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Microsoft, Redundancies and Mojo

Yesterday was the start of Build, Microsoft\’s most important conference since… …the last most important conference. But it is and was important.

During the day. Jon Honeyball said this:

I almost immediate RT\’d with the comment

But it\’s more than the obvious.

It\’s not that long ago that Microsoft made some pretty heavy duty redundancies. I can still remember the shock and surprise of names like Steve Riley and Eileen Brown being identified as \”at risk\” and then receiving their redundancy notice. It felt like a mistake. In some respects it was.

But when you have been made redundant (as Mrs B and I have been about 9 times if I\’ve counted them correctly!) then you can look back at the company you have just left with a number of views. It may take some time before the sadness, regret and anger wear off; but when they do you\’ll probably end up seeing why the company did it and either consider them complete idiots for choosing you, or understanding why you were the candidate chosen.

If the company is fundamentally a decent one, and has operated through the process reasonably (and legally) then hopefully you will understand and accept. This will mean you probably have residual good feelings towards your former employer and good wishes for your former colleagues.

Many have commented on the flat profile of Microsoft since Ballmer took over the helm. For Microsoft to get it\’s mojo back, it means that the company can once again be on an upward curve. It means that your former colleagues have a better chance of not experiencing your fate.

But it also means that, despite everything, your redundancy was not in vain. Collective good has come from the process – it wasn\’t just a crappy decision made to lever you out and exact some pointless revenge for your face not fitting, or a perceived misdemeanour.

Thinking back to the companies that made me redundant, most have gone bust a year or two later. I just felt lucky enough to get out whist the going was good, but for those companies that made good decisions and recovered and thrived – I\’m glad for them. If the Microsoft mojo has recovered from the trauma of restructuring, grows from Build and becomes a colossus again, bestriding the industry with unambiguously leading desktop and tablet systems (the servers speak for themselves already) along with continuing and improving good practices; then I, for one, will be cheering from the sidelines.

BitLocker Fixed Hyper-V Microsoft Problem Succeed twitter Uncategorized vmware Windows 7

Hurrah – a hibernating Hyper-V laptop!

