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So, I've been reading a lot of blogs in the last few days about this and would like to put in my .02c First off, I'm not going to tell you the SP beta is available since I think everyone on the planet did a great job at that... oh wait I just did as well ;-). Anyway register and get it on Microsoft Connect. As for Legacy support of .Net and Visual Studio in Vista, I think Microsoft are doing the right thing here. We are moving in the future with a new OS. We have a VS that works with the current ...
Well after spending a bit of time installing and configuring my virtual PC to run XNA, I run into a glitch where the VPC doesn’t support Direct3D. My first clue was when I went to run the SpaceWar project that’s included, I got the following exception: "Could not find a Direct3D device compatible with the current device preferences." I thought to myself, “Self – that’s odd because your graphics card does have Direct3D, dxdiag says so (and passed all tests as well!). ...
A little while ago, I read this post by Jeff Atwood on the subject. His conclusion is no, you don't. However, the results I did find are so poor that I wonder if any quad CPU system is good for much more than bragging rights. Of the desktop apps, only three truly benefit from a quad CPU configuration: 3D Studio Max, POV-Ray, and Cinebench 2003. Notice a pattern? Rendering and encoding tend to parallelize well. Unless you're often running a specific application that is optimized for multithreading, ...
Has anyone tried and succeeded in installing Windows Vista RC1 in VMware Workstation v5.5? I have tried several different combinations, choosing custom types, 384MB, 512MB, 1024MB RAM and so on but for some reason the installation stops at the screen with the progress bar on the bottom and the caption "Windows is loading files...": Sure I could just switch to Virtual PC or another virtualization software but if you have a VMware Workstation license you want this to work too in VMware Workstation ...
Ben's blog (link below) has an announcement on the availability of Beta 2 for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. Included improvements are: AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) compatibility Volume Shadow Copy Service support Offline VHD mounting Active Directory integration using service connection points Host Clustering technical white paper Link to Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download ...
I was very glad to read a post today from James O'Neill's blog on Virtual PC 2007. Coincidentally enough, I had just loaded Virtual PC 2004 on Windows Vista build 5536 and was wondering to myself if a new version was ever going to see the light of day. Well fear not! While there is no news on the beta or a release date (other than the "2007" moniker) there is documentation. This gives me hope! Improvements are: · Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for ...
Thanks to Michel Roth at Thincomputing.net has received information on the new pricing Microsoft has put on the Softgrid products. This is really earth shattering! Prices of the Softgrid products will be cut by as much as 85% This is how it will be: • Softgrid Desktop Licenses: €32 / $38 (list) • Softgrid Terminal Server Licenses: €18 / $21 (list) • Softgrid Terminal Server Licenses will no longer be based on the concurrent number of users (as in all Microsoft products)• ...
I'm sure that many geeks remember the whole Sony Rootkit fiasco that happened not too long ago. I'm sure many people had the seem feeling that I did that it was not going to be the last time we heard about "rootkits" (and that we would probably be hearing even more about them in the future). The work that Mark Russinovich did during the Sony Rootkit debacle is stuff that I still look up to, in a big way. It was yet another data point that helped fuel my desire to learn the internals of Windows and ...
Interactive Logon Architecture Vista changes the logon architecture and replaces GINAs with Credential Providers. Credential providers are easier to write than GINAs and plug in to the logonui.exe. The biggest advantage of Credential Providers (besides being easier to write) are that multiple concurrent providers are supported and can be user selected or event driven. Credential providers are used to capture elevation credentials and run as first-class citizens of the logon process. Credential providers ...
This is my first blog post ever. D'Arcy convinced me that I should start a blog to talk about all the good times at Tech-Ed. So here we go. I'm headed down to Boston for Tech-Ed 2006 in a couple days. Should be a great time. This is my first Tech-Ed and I've been looking through the list of sessions available and it's pretty overwhelming. Out of the 700 or sessions available, I picked out about 50 or so I might be interested in attending. I'll probably only have time for about a dozen or so, so I ...

