Hyper-V or VHD Backup

One of the main advantages in virtualization is having the ability to quickly recover failed systems. By turning a system into a virtual system you are actually turning it into a file that can be used on any system that has Hyper-V installed on it thus enabling quick recovery of a failed system. The main problem is that to be able to backup a VHD file you need to stop the virtual machine. Now obviously, on mission critical systems you can’t stop a system every time you want to back it up. To overcome this issues, you can us the … Continue reading Hyper-V or VHD Backup

Increasing the rule quota limit/size (Exchange 2007)

This has always bugged me. When using Exchange you have a limit on how many rules you can create for your mailbox. At first sight you might say,what is the big deal-you almost never hit the limit. The problem is that once one of your users does actually hit the limit you have no compelling explanation as to why the limit for Exchange servers up to 2007 was 32KB (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886616). In Exchange 2007 this changes, and the limit can be changed to either 64KB, 128KB or 256KB. This can be done by using a cmdlet called set-mailbox. Set-Mailbox <mailbox> -RulesQuota:<size> … Continue reading Increasing the rule quota limit/size (Exchange 2007)

Hyper-V Top Issues

Lately, we have been messing around with Hyper-V (by saying we,I actually mean mean myself and the person that won’t tell me his Kazakh name…). The technology itself is very cool, but as always it has it’s quirks. Oddly enough, after we ironed out most of the issues a blog post appeared on the ‘Ask the Core Team’ blog describing the top issues that they have encountered. The post is very useful (and would have been really great a couple of month ago… :)). Click here for the post.

Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds

Now what does the ‘ds’ stand for? You might have guessed it: Dual Screen. Looks like a monster, with a 17” screen you actually get an extension in the form of a dual screen…

Rumors,rumors and some more rumors…

It has been an odd week. First off, it has been a very long time since I last wrote, and I missed it. I can’t really say what it is about being able to write without really knowing if someone actually reads it but I do have to admit it’s fun. Second, it has been a week or rumors in Israel: it seems that someone from a certain software company, has decided to send an e-mail to all the employees of that company (actually only to the local branch) saying that a specific snack causes death in infants. This e-mail … Continue reading Rumors,rumors and some more rumors…

10 Microsoft Research Projects

Oddly enough,as I have mentioned in the past, it seems that the tide is turning. Microsoft, from being perceived as a stagnant giant is currently being looked at as an innovator by the media. As an example, take a look at the the following article: http://www.cio.com.au/article/269325/10_microsoft_research_projects?pp=1