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The Adventures of Justin Zarb and Dave Falkus in the Virtual Jungle

June, 2008

  • Using Windows 2008 EntEd Server Core with Hyper-V RC0, SCVMM 2008 Beta and XenDesktop

    I was chatting with “ Robin J Brandl ” who is a Microsoft Technology Evangelist with Citrix. Robin as one of these guys I just love to chat to…. passionate about technology, great technical depth and a good laugh!!!!! Robin and I where chatting on Virtualization...
  • Guess what's on Connect.... App-V 4.5 RC

    Get on line and log in and download the latest version of application virtualization 4.5 RC!!!! So lets all get playing and get posting! the latest release is awesome and I really like the new sequencer look and feel!!! This is up on http://connect.microsoft...
  • Converting a Windows 2000 P2V documentation

    I was asked this a few times when i was at TechEd last week and just thought this would be a handy little post. A couple of topics in the VMM 2007 TechNet Library may help you in converting them Windows 2000 Physical hosts to Virtual ones: · "Converting...
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Release Candidate is Now Available!!

    Andrew just posted this also on the App-V site that gives more info on the latest RC build! -------------------------------------------------------------- The Microsoft Application Virtualization team is very excited to announce that our version...
  • TechEd Orlando – Blogger's Lounge!

    So its kick off day in TechEd Orlando!!! And there will be loads on the go! I will try to report as much as I can for everyone out there in the great wide world! If you are at TechEd and have some time between 14:00 and 15:00 Today (Tuesday 10th) come...
  • Terminal Services Application Analyzer Beta

    For those that review connect often you may have already spotted this. But for others that check it out once in a blue moon “I have a recommendation for you”. There is a tool called the “Terminal Services Application Analyzer” which is a Beta tool on...
  • Using the Hyper-V Integration Components in WinPE – Mike Sterling

    I stumbled on this great article from Mike Sterling awesome stuff.  In addition to his blog which itself is a great read :) enjoy. The new architecture of synthetic devices with Hyper-V poses some unique challenges for system administrators. Specifically...
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.1 beta program

    May be old news but worth calling this out again! One of the most valuable tool for virtualisation is free and comes from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP), it's a capacity planning product that supports hardware and application...
  • Managing VMware with SCVMM

    Cheng posted a great post around managing VMWare with SCVMM Why should I use VMM to manage my VMware? In Rakesh's post , he talked extensively on why we decided to manage VMware. From customer value prop point of view, I just wanted to highlight one of...
  • Where should I look for Hyper-V Information?

    So your looking for information on Hyper-V and struggling for where to look! So I wanted to get a nice bit of compiled information that Jeff did....   Websites Microsoft Virtualization Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx...
  • Ittttttt's Heeeeeeerrrrreeee!!!! Hyper-V RTM

    As announced by Everyone! Its Shipped! Hyper-V is now officially released and available from Windows Update . Microsoft reaches a significant milestone for customers and partners with the release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization...
  • Microsoft Surface

    Microsoft Surface Microsoft's Surface touch operated "coffee table" computer will make its debut in the entertainment world at Harrah's casino in Las Vegas. So what is Microsoft Surface? Its a WPF application or a number of WPF applications...
  • Beta Exam 70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

    I am one of these people that just like to be punished for nothing…… I love my work, I work late and I get beaten up by my mrs for working late, I take exams all over the place! And when I heard about the 70-652 at the beginning of the week myself and...
  • Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP)

    The Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) is open to any vendor who delivers a virtualization machine solution that hosts Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and subsequent service packs...
  • New Worldwide Site on our Environmental Strategy

    http://www.microsoft.com/environment/ (I will put a full time link for this on the left this week) In the UK we are very active in changing our environment and doing as much as we can to recycle and conserve are natural resources! I am a passionate believer...
  • Have a look at your Database!

    A really handy thing that I tend to do is review the database of the Softgrid 4.x deployment. The SoftGrid Database has a number of vital information. This information allows us to understand certain server configuration issues and the potential for client...
  • “The installation program was unable to read the SQL. upgrade files for the configuration database"

    This was the error message that confronted one of our TechNet Forum customers when they were trying to upgrade there VAS from 4.1.2.20 to 4.1.3.16. And its a really interesting issue! All you get when you try and upgrade is an error message saying...
  • Windows Server 2008 Solution Accelerators

    All, just wanted to call out this resource building on my pervious blog entry about MAP Windows 2008 Solution Accelerators Use proven guidance and automated tools in these Solution Accelerators to assess your hardware and deploy and securely operate Windows...
  • Event: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies - UK

    Are you from the UK?  Can you get to Reading?  If so you may want to attend this event Register NOW! Abstract: This event will take you through our latest management and Virtualisation technologies. We’ll start the day with a thought provoking...
  • App-V 4.5 RC Documentation

    One of the nicest things and probably one of the least acknowledge piece of any product is the documentation! The Team have done a great job of compiling all the little bits of knowledge in to a seriously good Deployment Guide .chm! The guides are full...
  • Microsoft Designing Application Virtualization on Server

    Now this will start some discussions out on the field! Bob Muglia discussed the future of a stateless application for the server infrastructure, Server App-V. Infoworld put a article up on this subject that I just wanted to highlight and get your minds...
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides - Now in Beta!

    This caught my eye specifically due to the System Center Virtual Machine Manager addition to the IPD guide! This is a great resource that can help you rapidly get to your end goal! ---------------------------------- System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Network Monitor Beta

    The networks monitoring team announcement the new beta of netmon. I use this tool frequently when troubleshooting dcrefresh issues and streaming problems that customers have. So when I saw the new beta, Just had to let you all know. Plus using the PID...
  • Gates from the beginning

    So tonight in the UK the BBC Money Programme take a look at Microsoft and Bill’s career BBC 2 - Friday 20 June 7:00pm - 8:00pm Overview Full marks to The Money Programme for landing an exclusive interview with Gates. He even lets the cameras in on meetings...
  • Bill Gates: Transitioning into the Future

    For those of you that I have had the pleasure to meet, one thing you would have noticed is that I love the company I work for Microsoft . I am glad that I share the same slightly ‘strange’ passion and obsession with my good friend Justin Zarb. This said...