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Windows 8 As A Demo Laptop
Master Of The House… Almost 2 years ago I took delivery of my current laptop , and after dabbling with Oracle VirtualBox , settled on using Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V as my base operating system for virtual machine demos. This configuration served me well for the last couple of years...
13 Sep 2012
Demo Outlook Client Not Connecting
I Dreamed A Dream… The other day, one of my colleagues rebuilt their demo laptop with our corporate build of Windows 8 consumer preview. Taking advantage of the Hyper-V support now built into the latest version of our desktop operating system, he decided to create a brand new “All-In...
3 Aug 2012
My New Demo Laptop
Some Kind Of Wonderful… I have just taken delivery of a brand new laptop to replace my 18-month old Dell Latitude E6500 , and I am now the proud owner of an HP EliteBook 8540w with the following specifications: Intel i7-720QM Processor (Quad-Core, 1.60 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache) 16GB 1333MHz...
2 Oct 2010
Making The Move to 64-bit Demos
Do Ya… This week Alexander “Monty” Montgomery (not the famous Jazz pianist Monty Alexander ) joined my team, replacing Craig Steere (a former South African) who decided he wanted good weather back in his life and is now working for Microsoft in Australia. As I mentioned previously...
3 Mar 2010
Testing Both IFD & Windows Authentication
Deep In The Motherlode… As part of my development work I sometimes need to test applications using both IFD and Windows authentication on my Virtual PC demo environment. However, looking through the various blog posts here and here , it seemed that no-one had come up with a solution to be able to...
17 Jun 2009
Windows 7 & Virtual PC
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It… There’s been a lot of noise this week around the broad availability of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) (available for download here ), but the thing that caught my attention was the beta availability of a new version of Virtual PC, specifically designed for...
7 May 2009
Virtual PC 2007 Performance Tweaks
Going For The One… I’ve been head-down working on closing out Q4 CRM deals here in the UK, but wanted to share a couple of tweaks that have made a small improvement to the speed of my demos running on Virtual PC 2007. 1. Prevent your PC from entering a low power state Some laptops will slow...
7 May 2009
Resizing A Virtual PC Hard Drive
Holy Diver... The other day I was working on one of my Virtual PC demo images, when I noticed I was running out of disk space. When I originally created the Virtual Hard Drive (.VHD) I just accepted the default size of 16GB without thinking, but more and more often I find I need to install other products...
24 May 2008
Who Builds Our VPC Imges?
Can you feel the love tonight... I just saw Menno's post and he's feeling sore because few people (myself included) have given him credit for all the hard work he has put in to build the CRM 3.0 and CRM 4.0 CTP3 demo images that we all know and love. I just want to correct this injustice by saying...
1 Nov 2007
Microsoft CRM & Virtualization
La Donna E Mobile... Last week I got into a discussion with one of our partners about one of their clients who were running Microsoft CRM on VMware ESX Server 3 in their development and test environments. They were experiencing some performance issues in one of their environments but not the other...
17 Sep 2007
Reuben Krippner's Guest Spot: More great material on Virtual PC
Hot Wit You... Greetings all, a quick note of world cup reflection from an unbiased Australian perspective before we begin today's article (forgive me all Italian fans out there) but WE WERE ROBBED!!! :-) OK, now that is out of my system, here beginneth the article: Simon has posted a couple of...
27 Jun 2006
Virtual PC Networking For CRM Images
Highway Star... Prompted by a question I was asked regarding one of my earlier postings, I thought I'd provide some information about how I prefer to set up networking when using Microsoft Virtual PC. The problems I want to solve are to: Provide Internet connectivity for the Virtual PC image...
26 May 2006
Creating a single Virtual PC image for Microsoft CRM 3.0
Size Of A Cow... One of the most common questions partners ask me is how can I install all the CRM components on a single Virtual PC image for development, test & demo purposes. At a minimum CRM Professional requires 3 Virtual PCs: Server 1: Windows Server 2003 + Active Directory + Exchange...
18 Jan 2006
Microsoft CRM 3.0 demo Virtual PC image available for download
Wired For Sound... We have just made a Virtual PC image available for download which contains a self-contained Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 environment for you to use for development, testing and demos. It includes: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 + Active Directory + Windows SharePoint Services...
21 Dec 2005
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