Why R2? Step-by-Step: Automated Tiered Storage with Windows Server 2012 R2

This month, my team of fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists are publishing a series of articles on Why Windows Server 2012 R2? that highlights the key enhancements and new capabilities that we’re seeing driving particular interest in this latest release of our Windows Server operating system in the field.  This article has been updated now…


VMware or Microsoft? Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds

No matter which virtualization platform you may be using today to power your Private Cloud, storage is probably one of your biggest costs, and perhaps one of your biggest pain points, too.  Virtualized environments are, by their very nature, dynamic environments where storage requirements from one VM to the next can grow and evolve over…


VMware or Microsoft? Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

As my colleague, Chris Avis, pointed out in his article yesterday ( VMware or Microsoft: Simplified Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime ), there’s tons of reasons that IT Pros have been moving new virtualization workloads onto Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 or Hyper-V Server 2012 – to reduce capital and operational costs,…

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Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

When designing your virtualization host framework for your Private Cloud, it’s important to select platforms that use widely supported standards and provide cost-effective solutions for elastically scaling a resilient compute foundation.  With this criteria in check, you’ll be able to grow your compute foundation to support additional capacity as needed while taking advantage of the latest advancements in hypervisor…

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Step-by-Step: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V – Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! ( Part 7 of 20 )

Windows Server 2012 and our completely FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly have some really cost effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and Hyper-V over SMB 3.0.  However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be able to leverage these existing storage…

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DUDE! Where’s my VHDs? More PowerShell Tricks with Hyper-V

Overheard at a recent IT Camp event … I’ve been virtualizing more and more VMs on my Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts lately and I’ve got lots of virtual hard disks ( VHDs ) across all my VMs.  It’s been working great, but … Is there an easy way to list all VHDs that I’m…

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UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we’ve updated the hours for “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall assistance – Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time. – – – – – – – – – – There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find…

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DFW Cloud Summit 2012 – Private Clouds, Public Clouds & Hybrid Clouds

Yesterday’s Cloud Summit 2012 event in DFW provided exciting details about the new capabilities around Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 to deliver cost-effective, elastic cloud-oriented infrastructure architecture on-your-terms: In your own datacenter (Private Cloud), in a Public Cloud (Windows Azure VMs), or Hybrid scenarios that leverage the best of Private and…


An independent analysis: Hyper-V 3.0 vs VMware in the Enterprise #hyperv #VMware #PrivateCloud

Mitch Garvis, a veteran trainer, consultant, Microsoft MVP and VMware VCP, has published a thorough independent analysis of his thoughts concerning Hyper-V 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 vs VMware ESXi 5.1.  If you are currently evaluating Datacenter Virtualization and Private Cloud solutions for your IT shop, I strongly encourage you to read through Mitch’s detailed comparison using the link…


Backup Strategies for Hyper-V with VEEAM Software #HyperV #ws2012

Backup strategy options: quick backups, easy restores or lotsa $$$ – choose only ONE.  That’s the rules we’ve lived by all these years as IT Pros.  We can either choose a path using incremental backup that gives us quick backup times, or a path using full backups that gives us easy restores.  We can never seem to get the best of both…