One advantage Microsoft Windows has in the cloud and tablet wars is that it it is, well, Windows. Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud computing product largely depends on the assumption that users want to run Office on their local PC or tablet. Windows 8 tablets will be attractive to enterprises that want to continue running custom
…continue reading Perfect virtualization is a threat to Windows: VMWare aims to embrace and extinguish
This was an annoying. I tried to remote desktop into my Hyper-V Server today and could not. The message:
Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the remote computer because there is a time or date difference between your computer and the remote computer.
Hmm. I typed:
net time \\myhypervbox
and it was the
…continue reading When remote desktop does not connect: changing Windows DNS setttings remotely
This year’s Microsoft TechEd is subtitled Cloud Power: Delivered, and sky blue is the theme colour. Microsoft seems to be serious about its cloud play, based on Windows Azure.
Then again, Microsoft is busy redefining its on-premise solutions in terms of cloud as well. A bunch of Windows Servers on virtual machines managed by
…continue reading Three questions about Microsoft’s cloud play at TechEd 2011
Embarcadero has announced the AppWave Store, a forthcoming app store for Windows which uses application virtualization to avoid the hassles and risks of the usual Windows install process.
The idea is that purchasing apps for Windows will be as simple as installing an app on a mobile using the Apple app store or Android
…continue reading Another Windows app store – but this time it is virtual. Embarcadero’s AppWave promises instant installs
Seemingly tricky problems sometimes have simple solutions – but you have to find them first.
So it was with this one. I was asked to recover some emails from Small Business Server, from a backup that was about six months old. This SBS runs on Hyper-V using a proven backup system and I decided to
…continue reading Restoring an old Small Business Server 2008 backup: beware expired Active Directory
Today I needed to enlarge a virtual hard drive used by a Hyper-V virtual machine.
No problem: I used the third-party VHD Resizer which successfully copied my existing VHD to a new and larger one.
The snag: when I renamed the VHDs so that the new one took the place of the old, the VM
…continue reading Microsoft Hyper-V Annoyance: special permissions for VHDs
I have a PC on which I did most of my work for several years. It runs Windows XP, and although I copied any critical data off it long ago, I still wheel it out from time to time because it has Visual Studio 6 and Delphi 7 projects with various add-ins installed, and it
…continue reading Migrating from physical to virtual with Hyper-V and disk2vhd
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a free virtualisation platform from Microsoft and an excellent bargain; I guess it is something Microsoft feels it has to do in order to compete with VMWare’s vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) which is also free. Of course Microsoft still gets your money if you run Windows Server on the VMs, in
…continue reading Using backup on Windows Hyper-V Server or Server Core
Over the weekend I ran some test restores of Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. You can restore a Hyper-V host, complete with its VMs, using the same technique as with any Windows server; but my main focus was on a different scenario. Let’s say you have a Server 2008 VM that has been backed up from
…continue reading Bare-metal recovery of a Hyper-V virtual machine
At TechEd in New Orleans, Microsoft has announced that the version of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 – a typical Microsoft mouthful – will include support for generic USB devices. That is, you can remote into a Hyper-V VM, plug in your USB camera, scanner or bar-code reader, and it will
…continue reading USB devices and Hyper-V – remote client yes, host no