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June 29, 2008

My name is Chris…

and I’m a Facebook addict.

Damn you Nick. And MOM. And all you other Facebook junkies.

Sweet Mother of Moses.

There’s gotta be a 12 step program I can join for this one.

99% of the blame for getting me hooked on Crackbook rests squarely with Microsofties and the upcoming WPC in Houston in a couple of weeks.

Alright…I’m off to rob a liquor store to support my new habit.

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June 26, 2008

Hyper-V Just Shipped!

Hyper-V is like your own personal time machine. For your IT infrastructure, anyway.

The officially official version of Hyper-V just hit the download site today at noon Pacific time.

In an amazing feat of time-warping, this post was sent back in time to coincide with the exact moment of Hyper-V’s release.

Before you go all crazy downloading and installing Hyper-V, remember that upgrading your virtualization platform takes some planning and forethought…

If you care at all whether your virtual machines will still work, that is.

Some standard cautions about new versions of Hyper-V…

  • Once you put Hyper-V RTM on, there’s no removing it.
  • Virtual machines in a paused or saved state usually can’t be upgraded.
  • Before you do anything else, export a copy of your virtual machines to an external drive exactly as you want them preserved.
  • Archive all your exports into .zip files, so you don’t blow your only shot at an import later.
  • Snapshots might not survive an upgrade. So merge your changes before shutting down your virtual machines for the upgrade. But push those exports first!
  • Don’t forget to install the new Integration Services at some point, once you’ve verified your machines are all happy and working on the final release.

And for Pete’s sake…

  • Keep a copy of the current version of Hyper-V that you are running, just in case. Otherwise, the export copies you pushed will be less than worthless.

In fact, why don’t you store that copy of Hyper-V used to make the export copies right WITH the export copies, so you’ll always have it if you need it.

In case the absolute very worst happens.

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June 24, 2008

At Worldwide Partner Conference in July

On the mic at WPC. Prolly a good time to play

It’s officially official.

I’ll be part of two sessions at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston next month!

In a stunning development that should shock no one…

Both of them have to do with mobility solutions AKA Windows Mobile.

Here are the official session codes and titles. I’ve even included links to a pair of .vcs files so you can lay the appointments in your Outlook calendar if you want.

KN010 Mobility, Productivity and Customer Connectivity for your SMB Customers – Today and Tomorrow
MOB007 Windows Mobile: BIG Revenue in Small Business

If you’re planning on attending WPC, be sure and stop by. There’s gonna be a whole of lot of reasons, ways, and means you can use Windows Mobile to grow your practice.

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June 24, 2008

E-Cycling Day Featured On Alabama Public Television

C'mon...that is one damn sexxay hat! OK, well it was warm at least. Which is the only sexxay thing at 5:15a on an insanely cold morning.

E-Cycling Day was recently included as part of an Alabama Public Television feature on green initiatives in our state.

The entire show is available online from the website. If you just want to catch the section on E-Cycling Day, start at the 26:27 mark.

And for the record…uncontrollable laughter.

That was the reaction from Apple of My Eye and Cute as a Button to the awesome Winter Hat of Justice I’m sporting.

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June 20, 2008

Installing Small Business Server 2008 in Hyper-V

This is your virtual machine. This is your virtual machine on legacy.

With the public release candidate of Small Business Server 2008 floating around and about, there might be a few folks who want to stand it up inside of Hyper-V RC1.

When configuring a virtual machine to run SBS08, you’ll want to remove the native adapter that is configured by default, and add a Legacy Network adapter instead.

Otherwise, you’ll get the following error during installation

Network Adapter was not found

SBS08 can’t see native adapters until Integration Services are loaded. Which you really can’t do safely until after SBS is done installing.

Talk about a Catch-22, huh?

Also, certain things in SBS08 won’t install correctly without an adapter loaded. So you end up with a borked install.

Which maybe is something you’re after. But prolly not.

Go legacy adapter, if all you are wanting to do is put SBS08 through its paces with the least amount of hassle.

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