The Virtual World of Peter Fitzsimon

  • Hyper-V Exam 70-652 beta

    Ok, so earlier this week I sat the Hyper-V beta exam. Beta exams are a full suite of questions, in this case 75 questions which are then used to determine the question set for the official exams. You don't find out how you went until the results of all...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 beta now available

    SCVMM 2008 is the next version of SCVMM that allows the management of multiple virtualization platforms including Hyper-V, Virtual Server and VMware ESX. Microsoft have just released a beta version of SCVMM 2008 via http://connect.microsoft.com ...
  • Virtual PC 2007 SP1 is now available

    When Virtual PC 2007 was released last year, Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 were not around, but now that they are available Microsoft has done an update to improve support for these new or updated Operating Systems. The 32 bit versions Windows...
  • Windows Server 2008 & Vista SP1 support update for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    When Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 was released last year, Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 were not around, but now that Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 are here, Microsoft has done a small update to ensure full support as both host and guest for these...
  • Modifying the All Users profile in Vista or Windows Server 2008

    Ok, so I just spend a few whistful hours trying to work out how to modify the "All Users" profile on a Windows Server 2008 system. I wanted to add a program to run at login (e.g. in the Start Menu|Programs|Startup directory) for all users that login,...
  • MSTSC /console is now MSTSC /admin

    Just rebuilt my Vista machine with an RC1 version of Vista SP1 and got caught by this one. In both Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, the Remote Desktop Program has been updated to version 6.1 (6.0.6001) and one of the changes is that the functionality...
  • Hyper-V beta is here .... early

    So the big news at the end of last week was that the Microsoft Hyper-V beta is out and publically available with Windows Server 2008 RC1 .... nearly 2 months early. You can get full details surrounding the release here http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008...
  • "How to" Deploy SCVMM Videos

    There are some great videos on now available on "How to" deploy and leverage some of the functionality in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). Topics include How to Deploy a new Virtual Machine, How to do a Physical to Virtual Migration, How...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager gets momentum

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) officially released last month and already there are several projects taking off around managing virtualization environments with SCVMM. I have been asked many questions about where is the best information...
  • SCVMM Licencing information now available

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) will be licensed as part of the Enterprise Edition of the System Management License (SML). You can read more about System Center licensing at http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/howtobuy/faq.mspx The...
  • Microsoft runs over a 1000 Virtual Machines

    Here's a great article based on an interview with Devin Murray, Microsoft's Group Manager for Utility Services who run the servers in Microsoft's Datacenters. http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9020679&pageNumber...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is released

    Yee Hah .... the long awaited SP1 update to Virtual Server 2005 R2 has released yesterday. SP1 brings in some great new functionality and improves the ability of Virtual Server to be managed by coming products such as System Center Virtual Machine...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) beta 2 is now available

    Its old news now, but System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) beta 2 is now available from http://connect.microsoft.com SCVMM is a great tool to help you manage a farm of Virtual Servers from a single machine with a single view of all Virtual...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Release Candidate is available

    Work is progressing well on Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Virtual Server 2005 R2. A release candidate, build number 579, has recently been released to http://connect.microsoft.com so grab it if you are playing with Virtual Server. We not too far away from...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager beta 2 is less than 45 days away

    I get lots of great questions around when will System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) beta 2 be available. People who have played with beta 1 are now eagerly awaiting beta 2 to test out some improved functionality such as P2V. Late week at MMS...
  • New Virtual Desktop Licencing

    There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes for a good few months now to develop an updated Wiindows Desktop licencing scheme to make it easier for organisations to implement centrally hosted virtualized desktop environments. Microsoft have...
  • New SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition Licensing for Virtualization

    Microsoft have updated its licensing use rights for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition to better fit virtualization scenarios. Checkout the details at: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/virtualization.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/sql...
  • Windows Server Virtualization makes an appearance

    Windows Server Virtualization (WSV) is the next version of Microsoft's Server Virtualization technology. Internally we have been drooling over this video for a week but it has finally gone public on Soapbox. Check it out, it is truely spectacular. ...
  • Disaster Recovery made easy

    Virtualization is one of the great enablers for cost effective disaster recovery environments, and Microsoft's Virtual Server and Platespin's PowerConvert combine to make Disaster Recovery easy. There is a great new whitepaper developed by Platespin...
  • Virtual PC 2007 has released - still a free download

    The much anticipated Virtual PC 2007 has finally released - and its still a free download. Major improvements in VPC 2007 include support for the new hardware virtualization assistance technologies (INTEL-VT and AMD-V) available on newer desktops and...
  • Great new Windows Server Virtualization License Calculator

    Checkout the new Windows Server Virtualization License Calculator up at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/calculator.mspx This tool can help you identify whether buying Enterprise Edition or Datacenter Edition of Windows...
  • Microsoft Case Study Website

    The Microsoft Case Study website has had a bit of a revamp to make it a bit easier to use. Check it out if you need to find some good case studies. http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
  • My new Role in the Global Solutions Technical Team (GSTT)

    Well after 9 years as a Microsoft "Technology Specialist" but being more a "generalist" I now have a new role where I genuinely am a "Technology Specialist" focussing on Microsoft's Virtualization Technologies. I have joined the newly formed Global...