Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V – Two announcements

Yesterday, we announced that the Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V have been released under a GPL v2 license for inclusion in future versions of the Linux kernel. More information on this can be found in the presspass article here. The second announcement is that today, we released RC2 (Release Candidate 2) of the Linux Integration…


Hyper-V: Mouse Integration Components for SUSE available now

News just in – the VSC (Virtualization Service Client) component providing mouse integration for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server running as a guest operating system under Hyper-V has been released. The VSC is supported on SLES 10 SP2, x86 and x64 versions as virtual machines on systems running Hyper-V RTM or Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta. For…


Windows Server virtualization

…is here (nearly). I’ll provide more details over the coming days, but with WinHEC now upon us, the covers are lifted on both Windows Server virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (aka Carmine). For now, the best place to find info is on presspass. I’ve also now setup the Virtual Machine team blog empty right…


WinTarget software incorporated into Windows Storage Server

Definitely worth looking at as I’ve been using the WinTarget iSCSI target software on trial for a while now. Microsoft has just acquired the WinTarget software product and will be incorporating it into future versions of Windows Storage Server 2003. A Microsoft native  iSCSI target solution has been sorely needed for a long time (IMHO)! Press…


License changes for Windows Server – Virtualisation goes mainstream

BIG NEWS DAY FOR VIRTUALISATION TECHNOLOGY! As was just announced at SoftSummit in Santa Clara, CA today, Microsoft is making some big changes to licensing in from Windows Server 2003 R2 which launches very soon. As was announced at the Microsoft Management Summit earlier this year, Microsoft is committed to making a “big bet” on virtualisation….


Windows Server 2003 SP1 Blocking Toolkit

As for the capability (now expired) to stop Windows XP SP2 being delivered through Microsoft Update, now a similar toolkit is available for download from to block SP1 for Windows Server 2003. It is critically important to realise that the blocking capability is temporary. After 30th March 2006 (1 year from SP1 release), the…


New Windows Support for RAW file format – RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

If you’re a fan of Digital Photography, read on. There was an interesting press release yesterday (which I can’t unfortunately find on the Presspass site) about how Microsoft is going to be natively supporting the commonly used RAW file format in Digital Cameras in the next version of Windows, codename Longhorn. It seems Robert Scoble…


Would you change your PC for $125,000? I would.

If you want to make a difference, now is your chance. Just launched at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware & Engineering) conference is a competition running until October this year open to design teams, students and individual designers alike, to envision the next generation of Windows Based PCs. The prize is a phenomenal $125,000 if you…


Virtual Server MMS Announcement (2 of 2) – Vision and Strategy of Virtual Computing Environments

The second of my blog entries about the MMS announcements made only minutes ago by Steve Ballmer relate to the longer term strategy for Virtualisation within Microsoft. You can see my commentary highlighting the shorter term vision for Virtual Server here. In his keynote address, Steve announced increased investments in support of the Dynamic Systems Initiative, specifically…


WS-RM (WS-ReliableMessaging) specification has been submitted to OASIS

A significant press release was made this morning regarding WS-ReliableMessaging or WS-RM moving one step closer to being an industry standard. WS-ReliableMessaging (WS-RM) is the first specification to pass through the full WS-* Workshop Process and is now being submitted to OASIS for standardization. Following the successful completion of the third RM Interop Workshop last…