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You’ve likely heard about how Office 365 and Windows Intune are great applications to get you started with Cloud Computing. Many of you emailed me asking for more info on what Cloud Computing is, including the distinction between "Public Cloud" and "Private Cloud". I want to address these questions and help you get started. Let's begin with a brief set of definitions and some places to find more info; however, an excellent place where you can always learn more about Cloud Computing is the Microsoft ...
A large portion of my work consists of designing Exchange 2010 environments for customers all around the world.Recently I was working on an assignment where we wanted to implement Exchange UM to replace cisco unity for 23 offices. The whole deployment is planned to run virtualized, this directed me to the specific requirements of UM on virtualization. This project made it once again clear to me that some good research is valuable even when you think you know your stuff.What I already knew was that ...
Our company is standardizing on VMWare for a number of reasons. I won’t list them here, but wanted to write about a problem that I had using VMWare Standalone Converter version 5.0 to convert Hyper-V virtual machines. There were four problems: The converter needs to be run as an administrator You have to be connected to localhost or you’ll be prompted to install the standalone agent first Domain credentials don’t work as expected You need to give explicit permissions to Everyone the directory where ...
Programming for Metro Metro is the future http://zd.net/rnT9VZ .NET is for old apps. WinRT replaces WPF & WCF. XAML is big. There were no Silverlight sessions. HTML 5 and Javascript ( Blend for HTML) are back in fashion – I wont dwell on this because web apps are (inconsistently) simplistic in concept and over-complex in development. Yes, all those XAML skills are portable, Silverlight (RIP) apps can run as Metro apps with a bit of fidgeting with namespaces – you just need to know what controls ...
What is Tulsa TechFest? It is a technical conference with currently the broadest topics in the United States, maybe the world. There are tracks covering everything enterprise architecture, software/web development, databases, project management, data security and this year for the first time - End Users, Social Media, Mobile, Enterpreneurs, Managers, BI & Reporting, Virtualization and Mentoring. It's primary focus is to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately benefical to the ...
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
Oh No! Not another geek who is going to tell us how to build a virtualized lab environment! We already know all there is to know about this crap! Hah! Yes this is another geek doing this build, but rest assured, it’s not you, it’s me! This is my view and take on this subject, where this blog will function as a “diary” to log my time, remarks and build guide on how I built it. Besides, I’ve built similar environments hundreds of times so I want to add a bit of a twist J. Seeing as my move abroad is ...
I just got back from Microsoft’s 15,000 attendee-strong Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles, and I have to say, the company and its partners are pumped. How can this be, given the number of people who have written Microsoft’s eulogy of late? If Amazon owns the cloud, if Apple owns the consumer, if Google owns search, if Cisco owns unified communications, if EMC/VMWare owns virtualization, if Oracle and SAP own ERP and if Oracle/Siebel and Salesforce.com own CRM, how can Microsoft be ...
As mentioned in a previous post, I have been accepted to speak at VMworld2011 the week of August 29 in Las Vegas. Since that time I have been working on my presentation with my speaking partner and VMware SE Jeff Szastak. We have submitted the first draft of our deck in for comments and gotten some good feedback. I have now begun to incorporate those changes in to the deck as the final version is due in early August. I am excited to be going to this conference for the first time and especially so ...
Instead of making a list here of what requirements or needs for hardware hosts exist, I’ll make it plain and simple: CPU, memory and network links. Those are the most important things in a virtualization host and is all well documented in build guides across the internet. What I would to talk about is the following: Whitebox vs. Branded servers! Throughout the years I’ve been pretty much brainwashed (no kidding) that in a professional, production environment you only use “real” server hardware. And ...
There used to be a time where the whole concept of a data center was limited to (very) large companies due to the cost and housing, not even to mention the cooling and electricity required, of all those machines humming along in giant, underground lair. It was a huge undertaking that got a bit simpler with the rise of VMware and their virtualization techniques, but still required a massive amount of resources. Now that different players have come to the market, all with their own possibilities, things ...
My team at work has been growing and evolving. With that came a group of guys that challenge me to do more and learn more … faster. So, one of them is a virtualization junkie (no, geek does not apply). And I have seen him do some pretty cool stuff on his home gear. I have some gear just laying around and I decided to give some stuff a go. Enter VMware Go, deploying VMware’s Hypervisor remotely was one thing that attracted me. How complicated can it get? Right? I already have a background with virtualization, ...
Since the demo of Windows 8 given by Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green at the recent D9 conference windows developers have been described in many articles as feeling "Horrified" "Worried" "Deeply Concerned". Why? From the demo it seems that the new Window’s 8 ‘immersive’ applications will be based on HTML5 and JavaScript – which means for experienced win devs who have invested years in learning windows development platforms, they will now have to ‘re-train’ if they want to create these ...
