I manage a vSphere environment at work, and it is a real change from the last few years when I spent all of my time talking about Hyper-V. I want to be clear - it is not better or worse, it is just... different. We have a number of virtualization hosts, plus a physical domain … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2: Still good enough?
Being back in a VMware environment, there are a few differences I need to remember from Hyper-V and System Center. It is not that one is better or worse than the other, but they are certainly different.Customization Specifications are a great addition in vCenter to Cloning virtual machines. They allow you to name the VM, join … Continue reading Cloning with Customization Specifications
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…
Folks you will not want to miss this! Microsoft Press is giving away the ebook Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2: Technical Overview. It is written by Mitch Tulloch, Symon Perriman, and the System Center team... and is a great way to get up to speed on Microsoft's private cloud! Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/12/16/free-ebook-introducing-microsoft-system-center-2012-r2.aspx.
For those who missed the virtualization jump start, the entire course is now available on demand, as is the link to grab a free voucher for exam 409. This is a single exam virt specialist cert. I would encourage you to take the exam soon before all the free spots are booked. Full info … Continue reading Become a Virtualization Expert!
Dan Stoltz asked me to republish this article, and it is well worth it! Check out all of the links – a lot of great material! -MDG It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series. Here is brief summary of what we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 … Continue reading What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1
While he may not be very well know to the Microsoft community, Mike Laverick is a legend in VMware circles. Mike owns a blog called RTFM Education, a source of white papers for VMware technology, although he did start out as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He now works for VMware as a Senior Cloud Infrastructure … Continue reading A response to a VMware article… written by someone I respect.
I always said I am not hard to please… I only need perfection. So when I wrote my PowerShell script to build my environment the other day I was pleased with myself… until I realized a huge flaw in it. Generation 1. Actually to be fair, there is nothing wrong with Generation 1 virtual machines … Continue reading Building the IT Camp with PowerShell Revisited
Warning: The following post was written by a scripting luddite. The author readily admits that he would have difficulty coding his way out of a paper bag, and if the fate of the world depended on his ability to either write code or develop software then you had better start hoarding bottled water and cans … Continue reading Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows PowerShell
“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
I have been getting a lot of questions recently about virtual machine CPU usage, especially around things like Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT). Jeff Woosley, the Principal Product Manager (WSSC) at Microsoft, recently sent out this clarification which many of you will find enlightening. –MDG --- Q: Should Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT) be enabled or disabled? A: Hyper-V … Continue reading Virtualization: CPUs and Cores and Sockets… Oh My!
Microsoft has released a poster diagramming virtual networking in Hyper-V 2012. Much of it revolves around Virtual Machine Manager, and is actually branded System Center 2012 SP1. If you are building or managing datacenters – even smaller ones – you should download this document and review it. We all have something to learn from it! … Continue reading Virtual Networking in Hyper-V 2012
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!
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…
Recently I sat down with Kevin Remde from Microsoft’s US DPE team to discuss virtualization in Windows 8. We had a great discussion about VDI, client-side Hyper-V, and a lot of other interesting options. Let us know what you think! -M http://aka.ms/fe3epl