Creatively using a VHD file for development

Image Usage In a previous post I discussed the creation of a fully configured Windows based virtual machine for various Windows development work. Now let’s use it. This post assumes the availability of a fully configured VHD file as outlined in the previous post “Setup a Windows Development Environment in a Virtual Machine and Beyond”….

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Setup a Windows Development Environment in a Virtual Machine and Beyond

Let me explain how you can build your own Windows development system for anything Windows development from Windows Store app and Windows Phone, all the way to Windows Azure. All based on free and/or trial software. Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on a small project to do exactly that. Developers on…

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Cloud Computing – Bring Your Own Skills

IT professionals, we know the drill. Every now and then a new technology or a new paradigm comes our way. Cloud being one of them. They all want to alter all our lives for good. Some enforce adoption, other allow for a smooth transition. But often enough these shift are disruptive in nature. Sometime they…

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Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29-31

Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft virtualization technology pros.  Registration for “Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals” is open now and will be delivered as a FREE online class on March 29-31, 2010 from 10:00am-4:00pm PDT….

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Microsoft webcast series on Gartner 2009 Predictions

Starting in March Microsoft folks in the UK run a series of webcasts for IT managers covering the top predictions from Gartner for 2009 from a Microsoft perspective. Curious George lists then nicely. Date and Time in GMT Title Event ID Wed 18th March, 4pm Virtualisation 1032404083 Wed 25th March, 4pm Cloud Computing 1032404086 Wed…

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Hyper-V on TechNet Edge

After the Virtualization launch earlier this week, Adam was working hard to get us some more detailed videos about Hyper-V up on TechNet Edge: Demo – Hyper-V Server and Live Migration and First Look: Hyper-V Server are now up on the IT Pro portal. Find out more about Hyper-V on TechNet Edge, on TechNet for…

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VMware now part of SVVP

As seen on The Console, VMware is now part of the SVVP. Welcome to the program! Recently Microsoft made some significant changes to its licensing terms to reflect the increased use of virtualization in datacenters across the globe. Earlier, back in June, Microsoft announced the SVVP or Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program: The Server Virtualization…

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VHD Test Drive – Update

Time for an update on the VHD Test Drive program. The current program was launched in November 2007. It comes in 2 flavors. The first part allows customers to download and test preinstalled and preconfigured virtual machines from Microsoft via MSDN and TechNet. The images can be used as-is under the terms and conditions of…

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Hyper-V

"Customers “Get Virtual Now” with increased flexibility and broader support when virtualizing Microsoft server applications." Hard to beat that line from the recent Microsoft press announcement. But what does it mean? Microsoft clearly shows more and more skin in the game of virtualization and is working hard on making virtualized infrastructures on Windows, with Windows…

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Windows, Memory and the limits to it

First of all, no matter how much memory you put into your system, it ain’t enough. And this is true for all or at least most of the operating systems. Earlier this week Mark Russinovich wrote a blog post about "Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory." Needless to say, it is another great writeup…

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