Just reminder of a post I wrote back in December. Don’t forget that there is a variety of free ebooks available for download on a number of different developer and IT topics. Developer subjects include Programming Windows Phone 7, Moving to Visual Studio 2010, and Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2. IT topics include Deploying Windows 7, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions and First Look at Office 2010 just to name a few. Have a day ...
For Microsoft these days, great things are happening at the macro level, and yet there’s fits-and-starts progress down below. This year’s Tech Ed North America conference represented, in event-form, that very duality. On the one hand, this was the largest Tech Ed in my memory, with 10,000 attendees. But the customary Microsoft 2-day, all-morning keynote format was shortened to a Day 1, 90-minute talk on Cloud and Visual Studio. Microsoft’s cloud push reached an almost fever pitch; but various new ...
HTML5 introduces markup-level functionality for rich graphics, animation and web multimedia. It also supports a richer web application functionality and extends the client capabilities with local storage. Many pundits see it as the next generation web - web 3.0 if you like - and an open standard replacement for propriety plug-ins, Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash. But, for all its new features, HTML5 is still only the end product. This article looks at HTML5 from the web programmer's point of ...
The economics of IT is changing rapidly, and organizations are searching to widen and secure availability of their systems and at the same time lower costs which is exactly what the cloud meant to do. Running your systems on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud for example would improve and secure the availability, accessibility and scalability (both up and down) of your systems and support the new IT economics. However, in order to take advantage of the cloud's promise of lower cost of ownership, the ...
Today's Apresss $10 Deal of the Day at http://www.apress.com/info/... is In Pro Hyper–V, author Harley Stagner takes a comprehensive approach to acquiring, deploying, using, and troubleshooting Microsoft’s answer to virtualization on the Windows Server platform. Learn from a true virtualization guru all you need to know about deploying virtual machines, managing your library of VMs in your enterprise, recovering gracefully from failure scenarios, and migrating existing physical machines to ...
In a recent blog post I mentioned the availability of the Programming Windows Phone 7 ebook by Charles Petzold. Well I have good news, there are a number of additional FREE ebooks available from Microsoft to help you continue honing your tech skills. Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) First Look Microsoft ...
We have gotten the chance to see Microsoft’s recommendations on how to go about providing a reliable virtualization platform to support SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment. While that defines an “ideal” scenario, not all deployments for a virtualized platform happen on Hyper-V, there is a large number of deployments taking place on the VMware platform. And a recent post from Jonathan Kehayias on sqlblogs.com is a great summary of the resources available for making a great implementation possible. ...
In WPF, the TreeView control empowers developers with the ability to display hierarchical content with great ease and convenience. However, while load testing a TreeView control, we saw significant slowness on application startup. Contrary to our initial expectations, benchmarks showed that the bulk of the wait time is actually spent binding the data to and updating the TreeView interface while only a few seconds were spent retrieving and building the data model. That led us to learn more about UI ...
A fantastic set of Q and A on and around virtualization by some of the 'folks in the know'. The guys that (un?)arguably understand the virtualization business better than anyone else. Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig and VMWare Chief Platform Architect, Rich Brunner and of course the man himslef, Anand Lal Shimpi. http://www.anandtech.com/sh... http://www.anandtech.com/sh... ...
I recently bought a new PC and I choosed a machine based on the 64bit version of Windows 7. Using a 64bits OS will allow me to use more than 4GB of RAM and this is quite important for me because it will allow me to run multiple virtual machines to test beta products and keep some customers' development environment isolated from the others (for example for customers that need to test and certify each installed QFE and may allow me to install them on my development machine some time after their availability). ...
In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Shawn Wildermuth, Gergely Orosz, Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer(-2-), Tim Greenfield, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Shawn Oster, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Telerik has announced The Telerik Eastern Canada User Group Tour is Coming... ... check out the cities and don't miss it! Erik Mork and company have my buddy Walt Ritscher on this week: Show 103: Windows Phone 7 Development Hardware with Walt Ritscher From SilverlightCream.com: WP7: Screen Considerations for Developers Anton Polimenov ...
I am working on a project testing some cool features and stuff that have to be done on a Mac. While I have been back and forth with MacBook Pros, this time I decided I should expand and extent my testing to the stuff that I do on a daily basis. Blogging is a challenge, tools available are not really all that flexible or feature rich. I have MarsEdit and Blogo. I do think Windows Live Writer is the best thing since ... sliced bread, seriously, I love that tool! But in order for this to work I had ...
