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Eric Hammersley <insert impressive list of technology to blog about here> July 2005 Entries
Windows Vista Beta 1 - Sound support with VMware v5 build 13124 without VMtools
In my initial post on Installing Vista Beta 1 on VMware v5 build 13124 - Initial Observations I was able to get all the VM hardware to work except the sound card. The native VMtools provided sound driver just wouldn’t install. If you look at the sound device in other “working” VMs, like an install of Windows XP, you’ll see that the VMware hardware emulates a Soundblaster PCI. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this before but I went to the Soundblaster site and ......

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2005 12:15 PM

Windows Vista Beta 1 - Raw hard disks and VMware v5 build 13124, Why are you using Windows XP to format them?
So I’ve been reading the posts about installing Vista Beta 1 on VMware since my initial post and observations on the evening it was released. What puzzles me is the requirement everyone seems to throw around of having to partition and format with a Windows XP disk or running diskpart from a recovery console. Unless I’m in a bubble or happen to have “special bits” (read: not likely) this just isn’t necessary to install Vista Beta 1 on VMware v5 build 13124. Here’s ......

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2005 12:17 AM

Windows Error Reporting (WER) - Does anyone use this service?
I was watching the Channel 9 video of Chris Jones – Beta 1 of Windows Vista revealed and he mentioned the “Vendor Portal” as a place that Microsoft offers for the catch and release of crash dump data from end user applications back to the developer, or ISV. I think it ws around 15:00 or so in the video. Chris was talking about how developers need to tap into the “Feedback” loop and one way of doing it was through what they call the “Vendor Portal”. Anyone ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 6:08 PM

Indigo and Avalon join names like Longhorn and Whidbey, codenames cast aside on the dusty Microsoft trail
Yes, Indigo and Avalon have undergone a name change. Meet Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) I pulled this from Don Box’s blog. Personally I like the code names better ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:32 PM

Windows Vista Beta 1 install on VMware v5 build 13124 - Initial Observations
My VMware install is complete and running. As I hinted to in my previous article the video display on setup and first boot is terrible. After first boot I was able to find out it was running at 4–bit color. :-) No wonder it looked bad. Anyway… it’s the VMware video. The install went without error. Vista b1 will install on VMware v5 build 13124. Now… it’s just no fun without decent video so in comes VMtools. This is where is goes down hill, a little. First off the VMtools ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 11:41 PM

Windows Vista Beta 1 - Who doesn't have an article named this by now?
Ok, honestly… who doesn’t have at least one post by now about Windows Vista Beta 1? First off if you haven’t heard by now the August 3rd date given for MSDN access to the Vista Beta 1 bits wasn’t quite accurate. If by August 3rd they meant July 27th then they were spot on. Really I don’t care. I’m just glad I have the bits today. The rumors and press releases were so back and forth on the whole “date” issue that it doesn’t really surprise me that ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:02 PM

How to Ask a Question Online - I'm guilty, we all are!
This topic comes up quite a bit but I though I would point out an article written this morning my Josh Ledgard on How to Ask a Question Online. Now, there’s always a FAQ here or a post there about the proper way to do this and honestly they are all correct. The problem is that no one reads them or at the very least follows them. We are all guilty of this at one time or another. Josh makes mention of improperly formed questions in the MSDN forums and it should be full of people that KNOW BETTER! ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2005 12:59 PM

Thawte Web of Trust Notary Program - Worth your time for a free non-expiring e-mail certificate
Some of you may have noticed the Thawte Web of Trust Notary badge in my side panel. Thawte, a leading ( and affordable) provider of SSL and Code signing certificates, has a program where you can obtain a FREE e-mail certificate in your own name and certified by Thawte. It’s no joke or gimmick. The certificate is as good as one you might pay for from Verisign or another competitor. They provide this by using a “web” of certified, trusted individuals to assert a persons identity. ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2005 11:03 PM

Let the wars begin! Personalized Google vs. Microsoft prototype project
Not long ago (I’m talking days here) I watched a Channel 9 video of Sanaz Ahari and Steve Rider - where they talked / demoed the project. This project is part of the MSN “Sandbox” Honestly, it’s pretty neat. A drag and drop start page rich with RSS support, collapsible sidebars etc. it makes for a cool experience. If you want to skip the silly trivia questions and get right to the site is is at When you check it out be sure and click ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2005 8:52 PM

Sign Up for BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1
I originally spotted this post from Stephen Thomas’s blog. His article is available here. Since I caused a stir a while back with my BizTalk Server 2006 CTP Released Today post from TechEd I figured I should follow that up with a trackback to Stephen’s article. You can sign up for the BizTalk beta at the link below. Microsoft BizTalk Server: Sign Up for BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1 ......

Posted On Sunday, July 24, 2005 5:02 PM

Rant - Expiration stickers on your license plate (Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out)
Ok, I live in Indiana and while I love my state and the people in it I am constantly amazed at how many people get this wrong. Take the standard Indiana car plate below. Now, when this plate is issued it has a sticker on the top left corner (not shown) of the month of expiration. It’s just a color coded sticker with the 2 digit month and day it expires on each year, mines says 05–15. On the right hand side you see the 2 digit year, in the case above you see 05. Now… here’s ......

Posted On Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:31 PM

Special offer for members and readers from until August 31st 2005
I noticed this on Jeff Julian’s blog this morning. They are offering 6 months free on their annual hosting plans. Not a bad deal. I don’t know much about DiscountASP hosting but I’ve never seen a problem with any of the sites and they offer quite a range of services. They even offer a free ASP.NET 2.0 account with each plan so you can test/host your v2 web solutions. Check them out at the link below. DiscountASP.NET special for members and readers ......

Posted On Sunday, July 24, 2005 11:50 AM

Visual Studio Team System Beta 2 VPC from MSDN - it's the little things that get you!
Well, I’ve been waiting for them to make this available ever since TechEd. They were giving copies away during the lunch session of the DotNetRocks show and since I left during the show I didn’t receive my copy. Since then I’ve been waiting for them to post it to MSDN downloads… like they promised. Well, as of July 15th they have fulfilled that promise. You can download a fully functional copy of VSTS Beta 2 fully configured and ready to test. Honestly I love this idea and ......

Posted On Saturday, July 23, 2005 11:34 PM

Symantec Corporate Anti-Virus 10 vs. ISA Server 2004 with SP1 (or lack thereof in this case)
Ok, so I sat down yesterday and started migrating my network and clients over to the new Symantec Corporate Anti-Virus v10 package and ran into an interesting dilemma. If you want to skip my enlightening path to discovery and just get to the solution then scroll down to the Solution header otherwise read on. Right off the bat I must warn you DO NOT INSTALL the v10 server anti-virus over a terminal server remote desktop connection!! I can’t stress this enough. If you install the server version, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:13 PM

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