Robert Larson

Thoughts and information on Virtualization and other topics

Replacing a Broken LCD screen on a Dell Venue Pro

You know you have had one of those days when you drop your brand new Dell Venue Pro in the parking...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 08/26/2011

Need more disk space on your notebook?

You might have missed the fact that notebook hard drive capacities have increased recently. For...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 12/07/2010

Dealing with VMs, Snapshots and the dreaded broken security channel

I build a lot of scenarios for testing using Hyper-V. During that testing I use snapshots all the...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 11/10/2009

Cool New Gateway Netbook

Since Windows 7 RTMd, I figured I needed a new toy to play with. I run Windows Server 2008 R2 on my...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/25/2009

Q&A on AMD Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)

My Hyper-V Resource Kit co-author, Janique Carbone, and Tim Mueting - AMD Product Manager have...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/20/2009

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit on the shelves June 10th

Well Janique and I finished another Resource Kit book, this time on Hyper-V…..700 plus pages of...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 06/01/2009

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a notebook and getting all those required drivers.

If you are like me, you use Windows Server 2008 R2 as your standard desktop/notebook OS. If you have...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 05/03/2009

Hyper-V Resource Kit

Well we have finally finished all the chapters of the Hyper-V Resource Kit. We are in final editing...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 04/20/2009

Beware of Integrated eSATA ports

For you demo warriors out there who try to get the maximum performance for your Hyper-V based demos,...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 03/01/2009

Managing MAC Address Pools in Hyper-V R2

Hyper-V automatically creates a MAC address pool for virtual machines usage when it is installed....

Author: virtualgoods Date: 02/17/2009

Hyper-V R2 and Management NICs

When you install Hyper-V R2 role now it reserves a single wired NIC in the machine for management of...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 02/11/2009

Installing Zune 3.1 on Windows Server 2008 x64

Ok you are probably wondering why you would ever need Zune software on your Windows Server 2008 x64...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 11/21/2008

Go to 8GB on your notebook for ~$350

Some vendors have started shipping DDR2-5300 memory that provides 667Mhz 4GB SODIMMs for you...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/08/2008

Installing Updates on Server Core

I love Windows Server 2008 installed with Server Core. It’s small footprint (although it could be...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/27/2008

Additional NIC for your Laptop and Hyper-V

If you are like me and use Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V on your laptop, you have possibly found...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/03/2008

Getting UNDO functionality with Hyper-V Snapshots

Snapshots are not the same as UNDO disks in Virtual Server 2005…go here to read a previous post of...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 05/15/2008

Entering Product Keys into Virtual Machines

I create virtual machines every day.  I have a set of product keys that I use from my MSDN...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 05/12/2008

Virtual Machine Snapshots with Hyper-V

Snapshots are a new feature of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Snapshots are a point in time version of...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 04/26/2008

Building a Host Cluster with Hyper-V Beta 1

Well by now you have heard the news that Microsoft shipped Hyper-V Beta 1 early!! Like many of you I...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 12/17/2007

Virtualization at IT Forum

Well I am off to Barcelona Spain again to speak at TechEd IT Forum November 12-16th. This will be an...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 11/10/2007

Self Service VM Management with SCVMM

One of the features of VMM that I really like is the power of the Self Service Web Portal (SSWP)....

Author: virtualgoods Date: 11/10/2007

Microsoft publishes the Hypercall APIs via the Open Specification Promise

Microsoft announced today with it will be publishing the Hypercall APIs through the Open...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/25/2007

Changes to Virtual Networks in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

In Virtual Server 2005 R2, a virtual network operated like a hub with a switched uplink port....

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/24/2007

New bonus scripts for Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit

My co-author Janique Carbone has posted two new bonus scripts on her site http://vscommunity.com....

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/16/2007

Windows 2008 Components Posters

Previously published in the July issue of TechNet Magazine, these are two PDFs of Windows 2008:...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/15/2007

How does the mapping from a virtual network adapter to a physical adapter work?

Adapted from Chapter 7 of the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit book from Microsoft Press So you...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/12/2007

Getting Wireless LAN on Windows 2008 RC0

If you are like me and primarily use a notebook, then you live by wireless. If you are also trying...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/09/2007

Looking for Virtualization info..how about some webcasts

Microsoft is holding a series of webcasts to provide information on the virtualization solutions it...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 10/03/2007

Vista and ExpressCards: An Update

I have heard from some people that they are not able to get an Sil3132 based eSATA ExpressCard to...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 09/30/2007

Assembling the Justification for Server Consolidation Project

Adapted from the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit - Chapters 12-14 Many companies are looking at...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 09/30/2007

Windows Server Virtualization CTP Available now!

Well it has finally happened. WSV CTP is out the doors on the Windows 2008 RC0 release. I am going...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 09/25/2007

Improving Disk I/O for Virtual Machine Demo and Test

If you are like me and work primarily on a notebook computer, having the best performing system for...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 09/14/2007

WindowsITPro Articles

In addition to writing books for MSPress, I have written a few articles for WindowsITPro. The...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 08/24/2007

Upgrading to Virtual Server 2005 SP1 - Why can't I start my VMs?

Ok so you have decided to upgrade your Virtual Server installation to the latest version SP1. So you...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 08/23/2007

Documenting Virtual Server Host Configuration

The text and scripts for this post are adapted from the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit. Have...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 08/18/2007

Troubleshooting slow OS installation over the network

I have seen this question pop up endless times. "when I install the OS in my virtual machine using...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 08/06/2007

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit Sample Chapters Posted

We received the sample chapters from the resource kit and my co-author Janique Carbone posted them...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 08/01/2007

Microsoft Press Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit at the printers

Well it is done. Last week the manuscript was sent to the printers!! I have always wanted to write a...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/31/2007

Virtual machines not being placed in save state at server shutdown

So you have a Virtual Server host that is not properly saving the state of the virtual machines when...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/22/2007

Vacation is Over

For those that wondered what happened to me, I have been on vacation for the last 10 days in the...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/22/2007

Find the best seat with SeatGuru

Every once is a while I find a web site that really helps me improve my travel life. SeatGuru is one...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/04/2007

VMRCPlus

VMRCPlus is a new tool that provides an alternative to the Virtual Server 2005 web based...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/01/2007

How do you route between Virtual Networks?

A recent question on this topic returned a series of different responses. The problem with this...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 07/01/2007

Editing and Debugging VBScript files

I have been writing a lot of VBScript lately and I came across this nice editor that I evaluated and...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 06/30/2007

Virtual Server COM API - VMTask usage and error handling in VBscript

Virtual Server tasks are used to track and obtain status of asynchronous actions of COM methods....

Author: virtualgoods Date: 06/28/2007

My "small" project

Well I finally did it, I started a blog. Many of my friends and coworkers have been bugging me for...

Author: virtualgoods Date: 06/27/2007