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Oct 28, 2010
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From PDC: Microsoft Pushes Windows Phone and Announces Azure Enhancements

This morning’s PDC keynote was highlighted by presentations by Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia, Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Don Box. Steve Ballmer pushed Windows Phone 7 and announced that all the lucky PDC paid attendees would get a free Windows Phone 7 device. Pretty cool. The other portions of the keynote were all about Windows Azure and SQL Azure. ...More
Sep 1, 2010
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NEC Express5800/R320a Fault Tolerant Server 1

Another very interesting product I saw at VMworld was NECs Express5800/R320a server. This server is particularly well suited to mission critical workloads like virtualization and database serving because it offers in-the-box fault tolerance. NEC’s server line of products aren’t well known in the US but they are in widely used in Japan....More
Sep 1, 2010
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Virsto One Accelerates Hyper-V Storage Access

One of the most interesting meetings I had at this year’s VMworld 2010 conference was with Mark Davis CEO of Virsto Software. Virsto Software is new company that specializes in optimizing the way Hyper-V uses storage. Virsto One both speeds up the I/O for Hyper-V VMs as well as reducing the storage required by virtual machine VHD files....More
Jul 20, 2010
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Rolling Back Device Drivers on Windows Server

If you’ve ever been in the situation where Windows Server has just performed a system update and some piece of hardware has quit working you’ll need a way to roll back the change. Windows Server doesn't have the System Restore feature found in Windows XP, Vista and 7 but it does have a handy driver roll back feature....More
May 20, 2010
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Testing VMware Workstation 7.0

It has been awhile since I used this product and I forgot how much I liked it. Running a desktop test environment with Workstation is a quite a bit easier than Hyper-V which I usually use. My normal setup is running WS2008R2 in desktop mode with the Hyper-V role installed. Great for a lab but it doesn’t travel well....More
May 19, 2010
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What’s new in Windows IT Pro Labs 1

As you all probably know we do quite a bit of product testing to help keep you informed about the latest and greatest new product developments. Currently I’m in the process of testing the latest desktop virtualization products for an upcoming comparative review. I’m currently testing VMware Workstation 7 Parallels Desktop 4 Virtual PC 2007 Sun’s Virtual Box VMware Player Is there’s any particular feature that or capability that you’re interested in be sure to let me know....More
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