Hyper-V Exam 70-652 beta

Ok, so earlier this week I sat the Hyper-V beta exam.  Beta exams are a full suite of questions, in this case 75 questions which are then used to determine the question set for the official exams.   You don’t find out how you went until the results of all beta exam participants are collated and…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 beta now available

SCVMM 2008 is the next version of SCVMM that allows the management of multiple virtualization platforms including Hyper-V, Virtual Server and VMware ESX. Microsoft have just released a beta version of SCVMM 2008 via http://connect.microsoft.com Grab it and have a play.  I know a site that already has it in “production” side by side with…


Virtual PC 2007 SP1 is now available

When Virtual PC 2007 was released last year, Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 were not around, but now that they are available Microsoft has done an update to improve support for these new or updated Operating Systems. The 32 bit versions Windows Server 2008 Std, Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3 are now supported…


Windows Server 2008 & Vista SP1 support update for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

When Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 was released last year, Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 were not around, but now that Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 are here, Microsoft has done a small update to ensure full support as both host and guest for these products as well as Windows XP SP3. The update…


Modifying the All Users profile in Vista or Windows Server 2008

Ok, so I just spend a few whistful hours trying to work out how to modify the “All Users” profile on a Windows Server 2008 system.   I wanted to add a program to run at login (e.g. in the Start  Menu|Programs|Startup directory) for all users that login, but things are now a bit different with…


MSTSC /console is now MSTSC /admin

Just rebuilt my Vista machine with an RC1 version of Vista SP1 and got caught by this one. In both Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, the Remote Desktop Program has been updated to version 6.1 (6.0.6001) and one of the changes is that the functionality previously associated with the /console switch is now called the…


Hyper-V beta is here …. early

So the big news at the end of last week was that the Microsoft Hyper-V beta is out and publically available with Windows Server 2008 RC1 …. nearly 2 months early. You can get full details surrounding the release here http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx or you can go straight to download the x64 Hyper-V bits here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8F22F69E-D1AF-49F0-8236-2B742B354919&displaylang=en Here’s a few highlights:…


"How to" Deploy SCVMM Videos

There are some great videos on now available on “How to” deploy and leverage some of the functionality in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).  Topics include How to Deploy a new Virtual Machine, How to do a Physical to Virtual Migration, How to do a Virtual to Virtual Migration and an Introduction to Scripting…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager gets momentum

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) officially released last month and already there are several projects taking off around managing virtualization environments with SCVMM. I have been asked many questions about where is the best information about deploying SCVMM and there is a great location called the System Center Virtual Machine Manager TechCenter up at…


SCVMM Licencing information now available

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) will be licensed as part of the Enterprise Edition of the System Management License (SML). You can read more about System Center licensing at http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/howtobuy/faq.mspx  The Enterprise SML is expected to be available in Q4 CY07, and pricing will be available closer to release.