OVEN FRESH — Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster (and Mini-Posters) for Windows Server 2012 R2 is released !!

Yeah really freshly created from the poster team 🙂 :). Its called the "Windows Server 2012 R2: Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage" poster. Like the last poster, its available from the Microsoft download center. You can also download each component of the poster separately and just print the pieces you need. In addition, each piece has a Microsoft…


NUMA – Understand it & its usefulness with Windows Server 2012

  I have mostly got puzzled look whenever I spoke about NUMA support on Hyper-V so thought of penning the concept & benefits down. As the high end servers & blades are available to further consolidate datacenters, its critical to understand how NUMA can help you to take full advantage of those pricey hardware ! Before we get…


VMware or Microsoft? Quick Comparison between vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

In lots of customer discussions, the one thing that comes out often – How does Microsoft Virtualization stcak ( Hyper-V & System Center 2012 R2) compares with VMWare virtulization stack (vSphere 5.5 Enterprise Plus + vCenter Server 5.5). I have tried focus on real-world perspective based on my experience implementing both solutions in the field throughout my career.  In this article,…


Thanks for attending IT Camp this quarter – resources as promised

Thanks to all those who have attended the IT Camp in 6 cities across India. I had a great time talking to you all. Some of you asked for the decks, so here you go..   https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=3A5FDFEA06AFE259&id=3A5FDFEA06AFE259%21110   Cheers, Pracheta


TechEd India 2013 is here

For details visit http://india.msteched.com


Windows Server 2012 Storage whitepaper now available for Download !!

Happy new year !! Wish this year brings lot of learing & undertanding 🙂 With that note, I am happy to share that Windows Server 2012 Storage White Paper – a great resourse to get more clarification & implementation insights on Storage Spaces, ReFS, SMB 3.0, CSV2, Hyper-V Storage. You can download at – http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/B/E/ABE02B78-BEC7-42B0-8504-C880A1144EE1/WS%202012%20White%20Paper_Storage.pdf%20 I…


Sharing resources as promised..

Many of you have asked for the resources/decks for reference. Here we go — 🙂 🙂 My decks available on skydrive – https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=3A5FDFEA06AFE259&id=3A5FDFEA06AFE259%21110 Other useful pointers – http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ https://channel9.msdn.com/   Happy Learning !!  Look forward for your feedbacks ,if any. – Pracheta  


Windows Server Virtual Labs

  If you don’t have the right hardware or time to set & to test out all scenarios, Virtual labs are available for you to explore new Windows Server 2012 with so less effort.   The scenarios covered are –   Virtual labs Active Directory Deployment and Management EnhancementsIn this lab, you will learn how to…


Hyper-V Replica : scenarios

  I am sure some of you might have heard about this amazing capability that is available with Windows Server 2012 – Hyper-V Replica.   For those of you who have been working in virtualized environment for a while & are well verse with building Highly Available systems, Hyper-V Replica would be like a easy breeze. Not…


Updated Links on Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0

In this post, I’m providing a reference to the most relevant content related to Windows Server 2012 that is related to the File Server, the SMB 3.0 features and its associated scenarios like Hyper-V over SMB and SQL Server over SMB. It’s obviously not a complete reference (there are new blog posts every day), but hopefully…