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Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn

James and I are on our way to TechEd Berlin, but we’re driving because we’re both a little bit eccentric.  Not only that we have a bit of stuff to take.. four laptops, a shuttle, a hub assorted drives, cables so that we can demo a bunch of interesting stuff in our session. We’ll be… Read more

An Interesting VDI case, Holmes.

Last June I didi a series of interviews with Alun Rodgers of Risual about the cool stuff in Windows Server 2008. In one of these.. Alun is telling me about how Terminal Services (now known as Remote Desktop Services, RDS, in Windows Server 2008 R2) could be used to provide a secure desktop for police… Read more

Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2 – part 2

Server Core is lean and mean but what can it be used for aside from sitting behind your infrastructure? The biggest new thing is IIS, specifically  server core can now support asp.net websites. I think this is really useful as web servers need to be secure and increasingly highly available. Server core and IIS 7.5… Read more

Think U Know

Reading today’s Sun, you might well be worried if your kids are on FaceBook, but taking their laptop away is probably not going to be the correct response, as they’ll simply find another way to get online which is less under your control than what they are doing now e.g. using their phone, a mates… Read more

Windows 7 Press

I love reading real books and I love radio 4, but I don’t do newspapers or television, this is isn’t baby boomer bias, I am big into social media or you wouldn’t be reading this.  If you saw windows on the BBC last week the journalist couldn’t wait to show you something else and the… Read more

Windows 7 – it’s here

Windows 7 is released today, but I feel a bit detached from the buzz in the social cloud about this, having played with for it nearly a year. However a couple of things happened recently that made me remember what life was like before windows 7.  I was in a well known burger bar  and… Read more

Virtualisation for the DBA part 4 – Licensing and Support

To wrap up this mini-series on virtualisation, I wanted to clarify the support and licensing stuff you need to know if you want to Virtualise. The support is really simple, Microsoft support virtual machines just as though they are real environments.  The interesting bit is that this isn’t specific to Hyper-V, it also applies to… Read more

Virtualisation for the DBA part 3 – SQL Server Performance

As I have said already in this series the major concern most DBA’s have when virtualising SQL Server is performance. I think this is actually a bit of myth for a number reasons: Virtualisation just keeps getting better.  This is down to a partnership between the hardware and software industries. We have had a couple… Read more