Well, almost J

I got a new laptop last year and having bumped up the RAM and disk, I wanted to use for a virtualised lab on board whilst travelling or at clients.  Having experimented and asked around on Twitter there was no way (my preferred method) of having Windows 7 with ESXi running under VMware Workstation and then have 64bit guests in vCentre – the VT is not exposed to the ESX guests.  This would have given me the best of ESXi (and a VMware lab), and the VM’s I wanted for carrying a lab in the bag.  VMware workstation was not much use to me as without any memory management I would run out of headroom (although the tree cloned drives would be nice).
A non-trivial additional factor was that I insist on encrypted disks in my laptops.
I then experimented with getting a dual boot world going.  BitLocker and Boot from VHD work well, but not together.  I got a Bitlockered guest machine under Hyper-V as a VHD to boot, but the content was a bit flaky – device drivers).  I then tried getting a dual boot to work with the second boot from a VHD but BitLocker got in the way.  See: Am I really asking too much of Hyper-V  I learned a bit about BDCEDIT along the way.
Eventually after a couple of gotchas/glitches I gave up on the BitLocker VHD or alternate boot option as it was taking too much time (and I had read in a few places I was asking the impossible).    And besides: Word from the wise on BitLocker
Becoming impatient, I then restarted my thinking.  I continued with the Windows 2008 R2 build (Bitlockered drive), with the intent of then building the VM’s that I wanted.
The first bit was to get Windows Server 2008 R2 look more like Windows 7 so it could be my standard desktop-like working world along with some other bits and pieces – I added the following to the machine (some are dependencies):
  • Web Server (IIS)
  • .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features
  • BITS
  • Desktop Experience
  • Ink and Handwriting Services (it’s a tablet)
  • Remote Server Administration Tools
  • Telnet Client (I never usually remember this is off by default!)
  • PowerShell ISE
  • Windows Server Backup Features
  • Wireless LAN Service (it’s a laptop!)
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Group Policy Management
  • Windows Server Migration Tools (just in case)
I then installed all the usual productivity tools, Office, DropBox, the loathsome iTunes etc. etc.
However, Hyper-V cannot use a Wi-Fi network for external access.  My Lab network is behind a Threat Management Gateway 2010 Server, so only this needs true connectivity.  So a quick bit of research, and I came across the idea of a bridge between the Hyper-V network and the Wi-Fi here: Connecting Hyper-V over WiFi and it works a treat.
So the laptop was where I wanted it to be, the VM’s were being created.  BUT….  You cannot hibernate a Hyper-V machine.  This is clearly a sensible idea, but for the road warrior, it’s more than a nice to have.  To wait for a machine to fully shutdown can be embarrassingly long.
So over to the internet.
The first hit was “Create Dual Boot” solution.  This works by duplicating the boot entry (back to BCDEDIT), and then you choose to run with or without Hyper-V.  Without Hyper-V you can hibernate the machine and bring it back quickly.  But you need to reboot the machine to get Hyper-V back, and then you can start your VM’s.  After that you can run your productivity apps, but can no longer hibernate the machine.  This can be found here: Creating a no hypervisor boot entry on Windows Server 2008
And then I found this:
Hibernate and sleep with Windows Server
All you do is the following three steps:
  • Set Hyper-V to start on demand “SC CONFIG HVBOOT START= DEMAND” (note the space after the = sign); then reboot the machine
  • Enable Hibernation “POWERCFG -HIBERNATE ON”
  • Then when you want to run VM’s – “NET START HVBOOT”
Lo and behold.  I have a single boot machine.  Until I start HVBOOT then the machine will hibernate.  Once you have started HVBOOT, then you have to shut down the machine instead, but this is good enough for now.  I’m not certain what impact not running Hyper-V will have on the performance of the machine, but not much I guess.
What next?
Well I guess that I might put VMware Workstation on as well to get some VM’s running whilst still being able to hibernate – maybe just 1 or two so that I can PowerShell in Windows 7 as well…  If only Workstation could use VHD’s (or Hyper-V VMDK’s!!!!)
Oh, and if you try to start a VM without HVBOOT running?  You get this:

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Is it the done thing to RT without attribution @asabenn ? I don\’t think so. #SuperInjunction

Last night I posted the following tweet:
\”An Englishman, a Scotsman, and a Welshman walk into a pub. Nothing happened as there was a #SuperInjunction\”

It was designed to hint at the names floating around, without falling foul of either the injunction, or twitter's desperate measures to comply with it; and with luck amuse some people It seems it did, as I'm embarrassingly chuffed to see it retweeted more than any other tweet i can remember posting.

I was not so chuffed to see earlier today that @asabenn had tweeted it letter for letter without attribution, why a simple RT could not have been done I do not know. But it would appear that despite working for a newspaper (albeit as politics editor for a student newspaper), Mr Bennett does not feel publishing without attribution is important. Or is plagiarism and disrespect for other people's work overwhelmingly common and unembarrassing in student life these days?

I am open to the possibility that similar minds think alike, but given the presence of several RT\’s only a minute or two before Asa tweeted with the same hashtag, it seems plagiarism is the most likely explanation.

I did tweet him earlier, but got no response.

Actually I'm not really that excited, but I think it's an interesting area, made more so by the bio of the miscreant.

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I promised more, but no more until after #ITTU6 !

For tweetup details see

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The jury\’s still out for me on this one. I\’ve signed up (@pjbryant if you\’re interested) but spent a bit of time experimenting with a number of apps for Windows Mobile before settling over the past few weeks on Twikini ( Why?

  1. Well it was in beta
  2. It was therefore £0
  3. It actually worked (most of the time – it was beta!) unlike some I could name…
  4. It was visually simple,and had clean lines (as an example – see the image here)

It\’s allowed me to experimentwith the genre, but I\’m still not sure what the point is….