April 2009

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Release Candidates

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

The RC (final test) builds of Win7 and W2008 R2 are officially available via MSDN and TechNet as of this morning (a day earlier than expected).  They’ll be available to the general public next week (probably). I said “the” release candidates.  Looks like there won’t be a second RC [...]

Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)

April 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

SP2 for Office 2007 was released a few days ago – I missed the news because I’m snowed under with work.  You can read about the improvements.  That page also has some pre-installation reading that you should go through. Please follow and like [...]

Upcoming Windows User Group Events

April 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Irish Windows User Group will be running two events over the next 2 months.  The details are below.  Note that anyone outside of Ireland or not near these venues can still attend online using Live Meeting.  We’re also planning to host the recordings on a new Microsoft TechNet Ireland [...]

Flat Out!

April 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

I’m back in Ireland but I won’t be posting too much this week.  While I was away in Virginia, sales built up a good load of business for me to get cracking on.  I’ve also got a Hyper-V presentation to prepare, 2 photography presentations to give and some writing with a deadline to do. Work [...]

Windows 7 Windows XP Mode

April 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

I just read about a very new application compatibility slash desktop virtualisation solution that will be available as a free download addition for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate.  The solution is called Windows XP Mode.  It will be a version of XP Service Pack 3 that runs in a [...]

Control Panel From The Command line

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

We all know how annoying it is that important configuration items are being hidden behind layers of GUI in Windows, e.g. how long did it take you to first find TCP properties in Vista?  I’ve been using “NCPA.CPL” to get there quickly for the last couple of months.  Here’s a list of them [...]

Monitoring Hyper-V Performance

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

You have to be quite careful about choosing what metrics to monitor when checking out the performance of Hyper-V.  Not is all as it first appears.  This article explains how to and what to monitor.  Of course, if you have OpsMgr 2007 SP1 this becomes a whole lot easier. Please follow and like [...]

Hyper-V Virtual Machine “Paused-Critical”?

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Ben Armstrong has posted an article explaining why a virtual machine might go into a “Paused-Critical” state.  Quickly, it’s because Hyper-V is protecting a VM with a dynamic expanding or a differencing VHD (virtual hard disk) runs out of space to expand on the physical storage.  [...]

MinasiForum 2009 Wraps Up

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

The annual MinasiForum conference has wrapped up and the last stragglers have just returned to the hotel from dinner.  Today we had Joe McGlynn talking about SBS 2008 and James Summerlin talking about SQL Reporting Services.  I had the last (rescheduled) session on Windows 7 for digital [...]

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V R2 Scalability

April 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

I’ve seen some misleading information about Hyper-V logical processor or CPU numbers support.  Some people are taking the operating system edition, e.g. Enterprise or Data Center numbers and applying them to Hyper-V.  DO NOT DO THIS.  The actual support is 32 Logical Processors or Cores, e.g. [...]
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