I’ve been a bit silent over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been flat out working on a few different things. One of my major clients has bought a new company and I’m looking at how we integrated 220 users into an existing 350 user network which is a great challenge and a load of fun.
I’m also preparing to present at both TechEd Australia and TechEd New Zealand as well as doing a fair bit of travel around Australia with Windows 7 presentations. Add to that the background work I’m doing on the new SBSfaq.com website and you start to get the picture.
So good things come – but I’ve been a little delayed in the launch of the new site. Fingers crossed for a launch this weekend!
For those that have never met her, Sarah Arnold is the Partner Program Manager at Microsoft Australia. Sarah recently began a new blog focused on the needs of the Australian Partner channel. Her blog can be reached here http://blogs.msdn.com/auspartners/
She also has a cool MSN widget on her blog that allows you to IM direct from the webpage to her if she is online. She is very keen to hear from all Aussie partners so that she can ensure that not only do we get the right information, but that she can take the clear messages from the Australian partner channel back inside Microsoft. Watch her blog for info coming up on the Australian Partner Conference due to be held in the Gold Coast in September.
I’m doing another migration tonight for a client from SBS2003 to SBS 2008. We’re also doing it from a physical SBS 2003 system over to a Virtual SBS 2008 server on Windows Server 2008 with HyperV. Over the past week, I’ve already setup and got running a virtualised ISA 2006 server, virtualised SQL 2008 server and a new virtualised Windows 2008 Terminal Server. Tonight is the final stages of the overall project and so far things are singing and dancing nicely. While I wait for the backup of the SBS 2003 server to complete, I’m reviewing the most current documentation once more. I’ve listed the links to the most current documentation for your convenience. NOTE that the SBS 2003 to 2008 Migration whitepaper is recently refreshed in March but the download shows May – not sure what’s up with that so I’ve asked the SBS Doc team.
Today I’ve been working for a client doing some restructuring of their servers. We’ve been taking a number of servers that were on physical hardware and virtualising them. To do that I’ve used ShadowProtect from Storagecraft. It’s a wonderful product and one that I’ve had for some years now. One of the cool things that I am using it for today is to take an image of a physical server down to a USB drive, then I’m taking the USB drive to the new Hyper-V server and restoring the image into a virtualised environment. I setup the new Virtual Machine the way I wanted it with 4 CPU and 4GB of RAM and then booted the Virtual machine from the ShadowProtect CD. Booting was extremely slow and even moving around inside the environment was very slow too. Initially I didn’t think much of it as I was also copying a large amount of data over to the Hyper-V machines hard drives, however when I started to restore a 40GB image from the USB drive, it told me that it was restoring at 1Mb/second and therefore it was going to take hours to restore… Hmm – very strange for this to happen. I had a thought and on a hunch, I reduce the number of CPU’s in the Virtual machine to just 1. I booted up of the ShadowProtect CD and wow – what a difference. The speed was at least 10 times faster now and the restore screamed through in record time.
Morale to the story – don’t try to get too far ahead of yourself.
I’ve lived in my current house for 11 years now, and we’ve had ADSL for the past 5 or so years but we are running off a RIM exchange and therefore I’ve had many many applications to move to ADSL2+ rejected due to this. A mate of mine suggested that I should give Telstra a go for my internet connection. I have a big issue with giving Telstra a go their pricing is highly monopolistic. Ultimately though I decided to bite the bullet and applied for a Liberty 12GB plan from them. We put the application in around 2:30pm on Tuesday and by 4:00pm THAT DAY we had received an email indicating that the service was already provisioned. Amazing I thought… surely they can’t work that fast, so I left it until tonight to change over. I took my current DSL connection, switched the phone line on it and changed the userID and password – seconds later I was up. Next thing is to run a speed test using www.speedtest.net. The results speak for themselves! WOW! Now I can cancel the other DSL connection and also the phone line it’s connected to. All up I’ll save around $30/month – not a lot, but hey – it all helps!
As a presenter, there are a few people that I really look up to in terms of knowledge, style and sheer balls. Steve Riley is one of them. Unfortunately, Steve just announced (http://blogs.technet.com/steriley/archive/2009/05/06/good-bye-and-good-luck.aspx) that due to budget cutbacks, he has been forced to depart from Microsoft. This to me is a crying shame, as this gent is not only a consummate professional in security terms, but a really nice guy. As a reseller, I really have to wonder just what Microsoft think they are doing by letting such a skilled and professional preacher of the security word go like that. Heck – I know we all need to make cutbacks in tough times, but Steve had a way of conveying the security message that both scared the sh!t out of people and at the same time make them take a good long hard look at their methods, designs and goals in terms of security.
I’m sure that Steve won’t be out of a job for long – I just hope that we get to see him at TechEd again in the future. Heck – maybe he should go work with Jesper over at Amazon… now that would be scary indeed 🙂
Steve’s new blog is already in action over at http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/steveriley/default.aspx
I’ve just heard that there is a new user group forming in Sydney. Starting in May, the Sydney Windows User Group will get off the ground. They are focusing on everything Windows client related, and plan to demo Windows 7 RC at their first meeting. There first meeting is on Wednesday May 13th, at Microsoft North Ryde office. Here’s the link to their website http://www.windowsusergroup.com/
As reported last week in my blog, HP have listened to community feedback and are re-releasing the HP ConfigureAIDER progam which made it so easy for us to spec and quote HP Servers. You can download it direct from HP here http://h20427.www2.hp.com/products/configureaider/au/en/
As you cen see in the screen below, only a few of the servers are included right now. Others will be added over the coming weeks/months to build out the entire configuration once more.
Thanks HP for listening.