Help! My free storage cannot be used for an iSCSI Virtual Disk!

I have written at length in the past about both Storage Spaces (Storage Pools: Dive right in!) and Software iSCSI Targets (iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012), as well as Failover Clusters (See list).  These are all great technologies that IT Professionals should know. Recently I got an e-mail from a reader who had all … Continue reading Help! My free storage cannot be used for an iSCSI Virtual Disk!

Step by Step: Building a Scale-Out File Server (SoFS) on Windows Server 2012 R2

In several presentations since Windows Server 2012 was released I have heard Microsofties claim that SAN devices are a thing of the past.  I have a hard time getting on board with that, but have nonetheless told many an audience that if they are planning on throwing their SANs out because Microsoft said so then … Continue reading Step by Step: Building a Scale-Out File Server (SoFS) on Windows Server 2012 R2

Insanity Is…

We have all heard this quote before… and it is exactly true.  However in your server environment, when you want things identical, then we would turn this phrase around: Insanity: Doing things manually over and over and expecting identical results. I have not spent a great deal of time learning PowerShell… but whenever I have … Continue reading Insanity Is…

Cluster-Aware Updates: Be Aware!

When I started evangelizing Windows Server 2012 for Microsoft, there was a long list of features that I was always happy to point to.  There are a few of them that I have never really gone into detail on, that I am currently working with.  Hopefully these articles will help you. Cluster Aware Updates (CAU) … Continue reading Cluster-Aware Updates: Be Aware!

Expand your knowledge on Windows Server 2012!

Okay, we know that you are probably upset that Windows Small Business Server is being retired.  Fortunately Windows Server 2012 R2 will do you well… but do you know everything you will ever need to know about Windows Server 2012 R2 for the SMB space? Probably not… but that’s okay, because we are here to … Continue reading Expand your knowledge on Windows Server 2012!

Server Core Address Woes

From the files of “What the F@rk?!” Here’s a little gotcha that I’ve been wrestling with all afternoon.  I hope this post can save some of you the frustration (exacerbated by jetlag) that I have been experiencing. I am configuring a bunch of virtual machines as domain controllers for the company I am consulting for … Continue reading Server Core Address Woes

What Have You Got?

With Windows 8.1 less than three weeks from GA, and Windows XP less than 200 days from end of support (#EndOfDaysXP on Twitter), I thought it would be a good time to write about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit again, but only in the context of Windows 8 Readiness and maintaining a software and … Continue reading What Have You Got?

Windows 8.1 Bits (RTM)!

This is cut and pasted directly from the TechNet blog: Based on the feedback from you and our partners, we’re pleased to announce that we will be making available our current Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities … Continue reading Windows 8.1 Bits (RTM)!

The advantages of selling Office 365 and Windows Server

Many small and midsize businesses today are considering the use of cloud-based software applications for the ease, accessibility, and cost benefits they can offer. At the same time, many still need an on-site platform for a range of needs from hosting applications, to print sharing, to storing sensitive financial data. As our valued partner of … Continue reading The advantages of selling Office 365 and Windows Server

New solutions for small business customers!

Many small and midsize businesses today are considering the use of cloud-based software applications for the ease, accessibility, and cost benefits they can offer. At the same time, many still need an on-site platform for a range of needs from hosting applications, to print sharing, to storing sensitive financial data. As our valued Windows Server … Continue reading New solutions for small business customers!

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

Hey folks!  have you ever wondered how book authors are able to get their books out almost as soon as the software they are writing about is available?  Well the simple answer is that they write based on the pre-release (beta) software!  As such there’s a new book for you to peruse! Introducing Windows Server … Continue reading Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

It’s On! VMware Versus Microsoft!

It is going down this week! August 8th (Thursday) at 2:00pm Eastern Time (11:00am Pacific)!  In the Blue corner we have Shawn MacArthur, and in the Red corner we have Mitch Garvis!  Two champions, both undefeated, and the winner will be… YOU! VERSUS As many of you know I used to (and occasionally still do) … Continue reading It’s On! VMware Versus Microsoft!

Is Hyper-V the Best Hypervisor Out There?

Of course it is!  Seriously… I have been talking about it for years, and while I think ESXi is still an excellent product, I feel that the complete management solution provided by Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, coupled with the price point which is as low as one sixth the cost of vCenter … Continue reading Is Hyper-V the Best Hypervisor Out There?

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

Are you excited? R2 is coming…

Sometimes i wish they wouldn’t do it… Once again Microsoft announced new product versions (Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2) at TechEd last week, but did not release anything. Yes, i am excited too, but please remember that while these are both going to be great new versions, the announcement of them should … Continue reading Are you excited? R2 is coming…