VolkerW's WebLog

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    Installing Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

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    Roughly a year after my Windows Vista installation on a MacBook Air (MBA), it is time for an update. Running Windows 7 for quite some time on my personal laptop and on my office systems, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Vista runs great on the MBA...
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    Hardware Virtualization Check Utility

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    How do I find out if the processors in my laptop, desktop or server supports resource virtualization? Does my system run on Intel-VT or AMD-V ? There are a few tools out there allowing to check either one or the other vendor's processors or they just...
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    32-bit optional in Windows Server 2008 R2

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    You may not but have have been waiting for a looong time for this to be happening. We finally ship an operating system where the support of 32-bit applications has become optional. All 64-bit baby! I’ve been blogging about 64-bit Windows for some time...
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    Executing 32-bit applications on 64-bit

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    [go to http://blogs.msdn.com/volkerw/archive/2008/07/24/executing-32-bit-application-in-64-bit.aspx for updated links] 64-bit will soon be everywhere. So, will all application have to be rewritten? I guess not. Windows on Itanium, AMD-64 or Xeon...
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    Installing Vista on a MacBook Air

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    Unable to resist I got myself a shiny, slim new MacBook Air (MBA). While I am used to Mac OS X, I wanted it to run Vista so I can also take it to work. My MBA has a 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and a 64GB solid state drive and I bought a SuperDrive . Here...
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    Upgrade 32-bit XP to 64-bit XP

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    Did you take advantage of this offer? The offer is expiring soon (July 31st). I was reminded of this program as I found my Windows XP Professional x64 Edition today in the mail....
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    Turning a Mac Mini into a virtual Windows HPC Server 2008 Compute Cluster

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    Best thing you can do to a Mac Mini? No, wait, certainly not the right way to start this post. I am going prepare a Mac Mini in such a way that you will be able to install a 2 or more node HPC cluster and a head node. Once you followed the steps outlined...
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    The first 64-bit Windows firewall available free to customers

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    At least according to ZoneLabs . PCMAG knows "ZoneLabs will continue to update the rest of their security line for 64-bit Windows throughout 2006." The product is currently in beta and should be available in spring this year.
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    Virtual PC 2007 available for free

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    Another move towards making Virtualization a commodity on Servers AND on workstation type systems. After making Virtual Server available for free, now Microsoft makes its second Virtualization product, Virtual PC available for free . The announcement...
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    Streets & Trips 2006 (with GPS Locator)

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    This is really a neat product. I’ve used it on my way from LAX to the hotel in LA during PDC. Actually we used it on a co-workers 32-bit laptop. I liked it so much that I decided to go and buy it at the MS company story. SOLD OUT. I had to wait 4 weeks...
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    The 5000

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    Who needs The 4400 if you can have The 5000+. Marcello over at hp counts over 5k applications available on hp Integrity servers. Nice. How many are on Windows? Can we see the list?
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    Free Pascal for 64-bit Windows

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    Developers, you love programming in Pascal and you love 64-bit Windows. Here's a free cross-platform compiler for you: Free Pascal 2.2 . Slashdot reported the news on Monday. Shame on me, the first time I hear about Free Pascal aka. FPK Pascal. Have you...
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    Windows 7 download Available

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    Go get ’em. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SKUs are now available on MSDN in the subscriber section.   Correction above. Thanks folks for catching that the se r ver is NOT yet available for download.
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    More on VMWare Server supports x64 Windows hosts

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    From time to time I have the pleasure of receiving 64-bit hardware from our hardware partners. I use these systems for testing Windows, other Microsoft and competitor products. Recently I downloaded the beta version of the free VMware Server product and...
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    'Female' Android Repliee Q2

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    More about Repliee Q2 . Here ’s a video from Discovery Channel. Makes me feel even more like being in the opening scene of Battlestar Galactica: "The Cylons were created by Man. They Rebelled. They Evolved. They Look and Feel Human. Some are programmed...
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    PiMCast

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    So, you’ve never heard about Podcast? Never mind, Podcast is yesterday. PiMCast is the new means by which we will consume information, learn about new technologies and hear AND SEE snippets from other people’s lives in the form of video downloads for...
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    Who needs 64-bit?

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    Wrong question. Didn’t we ask ourselves a similar question years ago when we all felt (kind of) comfortable in the 16-bit world and this 32-bit thing eventually appeared in Windows? Yesterday I've seen my boss sending out a lengthy email response to an...
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    Lists of 64-bit apps, drivers and hardware

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    Back after a long Labor Day weekend. Hope you used the long weekend to spend some "quality time" with families and friends! But I also hope you have spent some time at your favorite computer store and checked out some cool 64-bit hardware - even bought...
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    Sleep and Hibernate in Windows Server with Hyper-V installed

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    With Windows Server 2008 R2 you can enable hibernate and sleep even though the Hyper-V role is installed. Ben explains how on the Virtual PC Guy's WebLog . The only catch is, you have to boot w/o “starting” the Hypervisor.
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    SharePoint WSS3.0 on Home Server

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    Of course we all know it is currently not supported . Be it as is may, there's plenty of good guidance on installing WSS3.0 on Windows Home Server. For my installation I used this guide. This post is not meant to be another guide to do the same! I want...
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    VHD compatibility between Hyper-V and Virtual Server

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    Honestly I was shocked when I read John's recent post about " Are VHDs compatible between Hyper-V and Virtual Server and Virtual PC? " Hestarts off with some "No, not supported" cases and I almost immediately started felling nauseous...
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    AMD64 vs. Intel EMT64T

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    Last week my team did an Internet radio show on franklins.net ( http://www.franklins.net/dotnetrocks/ ). MP3 . During the show I got questions about performance compariosn between AMD64 and EM64T. Since it is a bit difficult to compare 2 partners I am...
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    Sony Handycam

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    Some time ago I bought a Sony Handycam DCR-HC40 . I've always used it with my 32-bit laptop and desktop to transfer video files or even record into a file. Today for the first time I tried to connect it to the Ferrari 4000 running XP Professional x64...
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    Running a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster on Hyper-V

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    Recently Giovanni posted a document on the Windows HPC community portal describing how to set up a virtual HPC cluster. The ZIP file (did he use his MacBook to write the doc? :)) contains also sample code that can be executed against the virtual cluster...
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    Stay At Home Server

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    No longer in my home! Last week I lost about 180 GB of files because Home Server failed to read its data from perfectly intact USB drives and/or from the local hard disk's D:\ drive. I never found out what it was, but the event viewer was suddenly full...
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