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Thanks to Bink.nu for the heads up to the original article here at iTnews.com.au So maybe this explains why Softgrid was running a bit slow on getting around to x64 version, etc? Interesting times ahead? Microsoft is in talks to buy application virtualisation software vendor Softricity of Boston, USA CRN has learned."It's coming down to the final stretches," said one source close to Microsoft who is familiar with the discussions. "It's not a done deal yet but it's just last minute haggling kind of ...
Hello everyone, So here a quick post to tell you I will be giving two talks (in French) at DevTeach next week the first one is on using Virtualization in development efforts and the second one is a preview to my MSDN webcast call Adopting Team System. This is the second year I will speak at DevTeach and it will be a blast I'm sure with all the Uber brains that will be there again this year. Great conference if you can attend. Cheers, ET ...
We all should know by now about the great things we can do with virtual machines, whether they be Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server, or VMWare. These tools are great for loading development environments as well as trying out new beta products and throwing them away or rolling back if the machine should be harmed during the process. But, until now, have we really looked at doing this virtualization at the software level instead of the operating system? The Altiris Software Virtualization ...
I’ve spotted this post from Martin Banks at TheRegister and I guess it’s because he has recently interviewed David Greschler, of Softricity due to the (upcoming) release of SoftGrid 4.0 I have reproduced it here in full, but I think it is of particular note because it very accurately gets to the heart of why this particular technology and SoftGrid in particular is growing at 100% year on year (in some ways I’m surprised it’s not a higher number?) "Virtualised applications ...
So after the previous post regarding Virtualization and what it might mean to Citrix's dominance I have done a bit of ferreting around and found some neat code over at MindVizTracker that has enabled me to add a Poll to ask you what you think? Have a look a below the Add on the left side and you should find something like this: Poll: Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regards to Virtualization?? Technology Trigger? Peak of Inflated Expectations? Trough of Disillusionment? Slope of Enlightenment? ...
I have been doing some brainstorming with Charles@eknowlogy over the past few days regarding Virtualization and how this may change the face and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers and he has pointed out some new developments that might have some far reaching effects like:Marathon Launches Next Generation Application Availability Software Solution Built on Patented Virtualization Technology So based on this, and an article Brian Madden did a little while back regarding this I have put together my ...
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net for the link to this: Aaron (aka Parky) has done a short write-up of Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software and although it is rather brief I think it's correct in that the Altiris release has some catching up to do - I wonder if that's why they released it as version 2.0? ;-)) (Although I do find it a bid odd that SVS insists on creating all of it's virtualization files under C:\fslrdr<layer number>... surely this isn't hardcoded?) ...
http://www.microsoft.com/wi... “Discover the most cost-effective server virtualization technology engineered for the Windows Server System platform, now available as a free download. A key part of any server consolidation strategy, Virtual Server increases hardware utilization and enables organizations to rapidly configure and deploy new servers.“ Cool, that only makes sense. I was really wondering why I had to pay for it before, since I would ...
Of all the Blogs and comments regarding Virtualization recently this is the one that I have found to be the most thought provoking. There was a time between 2000 and 2002 where I almost couldn't make my mind up whether to consolidate on VMWare or Connectix, depending on whether I needed USB support or something else at the time.... so have a look at the full article? I think Alessandro is on the money here, the way Microsoft is developing Virtual Server it's almost like they want to be in second ...

Well I’m all set and ready for TechEd 2006 in Boston. There are approximately 12 of us going from the team I work on. Should be a blast.

Andrew Connell has some of the most useful posts and HowTo articles out in the metaverse. This one is no exception.

In recent posts on the VMware forums the choice of servers was under discussion. One of the posts queried how HPs DL585s compare in terms of cost against BL25p blade servers. As a starter I've created the following spreadsheet. I take no responsibility for any omissions so use the information with caution, it's for guidance only and was quickly knocked up using HP's Product Bulletin. The spreadsheet does not include any storage for VMs, I'm assuming the machines will be SAN attached, and I've not ...
I've been using my spare time to read about different languages and how they deal with types. It's amazing how good ideas are implemented in several non-mainstream languages that are not going to ever be known by most of programmers. Nevertheless, you can deduce that I'm working on a language. Indeed, just as a brain exercise. Fixing and improving Castle is nice and it's cool, but sometimes I need to research and try things on a different field. One of the things I wanted to make work was type inference, ...
