Windows 7 and ISOs, Hyper-V and NLB, and Sakura

Hurray! Odd title, but I'm getting ready to head down to Ishigaki for Golden Week. So, I wanted to share a couple of things before I headed out the door.

Windows 7 and Mounting ISOs

I rebuilt my main Workstation and put it on the Windows 7 RC as soon as it was made available. I must say, this workstation has never ran faster. For being an RC, the 7100 build is rock solid, fast, and beats Vista hands down. If you are wondering, I installed the 64-Bit Ultimate version. I half expected to be going on a driver hunt. However, after one set of updates, **all** of my devices were golden!

Anyhow, one issue I did run into was that my old build Daemon Tools (before spyware) was not supported on Windows 7. Considering that all my software is in the form of ISOs. I needed to find a replacement. What I settled on was the Pismo File Mount Audit Package. It might have an odd name, but it is simple and gets the job done!

Hyper-V and NLB

Oddly enough, I have been building a Microsoft Hosted Messaging and Collaboration solution in the lab. Part of the solution I'm putting together involves deploying an ISA Server 2006 Enterprise Edition array using NLB. Additionally, I will be putting in a SQL Server Cluster, an Exchange Server 2007 CCR Cluster, among other things. Oddly, enough, my host is Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2 Build 7000).

Needless to say, when I was deploying the ISA array, things didn't work once I brought my VIPs online. That's when I saw this posting on the ISA Server product team blog:

How-to get NLB to work with Forefront TMG Beta2 when running in Hyper-V

Seems for base the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V build you need to install a hotfix and then hardcode the MAC address to the Unicast MAC address. However, in my case, I just need to hardcode the MAC address to the Unicast MAC address and enable MAC address spoofing (a new feature).

Sakura

Lastly, here are some Cherry Blossom and other random pictures from Japan that I have been meaning to share. In some of the pictures, you can see a bunch of people in a park. Apparently that is the thing to do in Japan. Go out, sit among the Cheery Blossom trees, and drink with your friends. Lots of fun... I also included an assortment of other interesting pictures in this album. Including some shots from Mori Tower, and of around Tokyo.

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