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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

October, 2006

  • Windows Experience Index - 4.2 - on a laptop!

    Can you beat this? An index score of 4.2 on a laptop!!! Do you to know which laptop I used to achieve this score? Well, here you are... Say hello to the Alienware Aurora m9700 - quoted as being the Ultimate Gaming Notebook, with 1gb of graphics...
  • Partitioning Vista...

    Say you've got a nice new machine, with a 100gb hard disk, efficiently running Windows XP, but what if, for one reason or another, you want to split that hard disk into multiple partitions. What are some of the reasons you would want to create multiple...
  • Running Virtual Server on Vista

    Here at Microsoft, there are regular questions flying around about the settings needed to run Virtual Server on Vista. Many people think they have set it up correctly, only to be presented with problems such as not being able to load the admin page etc...
  • Windows Media Player 11 - Alive and Kickin'

    It's been coming for a while , and for those of you using Vista, you've had the pleasure of it for a long time now, but Windows Media Player 11 is finally here, and, in my opinion, its a huge step up from WMP10. I posted a while back, when the Beta 2...
  • Defragmenting Vista....

    Following up on my post the other day, about partitioning and disk management in Vista , so I thought I'd build on that by revealing a little tool that a colleague has found, that you may find useful. Now, before you fly off the handle, judging by the...
  • Could I interest you in Vista 5744 a.k.a RC2?

    *** Update 11/10/2006 *** - Unfortunately, Vista 5744 downloads for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active. We were bowled over by your response to RC2 -- in fact, we hit our download target (200K+) within...
  • Futures made of Virtual PC...

    Apologies for the shameless plug of a Jamiroquai hit of yesteryear, but I thought it was an ideal way to talk about the fact that Virtual PC 2007 Beta is here, and it's available for you to download! What are you waiting for?? Without further adoo...
  • Yesterday: It's Coming. Today: It's Here!!!

    That's right, Internet Explorer 7 was coming quicker than I thought! It's available now for download ! Unfortunately at present, the download is only available in English, but other languages will be available soon. As I mentioned a few days ago ,...
  • MS CPU's, 100GB Hard Disks and the Media Center Extender...

    I read a couple of interesting announcements yesterday, both around the Xbox 360. The first, over on GameDaily Biz , talks about the fact that, as we know, Microsoft is already working away on the next version of the Xbox, but also that the chip that...
  • Hot Stuff! - Add-Ons for Internet Explorer...

    So, you've just heard that Internet Explorer 7 is available for a free download, right here, right now . But then what? What else can you do with it, apart from the cool stuff that you get right out of the box? Well, check out this little goldmine, over...
  • Windows Vista Tips 'n' Tricks

    Now this is a site that I have just stumbled on, and I'm not sure how many people out there know about it, so I thought I'd take the chance to share it with you! So, where is it and what is there? Well, the site is over at http://www.windowsvistatnt.com...
  • Blinkx and you'll miss it!

    Now, you may (or may not!) have heard about a certain $1.65billion deal uniting a certain search company (OK, among other things...) and a certain video site, but, that isn't the only video related deal that has taken place over the last few days. " On...
  • Vista Boxes: You gotta love those curves...

    Forget J-Lo, check out these curvy beauties: At least we have a box that represents the style of the product! It's a cool product when installed, so why shouldn't it have a cool box to sit on the shelf! From the pictures over on the MS.com image site...
  • Caption Competition - Time for a chuckle...

    Completely Vista-unrelated (but it is still technology!), yet when I saw this, I had to make sure you guys saw it too. I stumbled upon it when reading my RSS feeds - it's taken from Technology Filter , and is apparently an "early prototype" of a gaming...
  • Microsoft and Zend Announce Technical Collaboration

    There has just been an announcement detailed on the Microsoft PressPass and also the http://port25.technet.com/ sites, providing details on the Technical Collaboration between Microsoft and Zend Technologies. This collaboration, announced at the Zend...
  • Vista RC2 Software Compatibility List

    I saw this post over at David Overton's blog , which provided a link to the Vista RC1 Software Compatibility List, however, after following the link, I found that there was in fact a Vista RC2 Software Compatibility List, so, for your viewing pleasure...
  • Hypervisor? Say what?

    Now, with Windows Server Virtualisation just around the corner, (Beta 1 is scheduled for the end of this year) a few of you may be wondering what the main differences are going to be between this, next generation virtualisation , and what is currently...
  • Who’s Carmine again?

    Now you may or may not have just read a post I wrote about Window Server Virtualisation, which detailed what is on the horizon in the Virtualisation space from Microsoft, what this crazy term ‘Hypervisor' means, and what the benefits it can bring to your...
  • Connecting Customers with Partners...

    I've been meaning to mention this for a while now, so here it is! In a nutshell, the Microsoft UK Partner team has been hard at work on 2 incredibly useful tools, with one being aimed at UK Partners, and another being aimed at potential customers, who...
  • ZuneUpdate

    So, what’s happened since I last posted about Zune? A hell of a lot, so it’s about time I caught up, right! Well, what do we know so far? It’s being built by Toshiba, it will come, initially, with a 30Gb capacity, and will have a number of cool, and useful...
  • Sync up with Windows Mobile Device Center

    To coincide nicely with the release of Vista RC2 just the other day, Microsoft has released the 3rd beta of the Windows Mobile Device Center, so, for all you Vista users, who have a Windows Mobile device, either 2003 or WM5, get on over to the download...
  • It's coming....IE7 I mean!

    I was reading Mr Overton's blog a week or so ago, and found a great post about the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7. Did you know that the final release of IE7 is going to be available this month to download? Did you also know that, after a few...
  • Register now for Business Evolution 2006...

    Are you ready for Microsoft's biggest launch ever? The combined launch of Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 is the biggest single investment Microsoft has ever made. It's also the biggest business opportunity we've ever...
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack for Software Assurance

    The guys over at the Windows Vista Team Blog have made an announcement today, which relates to some of the acquisitions we have made over the last few months, such as Softricity, Winternals, DesktopStandard, and AssetMetrix. But, you may be thinking,...
  • IT Pro? Got Virtualisation Skills?

    If you are an IT Pro, and you are interested in the kind of skills needed for Virtualisation, then there is a great article over at SearchServerVirtualisation.com , which covers just that. Now, anyone from a Virtualisation background will understand the...