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Windows PowerShell MVP for another year!

I received this official Microsoft communication a few minutes ago! This is my 3rd year as a PowerShell MVP. Dear Ravikanth C, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in PowerShell technical communities during the past year. It feels great to be a part of this community. Thanks to the PowerShell product team and the community teams at Microsoft. And, of course, thanks to the most powerful community — the PowerShell community.

Bye bye 2009

This year started — for me — with the birth of my son, Kaustubh. He is now 11 months old, started to walk and talk. It is a pleasure watching the kid grow. While being busy with him all the time, I did quite a things on professional front too. BITPro user community I became an active member of BITPro user community and started contributing at user group meets and other events. In total, I delivered thse four sessions. Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 at Windows 7 install fest Windows Server 2008 R2 – A technical overview at Microsoft TechEd on the road, Bangalore Introduction to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in R2 SharePoint 2010 beta 2 Technical overview And, yes — I was the BITPro community star for 2009. I am looking forward to increase my contributions to BITPro community. Blogging / Writing First, I changed the look of my blog some N number of times and ended up purchasing Thesis theme. I am sure I won’t change this now since I paid money for this 🙂 …

Refreshed home PC setup

With the recent release of Windows 7 & Windows server 2008 R2, I wanted to refresh how / what I need to install on my home PC. I received this PC with Windows Vista pre-installed and I was never a big fan of that OS. I have always been using Windows Hyper-V server 2008 and running various other operating systems as virtual machines on top of it. With the native VHD boot support on R2, I got a new usage model. Here is how it looks now  So, as it is shown in the diagram above, I am using Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 as the base OS. On top of it, I have Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 configured to boot using native VHD support. Note that they are not virtual machines. So, I will be able to see these two OS entries in the boot manager menu when I boot up the system. I will be able to use the complete physical machine capability when I boot these OS VHDs. I also …

I am a ITPro Community Star

It has been a while since I wrote something here. Couple of reasons — I was out of Bangalore for a while and I was not keeping well. I just got some energy back to write something here. so, want to renew my writing with a good news. I have been awarded the ITPro Community Star award for the year 2009 at the Xperience2009 event. Here is what I got as a part of the award.  I am pretty happy about this and I am sure this increases the expectations around my contributions to the technical community. I thank everyone at the BITpro for this nomination. You can contact me direcly on email @ ravikanth @ ravichaganti [dot] com for any help you may need around Microsoft Virtualization, SharePoint Services, Windows PowerShell and other Windows scripting technologies.

Blog migration complete

I have completed the blog migration with the name server changes this morning. It feels so good now. I have not been writing anything for a while just to make sure I don’t have to do another MySQL DB restore. I have now moved this blog to FatCow after lot of issues — including hacking — with my old provider. Also, now I have a paid theme for this blog — Thesis. This is one of the best themes I found on Internet. In fact, this is not a theme. This is a WordPress framework. With thesis, I have just 9 plugins and all other customizations were achieved just by adding few lines of code to custom-functions.php. I have learnt quite a bit about Thesis customizations in last one week and did customizations myself. I will post all of that here. Now that the migration is complete and I am a happy man (again.!), I will start posting all the back log. I have lot of Hyper-V content in pipe. Keep watching this space and …

Quick note

It has been a long time since I posted here. I have been bit busy with my son and other things at work. At work, Windows Server 2008 R2 & SharePoint work are keeping me busy. I have worked on VHDShellExt.VBS update to add a simple progress information window. I need to test it before I could make a release. Apart from that, chapter 5 of my eBook — Hyper-V: Virtual Networks — is also pending. I still have couple of more pages to complete and of course the code samples. I will try and make these two releases by end of next week. Visit this page again for updates.