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  • sharepointgrrl 8:17 pm on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Just stumbled across Microsft SharedView – a peer to peer,web-based remote collaboration tool: http://bit.ly/hPtfq3

  • sharepointgrrl 7:26 pm on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fisma   

    Dear client,

    The hard drive on my laptop is bitlocker-enabled, and I use Microsoft Online Services for all my cloud storage. Your data is probably more secure with me than it is in your own network.


  • sharepointgrrl 9:49 pm on March 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    How’s this for a requirement:

    A copy of each screen as it would have appeared to the borrower of the loan or loans the Secretary is enforcing when the borrower signed the note electronically;

  • sharepointgrrl 9:21 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: virtualization   

    PStart is a great little tool for managing shortcuts to utilities and applications. I use it on a thumb drive, and I’m able to access all my shortcuts when I’m in Hyper-V server. I’m also using an app called Quad Explorer as a file explorer in Hyper-V.


  • sharepointgrrl 11:06 am on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    So here’s an interesting idea – What would happen if I use ThinApp to capture Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Foundation? Could I have a portable developer environment that doesn’t require me to actually install SharePoint on the client?

    In order to use the SharePoint tools in VS2010, you have to have SharePoint installed on the client. I installed Foundation on my client desktop and then disabled all the services. Using ThinApp, I might be able to get around that little hack.

  • sharepointgrrl 4:30 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting Started with VMWare 

    I’ve used VMWare Player on my laptop for awhile now, but most of the VMs I get are pre-built by Microsoft. So I have to convert them from Hyper-V to VMWare. Not a big deal, but it adds another step. Losing that conversion step was one driver for going to Hyper-V Server on my laptop.

    However, I’m intrigued with VMWare’s ThinApp product. With ThinApp, you can essentially make applications portable. For example, I could run Adobe Creative Suite on my laptop without the need to actually install it on my laptop. Cool stuff. For a limited time, you can get a ThinApp license when you buy VMWare Workstation.

    I want to try out Workstation anyway to see how it compares to my native Hyper-V set up, so I’m going to bang on ThinApp while I’m at it.

    You can download ThinApp and Workstation for a 60-day trial here:

    This YouTube video walks through the steps of installing Workstation and using ThinApp to capture an application (in this case, Opera):

  • sharepointgrrl 2:34 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Running Hyper-V on My Laptop 

    I have been in pursuit of the ultimate demo/lab/dev configuration for my laptop for awhile now. I do a lot of work in SharePoint 2010, and I’m usually mobile. So I need a set up that lets me be totally mobile and doesn’t require network access.

    After several design iterations, I’m pretty content with my latest setup:
    Lenovo T400s, 8GB RAM
    Two internal hard drives – 128 GB SSD drive and 500 GB Momentus XT

    Windows 7 installed as my OS, but I can native boot into a Microsoft virtual hard drive (VHD) running Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. This set up runs Hyper-V on bare metal – as if I installed on my computer. It uses less than 500MB of RAM, which leaves ~7.5GB for virtual machines.

    So I can run the Contoso VM image1 (SharePoint 2010) and image2 (Exchange server) and still have RAM for a third machine. Plus, I can take snapshots and quickly save and start lots of VMs, without rebooting.

    I’m also going to test VMare Workstation running on Windows 7 to see which experience I like best. Even if I choose to go with VMWare, I’ll still use the native boot to Hyper-V periodically. It’s awesome having a full blown Hyper-V server any time I need one.

    Special thanks to Windows7Hacker.com and http://www.markwilson.co.uk/blog/ for posting so many great articles about doing this kind of set up.

    • Miguel Vega 5:25 pm on September 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Vanessa, just one question regarding your laptop set up: Why did you use a VHD for the Hyper-V server on bare metal instead of a real installation on the 500 GB hard drive for dual boot? I am interested because I’m in the process of doing the same setup on an HP Envy 14″ Beats Edition with 128 GB SSD and a 750 GB HD. Thanks a lot in advance…. Miguel

    • Vanessa 6:14 pm on September 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Miguel – I personally like the flexibility of installing everything in VHDs. Rather than installing Hyper-V Server on a physical disk as you suggest, I have installed it on a virtual hard drive. I can then boot into that virtual hard drive in the same way I would boot into a physical disk.

  • sharepointgrrl 11:13 am on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    I’m putting my Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 through the paces today. So far, so good. I’ve been able to get all my work done, including watching a few YouTube videos from Cnet.

  • sharepointgrrl 9:04 pm on November 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Just figured out how to copy text on the iPad. I knew how to do it in the address bar, but now I can do it inside the body of a web page. It’s a whole new world of surfing.

  • sharepointgrrl 8:57 pm on November 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    I really like the design of this web site:

    The slanted line is a nice touch.

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