How to Create Windows 8 VHD for Boot to VHD using simple, easy to follow steps

I just finished holding a few Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Installfests both with IT Pros in mind and with Developers in mind. Time and time again, I got asked the same questions around how to create the VHD that has the Windows 8 installation in it. There are quite a few blog posts…


AZ Systems Management User Group Meeting featuring Michael Niehaus on March 21, 2012

I totally forgot to post about a super great guest speaker at the upcoming AZ Systems Management User Group (AZSMUG) Meeting this coming Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Microsoft office in Tempe from 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM.  If anyone has used the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), then you may recognize the name, Michael…


Upcoming IT Camp Events in West Region – Updated 2/15/12

In the West Region, Chris Avis and I are hosting a set of events in the March and May / June timeframe. In November 2011, we tried out a new format for events which we called IT Camps. This new format included the ability for the attendees to select the topics that would be discussed….


West Region IT Camps in November and December

On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame (  I am now writing a follow up post to make everyone aware of another set of events that will be taking place in conjunction with our TechNet Events.  The…


IT Camp – Windows Administration in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (1:00 PM–5:00PM)

For all those IT Professionals who administer some aspect of Microsoft servers and desktops and live in Las Vegas, I wanted to let you know that I am holding a last minute event in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (that’s 5 days from now).  I do apologize for the short notice, but I am…


Planning for a Private Cloud – Part 1

There are pros and cons to every job in every company.  In my role as an IT Pro Evangelist (ITE) here at Microsoft, I get to use the latest and greatest versions of our software.  Since my role is a technical one, I also get paid to be technically adept at all the upcoming products…


A day in the life of a Technical Advisor at the Microsoft Retail Store–Introduction

So, Microsoft employees who don’t already work at the Microsoft Retail stores but who live in a city where a store exists were given an opportunity to sign up and spend a day working side by side with the main store employees.  I happen to live in such a city and so I signed up…


Tech Days–Windows Deployment event with Stephen Rose on July 12, 2011 in Los Angeles

My apologies for not posting this sooner, but I did want to let everyone know that Stephen Rose will be in Los Angeles next week, July 12, 2011, to deliver an event around Windows Deployment.  The event is sponsored in conjunction with the Los Angeles Chapter of Pac IT Pros.  The event details are as…


Using Hyper-V to create a Base OS Image that can be used for VMs and Boot to VHD

I’m sure a lot of techie folks like me use virtualization quite a bit for testing and learning purposes. When we have to build Servers for many different scenarios, it sure is helpful to have a base Windows OS Image handy to start with. Even though it seems simple, I thought I would share my…