Toolbox Utilities

Thought I’d let you guys know what I’ve been looking at the last few weeks. As a consultant there are always a bunch of tools that you use. Maybe not on an everyday basis, but when you need it you know where to find it.

Here are a few of my favourite ones that have arrived lately:

The Remote Desktop Load Simulation Toolset

This collection of utilites lets you simulate and measure load on Remote Desktop Services. So if you’re wondering how that VDI infrastructure of yours is gonna hold up, now you can actually benchmark it before production.

Remote Desktop Connection 7.0

Provides connectivity for downlevel OS:es, like Windows XP SP3 for example. Note that you won’t get any of the new features when connecting TO any OS not supporting it.

Disk2VHD 1.21

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online.

The Microsoft Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Do you have a bunch of random machines in your environment and need to know which have processors that support hardware assisted virtualization and if this setting is enabled?  If so, this tool is for you!

Microsoft SharedView

Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate – create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.

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