How to Burn Disks with Windows Server 2008 R2

I believe that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the best Server operating system on the planet by a pretty wide margin over every other competitor in the marketplace.  Its just a rock solid amazing server platform!  Now that you know exactly where I stand on this topic let me also say that there are plenty…

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Exporting/Cloning Virtual Machines on Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V has some amazing features that make working with virtual machines just so easy. One of these features is the ability to make and export a clone of a virtual machine.  This exported virtual machine can then be imported and run on another Hyper-V server.  Let’s go through the process together.  A couple of weeks…

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Internet Explorer 9 Available for Download

I have purposefully put off writing this post because I wanted to see the initial reaction to Internet Explorer 9.  Guess what?  There hasn’t been one.  It is amazing to me that when a product hits the market it takes very little time to find the bugs, and when the bugs come out the backlash…

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Ethernet Driver Fix for Windows Server 2008 R2 on the Lenovo W510

10 days ago now I showed you how to install Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a virtual machine running in Hyper-V.  If you recall I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 on my Lenovo W510 laptop.  I had set aside some time today to do some testing with the Windows Home Server.  One of the…

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How To Turn Off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

I love my Lenovo W510 Laptop!  I use it to run Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V.  I run all kinds of Virtual Machines on the W510 because it has 16GB of physical RAM.  There are however a few hiccups in the process of using a Windows Server Machine to do demonstrations.  This is one…

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Installing Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

Windows Home Server might be the coolest IT product that Microsoft makes for the consumer marketplace.  For those of you that have not used Home Server it’s time to go and get yourself a copy.  Now is a particularly good time to get involved with Home Server because the product team is in the process…

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How To disable the Shutdown Tracker in Windows Server 2008 R2

I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that is installed on my Lenovo W510 laptop to do demonstrations almost every day.  Normally I would recommend that you leave your servers running all the time, however in this case I have a limitation of battery life that does not allow that practice and so I…

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What is a Virtual Machine?

Hyper-V is a platform that is used for running virtual machines.  Maybe it’s the term virtual which in the western culture has come to mean “not physical” or “Ethereal” or “not real” and I think the reason for this definition is because of the term “virtual reality.”  When it comes to virtual machines that definition …

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Hyper-V: Microkernelized or Monolithic

Type 2 Hypervisors (Virtual PC, VMware workstation, Virtual Server 2005R2 etc.) all have one thing in common.  They all have 2 Hardware abstraction Layers (HALs,) which means in a nutshell that they are useless for any kind of infrastructure workload.  When I say infrastructure workload what I mean is any server workload that has a…

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