista or Office 2007 in the near future. Attend this event and some of Microsoft Ireland's top consultants will walk you through a...
  • 3 Free Exam Vouchers

    Microsoft is testing a new exam format and needs your help. The New Virtual Lab based Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring tests candidate’s abilities to actually perform tasks and solve problems in virtual lab...
  • Windows Vista Performance (the sequel)

    Windows Vista with SP1 (and some tweaks) is faster than Windows Server 2008. Since my last post on this topic , I've been doing my homework. On my laptop Vista was always quicker than Server, but I have found some very useful information (most of which...