Put your Career into Hyperdrive by Adding Hyper-V to your Skillset

  The world is increasingly becoming a multi-hypervisor world. With nearly two thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, IT professionals are challenged to become experts in more than one virtualization offering.  With time and resources always in limited supply, Microsoft has created a solution path to help assist IT professionals cope with…


Microsoft Reaches RTM Milestone With Availability Slated for October 18th

Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had achieved a great milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 had been released to manufacturing (RTM).  This provides final software to Microsoft’s hardware partners for them to complete their final system validations and in turn is the final step before putting the next generation of Windows Server in your hands. This 2012 R2 release wave is…

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Step-By-Step: Configure IP Failover On Replica Virtual Machines

Hello Folks, Last April, Anthony Bartolo, wrote about setting up Virtual Machine Replication Using Hyper-V Replica. Well, I’m revisiting some older post regarding Windows Server 2012 and I’m drilling a little bit more in these topics.  in this one I’ll be looking at configuring IP failover addresses on Replica virtual machines The Hyper-V Replica is…


What’s New in Hyper-V 2012 R2 Preview

Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview As most are aware, Microsoft’s hypervisor-based server virtualization offering, Hyper-V, has been growing in capability for some time now. The Hyper-V 2012 release made available late last year allowed Microsoft’s hypervisor offering to be that much more compelling providing on par virtualization capabilities alongside other offerings currently in market.  Microsoft has now…


Step-by-Step: Domain Controller Cloning

Last week I posted an article that highlighted the new features supporting the virtualization of Active Directory in Windows Server 2012.  As promised in that article we will now look at the process of cloning a Domain Controller. To follow along: Download the evaluation of Windows Servers 2012 Use the info in this  post to…


Step-by-Step: Creating Differencing Disks

Yesterday I told you how you can use Differencing Disks in courseware, for lab development, for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, for software development, and for any number of other uses.  They really are a very handy technology once you get to know them.  But how do you do that? Although usually I would show my Hyper-V…


Differencing Disks: Making courseware, labs, and boot camps easier!

One of the features of Hyper-V that has made courseware development and delivery easier for me is the ability to create Parent (or Base) and Differencing disks.  It allowed me to reduce the ‘reset’ time at the end of a course (to prepare for the next delivery) from two hours per machine to one minute…


Step-By-Step: Installing Oracle Linux 6 U3 on Hyper-V 2012 with LIS 3.4

Everyone runs Windows… okay, that is not entirely true, but by 2012 it is the rare datacentre that does not have any Windows running.  I have been crisscrossing the country and indeed traversing the globe telling people how wonderful Hyper-V and Microsoft’s virtualization story is as good as or better than it’s competition, whether that…


Step-By-Step: Extending USB storage into Hyper-V via Windows-To-Go

Those who attended one of the Windows 8 #CANITPRO Camps earlier this year were privy to seeing the setup and enablement of a Windows-To-Go USB key as one of the presented demos.  What makes this offering compelling is the fact that one could literally walk up to any computer, plug in your USB key and…

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Price Reductions for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services

One of our influencers in Montreal Alexandre Brisebois, wrote this article on Tuesday.  With his permission we are re-publishing it here, without any changes.  Merci Alexandre! -M Earlier this month Amazon cut prices on Virtual Machines and I compared both Windows Azure and Amazon yearly pricing for Windows Virtual Machines. At the time Microsoft had…