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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

May, 2008

  • Getting my head around the Hyper-V architecture...

    Hyper-V is a very cool technology.  It's also a very complex technology, with a lot going on under the covers.  When I deliver sessions on Hyper-V, and I talk about the architecture, it's a difficult concept to discuss quickly, hence, hopefully...
  • XP SP3 in the public domain

    XP SP3 has been released into the public domain after a short delay.  Get all the info, and the updates themselves, by following this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsxp/0a5b9b10-17e3-40d9-8d3c-0077c953a761.aspx There's also an interesting...
  • Unattended installation of Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V RC0

    Useful blog post over on the Virtualisation blog, which covers unattended installs of WS2008 and Hyper-V, so you're ready to rock as soon as the install is complete.  Check it out here: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/07/unattended...
  • Now this is GENIUS - Server Core Configurator...

    If you are doing anything with Server Core in Windows Server 2008, you'll know that there are always certain tasks you need to do upon installation to enable things like remote connection, pinging etc etc.  Now, doing this from the Command Line is...
  • More on Hyper-V Storage...

    Jose pinged a great email across a discussion list a few days back, with this diagram in, which really helps to sum up Hyper-V's storage options with the most common scenarios: As you can see, there are a couple of more common scenarios.  The first...
  • Microsoft Licensing - FAQ Blog Feed!

    Microsoft Licensing is complex.  I think most people accept that! Since September, the licensing and response management teams have been working together to publish the answers to your top licensing queries. Every month, these FAQs are put together...
  • Managing Server 2008 from Vista SP1

    Not particularly new news, but it's been sat in my inbox for a while, and you may still find it useful. One of my demos I often show around Windows Server 2008 is Server Core; a scaled down version of the OS with a command line interface for local management...
  • Applying a 'Hyper-V Enabled' Image to a Physical Machine...

    How do you deploy Windows Server?  With Windows Server 2008, I typically install from the DVD, then, once complete, I connect to Windows Update, get the latest patches, then, I'll typically enable the Hyper-V role in Server Manager, reboot the machine...
  • Interesting article on the impact NAP is having...

    "Microsoft is winning the NAC war, expert says" Taken from the article: " ...the key is that people seem to be willing to let Microsoft take a leading role in NAC (Network Access Control). So we really focused on that: what comes built...
  • Kidaro is in the bag. I've seen the vision, and it rocks :-)

    The acquisition of Israel-based Kidaro was announced a couple of weeks back, and has just gone through.  The technology will be introduced in the near future, and will form part of the ever-expanding Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP) to...
  • Green Vista

    Vista's had quite a lot of negative press since it shipped, some justified, some not.  Some people who use it, love it, whilst others would much rather go back to XP.  The majority who would rather go back to XP, want to do so due to an initial...
  • New Microsoft Sales Toolkit

    Emma has just emailed this information through, and it's a useful addition to any Partner's arsenal, big or small.  For those of you who aren't familiar... What is the Sales Toolkit? The Microsoft Sales Toolkit is your partners’ source for...
  • Partner TV - System Center Videos

    James and Andrew from my team have been busy with the video camera (careful :-)) recording some more interesting Partner-TV videos.  The latest series of video's are focusing on System Center; Microsoft's management platform.  The guys have...
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 - 18 teraflops per second!

    Sounds impressive, right? If High Performance Computing (Built on Windows Server 2008) is your bag, you'd be wise to have a read of this: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Infrastructure/Microsoft-Tests-Speedy-New-HPC-Server/
  • Microsoft UK & IBM Virtualisation Events...

    I'm running a series of events in conjunction with Andreas from IBM (of YouTube fame ) where we discuss and demonstrate the Microsoft (and Partners) Virtualisation technologies. The idea for the day is all around Dynamic IT, and how Virtualisation, in...
  • Hyper-V RC1 now available to download!!!

    It's getting closer....! Get all the information from the Virtualisation Team Blog! http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/hyper-v-rc1-release-available-on-microsoft-download-center.aspx Important caveats to remember: Saved-state files...
  • Updates for Virtual PC 2007 & Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    Now that Windows Vista has reached the SP1 milestone, and, Windows Server 2008 has released, it's important to update your virtualisation applications to run in the most optimal way on the platforms.  Now, I know what you're going to say - why would...
  • Microsoft UK Partners - 26th June - A Virtualisation Briefing for YOU.

    Microsoft UK Partners - If you have an interest in Virtualisation, regardless of whether it's Microsoft Virtualisation or not, I'd strongly advise you to take the opportunity to come along to our Virtualisation Partner day that we're running at TVP in...
  • Windows Server 2008....SP1, already?

    You'll notice, from the image above, that Windows Server 2008 RTM is already listed as SP1.  Is this a good thing?  I think so.  Iain McDonald, of the Windows Server team, agrees, and explains how the Windows Server / Windows Client relationship...
  • Hyper-V: Processor Functionality?

    If you're using Hyper-V, and you've gone into the settings for a Virtual Machine, under the CPU section, you may have seen this: What does this mean?  How do you 'limit processor functionality' and what exactly is being 'limited'? Well, these blog...
  • VMware is 10 today...

    They may be a competitor, but there's no denying they've driven the Virtualisation industry forward massively over the last 10 years.  Virtualization.info has a brief, but interesting post talking about the last ten years.  It's hard to believe...
  • Failover Clustering in 10 minutes!

    Dave Northey , from Microsoft Ireland, has recorded a cracking little video where he shows the ease with which he can create a highly available file server, built on the Failover Clustering technology in Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise and Datacenter...
  • SBS & EBS Videos

    James unearthed a couple of beauties from YouTube, which take a comical, yet informative look at the next generation of Server Suites, namely, Small Business Server 2008 and Essentials Business Server 2008 . Nice find James :-)
  • Understanding Storage Explorer in Windows Server 2008

    Great post from Jose in the US, who discusses Storage Explorer, a great new tool in Windows Server 2008 to help you understand how your server SAN storage is configured. Read the full post here .
  • Step by Step Guide - Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CD828712-8D1E-45D1-A290-7EDADF1E4E9C&displaylang=en Useful whitepaper on setting up, and testing Hyper-V HA and Quick Migration.