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  • Blog Post: Update on Patching and Disk Space Usage

    About a year ago, I wrote a post about saving huge amounts of disk space by slipstreaming service packs . Having just been through an ordeal installing Windows Server 2008 SP2, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide an update (since that original post refers to disk space usage with Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Reclaiming Disk Space After Installing Service Pack 2

    In yesterday's post , I noted the errors I encountered when trying to install Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) due to "insufficient" disk space. I ended up having to expand numerous VHDs (one for each of my VMs running Windows Server 2008 x64) in order to have roughly 5 GB of free space to allow...
  • Blog Post: Errors Installing Windows Server 2008 SP2

    Last week I approved Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista SP2 on my local WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server. My expectation was that the various physical and virtual machines in the "Jameson Datacenter" would subsequently install the update around 3:00 AM the following...
  • Blog Post: Redirecting stderr to stdout

    Yesterday I replied to an email from a teammate in which I incorrectly stated that you can't redirect stderr to stdout in DOS -- er, I mean a command window in Microsoft Windows. I would have sworn the last time I tried something like the following in Windows Server 2003 (a couple of years ago), I...
  • Blog Post: Fiddler + WPAD - VPN = SlowPerformance

    I needed to look at some low-level HTTP traffic this morning, so I fired up Fiddler -- my tool of choice for this kind of thing. Unfortunately, I found that as soon as I enabled Fiddler, my browsing experience slowed to a crawl. Page requests that previously completed in 1-2 seconds were subsequently...
  • Blog Post: Disabling Hibernation in Windows Vista (and Deleting Hiberfil.sys)

    As I described in my previous post , I found myself with a paltry 320 MB of free space on a 20 GB partition after installing Windows Vista and a handful of programs (which although I specified to install on a different partition, ended up "bloating" my system partition to an unmanageable point). In...
  • Blog Post: An Update on Disk Space Usage by Windows Vista

    Today I rebuilt my laptop to allow me to dual boot between Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. To enable this configuration, I created the following partions on my hard drive: 20 GB - Windows Server 2008 x64 20 GB - Windows Vista Ultimate x64 53.2 GB - Program Files and Data Here...
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