Just a quick link to a podcast I recorded (in french) with my good friends at Visual Studio Talk Show about using virtualization in development environments the pro and cons get it here. Bonjour tout le monde, si vous êtes intéresser à m'écouter ainsi que mes copains de Visual Studio Talk Show a propos de l'utilisation virtualization dans des environnements de développement rendez-vous ici. Cheers, ET ...
So obviously anybody who's had to put up with Remote Desktops and Printing understand that the whole printing system in Windows has major flaws. Granted, they are unforseen flaws, but flaws nonetheless. For starters, we all thought that with printer drivers, an application could just say “Render this bitmap at this location”, “Write some text here, write some more text here in this font” and so forth. Then the printer guys started adding cool whiz-bang features, like ink level ...
I just submitted a talk for Tech-Ed 2006 in Boston here is the abstract Adopting Team System You have seen the Team System overviews, you are stoked and want to start using the product but you’re not sure where to start? This session is for you, in it we will open the box and look inside, we will discuss the various installation scenarios (solo developer or for a group, hardware vs. Virtual), the difference between the various Visual Studio SKUs, the adoption rate of all the new features now ...
Tuesday I posted about one of the pitfall of going 64bit and that was that 16bit applications wouldn’t work and because our current 32bit operating systems will happily run 16bit we may be none the wiser. One of the ‘Usual Suspect’, Mike Dimmick kindly posted in my comments, “I'm not sure if a 32-bit OS running as a guest under Virtual Server 2005 R2 or VMWare on a 64-bit host will support 16-bit code. I'd hope so. That may not help you since this is presumably a client-side ...
What's the real truth of virtualization? Its the fact that we're all tired of our PC's failing on us. Blue screens, viruses, patches, Internet Explorer BHO conflicts, everything. Its a systemic problem introduced by our friends at Microsoft. I specifically blame the registry. Why? Well considering that I was playing with Windows 95 the day of the launch, and the registry became corrupted kinda spoiled my grandeur. They made the registry a central repository for lots of meta data. Except it was prone ...
Well this is interesting, and on the surface of it, it would certainly appear that Citrix is working their relationship with MS pretty hard? It will be interesting to see what other *rabbits* get pulled out of the hat this week? I wonder how much of this is Citrix or MS developed technology? 10/10/2005 » Today at its 8th annual business and technology conference, Citrix iForum™ Global 2005, Citrix President and CEO Mark Templeton announced a major technology development initiative, codenamed ...
If you are interested in Citrix at all, you should really make Brian Madden's site one of your regularly visited sites What if Citrix dropped ICA and just went with RDP?September 28, 2005Editorial >> I've been thinking a lot about Longhorn Terminal Services and the future of Citrix recently, and I found myself wondering what would happen if Citrix stopped working on ICA and just went with RDP. Microsoft's Complete Longhorn Terminal Server Feature ListSeptember 27, 2005Article >> A lot ...
As the day started through the mists of the 'Universal' hangover I wondered what Uncle Bob Muglia had install for us... Well for starters: We got the 6th disk from 'Goods'- Longhorn CPT Sept . We got the promised RC of Viz Studio 2005 And we got the promise of a SQL Server 2005 standard edition - (if you are form the US or Canda {read small print on registration site!} - not JASJARGate again!!) So on to the keynote: The “share the pain” video - well done theboys and girls at TVP UK was ...
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 ...
Why add virtualization to your next project? How about a protected sandbox environment, easily recoverable systems, and preconfigured demonstration and training machines for a start? It's time again to open up your developer's toolbox and make room for the new must-have tool, Virtual Machines. Enter Virtual Machines! Virtualization technology has come a long way in the past few years, and hardware is now fast enough to make a virtual machine feasible for interactive development. Virtualization software, ...
Microsoft plans to release Virtual Server Service Pack 1 later this year and, in the next generation of Windows, make its .vhd format open and extensible. Steve Ballmer, chief executive at Microsoft, has announced a beta release of Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 and plans for new virtualisation support in Longhorn -- including opening up the virtual server format for extensibility and introducing "smaller, thinner hypervisor" technology. Microsoft also planned to support Intel Virtualization ...