Step-by-Step: Configuring the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target as a Storage Device for System Center VMM

Over the past few months we have made a big deal about the storage features of Windows Server 2012, including how the built-in iSCSI Software Target allows you to build a low-cost software-SAN (storage area network) for small environments, and how that lets you create a Hyper-V Failover Cluster without the expense of an actual … Continue reading Step-by-Step: Configuring the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target as a Storage Device for System Center VMM

Rebuilding SWMI… Not the company, just the infrastructure

I have been talking about rebuilding the domain for my company for several months, and finally sat down to do it this week-end.  Because I was essentially destroying the old domain there were a few steps I needed to perform before going ahead. I performed a Backup of all of my data.  Nobody in their … Continue reading Rebuilding SWMI… Not the company, just the infrastructure

Two new books on Hyper-V: Networking & Storage!

I love promoting IT Pros and Microsoft, but when one of the champions is a Canadian it is even better for me.  Mitch Tulloch is an IT Pro author from Winnipeg, and is one of the guys I really look up to.  I have a bunch of his books, and every time a new one … Continue reading Two new books on Hyper-V: Networking & Storage!

Windows Server 2012: Roles & Features

A colleague asked me earlier today if I knew off the top of my head how many roles and features there are in Windows Server 2012, and I had to admit that I did not know.  As Albert Einstein once said, why memorize what you can reference.  However as a quick exercise I decided to … Continue reading Windows Server 2012: Roles & Features

Windows Server 2012: More than Virtualization!

Since it was in pre-release I have been evangelizing Windows Server 2012.  I have gone from sea to shining sea talking about it at Launch events, at Partner showcases, in IT Camps, at user groups talking about how much better it is than Windows Server 2008, but more importantly I chiefly discuss the improvements to … Continue reading Windows Server 2012: More than Virtualization!

If He Can Do It YOU Can Too!

I have been saying for the past couple of years that Microsoft’s Hyper-V is much simpler than vSphere, but I never imagined that I would see this:  Caleb, a 5th grader, shows us how to create a virtual machine, install an OS, and even create a virtual switch.  Not only was I impressed with how … Continue reading If He Can Do It YOU Can Too!

What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

In October, 2011 I posted an article called vPTA: What NOT to take away from my 1-day virtualization training!  It was only partly tongue-in-cheek on the environment that I have been using for several years to demonstrate server virtualization from a pair of laptops.  A few months later Damir Bersinic took that list and made … Continue reading What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

Many of the articles I write for both The World According to Mitch and the Canadian IT Pro Connection come directly from people I meet through my travels.  They send me questions about technology by e-mail and rather than simply replying to them, if I feel the questions are relevant, I write them up as … Continue reading Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

This article was originally published on the Canadian IT Pro Connection. Some veteran IT Pros hear the term ‘Microsoft Clustering’ and their hearts start racing.  That’s because once upon a time Microsoft Cluster Services was very difficult and complicated.  In Windows Server 2008 it became much easier, and in Windows Server 2012 it is now … Continue reading Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

Storage is one of the most important aspects of our IT infrastructure.  In this day and age of virtualization it is even more important because our entire server infrastructure may be stored on a limited set of devices. Of course that is a lot easier said than done, especially for smaller companies with limited IT … Continue reading iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

Microsoft’s 2012 Products: Why can’t they all just work together?

I have heard a lot of comments, groans, and snide remarks about all of the 2012 products not working together – specifically Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, and SQL Server 2012.  While I share your pain, it is important to know a few things. Each of these products is developed by different product teams, … Continue reading Microsoft’s 2012 Products: Why can’t they all just work together?

Installing NetFx3 on Windows Server 2012

Okay… I am installing SQL Server 2012 on a Windows Server 2012 box, there shouldn’t be any problems.  Everything is proceeding normally until I get this message: Error while enabling Windows feature : NetFx3, Error Code : –2146498298 , Please try enabling Windows Feature : NetFx3 from Windows management tools and then run setup again. … Continue reading Installing NetFx3 on Windows Server 2012

A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

I keep telling people that the best way to activate your servers and desktops is to have a Key Management Server (KMS) in your environment.  However not everyone has volume license keys, and when an IT Pro (or Dev) builds a lot of lab environments using their TechNet, MSDN, or MAPS licenses that is not … Continue reading A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

Getting Started With Hyper-V in Server 2012 and Windows 8

You all know by now that I am a huge Hyper-V fan… I have been using it since 2008, but with the latest release I am unabashedly loving Microsoft’s Layer 1 hypervisor.  The fact that it has been included in Windows 8  - as in, no different from the virtualization platform I use in my … Continue reading Getting Started With Hyper-V in Server 2012 and Windows 8