Private Cloud Is The Future of IT, Free Training Coming Soon–Registration Open

Private Cloud is the future of IT, and the future is now. Spend the day at our IT Camp and learn about Microsoft’s virtualization solution, Hyper-V, the first step on your path to mastering Private Cloud. You’ll embark on an interactive journey as you learn the foundation of cloud services, Hyper-V, through architecture, networking, virtual…

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Microsoft Virtual Labs Available NOW! System Center, Windows, Virtualization, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, And Lots More!

TechNet Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft’s newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Check here for system requirements. OR…

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IT Camp–Systems Management Coming to Waltham MA Oct 28th 2011–Must Attend Event

IT Camp – Systems Management – Free Training Friday, October 28, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (ET) Microsoft Office’s – 201 Jones – Road Sixth Floor – Waltham, MA 02451 Register for Free Training@: http://itcamp-waltham.eventbrite.com/ You are not going to want to miss this event. Notice the hands on lab, you can build…

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The Free Way To Create a Hyper-V and Virtualization Lab Environment–Step-By-Step–Cloud Foundation

In a prior post, Pay Yourself First-Learn How With Passive Learning-Free Training From Microsoft On Just About Any Topic–Virtualization, Cloud, Phone, Server, Client, SharePoint, SQL, Many, Many More, I shared a massive amount of information on where you can get great and FREE training on Microsoft products.  I would like to expand on that by…

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Boot2VHD-Part 3-Load OS on VHD With OS Already Installed on Metal

Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) – Everything You Need To Know Part 3… In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization…

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Boot2VHD-Part 2-Load OS to VHD On Bare Metal

Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) – Everything You Need To Know Part 2… In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization…

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Boot2VHD-Part 1-Overview of Native Boot To VHD

Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) – Everything You Need To Know… In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization inside of…

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How To Add SCSI Controller To Hyper-V Guest Server

How to add a SCSI controller to a virtual guest on hyper-V We add the controller, add a drive to it, start the VM and initialize and format the drive.   You can download the video below if you prefer that over the embed http://mschnlnine.vo.llnwd.net/d1/inetpub/danstolts/video/ITPROGuru-2011-06-Adding-SCSI-Controller-To-Hyper-V.wmv The procedures to do this using SCVMM would be almost…

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How To Expand and Extend To Increase Capacity On A Virtual Hard Disk The Easy and Fast Way–Solve the problem of “Out of Disk Space on Drive C” Forever

Before following these instructions… PLEASE backup your machine.  The best way to get a good backup of a machine is to do an export.  So please, export the machine or at the very least test your backup procedures to make sure they are valid.  Also, if you want a way to do this through a…

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How To Merge a Chained Differential VHD Disk So It Can Be Extended and Expanded

In my post Out of Disk Space on Drive C–How To Increase Space on Drive C of a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server 2003 I showed how to expand a drive but these instructions do not work if you have a differencing disk or chain of disks.  If you want to expand a disk, you…

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How To Hot Add Storage To A Hyper-V Guest–Super Simple And No Service Interruption

  Hot Add Storage was added to Hyper-V at version 2008 R2. From the Hyper-V Manager Right-click the machine you want to add storage to, select Settings.  This will bring up the settings window. Click On SCSI Controller in the left pane.  If you do not have a SCSI Controller, you will have to turn…

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Blue Screen Booting to VHD–You May Be Out Of Space On The Underlying Drive

When you are using Boot to VHD you must have enough capacity on the underlying disk to fully expand the VHD.  If you do not have enough capacity you will get a blue screen (aka Screen of Death).  If you have this problem, try booting to a windows 7 or windows Server 2008 DVD.  When…

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Tips and Tools for Deploying Windows 7 Part 4-Desktop Deployment

Like everyone else, you love Windows 7 and can’t wait to get it deployed throughout your organization. Let’s take a look at the many tips and tools available today to ease your burden of deployment. I have broken it down into several steps (or categories of steps). While writing all of this, it became obvious…

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