Smartcard Needing Drivers In Order To Be Smart

My company laptop dual-boots between Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This is for the simple reason that Hyper-V is an indispensible tool for a consultant, but the comfort of a desktop OS like Windows 7 means that I don’t want to do without either operating system. I keep the R2 installation fairly…

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Yes, I am still alive…!

I know posts here have been sparse recently but I haven’t neglected the blog, honest! Firstly, I was in the Canary Islands for a week’s holiday and since then I have been swamped with preparation work for the upcoming release of Windows 7. Consequently, I will have some great Windows 7 topics to blog about,…


Getting inside information about Hyper-V

A new book has gone to press recently covering Hyper-V.  The “Insider’s Guide to Microsoft’s Hypervisor” covers pretty much everything you need to know about Hyper-V, as well as recommendations on how to install, configure, and secure virtual machines.  It also covers the ever more important topic of how Hyper–V can be used to reduce…


Faster Creation of Virtual Machines

I recently noticed a blog post on TechNet about a new tool that was released on CodePlex.  WIM2VHD is a command-line tool allows you to create sysprepped VHD images from any Windows 7 installation source (and I suspect Windows Server 2008 R2 as well) that work with Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows…


Kicking the tyres

Want to try out Windows Server 2008?  Or perhaps Exchange Server 2007?  You can download complete virtual machine environments for a whole list of Microsoft products, free of charge.  Check out the Test Drive program here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb738372.aspx for more information and the download links. The best thing about it is that you can download an…


Project Highlander

Having better ‘green credentials’ than your competitor seems to be the in thing at the moment.  You’ll often see a company saying that they will plant X number of trees for each purchase you make, etc.  Of course, this is always a good thing and anything that is done, no matter how small, to improve…

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Hyper-V going from strength to strength

I saw an interesting article this morning regarding how Hyper-V is doing in the virtualization arena.  It was written by IDC, an independent think-tank who has no ties to Microsoft – so hopefully that should stop most people from claiming that the article is nothing more than marketing propaganda.  The article is titled “Virtualization Continues…


HTAMount – Simplifying the mounting of Hyper-V VHD files to your computer

HTAMount is a HTML application that I wrote a while ago that provides a no-nonsense interface allowing you to mount/unmount offline Hyper-V virtual disk images (VHD) to your local file system, in read-only mode.  It consists of a HTML Application (HTA) front-end with some VBS script doing the mount/unmounting of the images via a WMI…

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Letting Hyper-V get some sleep

I blogged a few months ago about how activating Hyper-V on a laptop that is running Windows Server 2008 will disable all hibernation and sleep functionality.  It seems that most people had not known this because I got quite a few comments on the post about it.  The comments varied from simple complaints to the…

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The final nail in VMWare’s coffin?

Warning, this post may offend some of the diehard VMWare fans, especially my brother… I have refrained from blogging about the Hyper-V RTM release a few weeks ago, simply because of the fact that almost every Microsoft employee has already posted something about it on their blog.  I have been waiting for some interesting news…