Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter – Today Versus Tomorrow's VIrtualisation Requirements – Part 2

In the last post I briefly discussed some of the traditional workloads we virtualised for SMB customers, and also started introducing the idea that dependng on how we plan on adopting cloud technologies we aren't necessarily eliminating the need for on-premises virtual machines, but may in some cases need to support more virtual machines. Today I'll cover this in…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter – Today Versus Tomorrow's VIrtualisation Requirements Part 1

Today's post and the next in this series continues on the Windows Server Datacenter focus, but this time round the emphasis is on the reasons why you may have deployed it traditionally, versus tomorrow's requirements. I will address the current on-premises Microsoft technologies you may have been using, as well as moving through the various…

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Adding Software Assurance To Your OEM Server Purchase

Following on from the last post where I discussed some of the reasons that Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter should be considered for customer deployments, today's post addresses some common questions around buying OEM Windows Server licenses versus purchasing via a Volume License program. The most important takeaway from the following information is that you…


Virtualisation with Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Overview

One of the topics that gets raised regularly with the OEM Server team is around when you should discuss selling the Datacenter vs. Standard editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 to customers, and usually it's easy to extract a few details about the customer scenario that will help shape those conversations. The main thing that…

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 Now Available

You can now grab the Hyper-V Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 from the TechNet Evaluation Center Microsoft Hyper-V Server delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud. Hyper-V Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 provides new and enhanced features that can help you deliver the scale and performance needs of your mission-critical workloads. As a reminder, these are…


Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows 10 Part 3

In the previous two posts I covered Hyper-V Manager and creating a Generation 1 virtual machine, in this post I'll cover creating a Generation 2 VM, as well as a quick look at support for production checkpoints. I'll start with the creation of Generation 2 VM, and highlight some of the differences. The initial stages…


Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows 10 Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I introduced Hyper-V Manager and some of the things you should do prior to creating virtual machines, including configuring the Hyper-V settings and creating the required virtual networks. In Part 2 I will cover the basics of creating new virtual machines, with a focus on Generation 1 virtual machines…


Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows 10 Part 1

Hyper-V has been included with the Windows Pro and Enterprise clients since Windows 8, replacing Windows 7's Virtual PC and XP Mode capabilities, and has continued to gain more capabilities as time goes on. With the ever increasing rise in usage of Hyper-V in Windows Server environments, it provides a great way to get a…


SMB Partner Focused Training Schedule Released

One of the requests that came through from the last roadshow was advanced notice of coming technical training opportunities in Australia, so here are some that are being delivered in a number of cities this financial year. At this stage I'm scheduled to be delivering Safeguard Your Business and Business Anywhere, and I have a…


Ignite Sessions For OEM and System Builder Partners – Nano Server

During the just completed OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow I mentioned several ways of keeping up with different products and technologies, and that I would create a few posts that cover these in more detail. This is the next post in that series, and it is focused on the sessions that were delivered at…