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Great Virtualisation Case Study from Lionbridge in Ballina

Lionbridge have been working with Microsoft virtualisation technologies for a good long while now, and have just released a case study explaining it all. Lionbridge have created a Virtual Cloud Lab using Hyper-V and System Centre and give secure, global access to it using Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services.  Lionbridge reduced hardware costs by 80…

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Free business guidance for Start-ups

Digital Media Forum and Microsoft Ireland are delighted to bring you the Microsoft BizSpark Innovation Accelerator Event – an event designed to help accelerate the Start-up community in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This day-long conference will run on Tuesday, February 24th in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin’s city centre. Entrance is free of…

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Windows 7 in 20 minutes..

I was given the task of introducing Windows 7 to a crowd of IT Professionals last week – easy enough, but not so in just 20 minutes.  Searching around inside Microsoft for the elevator pitch PowerPoint deck proved to be impossible (there’s decks for each audience type, and they all had way too many slides). …

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The Business Case for IPv6

I got to talk at the IPv6 Summit last week in Dublin Castle – Agenda, Slides and Videos of all the sessions are here. My talk was on Finding the Business Case for IPv6. The video of my session is now online and can be viewed here.  And my slides are here. I’m still working…

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Developer Developer Developer!

I know, I know, I’m an IT Pro – what am I doing writing anything about Developers? Well, turns out that most of us (IT Pros) do the small bit of developing every now and again (even if it’s only the odd script). Anyway, on Saturday the 4th April, there’s a FREE day of developer…

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Virtualisation Unplugged

Discover end-to-end virtualisation, from desktop to data centre. Join our virtualisation expert, James O’Neill, for a full day technical session in which you’ll discover a full set of virtualisation solutions, from desktop to data centre, that will improve business continuity and maximise ROI throughout your organisation. As well as guiding you through Microsoft’s virtualisation strategy,…

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VHDMount without VHDMount

To mount a VHD file onto your file system, you either ran some very complicated VB (or PowerShell) Script or you used VHDMount.exe that came with Virtual Server.  If you’re running Windows 7 (or Windows Server 2008 R2), you can now use Diskpart. So, from an elevated command prompt, run Diskpart. Select the VHD in…

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Building my Demo Laptop (Part 3)

In this post I’ll talk you through how I have created a Hyper-V Failover Cluster on my single laptop. To build a Failover Cluster you need a SAN.  I use the Microsoft iSCSI target software that ships with Windows Storage Server.  Being a Microsoft employee I have access to the bits, so I have installed…

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It pays to complain

There’s been a “small” issue with licensing around Hyper-V for a while and because of all the complaints we’ve received we have actually changed our licensing. The issue was this: I’m a Windows Server 2003 shop and want to virtualise onto Hyper-V.  Because Hyper-V is a role of Windows Server 2008, I now have all…

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