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Excellent blog post on how to resize virtual disc partitions under VirtualBox (... and should work for other virtualisation platforms)
Via Mehul Harry on Twitter ( I discovered this superbly detailed blog on how to resize a virtual partition running under VirtualBox, There is an issue with resizing Vista paritions with the Gnome Partition Manager, but the fix for that is detailed here, Resizing partitions is always a pain and I like the ......

Posted On Sunday, November 29, 2009 8:45 PM

Hosted exception collection for .NET applications made easy –
I own a company, Tiger Computer Services Ltd, which is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) providing .NET software solutions to clients in the London area. One of the most significant considerations when running a small ISV is the cost of supporting software in the field. For some clients, support is not a billable item, especially if the fault is within the software we have provided. This means that every time the telephone rings, we bleed money, and if we have to actually go on site to resolve ......

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 1:32 AM

Hyper-V Server on a laptop - don't forget to check the power settings for the default power scheme
If you install Hyper-V Server it comes without the usual Windows Server UI. On a laptop this means there is no control panel applet or system tray battery icon available to adjust the power configuration. It's highly unlikely that the default option of Balanced is what you really want for hosting virtual machines, and you will ideally to set it to High Performance instead. No need to worry, you need the command line tool, powercfg. Run the command line with the option list and then use the -setactive ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:39 PM

Installing a second hard drive on my HP 6910p – one step closer to a virtual machine users dream machine
I’ve previously described my reasoning for buying a business laptop like the HP 6910p, I’m now feeling even better about that decision after the latest ‘upgrade’ to my main laptop; adding a second internal hard drive to simplify my use of virtual machines. The problem I use virtual machines quite regularly. One major client has a legacy application that requires Visual Studio 2003, which in turn requires Windows XP Professional as ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 10, 2009 2:45 AM

How to enable PowerShell in Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
After reading Tim Anderson’s blog article (here) on his installation of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 I glibly added a comment that R2 now includes PowerShell 2.0 for local management of virtual machines using PowerShell scripts. Of course, I hadn’t actually tried this before commenting .... Why would you want to use scripting on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 If you have never installed Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 you may not realise the limited options provided by the local management tool. Based on Windows Server ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:00 PM

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