June 2004 - Posts

It's all about ATE and parties :-). Missed the keynote unfortunately since I had to setup the demo machines for the ATE booth of Virtual Server (I was thinking " what's a Virtual Server without virtual machines on it?", I guess you would be thinking the same too). However, I received some nice questions on the product (and most of the time I was able to find a pretty nice answer as well :-)). In the afternoon I was just doing some standby for the Visual Studio .NET ATE and then joined two sessions on ASP.NET Whidbey (just to see the peoples reactions on all those exciting features :-)) and on XP (no, not the OS but eXtreme Programming, something I'm a fan of for a few years now).

So far for the serious stuff... Let's go short: two parties on one day, it's pretty huge. First there was the MVP party near the event venue and furthermore there was the Academics party in Alkmaar on about 20 kilometres from the event venue (there were buses of course). Almost had a bus accident on the trip to "The Beach" (so the place was called where there was some indoor beach). I guess that's part of the TechEd adventures... However, I'm happy with my Tuesday on TechEd and learned to know some nice guys (both Belgians on the parties and others on the ATE desk). Going to bed "in the morning" (but I don't like to specify the exact hour on my public blog :-)).

Ok, now we're Wednesday and I'm off for one more session before I start at the ATE booth. This afternoon I have a meeting with a few guys on some products as well, more news to follow on my blog later on. And of course waiting for the country party tonight already ;-).

Cheers!

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Currently setting up Virtual Server on the ATE booths. Apparently there was something wrong with the installed images on the booth pc's... Still waiting for some vhd files and we're ready to kick off at 12:30.Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

10 minutes later it was solved (just the time to replicate a change in London to the event site); seemed I did something wrong (Murphy again?) during the registration at home, so I was not assigned to the TechEd 2004 attendees group :-(.Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

It seems I've been too enthousiastic when the mseventseurope site was on-line since I can't access my mail anymore on the comnet network on the events :-(. However, specialists are looking into it and I hope to have a solution for my problem soon... Unfortunately I'm not an Exchange/Outlook 2003 MVP or expert so I don't know what the systems means with "The name could not be resolved. The name could not be matched to a name in the address list.".Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

Posted Monday, June 28, 2004 4:32 PM by bart | with no comments
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Just arrived at the conference center of TechEd 2004 - Amsterdam :-). To kick off, I've some side-meetings today, one of them being the ATE kick-off meeting. Hope to see you soon at the Virtual Server ATE booth...

Anyway, I'll keep you up to date and will keep on blogging throughout the event.

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Feel free to drop in and say hi at the ATE booth for Virtual Server (my new love :-)) on:

  • Tuesday 29 June - 12:30 - 14:45
  • Wednesday 30 June - 11:00 - 14:00
  • Thursday 1 July - 14:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 2 July - 13:15 - 15:00

Looking forward already to see you at TechEd.

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Make sure that you shut down the machines properly (that is, do not save their states) before you do the upgrade. The result over here looks as follows :-(

  • The virtual machine "Exchange 2003 Standard" has a saved state which is not compatible with this version of Virtual Server. To start or configure this virtual machine the saved state must be discarded.
  • The virtual machine "ISA Server 2004" has a saved state which is not compatible with this version of Virtual Server. To start or configure this virtual machine the saved state must be discarded.
  • The virtual machine "MOM 2005" has a saved state which is not compatible with this version of Virtual Server. To start or configure this virtual machine the saved state must be discarded.
  • The virtual machine "SchoolServer - Internet Simulation Server" has a saved state which is not compatible with this version of Virtual Server. To start or configure this virtual machine the saved state must be discarded.
  • The virtual machine "SchoolServer - Router Simulation" has a saved state which is not compatible with this version of Virtual Server. To start or configure this virtual machine the saved state must be discarded.
  • The virtual machine "SQL Server Yukon" has a saved state which is not compatible with this version of Virtual Server. To start or configure this virtual machine the saved state must be discarded.
So, I just took a backup of the save state and the harddisks for in case there are problems when I restart the machine (using "Discard saved state") but I do not expect problems (there are no Windows 98 machines with that cool "Scandisk - your pc was not properly shut down" mechanism that has fortunately been dropped with the advent of NTFS).
 
Some new things in this release:
  • Inspect virtual harddisk
  • Improved website properties
  • Resource allocation (which presents me again with some "saved state warnings")

But also two "bugs" (or problems on my machine only?):

  • when clicking on the "Network Settings" link for one of my networks (both the physical one and the virtual ones), I end up with an "Unexpected Exception"
  • The service principal name for the VMRC server could not be registered. Automatic authentication will always use NTLM authentication. Error 0x80072098 - Insufficient access rights to perform the operation.

Going to analyse this right now (and send an error report via betaplace) :-)

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3 interesting releases today and tomorrow:

  • ISA Server 2004 RTM (probably tomorrow)
  • Virtual Server 2005 RC1
  • Windows XP SP2 RC2

Exactly what I was waiting for to get ahead this summer. Hopefully the RTM's for the last two products make it this summer as well.

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Finally the first Release Candidate of the Virtual Server 2005 product can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/virtualserver. Just started the installation over here... For those of you who don't know Virtual Server yet, check it out: it's worth the (small) download (of 17 MB). Note: I'm currently struggling (just experimented with it for a few minutes actually) with the COM API of Virtual PC to create something "cool". I'll keep you informed!Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

I'll be on the Ask The Experts booths (for some .NET development related topic) for 12 hours during the TechEd 2004 conference in Amsterdam at the end of this month. So, if you're attending TechEd, jump in to have a chat if you like. I do not have my exact schedule yet, but I'll keep you informed. Seems it will be a rather busy TechEd for me since I have some side-meetings as well.

Cu @ TechEd 2004!

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