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A huge step in my Windows Vista journey

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   Starting tonight, the Toshiba Tecra M5 is once again my primary machine, and I will never go back to Windows XP. I have very recent builds of Windows Vista (#5520) and Office 2007 (#4414) installed on it, and I finally managed to get Virtual Server 2005 R2 installed and configured – it wasn't difficult; I just didn't have time to do it until now. So, I copied over our latest MOSS Demo VM files over to the secondary HDD, added the .VMC file to Virtual Server, and turned on the VM, which appeared to run slightly faster than it had done on Windows XP on this same laptop. Most likely it's because I was able to allocate 1280 MBs of RAM to the VM whereas on XP, I could only give it 1024 MBs. I would surmise from this simple fact that Vista manages memory significantly better than XP. Running the Demo VM was the very last thing for which I had routinely booted up Windows XP, so I'm very happy to say that I won't have to do that anymore. The M400 became my primary machine for a little while since it's pure Vista, but compared to the M5, it's significantly slower and has a shorter battery life.

   As for the availability of the MOSS Demo VM (I knew you would ask), my understanding is that we're going to make it available to MS Certified Partners via the Technical Demostration Toolkit (TDT) within the next 4-6 weeks. The Demo VM has been configured with a variety of SharePoint sites and prepopulated with plenty of relevant content. For example, the screenshot below shows the Records Vault feature that Ethan will be blogging about very soon on the our Record Managements Team Blog. I will be using my M5 to demo MOSS at the Advisor Summit Conference next week in Phoenix, so if you're going to be there, stop by the MOSS booth to say "Hi" and see a quick demo of whichever MOSS feature you're curious about.

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  • According to Lawrence Liu Microsoft will release a a demo with Microsoft Office Server System 2007 for Virtual Server as a .VMC and a virtual harddisk for Microsoft Certified Partners as a p...

  • So why the choice to go with Virtual Server on your laptop over VPC?

  • Dear Lawrence
    Do you know where can I find Mr. Fitz ppt please? I'm looking for his ppt 3 dayes but I can't find it! not on the "SharePoint Conference 2006 Slidedecks" ,I'm looking for WS201_Fitzmaurice
    Thanks a lot

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Saved my behind with this timely posting. Just blogged about this now on my own blog site http://www.mikeysgblog.com
    Thanks again :-)

  • Andrew, I like Virtual Server over VPC for two reasons: 1) it just seems to run faster and more reliably than VPC, and 2) the Virtual Machine Remote Control Client, which I can run anywhere and connect to my laptop or server.

  • Farvashan, all of the SharePoint Conference 2006 slidedecks are located at http://sharepointmvps.officeisp.net/spc2006. I don't recall Fitz presenting a session there. Was it from a different conference?

  • Hmm... I'd prefer to run VS on my laptop as well, but the web admin is always very sluggish and the VMRCC loses connections frequently (when connecting to machines on my own box) which is quite frustrating.

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