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April 20, 2010

At Microsoft Management Summit 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Justin Emerson @ 8:37 am

I’m here in Las Vegas this week at Microsoft Management Summit 2010. Check my twitter feed for more constant updates, I will be posting a wrap up of various things at the end of the week.

Got the high score last night at the SVT booth on Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2, hoping to win an XBox by Thursday 🙂

April 13, 2010


Filed under: microsoft, vmware — Justin Emerson @ 1:44 pm

Recently, I had read another blog article where someone referred to the nifty tool WIM2VHD, which converts Windows Install Images into VHD files for use with Hyper-V/Virtual-PC/etc. If you don’t appreciate the time it takes to install a modern version of Windows (version 6 or later), this is a nice tool that lets you churn out sysprep’d images of Windows very easily. So how can one take advantage of this in a VMware environment?

Well fortunately tools exist to convert VHD files into VMware VMDK files. In fact, the classic tool WinImage includes the ability to do these conversions. So I decided to see if this was a viable means of building VMware images, too.

Turns out that yes, it does work fine. Unfortunately, it does take some time to do the entire conversion and so you might be better off installing the OS from scratch in your VM – especially if you have something like VMware Workstation that has Easy Install. I have attached some screenshots to show you the process. All in all it took around 10 minutes, which when dealing with ISO files is about par for the course for an OS install. Still, it was an interesting exercise.

April 1, 2010

HP RGS lives on in SkyRoom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Justin Emerson @ 8:25 am

For those of you who wondered what would become of the venerable RGS protocol from HP now that VMware has their own PCoIP protocol, and most other VDI solutions have their own, turns out it’s gotten a new lease on life.

HP has a new teleconferencing and collaboration solution called HP SkyRoom. After hearing the features (collaboration capabilities with multiple people seeing high-quality graphics) I asked – is this RGS? Turns out yes, it is.

Just a cool tidbit of news I thought I’d share. And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

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