ADS to deploy Windows XP?

I have to admit, I’d never thought of this one. Yes, I’ve looked into using ADS (Automated Deployment Services) for deploying Windows Server 2003 and use it as part of the Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT) solution but never thought of using it to deploy Windows XP. Unsupported it may be, but Mark has some great info…


Free Technet Magazine Subscription

…but only if you’re US based. I know I get readers from all over the world, and know many of you are US based. I’m hoping to follow up with the powers that be to see if we can get some free subscriptions also in the UK too! The Technet Magazine, Microsofts magazine for IT…


Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Download Link

While on the subject of patching here is the home page for the newly released Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), the next generation of SUS. To find out more about patching, management and securing your networks, have a browse through Eileens or Steves blog. WSUS is a patch and update component of Windows Server which offers…


Virtual Server 2005 comparison with Virtual PC 2004 – definitive statement

Now this is worth a read having just found about it internally. Megans whitepaper which I blogged about recently is now available in its completed from on The whitepaper discusses in detail the differences between Virtual PC 2004 and Virtual Server 2005. I know from my own experiences that this is something which many…


Megan Davis – Virtual Server Superstar

I blog about Virtual Server a lot (as you may have noticed), but I’m not alone. Megan Davis is a technical writer/author at Microsoft who especially focuses on Virtual Server & Virtual PC and is extremely active both  internally within Microsoft answering employee questions on discussion groups and the like and externally via her blog and newsgroups….


Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT) Guidelines

If you’re interested in using VSMT (Virtual Server Migration Toolkit)  for migrating a physical machine into a virtual machine, there was a new KB article posted up a few days ago which gives you some general guidelines. Note that there is one error in the article – it currently says it applies to Virtual PC…


Virtual Server 2005 SCSI Shunt Driver

It’s rare you see something in a beta release which makes such a dramatic difference to performance. This is one such instance. If you want to save yourself over 5 hours when installing a Virtual Machine under Virtual Server 2005, read on…. Last week at home, I was installing a new Windows Server 2003 R2 beta…


Remote Desktop Assistant 1.0

Sometimes the most blindingly obvious and simple utility become a weapon of choice in your toolbox arsenal. Here’s one such example I stumbled across a few days ago and am now wondering how I ever coped before. Over on, Robert (who I remain indebted to) has put up the Remote Desktop Assistance utility to make…


Do you use blogging software?

Something which cropped up internally over the past couple of days has been a discussion about how many people at Microsoft must have moved on beyond using the standard HTML interface to their blog engine for posting. I kept quiet at this point once discussions got round to all sorts of software I’d never heard…


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