Windows Vista RTM

November 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

It’s been much talked about.  It’s late.  It’s here.  Windows Vista has just gone RTM.  Jim Allchin made one simple blog entry to announce the fact on the Vista Blog.  Another entry goes into a little more detail I’m hoping to find out when TechNet and Volume Customers [...]

SQL 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP

November 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

A customer technology preview (CTP) release of SP2 for SQL 2005 has been released for general consumption.  The list of changes is way too long to list here but you can find them on the Microsoft website.  Key additions include:   Support for Office 2007 business intelligence functionality. [...]

Web Server Downtime

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

Apologies to anyone who tried to download any of my documents from my site today.  My web server (a VM) failed to autostart after it’s host rebooted according to a schedule last night.  That was quickly sorted out when I got home.  All of my documents are stored on this web server and [...]

Update: Brightstor 11.5 Disk Staging Option

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

After the first backup (a differential) we found the backup server CPU (max 85%) and RAM (around 60%) handled having 10 simultaneous streams.  The 1GB NIC appeared to be 50% utilised.  What was interesting was that the MSA1500 being used for disk staging was hammered.  Current Disk Queue Length [...]

Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

Microsoft has long since made their products available for evaluation.  But consider this.  You’re a busy administrator.  You’ve been asked by your boss to have a look at SQL 2005 or ISA 2006.  You might not know these products so installing and configuring them is going to be time [...]

Office 2007 RTM

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

Office 2007 has been released to manufacturing.  Anyone with with a volume license agreement and software assurance will soon be entitled to and be able to download the product.  It’s expected the product will be available in retail outlets in January.   Exchange 2007 (now considered an [...]

Brightstor 11.5 Disk Staging Option

November 6, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve been trying to sort out backups in my client’s site over the last while.  Part of the process has been to update Arcserve 2000 (7.0) server installations and agents up to Brightstor 11.5 SP2.  We’ve had serious problems with the time it can take to run a full backup that [...]

VMware Backup Tested Under Fire

November 6, 2006 // 0 Comments

I previoulsy blogged a bit about how I am backing up my VMware network at home.  Today I came home to find my physical host was acting up.  The WiFi NIC had "disappeared" and the machine would not shut down cleanly.  Only a hard reset worked.  I made sure to pause my VM’s before [...]

VMware FreeSCO Router

November 5, 2006 // 1 Comment

I forgot about this until today.  Eric B. Rux (MVP) did a nice piece of documentation about a lightweight and free router virtual appliance that will run in VMware.  It looks pretty feature rich, lightweight, simple enough to configure and [...]

Service Pack 2 for Windows 2003/2003 R2/XP x64

November 5, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve just written a whitepaper on the features and deployment of Serivce Pack 2 for Windows 2003, Windows 2003 R2 and Windows XP x64. This document will discuss the features of Windows 2003 Service Pack 2. On the face of it, thereare few changes made to the feature set of Windows 2003 by this [...]
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