March, 2009

  • Live Migration using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V (put to music)

    In the time it takes for you to listen to this one song (5 minutes 19 seconds), I build a cluster, create a highly available virtual machine and fail it from node to node multiple times. Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Clustered...
  • Windows XP to Windows 7 Migrations

    As we wrap up the TechDays Tour around Ireland discussing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2 with IT Pro’s I read tonight about some related information everyone should know about. There is a great posting on TechNet Edge about the some of the deployment...
  • DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows7

        The Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems introduce DirectAccess, a new solution that provides users with the same experience working remotely as they would have when working in the office. With DirectAccess, remote users...
  • Free Powershell Book and User Group Info

    If you are serious about your Windows Server IT Administration, then this post is for you! I got this post in my inbox this morning and needed to forward it around, free books are always a good thing! Powershell MVP Keith Hill has published an eBook which...
  • SharePoint, SharePoint, SharePoint

    If you have spent anytime in a Microsoft presentation in the last 2 plus years, you are sure to have been hit over the head with the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) message. The reason we keep hitting on this message is it one of the best...
  • Windows Administrator Took Kit must haves

    The job of being a systems administrator is difficult. As a result, it's important to have just the right tools. The Marc h edition of  TechNet Magazine has an article listing 19 free tools all available from Microsoft and are all designed to ease...
  • Microsoft Windows Licensing for Virtualization

       Microsoft Licensing is difficult at the best of times. The licensing for Windows Server and the associated server technologies that run on top of Windows Server (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, etc) as well as how to properly license Windows Client...
  • Things that make you go HMMMMM

    I read this last week and thought….that makes perfect sense, why don’t companies just do it though?  Nine of out 10 critical bugs reported by Microsoft last year could have been made moot, or at least made less dangerous, if people ran Windows without...
  • Make Your Career Thrive

    Microsoft has a new website dedicated to helping IT Pro’s take their career to the next level, what ever that might be. It is a consolidated resource of webcasts, whitepapers, case studies and tools to help move you towards your next rung on the career...
  • Tech Days: Galway March10, Cork March12 (7pm-9.30pm)

    Tech Days, a joint effort between Microsoft and the IT Pro community, is bringing exceptional up-to-date technical content to Galway and Cork. Register and learn more about these evening events @ http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/technet/techdays.aspx...
  • My Live Migration Demo from last week

    In this Live Migration demonstration I show a virtual machine failing from node to node without client PCs losing connectivity as well as failing the underlying disk from node to node without the virtual machine seeming to mind. I presented this at the...
  • Building a Windows Server 2008 R2 Demo –Part 1

    So I am in the process of building up a new demo environment and I thought I would I build a series of blog posts related to the build, troubles, etc so when you need to do the same you might avoid some of the pain. The goal in building this environment...
  • Windows 7 changes for the Release Candidate

    The Windows 7 Engineering team has released a blog post outlining the forth coming changes for the Win7 Release Candidate scheduled for public release in April. Many of these changes come about as the result of Windows 7 Beta testers feedback and suggestions...
  • Small Business Specialist in Ireland

    I am always somewhat amazed that more Microsoft Partners are not Small Business Specialists (SBSC). I find that the majority of the partners I talk to and most definitely the majority of the customers I talk to are inside the 5-50 user size. So what is...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive

    What are you doing at 7:30 – 10:00 on the 30th April?  Aidan Finn and I will be doing a deep dive into Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V (Aidan’s doing the slides & I’m doing the demos). This is our first attempt at a breakfast user group meeting...
  • Silverlight, DeepZoom and Playboy – who’d have thought?

      I was just reading Martha Rotter’s blog & came across this post I Never Thought I’d Be Blogging About Playboy. Turns out there’s a really good Silverlight application out there that uses DeepZoom to let you view 53 old issues of Playboy magazine...
  • Windows 7 Installation / Dual Boot: Boot from VHD is the best method.

    So you’ve got your Windows 7 DVD and aren’t too sure what to do with it.  You’re happily running Windows Vista and when you run the Windows 7 setup you get as far as here and stop. The problem is that you don’t want to do an upgrade or a clean install...
  • Windows Server 2008 Updates Announced

    This past week in LAs Vegas Microsoft held the Mix Conferences and a number of big announcements were made at the event. Mix is for developers and graphical professionals so what possible announcements could come from this conference that impact IT Pro...