Fallout from Virtual Server vs VMware

Wow.  It seems my previous post about Virtual Server vs VMware caused quite a stir.  I got gazillions of comments (which I still need to go through) regarding this topic.  A lot of the comments were the usual "Micro$oft" nonsense (putting a dollar sign in the name is so boring now, but that’s another story)…

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Editing the registry of your WIM without having to recapture

I often get asked if it is possible to edit the registry of my captured OS (in WIM format) without actually having to apply the image and then recapture it.  Well, yes it is possible, and here is how to do it. Mount your WIM file with ImageX: imagex /mountrw myOS.wim 1 c:\mount Load the…


5 Vista Adoption "Gotchas" and how to get beyond them

I read an interesting article recently from Microsoft on the 5 most common problems companies experience when adopting Windows Vista and how they can overcome these issues.  The points mentioned are great because they are ‘real-world’ examples.  So, without any further mention, here they are… Hardware compatibility.  Windows Vista requires pretty robust hardware to run…


Virtualisation – Why would you not choose Microsoft Virtual Server..?

I recently received some interesting internal marketing information regarding how the Microsoft Virtualisation products are now so much better than what VMWare has to offer.  There are a couple of points that were mentioned that I thought I would share here with everyone.   This table should be nice and clear!     Windows Server…

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Creating a WIM the quick way…

IMAGEX is a fantastic tool, but it has a command line that can, at times, be way too complicated.  As of yet, there is no official, nice, easy-to-use interface or GUI to simplify the whole thing although a couple of people have posted DIY ones on the web with various levels of success. My current…

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Switching Windows Components on and off

Ever wanted to install/uninstall/enable/disable various Windows components automatically during installation or deployment?  I have compiled this list from various sources which lets you easily do just that!  You simply add the whole list to either your unattend.txt file or your sysprep.inf file and change the “On” or “Off” values accordingly.  This is a list for…


Junction points with network drives

Ever wanted to create a ‘junction point’ style pointer but using a network drive as the source?  Now you can! With Windows XP you can create junction points on your disks but the prerequisite is that the source point is on your local disk.  This is no good if you need to create the junction…

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All spaced out

Well, as this is my first post on my blog I thought I’d use it to share the solution to a problem I had recently so that nobody else needs go through the stress of debugging it! My current project is to install and configure BDD 2007 so that my client can create images for…

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