A while back it was clear: Roses are red, violets are blue … if you are a dev you use Visual Studio. Now: Roses are blue, violets can be red … if you do SharePoint,Visual Studio is the right tool for you. I am not a poet, nor do I pretend to be one on TV. But I have invested time in fine tuning virtual machines and physical deployments in figuring out what goes where and what is needed. We see dependencies of every type, in every place and every product pretty much. If you are doing SQL Server 2008 ...
In this Issue: Joseph Cooney, Matthias Shapiro, Ramani Sandeep, Andy Wigley(-2-), Chris Rouw, Michael Washington, Brian Noyes, Roger Peters, Sergey Barskiy, Timmy Kokke, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra announced Document Toolkit 2 Beta 2 available Rob Eisenberg announced Caliburn v1.1 Released! I missed this post by Andy Wigley of his material from TechEd: Programming Silverlight for Windows Embedded from .NET I hope you didn't miss the release of the Silverlight PivotViewer Control ...
Next week marks the first full week of June. Summer will feel in full swing and it will be a pretty big season for technology. In seeming acknowledgement of that very fact, both Apple and Microsoft will be holding large developers conferences starting Monday. Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in lovely San Francisco and Microsoft will hold its Tech Ed conference in muggy, oil-laden yet soulful New Orleans. A brief survey of each show reveals much about the differences ...
It’s been more than a month since SharePoint 2010 RTMed. And a lot of people have downloaded and set up their very own SharePoint 2010 development rigs. And quite a few people have written blogs about setting up good development environments, there is even an MSDN article on it. Two of the blogs worth noting are from MVPs Sahil Malik and Wictor Wilén. Make sure that you check these out as well. Part of the bad side-effects of being a geek is the need to do the technical stuff the best way possible ...
What is available to us through those links? Have you taken the time to explore and identify what could be useful to you? One of many gems that has come to my attention is the possibility of provisioning SQL Server to work in an image based environment (hint: Virtualization Template perhaps?!?). Planning: Includes requirements information, documentation, how to guides, online documentation installation and other tools. Among the other tools you will find the System Configuration checker and The Upgrade ...
If you want to run a 64 bit virtual machine on a 32 bit host you have two options 1. VMWare Server (or a Workstation version that supports 64bit guests) 2. Sun Virtual box Though 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts is possible, it requires that you are running x64 (not ia64) hardware. All the new Intel processors are 64 bit compatible (if you have T5200/T550 on your laptop, you are out of luck) VMWare has a free tool you can download to check whether your machine can run 64bit guests. Microsoft Vitual ...
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless toolkit that finds computers on a network and performs a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and the Remote Registry Service. The data and analysis provided by this toolkit can significantly simplify the planning process for migrating to Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, Microsoft Application Virtualization, Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Radenko Zec, Andrej Tozon, Bobby Diaz, Brad Abrams, Wolf Schmidt, Colin Eberhardt, Anand Iyer, Matthias Shapiro, Jaime Rodriguez, Bill Reiss, and Lee. Shoutouts: Cigdem has a post up about here MIX10 Interviewing experiences: MIX10 SilverlightShow Interviews Ian T. Lackey has his material up from his talk Silverlight SEO at the St. Louis .Net Users Group Not Silverlight but definitely WP7 cool, Michael Klucher reports that there are New Windows Phone Samples on Creators ...
This past Thursday, Microsoft announced that Windows (7) Virtual PC (WVPC) and its XP Mode feature would no longer require hardware assisted virtualization (HAV). That means any PC running Windows 7 Pro, or higher, can now run this software. And that’s a great thing because, as I noted in a post almost five month ago, determining whether a given PC you might be planning to buy actually offers HAV can be extremely difficult. That meant even dedicated, sophisticated PC users, with a budget for new ...
From a message from Brian Keller: “Back in December we posted a set of virtual machines pre-configured with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2, and 7 hands-on-labs. I am pleased to announce that today we have shipped an updated virtual machine using the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate bits, a brand new sample application, and 9 hands-on-labs. This VM is customer-ready and includes everything you need to learn and/or deliver demonstrations of many of my ...
Instead of thinking about service oriented architecture, a concept that is continually defined, redefined, abused and mistreated, perhaps it is time to drop the acronym and consider what we actually need to get the job done. ‘Pure’ SOA involves the modeling of an organisation’s processes, the so called ‘Top Down’ approach, followed by the implementation of these processes as services. Another approach, more commonly seen in the wild, is the bottom up approach. This usually involves services that ...
