Wednesday, 23 September, 2009

By now, I’m sure you all know how I feel about Microsoft Windows. That feeling was re-enforced yesterday, in spades. The whole day yesterday, I attempted to create a virtual machine with a 64-bit version of Windows that would work correctly to allow me to reproduce a problem we are having with one of our installation programs.

I had no problem creating the VM, or getting Windows to work. It was all peripheral to that. 64-bit Windows 2008 server takes up 9GB of disk space. What kind of operating system takes up 9GB of disk space? And since the person who originally created the VM only allocated 12GB of disk space for the C: drive, that left me only 4GB to install Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Yeah, like that really happened.

So I dug up 64-bit Windows 2003 server. That one takes up 6GB of disk space, but the person who created the VM allocated 16GB for C:. So I had a lot of room to install SQL Server 2008 in. I then tried to talk to SS2K8 from outside the VM and it refused to communicate. It can talk to other machines, but appears invisible on our network. So now I have to track down and solve that problem. A whole day of this and I am no closer to actually trying to reproduce the problem I am working on.

Well, I guess it’s better than testing someone else’s software. 8-) It certainly had no effect on my low opinion of Microsoft software.

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This is utterly and completely a coincidence, but it completely sums up my opinions of the software

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