Drive Space Nightmares with Hyper-V

As you know, I have been using Hyper-V since before it was released, and am a huge proponent of the solution (although I am also a huge proponent of VMware).  The fact that Hyper-V is also included in Windows 10 makes my life easier – I use it on my Windows Client for several reasons.  … Continue reading Drive Space Nightmares with Hyper-V

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Virtual Machine Snapshots: The useful tool that will drag you down.

Note: Once again I accidentally scheduled a technical article to publish on a holiday.  In honour of Canadian Thanskgiving I am republishing this article on Tuesday. -MDG The Story: One of my clients called me and asked me why some of their servers were running so terribly slow.  Actually, that’s not entirely true… they told … Continue reading Virtual Machine Snapshots: The useful tool that will drag you down.

Converting Fixed Size VHDs to Dynamic Sized VHDs

I was called in to help a company recently with a small Hyper-V environment.  They created a 2TB VHD file (they had good reasons for not using .vhdx files, but the steps in this article will work for both versions).  They realized that they had unnecessarily created the drive as a 2TB Fixed Size disk … Continue reading Converting Fixed Size VHDs to Dynamic Sized VHDs

A VMware Gripe

Okay, I can’t delete a file.  Any Level 1 systems administrator would look at this message and say: ‘Okay, VMware is not allowing me to delete an ISO file.  Very likely the ISO file is connected to a virtual machine.’ Ummm… but WHICH virtual machine is it?  Gee thanks, vCenter, I have scores of VMs… … Continue reading A VMware Gripe

Another tough exam…

As a subject matter expert (SME) on virtualization, I was neither excited nor intimidated when Microsoft announced their new exam, 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.  Unlike many previous exams I did not rush out to be the first to take it, nor was I going to wait forever.  I actually … Continue reading Another tough exam…

Counting Down the Classics with the US IT Evangelists

  “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…” “Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall…” “Thirty-five articles on Virtualization…” All of these are great sing-along songs, whether for holidays, camping, bus-rides, or comparing virtualization technology.  Each one is a classic. Wait… you’ve never heard the last one? That’s okay, we … Continue reading Counting Down the Classics with the US IT Evangelists

Hyper-V CPU Compatibility Mode

it is pretty well known that for Live Migration to work in Hyper-V, the CPUs on the hosts must be of the same family (Intel to Intel, AMD to AMD).  However it is not as simple as that.  Both companies are constantly improving their products, so a CPU that Intel makes in 2013 will have … Continue reading Hyper-V CPU Compatibility Mode

Back on RunAs Radio!

Over the past few months I have recorded a number of webinars and webcasts on a plethora of topics around virtualization, but the one that seems to have gotten the most attention is the one I did for VMTraining that pitted me against Jeff Weiss – Microsoft versus VMware. A few days later Richard Campbell, … Continue reading Back on RunAs Radio!

Actual Reality: Desktop Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft

In July I presented my first webcast with BrightTalk.  They were putting together a series on virtualization, and asked if I would be able to speak about VDI and Desktop Virtualization strategies.  It was my pleasure! The webcast is now available on-line.  I encourage you to download it, and let me know what you think! … Continue reading Actual Reality: Desktop Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft

Do You VDI? You should…

Over the past few months I have been doing more and more work in VDI – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.  Recently I wrote an editorial piece for WServerNews.com titled VD Why? VD Sigh… or VD Aye! VDI has the potential to save organizations immense amounts of money, but some of those savings would be wasted if … Continue reading Do You VDI? You should…

Two Years Later, Gartner Makes it Clear!

It was two year ago this week that I published an article calling out Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure (Gartner agrees with me… Hyper-V is for real!).  I was thrilled that Gartner (a completely independent unbiased industry observer) evaluated Microsoft’s Hyper-V 2008 R2 and determined that it was indeed an industry leader. … Continue reading Two Years Later, Gartner Makes it Clear!

Hey Halifax! Here I come!

Hello Halifax IT Professionals!  You are invited to the following event:   An Introduction to Microsoft Virtualization and the Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and Hyper-V The event will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (ADT) WHERE: Nova Scotia Community College Institute of IT Campus 5685 Leeds … Continue reading Hey Halifax! Here I come!

Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V now available!

I have been talking to you about it for several months, and am thrilled to tell you that it is now available… RTM for the Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V was announced at Microsoft TechEd North America today.  Here is the complete announcement from the Cisco Nexus 1000V Product Management Team –M   Cisco … Continue reading Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V now available!

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure…

As many of you know I am not shy about sharing my opinions on the IT industry.  So when Mitch Tulloch – an IT Professional and writer of great renown – asked me to write an editorial for his site http://www.wservernews.com I was not about to pass up the opportunity. Mitch asked me to discuss … Continue reading Virtual Desktop Infrastructure…