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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

June, 2007

  • Upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows Vista

    We had the first of our 'Ask the Expert' sessions this morning (you can still register for the others, here !) and there were a load of great questions - some even had us stumped! One of the questions that we were asked was around upgrading from Windows...
  • The BitLocker Command Line Interface...

    Are you aware of BitLocker and what it can do? If not, you can read a full lowdown here , however, in a nutshell, BitLocker is a new feature in Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate which prevents a thief who boots another operating system...
  • Windows Vista Embedded

    Now, I didn't even know this existed - I knew XP Embedded had been around for a while, but I wasn't sure that Microsoft were actually going to produce an Embedded version of Windows Vista, but they have, and you can get all the details from here . The...
  • The Search for YOUR Golden Image...

    Do you rebuild your machine regularly? Well, you shouldn't need to, becuase Vista looks after itself, however, when the need does arise, it's a bit of a pain. Not the actual Vista install process, oh no, the pain in the backside arises once you've finished...
  • Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 for Vista now available...

    I first blogged about the Windows Mobile Device Center back in October, when Vista was still in RC2, and the WMDC was in Beta 3. Well, now, Vista's RTM'd (I hope you know that already! :-)), and WMDC has been available for download for ages. For most...
  • Microsoft Virtualisation Licensing: Client and Server

    Licensing isn't the easiest thing to get your head around at the best of times, hence we release cool tools that enable you to build your virtual infrastructure and price it all up . We also release really long white papers which detail everything, but...
  • Fancy a new friend? Partner Bot is your man! Or woman. Or robot.

    Whatever! :-) The Partner team here in Reading have been working on this for quite some time now, and it's finally live! Even I contributed to some of the content! The Partner Bot is a robot contact that you can add to Windows Live Messenger, using the...
  • DSI, Windows Server 2008, Virtualisation and going Back to the Future...

    TechEd 2007 is well underway in Orlando, in the US (I wish I was there!) and already, there has been some cracking content already shown. So far, I've only had chance to watch the keynote by Bob Muglia, but I strongly recommend you watch it too. The video...
  • Developing on Office Live? Part II...

    I blogged 'Developing on Office Live ' a few weeks back, and highlighted a great blog by a chap called Darren Johnstone . Tim, who provided me with Darren's details, has also uncovered another Office Live nugget, which was recorded at this year's MIX07...
  • Developing on Office Live? This is for you...

    Tim, a colleague here at Microsoft UK, forwarded on a link to Darren Johnstone's blog , or more specifically, a link to the Office Live section of his blog . Darren has written a number of excellent posts on Office Live, specifically, developing for Office...
  • New Partner TV Video - Server 2008 and Virtualisation!

    If you haven't heard of these two technology areas, where have you been! Windows Server 2008 has just hit Beta 3, and is now available for public download for people to test. Let's make no bones about it, Windows Server 2008, will be the most secure,...
  • Windows Vista: Beta 2, RC1, and RC2 Expired Yesterday...

    Important notice for all those of you who haven't moved over to RTM (Release to Manufacture - Andy :-)) code, your pre-release versions have now expired. :-( Sorry! You should have been receiving notifications for about 2 weeks now, however, from yesterday...
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Backup in Vista...

    Have you used the backup facility in Windows Vista? What do you think about it? Did you prefer the way you could backup in Windows XP? I'm a little torn between - ideally, I love the simplicity of the Vista backup (I mean, which non-IT savvy users know...
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 now in Server Core

    Now, If you've read some of my earlier posts, or watched the TechEd webcast I recently posted about , you'll now know that another role has been added to Server Core, namely, IIS 7.0. For those of you who don't know, the Server Core installation option...
  • Are you the face of Windows Server 2008?

    Not sure if you've seen this website , but it's a pretty cool way to find out about Windows Server 2008. It's a pretty cool flash-based site (where's the Silverlight!), giving you information on how to download the Beta 3 of Server 2008, how Server 2008...
  • Windows Home Server RC Release - Go Go Go!

    Now, I've had my hands on this for a while, and it is superb. I'm not the only one who thinks that either. At our recent 'Vista: After Hours' event, both James and I were quite taken aback by the enthusiasm and demand that the product generated. However...
  • THAT Virtualisation video with THOSE features...

    Video: Longhorn - Windows Server Virtualization With the wonderful world of Virtualisation hotting up, I wanted to take the chance to explain and clarify a few things around Windows Server Virtualisation, and what was previously shown back at WinHEC in...
  • Is your organisation in tip-top condition?

    Is your organisation in peak condition? Is it operating as effectively as it possibly could? Could you be using some of the benefits that come as part of the Microsoft Partner Program to boost your business? Do you have a record of the benefits you are...
  • Do you know your WIM from your BDD?

    Deployment is something both James and I have been chatting about lots recently, and with good reason. According to the latest market analysis and forecasts from Gartner Group, and others, the worldwide PC market will see a significant migration to Vista...
  • Are you in control of your infrastructure?

    Are you in control? Do you know how to manage and secure your infrastructure? If not, these events could be a godsend for you! Basically, back in March of this year, the Microsoft Management Summit took place in San Diego, and is considered the premier...