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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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