Dave Northey's Blog

  • VHDMOUNT without Virtual Server

    Just in case you quite fancy being able to mount (and unmount) a single file into your file sytstem and use it as a disk drive, but do NOT want to install Virtual Server 2005 R2. Download the setup file for Virtual Sevrer R2 SP1 Beta 2 and follow these...
  • 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....
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager & RTFM

    I've been playing with System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I needed to do a demo of it, so figured now was the time to start learning.. You can get your hands on Beta 1 of VMM from http://connect.microsoft.com/ - you just need to sign up for it...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Windows Vista RC1

    Installing and Running Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Windows Vista RC1
  • Virtualisation (1 of 3) - What is it? What's all the fuss?

    I get to talk to a lot of people in my role at Microsoft, and the subject of virtualisation seems to pop up more and more often nowadays. Most people talk about virtualisation in the same sentence as server consolidation and see it as a way to reduce...
  • I'm Back...

    OK, I've been back from my holidays for three days now. I've nearly caught up with everything that I missed while I was away and somehow squeezed in a day and a half out of the office talking to customers. Something I often find when talking to non...
  • 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...
  • Getting PHP to perform on IIS7

    So I finally have somewhere to post screencasts - http://edge.technet.com Here's my first post: Getting PHP to perform on IIS7 Basically I cover (in six and a half minutes) getting PHP to work on IIS7, improving its performance (lots) and extending it...
  • Sign Post..

    I'm very aware that finding stuff on Microsoft.com isn't as easy as it should be (some of our competitors search engines are better at finding content on our website than we are) - this can't be right. It will get sorted, it has to get fixed. Microsoft...
  • Windows Recovery Environment

    I've got some time on my hands (I'm at home not feeling too well) and decided that I'd spend a bit of time setting up the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) on my laptop. I've been meaning to do this for ages, as I want to enable BitLocker (and be able...
  • 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...
  • Comparing Microsoft and VMware Virtualisation

    I was just reading Yankee Group's report - " Virtualization Price War: VMware's Little Big Horn? ", and just had to share this with you (I think it speaks for itself): If you haven't got access to the report (which we didn't pay for - before...
  • 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...
  • You'll like this.

    On your Windows Vista machine, launch a command prompt as administrator. Navigate to the windows\system32 folder and type: ribbons.scr /p65552 Enjoy Dave
  • VMware ESX Server 3i

    I was reading this article about the up-and-coming ESX Server 3i from VMware. It calls out a bunch on "new features" that we have either been doing for ages, or have announced that we will have in Windows Server Virtualisation (WSV), when we ship Windows...
  • Hurry, Hurry, Hurry..

    If you're quick, you can register for our Mark Minasi Windows Server 2008 event, part of Microsoft Ireland’s ongoing Launch Programme and in conjunction with the Windows Server 2008 User Group - before we even open it for registration. On the 30th...
  • iSCSI

    Anytime I do a demo that requires a SAN, I use the Microsoft iSCSI Target software.  I'm lucky, I get to install it onto my demo machines.  If you want it, you need to ask your OEM (the one that sold you your Windows Storage Server) - it's just...
  • 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...
  • Server Virtualisation - Live Migration vs. Quick Migration.

    I'd really like to get to the bottom of this. In the event of a hardware failure , both VMware and Microsoft's Server Virtualisation solutions are equal - the guest machines will be restarted on another physical node. In the event of some planned downtime...
  • What was the reference to the mountain rescue helicopter?

    I've been asked what on earth I was referring to in my last post - Hopefully I don't have to call out the mountain rescue helicopter (again)!  Well, these should explain it: I was on crutches for a couple of weeks and in physio for nearly a year...
  • Great Office 2007 materials (free training)..

    I've just stumbled across this  fantastic wealth of stuff (which I just had to share). Web-based interactive command reference guides Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide Interactive: PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007 command...
  • 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...
  • Windows Server 2008 on Virtual PC and Virtual Server

    We've just released updates to both Virtual Server and Virtual PC to give better support for Windows Server 2008 (and Vista SP1 and XP SP3). If you're running either solution, I'd recommend you upgrade to the latest.   Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1...
  • Windows Server Code Name 'Longhorn' - Beta3, Now What?

    Windows Server Code Name ‘ Longhorn ’ reached the Beta 3 stage in its development on the 25 th April (which means that we’ve finished adding features; we’re feature complete). Longhorn will be given an official name soon (I know it, but cannot tell you...
  • Virtual Server - Quick Migration

    I've been doing a lot of talks on Microsoft and Virtualisation recently. The topic that seems to get a lot of interest is how we use Virtual Server and Clustering together to provide high availability. Basically Virtual Server is a 'clusterable resource...