Windows Live Rookies : KYLIE – age 4 1/2

This is really cute from, Kylie – age 4 1/2 getting photo of her pet from her digital camera and sending it thru email to her family.

This is very inspirational, well to me as a Software Engineer who design and build software’s for our client and for the market. To make software’s that has industrial strength & stability but is very intuitive that even a 4 1/2 year old can use. I must admit, Windows Live has done a great job on the photo gallery and other live products such as Live Messenger and Live Writer (I’m using Messenger at office and writer for my blog).


Windows Server 2008 R2: I survived an Upgrade!

If you can read this, this means that I have already upgraded my Windows Server 2008 Standard laptop to R2! 😀 Yes, I’m now on R2 and everything works like a charm but the Windows Live One Care, (EDIT: One Care Now works on my next Post) all file and folders are here, all hardware works without any driver from the manufacturer, office is working, and all of our Internal home-grown software and my self built software works. It was really a painless upgrade, as I have said before in my previous post, I will do a Batman stunt on this, without backup, without drivers in hand, just a DVD of R2.

Before upgrading by the way, I have read this from the R2 site, the "Before Installing Guide" and there is an upgrade path from a Full Installation of Windows Server 2008 Standard to Full installation of either Server 2008 R2 standard or its enterprise edition. Phew! At least I will be confident in my upgrade.

So here goes nothing! I have downloaded the R2 Self-Extracting Executable that has the ISO and unpacked it, burnt the ISO to a DVD disk and I’m now on my way to upgrade. I inserted the DVD and I got this Screens.

Yes, download updates. Best practice to do so, specially on newer software’s.

After a few seconds of waiting, you will be presented with a window of choices of what you want to upgrade to: I have chosen a 64 bit full installation of Windows Server 2008 standard R2.

after accepting the license terms, I choose now to upgrade. This machine has a 64 bit standard already and I only need to upgrade

On the compatibility check, I was prompted that my Storage controllers (SCSI/RAID Host Controller) will not work after upgrade. Oh my! This is a problem, hmm.. But as I have thought about it, hehe that was a VIRTUAL CD! I was using Alcohol to use ISO images to be directly  used as DVD.

So its just now a waiting game, about 20 minutes or so, I just abandoned it while I’m in a meeting 😀

The first thing I missed is my AERO desktop! I’m very sure and as you can see my previous screenshots, my themes and aero desktop was enabled. In order to enable the desktop themes for Server 2008 R2, just go to your Server Manager, expand configuration and click Services. Find the Themes Services, then right click it and enable the service. After Enabling, start the service!

So here ya go, my first ever Screen Shot of my Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard!

Windows Server 2008 R2

If you haven’t got it yet (like me), join me in trying out the next best operating system known to the planet :

Also, you might want to check out the Beta Reviewers Guide here: Windows Server 2008 R2 Reviewers Guide and the Top 10 Reasons on why upgrade here:

If this is my last post, It means I crashed or destroyed my laptop / demo machine. I’m always a fan of a DEEP DIVE experience (well not in production 😀 ) and I will UPGRADE this demo machine from 2008 up to 2008 R2. I hope it will be a seamless and fuss free upgrade. I reaaallly hope so. So guys, don’t do this at production, first its a beta release (not meant for production and for testing purposes only) and second, you don’t do a Batman stunt (bahala na si batman, then jump!) on upgrading.


I think that’s it, I will not spoil your fun of discovering the R2. Download it here!

Are You Certifiable? (


I really enjoyed this game this Saturday! and It reminded me again, I’m really a Software Engineer! (oh yeah, I’m a MCTS and MCPD for .net 2.0 Web App) Although my work is really systems architecture and design, with the fact that my calling is for IT pro (or the servers are calling me) .

The instructions really looks familiar!

Enough of this (I need to finish my track!), go check it out here or directly @

PHIWUG is on Feb 09 Technet Flash!

The Philippines Windows Users Group has been featured on the February 2009 issue of the Technet Flash Newsletter where port 445, our own newsletter has also been announced to have its new issue.

Community Resources

Check out the latest issue of PHIWUG’s newsletter, port 445. In this issue you can learn more about Windows Azure services, meet one of the MVP’s and find out what PHIWUG did last year.
MSFORUMS – All Microsoft related topics
PHIWUG – Philippines Windows Users Group
PHISSUG – Philippines SQL Server Users Group

Hyper-V Monitor on your Vista Gadget


I found this really cool Vista Gadget for Hyper -V monitoring and Administration., Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for Windows Sidebar.

So from this gadget you can see what’s your hyper-v server is doing.

a note from the author: PS: The gadget uses WMI to connect to the server so the user might need to follow John Howard’s guide remote WMI access (Step 5) on both the client and the Hyper-V server.

If you have installed and configured the Hyper-V remote monitor (like me) this would be a painless install and connect. 😀











So check it out @

Free Microsoft Press e-book: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

Quoting the elearning site:

"This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2009, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. "

All info are here:

Great reading for a busy week on Virtualization 😀