Archives / 2005 / July
  • Virtual Server 2005: first experiences

    After attending TechEd Europe 2005 last week, I decided to give my free copy of Virtual Server 2005 a go on the development server at work. My initial impressions were very good, in fact, the whole system in general works much better than I had expected. I'm not familiar with any of the VMWare server offerings however, so I don't have any reference. What I was expecting though, was a server application to split my machine's resources into a bunch of virtual machines, install operating systems on them and then remotely access those, through remote desktop, filesharing, etc. The general interaction with the virtual machines however works much better: there's a web-based management interface installed on the server, where you can configure all machines (like put an ISO in their virtual diskdrive) and actually connect to them through the virtual server application. This connecting can be done either using a seperate client application or an ActiveX control in the browser (this requires IE though ofcourse). The ActiveX control works just as well as the client and is accessed by clicking on a virtual machine on the management website.

  • The SOA was good, the DSL Tools were better

    It's been an excellent week at TechEd Europe! I know it's been over for two days but I just now found some time to write about it. I've visited lots of sessions, mostly the ones about SOA since that was my focus this year, to get a good idea of what the concepts are before I dive in and start to think about how to apply it (my experience is that if you do it the other way around you end up mapping what everybody says onto your original (and probably wrong) ideas about the stuff and incorrectly believe that you already knew what it was all about).

  • TechEd Europe 2005: All about SOA (and a bit of Team System)

    For the past two days I've been visiting architecture sessions (ARCxxx) and a single one on Visual Studio 2005 Team System. After that I remembered why I don't like sessions that focus on tools and instead prefer to just work with them myself for a while to get an idea of the functionality: every time I'm at a tool session every demo provides more questions than answers. I keep wondering about the situations where it could be useful and immediately think about whether it will or won't work in those scenarios.

  • TechEd bags: 2005 is better

    I'm not attending any preconference sessions but to avoid a queue tomorrow morning I decided to drop by today and register in advance. So there's not actually anything to report right now, except that I got my bag and it's better than last year. This year it's a proper backpack that could actually see some use during the holidays, as opposed to last year's bag that served no purpose except making anyone that saw it point and laugh at you. Here's a picture of this year's bag: