My work recently gave me a new Latitude E6400 (the E6500 was just a bit too heavy) which is a great machine for running virtual machines out of the office. It has an internal 7200 RPM drive, a modular drive (120GB 1.8" 5400 RPM) and I can connect an external 2.5" 7200 RPM drive via the eSata port. It also supports up to 8GB of RAM, and has a C2D 2.8GHz CPU. Considering where we were only 4-5 years ago with laptops, it's an amazing advance.

I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 Build 7000 (Beta 1) and the Hyper-V v2 role and almost immediately started getting STOP 0x00000101 BSODs (CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT). Ben Armstrong reports this is a known issue in Beta 1. Mike Kolitz suggested, based on dump files, that this might have been fixed in build 7006. Luckily my work's TAP program has access to various interim builds. I pulled down Build 7068, and no more BSODs. Unfortunately the Intel WLAN drivers seem to crash my WAP. One step step back :-)