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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]


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, … […]

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 […]

Lab Management

June 2, 2010


Do you like virtual machines? Do you build them from the OS on up every time you have even just a half baked excuse? Well then we have a lot in common! With the release of Visual Studio 2010 came Lab Management: heaven for the likes of us because it integrates with System Center Virtual […]

Web Performance Test LINQ’d Extraction Rule

May 16, 2010


Visual Studio has offered web testing features for some time but then just the other day someone asked me for help in Visual Studio 2010 for what I thought would be easy to do: during a web test (now named a Web Performance Test), extract the default value from an HTML Select element (aka Drop […]

Visual Studio 2010 has Arrived!

May 12, 2010

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Sunday May 2nd the Microsoft Gulf team held their Visual Studio 2010 Launch at the CineStar Cinemas located at Mall of the Emirates (yes, the one with the ski slope). We had three sessions, followed by the screening of Iron Man 2. Our guest, Suhail Dutta – Senior Program Manager, out of Redmond opened the event. […]