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The technology formerly known as Viridian

Today me and a colleague installed RC0 of Windows Server 2008 with the Windows Server Virtualization technology preview. We’ve tried before with the TAP-release but it didn’t really work that well back then, like a bsod in the middle of the installation. After upgrading our HP server with the latest ILO firmware everything went smoothly and we enabled hardware virtualization and hardware DEP. Once installed we just imported our virtual server machines and started them, assigning our different environments to different virtual networks. Like a charm!

 If you haven’t tried it yet, get the RC0-release here!

The Nerd Herd

Spent the friday at Microsofts office outside of Stockholm recording an episode of The Nerd Herd together with Mikael Nyström from Truesec and Mikael Anderberg from Microsoft. The topic of the day was virtualization and it was a blast recording it. Hope you listeners are having as much fun listening to it as it is recording! You can find the recordings here!

Windows Server 2008

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Andrew Mason from Microsoft on stage.

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Ulf Alvarsson from Microsoft sweden on the terrace after the presentation.

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John Laerum from Cornerstone. 

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 Me, not paying attention afterwards.

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 Left: Andrew Mason. Right: Tom Hazel.

We had the fortune of getting Andrew and Tom over to pay us a visit and talk about Server Core. We spent the days working and at night we’ve taught them how to eat swedish food. Like pickled herring, meatballs and “pytt i panna”. Snaps is a given accessory of course. The pictures above were taken on the event we held at Berns where Andrew held a presentation about Server Core and the news in beta 3 of Windows Server 2008 as it’s officially called now. Longhorn sounded better, but at least the merchandise might be worth something now if it’s sold in the right circles.

Powershell

A question arised on the Microsoft Live-tour how to run powershell-scripts as logon-scripts. The way to do it is the same as how to run powershell-commands from vb-script. You need to create a “wrapper” or call your ps1-script from vb-script through wscript.shell. Like this:

Dim objShell,objFSO,objFile
Set objShell=CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
Set objFSO=CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
‘sökvĂ€g till skriptet
strPath=”c:scriptUpdate-Exchange.ps1″
If objFSO.FileExists(strPath) Then
set objFile=objFSO.GetFile(strPath)
strCMD=”powershell -nologo -command ” & Chr(34) & “&{” &_ objFile.ShortPath & “}” & Chr(34)
‘WScript.Echo strCMD
‘0 gömmer fönstret
‘1 visar fönstret
objShell.Run strCMD,0
Else
WScript.Echo “Hittar inte ” & strPath
WScript.Quit
End If

Joachim NĂ€sslander

Joachim NĂ€sslanderI’ve spent over 15 years in the IT industry. Most of that time has been spent as a consultant for various companies. Currently I’m responsible for the group IT-security and Infrastructure at Transcendent Group.

Previously I’ve worked at companies like Dell, Knowledge Factory and Qbranch.

Over the years I’ve participated in several Microsoft Technology Adoption Programs and Rapid Deployment Programs. Some of these are “Longhorn”, Windows Vista, Hyper-V, SCVMM, Stirling and Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7.

Awards
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  • 2011 – 2009 – Microsoft MVP in Cluster / High Availability
  • 2009 – IT-Consultant of the year, IDG IT Business Awards
  • 2008 – Microsoft MVP in File Systems And Storage

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You can read more about the MVP award here or view my MVP profile here.

Certifications
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  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise Administrator (MCITPEA)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional Virtualization (Hyper-V)

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Member of
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  • Microsoft Extended Expert Team

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Speaking assignments:
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  • TechDays 2012
    From Virtual Server to Hyper-V 3.0
  • TechEd New Orleans 2010
    The session “Managing Server Core without breaking a sweat!” and Ask The Experts on Cluster
  • TechEd Berlin 2009
    Product demo on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Live Migration and Ask The Experts on Cluster
  • TechEd Los Angeles 2009
    Ask The Experts on Cluster
  • Teched Barcelona 2008
    Product demonstration of building a cluster on Server Core. Session finished #1 in evaluation.
    Ask The Experts on Cluster.
  • Microsoft Technet Update 2007
    Co-hosting with Maria Lundahl from Microsoft.
    A Swedish tour visiting Gothenburg, Malmoe, Umea and Stockholm.
    Subject was virtualization and we covered App-V, Virtual Server, Hyper-V and Terminal Services.
  • TechEd Barcelona 2007
    Ask The Experts on Windows Server 2008 Core and Active Directory.
  • Expert Zone 2007
    Arranged by Cornerstone and Qbranch the tour visited Malmoe, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Sundsvall.
    We discussed and demoed the new functionality in Windows Server 2008 such as Hyper-V, Terminal Services.
  • Microsoft TechNet Live 2007
    Held in Malmoe, Gothenburg, Linkoping, Orebro, Stockholm and Umea.
  • Server Core Night 2007
    About 200 visitors at Berns in Stockholm. An event where Andrew Mason and Tom Hazel held a presentation about Windows Server 2008 Core.
    I held a brief demo of WSV (Hyper-V, previously now as Viridian / Windows Server Virtualization), which was the first public presentation in Sweden.

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Writing assignments:
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