Adrian has written 10 posts for Adrian Davies Blog

Microsoft raising exam prices

Just got the following email: New Prices for Microsoft Certifications Exams Effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of certain Microsoft Certification exams will increase.* This change reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements. For more information … Continue reading

Windows Phone 7 at Mix 11

Microsoft’s MIX development conference has just finished and there have been a lot of great announcements for the future of Windows Phone 7. The next update is called “Mango” as has a whole host of updates: Internet Explorer 9 Mango will bring with it a new browser which will have the same rendering engine as … Continue reading

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v4.1, Course

I have just completed the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v4.1 Course at Leeds City College. The Course which is one of the two requirements for the VCP 4.1, which I see is a valuable qualification. The course was set over five days, and inculded the following items: •  Install and configure ESX or ESXi •  Install … Continue reading

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 available for public download

Introduction For the last few years, I’ve been have been using a storage server 2003, which includes the iscsi target software, thou this machine has been reliable, its transfer speed have been to low to host virtual machines, and upgrading this to a storage server 2008 r2 was to expensive. This is a shame as … Continue reading

Road To Virtualization

Just Found this info out on a new promotion from MS Learning: Virtualization solutions from Microsoft provide the path to optimize the infrastructure, helping to provide services more quickly and efficiently, allowing the organization to consume these services more effectively in a climate of changing business dynamics. Pass any exam Virtualization between March 1, 2011 … Continue reading


As already reported on several blogs, this week was launched publicly CTP1 SQL Server 11 with the Codename “Denali. ” It is important to remember that SQL Server 11 does not mean SQL Server 2011 seconds Randal Paul himself said via twitter. SQL Server means that 11 is the 11th edition of SQL Server, and … Continue reading

IE9 Beta, inital thoughts

I think the most useful innovation in IE9 is the introduction of pinned shortcuts. While the other browsers copy useless features off each other and have lame addons, Microsoft was innovating the user interface of the web browser. This is a big change, I would say that they literally reinvented the web browser with all … Continue reading

Hyper-V Server Backup

Hyper-V complicates the backup process on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server. The major issue is whether to backup the host server which runs Hyper-V or backup the VMs (virtual machines) individually. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. Hyper-V Host Server Backup If you elect to backup the Hyper-V host server, it is … Continue reading

Voip At Home

I have been looking for a way to receive calls to my home phone, while on the move, so a voip adapter was needed. This is where choosing the right adapter comes in. I had to find an adapter that had an FXS port, and FXO port and an ethernet port. Note: FXO: Your normal … Continue reading

Live migration in Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta

Live migration in Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta January 30th, 2009 Background I had set up a Hyper-V HA cluster in a Windows Server 2008 RTM cluster environment using my 2 HP ml110’s hooked up via iSCSI to a qnap ts239/2 nas in a lab environment. After setting up the cluster I migrated a VM … Continue reading