Articles from October 2009

MSDN Subscription: July 2009

By Michael Flanakin @ 5:28 PM :: 1635 Views :: MSDN Subscriptions :: Digg it!

MSDN

The following consists of the English DVD updates released under the MSDN Premium (Team Suite) subscription level for July 2009.

Servers

  • Disc 4595.01
    • SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (x86)
  • Disc 2436.38
    • BizTalk Server 2009
    • BizTalk Server 2009 Adapters and Accelerators
    • Host Integration Sever 2009
    • SQL Server 2008 SP1
  • Disc 4614.01
    • Customer Care Framework 2009 SP1 

Planned releases for November 2009 include:

  • Expression Studio 3
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

For more information, see the MSDN Subscriptions Index.


MSDN Subscription: June 2009

By Michael Flanakin @ 4:55 PM :: 1594 Views :: MSDN Subscriptions :: Digg it!

MSDN

The following consists of the English DVD updates released under the MSDN Premium (Team Suite) subscription level for June 2009.

Servers

  • Disc 4616.01
    • Commerce Server 2009
    • Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Applications

  • Disc 2434.24
    • Office Accounting 2009
    • Office Accounting 2009 SP1
    • Office Communicator 2007 R2

For more information, see the MSDN Subscriptions Index.


MSDN Subscription: March 2009

By Michael Flanakin @ 4:28 PM :: 1628 Views :: MSDN Subscriptions :: Digg it!

MSDN

The following consists of the English DVD updates released under the MSDN Premium (Team Suite) subscription level for March 2009.

Developer Tools

  • Disc 4583
    • Expression Studio 2
    • Expression Media 2
    • Expression Blend 2 SP1
    • Expression Encoder 2 SP1
    • Expression Media 2 SP1
  • Disc 4603
    • Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  • Disc 3096.1
    • Expression Blend 2
    • Expression Blend 2 SP1
    • Expression Web 2
  • Disc 4612
    • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Service Pack 1

Servers

  • Disc 4616
    • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition
    • Office Communicator 2007 R2
    • Unified Communications Managed API 2.0 SDK
    • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services
    • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

For more information, see the MSDN Subscriptions Index.


Boot to VHD: Create VHD from Command Line

By Michael Flanakin @ 3:40 PM :: 8681 Views :: Technology, Tools/Utilities :: Digg it!

Windows 7

Virtual PC is great. Well, it's ok -- it does the job. There's a better way, tho, and that better way is to just get rid of the host OS... or, ask the OS to politely let you get by for a while. That's exactly what Windows 7 does by enabling you to boot into a VHD.

Scott Hanselman Syndicated feed blogged about booting from a VHD in more detail, but I wanted to break it down into discrete steps. For simplicity, I'm going to start from scratch, creating a VHD from the command line.

  1. Put Win7 or Server 2008 R2 DVD or bootable USB drive in
  2. Restart your computer
    NOTE: You'll need to be sure you can boot using the necessary device in BIOS settings (obviously)
  3. Press any key to boot from CD or DVD
  4. When the Install Windows screen is shown, press Shift+F10
  5. Type d:, press Enter
  6. Type md machines, press Enter
  7. Type diskpart, press Enter
  8. Type create vdisk file="c:\machines\win2008r2.vhd" type=expandable maximum=50000, press Enter
    NOTE: Be sure to set a maximum your machine can support; Windows will temporarily expand the VHD to that size when you boot into it
  9. Type select vdisk file="c:\machines\win2008r2.vhd", press Enter
  10. Type attach vdisk, press Enter
  11. Type exit, press Enter
  12. Type exit, press Enter
  13. Click Next
  14. Click Install Now
  15. Select desired OS (server only), click Next
  16. Check I accept the license terms, click Next
  17. Click Custom (advanced)
  18. Select Disk 1 Unallocated Space (...GB)
  19. Click Drive options (advanced)
  20. Click New, then Apply
  21. Click Format, then OK
    NOTE: If you see a "Windows cannot be installed to this disk..." error, ignore it.
  22. Click Next and continue to install the operating system as you normally would

After the installation completes, Windows Boot Manager will give you an option to boot into either the host or guest OS instances. Gotta love it!