Windows 7 Server == Server 2008 R2

Quite interesting.

Kind of explains why Windows 7’s tentative release date is “so soon” after Vista.

On treating IT as a cost centre

From what I know/have seen/have heard, generally, companies see IT departments as cost centres, rather than something that adds business value.

I liked this quote on

“[Computers] will just get more and more important and if you intend to simply coast on whatever talent you get for some poor pay, you deserve everything that happens. I have no problem hearing that tech specialists make more than their managers. IMO, in many cases they should make considerably more. It is the tech specialists who keep your company’s tech running efficiently.” has some great free IT Pro tools btw ๐Ÿ™‚

How to remove hard drive from Sony SZ series

How to remove the harddrive from a Sony Vaio SZ Series notebook.

I kinda figured you’d need to remove half the chassis. Makes me appreciate just how accessible the HDDs are in most Dell laptops ๐Ÿ™‚

VMware’s CEO responds

Paul Maritz, VMware’s CEO, has posted an explanation of the time-bomb “incident” that occurred yesterday.

It’s a sincere post, explaining what happened, why, and how VMware intend to improve their QA processes and regain customer confidence.

As someone who’s VMware fan-boyism has been tarnished by this incident, I’ll be interested to see how they’re going to go about rebuilding customer confidence “fully and quickly”…

VMware ESX: This product has expired

If you find you can’t Power On a virtual machine on ESX 3.5, and you’re seeing this in your error logs:

Message from This product has expired. Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly. There is a more recent version available at the VMware Web site: “”.

Then you can find the solution at this blog.

Thanks Todd, you just saved me from pulling an all-nighter. I thought I was going crazy!

Update: The first signs of this problem occuring are that, when you try to Power On a virtual machine, you get the error message: โ€œA General System error occurred: Internal errorโ€. After checking the Events log, you’ll see the more verbose error message earlier on in the post.