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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

February, 2008

  • Hyper-V and USB...

    It works! OK, it's not native USB support, but, this piece of equipment will allow you to access USB devices from within your virtual machines, running on Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 etc There is an argument as to why you really need to give your...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Highly Recommended Reading...

    If you are thinking of adopting, deploying, or testing Windows Server 2008, these guides should prove very useful indeed: The Windows Server 2008 Reviewers Guide provides a comprehensive technical overview of the innovative features and functions that...
  • Don't wait for SP1 - whatever size your business is, now is the time to bite the bullet and upgrade to Server 2008.

    Not my words - Jon Honeyball's words, over at PC Pro, in his review of Windows Server 2008 :-) You don't need to wait for SP1 anyway Jon (as you state, later in the article), it already ships as SP1 to bring it inline with Vista SP1 :-) "Fortunately...
  • Vista: Prefetch vs. SuperFetch

    I was presenting at a Partner event on Friday, and in the Q&A session at the end, someone stumped me with a question about the difference between the Prefetch in XP, and SuperFetch in Vista... Well, there's a good answer here: http://news.softpedia...
  • Energy Saving Search? Captain Planet would be proud...

      Credit where it's due: "Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows;...
  • Windows Essential Server Solutions: Part I

    I stumbled on this site pretty much by accident ( http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/essential/default.mspx ) - I was looking around for information about our next generation Small Business Server, and didn't realise so much information about it had...
  • TechNet Spotlight - Windows Server 2008

    Some links to some great videos, taken from a selection of IT Pro events around the world: Windows Server 2008 Event Page: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotlight/event.aspx?id=87 Links to Session Videos: Windows Server 2008 Deployment Overview - Michael...
  • Server 2008 - Security features are a prime mover...

    There's a nice article over on Computerworld that highlights Security as being the key draw for IT Pros when it comes to Windows Server 2008.  For me, this makes quite interesting reading, as many people I speak to can't wait for things like Virtualisation...
  • Windows Server 2008 Training

    If you are interested in upgrading your current Windows Server 2003 Certifications, up to Windows Server 2008, this course may be of interest to you: Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Skills & Certification (Accelerated Learning) (6 Days) This course will...
  • Attracting Early Adopters to Server 2008...

    http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2008/02/22/229528/windows-server-2008-attracts-early-adopters.htm Short, but interesting article on Server 2008 and it's early adoption within a few customers, mostly focused around Terminal Services in Server 2008...
  • Long time no see...

    It's been a while, and I'm sorry.  Things have been busy, what with the launch of Windows Server 2008 round the corner, and the Microsoft Virtualisation steam train slowly building up momentum, things are getting really exciting, busy, but exciting...
  • Interesting post on Xen and it's x64 Hypervisor...

    http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/02/20/a-few-thoughts-on-xen/ I read Scott's blog as often as I can - he's got a lot of experience in the technology industry, and a hell of a lot more than me around Virtualisation!  Scott's got a lot of experience...
  • New Microsoft Virtualisation TechNet TechCenter

    For the techies among you, there's loads of great content on the whole suite of Virtualisation technologies here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/virtualization/default.aspx It's a great one-stop-shop for all things technical, around Hyper-V, Application...
  • Terminal Services 2008 - Getting more users on a box?

    <posh_Voice> It's all about the Dynamic Kernel Address Space, don't you know? </posh_Voice> Read all about it here: http://www.thincomputing.net/articles/one-reason-why-windows-server-2008-terminal-server-will-allow-you-to-get-more-users-on...
  • It's coming....TODAY

      http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/default.mspx  
  • TechNet Roadshow - Launch Wave 2008

    You may have attended a TechNet Roadshow in the past, and if so, you'll know that Steve , James and the team are demo-demons when it comes to presentations.  Firm believers that to really understand the benefits within a product, you need to see...
  • Webcast - System Center Virtual Machine Manager in the Real World...

    TechNet Webcast: Using Virtual Machine Manager and Windows PowerShell to Deploy HP Windows Server 2008 Academy Labs (Level 300) We have deployed 660 virtual machines for the student labs that are a key part of the week-long Academy. Provisioning and lab...
  • Real Control with Virtual Machine Manager 2007

    Again, something that's been sitting in a folder in my mailbox for a while is this link to an article by Edwin Yuen , a Technical Product Manager based in the US, who covers System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  Published in January, it's still...
  • What are reviewers saying about Windows Server 2008?

    Windows Server 2008 is Microsoft’s Leanest, Meanest Yet - eWEEK Labs’ Analyst Choice award, by Jason Brooks, eWEEK, 2/4/08 Windows Server 2008 – The Real Deal by Mario Morejon, CRN, 2/11/2008 Windows Server 2008 – RTM by Paul Thurrott...
  • Useful Virtualisation Blog - PlanetV12n

    Found this blog a few weeks back, and catch up with it every few days - it pulls together quite a few blogs from the Virtualisation world, including a few Microsoft blogs. http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/planet/v12n/
  • Microsoft UK Partner Community - Online

    Still in Alpha, but gaining momentum fast, is the Microsoft UK Partner Community - Online. "The Partner Community is a group of networks set up and managed by individuals, partner organisations and Microsoft employees. Our vision is to enable partners...
  • Deploying System Center Virtual Machine Manager in a SAN Environment

    I've had this sitting in my inbox for a while now, so I thought I would share it: "This topic discusses how SAN transfers work in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and how to configure your system for VMM to work in a SAN environment. You can deploy...
  • Microsoft UK Partners - Action Pack Clarification

    I blogged about the changes to the Action Pack a while back , but there was still a little confusion around the subject, so here's the lowdown: What is the Action Pack? The Action Pack is our quarterly toolkit of software and sales and marketing materials...