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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

May, 2007

  • Measuring my ReadyBoost...

    For those of you who haven't heard of ReadyBoost, where have you been? Only kidding, it's not the most common term, so I'll explain. Essentially, without going too deep and technical, ReadyBoost is a technology in Windows Vista that boosts the performance...
  • Vista: Indexing Shared Network Directories and FAT Drives...

    Now this is a really useful download for those of you who want to be able to index the content that is on a shared drives, or FAT drives. It's a free download from Microsoft.com, and after it is installed, go to the Start Menu, type "Index" and one of...
  • Nearly 80% of business PCs ill-equipped for Vista upgrade?

    James forwarded this article on to me a few weeks back, and it's been sat gathering a bit of dust in my inbox, but now is the time to respond. The article was found on the AppleInsider website (what were you doing on there James...?) and opens with "...
  • When is 20gb, 13gb?

    We've just finished the 2nd of 2 Vista: After Hours events, here at the Microsoft Campus in Reading, and one of the questions that we had (and trust me, there were flipping loads!) was around the Xbox 360 and it's 20gb hard disk. Now, we all know that...
  • Cool Vista App - The Daily Mail eReader...

    I've been meaning to blog about this for ages and today is the day. I've tried to embrace as many cool Vista applications and gadgets as I possibly can, but I don't have time to use and write about them all, and what with WPF and now Silverlight gaining...
  • Help! Media Center's lost my content!

    As I'm sure you are aware, last week, myself and James put on the first of two Vista: After Hours events, in Leeds. After the event, I had a brief conversation with Simon, from Simple-PC around Media Center in Vista. Simon informed me (I was so tempted...
  • Vista: After Hours - Follow Up...

    Firstly, a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who came along to the 2 events that James and I put on last week in Leeds and Reading respectively - we had an absolute blast doing them, and from the feedback, many of you guys had a great time, and took a lot away...
  • Mail Merge: 2007 Office vs. OpenOffice.org 2.2.0 - Parkesy Style...

    Say, for example, I'm a busy kinda guy (I am, honest!) and I need to send out a mail shot to all the clients in our database. I'll use a mail-merge, and take the addresses straight from our backend SQL database. Simple, you'll say, just use the wizard...
  • Hands on with Longhorn Beta 3

    Really quick post - just thought you'd be interested to read a review of Longhorn Beta 3 . The review is by Computerworld and covers topics such as Virtualisation, Server Manager, Terminal Services, Server Core, IIS7, Branch Office, Security Enhancements...
  • Microsoft Partner? Questions about Windows Vista?

    We are offering UK partners the fantastic opportunity to talk directly with one of/a number of Microsoft Europe’s leading Technology Specialists in a series of online Q&A sessions. These sessions will seek to answer the nitty gritty questions you...
  • Accessibility in Windows Vista

    There has been a hell of a lot done in Vista to improve the accessibility side of things, but unless you require some of these improvements, how do you know they are there, and what they do? Do your customers require these kind of features? Would it not...
  • Windows Server "Longhorn" Training and Certification (Worldwide)

    This is something that I'm incredibly interested in, and the sooner it comes along, the better! Well, here's the info on the certifications... For MCPs only - Preview of Windows Server "Longhorn" certification plans and roadmap to help your certification...
  • Windows Vista User Account Control - Going Deep...

    The guys at Channel 9 posted this video a while back which details the inner workings of UAC, also known as User Account Control. Ever since the early beta's of Vista, there have always been questions around UAC - the typical ones I receive are around...
  • Office Live on the Partner Portal

    Just a quick post to let you know that there is now a section on the UK Partner Portal dedicated to Office Live. It details the following information: • When to offer Office Live on it's own • When to offer Small Business Server on it's own • When to...
  • Fancy some Vista tips and tricks?

    I've just got back from my holidays (Yes, I do take some!), and one of the many emails sitting in my inbox was from a chap called Nick Zara, who has written a number of articles over at Windvis.com. Windvis.com is aimed mainly at beginners and intermediate...
  • Hands up - who's confused by Virtualisation licensing?

    Me! However, we have a solution! Kudos to James for forwarding this link on to me - it's actually an incredibly nifty, and useful tool! The Virtualisation (ok, Virtuali z ation for those in the US) Calculator comes in 2 flavours, namely, Calculator 1...