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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

April, 2007

  • Network Location Settings in Windows Vista

    Home vs Work vs Public? Ever wondered what happens when you choose one of these selections the first time you connect to a new network? Vista is clever. We all know that. In this case, Vista has the ability to automatically configure security and other...
  • SCVMM - the worlds longest acronym?

    Nope, Adcomsubordcomphibspac is the longest English one (apparently, and it's a Navy term, standing for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command) but SCVMM comes pretty close. Needless to say, it's a mouthful. System...
  • Windows Vista: After Hours...Live and Uncut...

    I mentioned the other day about a couple of TechNet events that James and I are doing in a couple of weeks time, and I thought I'd spill the beans a little more on what we will be covering in the sessions. Just a note before I continue - this stuff if...
  • Windows Vista Ultimate and WSUS

    Just a quick one this time ("We've heard that one before" I hear you cry!) about Windows Vista Ultimate and WSUS. What is WSUS I hear you ask? Well, it stands for Windows Server Update Services and essentially, allows administrators to deploy updates...
  • Windows Vista: Customising the Welcome Center

    Do you build systems? Once you have shipped the machine out of the door, do you have any contact with that customer again? Do they have any knowledge of how you may be able to help them in the future? Are they aware of any of the other services you offer...
  • Longhorn Server: Server Core Roles

    With Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Beta 3 just around the corner, I thought it would be an apt time to take a quick look at one of the new deployment options in Longhorn Server, namely, Server Core. As we all know, High Availability is top of a lot...
  • Web Developer? Get in the MIX!

    With MIX 07 in Las Vegas only days away, I thought it would be a good chance to talk about a particular website that has been created in conjunction with MIX 07. The MIX University is your one stop shop to get really switched on around Microsoft's web...
  • Desktop Virtualisation and Diskless PC's...

    Right, I'll be honest. I didn't know what a diskless PC was before starting to write this post, and perhaps you don't either, but, It's important you do know about them, and how we licence them. In an IT infrastructure, what are some of the biggest headache...
  • Open XML: I SO need your support ;-)

    Interoperability, Choice and Open XML. Over the past year, Microsoft has done a hell of a lot to try and ensure that our products inter-operate with other products, not necessarily produced by Microsoft, out of the box, without the need for the user to...
  • It's a new day. It's a new office.

    That's right, it's a new day, and a new office . I only found out about this new launch website yesterday, but after having a quick look around it, I'd definitely recommend people having a look around it too. It doesn't just hit you with the facts, i...
  • Upcoming TechNet Events: Longhorn, Vista, SQL and more...

    Right, listen up - loads of events coming up for May and June, all free of charge, and all packed with useful information. If that's not enough, James Senior and I are presenting both of the "Vista After Hours" events, where we'll take a look at the really...
  • Windows Vista Meeting Space: Step by Step

    Another (fairly) quick post all about Windows Vista Meeting Space. If you are using Vista in an environment which requires you to collaborate with other people, the Meeting Space functionality is a brilliant tool. For instance, myself and a colleague...
  • UK Partner Learning Centre - New and Improved!

    I should have put this on my blog ages and ages ago, but didn't get round to it, so here it is! This has been live for about 3 months now (so there should be loads of content on there, hence why I delayed the blog post... :-p) and is a great resource...
  • The one about Google, Live Search and God...

    Thanks to Mr Clayton for forwarding this one on. Made me chuckle :-) I'm sure some people out there would say that Google can help you to find pretty much anything, and to be fair, in my Pre-Microsoft days, I did use Google, as MSN at the time just didn...
  • Windows Server "Longhorn" - Beta 3 is here...

    That's right. It's here . I've been using the Beta 3 of Longhorn Server for a while now, and it is pretty darn stable - in fact, I've not had a single problem with it - admittedly, I haven't put too much strain on it, but the fact that a complete novice...
  • Getting your head around Virtualisation...

    Probably the quickest post I have ever written - thanks to Mr Akrigg for this link. CNET News.com have written a very useful 2 pager on Virtualisation, trying to help you and I get our head around it more but also providing information on who the main...
  • Longhorn Server - Newly Released Virtual Labs for Partners

    Longhorn Server is coming. In fact, Beta 3 is just around the corner, and not everyone will have the choice of blowing a machine and installing it bare, to play around with, or dual boot. One option would be to run it in a Virtual PC, which, as we all...
  • Windows Vista: Your perfect demo environment...

    Would you like to effectively demo Windows Vista to your customers? Would you like to be as happy doing so as this lady in the picture? OK, so you don't need to hold your screen above your head to give an effective demo, but there are a few guidelines...