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Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings
If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions taking place at the same time, fear not! Over 160 sessions across 5 technical tracks are now available at Digital MMS. http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms You can take a Windows PowerShell crash course...
26 Apr 2012
Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Hyper-V Released
Get them while they’re hot! Download here: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 . This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3...
29 Jul 2010
It just does not get any easier than this. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a .vhd...
7 Oct 2009
Virtual Windows XP (and where did the UI go?)
Today I was getting ready to install the virtual lab for a SQL Server maintenance class I am taking, and since I am on Windows 7 RC, I figured it would be a good chance to try out the new version of Virtual PC and XP Mode. You can download both from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download...
14 May 2009
Can you say Virtualization?
It looks like this month’s TechNet Magazine is going buck-wild on Virtualization. October 2008 An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and...
17 Sep 2008
Performance Tuning for Hyper-V
It looks like the Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 document has been updated to include information on Performance Tuning for Virtualization Servers. As the Hyper-V RTM release is getting closer, this is good information to start reading now. What's New: •Added "Power...
17 Jun 2008
Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007
Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html . What's new? Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22 . GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called Cheese , improved network filesystem support, a...
18 May 2008
Installing OpenSUSE 11 in Virtual PC
It's that time again! Wife's away, and I'm installing Linux distros for fun. :) Feel free to click on any of the images below to see them at full size. Our friends at Novell recently released the second beta of OpenSuse 11 (although all the screenshots in this post are from Beta 1. ...
5 May 2008
Whence Shalt I Screencast?
Alright... back from a MUCH needed vacation, some crazy weather (hail in Seattle?), and I have started to recover from the black lung that my kids were nice enough to share with me. My new Samson microphone showed up as well, so I am ready to start recording some screencasts to share will all of you...
9 Apr 2008
Why can't I manage Hyper-V remotely?
A few weeks ago, I posted instructions on managing Hyper-V remotely from another Windows Server 2008 box that was not running Hyper-V. As I showed in that post, the "Features" screen should have an option for installing the Hyper-V Tools as you can see here: I heard from reader David (who kindly shared...
2 Mar 2008
Virtualization Tech Center
I see over on Matt's blog that we now have a Virtualization Tech Center up on TechNet. Not so pretty, but has lots of great information on all the virtualization technologies: Application Virtualization Microsoft Application Virtualization (formally SoftGrid) is the only virtualization solution that...
25 Feb 2008
TechNet How-to Videos
The TechNet Events Team has been hard at work recording "How-To" videos covering a wide variety of Microsoft Technologies, and they are now available in a single location up on TechNet. Click here for the main repository of TechNet How-to Videos . Here, you'll find informative "how-to" content aimed...
16 Feb 2008
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (and free Vista/Office)
If you have not played with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator, you really need to. It was awesome as the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool, and it is even better now that it adds support for Windows Server 2008, Virtualization, and Server Consolidation. If you read this...
19 Dec 2007
Even more Virtual PC/Server images
2007 Office System Demo and HOL Images This virtual machine demonstration environment contains almost 50 Hands-On-Labs, ~25 demos, and more than 10 software packages. A mere 50GB is needed on your hard drive to install this (large) image! Once you have walked through all of the Hands-On-Labs and demos...
14 Dec 2007
I would normally put up a great post with examples, pictures, personal stories, wit, and humor... but I am in class today and they are making us shut our laptops. Darn. In any case, AWESOME NEWS!!! The Virtualization team just released a version of Windows Server 2008 WITH the beta bits of Hyper-V (formerly...
13 Dec 2007
More Virtual PC/Server Images
The product groups have been going buck-wild releasing preconfigured Virtual PC/Virtual Server images for you to play around with! I mentioned a bunch of them in this post , and the master TechNet page is here . Keith , however, noticed a few more: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD - 1.8GB download SQL Server...
7 Dec 2007
Fedora 8 (werewolf) on Virtual PC 2007
My "Running Linux in Virtual PC" posts seem to be some of my more popular reading, so let's have a go at the recently released Fedora 8 (It's no longer Fedora Core). As with most distributions, if you try to install it right off the ISO, you will rapidly hit the "screwed up graphics"...
12 Nov 2007
Virtual Server HTTP 500 Error
There's probably a KB article about this, but I know the first time I ran into the problem above, it took me forever to find the solution, so I thought I would share it with you. If you install Virtual Server 2005 R2 (or SP1), and then Remote-Desktop to the Host Server, and pull up the Virtual Server...
23 Aug 2007
Fixing the mouse in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn under Virtual PC 2007
The show-stopping " mouse no-workie " issue when loading Ubuntu 7.04 under Virtual PC 2007 now has a workaround! Courtesy of the comments at Arcanecode : Use the RIGHT ALT + V to paste the below lines into Ubuntu. Much easier than typing it out. 1. Reboot in recovery mode by pressing ESC on the GRUB...
31 May 2007
Shipping is a feature too
I'll keep telling myself that... An update on the Viridian (Windows Server Virtualization) features and ETA can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/05/10/viridian-features-update-beta-planned-for-longhorn-rtm.aspx The News.com take: http://news.com.com/2100-1016-6182852...
10 May 2007
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r0 (etch) on Virtual PC 2007
The Debian site is not particularly easy to navigate, and I went in circles a few times before finding the download page that I was looking for: http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/debian-installer/ . The full DVD install is comprised of THREE 4.4GB DVDs. Apparently the kitchen sink is included with...
3 May 2007
Fedora 7 (Test 4) on Virtual PC 2007
Two months after my Fedora Core 6 install , I am giving the last test version of Fedora 7 a go. "Don't you mean Fedora Core 7?" Nope. The Fedora folks have finally removed the distiction between Fedora Core and Fedora Extras (which I never entirely understood). That should make it easier to add non-standard...
3 May 2007
Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in Virtual PC 2007
Another Saturday, another OS install... After having installed Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) in Virtual PC 2007 a few weeks ago here , I thought I would give the latest release a go. As you may recall, I ran into some problems with the last install, as Ubuntu defaults to 24-bit color, which Virtual PC 2007...
28 Apr 2007
System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2 released
I have previously noted that Beta 2 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager was on it's way. Tonight it dropped. Here is a preview of the major upgrades in this release (and this is just touching on a significant list of improvements and feature enhancements): Completely new, easy-to-use and intuitive...
25 Apr 2007
Virtual Server and Windows Server Virtualization timelines adjusted
From Mike Neil (Virtualization GM) on the Windows Server Blog : As the person who oversees the development plans, teams and strategy for Microsoft’s virtualization software on desktops and servers, I want to update everyone on the timing of our server virtualization offerings. I know that many of our...
12 Apr 2007
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