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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

March, 2008

  • Windows Server 2008 Certification Information

    There were a couple of Windows Server 2008 Live Meetings recorded a while back covering Certification and the new Certification model around the 2008 launch wave.  If these are of interest to you, the details are below: Certification 101: Getting...
  • Managing Hyper-V from Vista SP1

    Now, I'll be honest here, I've been out of the office a hell of a lot recently, and haven't even had chance to upgrade my Hyper-V box from the beta to the Release Candidate that shipped last week!  I intend to get this done w/c 7th April, after a...
  • Installing Hyper-V RC0 from Scratch - Running Order...

    If, like me, you're intending to rebuild your test/dev environment and you are thinking of enabling Hyper-V, what's the best way to ensure you have all the latest, correct bits, installed in the right order?  Well, here's the order that's being recommended...
  • Useful Upcoming Partner Live Meetings - Virtualisation

    Virtualisation: Selling to the Technical Decision Maker Microsoft provides a comprehensive set of virtualisation products, tools, and services that span from the datacenter to the desktop. Our offerings cover server virtualisation with Hyper-V, application...
  • Case Study: Terminal Services 2008 and Internal Access, without VPN :-)

    One of the things that more and more people I speak to, find really interesting in Terminal Services 2008, is the Terminal Services Gateway - new in Windows Server 2008. "Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) manufactures and sells paper products...
  • Windows Server 2008: Interesting Case Study

    One of the many interesting case studies floating around the web features the University of California, Berkeley, and how they used Windows Server 2008, among other technologies, to tackle their management and security concerns in their complex IT environment...
  • How Microsoft does IT: Windows Server 2008

    There's some great examples on the web around how Microsoft is reaping the benefits of implementing Windows Server 2008, and I thought it would be worth sharing. Microsoft IT’s Top Five Management and Operations Features in Window Server 2008 Microsoft...
  • Wave 2008 Launch - Virtual Launch Site Live!

    I've just noticed that George has blogged about this, so I thought I'd give it a mention too. Watch the launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 from your living room In addition to the launch event on 19 th March in Birmingham...
  • Hyper-V - UK Training - Book fast! :-)

    We've just announced a couple of 2-day training sessions for the upcoming Microsoft hypervisor-based virtualisation solution, Hyper-V. Date Course Location Time 10th / 11th April Virtualisation - Implementation & Migrating...
  • News Flash - Hyper-V Release Candidate!!!

    "Reaching the next major milestone in virtualization development, Microsoft Corp. today made broadly available a feature-complete release candidate of Microsoft Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization software available with various versions of Windows...
  • Belgium: Here I come!

    Yep, that's right, I'm off to Belgium in the morning, on the Eurostar, to present the closing keynote session at the Belgium 'Heroes Happen Here' Launch event!  It's a real privilege being invited by Arlindo , who's been helping to coordinate the...
  • Demo Showcase 2008 Preview

    If you're a Microsoft Partner, and you're talking about Microsoft technologies to your customers, Demo Showcase is a fantastic tool to have in your kitbag.  Demo Showcase enables you, as a Partner, to carry round a number of ready built demo's, to...
  • Things I like in IE8, so far...

    Just highlighting a word, and then using the floating conditional Activities toolbar (kind of like the one in Office 2007) presents me with a number of options based on my selection.  Choosing 'Map with Live Maps' brings up a snapshot of the location...
  • NAP & Forefront Client Security - Great Integration from the Client to the Server...

    Video: NAP Video Blog: NAP Forefront Client Security Jeff Sigman, Senior Program Manager for Network Access Protection in Corp, US, has recorded a really cool video of integrating NAP with Vista & Forefront Client Security.  Now you could say...
  • Windows Server 2008: Case Studies

    Are you interested in reading about some of the organisations out there who've bitten the bullet and gone ahead and deployed Windows Server 2008 in production? Well, there's a list of them right here: https://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us...
  • Windows Essential Server Solutions: Part II

    OK, so this is the sequel (not SQL) to my previous post, Windows Essential Server Solutions: Part I , and this time, were taking a look at the bigger, more powerful, slightly older brother of Small Business Server 2008; Windows Essential Business Server...
  • Are you unhappy with your virtualisation management?

    Well, there's a poll that's been carried out by Netuitive that suggests a high proportion of IT Pro's out there are. http://vmblog.com/archive/2008/03/03/netuitive-survey-shows-vmware-users-unhappy-with-current-management-tools.aspx Now, I'm not going...
  • Review of System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    Nice review of SCVMM over at ZDNet.co.uk - http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/enterpriseapplications/0,1000001814,39352978,00.htm?r=3 "We had very few problems putting Virtual Machine Manager 2007 through its paces and were impressed with Microsoft...