Automated Disaster Recovery Testing and Failover with Hyper-V Replica and PowerShell 3.0 for FREE!

Hyper-V Replica is a new built-in feature of both Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 products.  Hyper-V Replica enables Hyper-V hosts or clusters to enable distance replication of running VMs to remote Hyper-V hosts over a standard IP WAN connection.  It provides a very cost-effective disaster recovery solution in the event of a…

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Managing Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 from Windows Server 2012 Server Manager

Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 has been redesigned as a new cool multi-server management console, making it as easy to manage multiple servers remotely as you can from a local server’s console – whether those servers are physical, virtual or hosted in the cloud!  Not familiar with the new Server Manager yet?  Check out…

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Microsoft Scripting Guy is Coming To Town! Columbus OH – Oct 2nd

Ed Wilson is in the house at the Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group in October!   Ed Wilson is THE “Microsoft Scripting Guy” and a well-known scripting expert. He writes the daily Hey Scripting Guy! blog, and has also spoken at TechEd, Tech Ready, Geek Ready, SQL Rally and various SQL Saturday conferences. A Microsoft-certified trainer he…


Over 100 TechEd 2012 Hands-On Labs are now available online #ws2012 #hyperv #sysctr

UPDATE: By popular demand, these Hands On Labs have been extended to September 30th, 2012! Good news! Until September 30th, we are making available online over 100 of the most popular TechEd North America Hands-on Labs. Accessing the virtual environments and manuals is really easy … Steps to Access myTechEd Virtual Labs: Sign in to your myTechEd account (if…

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Safely Cloning an Active Directory Domain Controller with Windows Server 2012 – Step-by-Step #ws2012 #hyperv #itpro #vmware

When virtualizing Active Directory Domain Controllers in the past, we’ve needed to be very careful that we don’t invoke any steps, such as applying an old snapshot, that could possibly cause USN rollback to occur in the state of a Domain Controller’s replica of the AD database and risk AD corruption.  Beginning with Windows Server 2012, we’ve incorporated…

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Script to Force User Logoff After-Hours #posh #ws2012 #windowsserver #wintel #IntelIT #corevpro #sysctr #configmgr

After-hours computer patch and software update management can be tricky, particularly if you have users in your environment who never logoff from their PCs! Below, I’ve included a PowerShell script that I’ve used in the past to forcibly logoff and restart PC’s when outside of the allowed logon hours defined in Active Directory for users.  Of…


See and Do – Learn Windows PowerShell 3.0 Remoting to Manage Windows Server 2012 with this FREE lab guide #posh #ws2012

PowerShell remoting is a really cool feature that permits PowerShell to remotely connect to other machines over the network for the purposes of explicitly running PowerShell cmdlets, scripts and scriptblocks as well as implicitly executing cmdlets remotely via imported modules.  It offers the ability to script and automate common activities as well as complex workflows across…

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Rapidly create VHD/VHDXs with New #PowerShell Version of WIM2VHD for #Windows8 and #WindowsServer2012 #HyperV #ITCamp

Convert-WindowsImage is the new version of WIM2VHD for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012! Rapid provisioning of new VHD/VHDX “gold” images for lab, development, test, and production use! Designed specifically for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and completely rewritten in PowerShell by Mike Kolitz, this command-line tool allows you to rapidly create sysprepped VHD and…

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Columbus, OH – May 30th – Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group – Monthly Meeting

I look forward to meeting everyone at the Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group monthly meeting on May 30th!  There’s some exciting improvements in Windows PowerShell 3.0 and the PowerShell Script Explorer, both available for free download in a pre-release form and expected to ship with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 The group also plans to recap…