In preparation

Windows 7 Tour finished with its last date yesterday in Karlskrona. A very good audience, lots of questions and the best lunch on the whole tour. After a VERY long drive home and too little sleep I’m at least up and about. Chasing Microsoft, finishing off my PPT for TechEd in Berlin, answering questions both here and by mail.

In a few weeks time it’s time to pack the bags again and head off to Berlin for TechEd 2009. I’m holding a product demonstration on how to build a Hyper-V cluster with Live Migration based on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. My demo is tested, the PPT almost done so I feel confident. If you already now have any questions on the subject, comment here or send me an email!

Core Configuration Console R2

The latest release of CCC is for R2-versions of 2008 ONLY. This is because the syntax of certain commands have changed, so we decided to not autodetect and fork in this case since the if/else-handling in batch-files leaves a lot to wish for.

If you still want CCC for the old Core-version it’s still available under downloads also.

Features in the latest version have expanded a little and now the list looks like this:

Computer Settings
Network And Disk Configuration
Network Configuration
Manual Configuration
DHCP Configuration
IPv6
Disable Network Connection
Enable Network Connection
NetBios
WINS
Speed – Duplex (not working)
Disk Configuration
Create Partition
Format Volume
Change Drive Letter
List Volumes
List Disks
List PageFile
Config Pagefile
More Options
Turn On Automatic Pagefile
iSCSI Start Graphical Client [ NEW IN R2 ]
iSCSI Start Service
iSCSI Add Targetportal
iSCSI List Targets
iSCSI Logon Target
iSCSI Add Persistent Target
More Options
iSCSI Remove Target Portal
iSCSI Remove Target
iSCSI List Persistent Target
Task Manager
Screen Resolution
Server Information
Change Current Local User Password
Change Server Name
License Options
Windows Update
Domain Settings
Join Domain
Disjoin Domain
Change Workgroup
Control Panel
Regional and Language Settings
Time And Date Settings
List Installed Applications
iSCSI Control Panel
Multipath IO Control Panel [ NEW IN R2 ]
Firewall / Remote Settings
RDS Admin Enable/Disable
Remote Event Viewer Enable/Disable
Remote Service Mgmt Enable / Disable
Remote Shared Folder Enable / Disable
Remote Scheduled Tasks Enable / Disable
Remote Reliability and Performance Enable / Disable
Remote Volume Mgmt Enable / Disable
More Choices
Remote windows Firewall Mgmt Enable / Disable
WinRM Enable / Disable
Firewall Enable / Disable
Firewall Status
Roles And Features
List Installed Roles/Features
List Installed Roles/Features without IIS
List Not Installed Roles/Features
List Not Installed Roles/Features without IIS
Search For Roles/Features
Search And Add Roles/Features [ NEW IN R2 ]
Search And Remove Roles/Features [ NEW IN R2 ]
Help on installing Roles/Features
Quick Config
Will run quick configuration guide (ip, rename computer, reboot, join domain)
CCC Settings
Install CCCR2 in Windows-folder
Register in Path
Enable Autostart
Disable Autostart
About CCCR2
Shutdown / Reboot / Logoff
Reboot
Shutdown
Logoff

Download CCC and CCCR2 here!

Windows 7 Tour – More pictures

It seems that on every occasion at least one demo has to fail. So yesterday in Sundsvall I personally took care of killing the RD-connection in the control panel before failing to add it again. Didn’t change anything for todays demo and it worked flawlessly in Borlänge. On the other hand my third clusternode decided to not answer on any kind of traffic, including RD, ping, MMC or cluster traffic. Needless to say that demo failed too.

As a preparation for Stockholm I’ve decided to sacrifice Anders to the demo-gods and let someone from the audience run his demos instead. Or maybe I’ll just bite the bullet and hope for the best.

Here are some pictures from Sundsvall and Borlänge. (Don’t miss the old overhead-machine on one of the pictures from the kitchen, nostalgia!)

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Windows 7 Tour – Day 1

After a nights demo-setups and a day filled with mostly good demos (sorry for the Applocker-crash Umeå) we jumped in the car for a ride to Sundsvall. We had dinner at All Stars (great meat, perfectly cooked!), and now we’ve rigged everything and made sure that it (hopefully) works tomorrow!

As promised in Umeå, here are some pictures from todays event:

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And if there are any questions, you can email me or use the contact form 🙂

The slides (with speaker notes for the technical content) will be available when the tour is done.

Disk2VHD – A great utility

Hat off to Mark and Bryce who has released the utility Disk2VHD. You can use this utility to convert your computers disks to VHDs. The fine and dandy function of this utility is that you can do it while your disks are online… No more strange booting into utilities or copy stuff over the network.

Once it’s done you can use this VHD in any virtualization software that supports VHDs. Or convert it to any other virtual disk container format for that matter.

Download it from Microsofts site

Screenshot: (pretty self explanatory)

Enable CPU Core Parking

After hunting this information all over the vast global internet I actually found it in a performance related word document from Microsoft. The enabling of CPU Core Parking is NOT done in a group policy like it says everywhere, so you can close that MMC right away.

Instead fire up CMD and enter the following:
powercfg -setacvalueindex scheme_current sub_processor bc5038f7-23e0-4960-96da-33abaf5935ec 25

This line will allow the CPU to park 75% of it’s cores. As in if you’ve got 4 cores, 3 can park. If you’ve got a dualcore the number to park one core would actually be 50 then. Clear on that? (Don’t ask me about the long sub_processor number thingie cause I have no idea) (UPDATE: Now I do know, check http://www.nullsession.com/2009/11/24/powercfg-unleashed/ for more info on that string)

powercfg -setactive scheme_current

This will activate the settings you just entered, in the currently active powerplan.

Did it work? Check out Resource Monitor for an answer. The more cores you have, the more likely anyone will be parked one could say.