Windows Vista, please can you stop changing the view of my folders without asking me?

Something that really bugs me with Windows Vista is that it ‘decides’ all by itself what view you want for your folders in Windows Explorer; and it seems to always get it wrong (as least for me anyway).  As you can seen in the the picture below, I have 5 files in a folder but…

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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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Notepad – The preferred tool of the I.T. Professional

Notepad is without a doubt my favourite work tool, I use it countless times during the day for all sorts of things.  I think it is also the word that I can type fastest as well, this is because to open the app you only need to press ÿ + R, then type notepad and…


Doesn’t this thing go any faster?

A Knowledge Base (KB) article and related software update was released on the May 20th 2008 that seems to have gone fairly unnoticed by quite a few people.  The article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952830) is rather vaguely titled "Description of Windows Script 5.7 for Windows XP" and it details the updated version of the Windows Scripting Host for…


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…


Closing time for the bar

If you run Outlook 2007 on a Windows Server 2008 machine, then you may have noticed that your Outlook persistently shows that little yellow bar saying "Click here to enable Instant Search".  Unfortunately, clicking on the bar does not enable Instant Search because the Operating System services are not installed by default in Windows Server…

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Disconnecting Hyper-V

My work laptop runs Windows Server 2008 for one main reason, Hyper-V.  I have a 64 bit CPU with 4 Gb of RAM installed, so it seemed the obvious choice to install it!  Everything runs very well, especially my virtual machines which as an Infrastructure consultant I could not live without.  However, one thing has…

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VMWare working great on my computer

I was at a conference a while ago and got talking to someone about virtualisation.  When the guy found out that I worked at Microsoft he gave me a VMWare ESX Server 3i VMVisor USB Flash Disk to try out, telling me that it was the best thing on the market and that I would…


Hyper-V on the side

I noticed today that someone has written a new cool gadget for the Windows Sidebar that lets you display what multiple Hyper-V servers are doing, all from your workstation.  Double clicking on a server will also allow you to connect straight to it. You can get the gadget, and more info about it, here: http://mindre.net/post/Hyper-V-Monitor-Gadget-for-Windows-Sidebar.aspx

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Getting my bits in a twist

This week I installed a new Windows Vista virtual machine in Hyper-V.  I installed the OS, added it to the domain, then realised that I had not added the integration services for the guest OS.  Launching the install for them gave me the following error message which I had not seen before. As far as…