Washington Snowpocalypse 2008 – Putting things in perspective

I’m sure many of you have seen the news about the winter storms that have been hitting the Pacific Northwest for the last week, including the various Microsoft Campuses in the Redmond area.   Our facilities team has been sending out notifications about road and sidewalk conditions, and what services we should expect to be unavailable…

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How to use VMConnect to create an .RDP-like shortcut directly to your VMs

The Remote Desktop application in Windows has a nifty little feature where you can save all of your custom settings for a specific remote computer to a single .RDP file, and then just use that .RDP file as a shortcut to connect to that remote computer instantly. VMConnect, which is the name of the application…

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Something Different: SmallBASIC and the triumphant return of the Turtle

This has nothing to do with Virtualization, but it’s something that I think is really very cool so I’m going to write about it.  Sorry for the long and rambling post, but I’m getting all nostalgic thinking of this stuff, so I’m just going to gush for a little while. When I think back to…

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Problems with QueryPerformanceCounter on Windows Server 2003 Multi-Processor Hyper-V guests? Here’s why.

A friend of mine from another group came to me with a problem he’s been having on some Windows Server 2003 guests. They’re doing some nifty stuff with the .NET Stopwatch() class, and some WPF animations, which uses the QueryPerformanceCounter Win32 API to figure out the timing during the animations.  Apparently, when they run their…

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A New Source For Windows 7 Information

Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan (who’s office is about 5 doors down from mine… I wonder if he can hear me yelling at my test machines) have just started a new blog called Engineering Windows 7.  There isn’t a lot of information over there right now, just a few introductory posts outlining the rules and…

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Hyper-V Installation Tricks: Updates

I haven’t updated my three part series about different ways to install Hyper-V for our RTM release.  I’ve been working on getting some step-by-step videos created, but it’s always been on the back burner, and I was waiting to update the posts until I had the videos ready. Well, a discussion on an internal DL…

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Hyper-V has been Released To Manufacturing!

I arrived on this team a little over three years ago, and was brought in to work on automating test cases for Virtual Server. While I was doing that, I heard rumblings and rumors about a little project code-named "Viridian".  A lot of the developers on the Virtualization team here in Redmond had already started…

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Installing Fedora 9 in a Hyper-V VM

In my last post, I said I’d be posting last week.  Sorry for the late appearance of this post, but I was pre-occupied with some other tasks. Anyway, Sean over at The Sean Blog has posted an article about getting Fedora 9 working in Virtual PC, so I thought I’d post one about installing it…

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Adding the RC1 Integration Components to WinPE 2.0

Mike Sterling just made a triumphant return to blogging by posting an article on how to add the RC1 ICs to WinPE.  Check it out here.  Keep in mind, though, that this only works for WinPE 2.0, which is the WinPE that is based on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. As for my triumphant…

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