Windows 8 As A Demo Laptop

Master Of The House… Almost 2 years ago I took delivery of my current laptop, and after dabbling with Oracle VirtualBox, settled on using Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V as my base operating system for virtual machine demos. This configuration served me well for the last couple of years, but I’ve always had a…


Demo Outlook Client Not Connecting

I Dreamed A Dream… The other day, one of my colleagues rebuilt their demo laptop with our corporate build of Windows 8 consumer preview. Taking advantage of the Hyper-V support now built into the latest version of our desktop operating system, he decided to create a brand new “All-In-One” CRM demo image complete with SQL…


My New Demo Laptop

Some Kind Of Wonderful… I have just taken delivery of a brand new laptop to replace my 18-month old Dell Latitude E6500, and I am now the proud owner of an HP EliteBook 8540w with the following specifications: Intel i7-720QM Processor (Quad-Core, 1.60 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache) 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2 x USB…


Making The Move to 64-bit Demos

Do Ya… This week Alexander “Monty” Montgomery (not the famous Jazz pianist Monty Alexander) joined my team, replacing Craig Steere (a former South African) who decided he wanted good weather back in his life and is now working for Microsoft in Australia. As I mentioned previously, there are three of us in the UK Dynamics…


Testing Both IFD & Windows Authentication

Deep In The Motherlode… As part of my development work I sometimes need to test applications using both IFD and Windows authentication on my Virtual PC demo environment. However, looking through the various blog posts here and here, it seemed that no-one had come up with a solution to be able to run both authentication…


Windows 7 & Virtual PC

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It… There’s been a lot of noise this week around the broad availability of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) (available for download here), but the thing that caught my attention was the beta availability of a new version of Virtual PC, specifically designed for Windows 7….


Virtual PC 2007 Performance Tweaks

Going For The One… I’ve been head-down working on closing out Q4 CRM deals here in the UK, but wanted to share a couple of tweaks that have made a small improvement to the speed of my demos running on Virtual PC 2007. 1. Prevent your PC from entering a low power state Some laptops…


Resizing A Virtual PC Hard Drive

Holy Diver… The other day I was working on one of my Virtual PC demo images, when I noticed I was running out of disk space. When I originally created the Virtual Hard Drive (.VHD) I just accepted the default size of 16GB without thinking, but more and more often I find I need to…


Who Builds Our VPC Imges?

Can you feel the love tonight… I just saw Menno’s post and he’s feeling sore because few people (myself included) have given him credit for all the hard work he has put in to build the CRM 3.0 and CRM 4.0 CTP3 demo images that we all know and love. I just want to correct…


Microsoft CRM & Virtualization

La Donna E Mobile… Last week I got into a discussion with one of our partners about one of their clients who were running Microsoft CRM on VMware ESX Server 3 in their development and test environments. They were experiencing some performance issues in one of their environments but not the other, and were looking for any…