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CloudShare who? Blog Series Part 1

Welcome back everyone, as promised I am starting to populate this blog more and more and therefore onto the next installments.  CloudShare is one of those fantastic companies that comes along every once in a while, you take a look sign up for a trial and then cannot put it down.

If you are looking for a virtual environment that is cloud based and do not want the hassle of building virtual machines, mounting software etc then these guys are perfect for you.  Hopefully when I get their permission I will blog on how to setup your environments, give access to additional team members of guests and so the easy of the interface – even working on the iPad..!

The purpose of us using these environments are two fold; first to start building our SharePoint Development platform instead of using Office365 then next to build an Exchange 2010, Lync, Win 7, Linux and AD environment – this way we can remove the hardware in our lab and consolidate onto using the CloudShare.

Now you may think there is a catch for such a great product – there is but only small, your servers are not powered on all the time (there is an upgrade option for this), after so many mins / hours (I can not remember off the top of my head)  your VM’s will spin down, but is this such a problem – no way just look at the benefits:-

  • Pre-built servers, built and powered on within minutes.
  • Share environments with team members, clients and demo’s.
  • Web based and RDP based access.
  • Integration with your internal platform.
  • Ability to create snap shots.

No here is the perfect offer – all this for only $499 a year for 24GB RAM allocation (at present), see the below for details:

CloudShare ProPlus is now available with up to 24 GB of RAM.  And You Can Save $390!

Click here for details

When venter 4.1.0 fails to startup after install

Hello all, before I start ranting about my problems over the weekend trying to recover my Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 and Active Directory, I will tell you about a small problem with my vCenter installation.

If (like me) you know about VMWare but a newbie to vCenter you may not know why after you restart your vCenter server why you cannot connect to vCenter with the VSphere client. After some digging around in the VMWare fourms I came across this post:-;jsessionid=20C841686151B792D2561F3587950AAC

Which explains the problem as vCenter services trying to start before your SQL server / service instance starts (or in my case SQL Express). So a quick fix would be to go into Services and change the dependency of the service, otherwise follow these instructions as per my screenshot:-

Click start – run, then type in regedit

Click enter

Navigate to


Name: DependOnService (REG_MULTI_SZ)




Check your SQL service instance name within the services.msc console, default and on my server it was the below. then add this into the Reg key, click OK, close regedit and reboot the service


A screenshot below shows the relevant information:

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My Windows Home Server (WHS) and being nackered

Here is a question for everyone, where is it after a whole weekend of work, playing with the kids and then trying to fit in some computer time do you get nackered. For the people out there that don’t know me, I am always told that I run a mini data centre at home – visio diagram will be posted at some time, but here is a run down of what I have:

1) Dell Poweredge T105 (purchased from the Dell Outlet a little over a year ago, when the outlet was actually selling some decent servers), 8GB and an AMD (something) Quad 2.3Ghz. This baby was kitted out with 4 x 1T drives a SAS 6i RAID card. I installed VMWare ESXi 3.5 running 5 VM’s at present – nice, however issue updating to vSphere – any help???

2) Dell desktop, quad core running Hyper-V R2, as i wanted to try this out.

3) Next just purchased a HP ML115 G5, was going to run ESXi again until I have found it the onboard RAID card does not work with VMWare – come on guys sort it out. So Win2k8 Ent with Hyper-V.

Next steps…

wow this list is long –

a) MOSS 2007 with SQL 2008.

b) Exchange 2010.

c) ISA 2006 but think I will change to TMG 2010 now….

d) Openfiler or FreeNas – any ideas.

Now here is the funny thing, my Windows Home Server (great little product, well done Microsoft on this but sort out the ISCSI target…) is on VMWare are running out of space, so I need to move this over to the hyper-v server with more disks – how, when – 2TB of data just took 36hrs to copy on 1Gbps network thanks to VMWare throttling back on the console…..

Now for the VMDK conversion – fingers crossed people…………………