Windows Server Technical Preview Hyper-V Missing VM's

I recently upgraded my Hyper-V Host to Windows Server Technical Preview from Windows Server 2012 R2 and noticed that my VM's were missing.  They were still active just not visible in the console.  If you are experiencing the same behavior you can run the following command to make your VM's display in the console again….

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Upgrade VM Guest Version in Windows Server Technical Preview

Windows Server Technical Preview brings a number of new and exciting changes.  Below are a few Hyper-V Enhancements that we get with release.  In order to take advantage of these features you must upgrade each VM's Version to 6.0.  Below are some steps to help out with that process. 1)  List of VM's and version…

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System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Product Activation from Evaluation Mode

This seems like a very straight forward item but a lot of people get confused with how to activate ConfigMgr after installation and the 180 trial starts to run low.  Luckily this is a rather easy process and simply requires you to launch the “Configuration Manager Setup” from the start menu or start screen on…

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Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Released!

Woohoo another update is available for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 below are the links for more info… Description of Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2938441 Description of Windows PowerShell changes in Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2932274 http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/03/24/configuration-manager-servicing-update.aspx

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Easily Create VHD and VHDX Files…

Have you had the need to “Easily” create a VHD or VHDX File for use with PDT, VMM etc.?  Well me too and it turns out there is a super useful tool for this when you don't want or have the need to do this via MDT or ConfigMgr.  http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Convert-WindowsImageps1-0fe23a8f Convert-WindowsImage is the new version…

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Enable Referenced Programs and Applications to be installed from a Task Sequence without being Deployed!

In my previous blog post i wrote about how to Enable Programs and Applications to be installed from a Task Sequence without being Deployed.  While this was a good start i received some initial feedback regarding the concern around policy traffic for non referenced applications.  My Previous blog post can be read here and you…

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Enable Programs and Applications to be installed from a Task Sequence without being Deployed!

Updated Post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/brandonlinton/archive/2014/02/18/enable-referenced-programs-and-applications-to-be-installed-from-a-task-sequence-without-being-deployed.aspx So this has been a common question as far back as Configuration Manager 2007 when a script was incorporated into the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit called EnableProgramForTS.vbs which would enable each program to be installed without being deployed in a Task Sequence.  Well with Configuration Manager 2012 we now have Applications as well…

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System Center VMM 2012 R2 – How to Change Memory Configuration on all Guest VMs in Mass

Recently i started setting up my lab and working more with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 and found out fast that i was running out of available Memory on my Guest machines.  Typically you would add more RAM to the Host server or migrate guest machines to another host with more resources but…

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Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience

Last year i had the opportunity to co-author a Microsoft Press eBook titled: “Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience”.  Unfortunately i am just getting around to blogging about it now as i have had a relatively busy year and am finally trying to catch up on blogging.  Although this wasn't the lengthiest title it…

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Compliance Baseline for Adobe Flash Player Configuration Settings

Last year i wrote a blog post here http://blogs.technet.com/b/brandonlinton/archive/2013/03/30/how-to-create-a-configuration-item-and-baseline-to-disable-adobe-flash-player-automatic-updates.aspx about how to create a Compliance Baseline for Adobe Flash Player Configuration Settings.  Since that post i had a few follow ups where the baseline did not work in certain scenarios and to be able to extend with extra settings.  Since its a new year and…

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