Home at last

Map of the time zones of Europe.

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Arrived at home yesterday afternoon 5:30pm CET after 20 hours in a touring car from Barcelona to Amsterdam. Many thanks to my brother and his wife and travel agency "Valkering Incoming" for helping me get from Barcelona to Amsterdam while the rest of travelling Europe was completely shut down.

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I am in Barcelona. I just got a text message that my 3rd flight to Amsterdam got cancelled. Looking for alternatives. Do you have any ideas?

Microsoft announces Beta Linux integration services for Hyper-V (w/ SMP support)

Tux, the Linux mascot

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A couple of days ago, Microsoft announced a new beta for their Linux integration services. This new version 1.2 includes:

  • SMP support for Linux workload (up to 4 virtual CPU’s available for Linux virtual machines running on Hyper-V)
  • Time sync (synchronization of time with the parent partition for Linux VM’s running on Hyper-V)
  • Integrated Shutdown (you now can shut down a Linux virtual machine gracefully from the Hyper-V manager)

This is good news for system integrators that want to run both Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines side-by-side on a ‘cloud’ platform. Hopefully all of these new capabilities will find their way into the new distributions soon.

The beta can be obtained from connect.microsoft.com. and is valid for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4.

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BPOS roadmap 2010 – 2011

About two years ago I started working on building a relationship with Microsoft and their BPOS offering. Last week we have been informed on the roadmap for the next 2 years. Because it is now published on the Mary-Jo Foley weblog, I can share it also with you.


Note that BPOS is available in a ‘dedicated’ and ‘standard’ way of delivery. In ‘dedicated’ the customer gets its own set of hardware in the Microsoft datacenter. In ‘standard’, the service is run from a shared hardware platform in a Microsoft datacenter. Both versions are available through a reseller or directly from Microsoft, however Microsoft will not integrated BPOS with your existing application platform. This is the responsibility of your own IT department or system integrator. Selected SI’s will be able to provide BPOS in a reseller construction, allowing for the SI to deliver and invoice BPOS through a single vendor construction.

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