Upgrading to Windows 8 Consumer Preview Just Got Easier–Using VHD Tools to P2V

As you already know, Windows 8 Consumer Preview hit the market just over a week ago.  The 1 million downloads in the first day sheds some light on the demand and I’m sure that many of you are clambering to get it on your devices and find out what all the buzz is about.  Same…

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VhdCapture & VhdPrep: Using these tools to P2V your physical server to USB, Network Share

  In today’s post, I want to spend some time sharing how to use the virtualization tools that our team (MPSD Development) built as part of the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit (ConfigMgr P2V).  In previous posts, I shared how ConfigMgr customers could utilize the toolkit for migration purposes as well as sharing how others…

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Using WinPE Creator to Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) of your physical server

In the past two posts, I’ve focused on the first two capabilities provided in the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit.  The primary scenario for this toolkit is to offer customers the ability to virtualize their physical servers when they don’t readily have System Center Virtual Machine Manager available.  As mentioned, our P0 scenario was to…

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Creating Stand-alone Media to Deploy Windows Server 2008 that Captures Physical Host

The entire goal of the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit is to, as I outlined in my previous post, is to “flip” the physical server with no need for additional hardware.  I outlined in “Using ConfigMgr Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit’s “Action Pad” to build Task Sequence” post I shared how to effectively build a task…

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Using ConfigMgr Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit’s “Action Pad” to build Task Sequence

  As I’ve previously discussed on my blog, our engineering team has partnered with two System Center teams – Configuration Manager & Virtual Machine Manager – to deliver a new toolkit called Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit.  This toolkit aims at simplifying the migration to ConfigMgr 2012 by orchestrating, end-to-end, the “flipping” of the…

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Enabling Hyper-V Role Successfully via Operating System Deployment Task Sequence

During a ask-the-experts at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 in Las Vegas, a customer asked a question of how to utilize Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 to install Windows Server 2008/R2 and enable the Hyper-V role.  The customer had tried several things but to no avail as the customer was using ConfigMgr’s Operating…

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ConfigMgr P2V Migration Toolkit Announced & CTP Available

During the past year, we’ve been working on building a new P2V toolkit that was recently released.  This toolkit, Configuration Manager P2V Migration Toolkit, aims at accelerating the migration to Configuration Manager 2012.  It is, though, much more than just a P2V toolkit and over the new few posts I will dive deep into how…

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MMS 2011: 2 Sessions, 1 State of the Union, and 100’s of Customers Conversations

I’ve landed.  My bags didn’t arrive so the first evening in Vegas was one of no relaxing.  I now can officially relax and get excited as we prepare for this great week.  As many of you already know, Microsoft is preparing for this week’s Management Summit 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a great event,…

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