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1, December 2008

My new blog address

In case you drop by here. Do check out my new blog site at

I will stop posting at this side.


27, June 2008

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RTM!!

Filed under: Hyper-V,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 1:43 pm

After months of testing, Hyper-V reached RTM status today. What is Hyper-V? Below is the explanation from Microsoft’s website.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine. With Hyper-V, you can also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.

You can download it here. I will do the same and test it out over the weekend. 🙂

22, June 2008

Community Launch: Windows Server, Visual Studio & SQL Server 2008

Filed under: Event,SQL Server 2008,Visual Studio 2008,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 1:17 am


Four Malaysian technical communities, Intel IT Technical Community Malaysia Chapter .NET SIG, ELITE, MIND and SPAN, are coming together to host a community event focusing on technical dives of Microsoft Windows Server 2008™, Visual Studio 2008™, and SQL Server 2008™.

Date             : 28 June 2008, Saturday

Venue           : Microsoft Auditorium

                           Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

                           Level 29, Tower 2,

                           Petronas Twin Tower, KL

Website         :

14, June 2008

First Windows Server 2008 hosting in Malaysia

Filed under: ASP.NET,ASP.NET Hosting,IIS,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 4:25 pm

Exabytes just row out their WS2008 hosting here. It comes with ASP.NET 3.5, PHP and lots of goodies. Check out the affordable package here.

Basically why you want to upgrade your website to Windows Server 2008? Besides taking advantage of ASP.NET 3.5 features, it’s also because of Internet Information Server (IIS) 7.0 modular architecture. Go here for more info.

13, June 2008

Heroes happen @Penang this weekend

Filed under: Event,SQL Server 2008,Visual Studio 2008,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 9:37 pm


My dear ‘ka ki lang’ in Penang, Microsoft is doing a community launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 at Intel’s PG12 auditorium tomorrow from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

More info here

GUI for Windows Server 2008 Server Core

Filed under: Windows,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 1:14 am

Some people will like to work only with the command prompt especially if you come from UNIX background but not me. I discovered there is a simple Windows based program with GUI to configure certain properties on a Server Core installation.

The picture below shows you all the functions available. Download it here.

16, May 2008

Got DinnerNow working at last!!

Filed under: .NET Programming,S+S,SQL Server,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 8:09 am

DinnerNow is a cool sample application that is complex and huge enough to showcase all the latest Microsoft Windows Application Platform technologies. It is also a good example on how to put Software plus Service vision to work here. You can download the latest v2.5 version from Codeplex website.

Not I want to do selling here but the technologies includes

  1. .Net Framework 3.5
    • Windows Presentation Foundation
    • Windows Workflow Foundation
    • Windows Communication Foundation
    • Cardspace
  2. Windows Mobile 6
  3. MMC 3.0 shell addin developed using .NET
  4. Poweshell
  5. IIS 7.0
  6. Integration with Windows Live services such as Virtual Earth

Because of IIS 7.0, you will need to install DinnerNow on top of Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. However since trying this for the past few months, I got no luck of getting it running. There has been quite a few posts on the Codeplex forum with people complaining the same time.

Then checking back all the event logs in the OS, I realize there are a lot of authentication error in the IIS log. This leads me to a creation the self signed SSL cert causes this problem. This is because when you setup the WCF service website of DinnerNow it will installs its own SSL cert as well. So for a change I created a clean Win Server 2008 VPC and during the IIS installation process, I refused to create or install any SSL cert. Just select Choose a certificate for SSL encryption later in the Choose a certificate for SSL encryption screen (as pic below)


Well, do check out whether this work for you or not which I believe there are other environment issues which might pops up for larger application like DinnerNow.

P/S: So to get DinnerNow working on my VPC, I installed the following software

  • Windows Server 2008
  • IIS 7.0
  • Visual Studio 2008 Pro with SQL Server 2005 Express
  • Powershell enabled
  • Desktop Experience enabled for WMDC
  • Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC)
  • Windows Mobile 6 SDK

15, May 2008

POP3 Server for Windows Server 2008

Filed under: POP3,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 9:25 am

POP3 services only make it to one version of the Windows Server family which is Windows Server 2003. However because of this server OS been around for about 5 years, there are a lot applications out there designed to leverage the feature. Even SharePoint can make good use of this POP3 service to send email if the customer does not have any email server or they host it else where. However it comes handy for me to do development as I don’t want to touch my production email server.

For those who still  need POP3 Services, a guy named Hannes Preishuber has come out with their own POP3 extender for SMTP services. How it works I am not sure but you can check out their website here.

Windows Mobile Device Center could not be installed on Windows Server 2008

Filed under: Windows Mobile,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 6:27 am

I am in the process of trying to create an environment to do all my development including ASP.NET, SharePoint, WPF and Win Mobile, in this case the ideal OS to use will be Windows Server 2008. So when I tried to installed Windows Mobile Device Center on top, I got an error message saying it could not install because one component is missing. Wonder who wrote this error message without telling me what is actually missing.

Do some digging on Windows Live Search (or %$#gle it if you want to) and I came across a KB stating it is actually I need to install Desktop Experience on top of Windows Server 2008. At least Windows Live Search working!!

The problem does not occur in Windows XP or Windows Vista.

6, May 2008

Hardware Virtualization on my Lenovo T60

Filed under: Hyper-V,Virtual PC,Windows,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 3:03 pm

Been using Lenovo T60 under the impression that it does not support Hardware virtualization for about 1 year! This is not until Serena Yeoh told about running Hyper-V on her T61 only I realize by default the Thinkpads have this feature turned off by default. You need to go into bios and set it in CPU configuration section. (pic below)


As stated on the screen, you need to power off the system and turn it on again to have this feature visible in Virtual PC (shown below)


Next? Maybe thinking of installing Windows Server 2008 64bit with Hyper-V on my T60 as well. 🙂

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