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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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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SQL for the Oracle DBA

***There’s been a change to the timing of this event.  It now runs from 9:30-13:00 with registration starting at 9:00***  Free training on Thursday 22nd January on SQL for Oracle DBAs! It is a half day of training taking place in Dublin the afternoon of January 22nd. See here for details and how to register. The…

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Building my Demo Laptop (Part 2)

So my demo environment needs to be self contained (everything on the one laptop), needs to be as quick as it can and be able to demo as much of the Microsoft virtualisation stuff as technically possible.  My laptop itself will obviously be the Hyper-V host – which needs to be in a domain, if…

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Building my Demo Laptop (Part 1)

It turns out that how I built my demo laptop is generating a bit of interest.  These posts have become the “how to” pointers for creating a Proof of Concept for Microsoft Virtualisation and Management solutions. So to start.  My laptop is a dual core, 64-bit device with 8GB of memory.  It came with 4GB,…

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