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  • Blog Post: Hyper-v and Snapshots (Part 1)

    We often talk about "rolling back" to a snapshot, but here, some of the snapshots we can apply aren't simply forward or backward, hence Hyper-V talks about applying snapshots. It also talks about Deleting snapshots which causes some confusion. Deleting a snapshot means foregoing the ability...
  • Blog Post: The Virtual Mac - a little idle speculation

    Apple's " Boot camp " software has created a big stir , hasn't it? Apple is a leader in industrial design: which is why my wife has an iPod Nano - the iPods have a magic to their design which no-one else seems able to match. The number of things which borrow from the original iMac design shows how...
  • Blog Post: A Nice little Milestone for my PowerShell Hyper-V management library

    As is the way for these things I never wrote in a diary "Started work on a  PowerShell management library Windows 2008 Hyper-V " I know that I first showed it during April's road show and so it must have begun in March. In June I opened up a site on Codeplex for it and the first version...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Virtualization round-up

    A few days ago I blogged about a Longhorn Server Virtualization video featuring Jeff Woolsey. I said then that Jeff is great at being clear about what should be public and what shouldn't, " Please forward this to friends/family/customers and children of all ages. " Jeff has sent mails today which also...
  • Blog Post: A little more on PowerShell

    I've been showing PowerShell on the roadshow, and Steve warning me about it becoming the "Look-how-clever-I-am-with-PowerShell show". Actually, I quite like the idea of a "Look-how-clever-PowerShell-makes-you show". Working on some of bits and pieces of PowerShell for managing hyper...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization road show

    Earlier in the week we took the virtualization tour over the Irish Sea. Tuesday was Belfast – and with the snow, getting there was quite a challenge. I felt ill all day and didn’t think I’d delivered the content as well as I should have, but the feedback forms were really positive, better than I thought...
  • Blog Post: Looks like September for SCVMM

    The most senior Microsoft person ever to tell me off for something did so for my repeating of something which was circulating at IT-Forum last year - that there was a plan to sync up the release of the new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Hyper-V. Obviously the two product teams want...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V PowerShell library - now on Codeplex

    I've decided to go ahead and post the PowerShell library I have been working on to Codeplex . I wanted to explain various bits of it here before pulling it all together, but that is taking more time than I wanted. I've provided early copies to a few people - John Kelbley  used them to good effect...
  • Blog Post: More on VMware and YouTube

    A few weeks back I posted about VMware’s conduct in posting a video which of some tests which appear to bring on a crash in Hyper-V. No company is all good or all bad, not Microsoft, not VMware. But I did say in response to one of the comments VMware shows all the signs of running scared. The thing is...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and the smarter command line.

    I mentioned I was doing some PowerShell work to manage configuration on the R2 versions of Windows Server 2008 Core and Hyper-V server (which now support PowerShell), and somebody in Redmond asked me if I knew  there were tools out there to do this job. … I was thinking about how we find stuff,...
  • Blog Post: Screencast and Q&A: Hyper-V integration components Disk and Network behaviour

    I had a really nice mail over new year from an influential IT Pros with more than a passing interest in Virtualization. It would be unfair to identify him, but I was very pleased to read "Yours is always one of the blogs I point our staff toward to get up to date information and idea of how the various...
  • Blog Post: It is done.

    Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 have released to manufacturing . Actually it caught me by surprise because I was expecting it to happen later this week. Alex Hinrichs breaks the news on the Windows Server blog with pictures of the "Ship room" where the decision is made. Over on the...
  • Blog Post: Open Specification Promise.

    In a previous posting I've talked about adobe and their DNG (Digital Negative) format. I said at the time 'A few people were suspicious of Adobe's motives for DNG, but their licence "grants all individuals and organizations [the right] to make, have made, use, sell, import and distribute Compliant Implementations...
  • Blog Post: Sophos error: facts not found

    Having begun my previous post with an explanation of “ I have a professional disregard for …” it bubbles up again… Quite near were I live is the headquarters of Sophos, as a local company I should be well disposed to them but I’ve had occasion before now to roll my eyes at what their spokespeople have...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization - never knowing where your next core comes from ?

    Returning from TechReady4 I've noticed some trends in how we are going to think about datacenters over the next few years. Moore's law just keeps on going (to everyone's surprise including Gordon Moore*). When I was a student in the mid 1980's I had to learn the Transputer programming language "Occam...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization announcements today.

    In another window I am listening to the desktop Virtualization hour which I blogged about yesterday. A couple of hours ahead of the broadcast we posted the press release on Press pass which contained the following detail of what we are announcing today. • New VDI promotions available for qualified customers...
  • Blog Post: Desktop virtualization update.

    On the MDOP blog there is an announcement   of new releases of both APP-V (which runs applications in a Virtualized “bubble” so they don’t clash with each other) and MED-V (which runs a centrally managed virtualized OS) App-V 4.6 can be accessed immediately via MDOP 2010 . Existing MDOP customers...
  • Blog Post: Doubts and Powershell, Hyper-V KeyValue pairs and Hash tables.

    I've said a number of times that I think technical people are rarely secure in their own abilities; that they have a demon on their shoulder who whispers "You're not really, that good" ... "They'll find you out one day". I was talking to a colleague this week who seems to be racked...
  • Blog Post: IE 8 is safest. Fact.

    Every now and then a news story comes up which reminds us that if people with bad intentions, even sensible people can fall into traps on-line. There was one such story last week where friends of the victim said she was “the sensible one” – if she wasn’t unusually gullible it could happen to anyone....
  • Blog Post: Longhorn Beta 2 also now out

    John Howard – who did this job before moving to the Virtualization group in Redmond - told me to look out interesting stuff at the WinHEC conference which is happening now. Bill Gates’ keynote is online now [the time differences and yesterdays travel mean I haven’t seen it myself yet] and according to...
  • Blog Post: Product life cycles (and Virtual Server 2005)

    It's always nice when someone says James O'Neill, IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, reveals that Virtual Server 2005 support will end in 2014 - except that then people come and demand to know why you're revealing product plans. So, lets start with a basic question . "Where do I go to find out when support...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-v Server , what is it exactly ?

    I’ve got multiple blog posts on the go in Windows Live Writer at the moment, one talking of the relative dearth of posts recently. Last week the folks at VMware put up another post about Hyper-V server and in it actually found something nice to say about me (even if they mis-spelled my name. double-L...
  • Blog Post: New Virtualization blogger

    After the response I got from people who wanted to be on the Windows server 2008 Virtualization TAP programme I know a fair few readers will be interest to know that the Virtualization team's blog at http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/ looks set for revival. Jeff Woolsey who I've mentioned and quoted...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and Telnet.

    I've got a backlog of posts at the moment. Steve and I have been getting ready for the Road-show, and Windows deployment services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Virtual Server Clustering, iScsi, dual booting Windows Server 2003 & 2008, and Windows Server Virtualization mean I could be hunch...
  • Blog Post: The Hyper-V API - Disks

    In an earlier post in this series (several posts ago now) I showed how the Msvm_virtualSystemManagementService WMI object can be used to configure resources in Hyper-V, and I started with the easy step of setting memory and CPUs which exist on a freshly created virtual machine. What about Network Cards...