To me Azure is a new technology but in fact it's not that new. In the PDC08 Microsoft announced that their cloud computing platform had been released with the name Azure, which stand for the color of the sky. I began to play with Azure recently and will post a series of blogs for what it is and how to use it. But first of all we'd better to understand what's Azure. If we went to the official website of Azure we can find the official definition. The Windows Azure platform offers a flexible, familiar ...
Thanks to Jimmy Skowronski and the guys at Gloucester.NET user group for inviting me over to give my Hyper-V for Developers talk. Additional thanks to Marc Gravell for giving me a lift from Gloucester town to Symantec (kindly providing facilities) and for DevExpress for supplying the pizzas for tonights user group. As promised, here are the slides to download as either PDF or PowerPoint, http://www.tigernews.co.uk/... http://www.tigernews.co.uk/... ...
Recently my son had noticed that I was reading eBooks on my BlackBerry Storm using MobiPocket reader. Since he and I share an interest in a lot of the same books, he inquired as to if he could do the same thing with his cell phone. Unfortunately his phone is not capable of running MobiPocket reader. I remembered that I still had my Sony Clie NX70V which in its day was a fantastic Palm device. And I used to use it to read eBooks with MobiPocket as well. The problem was that I was not sure I could ...
As you’ve probably noticed if you read my blog, the VS ALM Rangers have been busy the last week or so. Here is a summary of what they have released already and I’m sure there is more goodness to come! · Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance: consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server capabilities or have little time to invest ...
WOW! Unbelievable stream of goodness coming from Visual Studio ALM Rangers!! Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory The purpose of this project is to build prescriptive guidance around the virtualization of the Visual Studio 2010 and guidance for full automation of the creation of virtual machines. The goal is to help users with the installation and configuration of virtualized environments with least effort and maximum automation. Visual Studio ALM Rangers This guidance is ...
Interesting take on the possible move by Oracle to gain a real stake in the virtualization space. http://itknowledgeexchange.... Definitely worth a read. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation My Blog @ MSDN My Blog @ GeeksWithBlogs US ISV Team Blog ...
Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server 2010 – Beta 2, WITH SAMPLE DATA This VM included everything you need to learn and demonstrate the ALM capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 (with the exception of Lab Management – the product team is hard at work on a solution for configuring Lab Management in a VM). This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance ...
UPDATE 10 May 2010 : I finally discovered where the Remote Desktop team documented this process last December and thought it might be useful; blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/... UDPATE 20 February 2010 : Sorry for how long the final solution took to discover, but thanks to Aaron Parker's blog entry at http://blog.stealthpuppy.com we now have the final missing pieces that allow remote applications to be hosted within a standard Windows XP SP3 virtual machine. ...
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Technorati Tags: Tutorials Managing an enterprise data center is full of challenges. Traditional physical systems and infrastructure management is complicated and accelerated by new technologies like virtualization and cloud computing. Meanwhile, business users are demanding more dynamic IT service management and ever-increasing service levels. These factors are making old problems harder and creating new issues and requirements. This one-hour webinar covers: • Planning and optimization - to ensure ...
So I set out on a quest to install a SharePoint 2010 VM with Bob Davis, one of our 101 instructors for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City and a Co-Leader of the KC Office Geeks. We started around 5 pm and ended around 11 pm. Everything that could possible go wrong went wrong in triplicate. Here is a list of things you need to know: Turn on Virtualization in your bios: Bob did not have virtualization turned on in his bios, so the virtual machine I had stubbed out did not work. You need to make sure that ...
There are a lot of things to like about the new version Virtual PC. Compared to its predecessor, it has added support for USB devices; allows individual applications to be run from a virtual machine yet project on the host desktop; has terrific shell integration; and much better awareness of the host’s power management, allowing users to hibernate their physical PC, even while a virtual image is activated. When you add to that the new ability of Windows 7 to mount VHD files as physical drives, and ...
My work recently started rolling out Windows 7 as our production OS and I was lucky enough to get on as one of the early adopters! I got my laptop back at end of day yesterday freshly paved with Win 7. Today I started my day by booting up and trying to fire up a VPC environment that I use for my dev work. To my dismay I was met with this message: The problem is that I had just saved my vm’s state instead of doing a full shutdown. Apparently moving a hibernated vm to Win 7 is not a good idea. Luckily, ...
The following is Steve Ballmer’s recent letter to CEOs titled ‘The New Efficiency’. In all the talk about the economy, one term that comes up more and more frequently is something called "the new normal." I like this phrase because it speaks to the fact that economic reality has undergone a fundamental shift over the course of the past 12 months. So what is the nature of this shift? After years of economic expansion fueled by unrealistic rates of consumption and unsustainable levels of private debt, ...