Microsoft

Testing Windows 7 SP1 Beta

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Looks like the SP1 beta for Windows 7 has been release and is downloadable at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx. Unfortunatly, they require the download to occur via the akami download manager – which doesnt work in some environments. Luckily, I was able to identify the URL of the download and get the binaries directly. Just download the following […]

Linux

Oracle Enterprise Linux public YUM server

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I setup an OEL server the other day and needed to install some packages on it. That meant I would have to insert the DVD, find the RPM file and all of its dependencies, and hope that I had everything I needed. Coming from the Debian/Ubuntu world, this was a pain. I then began searching […]

Office

Slipstream Office 2007 service packs and hotfixes

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From http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/04/28/slipstream-office-2007-with-sp2.aspx While Microsoft made big promises for Windows Vista slipstreaming (and then failed mightily), it really came through with Office 2007: All you need to do is extract the updates from the service pack and then copy them to the Updates folder in the Office install folder structure. (And then optionally burn it to […]

Virtual

VMWare OVFtool to deploy templates from command line

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I found reference to VMwares OVFTool at http://blog.hviidnet.com/?p=134 and was interested because of my testing with Avamar VMDK backups. The Avamar process uses a VM that is deployed as an OVA file to proxy the VMDK backups. If multiple backups/restores are needed, you can simply spin up more proxies. Below is an example that I […]

Virtual

Client Virtualization Strategy

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I have been thinking lately about how to virtualize our client base to make them more manageable and flexible while making them more reliable at the same time. I was looking at various VDI and application virtualization solutions but needed a big picture to present to our management to show a complete solution. For licensing […]