Friday, December 21, 2012

Unable to use Windows Phone 8 Emulator without SLAT support

After installing the Windows Phone 8 SDK I got an error stating that hardware virtualization was not supported on my machine therefore I could not use the emulator.

Apparently there are two requirements for your machine to meet to support the Windows Phone 8 emulator:

  • Support for hardware virtualization in the form of either Intel-Virtualization Technology (Intel-VT) or AMD-V (also called SVM)
  • Support for Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) – see How to Check if your CPU supports SLAT – on Intel CPUs this is also called Extended Pages Tables.

This is caused by the fact that the Windows Phone 8 Emulator is using the client version of Hyper-V (which ships with Windows 8 client OS) which requires SLAT. The Hyper-V server does not.

Because I don’t have a Windows Phone 8 device on hand – I’m pretty much stuck building Windows Phone 7.1 apps.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

First sessions announced for TechDays 2013 Belgium - early bird discount available

TechDays 2013 will take place on 5,6 and 7 March at Kinepolis Antwerp – the agenda is slowly filling up. For SharePoint developers there is an interesting pre-conference deep dive track with sessions by Dan Holme, Serge Luca and Lieven Iliano.

SharePoint sessions:

During the main conference no SharePoint sessions seem to be scheduled which is quite strange because the goal of the new SharePoint app model was to open up SharePoint to the average .NET developer.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Exploring search driven applications with SharePoint Server 2013

Activating Windows 8 Enterprise and changing the key

If you install Windows 8 Enterprise Edition from MSDN you probably notice that you don’t need to enter a key. But after installation you are required to activate the software and this doesn’t work without entering a key. If you want to enter the key you have to go to command prompt  (remember to run with elevated administrator privileges) and type the following slmgr.vbs -ipk "YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY".

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