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June, 2007

  • Virtualization Nation: Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

    Rich Swier has just published a book , in which he posits hitchhiking as the only experience that encompasses the same elements of starting your own business: fear, ambition, blind-trust, risk and true self-exploration. His blog has an interesting...
  • VMRCPlus: +1

    Get all the details and download link for the *unsupported* but-still-mighty-useful VMRCPlus app over on Keith's blog .
  • I Love this Company: Microsoft Gives

    Our local NPR radio station yesterday ran a call-in about charitable giving . One interesting factoid: the Puget Sound area has 8-10X the number of charity auctions as any other region in the country. In 2006, employees at Microsoft (more than 60%...
  • Virtualization Nation: The Way of the Mouse

    Here's a tip from a colleague if you are installing Vista on a blank VHD. You may have some trouble in that mousing does not work, 'cause VM additions are not installed yet. Print out the Vista keyboard shortcuts list and you will be good to go.
  • To Those Who Guard the (IT) Border: Spartans are nae feared

    Hats off to our own Microsoft security "grunts". According to the July 2007 issuePopular Science magazine they have the 6th worst job in science! " Like wearing a big sign that reads “Hack Me” The article says: "The people manning secure@microsoft...
  • Virtualization Nation: Host Refreshing Script

    A beta customer recently asked about the default refresh interval for VMM - after what amount of time should he see changes he's made on the host reflected in the VMM administrator console? By default the beta 2 interval for this is 30 minutes, but you...
  • Virtualize SQL?

    A VMM beta customer recently asked about consolidating 3 physical SQL servers that are not fully using server resources as VMs onto one host to save rack space and up the resource use efficiency. Microsoft has a March 2007 white paper on virtualizing...
  • Virtualization Nation: May I See Your ID Please?

    A beta VMM user noticed when looking at VM properties on the command line that some parameters are bracketed with "{}" and some are not. This is because VMM usually uses {} when the property is an array of items. For example, VirtualCOMPorts is an...
  • Agent-less *Free* Network Scanner Tells Your Vista-readiness

    The *free-as-in-beer* Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 1.0 is a tool you can run to find computers on your network (detailed WMI inventory) and tell you whether the computers can run Windows Vista, where to find drivers for devices on the computers,...
  • Virtualization Nation: Meet Newest Citizen

    The TechNet SoftGrid site is live, check it out at: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/softgrid/default.mspx and learn about application virtualization including: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack SoftGrid is a core component of the Desktop...
  • Seattle is Way Wired, Why Doesn't Live Know?

    I just picked up my first PS, the Nuvi 660. I am enjoying logging my favorite places in order to create and upload some POI files for others to use. One handy POI file to have is "where is the nearest coffee and wifi?". I found this great wiki listing...
  • Microsoft College Scholarships

    Kids are getting out of school for the summer. Got any thinking about college? You may want to check out our scholarship program .
  • Virtual Machine Manager: How to Copy Files from VM to Host or VM to VM

    A reader sent me an e-mail asking how to copy/paste between VMs. It depends on how much material you are trying to copy/paste. Seems like most people connect the VM to a virtual network that has external access and establish a network mapping. Then copy...
  • System Center TechCenter: Now With 100% More Tabage

    The new System Center TechCenter has launched at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/default.aspx . This is where you will find Virtual Machine Manager content after our Beta closes and the product launches. What do you think of the new UI? Leave...
  • Virtualization Nation: Where are the borders?

    This will go in the VMM FAQ for RTM, but in the meantime here is a rollup of the KBs defining support and virtualization: 897613:Microsoft Virtual Server support policy 897615: Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware...
  • Home Server RC is Here

    Home Server RC is available today on connect (requires signup) at: connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer - Some cool Add-Ins are already available: http://www.wegotserved.co.uk/whs-add-ins - Try the contest http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver...
  • Free VHDs Just Got Better

    How can the Free VHD program get better you ask? New free VHDs have been added (10 in all), such as: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Beta 2 and Windows Vista Enjoy.
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2 is live!

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2 is now available for download! DPM 2007 Beta 2 is designed to provide a best-of-breed protection and the most robust, reliable recovery experience for Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint. Try out...