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MS Virtualization Quick Reference

For myself and friends working with Microsoft virtualization technologies I decided to write a quick reference guide comparing and contrasting the tools available today.  This area is changing so quickly it’s hard to stay current.  Hope you find it helpful.

Virtual PC 2007

Key Features: Simple, easy, and abundant.   Friendly GUI interface, drag and drop files across Host–>VM desktops.   With so many Windows XP desktops out there there is a favorite for learning and labs.

Host O/S: Windows XP mostly.  Older systems.

Guest Capability: 32-bit only

Keyboard Shortcuts: [Right Alt] to release (if lacking VM additions).   [Ctrl+Alt+Break] will toggle to/from full screen.

Download Link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloadS/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6&displaylang=en#filelist

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

Key Features: Web based interface, easy remoting.  More features (VHDMOUNT, VMC editing).  Dominant in data centers.

Host O/S: Windows XP / Server 2003.   Older systems.   Can also run on Server 2008 for backward compatibility and access to VHDMOUNT utility.

Guest Capability: 32-bit only

Keyboard Shortcuts: [Right Alt] to release (if lacking VM additions).    Full keyboard shortcut listing here.

Download Link:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008

Key Features: FAST!!   Direct access to bare metal.   Latest in core VM tech from Microsoft.   Easy snapshots, rich settings editor, VHD compression tool.

Host O/S: Windows Server 2008 only

Guest Capability: 64-bit and FAST!

Keyboard Shortcuts: [Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow] to release (if lacking Hyper-V Integration Services).

Download Link:

(comes with Windows Server 2008)

Windows Virtual PC RC

Key Features: Only option for Windows 7 that I’m aware of.   Still in Release Candidate status.

Host O/S: Windows 7 (all editions)

Guest Capability: More than even Hyper-V?  64-bit with “boot as VHD” feature too?

Keyboard Shortcuts: Not sure, haven’t run yet.

Download Link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloadS/details.aspx?familyid=4C3A0944-A2E6-4F01-9C57-5B55885875CC&displaylang=en

Favicon Generator

While not directly related to SharePoint I think “favicon.ico” is a nice tool for giving any website a stronger brand.   All modern browsers support this feature and keep the icon in your bookmarks to make the site easy to identify.   I’ve tried creating these several ways so I’ll save you the trouble and say that Dynamic Drive has the best.    http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/     Upload any common image file and it resizes, handles color palette , give you an instant download, and even a nice URL bar preview too.

How do I add this to my site?   I want my bookmark icon to be cool!

  • Add the “favicion.ico” to the root  (i.e.   http://www.spjeff.com/favicon.ico)
  • Add HTML in the page <head> that says  …  <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />
  • Bookmark to your heart’s content

Making of the Blog – Behind the scenes

I’ve been mulling over the idea of a fresh coat of paint for this website for a while now.   I finally took a quiet Sunday to focus and get it done.     I learned a few things in the process.   So in the spirit of collaboration I’d like to share those ideas:

  • Backup everything!   Think you’re an expert?   Think you’re good at computers?   Yeah, I did too until I accidentally deleted the root folder.  Yikes.  
    Confused
  • WordPress continues to amaze me.  The import/export to XML feature is fantastic.   I simply opened the XML in Notepad2 for a search/replace on the domain name URL and then loaded up without any hiccups.   All blog URLs now point to www.spjeff.com
  • Feedburner.    Enough said, I did a poor job before not using this and regret the lack of statistics.    Thankfull my new Green Park 2 theme comes with support for Feedburner and Google Analytics for all the numbers I could want.
  • Find other good blogs.   Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?   To be successful find good role models first.    Borrow ideas, build upon them, try new things, and make them yours too.
  • More picture, less words.    Information overload is the order of the day.    Be kind to visitors and keep the interface light weight.
  • Permalinks. (ex:  /?p=192)  If you switch DNS domains but stay with hosting companies point the old DNS to the new home folder.   It prevents 404 errors for prior readers.
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SPD Best Practice: Ctrl C+V Quick Backups

To quote Asif Rehmani (@asifrehmani) from www.sharepoint-elearning.com … “SharePoint Designer is like a really sharp knife.   It’s very good at what it does.   You might cut yourself.   But you don’t stop, just act more carefully.”

 

With that lesson well learned over my years with SharePoint customization I must say my favorite trick of all is the simple quick copy/paste backup.   Any time and every time I’m about to jump off a cliff to dive into SPD coding I perform a Quick Backup:

  • Highlight the file
  • Ctrl+C    (copy)
  • Ctrl+V    (paste)
  • Breathe a sigh of relief

Storage is cheap.   Mistakes are not.   Time is one of our most scarce resources.   Buy some insurance with a Quick Backup!  

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