Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while, will know about Virtualboy TV, and will also know that whenever you play a video from the site, it’s actually playing a video that’s hosted on Blip.tv. Blip.tv has been a great host for my videos – it’s given me high resolution, multiple distribution options, and no adverts, however, I’ve always had a drive to utilise as many Microsoft technologies as I can with Virtualboy TV, hence from this point forward, videos are going to be hosted in Silverlight on TechNet Edge.
Firstly, I believe that Silverlight has the potential to provide a more optimised streaming experience than the flash-based blip service I had previously. Take this example – I start watching a video on Blip, and I want to skip on by 10 minutes. I click further down the timeline, but the video doesn’t advance. You can only advance the video if the content has actually been already streamed to your machine (i.e. fully buffered up to the point you’ve clicked on the timeline). With the Edge service on Silverlight, I can click anywhere on the timeline, and off I go. It’s the simple things like this that streamline the experience.
Aside from Silverlight, Edge also converts to multiple formats, automatically, whereas with Blip, I would have had to pay to go ‘Pro’. Edge gives me loads of formats, automatically:
All of which you can download! I’ve taken 3 of the more popular formats, (WMV High, Zune and iPod) and placed them on each video page on my Virtualboy TV site, so you’ll see this at the bottom of each video page:
Back to Edge, if you want to see all of my videos in one place, you can go here: http://edge.technet.com/Tags/Virtualboy/ and what you’ll also notice is, that you can subscribe, RSS style, to either:
Do you need to change anything?
Well, you can update your RSS feeds if you prefer, but to be honest, whenever I add a new video to Edge, I’ll be embedding it into a blog post on here, so if you’re a current RSS / Email subscriber, don’t worry, you’ll get the info you need.
Stay tuned to Virtualboy TV for a plethora of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services videos, coming soon!
Many thanks for all the great vid's... I'm a long time VMware, Parallels and Linux XEN user but these videos showing of the new 2K8 R2 features has made me reimage my lab machine and give it a try. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to future videos.
Thank you so much for the kind words, and taking the time to post a comment. It's comments like this that make the whole thing worthwhile.
We all know training courses aren't cheap, and for people who want to learn about different areas of technology, it's sometimes difficult to find clear, easy to follow information, and hopefully, that's what I'm providing with VBTV.
Get ready to build some R2 VMs, as the Remote Desktop Services is something you won't want to miss out on! :-)