Using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 to Understand Your Applications

November 2, 2010


Thank you to all delegates choosing to attend DTL222 on Monday, it was a real pleasure to have such a big room filled for my first presentation of TechEd Africa 2010! And a special thanks to Cameron Skinner for the original content and Jennifer Marsman for a very thorough write-up of Cameron’s tour – it […]

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SSD for Hyper-V Build Lab

July 25, 2010

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Turns out Computer Plaza here in Dubai is not as well stocked as this geek would like: two visits and still not able to find a RAID card with an on-board cache. And the RAID cards they do have I can’t find online, so no telling whether they would work on Windows Server 2008 R2, […]

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USB3, eSATA and old CPUs

July 13, 2010

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Last night I took the plunge: finally purchased a machine for use as a virtual machine host and file server at home. What pushed me over the edge? Windows Storage Server 2008: iSCSI Software Target aside, the file deduplication service will save me tons of space with all the duplicate importing of photos I manage […]

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USB over iSCSI

July 8, 2010


This week we discovered our lab hardware may not have enough storage space available for an upcoming project. As a temporary solution, the obvious idea of an external drive came up. And died almost immediately when I was told I cannot connect an external USB disk to an installation of VMWare ESX. I have no […]

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Long winding road to Lab Management

June 30, 2010

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I got distracted, so now wrapping the Hyper-V WMI API gets a lot more attention than the actual building of VMs. Latest update is on CodePlex: just released an alpha of System.Management.HyperV.dll.

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TMandou Effect

June 27, 2010

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TMandou linked to my blog! Very intimidating that, so instead of leaving my weekend coding overdose as the last post, here is some macro lens goodness. Enjoy!

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Raw Lab Management

June 27, 2010

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If you don’t have System Center Virtual Machine Manager, where to start? PowerShell! If you want to do the basics. But I didn’t have the patience to learn as much PowerShell as I needed to, but I did have the patience to learn a lot of WMI… One weekend later, here is my C# library […]

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June 5, 2010


The laptop I’m using will only go so far, even with external disks and 8GB RAM. YMMV, but for my purposes I need a second machine. This makes planning network configuration a lot more complicated: Host 1: DC, SCVMM w Library, WSUS, SQL, SharePoint, TFS, Build Controller A, Build Agent A1, Test Controller A, … […]

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Under the covers

June 4, 2010


Lab Management relies heavily on System Center Virtual Machine Manager so a lot of my posts will be about enabling automation for building virtual machines. I don’t know why I like automation, but I know automation is a great the only way to get Repeatability: Anytime I have to follow written instructions repeatedly, I will […]

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